New Pattern: The Polar Bear Pullover

I showed you pictures of the finished project the other week and the pattern is now ready for download!unnamed

I kept the details fairly simple with this design because I wanted it to be approachable by newer sweater knitters. This sweater is worked in pieces from the bottom up.  The polar bear motif is worked using intarsia and is charted.  The drop shoulder and generous fit make the finished garment easy to wear, style and cozy up into. IMG_6909

It is meant to be worn with a few inches of positive ease.  These photos are of the second size on two different body types to show versatility. Be sure to leave the 2″ of ribbing unseamed when putting the sweater together to allow for a more flattering fit around the hips!IMG_6905

 

This was my first time working with Mrs. Crosby’s yarn and I totally loved it!  The fiber content (merino, silk and cashmere) is perfect and the yarn has beautiful drape and stitch definition.  As with other tonal and hand-dyed yarns, be sure to alternate skeins as you work so that the colors blend evenly.unnamed (2)

Sizes:

35 (40, 45, 50)”/89 (101.5, 114.5, 127) cm bust circumference

Gauge:

24 sts x 31 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needle

Needles:

US 3 (3.25 mm) straights and 16″ circs

US 6 (4 mm) straights

Yarn:

Mrs. Crosby Plays Hat Box – 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins of Squid Ink, 1 skein Creme Fraiche

Notions:

Darning Needle

Stitch Markers

You can now find the pattern on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy! Don’t forget to share your finished versions in this thread in my Ravelry group.

FO: The Polar Bear Sweater

You guys, I am so happy to finally have this to post. This sweater has definitely taken me longer than usual to finish (I started it back in September, can you imagine?!) but I’m in love with the result and I hope the recipient is too! I didn’t want to share anything like the finished details or photos until she received it because I know she reads this blog and I/we wanted it to be somewhat of a surprise.IMG_6880

The yarn is Hat Box by Mrs. Crosby Plays in the colors Squid Ink and Creme Fraiche.  This was my first time using Mrs. Crosby’s yarns and I really enjoyed this experience.  It wasn’t splitty, it didn’t bleed when I blocked the pieces, it’s soft (Merino, silk and cashmere, hello?) and will hopefully be sturdy enough to be worn and loved.  The yardage per skein is generous at 317 and I used under 7 whole skeins for the sweater (just a tad of the Creme Fraiche and less than 6 skeins for the Squid Ink – likely less than 6 skeins for the whole project in this size if you were to omit the bear motif).unnamed

Let’s just say that I’m going to knit some small, quick projects on needles larger than a US 6 for the next little while!  IMG_6890

I plan to publish the pattern for this sweater in the near future so I’ll be working on that and will have more details for you soon!

Have you finished anything lately? Something that was a long time coming? Something quick and easy?

WIP Wednesday: Slow but Steady Progress

I  haven’t had a lot of time to knit lately what with the new year, moving (again), catching a nasty cold and everything else life has thrown at me but I am trying to get a few dedicated minutes where I can.IMG_6638

I finished the first sleeve last week and immediately started the second.

My concern? Unless I packed away another skein of this Mrs. Crosby Plays in Squid Ink, I may run out of it and that would require some creative thinking about the neckline (and that’s assuming I have enough to finish the second sleeve in the first place).IMG_6644

What are you working on this week?  Feel free to share links in the comments!  I’ll try to get as many as I can 🙂

WIP Wednesday: ACTUAL Progress

Happy End of 2014!! I hope this year has been wonderful for you and that you’re so excited to start the new one.  My knitting has transformed a bit and for that I’m pleased.  It’s not just a pile of scrunched up grey stockinette anymore!  The back is finished and a sleeve is being worked on!IMG_0393

My wonderful momma cast on this sleeve when I visited over Thanksgiving and got a few inches into it before I left, every little bit counts and I’m thrilled to have had her help in this.

Having the two biggest pieces of the sweater done makes me feel like the sleeves, blocking, sewing and neckline will move along fairly quickly, or perhaps I’m just feeling the “Finished a Piece Mojo” that comes with a long-awaited bind off.

What are you knitting this last day of 2014?  Selfish knitting? Wrapping up belated gifts?

WIP Wednesday: Polar Warmth

This week I’m primarily working on the sweater for my Aunteeeee J and happy with the progress!

The front is completed, the back is moving along and over the weekend I coerced my knitting momma to help me start a sleeve.IMG_6035

All that I need to do is finish the back and sleeve, knit another sleeve, block and sew the pieces together then do the cowl collar. That’s not too much to get done in time to ship it for Christmas, is it?

The yarn is Mrs. Crosby Plays Hatbox and, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I’m loving it!  The colors are gorgeous (I’m being careful to alternate skeins every few rows because it is hand-dyed and has it’s quirks) and the yarn is very pleasant to knit with.

What are you working on this week?