WIP Wednesday: Hannah’s Banquet Sweater

Banquet Sweater

Where will you wear your Banquet Sweater this holiday season?

The WIP for this Wednesday is the Banquet Sweater from knitscene Winter 2016, brought to you by Yours Truly!

Kiri FitzGerald-Hillier, a designer and yarn shop owner who resides in Australia, designed this awesome sweater for the Have a Ball! story, which is filled with heavier gauge lace projects for winter elegance.

What I love about this sweater—and what caught my attention immediately—is the asymmetrical yoke that is designed to show off one shoulder. This is done with short-row shaping, and it’s really not too difficult. After the shaping comes a seventeen-row lace pattern that is about two and a half inches tall. After that, it’s all stockinette and ribbing! My favorite kinds of projects are the ones that have some interesting parts but also just basic, mindless knitting.

I generally don’t make or wear really fitted sweaters because they feel restrictive to me; I like garments that have little or no shaping. But I fell in love with the way this sweater was styled in the issue, so I decided it was imperative that I make one for myself and buy a sparkly dress to wear under it for New Year’s Eve this year. (More importantly, I’ll need to find a place to wear this planned outfit.)

The star yarn of this project is Madelinetosh Tosh DK, which is super fun and easy to work with. Kiri used the Farmhouse White colorway for the sample in the issue, but I cannot wear clothes that light in color because I tend to spill things on them. I love to wear black, though, so I decided to use the Dirty Panther colorway for my sweater. It’s a dark semi-solid charcoal gray, and I love it.

banquetsweater3The pattern calls for a basic bind-off, but I’m going to use a tubular bind-off instead for a cleaner and stretchier finish.

I’m so excited to wear my Banquet Sweater for New Year’s! It’s going to be THE fancy sweater of my wardrobe.

What wintery things do you have on the needles right now?

—Hannah


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