When you’ve been crocheting and knitting as long as I have, you tend to accumulate a lot of books, patterns and yarns which eventually grow into a sizable stash of classics. Besides the odd balls of yarn collected over the years, some of the books in my personal library have become classics too. Lately I rediscovered two knitting volumes from the fine staff at Classic Elite Yarns and enjoyed the experience of looking through them one more time. Coincidentally, a new Classic Elite Yarns Web-letter issue came out the same week. It featured a classic sweater design from years ago, designed by Susan Mills and updated for modern fit. Something about it must have percolated in my subconscious, as a few days later I found myself casting on to knit the sweater (it’s been a very, very long time since I actually knit a whole sweater to keep for myself!) Although it would have been preferable to make it with the classic ‘La Gran‘ mohair yarn called for in the pattern, immediately available in my vintage stash were two balls of a similarly soft, fluffy yarn that worked to the same gauge. Remarkably, one ball even matched the color in the Web-letter photo! Certainly the quality of the Red Heart ‘Symphony‘ yarn I had on hand for the project was different than the suggested yarn, but it produced a lighter-than-air sweater similar in appearance to the original. Since there was only one ball each of the yarn in stash, I decided to color-block the sweater to use the available yarn creatively:
Original version of Drop Stitch Pullover in CEY Web-letter, Issue 320
Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns
As stated in the pattern, due to the fuzzy yarns used in this drop-stitch fabric, you have to “help” the stitches drop down to create the design.
It wasn’t difficult and once the stitch arrangement was memorized I enjoyed the knitting, completing the whole project in just four days. Now I have a new sweater to wear!
Classic Elite Yarns produces beautiful classics, as in the two books on my bookshelf that inspired me to knit a sweater this week. Check them out at your local library or through another source:
Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns
When I first started crocheting in the ’70s and knitting in the ’80s, it never occurred to me that one day I would be creating my own original designs, let alone seeing them published in magazines, books and yarn company pattern collections. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute designs for Classic Elite Yarns and am very excited in anticipation of new ones scheduled for release in 2014. Until then, here are some I’ve created so far:
Maxime in #9245, Belle
Alice in #9229 Spectrum
Ridgeline Kerchief from CEY Web-letter, Issue 296
Fresh Air Bag from CEY Web-letter, Issue 292
Chesapeake Bottle Gift Bag from CEY Web-letter, Issue 271
Firefly Diaphanous Shawl from CEY Web-letter, Issue 252
Sunscreen Stripes Cap from CEY Web-letter, Issue 249
Majestic Tweed Slouch Hat from CEY Web-letter, Issue 268
Provence Summer String Bag from CEY Web-letter, Issue 139
Magnolia Vintage Capelet from CEY Web-letter, Issue 276
Montera Cob Toque from CEY Web-letter, Issue 107
All photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns
Speaking of classics, it’s that time of year. Here’s a Santa hat version of Ripple-Band Hat:
Ho ho ho!