WIP Wednesday: Louisa’s Walnut Street Coat

Sweater weather is finally upon us in Colorado and I am wicked excited about it! I’m hard at work on my Walnut Street Coat from knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016, and it’s coming along beautifully. Short-row shaping in the back shoulders moved into armhole creation and creating the fronts to join in the fun. It was so smooth moving from one area to another, I felt and continue to feel very sleek. Right now I’m in the midst of knitting straight on ‘til morning, er, until the hem that is. I really love when projects have details to which I need to pay close attention as well as swaths of creation that can be done while I watch Masterpiece and drink wine. It’s all about balance.

This beauty is made from Dream in Color Classy, a soft yet study worsted weight yarn. I chose to use the same grey as the sample, torchwood, and a stunning red, aptly named poma-grenade, for my contrast color. Let’s face it, life is better with plaid, and the simple use of plaid here makes a solid statement without overpowering the simple femininity of the cardigan. There is just a touch of shaping in the hip area, creating a mild princess seam without anything dramatic.

knit.wear is always full of beauty and style, but this issue really knocked my socks off. I’m looking forward to having this sweater done so I can wear it (all day, every day, until people at work start giving me the side eye) and start in on my next undertaking from these pages. That being said, I’m enjoying the knitting of this cardigan, the straightforward stockinette stitches, the simple contrast-color use, the perfect combination of challenge and ease. It’s been great fun so far and I’m excited to see how it all shapes up!

What is your WIP this Wednesday?

—Louisa


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