Posted on | October 22, 2012 | 18 Comments
I haven’t had much to report on the design front in a little while, so I’m excited to be able to introduce you to the Thayer Street Cardigan, my contribution to November Knits, a fantastic collection of projects edited by Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley.
November Knits celebrates the changing seasons and all of the good things that come with it. What knitter doesn’t long for the cool air and falling leaves that mean sweater weather is here! The Farm Hands and Ivy League stories focus on projects for cooler weather in the northern parts of the country, however, knitters in warmer climates will be sure to find something of interest as well in the Southern Comfort theme.
For the Thayer Street Cardigan, I was inspired by school colors and rooting for the home team. To me, the Ivy League theme screamed stripes (one of the easiest ways to introduce color in your knitting), but I wanted to approach them in a different way for this classic V-neck cardigan. I decided to use two different stripe patterns and combine them together with the intarsia technique at the center back. Since there is only one color change per row, this makes it a perfect project for someone who has been interested in learning the technique, but isn’t too keen on juggling a bunch of different colors at the same time – yet. If you can twist two yarns together, you can do intarsia! Promise!
I used Green Mountain Spinnery Local Color for this project and I really, really loved it! It really doesn’t get any better than organic wool grown in the USA and dyed with natural dyes. It’s a very sturdy yarn, but definitely has a nice softness to it. It was my first introduction to Green Mountain’s yarn and I will definitely be using it again.
The lovely folks at Interweave have graciously provided a copy of November Knits for me to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment below, maybe something about what project you’d like to knit from the book, or what you love most about Fall. I’ll choose a winner on Thursday October 25th via random number generator. In the meantime, be sure to check out November Knits at your LYS!
November Knits Blog Tour Schedule:
10.1: Kate Gagnon Osborn, kelbournewoolens.com/blog
10.3: Courtney Kelley, kelbournewoolens.com/blog
10.8: Jane Richmond, http://www.janerichmond.blogspot.com/
10.11: Green Mountain Spinnery, http://www.spinnery.com/index.php/spinnery-news
10.15: Veera Välimäki, http://100-rain.blogspot.com/
10.18: Laura Nelkin, http://nelkindesigns.blogspot.com/
10.22: Melissa Wehrle, http://www.neoknits.com/blog/
10.25: Tanis Gray, http://www.tanisknits.com/
10.29: Gudrun Johnston, http://www.theshetlandtrader.com/blog/
11.1: Mountain Colors, http://mountaincolors.blogspot.com/
11.5: Melissa Labarre, knittingschooldropout.com
11.8: Lorna’s Laces, http://lornaslaces.blogspot.com/
11.12: Cirilia Rose, http://www.bricoleurknits.com/
11.15: Brown Sheep Yarn Company: http://brownsheep.com/blog/blog
11.19: Carrie Bostick Hoge: http://www.swatchdiaries.blogspot.com/