For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

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Dear Ann,

I know. Two posts in a row. You’re sick of me. But now that I’ve figured out the “Hero Image” (hey thanks for emailing me that 12-point clip n’ save on how to post the hero image–my favorite is Number 11: “This is where I get stuck”), I just want to blawg, blawg, blawg. Blog like the wind!

I have news, and a Finished Object that can’t wait until Finished Object Friday. There is a sweater that absolutely everyone must knit and/or own. The pattern is called Relax.

ADVISORY: YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE MODELED SHOTS OF KNITWEAR IN WHICH THE MODEL IS NOT A TEENAGER. THE MODEL IS A WOMAN WELL INTO MIDDLE AGE. SHE HAS HAD HER HIGHLIGHTS DONE AND PUT ON LIPSTICK, BUT STILL.

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Here I am, back in August, on the roof of my apartment building, wearing Relax while caressing a recently re-pointed parapet wall. As you can see, I’m happy–no, delirious– with this handknit. I don’t remember when I’ve been as satisfied with the outcome of a few weeks of knitting, or when a project has turned out so close to the image I had in my mind when I cast on.

I knit Relax from the English version of the Japanese pattern. The yarn is MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light, in a color called Thunderstorm. The sweater took nearly 3 skeins.

All my knitting life, I’ve been a member of the Positive Ease Club. I’ve knit oversized sweaters for myself , with the hope of achieving a “body-skimming” fit. What I usually get from this approach is a sweater that swamps me and has a tendency to get twisted up around the middle. I wander the streets, stopping every few steps to hike my sweater back up onto my shoulders.

Not so with Relax. It skims. Thanks to the light weight of the Tosh Merino Light, the fabric floats.

How did this miracle happen? After looking at the measurements on the schematic, I knit the smallest size. The sweater came out just as big as some of the 80s-esque behemoths I’ve made in the past, but somehow the fit is flattering. I think the secret is the small gauge (I knit this on US 3 needles) of the fabric, and the Dolman sleeve construction. The extra fabric drapes at the sides and back instead of congregating in the torso in a maternityish way.

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(This awkward photo is intended to show the sleeve construction I’m talking about.)

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(I’m not really having a tender moment with the wall. It’s called photo styling. Look it up.)

Anyway, it works. It works over my white mom jeans (after seeing these pictures I decided to retire the white mom jeans, by the way, on the grounds that they look like something my actual mom wears, not that there’s anything wrong with that, love you Lill, you are the queen of white jeans), and it works over a pencil skirt for the office. It’s perfect travel knitting, by which I mean that it’s a whole lot of stockinette. I knit this on vacation in June, and folded it away for the dog days, so now I’m all, “Hey! New Sweater! Hi!”

Everybody needs to knit Relax. I’m knitting another one asap. I’m pondering using a yarn with some twist, to cut down on pilling, but I’m concerned that more twist will mean less float.

And I love the float.

Love,
Kay

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