This is my first me-sweater completed in quite a long time. The last one I made went to my mum as it didn’t fit me quite right and it was smashing on her. This pattern is called Alias by Isabell Kraemer.
It is a wooly-wool-hug of warmth. The light worsted weight, undyed yarn’s from a little farm on Lopez Island called Island Fibers. I can’t get their webpage to load up for some reason.
I tried so hard to have the sweater completed in time to wear to the Madrona marketplace to show the farm’s owner mid-February. I didn’t have it finished. Show and tell photos on the phone had to suffice.
I knit it to the pattern adding sleeve length. I could have a bit less room in the waist. It fits great over the chest. I did not add bust darts like I thought I would. I went down two needle sizes for the ribbing. When (yep, when) I reknit it I may go down three as I’d like the rib to pull in a bit more.
Isabelle’s use of little details makes her patterns special. The pockets are knit in, cute and a snap. I was unsure about the bind off on the rib, cuffs, and button bands. Once I played around with it I rather liked how it defines the edge. She has you knit a row on the rt side and bind off in knit on the wrong side instead of the usual bind off in pattern. I had to play a bit with tension on that to avoid flaring of the rib while allowing some stretch. I think it complements the casual look of the sweater and makes the buttonhole band feel more substantial.
The construction is genius! You start at the shoulders and shape with short rows. You then add on stitches for the fronts and all are joined to work back and forth.
There are faux ‘cables’ along the sides, arms, back, ribbing and button bands that keep things interesting.
The collar is knit long and folded over and sewn down. Sooooo cozy. I love it!
A faux cable is incorporated into the ribbing.
The sleeve stitches are picked up around the armscye and knit in the round, down, using short rows. Brilliant! I like a set in sleeve. They seem to fit my frame better than a standard raglan, this avoids seaming in a sleeve and is such a smooth line. This is my second time using this sleeve method. I prefer it.
I am hooked on Isabelle Kraemer’s designs. Her patterns are clearly written. I have Daelyn printed out and the Swans Island All American Worsted yarn all set. And then there’s Driftwood. Wouldn’t that be a smart, 4 season sweater (so needed in the PNW) in a linen/wool blend? I have sweater fever, with numerous patterns purchased and in the Ravelry queue. I’ll show you Telja by Jennifer Steingass, which is on the needles, in another post. Its progress is being slowed by a looming Biochemistry final.
Have you watched the Fruity Knitting podcast? I’ve subscribed and am a Patreon. They recently interviewed Isabelle Kraemer. I enjoyed the view into her personality and mind frame around knitwear design. Fruity Knitting is my favorite knitting podcast. Andrew and Andrea, an Australian couple living in Germany, go above and beyond the usual podcast with interviews of people involved in knitwear and fibers all over the world. They have a Knitters Around the World segment where other knitters share a short video spotlight of themselves. They also hike in the UK a lot and I love drooling over the locations’ scenery while they take breaks to knit.That’s something I identify with as I always keep a small project in my backpack whilst I walk.
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