When it comes to new projects, my willpower is almost non-existent. Every time I see something cool, I want to give it a try. For example, Jacqueline Fee’s sweater sampler from her book The Sweater Workshop. It is the knitting equivalent of needlework sampler, full of different types of ribbing, increases, decreases, colourwork, etc.
It’s kind of odd looking, isn’t it? But, it was really fun to knit. I used Knit Picks Brava in colours Freesia and White, and just a little bit of Bernat Satin in colour Teal for a touch of swiss darning. This was the first time I’ve used Brava, and I am really impressed by it. Although I’m not a big fan of using acrylic for garments, I will definitely consider it in the future. (At US$2.99 for a 100g ball, it is a steal, even though I have to pay shipping up to Canada.)
I have made a few garments in the past, so very few of the techniques in the sampler were new to me. But it was still interesting to learn new ways of doing things, and to learn some good reasons for using different techniques the next time I made a sweater. For example, I learned that I really like the way twisted rib looks and works (e.g. it doesn’t really pull in at all), so I will probably use that on the next sweater for the little man. I also like the cardigan border that is worked in the sample, and will consider working it into another pattern someday.
Beyond the instructions for the sampler, The Sweater Workshop also includes over 20 different sweater and cardigan patterns, all using techniques from the sampler and having the same basic instructions that are heavily influenced by the EPS system from Elizabeth Zimmermann. There are also some cute smaller projects, like the very cute infant vest.
This is the second sampler I’ve knit this year (the first being the Lace Sampler from Kate Atherly). I think I’ve discovered a new love!