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Onward

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends!

First off, thanks for the great response to the tiny butterfly rings! It was just a quick throw in freebie and I didn’t expect the outpouring of butterfly love. If you missed it click here for the free pattern and click here for the Ravelry project page. Within an hour of posting the pattern a quick knitter already had a butterfly ring posted on Ravelry. I wrote to tell her how speedy she was and she told me her daughter would not take her ring off for anything. Love that.

I want to share a bit about the top down raglan I am knitting up in Sweater Grape Jelly. I am moving onward and upward. Or I guess I should say downward!

The body is finished. I added a quick garter stitch border at the bottom edge. My main goal here is simple and easy. I picked up and added a similar neck edging. This sweater feels so good to hold and wear. You wouldn’t believe it. It is soft and squishy and warm. I love it.

Here’s what I’ve got so far. I couldn’t wait to try it on…

Guess what? It’s perfect!!! I love the neckline and the pure simplicity of this sweater. It is my new favorite for sure. This sweater is incredibly comfortable with the fit and the yarn. I’m all about comfort in my clothes, nothing fussy is welcome.

I’ve got a plan written out for the sleeves and have started the first. I am about two inches along.

Don’t you love it when something works out so well? I am knitting on US size 7 needles at 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch. My sweater is in the 36 inch chest measurement size which is usually a medium. I didn’t add waist shaping because I don’t like tight clothes at all but you could add waist shaping. I am on the 4th skein of Sweater in the Grape Jelly colorway. This deep, rich eggplant/plum purple is so interesting as a color because it changes with the light and keeps you guessing.

More to come as that’s all I know for now. Knitalong plans are in progress but it will still be a little while before we start. I’ll keep you posted.

29 Responses to “Onward”

  1. July 28, 2010 at 11:07 am Jocelyn says:

    Ooooh LOVE it!!! That grape jelly sweater yarn IS a dream…I’m working on a cable hooded sweater for the fall (http://ravel.me/mamajoss/cph) right now with it and to knit with this color/fibers is amazing — can’t wait to see your sweater finished :)

    • July 28, 2010 at 11:17 am sanderson says:

      can’t wait to see your hoodie!!!

  2. July 28, 2010 at 11:28 am Kanani in California says:

    I love the simplicity of the sweater and I am definately plannign to join the knitalong. Will there be any additional suggestions for adding hood or “kangaroo pocket” – at least that’s what I call it – the pocket that is usally in front of a regular sweatshirt?? Thanks! Can’t wait for the pattern – this will by first sweater.

    • July 28, 2010 at 11:37 am sanderson says:

      My plan is to just do a simple sweater without any bells and whistles this time around:)

  3. July 28, 2010 at 11:39 am Kathi Jobson says:

    WOW, I love the simplicity and beauty of the sweater and the yarn color. Think I will buying some Grape Jelly soon! I’m a beginner knitter and this is something I could make.

  4. July 28, 2010 at 11:47 am Sandy Goodchild says:

    Looking Beautiful. I cant wait to get my hands on the grape color.

  5. July 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm Debbie says:

    Looks fantastic! I just received my Grape Jelly yarn yesterday, so I am ready to go! Since I have completed one top down sweater and I’m almost finished with another, I was able to figure out approximately how many skeins I would need. I can’t wait to start knitting this sweater!

  6. July 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm Terrie says:

    Your sweater is looking great! I love the color and the garter stitch edging :)

  7. July 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm Jennifer says:

    Love it!

  8. July 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm Cheryl says:

    I can’t wait for the pattern! The sweater looks great in Grape Jelly but I’m thinking I should make up a few in different colors!!!!!

    • July 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm sanderson says:

      me, too, on the lots of different colors. I will do lots of variations on sleeves and other details when I make more. Won’t it be great to have a go-to easy sweater pattern that you know will fit and then to play around with all kinds of options? Yes!!!

  9. July 28, 2010 at 7:28 pm Sara in WI says:

    Yum! Can we add a Peanut Butter color,too?

  10. July 29, 2010 at 3:57 am Lucy says:

    It’s looking great!

    I would like some waist shaping though. How to add one?

    • July 29, 2010 at 7:17 am sanderson says:

      I will talk about that.

  11. July 29, 2010 at 9:05 am Barb Yerke says:

    Can’t wait for the Knit Along. LOVE this sweater.

  12. July 29, 2010 at 9:07 am deb S. says:

    I’m one of those knitters who hasn’t tried a sweater yet!!!I have high hopes you will be the one who has inspired me to try this pattern!! Simple knitting is all that’s needed..And some fab yarn…I just heart your style and think your a #1 knitter.
    Hope your local knit shop stocks up in this yarn !! I plan to order…

  13. July 29, 2010 at 9:37 am Laura Tawney says:

    Love the sweater and color! Looks terrific on you and love how it’s coming together:) I’ll be joining the knit-a-long. It looks easy enough.

    Laura T

  14. July 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm Lori says:

    Love the simplicity and the colour – am looking forward to joining the knit-a-long as I haven’t been able to make a sweater that I could actually wear before….exciting! :-)

  15. July 30, 2010 at 2:39 am Lucy says:

    I think it looks great as it is. short sleeve

  16. July 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm Merri Fromm says:

    WE are so excited about this! Val, Colleen and I are ready. I think Karen wants to, but she’s scared.
    Of course, color discussions are ongoing–what if we all choose the same color, maybe we should choose the same color, would that be funny or weird? Can’t wait, Susie!

    • July 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm sanderson says:

      What? You are so funny. I think you should all choose the same color and then plan to wear them on the same day:)

      I have about 8 inches done on the first sleeve. I am figuring out the decreases as I go. I’ll try it on soon to see if I am hitting the mark.

  17. July 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm Louise says:

    That looks so great! I am using the S & C sweater yarn for a February Lady sweater. It is chipmunk. I love how it is knitting up and it feels wonderful!

    • July 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm sanderson says:

      That sweater is on my do – to list and I am glad to hear the S&C Sweater is working well for it. I’ll have to do that, too.

  18. July 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm Olof says:

    still in love with the neckline. I’ve gone sweater crazy though. I need to stay focused and knit my toys though. I’m working on the wrap me up puppies. They are too cute.

  19. August 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm Clarinda says:

    I just wanted to thank you for being so generous with the free patterns. You are a great designer, and I know your designs sell, as does the fantastic Spud & Chloe yarns. Of course, I realize that your providing the free patterns might generate more yarn sales. However, because your designs are so beautiful, I think they would sell anyway, so I appreciate your generosity. I have knit most of your free patterns (yes, with Spud & Chloe). They are wonderful–and well-written. Thanks so much!

    • August 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm sanderson says:

      You are very sweet:) Thank you and you’re welcome! I love my job here at Spud & Chloë!

  20. August 4, 2010 at 11:08 am Becky says:

    I am a advanced beginner knitter; and I would love to try the neck-down sweater pattern. I am not sure, but did you mention about doing a knit-along with this pattern in a past blog? If so, I would totally join in because I never got the courage to make sweaters! It is a lovely sweater and it’s in my favorite color!

    • August 4, 2010 at 11:32 am sanderson says:

      Yes to the knitalong! I am working on it now!

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