I can't stop knitting these!

March 12, 2023

 

Hello! Here is another sweater using my newest obsession, the Basic Pullover pattern from Cleome Smith. Now when I look at my sweater quantity stash I see future basic sweaters, because as much as I love to knit the fun and fancy stuff, this is what I pull on everyday. It's funny that I used to think knitting a plain crew or V neck was just silly as the style is so easy to purchase ready made, but now I am in the exact opposite camp! Petiteknit and other modern designers have made this minimalist look popular for knitters, but I especially love this particular pattern by Cleome Smith because you can use fingering, dk, worsted or bulky weight yarns--4 patterns in one. I am definitely not done making this basic.

I used Shibui Haven again, this time in Bone. The neutral color is so lovely and has a slight blush of nude to it. The yarn is super soft Merino and because of that it is pilly, but will depill very easily with my trusty Gleener, I even travel with it, but Haven's pilling will slow down after a few wearings and depillings. The yarn is actually discontinued because Shibui has shifted their business profile and will not longer be manufacturing yarn, but it can still be found online.  It's worth a search if you don't mind the occasional depilling.




I've got another one started for summer in almost the same color! As soon as I saw that Rowan had re-released their All Season's Cotton under a new name, Four Season's Cotton, but still exactly the same, I promptly bought a sweaters worth in a pale blush called Blossom. For some reason I'm loving this color right now. This will be for summer and will be like a sweatshirt for me. The yarn wears like iron and goes in and out of the dryer and I'm so glad they were able to bring it back. The new colors are gorgeous and I had a hard time choosing. It's also very well priced at $6.85 per skein. You can see all the colors here.

As much as I love to knit and wear simple, I'm not entirely done knitting fun little patterns into my sweaters. Below is the beginning of that fabulous Paul Klee Sweater by Midori Hirose. When I first saw it I knew immediately I would have to make it. The pattern comes in sizes children up to adult  6XL so it's very versatile. Since this picture was taken I have finished one sleeve and am on the body ribbing, so almost done! The yoke is stranded knitting which I hardly ever do but you only work with two colors per row so it is definitely not a difficult pattern.  I hope to finish it this week and have pictures and complete details soon, as I have some tips to share about making this.



I have a few more sweaters to share and would really like to get my act together and prepare a works-in-progress post because I have some lovely things on my knitting horizon and I can't wait to get to them. Until then, have a good week! Kristen

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  1. Love that blush color, Kristen. So good with those antiquey-looking faded jeans! I am getting more and more “quiet” in my color choices also. Chloe

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    1. Thank you! I'm crazy over this color but it's not that easy to find. Thank you for popping in Chloe!

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  2. I feel the same way as you - I wear my basic pullovers the most. For me, that is "First Raglan" by Jared Flood. I now have 3 of those, done in Tones. I have admired the Paul Klee pullover, and have lots of Spindrift to choose from. What yarn did you use? Jan Hubbard

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    1. I've seen that pattern and just gave it another look and bought it! I like the way the raglans are shaped--wider and more towards the center of the body. It's nice for a change and of course I have yarn in my stash that will be perfect for it. Thanks for the tip! So my for Paul Klee I used mostly leftover Peerie from BT and the body was Rowan Island Blend Fine in a steely charcoal. I'll have more details later but I know you'll love knitting it!

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  3. Hi Kristen, long time fan here. I also succumbed to the Paul Klee sweater, and just bought a kit from Tanis Lavalee of Tanis Fiber Arts. Where did you get your yarn from? How did you choose which colors to put where? I am looking forward to your post about it and your tips as well! Thanks for any advice you can give us! All the best from your fangirl, Carol Perecman in snowy Oak Park, Michigan!

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    1. I saw those gorgeous Tanis kits and knew they would sell out fast and make gorgeous sweaters. I used mostly Peerie stash and others like Rowan 4 Ply Soft in light pink. I'll have a full list soon and also tell how I arrived at my color placement. So you are from Michigan and if I tell you how cold it is here, like in the 40s, you aren't going to feel too sorry for me are you? lol

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    2. Fraid not, Kristen! It is mighty cold here, but luckily I have lots of woolens to keep me warm! And we had sunshine today...

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  4. I'm so glad you brought my attention to this awesome basic pullover pattern! Being able to use 4 different weights of yarn is going to be so helpful in using some of my stash. And now I'm thinking about that Paul Klee too. . .

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    1. Yep! And the pattern is easy to follow too, even with all the different yarn weights. The designer made a really good pattern.

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