A new sweater was born in record time! Meet my Agnes Sweater, a bulky weight sweater that I knit with my friends Marlee Grace of Have Company and fabric designer, Lizzy House. We all decided to knit this and host a knit-along for it - the #havefancyhouse kal!
Pattern: Agnes Sweater by Melissa LaBarre
Yarn: Quince Puffin in Petal for sweater and Quince Osprey in Audouin for pockets (available in store)
Size Made: 37.25"
Modifications: added a couple of short rows to back neck and knit the ribbing on a size smaller needle
We picked this sweater because Marlee had just finished her first sweater and Lizzy was ready to knit her first one. We wanted something that would be quick and simple and would encourage other knitters to try out knitting their first sweater, too. This simple top-down raglan in a bulky yarn fits the bill perfectly.
This sweater is knit in Quince and Co. Puffin - a bulky US wool. I chose Petal for my sweater—it's the exact color of Marlee's first sweater, which I fell in love with. This goes perfectly with the necklace Lizzy House made me, and my new glasses. It was meant to be. The sweater knit up quick as you might expect on size 11 needles. I added a couple of short rows to the back neck to lower the front just a bit and chose to use a size smaller needle for the ribbing. My ribbing gauge is usually huge so I just felt like this would be a good idea. These are the only two mods I made.
This sweater has pockets! Pockets are an adorable addition to the otherwise plain design. I love them. They were fun to knit and functional for a lipgloss or phone. The pockets are knit on a smaller needle and use the Aran weight Osprey yarn, so there isn't a ton of bulk around your mid-section—good thinking! I chose a pale grey for my pockets.
The most fun part of making this was the knitting-along. I love knit-alongs because you get to see other people's progress, learn from others mistakes, and encourage people when it isn't going great. Having friends far and wide knitting the same project makes you part of a community, and just makes the whole process more enjoyable. You can see everyone's progress by checking out the #havefancyhouse hashtag on Instagram.
There are prizes for this KAL from us, Lizzy and Have Company. Lizzy and Marlee are still knitting so they will announce their winners when they are finished. If you're still working on your sweaters, keep going and keep posting! For the Fancy Tiger Crafts prize, we are awarding a $25 gift certificate to the Best Finished Object photo from the hashtag pool and the winner is....
Congratulations, Jade (@quityourstitching)! This photo perfectly captures the feeling of accomplishment you get from finishing a sweater. It looks great and I love the teal green with rust pockets. Soo cute. There are a ton more cute sweaters being born everyday so be sure to check them all out. Thanks everyone for knitting along!