knitscene Winter 2018: Meadowlark Garden Sweater
Leggings: the most controversial leg covering. Are they pants? Are they not pants? I was firmly Team No Leggings until last year, when I finally gave in and admitted that they are both super comfortable and kinda fun to wear. However, being somewhat modest, I always pair leggings with tunic-length tops; my coworkers don’t need to see my tushie in all of its bespandexed glory. (You’re welcome, y’all.) I’ve been slowly adding to my collection of tunics, and was delighted to see some in the newest issue of knitscene Winter 2018.
The Meadowlark Garden Sweater in particular jumped out at me as a great tunic-length sweater. The gorgeous stitch pattern adds great texture to the body, and the asymmetrical hemline provides excellent coverage for one’s backside. I love a cowl neck on any sweater—so flattering and elegant!
The stripes also provide a great opportunity to make it your own. While I’m partial to pairing gray and bright colors (i.e. “grellow”, “gred”, or, as seen here, “greal”), there are so many ways to style this. Channel Brigitte Bardot and make it in black and white. Or let your nerd flag fly and make it in your House colors. (Ravenclaw, all the way.)
DESIGNER Donna Estin
FINISHED SIZE 38½ (43, 47, 51½, 56½, 60)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 38½”; modeled with 5½” of positive ease.
YARN Mountain Meadow Wool Powell (80% mountain Merino Rambouillet wool, 20% alpacas of America; 200 yd [183 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): dove (gray; MC), 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins; teal (CC), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins.
NEEDLES Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight and 16″ circular (cir). Size 8 (5 mm): straight. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 19 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in Woven st on larger needles.