As soon as the temperature dips below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, my knitting needles magically find themselves in my hands. I know, neat trick.
Anyway, ever since I knit Wool and the Gang’s Eden Sweater in one week, I’ve been a little obsessed with thick, chunky knits that work up in no time. They’re cozy, sure to garner compliments, and knit up so quickly compared to finer gauge sweaters!
There was just one problem with that sweater, and the problem was that it was knit flat and then sewn up. That’s so many seams that I’d rather not do.
My preferred method of knitting sweaters is top-down, in-the-round, which means you cast on the neckline and make increases until you have enough for your sleeves and body. Then, you put the sleeve stitches on separate pieces of yarn, knit the rest of the body in the round, cast off, and go back to finish off the sleeves. At the end, there are NO SEAMS to sew! And with a yarn this chunky, not having those bulky seams helps the sweater drape better on the body.
I found knitting designer Tara-Lynn Morrison’s patterns on Ravelry and had to try them. I chose the Trefann Sweater pattern to try first, because I love the textural interest. I had actually frogged my Wool and the Gang Dreamin’ Sweater from two years ago because it was too big, so I used the yarn from that, Wool and the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool in Cinnamon Dust.
This sweater knit up like a dream. It took only a couple of weeks and I had no trouble at all with the pattern. I highly recommend trying out Tara-Lynn Morrison’s patterns if you’re looking to knit your first sweater! She also sells hand-knit clothing through her online shop, Good Night, Day (which I’ve discovered is quite popular in the slow fashion community).
Modifications: I added ribbing on the bottom edge and at the sleeve cuffs, and also substituted the needle sizes for slightly smaller ones (i.e. US 17 when the pattern uses US 19) because that’s all I had at home. I think it actually helped make the sweater fit me better since I am smol.
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