It's done! And it's more magical than I could've ever imagined!
My April Showers Sweater has been a fun and relatively quick knit. I used the top down raglan sweater tutorial from the Fringe Association to guide me on my way. It really was an invaluable resource while creating my first raglan sweater from scratch.
I was definitely worried about picking up stitches for a V-neck sweater since I had never made one before, but it actually came together pretty quickly. I cheated a little and looked up free V-neck sweater patterns on Ravelry and checked out how a few other people had done their designs using 1x1 and 2x2 rib, and worked from there.
Eventually I would like to publish some of these sweater patterns I've been designing. I think that'll have to be further on down the line though, since I will need to write them up, knit them again, then have some test knitters try them out for clarity. And even then, I'm not sure how to adjust for multiple sizes so most likely they will only be sweaters with Ashley size measurements! I'm new to designing, I still have much to learn.
I couldn't wait to get one of my brand new, fancy silk labels sewn into this guy! So posh!!! (From NakedLabelsUK on Etsy.)
I have already listed this magical gem in my Etsy shop. Some details; it is made from Drops Air yarn which is 70% Alpaca, 23% Polyamide and 7% Wool. It's a size medium, or a Women's size 10, and measures roughly 40" around at the bust with flattering waist shaping. (If you order before May 8th you can get 20% off during my Mother's Day Sale!)
What do you think? Is this a style you would wear? Should I make a few more of these for the shop? I'd love some feedback!
Thanks for following along with me on another sweater journey! If you want to see more progress shots from this project you can check them out here or follow along on my Instagram to see up to the moment project pics and info.
I'll see you soon for another update on Jakson's Socks and a Birthday Surprise gift that I'm pretty pumped about.
My sister was so pumped about her Birthday Socks that she immediately ordered a pair for her husband! Fortunately, I'm a bit of a yarn hoarder, so I just happened to have a pile of sock yarn handy. Heh.
I gave him two tweedy color options and he chose the Cranberry Tweed.
The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in Garnet Heather. (The green is the same yarn in Dill Heather.)
The pattern I'm using is A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C. on Ravelry. The pattern is a basic sock with the addition of ribbing to add extra snugness to the fit. While it is a quick knit (as far as socks go) it's definitely not a beginners pattern. She does not go into detail on the shaping techniques so if you're not familiar with the basic structure of a knitted sock this might not be the pattern for you. As for me, it's just about perfect, one small page of instructions without a lot of process pics cluttering up the works.
I was hoping to have them done by the end of the month but my April Showers Sweater keeps distracting me!
So far I'm almost done with sock #1!
My sis says that these socks will be replacing a well loved pair that just bit the dust. I hope this pair will be just as loved!
Sock #1 is off the needles and sock #2 will be flying onto the needles tonight!
I'll be back soon with another update on these lovely Tweed sock and more progress shots of my April Showers Sweater!
Thanks for reading about my current yarny adventures!
I'm designing another sweater!
I found this fabulous Drops Yarn online, it's called Drops Air and it's 70% Alpaca, 23% Polyamide and 7% Wool. It's a "blown" yarn which, according to the web site, means "Its construction is exclusive, made with the most recent spinning technologies, where the fibers of baby alpaca and merino yarn are pressure air blown into a tube, that makes the garments created with this yarn approximately 30-35% lighter."
How cool is that!
It's magically soft and very nice to work with. It doesn't split at all and it's very easy to frog (which, not gonna lie, I've been doing a lot of!)
I decided to challenge myself with a top down raglan style construction. I have been using this tutorial from The Fringe Association as a guide. I'm using my own measurements as my base for this pattern (just to make sure it will fit an actual human) which should result in a medium sized sweater once finished.
This latest sweater design features a low V-neck and and subtle waist shaping. For the V-neck I will be picking up stitches and adding a nice, ribbed collar. I think I'll be using this tutorial to do so. I've never picked up stitches for a V-neck before so wish me luck!
So far I've got one sleeve down and one to go! After the neckline is finished she'll get one of my brand new custom silk labels (from NakedLabelsUK on Etsy) and I'll pop her up in the Etsy Shop.
^How cute are those guys!!!? ^
I'll give you an update on the completed sweater soon. I've also got a fun commission I want to share with you. What could it be!?
Thanks for stopping by!
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