We’ve been busy here at Stolen Stitches with a new pattern (knit by the wonderful Joy!), Waning Crescent. I love combining different colours in my yarn and using different ways of blending them together. This sweater is worked from the top down and uses colourwork with textured stitches to break up the change in colour. This is similar to the technique that I used in the Bohus sweater for Laine but as you can see this looks really different in this pattern!
Here’s a look at the first swatch I did for this sweater, the stitch pattern has been tweaked a little since then and I changed the top colour from Kitten Fluff to Unexpected Macaw but it will give you an idea of how the purl stitches blend those colours together. This technique allows you to take even wild varieties of colours and using a ‘moon’ colour at each colour change that works with all of them you can allow them to blend well together.
This sweater uses one of my favourite construction techniques, top down saddle shoulder with set-in sleeves. It’s very easy with this construction to make small changes for your body size. It begins at the shoulder with the saddles on both sides, from here stitches are picked up on both the front and back of the saddle and the upper body is worked down to the underarm. After that the body is joined in the round and you alternate colourwork with different colours. As there is a good bit going on I opted to omit shaping on the body, this also means that it’s a very relaxed fit that you can wear with just 1-2″ / 2.5-5 cm of positive ease. If the saddles are the right width for your shoulders this sweater is going to fit you very nicely. Once the body is finished the sleeves are worked, using short rows to shape the sleeve caps and then working in the round from the top down.
So what colour choices do you think you might try out for your Waning Crescent?
If you’re planning on going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival I’ll have the sample with me with yarn kits ready to go!