Probably not soon enough for many of you, so I thought it might be fun to get a little spring vibe going. It’s too early really to be thinking about cotton and linen (I mean, it is still only 20 degrees outside) but to hold us all over, I’ve ordered tons of Spud & Chloe Sweater, my favorite all-season blend of cotton and wool. This gorgeous yarn comes in really mouthwatering colors that should give you just what you need this time of year. I’ve reordered your favorites as well as their great new colors. Many of you enjoyed using this yarn in the Summer Wrap knit along last June.
We’re planning a fun First Friday top-down knit along using Wendy Bernard’s recipe for a perfect top-down sweater. For those of you who don’t know Wendy, she is the queen of top-down knitting and author of Custom Knits, my favorite book on the topic. Susan B. Anderson, who designs fabulous patterns for Spud & Chloe, hosted this knit-along last summer, so there’s already an amazing amount of guidance that we’re going to use to help us along. This project will begin with a few simple measurements to ensure that the finished design is exactly right for you and the way you like sweaters to fit. Wendy has also added instructions for waist shaping and modifying the neckline.
This sweater is knit all in one piece at a gauge of 5 stitches to the inch. A medium takes just 6 or 7 hanks of Spud & Chloe Sweater which has a generous 160 yards per skein. If you’re looking for springtime, choose Watermelon, Splash, or new Waterslide. We’ll be kicking this project off February 4, First Friday, in Leonardtown. If you can’t make it for the kick-off, fear not — we’ll be doing this project at both shops all month, and we’ll be happy to get you started whenever it’s convenient for you. Just stop in and say, “I need a little spring today!” We’ll take care of the rest.