Custom Designed Raglan Sweater via the Knit Cafe

I’m partway through the Design Your Own Sweater class at the Knit Cafe here in Toronto, taught by the ever lovely Robbie. I’m taking the class so that I’ll have a custom designed raglan sweater for that perfect sweater fit (aka, I was nervous about screwing up the math so am taking the class to get it right).

This project has been a while in the making for me because I had this vision of stripey sweater in a bright hand spun and a slightly variegated gray. Which of course meant that I needed to buy fiber and then spin it, and the find a commercial gray yarn that matched the colour and weight of my hand spun!

Back in March Jen at Nest Fiber Studio ran a spin-a-long (SAL) where she custom dyed sweater quantities of yarn. I lucked in a managed to grab a pound of superwash merino in Pink Tangerine. I n-plied it to maintain the long colour repeats because they are so lovely. I split one bag into two strips and then spun each of them on their own, to create shorter repeats for the arms that will hopefully match (they are the two smaller skeins at the bottom).

nest fiber studios in pink tangerine

I ended up picking up 5 skeins of Madeleine Tosh DK in the Charcoal colourway – it’s a really good match as they make the colours pop. Because seriously, look at those colours!

nest fiber studios in pink tangerine

My sweater plan originally was to do a v-neck and I wanted the stripes to stay consistent, so I needed to steek. Which meant that I had to plan far enough in advance to take the steeking class at the Knit Cafe. The plan has since changed and I’m doing a henley front, as it’ll be easy for breastfeeding the little man. And I want a functional sweater so that I don’t go to all this work for nothing.

And yes, it has been a lot of work already because despite my expert help I totally messed up and mis-counted by gauge. Which meant that I knit the entire yoke the wrong way. And as always I should have listened to my knitterly intuition a whole lot sooner because I knew that something was off. But I gamely ripped back, re-measured, re-calculated, and did the math again. And then cast on!

And I’m glad to say that as of this morning I’m right back on track to have my homework done for our next class.

sweater design class at the knit cafe

This sweater is everything that I dreamed of and I can’t wait to finish it so that I can rock it. Guys – those colours, those stripes, that warm gray. I’m in love.

11.21.2013    1 Comment    awesome, crafting, knitting, spinning