WIP Wednesday: The Aspen Pullover
I am ready for fall. Bring on the colorful leaves, cooler weather, and pumpkin spice everything. Unfortunately, fall is not moving in as swiftly as I would like it to. There are hints that it’s coming, but the temperature refuses to budge under 80 degrees. While I can’t control the weather, I do feel like maaaaybe it would cool down a little bit if I started working on more sweaters. That works, right? Right. So here’s my plan: me and my Aspen Pullover are going to make autumn get its rear in gear and start changing some leaves.
The Aspen Pullover designed by Norah Gaughan has so many details that I love in a project. The cables are simple and easy to work. They’re placed asymmetrically, adding a little extra interest. Finally, it has a unique construction method. With these three elements combined, it’s a pretty awesome sweater, and I can’t wait to wear it!
I cast on a little over a week ago, and I’m about halfway done with the front. It’s zipping along pretty quickly! Even to an anti-cable knitter like me, the cable charts are simple and easy to work. The chart repeats are also spaced in a logical fashion, which helps enormously; nothing makes me crazier than trying to work one chart with a 10-row repeat and another chart with 3-row repeat at the same time. (Dear designers: Please use repeats with a common denominator.)
I love the asymmetry of the cable placement. A cable braid runs over just the right shoulder. One of the rope cables doesn’t begin until halfway up the body, and only the left sleeve is cabled around the forearm. It’s the surprising placement and randomness of the cables that make the Aspen Pullover a sophisticated garment and a more interesting knit.
The other thing thing that makes this an interesting knit is the unusual construction. Rather than using the top-down or bottom-up method, this sweater is worked bottom to top to bottom. It begins at the front hem, and you work back and forth in rows to the underarm. Next, you cast on stitches for the sleeves and work those for awhile. Stitches are bound off for the neck and each shoulder and sleeve is worked separately, then stitches are cast on for the back neck. From there, you work the back half of the sleeve and bind off the sleeve stitches. Finally, you work even to the back hem. You end up with something that looks like this:
Pretty wacky-looking, right? It’s like a giant maxi pad with wings (and a neck hole). However, here’s the beautiful part: once you’ve reached this point, you’re practically done. Sew up the sides, knit a few rounds for the cuffs and the collar, and that’s it. An all-in-one sweater!
At the rate this sweater is growing, my Aspen Pullover will definitely be ready in time for autumn. Get a move on, fall—just get here already so I can wear my sweaters!
Get ready for sweater weather!