Knitting gives us a project for every possible mood. What I’m liking about the brand-new Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings is the way Karida Collins taps into the sweet spot of easy and clever.
So when I got wind of the news that Karida wanted to include a simple pullover, knit from the bottom up in the round, I was all in. Simple sweaters are the ones I reach for the most.
Consider this brand-new design from Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings.
It’s called the Debut Pullover (Ravelry link), and it includes all sorts of clever details.
The yoke includes a knit-purl swirly pattern, subtle and almost a wink in this otherwise pure design. It comes once you’ve worked the body and sleeves and joined them in a triumphant moment.
When I bind off at the neckline, I’ll have so little to do. This bottom-up construction leaves us with only two tiny underarm seams to finish. (If you’ve knit a lopi sweater, you’ll recognize this construction.) All of a sudden, it’s a sweater zipzapzoom.
Simple Design + Great Colors
The number-one thing I love about this design is that it calls for Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio DK.
DK is the charmer of yarn weights. It makes a fabric that’s not too warm, yet it knits up pretty fast. It’s the friend at your party who runs out for more ice before you even notice you’re low. Organic Studio DK wants you to have a great party.
The color here is Oaklee.
Speaking of parties, consider the colors in the gallery up top. Karida has built her reputation on saturated colors, and the 10 choices we have in the Shop are glorious. There are four blues for anybody looking for blue. (Blue is the universal donor of yarn colors, as DG Strong has discussed.)
And the brights are superb—each skein shows Karida’s hand in dyeing these yarns. The color shifts are tonal and subtle, even in her dazzling brights.
I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I’m going to make this sweater using . . .
That’s a big decision for me. Karida’s blues are perfect.
But it’s time to go for it.
What color grabs you? Maybe you can help me decide.