So happy to hear the cheerful reception for the new Field Guide! For those who missed our Zoom launch party for Field Guide No. 17: Lopi, with Mary Jane Mucklestone, we’ll make the link available shortly.
Nothing like a new Field Guide to get me scheming. I’m making my plans for what I’ll be knitting.
Up first: the Destination Pullover.
From the moment this idea started floating around, I was for it.
In Field Guide No. 17: Lopi, the Destination Pullover lets me pick three colors and a stitch motif from five possibilities shown in the Field Guide.
And there’s the contrasting lining for the pockets. I really love these pockets.
Oatmeal, Air Blue, and Ash Heather
Brick Heather, Garnet Red Heather, Royal Fuchia
I’ve never made a colorbock sweater before, but I’ve always wanted to. Knowing that the Léttlopi palette is coming in at 38 colors in the MDK Shop, this design just seems like fun from the get go.
What Colors to Use?
I have no idea! But it’s pretty diverting to fool around with color combinations.
There are thousands of possible combinations. I’m leaning toward close colors.
Remember that Mary Jane gives us five options of stranded stitch motifs to use at the intersection of the colorblocks. You don’t have to use the two-color motif that you see in the photos here—some of the motifs have three or even four colors in them. This makes it possible to use these deliciously murky combinations divided by a stranded moment where you can put a bit of a lighter color, or a wildly brighter color, in a way that keeps the murkies from blurring into each other.
Or maybe blurry murkies are your thing. I know I’m tempted.
Here are some trios that interest me.
Bottle Green, Pine Green, Lagoon
Black Heather, Royal Fuchsia, Ash
Violet, Grape, Heaven Blue
Brick, Rust, Golden
Navy Blue, Ocean Blue, Stone Blue
Pine Green, Celery Green, Spring Green
Galaxy, Rough Sea, Moor
There’s so much to play around with here. I can imagine this sweater with a solid dark for the bottom two thirds of sweater. Work a motif using a contrasting color, then work top third in a light color.
Or a solid body with just sleeves with color.
Or more than two moments of stranded motifs. Three? Or four even? Ditch the colorblock idea altogether for a full-on stranded pullover and do motifs all day long?
Stay tuned. This thing knits on a US size 10 (6 mm) needle, so it’s a quick project no matter what.
You’ll find all the Léttlopi colors in the MDK Shop. Have fun!