Candy Stripes Jumper

It’s official: my new favourite sweater is ready! In fact, it’s been ready for over a week now, I’ve just been lazy to update the blog and post some photos, so it’s high time to write about it.

I was super enthusiastic about the pullover in my previous post, and I still am. It turned out just as I hoped for: very soft and squishy, with a comfortable, relaxed fit. This yarn apparently stretches a little after blocking (I haven’t washed or blocked it yet as I don’t think I’m going to wear it anytime soon, it’s too warm), so I guess it will be even more relaxed once I decide to do it.

I loved every moment of knitting, even the sleeves weren’t too bad. Just a sea of stockinette stitch with some rare colour changes: a perfect mindless project. I really recommend the pattern (Bee Stripes by Drops) for anyone looking for a casual, simple sweater that might replace your favourite hoodie ๐Ÿ™‚

If you think that’s an awkward pose on the first photo above, you are right, but I wanted to show the sleeves, which I decided to knit in pink, even though the ribbing on the body is grey. I just liked it this way. Also, not that it is related in any way, but since taking these photos last week, I’ve cut and lightened my hair, so these pictures feel almost sentimental to me now ๐Ÿ˜‰ And speaking of colour decisions, I thought I’d show you my old-fashioned way of deciding how to plan the location of stripes:

I’ve never claimed I was good at drawing ๐Ÿ˜‰

I just draw with coloured pencils in my sketch book, instead of using some modern digital method. It just works for me!

And since after finishing the sweater, I’d still had almost a full skein of each colour left, I decided to knit a hat. I will probably donate it, as I will not wear it (it’s enough that I challenged myself with pink in the sweater, a hat would be too much) and if it was a gift, I’d like to match it with a scarf or a cowl but I don’t have enough yarn for that. The good thing about hats is that they are always needed and there are many charities which collect them, so I hope someone is going to enjoy wearing it one day.

The pattern is The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S. Neary, and I love how it creates this ombre transition effect between the two colours. It was a very quick knit and an opportunity to practice colour work a little (obviously it is clear from the upper part of the hat that my colour work skills need some good training…).

My queue for the next weeks is somewhat consistent: sweaters (for me!) and shawls (mostly for others). Oh, and one blanket (for my cats, because yes, I’m the kind of person who will happily knit for her cats) as an exception. So while I will end this post now, I will write again soon about a shawl for a change ๐Ÿ™‚

11 thoughts on “Candy Stripes Jumper

  1. I love your sweater, Kat! The pictures are great!! You look so comfy in your sweater that I want to stop everything and knit one now! LOL Super cute hat too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. You did a lovely job! I like that style of sweater. I’m going to add that pattern to my queue. Looking at your sweater, I find the pink is the more intense color. It almost jumps out at you. I wonder what it would look like if you shifted the values and made the grey more intense and dominant? I also wonder what this pattern would look like in a different combination of colors? That pink with, say, a turquoise, or with a darker grey and a pale turquoise instead of the pink. Hmmmm.

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  3. I love both!! I feel like I had a shirt once upon a time that had the same colors as your sweater, makes me nostalgic for it. And I like the pop of pink at the sweater cuffs ๐Ÿ™‚

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