south bay sweater

south bay collage.jpg

Wow, so that happened. 

My first sweater pattern is out there in the world! This was a long time in the making, but SO worth it. The backstory is this: when Karen hosted the top-down #fringeandfriendsKAL in 2016, I was sewing tank tops with a little bit of gathering right at empire waist height. I saw the challenge as a great way to adapt the same feature into a sweater. Armed with some gorgeous hand-dyed cormo from Wing and a Prayer Farm, I set about playing with the design. It definitely took a number of attempts (doesn't every design? I think 3 times is my norm!) but eventually it worked out and I quickly followed up knitting another version in Quince + Co Owl. This time I added a cowl neck, which has turned out to be a great option.

Fast forward through a year of finding grading help (at the time I didn't trust I could do it), going through endless rounds of tech edits (which involved learning A LOT about grading) and finally working with the best bunch of test knitters around. Which all led to launching the pattern for real just a few days ago. Phew!

The pattern is available on Ravelry, and now that I've seen all these other versions finished, I am itching to start a new one in a heathered grey. Perhaps 2018 is the right year for hosting a KAL?


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