Today I wanted to share a new finished object! I cast on this sweater almost a year ago and I’m really happy to get it off the needles. It’s a great winter sweater!
- Pattern: Druid Circle Sweater by Shanel Wu
- Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Dove Heather, Wonderland Heather (light blue), and Baltic Heather (dark blue)
- Timeline: cast on 2/13/20, cast off 1/8/21
I actually bought the pattern for this when it came out in 2018. I got to know Shanel a little bit through a virtual knitting group they and I were part of around that time. Then, I test knit the complementary hat pattern in early 2019, and really liked making the pattern, but just never got around to getting yarn for the sweater until early last year.
I made a few slight modifications. First of all, you’ll notice the original pattern doesn’t have colorwork on the bottom. I like adding some on sweaters like like this to kind of balance it out (I did this when I made my Zweig as well). Since I had test knit the hat pattern, I had a non-increasing or decreasing version of the colorwork chart that I could use. This did mean that I had to add a few more stitches to the body so that I had the correct number for the repeats. I added a few stitches at either side of the cast on underarm stitches. I also pretty heavily modified the sleeves. They were written to be quite wide, so I just decreased more than necessary. This was a little tricky given that the colorwork at the bottom is a 10 stitch repeat, and I probably could have decreased a bit less so I started the chart with 10 more stitches, the very ends of the sleeves are a bit tight.
Overall, I really loved knitting this! It was a great blend between the fun of stranded colorwork and the meditation of stockinette. I’m also happy to have supported a really cool person in Shanel. They are a PhD student around the intersection of fiber and technology, which is really awesome, and check out this awesome, in-depth analysis they wrote on German short rows!
Hope everyone is having a good weekend. If you’re in the US, especially in a Metro area, stay safe out there the next few days.