New Pattern: Warrior Sweater

Every boy goes through a phase where he admires soldiers and warriors and aspires to be one. My son is in one such phase and naturally, he requested me to make a chest armor for him. I play with yarn, not metal, so I convinced him to settle for a “sweater chest armor”.

The dense, textured body of the sweater protects your little one from cold and wind. Sleeves are plain stockinette and the elbow patch using the same textured stitch adds a bit of style and interest. The sweater is worked from the top down, using raglan sleeves. Body and sleeves are worked in the round. The texture stitch is a easy to memorize and knit. The aran weight yarn makes the sweater cozy and quick to knit.

Warrior Sweater is available at a promotional price of $3 until Feb 10, after which it will be listed at its full price of $5.

Ravelry Pattern: Warrior Sweater by Anjali M.
Yarn Suggested: Cascade Eco+
Needle Size: US #9 5.5 mm for the body

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New Patterns: Punto Cowl & Hat

I am very happy to announce the release of Punto Cowl & Hat patterns which are released as part of Malabrigo Quickies. From Malabrigo Yarns website: Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. You could knit a small cowl and a hat in one skein each of MC and CC yarn. These patterns can be bought individually or as an ebook.

While I love variegated yarns,  I don’t like how muddy they look when used with cables or lace. I am not a big fan of pooling in stockinette stitch either, so the obvious step was to pair it with a plain yarn and make something colorful with it. Punto stitch pattern (as I would like to call it) is knit with one yarn per row (no carrying the other yarn) and the colorful CC yarn shows up as little specks or dots against the MC yarn.

Punto Cowl comes in 3 sizes. Small: 20 inches wide, a snug fit around your neck, Medium: 28 inches wide, a loose, comfortable fit around your neck and Long: 44 inches wide, where the cowl can be worn doubled up. All sizes are 8 inches high. Width and height can be easily modified by working more repeats of the stitch pattern.

Punto Hat comes in 4 sizes. S [M, L, XL]: 18 [20, 22, 24] inches. These are the finished sizes. Choose the size which give you no ease or an inch of negative ease.

Punto Hat
Punto Cowl

Punto ebook
Yarns Suggested: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Natural Colorway
Malabrigo Seleccion Privada in Code B Colorway
Needle Size: US #6 4 mm

New Pattern: Texo Pullover

Texo (Latin word Texo for ‘weave, twine together’) is a take on the traditional crewneck pullover with a cabled pouch added for extra warmth for the hands. The cabled pouch adds interest and texture to the otherwise plain pullover. The i-cord edges on the pouch give it a neat finishing touch. The top-down seamless construction makes this an ideal pullover to try it on as you go and also to modify the body and sleeves length.

Ravelry Pattern: Texo Pullover by Anjali M.
Yarn Suggested: Knit Picks Swish DK
Needle Size: US #5 3.75 mm for the body
US #7 4.5 mm for the cable pouch

What’s cooking?

The next pattern has been ready for release since a week now. I even managed to get decent photos of a very restless kid this time, but Bangalore’s weather has been so bad since a few weeks now, we all are taking turns to fall sick. First it was the kid and now it’s me. Since I can’t wait to show this pattern to the world, here is a sneak peek.

The Lazy Syndrome Pullover

Scene: Surya Emporium, Commercial Street
Date: 3rd December 2008

After going through hundreds and thousands of men’s pullover patterns, I pick some patterns which I like. I finalize one pattern which is liked by me and my hubby. With a tummy which looks more like an overgrown watermelon, I and hubby go to Surya Emporium to buy yarn. I have 8-ply yarn in mind so that the knitting will go faster and have one particular shade in mind. The store guy gives us the sad news that all the newly arrived yarn is tucked away in their storeroom which happens to be on the fourth floor. ‘Can Madam manage?’ he asks eying my tummy sideways. ‘Oh yes’ I declare and off we go for a trip up the stairs which go on endlessly. I pant and heave and finally reach the storeroom. I buy the yarn I want and head back home.

Scene: My Living Room
Date: 4th December 2008

I have the pattern printed out, yarn wound and the needles ready. I decide to make a swatch, the very first time in my life. After going up and down some needle sizes, I finally get the desired gauge. With this big achievement, I cast on for the sweater and knit a few rows.

Scene: My Living Room
Date: 6th December 2008

My tummy realizes that it can’t get any more bigger and decides to spit the little one out. The little boy arrives and the sweater is long forgotten.

Scene: Home
Date: December 2008 – September 2009

The hubster’s attempts at reminding me of the pullover I was planning to make for him were met with ‘Sweater? What sweater?’ Sometimes it was , ‘Hubby? Who hubby?’ He gave up after a few futile attempts.

Scene: Home
Date: October 2009

Bangalore is getting colder by the day. Hubby decides enough is enough. He fishes out the abandoned sweater, prints out the pattern and handing over the yarn, gives me a stern warning, ‘Make this for me… or else’. I knit on endlessly. I modified the pattern to knit the sweater in round. Who likes seaming, right? The cables, twists and turns are very beautiful and keeps my interest piqued for the entire duration. I complete the body in a month. It was an achievement, considering I have a 10-month old baby coming in the way. I looked at the pullover without the sleeves in awe and imagine how it would look like with sleeves.

Scene: New Home
Date: November 2009

20th is hubby’s birthday. I promise myself that I will finish the sweater for him and gift it to him on his birthday. I procrastinate over how to make the sleeves. Should I pick up stitches at the armhole and knit in round? Should I knit the sleeves in round separately and then sew them on? How about just following the pattern and knit them flat? Days were lost in making this decision. Birthday came and went and not a single stitch was added to the sweater.

Scene: New Home
Date:  December 2009

Another stern warning from hubby and I say ‘Let’s get it done with’. I finally decide to follow the pattern and knit the first sleeve flat. The sleeve is done and is admired. I mock attach the sleeves to the sweater and imagine how the second sleeve would look like. Another few days of laziness and another request from hubby ‘It’s really cold now. Can I have my sweater now?’ I sit down and knit like crazy and finish the second sleeve. Lest I lose the steam, I sew the seams, finish the neck band, wash and block. Phew. The pullover, ladies and gentlemen, is finished.

This is a beautiful pattern. Kathy Zimmerman loves cables and it shows. The main cable panel in the middle looks complicated, but is so easy to knit. The smaller, running cables at the sides add a border like look to the main panel. The sweater has the same cable pattern on the back too. The K1,P3 ribbing adds texture to the body and the sleeves. On the whole, one awesome pattern to knit and wear.  I personally don’t like wearing cables, but that’s a different story. My husband, on the other hand, loooooves cables, so he is happy and so am I.