Before I get started I just need to put it out there that this photo of Sam and I is my favourite! We look so 70's fierce. All hands on the hips and ready for action! The golden light behind us, our perfectly coordinating sweater palettes. We're too much! It was a good photo day, we were having a blast and that always makes for the best shots.
Longtime readers may recall the very first prototype I knit of this sweater, oh, about 3 years ago or so (the grey version below)! Well, I can now honestly say that I love this sweater and have worn it a ton over the past 3 years so I am even more excited than usual about getting this pattern out into the world! I knit the first version with 3/4 length sleeves, a hip length split hem and about 2" of positive ease. The fit is casual, cozy and cool. As soon as I had cast off I knew that there were a few changes I wanted to make to perfect the pattern (those simple changes are what took me the 3 years to finally tackle!) and while I was at it I knew that I wanted to explore a completely different fit, one that was cropped, had long sleeves and fit snug. Basically, I wanted a perfect 70's inspired sweater that I would rock with high waisted jeans. I picked a completely different palette and an evenly distributed stipe width rather than the random approach I took with the grey version and went to town. I am happy to say that the two versions are equally loved and worn and that they serve completely different functions in my wardrobe. Don't you love a pattern that does all that!?
The stripe/colour possibilities for this pattern are literally endless! I can't wait to see what you all do with it. I really, REALLY, want to knit another in one of our NEW PALETTES! but am not sure that I can really justify owning 3 Camaro's... I love it so much that I would consider knitting one for my sister just for the fun of it.
And, since we're on the topic of the new palettes...
February is a big month for me in terms of exciting pattern releases. The sneak peek shown above is another new design I've been hinting at (this is the pattern I used for Chris Christmas sweater!) and it will be released next week and is also the perfect pattern for one of our Palettes.
I guess that if I had to choose my favourite type of knit, this would be it: colourful, scrappy, fun! I don't think I'll ever stop dreaming up projects for our Palettes. They're my fave.