Now that the cool weather is circling around us, my thoughts turn to which sweater to knit. Not that I don’t have a large variety of unfinished projects, from skirts to vests to summer tops to baby blankets, but I don’t have a sweater on the go, which for me, is the most satisfying project to knit when autumn comes. Last year I knit Pam Allen’s “Larch,” from her book Plain & Simple. This year I have pulled a selection: “Whole Weekend,” by von Hinterim Stein is right up my alley—attractive details at the cuffs and turtleneck collar, i-cord bind offs, raglan sleeves—simple, but enough flair to make it stand out. Then there’s the “Essential Sweater Dress” from Anna Cohen for Imperial Stock Ranch. Once again, turtleneck, but loose like a cowl, with an interesting wide garter stitch band down the front to mid-thigh. Yet, I am drawn to another Pam Allen, this time a cardigan, “Chestnut,” which has an overall cable pattern, the decreases occurring in the side stockinette band. Another cardigan under consideration is “Emma” in Julie Weisenberger’s Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. This open, long, and loose cardigan is perfect for throwing on in when the temperature’s drop in the evening. I like the extension of the ribbing up the back of the arms and the fabric side pocket construction. Plus, I’ve been wanting to try to the Cocoknits Method for a Tailored Yoke. That may be what sways my decision (and the fact that it is knit in bulky yarn on size 11 needles) but for now, I’m still reading over the patterns and wandering around the store looking at yarns.
Paula Herbert is a former 8th grade English teacher and yarn shop owner. She has opened her second shop, LYS, and is enjoying the company of fellow knitters, crocheters, spinners, and fiber artists.