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When you are planning your designs you need to be thinking ahead. The design process takes time - inspiration, writing the pattern, sample knitting, tech editing, testing, photography and pattern layout can take from a few weeks to several months. Which means the design you are working on now will probably be released in the Spring.


For best results you are probably going to want to time your pattern releases to be seasonally appropriate - a big chunky cable sweater is going to get more love in autumn than during the hottest part of summer.


Click the picture below for a Pinterest mood board of Spring 2022 inspiration. What is your favourite colour for this Spring?



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Yarn weight: 4- ply (held double for sweater above to make DK)

Yardage: 2350 m on a 500 g cone

Purchased from: Woolyknit

Price: £18 for 500 g cone

Colours: 48 available, "Burnt orange" used

Fibre source: British wool, from Suffolk and Jacob breed sheep

Processing: Majority of Woolyknit yarns processed and spun in the UK, some spun in Europe

Micron: 31-33

Supplier suggested uses: Weaving, machine knitting, hand knitting, crochet

Texture: Very good; shows textured stitches well

Lace: Reasonable; holds blocking well, slightly fuzzy so yarnovers are not entirely crisp

Cables: Good; cable is clear, slightly fuzzy yarn softens the look




Things we love:

  • Local fibre sourcing is always a huge plus.

  • Affordable, this is a great price for a British wool yarn.

  • Fabulous choice of colours, I found I hard to pick!

  • Particularly good for "plain knitting" as in the sweater above. Shows cables, texture and lace fairly well (swatches below).

  • Sheepy smell - there is no doubt where this yarn came from.

  • Felts well- you might want to hold several strands together to make a thicker yarn for felting projects.

  • Pure wool steeks beautifully as it a grippy.


Downsides:

  • Depending on your view on woolly yarns you might find this one a bit "rustic". It has a pleasingly crunchy traditional wool feel, but if you only opt for super smooth merino you may not be a fan of this one. Next to skin soft is very subjective, for this one I would say: hands - yes, hat- maybe, neck - probably not, sweaters - definitely.

  • The yarn has some strands of kemp (thicker hair), these are not hugely problematic as they can be pulled out as you work, but they might up the tickle factor a little.

  • This yarn would be great for colourwork, but it comes on 500 g cones, sometimes you just want a small amount of a colour. There are a few colours available on 125 g cones, but not the full range.

  • If you want a thicker yarn you will need to hold several strands together, means having multiple cones or rewinding.

  • Depending on how you feel about the sheepy smell you might put it down here.


The verdict:

This yarn will definitely be appearing again. The sweater is warm and cosy even on a chilly day. The yarn was enjoyable to knit with and is particularly pleasing on large areas of stocking stitch.

There is plenty left from two cones having made the KISS sweater above holding the yarn double (46" bust made). I am thinking mittens, a vest and perhaps a cardigan since I "accidentally" bought two cones in kingfisher blue as well. I also plan to try it out for weaving on a rigid heddle loom (beginner weaver!) so I will share how that goes.



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Keep it Simple Sweater. A comfy tee style sweater without too much fuss but giving a great result. Worked top down and joined in the round for working the body. Sleeves are worked from picked up stitches and shaped with short rows. A lateral braid and twisted rib edging adds a smart finishing touch.

Because I can never keep designs totally simple, there are instructions to help you vary the pattern and make it yours – change the sleeve length, work a different hem, add shaping, change the edging or add extra braids and stripes to make your perfect sweater.


Needles: 4.0 mm, US size 6 circular needles at least 80 cm / 32” in length, or size to achieve gauge. 3.5 mm, US size 4 circular needles at least 80 cm / 32” in length or size to achieve gauge. You may wish to use double pointed needles in the same sizes for working the sleeves and cuffs.


Yarn: Short sleeves: MC - 350 (350, 375, 400, 400, 400) (450, 450, 500, 500, 550) (550, 600, 600, 650, 700) g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g. CC – 10 g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g. Long sleeves: MC - 450 (450, 500, 500, 550, 550) (600, 600, 650, 650, 700) (700, 750, 750, 800, 850) g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g. CC – 10 g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g.

Samples shown in:

Sample 1 shows short sleeves, split hem and contrast braid. MC – Holly Hagg alpaca DK, 100% alpaca, 222 m per 100 g; in “Santiago”. CC – Little Orchard Alpacas DK, 100% alpaca, 200 m per 100 g; in “Nutmeg”.

Sample 2 shows long sleeves, standard hem and self colour braid. Woolyknit 4-ply yarn on cone, held double; 100% wool; 235 m per 100 g when held double; in “Burnt orange”.


Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 removable stitch markers, 2 standard stitch markers, 3.5 mm / E-4 crochet hook for picking up stitches (optional), stitch holder.


Skills: Cable cast on, knit, purl, working flat, short rows (Instructions given), increasing, picking up stitches, working in the round, lateral braid (Instructions given), stretchy bind off (Instructions given).


Gauge: 24 stitches and 32 rows over 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch using larger needles and MC, measured after blocking.


Measurements: Choose the size to make based on your bust measurement combined with your desired ease; suggested 0-5 cm / 0-2” ease for fitted, 5-10 cm / 2-4” ease for loose, 10-15 cm / 4-6” for oversized. Finished chest measurement - 32”, 34”, 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 56”, 48”, 60”, 62”, 64”.


Construction: This sweater is cast on for the back at the shoulders and worked flat to the underarms with short rows to shape the shoulder slope and shaping for the armhole. Stitches are picked up from the cast on and the front is worked down to the same point with shaping. The body is joined for working in the round down to the hem. Options of a standard or split hem can be chosen. Sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole, a short row sleeve cap worked, and then your choice of sleeve length worked. The neckband is worked from picked up stitches. All edges are finished with a lateral braid and a section of twisted ribbing.


Find the pattern on Ravelry and Payhip.

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