The green sweater

So here’s the story.

At a knitting-group get-together last summer, my friend Gina shows up with two bags of yarn and asks, “Does anyone want these?” Some time earlier, she had bought two six-skein sets (one in green tones, one in pink/mauve tones) of a Cherry Tree Hill handpainted yarn called Wool in the Woods, thinking she’d make sweaters with it. It’s a beautiful yarn–the colors are amazing, and there are tiny gold threads running through it that offer some subtle sparkle. But when she got it, she wasn’t sure that she loved it, and after a while decided to clear it from her stash even though she still kind of liked it.

At this moment, I came up with a Brilliant Idea: “Hey, Gina! How about I buy the green yarn from you, you keep the pink yarn, and we have our own little knitalong and knit the same sweaters?” She loved this plan, and we spent the next couple of days e-mailing back and forth about possible patterns.

She found the winner: a bottom-up raglan that was in the Knitting-Pattern-a-Day calendar two or three years ago.


The pattern calls for fairly deep ribbing on all cuffs, and the waist is designed to be high (because, really, you don’t want a lot of snug ribbing around your waist…). The front-left raglan seam is actually a functional button band, but because of the wide neckline I don’t actually need to unbutton the sweater to put it on or take it off–which is good, because the buttons I used aren’t perfectly round and might snag on the yarn

I love this sweater. It was a fairly fast knit, and Gina and I both had ours done before cold weather arrived last fall. I think I’ve worn mine at least twice a week since then.

(Project 365 | 2010: 1 March)

4 Responses to “The green sweater”

  1. Chrison 20 Mar 2010 at 11:08 am

    It’s gorgeous!

  2. Katie Jon 21 Mar 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Love this sweater!

  3. Ginaon 24 Mar 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I love the green color with those flecks of bright pinks and yellows. And the buttons really seal the deal. It suits you really well! I think I mentioned that I gave away the one I made using the pinks/coral/plum combo yarn that I had. Yeah. I might actually try to make this one again, but in a yarn that has either some acrylic or cotton in the mix. All that wool was just too much for me. I’m such a delicate little flower, aren’t I? LOL, right.

  4. Marshaon 26 Mar 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks, everyone!
    @Gina: Get yourself some non-itchy-to-you yarn and start cranking on this! The style looked so good on you–you NEED to have this sweater in your repertoire!