The knitting pattern is entitled "Flashy Lace Pullover - Mock Cable". The mock cable knitting pattern is a twelve-row pattern. The stitches shift in one direction over the first six rows, then shifted in the other direction over the next six rows. This creates a cable-like pattern that alternates. The yarn I used had a lot of texture so it's harder to see the pattern. Smoother yarn would show more of the cable pattern definition.
Here is a closeup of the mock cable knit pattern.
I made the sweater longer in the body than the pattern with slits in the side show below.
I used grey alpaca yarn from Acapella Alpaca Farm in Hollis, NH. The top-down knitting pattern with raglan sleeve shoulders is entitled "Knitted Spring Ribbed Cardigan" by Hannah Fettig (Knitbot). You could easily modify the pattern to shorten the sleeves and/or make it a bolero style sweater.
View from the back shows the stockinette stitch with the 6x3 pattern on the outside edges of the back.
Pattern: Lion Brand free pattern "Snap It Shrug Cowl". I chose to crochet this in one continuous circle vs. the snapped seam in the pattern. 208 hdc chains is too big for me. I'm a size 8 and have broad shoulders, but 208 hdc is too big for me. I will reduce it to 166 chains when I make the next one.
Yarn: Lion Brand "Strawberry Fields" is 53% wool and 47% acrylic. It's very soft with a beautiful blend of Fall colors. Four skeins. 50g / 147 yards each.
This can be worn as a shrug or a cowl.
Pattern: "Miley Tee" top-down knit pattern can be purchased at C2Knits.com. I modified the pattern not to increase as you knit your way down. I think it's more flattering to work straight down. Compare the photo here vs. the photo of the knitted short sleeve shirt on the C2Knits website.
Yarn: I used six skeins of Schachenmayr Aventisto Cotton "Topary Mix", 50g, 93 yards each (560 yards total).
I love top-down patterns! When you're finished knitting, you're finished with the project. No seams to sew.
If you knit or crochet and have lived in Nashua for any length of time, you probably know Covered Bridge Creations. Years ago, the store was in a different location on Amherst Street in Nashua, not far from where it is located today. The old store was at least four times the size it is today and filled with all kinds of wool, yarn and knitting and crochet supplies. The store is much smaller now with limited hours (not open on Sunday or Monday). Since the store is smaller, the yarn and wool selection is limited to very high quality fibers that you won't find in Michael's or A.C. Moore. I buy Alpaca yarn online from farms I know from the Wool and Fiber Show. If I need any other fine wool, fibers or yarn, I visit Covered Bridge Creations. Sometimes, it's just nice to touch the yarn before you buy it.
I modified the original crochet sweater pattern to accommodate the thinness of the alpaca yarn by alternating rows of single crochet and double crochet. The original pattern is rows of single crochet.
The sleeves and the body length of this pattern are too short for me. This time, I knitted the sleeve bands and the bottom body band with a knit 1 purl 1 pattern for the ribbed look.
This pattern is easy to follow and you can finish it quickly.
Pattern: Fernanda Laukaitis "Vertical Rib Sweater"
Yarn: Alpaca Tweed, Chocolate Twist by "A Touch of Twist" in Pattersonville, NY
Approximately 1300 yards used for size Medium.
V-Neck close up
I recently bought this set of Tunisian Afghan Bamboo Crochet Hook Set ($19.95) and the case ($11.95) below on Amazon. I just started crocheting in the tunisian afghan stitches. I love how some of the stitches look like knitting - nice and smooth. Tunisian/Afghan stitch projects are easy and quick to make. I will be posting tunisian afghan stitch projects soon.
I highly recommend investing $169 in the addi Click Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set. You won't be disappointed. A few years ago I spent $40 on the Needlemaster 40-Piece Interchangeable Aluminum Knitting Set. I was constantly frustrated using them as the tips unscrew themselves as you work with them. After several months of contemplating whether to invest in a second set, I finally bought the addi Click Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set. They are so easy to work with, which makes knitting projects so much more enjoyable.
The addi Click Needles are very smooth, which makes a difference in your knitting speed and comfort in your hands. Circular needles are so much more comfortable to work with than straight knitting needles. Start your knitting needles collection with this set and you won't need to buy many more needles ever.
I never saw the addi Click Needles Interchangeable Knitting Set on sale, so don't bother waiting. I bought them on Amazon to get the free shipping.
This easy quick-knit v-kneck women's sweater pattern took me about three weeks in my spare time. The pattern calls for size 11 needles and bulky yarn. I found the yarn at Michael's on sale for only one dollar per skein. The yarn is SpunWell SpiceShop "Juniper", 55 yds/skein. I used 12 skeins / 660 yards total. The sweater in the photo is a size small and I normally choose a medium pattern. I lengthened the sleeves by two inches from 17" to 19". The pattern is from "The Big Book of Quick Knit Sweaters" by Leisure Arts, which has 16 quick knit sweater patterns.
A quick-knit cowl. Pull it down over your shoulders or pile it around your neck. Very nice pattern of knit and pearl rows.
Pattern: Creative Knitting Magazine, September 2012 issue, Casual Cowl
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Worsted, Color 100, Lot 08099
This is the softest yarn, very easy to work with and so warm. You'll love it!