I'm a Barbet Girl: Knitting Along with Graphic Knits

I'm super excited to be a part of the Graphic Knits blog tour! So excited that I referenced a terrible '90s song for the title of this post!

You're welcome.


I love fall for so many reasons, including the fact that some of the best books for knitting are released this time of year—after all, we like to have new knitted things for the colder months. Graphic Knits is a book I've been looking forward to ever since Alexis announced she was writing a book for Interweave. Longtime Knitscene readers will know that Alexis has published many designs in our pages, including her own design collection, and she always brings a fresh eye and impeccable details to her finished projects.

When this book landed in my inbox, I was immediately taken with so many projects in this collection. We displayed the Sweetness Pullover at TNNA and I might have tried to walk away with it—unfortunately it's not my size. The Rook Pullover is absolutely stunning (even more so after you read about Alexis's ingenious shoulder shaping). The Germander Shrug is positively calling to me.

But when I was asked to participate in a blog tour knitalong (see additional tour stops below!), I chose the Barbet Pullover to knit. I love the bold colorblocking in this top down raglan sweater. A seamless sweater to knit in worsted weight yarn on "bigger" needles, and right before Rhinebeck? Sold.

I'm a big fan of Berroco's Vintage yarn, a worsted weight mix of super soft wool and acrylic. Not only does this have the memory and elasticity of wool, but I can also throw it in the washing machine! My first experience with this yarn was another of Alexis's designs, her Delancey Cardigan, and the yarn has held up beautifully in the face of repeated wears and washing. Plus, with so many colors of Vintage to choose from, the possibilities for this sweater are pretty much endless. I chose Kingfisher for the top part—I'm on a blue kick and it will go nicely with my eyes—and Charcoal for the bottom part. Placing the dark color on the bottom is usually a great way for us larger ladies to camouflage our tummies and hips.

I started knitting my Barbet Pullover last Thursday, and unfortunately I'm not as far along as I would have liked to be, but that's because we've been so busy here at Knitscene. The pattern calls for size 10 needles, but as a knitter with looser gauge, I had to go down to size 9 needles. So when I have time to knit, I find that this sweater knits fast. I'm fairly certain I'll have it finished in time to wear to Rhinebeck…even though that's next weekend and I haven't even separated for the sleeves.

Delusions! I have them.


What projects are you planning to knit from Graphic Knits?

Follow the links below to visit other stops on the Graphic Knits tour!

Heather Zoppetti knit the Woodstar Mitts, and is has a book giveaway running through October 10!

Dayana worked up an incredible version of the Laszlo Cardigan.

Stockinette Zombies reviewed the book in their latest podcast.

Mikhaela will be blogging about Graphic Knits on October 15.

And finally, be sure to visit Alexis's blog to read up on all the projects included in the book!

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