I’m really excited to be Knitscene Fall 2015’s featured designer. My friend and colleague from my day job at Stitchcraft Marketing, Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter, wrote a lovely article about me, and in this issue I have 4 seamless sweater designs.
I’ll be blogging about the other three designs later on, but today I’d like to write about my Solitude Jacket, which is currently in lead for the pattern of choice for a KAL hosted by Knitscene on Ravelry, you can vote for your favorite design and participate in the KAL in the Knitting Daily Knit-Alongs Ravelry Group. Voting ends on Friday, July 10, and the KAL will start on Friday, July 24th! Of course, I’m hoping that one of my designs will win and be chosen for the KAL.
The Solitude Jacket is named after the yarn, a beautiful American yarn from Solitude Wool. The yarn I used is the Solitude Wool Romney, a lustrous long wool that’s perfect for sturdy garments that will wear beautifully for years to come. The yarn has a lovely sheen and was a delight to knit. With all the recent upheaval about yarns from China that are mislabeled with other fibers it’s great to know there are companies who are doing it right–Solitude Wool focuses on breed specific yarns and sources its wool from small farms around the US, and then sends the yarn to be milled at family owned mills along the east coast. It’s American made from sheep to skein! I chose the un-dyed brown for my design, because I wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the sheep and the resulting yarn.
The sweater is worked from the bottom up in one piece, the sleeves are worked separately in the round, and then the body and the sleeves are combined to work the circular yoke all in one piece. Stitches are then picked up to work the shawl collar, making this an extra cozy sweater perfect as an outer layer on chilly fall days!
The design was originally inspired by a sweater I saw on Pinterest. (Oh how many design ideas come from my Pinterest page!)
If the Solitude Jacket gets chosen as the KAL pattern in the Ravelry group I’m contemplating making a baby version of this sweater…what do you think?