This is weird. I should be happy to be needle-free. To be rid of the sweater-knitting monkey on my back (and just be wearing the actual sweater on my back) but I still am in the mood for more. There’s another selfish knitting project brewing. I can feel it. It’s a shame that one can’t knit (or crochet) sweaters with the same speed that one can, say, go to Target and buy a great-fitting tee shirt in every color they have. If you love the sweater you just knit, sure you can make more in different colors, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg for nice yarn, and it’ll take you about a month to construct each one.
It’s not a recipe for contentment, if you are one of those instant-gratification people. And I am most definitely one of those people.
Still, there’s fun in the daydreaming, and so I thought I would share here some of the sweater projects that are catching my eye lately. It is doubtful that they will all come to fruition, but it’s possible that one will. Maybe more than one. (Maybe my Christmas wish list needs to consist of piles and piles of yarn…)
I’m loving the Portulata Cardigan from Carol Feller’s Craftsy Celtic Cables class. I really, really, want to make this sweater. I love cables, and I think this is a project that will be plenty challenging – no boring miles of stockinette here! I can’t make this in green, though, since I just did one that color. Mustard sounds appealing. Or possibly brown.
I’ve taken a few Craftsy classes before and I highly recommend them. [Full disclosure: the Craftsy links are affiliate links, so I get a little moolah if you're new to Craftsy and you sign up for a class. That doesn't affect my recommendation, though. The whole reason I signed up for the affiliate program is because I feel good suggesting their great site to people. The extra little bits of cash are just a nice bonus.]
You really get a lot of bang for your buck with these classes. Celtic Cables, for example, has more than 5 and a half hours of instruction for $40. And you have access to it forever. Pretty cool, I think.
Here’s a crocheted sweater by Linda Permann from a recent issue of Interweave Crochet [also an affiliate link, but for Amazon.com this time because, hey, a girl has to fund her yarn purchases somehow!]. I feel like I can crochet faster than I can knit, so I am under the (probably false) impression that I could whip this cardigan up in no time flat. I’m seeing this one in mustard, too, with accent colors that are not too contrasty to the gold. I don’t want to make it as bold as the sample. Shades of gray might also be an option with this one.
I like the Milady vest by DROPS design, and this version in brown by Raveller Trollivier is really nice. This may be a good use for the yarn I am going to have once I frog the Lion Neck Cardigan. (I’m trying, but it’s proving headachey – see photo below) Or, I may just do it in the Brown Sheep wool Trollivier used. Brown Sheep is not too spendy, and it really looks nice there.
There are more, but these are the the ones fighting for the most space in my brain at the moment. I don’t know if this is a public page on Raverly, but if it is you are welcome to browse through my favorites there.
Ok, knitters and crocheters, what other sweater patterns do I need to know about before I commit?