… we don’t say dis (Sorry, it’s compulsive.) This is my second knit for the Holla Knits KAL and it was really a change for me. It’s fitted, cowl-necked, and sleeveless. I love it!
And how on Earth can this be Lilith Ubbelohde‘s second design. Have you seen her first? A romper and then this sweater!?! I don’t get it. My first, and only, design is a Madewell rip-off cowl I worked up to use extra yarn. It was like doodling while you’re on the phone, so I’m blown away by Lilith’s style.
I used City Tweed dk and size 0 needles. Yes, 0, but I’m bored with talking about my gauge because of all the knitter-speak in the world to talk about gauge is the most boring. I did find that I really loosen up tension when I do seed stitch, so I had to re-start and even reduced the cast on stitches by 4.
It does fit well. I kind of wish I’d knit it a hair longer, but I’m not sure, yet. It depends on what I’m wearing it with. If super high waisted pants do work their way back in my wardrobe, even after I pledged never to do that for fear of mom jeans syndrome, I know I wouldn’t want it longer. Otherwise, this could be longer on my torso, but I don’t want to mess with it and it’s working fine.
I could’ve blocked it out more aggressively, but I loved the fit around the arms and didn’t want to mess that up. I didn’t even have to work the optional crochet chain around them to finish them and pull them in. It has a raw, rolled look that I love.
So, the cable was fun to work, yet easy enough to memorize. I like that it runs all the way up the side and onto the cowl neck. The cowl is folded over, so it’s soft and squishy, especially in the City Tweed.
I don’t know what else to say about it. The pattern was easy to follow and it came out exactly as I hoped. Now, I have to try that romper this summer. I may as well break out of the “wife beater/jogging shorts rut” while I’m breaking out of the “knitting only with wool in Texas rut.” So many changes…
(more on ravelry, kollabora, flickr)
More on making this: planning, beginning, and the cowl neck.
LOVE this! it looks SO good on you!
Excellent! That cable is so fun looking. The fact that you love Lilith's romper sort of cements for me the fact that you and I are style-sisters. I LOVE her romper! And I know you'd have a fantastic FO from it. Rompers ftw!
So cute and springy! The cables are fabulous!
Awwwww. I'm so glad you like it so much! And who know's how these things happen. I never would have designed that romper if Allyson hadn't encouraged me. 🙂
Thanks, Jennifer! I love how it turned out, too.
I think the romper is what made me interested in checking out Holla Knits in the first place. It was so unique. Well I gotta try it. I'm really, really going to try to knit more summery things out of practicality. I already have yarn for Ontario Skies and plan to do the Fire Opal tee KAL.
Thank you, Dayana and yes, it was that warm. I was rushing to take the pics because I was starting to sweat like a pig. I'm afraid I'll have to wait til we go camping to wear this. Maybe on my anniversary, for a meal out.
Thank you, Vanessa! Now if only spring didn't really mean summer in Texas :/
Oh yes, that is a date night knit top, if I'VE ever seen one!
It is an awesome design. It was interesting enough for seasoned knitters, but very doable for a newbie. I don't have anything like this in my wardrobe. I'm definitely wearing it on my anniversary trip.
Ha! Thanks, Katie. The funny thing is, he outgrew that but I just keep saying it. Everyone expects it now. If we're watching tv or out and hear "something," they get a little smile on their face and know what I'm going to say.
Thank you, May!! I don't love being in the photos, but I do love the knits and taking the photos. So, I'm always thankful for forgiving light and a good hair day 🙂