Color Knitting: The Cactus Blossom Sweater
When I was pulling together the components for the knitsene presents 5 Next Step Sweaters eBook, I was struck again by how beautiful Kate Jackson’s Cactus Blossom Pullover is; just lovely color knitting. I’d wanted to knit this pattern since I first saw it in the magazine, but hadn’t yet (you know how that goes—so many patterns, so little time!).
I wanted to create a kit around Cactus Blossom to encourage knitters to knit this sweater! This sweater is a great color knitting pattern for an advanced beginner who’s willing to take a chance on an easy colorwork sweater pattern. It’s worked entirely in the round, knit from the bottom up, with incredibly easy colorwork patterns to work into the yoke and the sleeves. And if you’re a sweater knitter already, this is a super fast sweater to knit.
The technique used is what I like to call “faux isle.” You work with a solid color and a self striping color, and the self-striping yarn does all the work! You can see in the photo how it ends up looking like there are lots of yarns used in the yoke section, but really there’s just one! Magic.
In our Cactus Blossom Sweater kit, we used Plymouth Yarns Galway for the main color, and Plymouth Yarns Gina for the contrast color. The color of Gina is a little different than the original pattern; a little brighter, but still a beautiful green. The kit comes with all the yarn you’ll need to knit the sweater, for every size of the pattern, plus the Next Step Sweaters eBook.
I knit my sweater in the largest size available, and here you can see how that looks if you like your sweaters to have a little bit of ease.
And here’s how it looks on me! I need to add a bit of length, but thankfully I’ve got plenty of yarn to add a couple of inches to the bottom of the body.