Karen Templer at Fringe Association announced the plans for her annual knitalong this year, and it’s all about top-down, improvised sweaters! I’ve read her tutorial in the past and have to admit that I’ve always been intrigued, but I’ve always had so much in the queue that I never tried it. Thing is, I will give priority to starting the Bohus sweater I’ve talked so much about, but after that I have no designs in mind to knit! So I’m giving some thought to participating in the knitalong.
Here are some quick ideas for possible designs. Of course there’s stripes, but I do kind of want any sweaters I knit to be work-appropriate, which kind of nixes casual stripes. Some fair-isle colorwork stripes might be okay though. Otherwise, I’ve been wanting a burgandy cabled sweater so that’s an idea too, but I’m not sure I want to tackle designing my own cables. I have a few pattern books with pretty cables, but I’m worried about balancing cables together. Last idea, and the one that most intrigues me, is a fisherman’s knit sweater with a turtleneck (prob more of a cowl neck) with eyelets in the raglan. I’ve seen these sweaters a lot in Japan and have always wanted one in a muted neutral.
Regardless, if I do end up joining the knitalong, I’ll probably go with a worsted weight. I’ve been knitting with so much fingering weight yarn and sport yarn this year! It’s time for a chunky sweater…maybe. I’ll have to keep my eye out on the wintery yarns that I’m sure my LYS will be putting out soon.