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Ankers Sweater

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My newest sweater is complete and I couldn't be happier with it.  Say hello to the Ankers Sweater.  Pattern is by Petite Knit and the yarn I chose is from La Bien Aimee, which I picked up at Tolt Yarn and Wool.


This yarn is absolutely beautiful, both in color and feel.  It's 100% Merino Wool, hand dyed in Paris, and is oh so yummy!  If I ever get back to Paris, visiting La Bien Aimee will definitely be on my list.  


I knit the yoke a couple times.  First time, I felt like it was going to be too small, so I went up size and am so glad I did. I also knit it a little shorter than what I wanted it to be because I knew it was going to grow about an inch in length.  It turned out better than I ever could have imagined.  


The feel, the color, the drape...I never want to take it off!  But I did, for work and dishes today because this yarn is too nice to ruin with silver dust and coffee grounds.  LOL!  


I paired it with my original hand stamped necklace, sterling silver tags with my boys names on them.  Out of all the jewelry I've made, this one is still my favorite because it was the first.  


Hope you love this sweater as much as I do.  If you're not a knitter, maybe, just maybe this will inspire you to learn knits and purls.  You'd be amazed at how simple this sweater really was to knit.  The yoke (neck and shoulders to underarms) was basic 1x1 rib and the rest is the ever beautiful stockinette stitch.  Perfect blend of relaxation for this girl who loves to knit with her family nearby and still have a conversation with loved ones.  


The only problem is what am I going to knit next?  ;)



Larch Sweater

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Meet Larch.  This is my newest sweater from the Plain and Simple book by Pam Allen.  I am so in love with this one! 


Before the Olympics started, I knew that I wanted to have a project on my needles that allowed my to sit and relax while soaking in all the primetime goodness in PyeongChang.  When I saw all the designs in the Plain and Simple book, I knew, just knew that Larch would be the perfect sweater.  


It's basically a tube with sleeves and then another tube for the neck.  Pockets were brand new to me, which I made a little deeper because come on...a girl's gotta have useful pockets.  


This sweater is knit using the suggested yarn, Quince and Co. Owl in colorway Albertine.  It's half wool and half alpaca so the drape is fantastic.  Cozy, simple, and extremely wearable....LOVE!  I did have to go up 2 needle sizes to get closer to gauge, and honestly could have gone up one more but decided to stick with the 9s and know the sweater would be a tad smaller than the size I was making.  Also, for the cowl neck, I picked up every stitch, which was a little different than pattern.  I really wanted the neck to hang down and be a true cowl, not a turtleneck.  :)


Now that my Larch is done, I started working on the Oxbow Cardigan from Tolt Yarn and Wool's A Sense of Place.  Looking forward to sharing that one soon!!