It’s that time again. Pattern release day! It feels a bit like the first time your child goes out into the world without you. Excitement, terror and relief all jumping around inside my head. Today, as I post Aventurine, it’s mostly excitement and a big dollop of relief to be done with the work. Although, no matter how much I love a design I can’t eliminate all of the terror that I’ll be the only one who does.
On the surface Aventurine is a basic stockinette sweater, but look closer and you’ll see the graduated texture pattern on the bottom, the interesting shaping at the top of the hood, and the touch of color at the bottom of the sleeves and body. I paired the increases to make them appear as long diagonal stitches. The raglan lines are carried up the back of the hood to tie the pieces together. I’ve said it many times before, it’s the details that make the sweater.
The focal point of the sweater, the band, surrounds the face and the long v-neck. The V makes a long slimming line and naturally draws eyes to the wearers face. Best of all, you get all that impact and interest for four rows of work!
I like to start with simple and classic, add a bit of flair and twist, then hopefully bind it all together with the right details. It doesn’t always work, but this time I don’t think it could have worked out better.
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Worsted (51% silk, 29% merino, 20% Sea Cell Rayon; 3.5 oz/243 yds) MC - 5[6, 7, 7, 8] skeins or 1100[1250, 1350, 1,500, 1,650, 1,800] yards in China Rose. CC - 1 skein or 25[30, 35, 40, 45, 50] yards in Blush.
US size 7 (4.5 mm) needle, 32 inch or longer circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge for body
US size 7 (4.5 mm) needle, 12 inch circular needle or DPNs, or size used to obtain gauge for sleeves
Gauge 19 sts and 28 rows over 4 inches (10 cm) in St st
Size S[M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X]
32[36, 40, 44, 48, 53] inches (81.5[91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 134.5] cm) at bust
23[23 1/2, 24, 24 1/2, 25, 25 1/2] inches (58.5[60, 61, 62, 63.5, 65] cm) length
Aventurine is part of the Sweater for all Seasons club and can not be purchased separately until May 15, 2011. If you are interested in the club you can see all the details on the Ravelry page or my previous post.