It seems Bodhi is getting all the sweaters lately! While I intended to knit up a sweater for Jones during the Heart on my Sleeve KAL, when I went to the stash to choose some yarn I came up with a sweater body, 2/3 done, in about a Bodhi size. The yarn is a beautiful grey/brown called ‘bruin’ in Sweet Fiber Merino Twist Worsted. I can’t remember what the original plan was, but it became the start of a Hearthstone sweater!
My Hearthstone Mods
All of the sweaters for Heart on my Sleeve are worked from the bottom up, so I knocked out a couple of sleeves, finished up the body, and then it was on to the yoke. Since I had a worsted weight yarn at a gauge of 18 sts per 4″ I followed the 1-2 year instructions but used 4-6 year lengths for a sweater that has some room to grow. Check out our tutorial on working a pattern in a different gauge for some useful tips if you’d like to do the same!
After working for ages on stockinette in the round, the yoke feels like a treat and I always love cables!
Are you Knitting Along?
We’ve got a big Heart On My Sleeve KAL running in our Ravelry group (with chat on our Facebook Group too) if you would like to join in. There is still time to knit up a kid’s size, or an adult size if you are speedy! There are some really great prizes… and all proceeds from this collection go to the Against Malaria Foundation to save lives! (We’ve raised US$ 36,640 already, which buys 14,655 nets to protect 26,000 people… the entire population of 40-50 villages). Learn more here.
A Glimpse into the Mind of another Designer
It is always fun, as a designer, to get a look into the mind of another designer by knitting their patterns. I am accustomed to being the one figuring things out, and it is so enjoyable to simply knit when someone else has already done the designing! I had this experience knitting up the kiddie sizes of Romi’s Brightheart and Bristol’s Wholehearted sweater. A few ‘aha, I see what you did there’ moments, and one ‘how did she come up with this? Brilliant!’. Ysolda’s Hearthstone yoke was equally fun, straightforward in instruction, and genius in its simplicity and impact. The finished sweater is beautiful and I love it.
More pretty sweaters from Heart on my Sleeve: