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Anticipating Sweater Season

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     Can you believe August is coming to an end? I know many of you are still experiencing summertime heat, but our weather here has definitely been cooling off and transitioning into..... sweater season! This knitter's favorite time of year.

     Classic Elite recently sent us some beautiful and cozy sweaters to share with you. I really appreciate how their designs are not overly complicated. I would say a great deal of their patterns would be fantastic for beginners who want to tackle their first sweater. Not only are the patterns fairly simple (and clearly written) but their yarns are all affordable and lovely to work with. Can't beat that. 

     The first one I want to share with you is one that has been drawing a lot of attention in the shop. Skibbereen is a turtleneck pullover, but the pattern also has instructions for the same sweater in a boat-neck cardigan style. I like them both, but the pullover really shows off the seed stitch details. This sweater uses the Big Liberty Wool, which is the newest addition to the shop! Big Liberty Wool is a bulky weight yarn that's 100% superwash wool. The colors of the Big Liberty Wool are unique- and they all have very subtle tonal shifts which makes the yarn look hand dyed, and creates visual texture throughout the knit, crocheted, or woven fabrics. For sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), you need 12 (13, 14, 15, 16, 18) skeins for either version.

     Ballina is a sweet cardigan also knit with the Big Liberty Wool, and it uses sections of rib stitch to create a fitted shape around the waist and sleeves. I adore that v-neck with the little shawl collar, too. It's a small detail, but it's a lovely and flattering look. For sizes XS/S (M, L, XL, 2XL), you will need 12 (14, 16, 17, 19) skeins.

     Edenberry is an unusual one, but it's really fun! I like the dramatic silhouette it gives you. The exaggerated shaping around the hips gives the sweater a relaxed and flowy look. This sweater uses the Liberty Wool, which is a worsted weight washable wool that's available in a huge range of colors, including self-striping 'print' colorways. For sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), you need 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16) skeins.

Last but not least is a very classic and sophisticated v-neck cardigan knit with the Soft Linen. Soft Linen is a linen, wool, and baby alpaca blend- so you know it's soft but also has a crisp stitch definition and beautiful deep colors. The Maggie May cardigan is mostly stockinette with lovely lace panels traveling down the entire length of both sleeves. It's sweet, simple, but nothing short of stunning. For sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), you need 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins.

Are you as ready for sweater weather as we are? During the summer, do you switch to lightweight projects? Or are you a champion and continue knitting cozy wool sweaters even in the heat? Share in the comments below!


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