Some of you may have seen me at Rhinebeck wearing this sweater. I knit madly for a week before to get it done in time. The day I arrived was sunny and glorious, so I persuaded my lovely friend Karen to model for me. Doesn't she look beautiful? Sadly those perfect autumn days are behind us and we are in the long winter slog.
January can be a bit of a bleak time, with the holidays over and spring still not much more than a promise. Time for some mid-winter knitting! Ralston, my new pullover sweater design, incorporates slipped stitch chevron patterns across the yoke and lower sleeves. You’re only knitting one color per row, so it’s a faster and easier way to achieve that pop of color that we all need right now!
I used The Plucky Knitter Plucky Sweater for this design, and it’s a wonderful yarn with great stitch definition; perfect for showing off the chevron designs. The yarn seems dense and tightly plied in the skein, knits up easily, and feels almost weightless when worn.
With the recommended 2" of ease, Ralston is the ideal transitional piece for those days when you want to put on some layers due to the unpredictability of the weather. I can see wearing this through the rest of the winter with a long sleeved shirt underneath, and later into the spring with a T-shirt.
Ralston represents the perfect entrée into colorwork knitting for an adventurous beginner, and is also a fun addition to any more advanced knitter’s skill set. Knitted bottom up, in the round, in one piece, with the sleeves worked separately and joined to the body, it’s got lots of knitting gratification built right in. As the chevrons are knitted, it’s easy to track your progress. A few short rows at the back neck, all thoroughly explained, add a finished look to the sweater.
Ralston works well with a wide variety of yarns and colorways; I could easily see this in a neutral main color with a bright jewel tone for contrast, or dark/pastel pairing.
We’ve got a sweater KAL going on right now in my “Fans of Through the Loops” group on Ravelry, and Ralston definitely qualifies. I know, I know, there's also the Mystery Sock KAL, some of us are doing both. Our sweater projects help pass the time between clues.
Size: To fit bust 30 [32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56]” with 2” ease. Shown in size 42.
Finished Bust: 32 [34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58]”
Yarn: Plucky Knitter Plucky Sweater, 90% Merino / 10% Nylon, 270 yds per skein, MC: Cabaret 4 [4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6] skeins, CC: Oatmeal, 1 [1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
One set US 5 (3.75mm) 32” circular needles
One set US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needles
One set US 5 (3.75mm) double pointed needles
One set US 6 (4mm) double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 20 sts & 28 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette on larger needles-- blocked; always take the time to check gauge
Other Materials: stitch markers, tapestry needle, scrap yarn
Price: $6.50 US