Abstract Sweater

I didn’t study much my senior year in college. Instead, I spent a solid chunk of my time painting abstracts with tiny brushes on five inch squares of canvas. I see painting now as a form of meditation – clearing my thoughts to focus on swirls of complementary color. But back then, as my ricketyContinue reading “Abstract Sweater”

The August Sweater

I’ve been wanting to knit something for my mom for a while (especially since I made a sweater for my dad last Christmas) and I finally got an opportunity when she stopped in front of a store window to look at a sleeveless knit top. It was a breezy design with an open gauge andContinue reading “The August Sweater”

Fair Isle Tank

Materials Needles – US 8, Circular Yarn – Knit Picks Shine Worsted, 2 skeins (150.0 yards, 3.53 ounces) in Serrano, 2 skeins (150.0 yards, 3.53 ounces) in Sweet Potato, 3 skeins (225.0 yards, 5.29 ounces) in Crocus Gauge 19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in ST Fair Isle Pattern 11 stitch repeat Pattern COContinue reading “Fair Isle Tank”

A Tale of Two Sweaters

The week before Thanksgiving 2011, I grabbed the top of my mannequin and molded some cables around it. I pictured myself in a jaw-dropping neon orange sweater saying “this old thing? I made it myself.” Objectively, that isn’t a great reason to do anything. In my case, it set me up for disappointment.   I wasContinue reading “A Tale of Two Sweaters”

Tank Top to Sweater

I’ve had a longer relationship with this fair-isle tank top than I have with any man I’ve dated. It’s been with me for three moves and five Christmases, always at the bottom of my knitting basket. It’s pretty obviously unwearable – the neckline is unfinished, the bottom rolls up, and it’s for that very specificContinue reading “Tank Top to Sweater”

Big Sweater Smaller Sweater

There’s a picture of my dad that used to sit on my mom’s bedside table – in the nebulous lore that is my dad’s past, I would place it somewhere around the time he took a break from college and lived in Colorado, getting by teaching other sometime-college-students to ski. In this picture, he’s leaningContinue reading “Big Sweater Smaller Sweater”

Short-Sleeved Striped Sweater

Abbreviation guide: MC- main color CC- contrast color CO- cast on BO- bind off P- purl K- knit K2tog- knit two together P2tog- purl two together Kf&b- knit front and back SSK- slip, slip, knit ST- stockinette st st- stitch CN- cable needle SH- stitch holder H2F- hold to front H2B- hold to back Sl- slipContinue reading “Short-Sleeved Striped Sweater”