The pattern that has me excited is Japan Sleeves by Joji Locatelli, a designer from Argentina, whose patterns I have long admired. I am using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, a fingering weight yarn, that I have used many times before.
|Molly Ringwald & Teddy Bear|
The first part of the pattern are the lace panels on the sleeves. When I started this section I was working on a few other knitted projects at the same time. I promised myself that I would knit a few rows a day, knitting both panels at once. My lace knitting skills are still something that I am working on, but the beauty with these lace panels is that they are only 25 stitches wide, so errors are easy to find and correct. The finishing of these lace panels coincided with the end of the other knitted projects I was working on. Now I can focus all my knitting energy on this sweater.
The real magic occured when I picked up the stitches on the lace panels and cast on some stitches in between, creating the sleeves and the shoulder shaping. As any good knitter knows, knitting sleeves are something that can become a chore. If a pattern is knit in pieces some knitters choose to knit the sleeves first to get them over with. Other knitters like myself can't wait to do the body of the sweater first, and then later regret that decision when the sleeves take forever to complete. But the beauty of this pattern is you work on both sleeves at the start in a very interesting way. And if you love your chosen combination of colours as I do, it is so much fun to see the stripes emerge. The bonus is before you know it the sleeves are done!
|The lace panels are part of the sleeves|
Another pattern that this designer has just published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 12: Spring 2015 is a hat called Vitsippa. The stranded colourwork pattern is so original... I really have not seen anything like it. As soon as I get my hands on the pattern I will definitely be knitting it. Check it out!
What knitting pattern has you excited?