…in what seems like a long line of them. “A red sweater” seems like my default knitting project, but red is my favorite color, so voilà.
In a yarn store, I am statistically more likely to fall for a skein of red than any other possibility, and that is what happened in this case.
I made this pattern up as I went along. I was tempted to write I “designed” it, but to me, “design” indicates some forethought, some planning. What I did was start a top-down in-the-round pullover, and then every few inches I tried it on, and then ripped out what I had knitted if I didn’t like how it was working, and then re-knitted it. It went through a lot of changes. It had panels of lace, at certain times. The shaping grew and changed. I probably knitted the equivalent of three of these sweaters by the time it was all over. It’s so different from my original “design” that in fact, had I made it as first conceived in my imagination, there in the yarn store…it would have been a hat and mittens.
I even purchased the buttons with the brim of a hat in mind. Get a look at these buttons, they’re one of my favorite parts:
In the spirit of “why buy it when you can make it yourself?”, these buttons are handmade by a local woodworker, from a stick. I love how the wood is a different shade toward the center, and the raw bark edges.
Other features of this “design” include…