For my 2017 #sweatergoals, I resolved to make 5 sweaters. It turns out I only completed one of those and cast on another. Along the way, I got a bit distracted and knit 2 others, for a total of only 3 completed sweaters for 2017. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why I knit the things I knit. I honestly think I’d get a lot more wear out of garments than I do out of most accessories. Although hats are my favorite thing to knit, I can’t wear them to work and have more than I need for the winter season. I won’t stop making hats anytime soon – I often need a “palate cleanser” and those fit the bill! But I want to focus more on wearable, everyday handknits. So I’m joining in the #2018yearofthesweater KAL, hosted by skeinyarn on Instagram, with a goal of 8 sweaters. Seven of those will be new cast-ons and one a current WIP. I have the yarn for almost all of them, so no excuses! I really want to expand my handknit wardrobe, learn more about sweater construction, and try new techniques!
Tolmie by Joseé Paquin has been on my radar for a while and I love the relaxed fit and simple texture. I think I’ll trade out the garter for 1×1 rib – just personal preference. I have some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed earmarked for this sweater!
Before it warms up too much, I’d love to cast on the bulky-weight Keene by Alicia Plummer. It’s part of the stunning PlumDandi Knits book that she wrote with her co-designer Melissa Schaschwary. I love nearly every pattern in the book and have some Cascade Eco Wool on hand to knit this up – it looks so cozy!
Probably the most daunting to me is Penguono by Stephen West. I’ve accumulated so many scraps and this looks like the perfect thing to throw on when I take the dogs out! I love all the different colors and textures, but it may take me a while to sort out a color palette. I hope to start this one early in the year as I have a feeling it will be an ongoing project.
Northbound by This.Bird.Knits may just be my first yoked sweater! I have had some Lettlopi in stash for over a year and I’d love to knit it up into this sweater! The colorwork looks simple enough for a yoke newbie, but I may have to purchase a skein of CC for this one.
A sweater that I’m carrying over from last year’s list is Harvey by Hannah Baker. I’m all about the relaxed fit right now and this one looks nice and roomy! I have a SQ of Cascade 220 that I’ve set aside to turn into this. Harvey may just be my SSKAL project!
My husband got me two skeins of Candy Skein Luscious Fingering in Birthday Cake for my birthday this year (insert heart eye emoji here)! When trying to find an accessory pattern for them, nothing seemed special enough. When I came across Confetti by Veera Valimaki, I was sold! I think it will highlight the variegated yarn beautifully. A couple skeins of Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering should allow all the different colors in Birthday Cake to shine without competing with it. I can’t wait to cast this one on!
The last sweater I want to start is Tegna by Cailtin Hunter. Am I the only one that hasn’t knit one of these?! The pattern is simply stunning and I’m planning this one for Shannon Cook’s TTTKAL in the spring. I’m hoping it will be perfect in two generously-sized skeins of Miss Babs’ Tarte!
Finally, I want to finish the West End Cardigan by Hannah Fettig that I started last year. I’m not sure what happened, but I got a bit burned out on it. As it will be my only cardigan next year, I think I’d get tons of wear out of it and would really like to check it off the list!
Whew. That’s a lot of sweaters! It’s pretty ambitious for a sweater amateur like me, but you can’t reach goals if you never make them, right?! Wish me luck!!