Striped sweater: inspiration and design

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I thought I knew what my next sweater was going to be: a semisolid version of Kate Davies’ owls (because, how could you not want a sweater with owls on it?!). And yes, I do want that sweater and I will eventually knit it. But I got sidetracked into thinking about a striped sweater for Rick.

It started when we were on vacation last month in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the yarn shop (Rick’s great about always finding one when we travel), I was poking around in a bin. “There’s a cool striped sweater in the other room,” he said. “Maybe you could make one like that will leftover yarn?” And it just so happened I had an odd allotment of yarns at the back of the stash. I must also have been influenced by watching Time Team and seeing Mick’s rainbow sweaters in every episode. So the bug to knit a striped sweater took hold of me, and earlier this month I gave in and started planning.

For my blueprint, I turned back to Barbara Walker’s classic, Knitting from the Top, 1996 (1972), which I had used to knit my very first sweater. Fortunately I still have that garment and because it fits Rick well, I can use it as guide. After a false start with the color choices, this project is under way and I’m hoping to finish it quickly. I’ll post again when it’s finished and blocked.

Professor Mick modeling the originalClose up of the sweater patternLetfover yarn used for the sweater