Photograph copyright Jared Flood 2014
Whee! I can’t quite tell you how thrilled I am to have a design in the Wool People 8 collection without grabbing your hands and jumping up and down… you’ll have to imagine that part. Oh, my brown sweater. Drab as it sounds, that’s how I refer to it amongst the few friends and family who saw it take shape last summer. My knitting sisters, Katrin and Martha, who each put a few long rounds into the body for me while I drove the car to Bainbridge Island and back on a girls’ weekend. (Seriously, we humans can land a probe on a comet somewhere off Jupiter but we don’t have self-driving cars commercially available yet? How is this possible?) My family, who watched the sleeves grow as we all huddled around the television watching World Cup fútbol. My husband, who fielded texts full of unladylike language when I realized I’d made the ultimate careless error, setting aside the wrong number of underarm stitches on one side, a mistake that meant there was nothing for it but to rip 14,000 yoke stitches less than a week before the deadline. (He had no visceral understanding of the tragedy, but knew enough, stout fellow, to be sympathetic whilst volunteering to pick the kids up from school and feed everybody for a couple of days.)
This sweater is born of a decade’s learning and inspiration. Elizabeth Zimmermann is here in the seamless yoke construction. The contrast cuffs and hem are especially for her. The brilliant mid-century Bohus Stickning designers get all the credit for the techniques that make the colorwork sing. I turned to Amy Herzog and Ysolda Teague for guidance on flattering, contemporary shaping of the torso. Jared Flood saw promise in the design and helped me bring it to maturity, choosing the final color palette himself. I’m grateful all around and feel just plain blessed to be alive in the wonderful worldwide community of knitters at this remarkable moment in the craft. Thank you all so very much for the warm reception you’ve given this design.
Now my little brown sweater is out there in the big leagues, in extraordinarily fine company. (I mean, look at this. And this. And I’m totally planning to knit one of these and one of these for myself. Pretty sure Ada and I need matching cabled berets, too.) Treat yourself to a pot of tea and the whole Wool People 8 lookbook if you haven’t already.
beautiful!! You’ve hit the big time!!! I’ll be making this one for sure. Xoxox
The small color detail in the yoke is exquisite. Very beautiful. Congratulations, and well deserved.
Congratulations! Was just looking at the BT site earlier and falling in love with so many sweaters, yours among them. It’s truly lovely – thank you!
I squealed myself when I saw your name and that gorgeous sweater!! LOVE it! You are in fine company, but you definitely hold your own.
I LOVE your ” brown” sweater! I see velveteen not wool, not that wool is a bad thing, classic and classy! You nailed it, congratulations!
excellent sweater–the best one in the Wool People booklet this time around. Can’t wait to knit it up!
Wondering about the yarn–would you knit it in anything other than Loft? I love the yarn and am hoping to lay hands on it next week during a visit to Purl in Soho, but I’d love to know your opinion on alternates too!
Thanks for this pattern!
It’s beautiful, it’s you and I’m loving jumping up and down with you .. Great work, m’lady.
Oh my! I love this. I added this to my ravelry queue last night without realizing you were the designer. Now I love it more. 🙂
Congratulations. It is truly beautiful.
I will chime in too. This is a beautiful sweater. The color combinations are classic and the knitting design exquisite. I think you did yourself and EZ proud. Congratulations!
Knista! EZ would be so proud of you… WE are so proud of you! Yeah brown sweater.. yeah knista!
This one caught my eye and I thought it was the most elegant and beautiful of all the beautiful sweaters in WP8 – I am seriously thinking about knitting myself a yoked sweater soon, and the small detail is stunning.
Just as I finished your Winter Garden tunic, too – which I am so much in love with, I hate that I have to give it away soon… cuddling it every day, because I am so in love with the pattern. Thank you for sharing!
Beautiful design and work. Congrats Sarah !
Congratulations Sarah! It’s nice to know that humans get their designs published by Brooklyn Tweed and not just knitting fairies 🙂 By which, of course, I am not saying that you are not a fairy.