You know that moment when you get the hang of something? It’s such a great feeling. I’ve got it now: I’ve got the hang of my Spectra Sweater pattern. It’s a simple design, for sure, yet it has some bits and bobs that have kept me on my toes.
Cecelia Campochiaro’s Spectra Sweater from Field Guide No. 19: Marls is very, very simple in its construction, almost paper-doll simple: it’s two flat pieces, a front and a back, that join with seams down the top of the shoulder and sleeve, and up the side seams and across the underside of the sleeves.
And yet! It’s knit so that the stripes are vertical. This means I need to knit sideways, a construction that I’ve definitely never tried before: cast on in the middle of the body, then knit to the cuff of the sleeve. Then: pick up along the cast-on edge of that first piece, then knit in the opposite direction to the cuff of the other sleeve.
Do this twice, and you’ve got yourself a sweater.
See the seam in there? That’s the center of the back.
There’s a bit of Rub Your Head While Patting Your Stomach: the shaping along the shoulder, the V neck, the side seams all happen at overlapping moments. Vigilance is rewarded!
If this all sounds wildly exotic, it’s actually not. But it’s new to me, so I’ve taken my time with the pattern, writing out the decreases, counting, being careful.
I’m having a marlvelous time watching these colors of Isager Tvinni meet each other. This yarn is so good. (We’ve got 20 colors in the Shop, endless possibilities for this sweater.)
Garments can be tricky to visualize. Making a three-dimensional object out of yarn is one of the magic tricks in the creative world—it always astonishes me when I look down at, say, a shoulder of a handknit sweater and see stitches going in all directions, with textures and colors all aligning. It’s one of the great I-Am-A-Genius feelings in knitting.
PS Lots more info on color choices and my start on this project can be found right here.