Joji Locatelli has the greatest designs and I fell in love with her All of the Lights pattern when I saw it but I kept holding back buying it. She calls it a “cardigan coat” and I don’t really like the long length. I’m short so something the length of that sweater makes me look shorter but I figured since I’m going to be not quite so wide, maybe it wouldn’t look so long. While I was debating about whether to buy the pattern, my friend, Karen sent me an email and said “Look at this!” and she’s going to make it. I think she’s as short as I am so I asked her what she thought about the length. She said she has a sweater about the same length and loves to I bought the pattern. When I read through the pattern, I checked and it says “knit until work measures “x” inches from the underarm” and goes on to tell you which row of the braid to end on. I can certainly quite easily make it shorter.
My other drawback was that it looks a bit loosely knit in the photos. I like my knitted fabric tight. I’m a loose knitter so I usually go down a needle size but on this sweater, I was planning to go down a couple of needle sizes and then maybe go up a size for the sweater to get a good fit. I’ll have to do a swatch and then some math.
During Eat, Sleep, Knit’s 10K Sale last week, I ordered the above yarn to make the sweater. It’s Squoosh Fiberarts’ Ultra DK and the color of Framboise. I love it and I’d love a sweater out of it but I just wasn’t sure that was the yarn or color I wanted for All of the Lights.
I had been over in the sewing room winding yarn and came back to an email that ESK had a restock of the Western Sky Knits exclusive color, New York.
The minute I looked at the yarn, I thought . . perfect for All of the Lights. I went with the worsted weight because I want the knitted fabric to be tighter.
I’m really excited to start this project but with Malabrigo March, I’ll probably be working on Malabrigo projects the entire month, then April will bring a trip to MO and the second quarter begins so I’ll want to work on the Q2 knit along projects for ESK but the All of the Lights sweater is definitely moving up on my list!