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February 14, 2010

wow, look, a SECRET SWEATER!

i’m kidding, it’s just a sweater that went by too fast to blog. this is a new design of mine, which i’ve named “frugal”. there are actually a few reasons that this adjective applies to this sweater:

1. it took less than three skeins of cascade eco-wool to make this 40″ finished bust measurement sweater. which means that it costs only $45 to make.

1a. that is, if you buy the yarn new. the main color of this sweater, i’ve had in my stash for over six months, which makes it free(-ish) in my book. the blue-green contrast color is left over from the first encounter i knit for myself, and since it’s leftovers, i also consider it free(-ish). that’s right, you can knit an entire cabled hat out of the contrast color to go with your super-cute sweater!

2. i usually hate pullovers, but i knit this one because my roommate and i turned down my heat in my house because our gas bill was RIDICULOUS last month, so it’s been pretty cold in my house.

2a. my heating bill this month was $100 less (that is right ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS LESS) than it was last month because we brought the temp down 5 degrees…we’re keeping it that way.

3. all in all it took about four days to knit. this was mostly stolen moments between my mad dash on the second weymouth st. tunic, which, by the way, i’ve finished but haven’t hemmed yet. so, you get a lot of bang for your buck time-wise, too!

4. i’ve never knit a shawl collar before, so i used a sweater i bought a while ago to figure out where the neck shaping should start. it was a cashmere sweater i bought on final sale at j. crew for under $20! i was being frugal about this sweater before i even THOUGHT about knitting it!

5. frugal is a funny word both to say and to read.

anyway, here’s the messy details:
i knit this in the round, loosely basing the sleeve cap shaping on the elizabeth zimmerman seamless set-in sleeve. even though she is totally brilliant, this particular sleeve shaping of hers hasn’t really worked out for me as written, so i’ve tweaked it in this pattern. you will have to seam the underarms and a few extra stitches, but i think it is worth it.
i’m writing the pattern up right now, then i’m going to step away from it for a day or two, after which i am going to edit it and put it up for sale on ravelry. expect an update on this (and my finished weymouth st tunic!) mid-week!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2010 7.32pm

    Very cute!

  2. February 14, 2010 8.29pm

    “Frugal” and very cute sweater! The cold of your appartment brought you very warm inspiration! Good work!

    • fuchsia permalink*
      February 15, 2010 6.53pm

      thank you 🙂

  3. February 15, 2010 1.58am

    DANG, yo. That looks great! Your pullovers may convert me yet.

    • fuchsia permalink*
      February 15, 2010 6.53pm

      you know, after wearing this sweater for the entire afternoon, i’m sort of converting MYSELF to pullovers! crazy!

      added bonus: i think the placement of the shawl collar de-emphasizes boobs. i’m never taking this thing off.

      • February 15, 2010 8.39pm

        De-emphasizing boobs? I am so there.

  4. tina permalink
    February 27, 2010 1.03pm

    i love it!

  5. January 11, 2011 2.27am

    oooh this is amazing, I would LOVE to have the pattern

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