Greetings, friends! This week, we are taking you on a tour of the clever projects Cecelia Campochiaro designed for MDK Field Guide No. 19: Marls. Next stop on the hop-on, hop-off bus: the Spectra Sweater.
When the team was brainstorming the projects for Field Guide No. 19, the thought kept recurring: There had to be a sweater.
Marling creates sophisticated textured fabrics, even in plain stockinette. The love that fashion designers have for these fabrics is evidenced by the gobsmacking marled sweaters that pop up on the runway each season.
Knitters love sweaters, and when knitters get to know marling, they are going to adore marling. So, in conclusion, and we rest our case: Field Guide No. 19 had to have a marled sweater.
Cecelia was up for it.
Cecelia was all in.
Cecelia was born ready.
And what a sweater she made! The Spectra Sweater (Ravelry link) is an adventure for our needles. Its marled stripes are vertical, because the sweater is knit side to side. The front and back each start with a cast-on in the center, which is then worked to the cuff, in marled stripes. To work the other half, stitches are picked up in the cast-on and then worked to the opposite cuff. The front and back are then joined with a 3-needle bind-off along the shoulder and sleeve edges. Nifty!
The shape is boxy, with snug sleeves. (Our favorite fit, what a coincidence!) We’re knitting our own Spectras with lots of ease, for that flowy silhouette we adore.
Test knitter Josh Moll knocked her Spectra sweater out of the parK. the fit, the styling, the colors—it’s so inspiring. Thank you, Josh!
One of the best (and most challenging!) parts of knitting the Spectra Sweater is picking 4 colors from the beautiful palette of Isager’s Tvinni. There are so many ways to go, and all of them are beautiful.
Tvinni (which is pronounced “tweenie,” approximately) is one of the great yarns—fine, light merino lambswool in an airy fingering weight. Even when held double, Tvinni knits up into a featherweight fabric. We first encountered Marianne Isager’s yarns in her gorgeous Tokyo Shawl. It was love at first knit, and we’re thrilled that Cecelia chose an Isager yarn for the Spectra Sweater.