Puttin' On the Glitz

I like shiny things. Even in my mostly Earth-toned knits, I occasionally incorporate sparkly yarn. I'm almost finished with a variegated blue cardigan. I wanted some shimmer, so I added a brown and gold sparkly strand of mohair throughout, and it really stepped the cardigan up a notch. Several notches, really. And the silk in the mohair adds a lovely softness to the piece. It's more of a jacket than a cardigan, I guess, which is great!

There's a beautiful bit of glitz in the new issue of knit.wear: the Metallic Chevron Pullover by Alex Capshaw-Taylor. Alex hit it out of the park with this one. She combined metallic copper, silver, and gold chevrons on the body, and accented them with solid pearl sleeves, hem, and collar.

The combo makes the Metallic Chevron equally at home in a funky cafe and a fancy restaurant.

You knit this sweater in pieces, holding the pearl yarn double to make it match the gauge of the metallic yarn. Alex has included instructions for figure-flattering waist-shaping, too.

Detail of the Metallic Chevron Pullover by Alex Capshaw-Taylor

The chevron pattern is actually really easy, but paired with the metallic stripe sequence, it looks sophisticated and complex.

I've used the chevron pattern for a scarf, and it's really lovely. Here's the stitch pattern:

Chevron Pattern
(multiple of 16 sts)

Row 1 (RS): *K1f&b, k5, ssk, k2tog, k5, k1f&b; rep from * to end.
Row 2:
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for patt.

The Metallic Chevron is stunning, and the chevron stitch pattern is deceptively easy to work, as you can see from the pattern above. It's hard to see the sparkle in these photos, but believe me—I've seen this yarn in person—it's wonderfully shiny.

Get your copy of knit.wear Winter 2013 today, cast on the Metallic Chevron Pullover, and put on some glitz!


P.S. Where do you stand on sparkly yarn? Yay or nay? Leave a comment and cast your vote!

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