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6 September 2012 / freakapotimus

Labor Day is over, time for sweaters!

Knitting for cooler weather

Fall is just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to layers of yarn, maybe while drinking a pumpkin spice latte with a fresh apple pie baking in the oven. It is still hot and sticky in my neck of the woods, but that is not keeping me from daydreaming about warm and wooly jumpers.

I have two sweaters in mind, and my goal is to have at least one of them finished by the time the temperatures drop enough to wear it. Ever since knitting Cadence last year, I have less and less desire to work a sweater from the bottom-up. Luckily, there is no lack of top-down patterns out there.

First up in my queue is Francis Revisited, a simple top-down raglan pullover with a deep cowl neck. The pattern calls for a worsted-weight alpaca yarn, and my mind immediately went to Berroco Ultra Alpaca, a lovely yarn I used last year to knit a sweater for my mother. Being super impatient, I ran out to my local yarn shop yesterday, and lo and behold! There was just enough Redwood Mix for the sweater. Success!

As soon as I’ve finished Francis (I’m optimistic, what can I say?) then it will be time for Agatha, a lacy cropped cardigan perfect for layering. The pattern suggests knitting with Cascade 220, and as luck would have it, there are eight skeins of Cascade 220 Tweed in green in my stash! I originally bought this to knit my dad’s cozy sweater, but switched that out to Malabrigo instead. Convenient for me, this winter.

Have you already started your fall and winter knitting? What projects have you got lined up?

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