It is a common misconception that all of Canada is very snowy. Here in Vancouver it is usually very rainy, usually not so cold, and very seldom snowy (this year being one of the crazier exceptions in my lifetime). We do not deal with the well below freezing temperatures of the prairies! We have the ocean to temper things, and the mountains to insulate things. Why the geography lesson you ask? Because 1999 is the perfect sweater for such a climate! Warm worsted weight for the chill, but an open lace so you don’t over heat. It’s the Goldilocks sweater, juuuuuuuuust right!
I’ve been thinking a bit lately about sweater wardrobes and the 1999 hits a lot of the key points for me. It is a quick knit (as sweaters go), with a simple construction, and some lacy interest to keep me going. A perfect sweater to throw on with jeans and a tank top, one of my favorite uniforms. I may have to cast one on to wear at Knit City this year!
We used the scrumptious SweetGeorgia Trinity Worsted for the originals. It has an amazing drape to it, and the silk gives it a lovely shine. The layering possibilities for this sweater are great, you can see the difference above when Natalie is modeling with a black tank top vs. a pink one.
Emily and I have each knit a 1999 since Mad Colour, one for Hunter and one for Max. Hunter’s is in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘princess rockstar’, it was her sweater for her very first day of Kindergarten. Max’s version uses a more rustic yarn Emily bought at a fall fair, a mulespun 100% canadian wool that’s hand-dyed a great subtle grey-blue.
I’m excited to cast on a 1999 for me, but I also have a few more baby sweaters to knit before the year is out so a wee one might have to go on the needles too!
More lacey sweaters from TCK: