shifting to summer

June 14, 2020







 
This is my summer variation of the Shifty sweater by Andrea Mowry. Summery, cottony, cropped and lightweight--I love it! It's a gift for my teenage granddaughter. Before I sent it off in the mail I asked my adorable neighbor to model it for me. She loved it and looked darling in it and since she has a similar body type to my grand, I think she'll love it too. It's long enough have a tiny tuck but short enough to wear baby-doll style. We tried it both ways and it looks cuter tucked.

I made the smallest size but cast on more stitches for a wider neck. I had to adjust the yoke increases and by the time I was on the second increase row I was caught up with the pattern stitch count. Because I knew I was not going to continue with the mosaic stitch past the yoke and since mosaic brings the fabric in and makes a tighter gauge, I eliminated the 4th increase and had 298 stitches at the sleeve separation. Eliminating this last increase made the body less blousey. If I had added that last increase the body would have been way too wide in the stockinette stitch.  I left the option of picking up stitches around the neck for a ribbing or i-cord, but decided I preferred it as a rolled stockinette edge. It turned out just as I had imagined and I'm very happy with my modifications.

The yarn is Rowan Summerlite DK. It's a wonderful machine wash (I even machine dry it!) cotton that is soft and easy on the hands. It wears like iron and is fabulous in every way. 

Andrea Mowry's Shifty

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9 comments

  1. Love the mods you made! Such a different look and I want to cast on!

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    1. Thank you! I’m very flattered and I think you should cast on! Kristen

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  2. Adorable, both sweater and model. Once I get my stash down (my Pandemic Project) I want to get some Summerlite. Thank you for sharing your thought process for your mods, Kristen. Reminds me of Elizabeth Zimmerman's words that "you are the boss of your knitting." I have to remember that even if I am wrong I can always rip it out. Chloe

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    1. Hello Chloe

      So nice to hear from you and thank you. I always think it’s a great idea to knit down my stash but somehow I end up buying more! The truth is, I have become bored with some of my stash.

      As for being the boss of your knitting, I also think it’s a great idea to not be afraid to rip out if something doesn’t go right. But sometimes that’s easier said than done!

      Best, Kristen

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  3. Love love love this sweater with your mods... my granddaughter is just about that size and she would love this. Do you know how many stitches you added to the neck to make it wider?

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I casted on 128 but I edited my Ravelry page to include a bit more of the neck modifications. I hope they help you. Here's the link: https://ravel.me/Kristenlynnea/s14

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  4. I love this modification to this apttern. My daughters would definitely wear this! How many stitches did you cast on?

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    1. I casted on 128 but have edited my Rav page to include my modifications in a little more detail. I hope it helps! Here's the link: https://ravel.me/Kristenlynnea/s14

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  5. Thank you Kristen I will check out your Ravelry page

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