Idea Log: Three sweaters haunting my thoughts

Idea Log: Three sweaters haunting my thoughts

This is a much less complex Idea Log than past installments, albeit in triplicate. Here we have three very simple sweater ideas, spurred by specific yarns, that I can’t stop thinking about knitting. So I’m recording them for the moment rather than making any queue commitments:

1. I think I’ve abandoned the whole Penguono project. (For me to ever complete a knitting project, I have to be entirely covetous of the FO, and I’m just not in this case.) But these insane skeins of black-and-white handspun yarn I got from Rebekka in the course of things keep begging to become a sleeveless tunic. I’m imagining a slightly oversized, crewneck version of my turtleneck.* It would be so quick and simple and delicious, but also a bit of an investment by the time I acquired enough skeins.

Idea Log: Three sweaters haunting my thoughts

2. A little birdie pointed me to this new Purl Soho yarn, Linen Quill — I don’t think it’s even been officially announced yet — and omigod I cannot stop imagining the perfect sweater for each gorgeous color. (Held double, of course.) But the ones that are haunting me most are an easy wide-cropped cardigan (you see I’m debating the sleeve shape) in the Kettle Black — despite my having knitted 3 black sweaters in the last few months! —and …

Idea Log: Three sweaters haunting my thoughts

3. … a simple little tank in the Rose Granite. I’ve been wanting a pretty pale pink top since seeing a certain J.Crew photo in late 2014 (blush top, lilac cardigan, army pants, so good), and have been imagining it as a slinky woven item, but now I think it would be amazing in this yarn. Only question is how it would look with my skin.

*I know, y’all. I would really love to write that pattern, but there’s never time. Hopefully one of these days!

38 thoughts on “Idea Log: Three sweaters haunting my thoughts

  1. How about a KAL in the future for one of the sweaters? I have made one sweater and I am ready for another but would love to follow along for another one with sleeves. I have a lot to learn. I love your idea about the body in the round but knitting the sleeves flat. I keep monitoring your site for a Kal as you have wonderful pictures and easy to follow advice. Have a great day, Mary.

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  2. The black and white seems destined for greatness. For a moment, I thought of it in conjunction with the sleeveless Dries Van Noten sweater from a few posts back. Why not make a mottled aran-inspired top? It’s kind of what you’ve drawn on top.

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  3. Okay- I’m going to NYC this weekend with Elizabeth and I am buying up all of that linen yarn ;) It is just too gorgeous! I think if you had a bit of a tan, you could totally pull off that pink. I always think a tan makes those colors easier to wear. Do you have any patterns in mind for that tank?

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  4. Ok, the Purl Soho introduction of Linen Quill just popped up in my mailbox and I could not resist. Must try it out on hats – it sounds so luscious! And I love the vest sketch. Very much want to knit simple tank tops like that!

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  5. Quill indeed is gorgeous (in the pics)…colors are fantastic! …just wish there was info on where it was sourced/produced, etc. Anyone heard/seen/more info? (surely I could contact PurlSoho…but just thought I’d ask).

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  7. Oh that blush pink! Blush pink is a guilty weakness in my stash. I’m currently knitting the Shibui Knits Slope Tank in Charcoal, but I want the same tank as you in that blush! If you don’t write a pattern, the slope tank would work in that as well, too, I think?

    Love these inspirations – dreaming of what to knit is my favorite part of knitting, so I love hearing your thought process!

    – Natalie
    @oystersandpearls

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