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Thinking Jacquard
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Thinking Jacquard

Nearly three weeks have passed since I bound off my sister’s cardigan, and I am ready to cast on for a new sweater!  I enjoy making the little projects in between the larger ones, but I have had the realization that my real joy comes from sweater knitting.  And I can’t deny the joy any longer! 

My queue is long, and there are many beautiful sweaters on the list, but I must say that there is a recent addition to the list that I just can’t get out of my head.  I picked up two Rebecca magazines in January, and this sweater was an instant stand out.

Jacquard Pulli
Jacquard Pullover
Rebecca #34

With a stash of odds and ends, and a few cohesive groupings, this pullover seems like it could actually be a real stashbuster too – using yarns that have been in my stash for many moons… I pulled out my random worsted weight skeins and did a little color matching.  I came up with several combinations, but after a lot of shifting, I decided on this one:

Color Combinations

Clockwise:  DB Cashmerino, Jo Sharp Wool, Cascade Lana d’Oro,
Knit Picks Andean Silk, and Jo Sharp Wool

They are not all exactly the same gauge, but close enough to make it work, in my estimation.  I am thinking that the brown will be the main color, and the others will be the highlights in the stranded colorwork. I reserve the right to change it up if the swatch looks weird.  However, in my mind, and with a little visualization help, I think it just might work.

…and this very well could be the great elemental pullover – it has colors from each phase of Project Spectrum!  I hope I can finish it before the end of PS :)

Cast on is imminent!

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33 Responses

  1. Bells

    thanks for showing that you’re going to use all different yarns. I’ve been wondering if this is possible and am intrigued now, having seen yours, to go digging through my stash to try a similar approach. Great combination!

  2. winnie

    ooh…such a pretty sweater. you bet i will be stalking your progress. :)

  3. Joanna Kostrzewa

    That’s a beautiful sweater! One day I will knit something as complicated as that, too. *^v^*

  4. Mouse

    That is a beautiful sweater! My LYS doesn’t sell Rebecca magazine but I always drool over it online.

  5. Kelsey

    This is going to seem really weird that I bring this up, but I was looking through your gallery of sweaters and I think you look phenomenal in 3/4 sleeves. I just noticed it and I thought I’d throw that out there.

  6. Alyssa

    OOO I love that sweater! Good luck.

  7. lucy

    I love the idea of using what’s in your stash to knit the amazing sweater! Happy knitting!

  8. jess

    oh, gorgeous sweater. I think those colors will work out just fine — hooray for stashbusters! :)

  9. mick

    That’s going to be so gorgeous. I’ve never tried any colorwork, period. I’m still terrified. I can’t wait to see this! Maybe it will push me over the edge and I’ll finally try some :)

  10. margene

    I had so much fun with the yoke on my EPS that I’ve been dreaming of knitting another. All the Fair Isle on that sweater is darling!

  11. Keatyn

    That is a beautiful sweater. I can’t wait to watch as you make it.

  12. Lisa

    Love that sweater — it’ll be stunning on you, especially in that color combo. Looking forward to watching it come together!

  13. megan

    What a perfect project! I don’t normally think of sweaters as stashbusters, but this really gives you the best of both – using stash and knitting what you love most. I’m with you on the sweater love – I finished one last week, have one about half done, and swatched for another last night. :)

  14. Preita

    I am in love with this sweater too so I understand your current obsession! I love the color pallet but I think that cashmerino is a little too dusty pink? Course that’s just me. I would go for maybe a burnt orange. lol god knows, the gaudier the color the happier I am! So that means your color choices are probably perfect :D

  15. LeAnne

    I am chomping at the bit to start a fair isle that I bought yarn for about a year ago! Maybe that will be next for me…the queue is so long!

  16. tiennie

    I can’t wait to see your work progressing!

  17. Kelly

    this is one beautiful sweater, can’t wait to see how your colour selection knits up.

  18. courtney

    Wow, that sweater is a knockout! I love the details on it and wish I had your ability with stranding! The colors will look beautiful, I think that it will compliment you very nicely. :)

  19. Julie

    What a beautiful sweater that will be! Colorwork usually goes really fast for me because I just can’t wait to add that next color or see that next pattern develop.

  20. aquaknits

    You always find the most beautiful projects to work on. This is another gorgeous one, and the colors you’ve pulled from the stash are really gonna shine. Looking forward to it!

  21. Kellie

    Looks great! I especially love the neckline on that sweater – simple yet finished looking. I can’t wait to see your version!

  22. sprite

    I like the color combo and am looking forward to seeing a swatch knit up!

  23. whitney

    Oooh, I can’t wait to see how yours turns out. The combination of yarns you’ve picked out looks great!

  24. astrid

    great choice: this will be fun to knit. I love to knit jacquard as well. As long there are no more than two colors on one row.

  25. Erica

    I love the sweater pattern! I, too, have been caught up in sweaters back to back…I love having one sweater going and a lace or little project to keep it moving. Can’t wait to see how your color patterns come out!

  26. Karen

    Very cool pattern Lolly, can’t wait to see it in progress. Does this pattern have steeks? And have you ever done steeks before? Let me know if you have any tips. I really want to try a fair isle sweater (I’m thinking specifically of Eunny’s Venezia pullover) but I’m more than a little scared of cutting my knitting…even if it’s reinforced.

  27. Taueret

    that’s a lovely pattern and I like the colours you chose. Colourwork is just plain fun, never boring. enjoy!

  28. Lin

    That is a nice sweater, I know what you mean about the sweater knits. I love them too!

  29. Stacey

    Oh man…that sweater is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see it come to fruition. I still have yet to try colorwork…it scares me. One of these days though. Maybe the endpaper mitts will push me over the edge into trying it…

  30. mai

    the colors look great! definitely a great project for stashbusting.

  31. Heather

    OK – I think I can safely say I’ve got the end-of-the year stress going on BIG TIME! I’ve been by a couple times since the Lichen post, and JUST got the joke! Come on June 9th!!!!

    You seem to always have such wonderful adventures – I love living vicariously through you!


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