So, if October was all about knitting socks, then November has been all about knitting sweaters. Today I want to show you the progress on a colourwork sweater I’ve been knitting for the past few weeks, I have a giveaway to tell you about, a new book to tell you about… I have so many things to tell you about in today’s Taking Back Friday vlog!
First I want to talk about the project I’ve been working on for many weeks now. It’s just been released by Abbye Dahl, a knitwear designer and photographer here in Vancouver. The pattern is called Wild Autumn Cardigan, and the entire body of the sweater is designed to be knit in flat colourwork. It was designed using our SweetGeorgia Superwash DK yarn and part of the idea is that if you have leftover skeins of yarn, you can pull them together to make this colourwork sweater. Abbye provides rough ideas to what the colours can be in the design, but she encourages you to get creative. In the video I also show how I hold my yarns when knitting flat colourwork using two hands, as well as with tacking down stitches on both the knit and purl side.
With very good timing, a new book has also been recently released about colourwork knitting. It’s called The Colorwork Bible, written by Jesie Ostermiller, and is a really lovely book including tips on choosing colours, working with different kinds of yarns, and teaches different techniques of working with colour. There are also some beautiful colourwork patterns in the book, one of which is the Woodstock Socks pattern knit in our Tough Love Sock yarn.
Join me at today’s vlog as I also talk about our Black Friday Sweater Season Sale on until December 1st (a great time to stock up on sweater yarn), and a giveaway from Vogue Knitting who has been very generous with sharing a pass for December’s Virtual Knitting LIVE where I’m excited to be the keynote speaker for the event! There is so much to share with you today!
I would also love to hear from you about colourwork knitting. Different kinds of sweaters go through these highs and lows in trends, but I feel like colourwork is going through a long phase right now. There are so many popular, beautiful colourwork pattens happening, and it really is a fantastic and enjoyable way of knitting. I’d love to hear if you prefer knitting colourwork in the round, or do you knit colourwork flat? Or perhaps you’ve never knit colourwork before and may be inspired to knit colourwork for your first time? Let me know in the comments!
IN THIS EPISODE
- what I’m wearing: In the video I’m wearing The Throwback cardigan, designed by Andrea Mowry. I knit mine in SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in the yarn set Wonder Years. Find all of our Throwback/Throwover yarn sets here. I knit size 2 and used every single inch of the 4 skeins of main colour. For this sweater, I also used the Chiaogoo Bamboo SPIN knitting needles.
- what I mention in today’s video: Here are links to some of the items I talk about in today’s vlog…
- I’m so happy to share the progress of my Wild Autumn Cardigan, designed by Abbye Dahl. I am knitting mine using SweetGeorgia Superwash DK in Mink, and holding Tough Love Sock double for the colourwork section, using: Beach House, Shoreline, Sticky Toffee, Apple Pie, Mellow, Violet, Lollipop, Mulberry, and Lilac. Charlotte at the SweetGeorgia studio also knit the same pattern (and finished it only a week later!). You can find her project progress here.
- I’m excited to be giving the Keynote address for December’s Virtual Knitting LIVE! event! The Keynote takes place on Saturday, December 12 at 9:30am-10:30am PST (12:30pm EST). Don’t miss entering our giveaway above to win passes to attend this excellent virtual event.
- Also, don’t miss our Black Friday Sweater Season Sale! Only running until December 1st!
- want to learn more about sweater knitting? If you’ve never knit a sweater before, or are wanting to learn more about the steps involved, we have a course available on the School of SweetGeorgia, Knit Your First Sweater, taught by Tabetha Hedrick. There is also a class where Rachel Smith teaches you how to spin yarn for making into a handspun sweater in Spin to Knit a Sweater. And then I also teach a class on Modern Colourwork Knitting which shows more information about different ways to hold yarns when knitting colourwork, we talk about colour dominance and what to think of when selecting colours for your projects, steeking and so much more!