Wanna design your own custom colourwork yoke sweater?
Strange Brew makes it easy, exciting and fun!
We’ve been cooking up this special pattern for quite awhile now, and we are oh so excited to share it with you!
We have been working on many Fair Isle designs and swatches in the last little while, and have so loved looking at all of the beautiful colourwork yokes out there. Inspired by our participation in Knit Stars 2.0, and the great interest in our Holiday Hackathon last winter, we developed a recipe so that you can design your very own sweet Fair Isle yoke sweater too! We wanted a pattern that knitters could dive right into and come out with a sweater, without too much fuss or fear. Strange Brew is a bottom-up sweater, designed for DK weight yarn in 25 sizes for babies, children, women, and men.
Strange Brew features a simple plug-and-play recipe which allows you to simply choose colourwork motifs you love, follow the instructions and design your own round yoke without doing any math! For the slightly more adventurous knitter it also outlines a method for designing your yoke by creating a wedge-shaped chart. Whether you choose to paint by number or colour outside the lines, this recipe makes knitting your own custom sweater accessible and a whole lot of fun!
- instructions for sweater body and sleeves
- a ‘plug and play’ yoke recipe
- swatch hat and cowl patterns for testing gauge, yarns, and motifs
- nearly 100 colourwork motif charts to try
- a ‘wedge design’ method for developing larger vertically aligned designs
we’re more than a little bit colour obsessed
Strange Brew is really only the tip of the (colourwork) iceberg. We’re brewing many more designs, tutorials, and inspiring tips to get you started or help you take your colourwork and design to the next level!
KAL with us
We’re hosting an epic Strange Brew Knitalong, starting Thursday October 19 and running for a full 7 weeks, until Monday December 11th. Join in the chat on our Facebook group, then list your finished knit in our Ravelry thread for a chance to win a prize. We will release more details when the KAL begins, but for now just get the pattern and start choosing colours!
We have noticed most knitters aren’t big fans of making swatches (*gasp*), however, when knitting sweaters and colourwork, the process of checking for gauge and experimenting with pattern, yarn, and colour combinations is important. So the Strange Brew recipe includes a hat and cowl pattern that you can use to make (our favourite) ‘useful swatches’ as you plan your sweater.
does colour leave you a little overwhelmed?
Are you feeling uncomfortable at the prospect of designing-your-own?
A bit uncertain if colourwork is for you?
If you’re ready to take the plunge, but need a helping hand, join the KAL and ask all your questions – we’ll be there to help! Or skip the design aspect, and cast on our newest pattern – Dog Star – a sparkly yoke sweater developed using Strange Brew as a base. This could be a great first colourwork project, or perhaps a Christmas jumper?
get started with our resources
Over the coming months we will add more colourwork resources, but we already have a number of tutorials you may find useful:
- Fair isle tips and tricks
- Choosing your sweater size
- Choosing a fair isle colour palette
- How to read a knitting chart
- Gauge in knitting
- German short rows
- Sweater blocking
Do you have a favourite colourwork pattern or tip? A yarn you love for Fair Isle? Share your knit knowledge:
Colourful projects from TCK: