I am like a dog with a bone, now that we have this Winterburn Aran from Baa Ram Ewe in the house. I’ve spent the past days wallowing in Ravelry, on a quest for the designs that will sing in this yarn. Surely it’s one of the best games in knitting: I’ve got this great yarn, now what do I make with it?
There are so many designs! Have a look at these, willya? Which do you like the best?
Wainwright by Bristol Ivy
This is a cardigan, and I like it best unbuttoned. It’s got that always-surprising Bristol Ivy wacky construction thing that makes her designs such brainteasers to make.
Nurtured by Andrea Mowry
A honeycombed breeze of a pullover. This cropped-sweater-over-a-dress concept is really cute and feels great to wear.
Felix Pullover by Amy Christoffers
Once again, Amy crushes it with the details. There are eyelets along the shoulder seams, completely minimal but completely everything. Winterburn Aran looks beautiful in stockinette, so Amy’s design is a perfect canvas for its nuanced colors.
Baldric Pullover by Isabell Kraemer
Click on over to Ravelry to see what Isabell’s up to on the sides of this pullover. Her playful garter stitch panels are the fun here. I also like the wide neckline. I’d wear this all the time.
Fernet Branca by Thea Colman
This is such epic Thea. She is constantly playing with cables and textures, and the good news here is that working in aran weight yarn means you can get to the finish line before the decade passes. That twirly cable! The silhouette! Gah.
Gabrielle by Leila Raabe
Here’s the woolly sister of one of Leila’s most popular designs, the very summery Deschain. The idea of a scaled-up feather-and-fan pattern is completely brilliant, and when it’s worked in Winterburn Aran, it becomes a gorgeous winter companion.
A note: whenever I substitute a yarn for the yarn specified in a pattern (which happens often), I make sure to swatch and wash the yarn I’m planning to use. An ounce of swatching is worth a pound of Sweater That Isn’t Turning Out How I Thought It Would.
I’ll be back with more, no doubt. The hard part is going to be deciding which one to make. Or which ones . . .