Another knitting project finished in complete disregard for the season upon us. Why is that always the way? Even though it’s nearly summer, I decided it was high time to finish this guy as it’s been sitting 80% finished in my knitting bag for over a year.. meaning it was getting to that point where if I didn’t finish it now I never would. To be honest, I’d started it so long ago and hadn’t worked on it in so long I wasn’t sure if i’d even like the style anymore. Does that ever happen to you?
Thankfully, I am quite happy with it. It’s definitely got the oversized ‘boyfriend’ fit I was originally after, which is wonderfully comfortable but not terribly flattering. Always a struggle to keep this style looking pulled together instead of potato-sack-like. Anyways, here it is in all of its comfy glory (maybe one day I won’t be so awkward and my photo collages won’t scream ‘rookie’… until then, you get the idea).
I found this pattern in Vogue Holiday Knitting 2010, it’s called ‘Wayne’ or you can search ‘#28 Striped Pullover’ on Ravelry if you’re looking for it. Super easy pattern for beginners, lots of stockinette stitch and not a cable in sight – just the way I like it. The striped pattern is just from using two different kinds of wool and needle sizes, no fancy tricks and adds a really nice texture.
My favourite part of this sweater is the wool. The majority is knit with a Kidluxe mohair yarn, and the stripes are knit with an Abuelita Mysterious Blend Bulky yarn. Not only do I love the colour, but this wool is so soft that it doesn’t feel scratchy as all. It’s actually the first hand knit sweater i’ve been able to wear that doesn’t really irritate and itch my skin (sorry, Grandma).
I think the style and pattern would be really easy to recreate and modify, especially for beginners who like to make their own patterns, so for any interested individuals i’ve included some progress shots and close ups below.
As you can see, it was knit in four pieces (i’ve already attached the shoulder seams in the above picture) and the front and back were knit the exact same size. Since it’s an oversized fit and the sleeves are dropped, you don’t have to deal with set in sleeves or curved edged – all straight seams! Laying it out like this really helps you (or at least me) see how simple a pattern is.
Now I don’t know how you feel, but finishing and sewing in seams is the worst and most tedious part about knitting. Since i’m far from a pro and mostly self-taught, I find this stage really intimidating. It has such a huge effect on the finished product, but it’s also something that seems really hard to learn off the internet. I went to my local knitting store to have someone teach me (thanks, Tova!), and even then I still find it a hard skill to wrap my head around. I did find the BerrocoKnitBits YouTube channel to have a few helpful tutorials though, so check those out. If you’ve got any good online resources for this, or blocking, please share below!
This texture is created by alternating two types of yarn, a thin mohair and a thicker worsted weight yarn (see picture below for comparison). You use a smaller size needle (6mm) for the thin mohair which comprises the majority of the sweater, and a larger size needle (8mm) for the worsted weight yarn that makes the stripe. Really simple technique that i’ll definitely experiment with in the future.
Finally, the neck was finished by crocheting two rounds of single crochet, which I think gave a really clean, simple finish. I’m not sure if this is a normal technique or not, but again I thought it might be interesting to see for other beginners. I like understanding how different looks are achieved so I can mess around with my own patterns or alter other ones. I crocheted one round of single crochet the normal way (right to left) and then crocheted the second round backwards (left to right). I’d never heard of backwards crochet before, and if you haven’t either you can see how to do it here.