The wonderful, always inspiring Glenna has been doing a fantastic series about sweaters recently. One of her drum beats is about selecting a pattern that suits you, and then making intelligent modifications so a garment moves beyond homemade to handmade. This is a topic I've been thinking about recently, because I am living out of a suitcase, and making my clothing decisions a week at a time. I thought the footwear would be hardest part of this equation, but it's definitely the knitwear!
Since Fall is one of my favorite seasons, a lot of my knitting is selected with Fall in mind. My favorite things: 3/4 sleeves, rich colors, lend themselves to an autumnal palette. To springboard from this, I wanted to do a recap of my favorite knitwear. I make a lot of garments, and it seems silly to only talk about them when they are brand new. How are they wearing? What's my favorite?
I should probably be embarrased to wear my Lightweight Pullover outside the house, since I wear it ALL THE TIME, but there you go. Why? The gray is a great neutral; I can wear it over black, gray, brown, or denim, and it's a simple shape, so it can be dressy or casual, depending on the accessories. Dynamite.
This is a bottom up raglan with a rolled edge turtleneck in Queensland Kathmandu Aran. For someone who generally does not like raglans or high necks, these two sweaters are funny pick. I love how versatile the shape of this sweater is: it's a great platform for a piece of jewelry. I love the shorter sleeves and the longer length: a winner!
And another cowlneck raglan! I wear this sweater all the time. This is a heavily modified version of Finial, from Twist Collective. The beads at the hip add visual interest, but the voluminous cowl keeps things from geting frousy or twee. Plus, 100% cashmere. What's not to love?
Including this sweater is cheating a bit, since I didn't make it. One of my dearest, most wonderful friends gave it to me. She designed it for her portfolio and I love it with a passion usually reserved for discontinued Rowan or my husband. It is also a raglan (!), with a wide boat neck and a bloused shape. I love the color, the neck/hip detailing, and the feeling of being close to my sweet Sara whenever I wear it. It's the perfect antidote to a hard day. Some people may buy shoes, I freebase other people's handknits.
Lastly, another raglan: the Folded pullover. I love the subdued shape, the pleat detailing- it provides just enough interest to make the sweater unsual without making it a single wear item- and the wide boat neck. The yarn, Dream in Color Smooshy, is not my favorite, but it has held up admirably. This is the kind of sweater I will do an entire load of handwash to be able to wear.
What have I learned in writing this post? I wear the heck out of raglans. I am normally very averse to them, since I have relatively broad shoulders, but they seem to be the sweaters I wear again and again. I love bright colors, sleeves that stay out the way and WOOLWOOLWOOLWOOL. Of course, that last one probably isn't a surprise!
Stop by later this week for a roundup of my favorite cardigans. I promise: they won't all be raglans.