If you’ve been reading this blog remotely recently—like in the past two years or so—it’s totally understandable if you think I only make shawlettes and shawls, interrupted by the occasional bit of jewelry. But in my knitting and crochet career overall, my major focus has been sweaters, and I’m delighted to announce that I’ve finished another one.
It would sound inspiring as all get-out to say the Smart Plaid Pullover is a testament to the power of persistence, but it was more like a inertial stubbornness on my part. My first attempt was in 2010. The yarn (Rowan Scottish Tweed DK) was attractive, it showed the pattern stitch off well, and things were going along wonderfully. I was partway through the sleeves when I discovered that the pattern had lied about how much yarn I’d need and I was way short. By then, of course, Rowan had discontinued the yarn and I’ve never managed to find more of the same dye lot.
Armed with (much more) City Tweed DK, I began my second attempt in late 2016. It zipped along quite nicely until the following spring when I had to start the sleeves and my enthusiasm faltered. Maybe I was traumatized by that earlier failed effort. At this point, the inertia kicked in: I kept working on the sweater, but more out of habit than love or enjoyment. At least that got me through the summer. Then…pfft. All I can say is that there was an inch left on one sleeve and maybe twice that much to go on the other, and it just wasn’t happening. I got back to working on it this spring, mainly because I was fed up with always pushing the project bag out of the way to get at something else.
It’s now summer, so I won’t be able to wear the sweater for real for months yet. But here’s evidence of the insulating properties of wool: it was 94° F (34° C) when this photo was taken, and yes, that’s a wool sweater over a cotton turtleneck. I thought I’d be miserably hot and that it’d be a race to get a photo before I was drenched in sweat. As it turned out, I was warm, but that was it. Really, the parts of me that weren’t under the sweater were more uncomfortable. Here’s hoping it performs this well in winter.
Smart Plaid Pullover
Pattern: Smart Plaid Textured Pullover
Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed DK
Colorway: Tahitian Pearl
Needles: 2 (2.75 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm)