It’s very clear to everyone that I cannot stay on one project, for the life of me. I finish almost everything I start (with some notable exceptions for projects that Just Didn’t Work Out), but on the way to finishing things, I definitely roam and ramble and follow my footsteps. Deep down, I’m a process knitter, but my top layer wants cute sweaters to wear, and I will drop one cute sweater to knit another one. Knitting is my hobby and my love, and a big part of the fun for me is to keep jumping down rabbit holes. (This doesn’t sound defensive at all.)
You can see where this is going, right? New project out of left field. Don’t fence me in!
I’ve been staring at these 3 sets of Euroflax Mini Skeins for several weeks now. (Colorways, left to right: Santa Fe, Earth, and St. Lucia, my perfect mix of juicy and blah colors.)
They’ve been beautiful to look at on the coffee table, but they are not turning themselves into the cute summer top I’ve been wanting. So I started looking around for the pattern that would work with these precious dumplings of joy. (Just looking! Not putting down my Granito or anything!)
Scrolling through Karen Braitmayer’s Instagram feed looking at all the amazing me-makes to be found there, from Alabama Chanin to Sonya Philip to Stephen West, I came across Karen’s version of the True Friend pullover by Veera Välimäki. (Karen, I know you posted this more than a year ago. I’m not creeping on you, I’m creeping on your exquisite handmade wardrobe.) I noticed: True Friend starts as a rectangle! Then you pick up on the sides, and miter around the two bottom corners! Stockinette all the way! The wide, loose fit I love! And stripes!
Photo by Jonna Jolkin, from True Friend.
There are 533 projects for True Friend on Ravelry. When I saw a couple of sleeveless modifications, and then a few versions that were all stripes, even in the center rectangle, I was sold. This was the pattern for my miniskeins.
So, I’ve cast on, and managed to snap a photo in the gloaming.
It doesn’t look like much yet. Just you wait. Colorful things are in store.
Today’s Hot Tip: Read the Pattern
To my amazement, True Friend is not constructed the way I had assumed from looking at photos. It is worked in the round, from the top down, and yet it has centered rectangles, and mitered corners, front and back. How on earth did Veera V visualize this construction? You knit the neckband, and then you knit a “bib” for the front and, on the opposite side of the neck, a bib for the back. Then follows much mitering, around and around, with it all adding up to an astronomical stitch count.
In other words: the very thing to drag around with me for the next couple of weeks, for easy, pleasant knitting as summer enters its final phase. Being knitted all in one piece, it’s even more perfect than I’d thought.
Linen yarn wants to be free, so it is already tangling like crazy. I may have to break out the ziplocks. I’m not sure muslin, for all its natural goodness, can handle the linen.
Wish me luck! And if you’re holding out for a trimmer, quicker summer top for Euroflax Mini Skeins, stay tuned. Right this minute, Nell Ziroli is writing an amazing pattern that cleverly deploys the miniskeins to use them up without cutting them.
(Sneak preview of the modeled shot is here on Nell’s Instagram.)