Somehow, back in December, I got hooked on knitting. Until then, knitting had been my “craft of last resort”, reserved for when I wasn’t near my sewing machine and just desperate to create something. So in December, I started on a hat for my sister-in-law on a flight home from Alaska and from that moment on, I haven’t been without an on-going knitting project. Since then, I’ve made 7 hats and these two sweaters (with a third about 1/2 done).
I made this first one after discovering Quince & Co yarn company. Quince & Co is a Maine-based company that sells US grown and spun yarns, and their aesthetic is just right for my style. After perusing their patterns, I found the Lesley sweater, a perfectly simple pullover by Hannah Fettig, and bought the recommended yarn. The sweater is knit from the top down in the round, with no seams to sew (wahoo!). I increased the length of the hem ribbing, but otherwise, I followed the pattern exactly for size 32.
The yarn (Osprey) is an Aran-weight wool, which is super quick to knit (1 week from start to finish on this one). I chose the “Goldfinch” color because in the depths of winter I was dying for some spring. The yarn is soft and squishy, and not at all itchy! So lovely.
The back neckline is shaped with short rows to make sure it goes up a little higher on the neck than the front. I hadn’t knit short rows before, but it was no big thing.