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Pattern name and designer: “Sprout Pullover” by Tif Neilan Handknits
Size made: 2
Materials used: Kelbourne Woolens Scout in Blue Heather (MC) and Oatmeal Heather (CC), Needles: Chiaogoo interchangeable needles, size US 9 and US 10
Modifications: Switched to US 10 needle for colorwork sections
Can you believe that fall is just a few months away? It's my favorite time of the year, and not just because the local coffee shop brings back my favorite syrup flavors. It's also when I get to wear my handknit sweaters and shawls in my wardrobe, and the air carries a delightful woodsy, brisk scent that I adore! For a cozy addition to my fall and winter wardrobe, I chose to knit the "Sprout Pullover" pattern by Tif Neilan. This sweater caught my interest because it incorporated the herringbone stitch, a technique I hadn't tried before but wanted to learn. I opted for Kelbourne Woolens Scout yarn in "Blue Heather" and "Oatmeal Heather" as my yarn choices. Kelbourne Woolens is renowned for their commitment to quality, affordability, and environmental standards. While I had stashed several skeins in years past, this was the first time I used their yarn in a project. The Scout line, a DK weight, 2-ply heathered blend of Corriedale and Merino wools, exceeded my expectations. It possessed the structure and tension I anticipated from a non-superwash yarn, yet it was incredibly soft and comfortable against the skin. The blend of colors in each colorway created a beautiful, multi-dimensional effect that seamlessly complemented various pieces in my wardrobe. The main color, Blue Heather, ranged from a deep teal to a moody periwinkle, settling into a soothing medium blue. The contrast color, Oatmeal Heather, transitioned from a light cream to a dark tan, resulting in a gentle tan shade that beautifully complemented the main color. I was thoroughly pleased with this yarn and will undoubtedly incorporate it into future DK weight projects for my wardrobe. The Sprout Pullover pattern accommodates bust circumferences of 33 to 64 inches, and is knitted as a top-down raglan with short row neck shaping. I chose size 2 for approximately 1 inch of positive ease, as I desired a cropped, fitted sweater to pair with the flowy bottoms in my wardrobe. For this size, I used 2 ¼ skeins for the main color, and ½ skein for the contrast color. The pattern was clear and easy to follow, offering detailed instructions for the various stitches used. Initially, the herringbone stitch was challenging for me, and I probably should have used a lifeline more frequently! However, with practice, it became easier, and I'm thrilled to have added a new stitch to my repertoire. The final fit of the sweater was perfect! It was precisely what I wanted and an excellent addition to my handmade wardrobe. This project marked an exciting and enjoyable start to my role as a brand ambassador, and I am eagerly looking forward to sharing more exciting projects with you in the future!