{FO} Sunset Highway Sweater, Part 1

I am so excited to share my freshly finished Sunset Highway sweater! I am very proud of this sweater and it is without a doubt my new favorite.

 


I had never knit stranded colorwork before and have been full blown scared of colorwork for all of my 20+ years of knitting experience. I was definitely intimated by this project, but after seeing so many different variations on Instragram, I knew I had to give it a go! And so, it is with great pleasure that I report back that stranded colorwork is MUCH easier than I imagined and in fact, incredibly fun. I did do a bit of research on techniques before starting this pattern, I watched a Craftsy class during the free streaming day, and also found a great blog on the Craftsy site with helpful tips on stranded knitting. You can find the links to the class and the blog at the helpful links section at the bottom of this blog.

 



Probably the hardest part was choosing the colors. I've been in more of a fade color mindset for months (lets be real, we all have!), and I found it took a little extra effort to think of my color choices in terms of cohesion and contrast. I found a blog post from Berroco Yarn's that was particularly helpful in making my final decision (link to the blog post at the end with other helpful links). I’ll do a part two of this blog post showing you some other fun color options using my Everyday Lite base.

I was also a little dubious of knitting a sweater in single ply yarn, but that's actually one of the things that I've come to love the most about this design! I love how light weight it is because of the lofty single strand of wool and it's so soft! I get hot very easily and the Lite yarn was so nice with just a tank underneath.



Pilling is surely still an issue, but I'll be reporting back how my sweater is wearing over time. I also plan to treat this sweater a bit nicer than I care for my sweaters in Everyday Fingering and DK. ..it is my favorite after all.

I did decide to make some modifications to this sweater, which is not a typical practice for me! Despite my dabbling, I am not a designer by any stretch.

First, I decided to go down a size for a more form fitting sweater. The pattern recommends 9” of positive ease, but I didn’t want that much extra fabric on my larger frame. I decided to knit a medium (I would normally knit a large) and that would still give me about 3” of positive ease for a nice comfortable fit.



I kept seeing complaints of rolling at the bottom edge of the sweater from others who had made the design, and I really detest rolling edges (even when intended)! I also wanted more of a traditional shape at the bottom since the last couple of sweaters I knit had short row shaping. I thought that the double fabric on the picot edge would help weight the sweater down since the yarn is otherwise so light, and definitely there would be no rolling. I also decided to mirror the edging on the sleeves as well, because I wasn’t a huge fan of the puffy sleeves on the original design. I wasn’t sure how the colorwork would look with the straight sleeve, so I decided to omit it from my sweater. If I were to do it all again, I would have done the colorwork detail on my sleeves, I think it would have looked fine and certainly made knitting the sleeves more enjoyable!



Here are the modifications I made for my Sunset Highway:

I knit the body to the length recommended by the pattern and then started my picot hem. First, I purled one row even. This row was meant to be both decorative and functional, since it provided me with a straight line to guide me when sewing in the hem. Next I knit 12 rows even. Next, I (k2tog, yo) around the whole body, this is the part that creates the picot detail. Then I knit another 12 row around. Finally, I sewed my my live stitches along the purled edge on the back. There is a link in the section below with a more detailed tutorial on how to knit a picot edge.



For the sleeves, I picked up the same amount of stitches recommended by the pattern. I knit 15 rows even, and then worked my first decrease. I knit all the decreases the same way, (k1, k2tog) knit to the last three stitches and then (ssk2tog, k1). Next, I knit 25 rows even followed by another decrease row. I knit 25 and decreased 4 more times. I finished with 5 more rows even before starting the picot hemmed cuff. For the cuff I went down to a size 1 needle and knit 1 row even. Finally, I knit worked the remained of the cuff the exact same way as I knit the hem of the body, starting with a purl row.

In hindsight, I probably would have done more decreases in the sleeve to make them a little less straight, but overall I am pleased! Please remember if you are making similar modifications to your sleeves, keep in mind the decreases vs. length you are knitting. The nice thing about top down sweaters is you can try them on as you go!

So there it is folks- my Sunset Highway sweater! I would highly recommend this design if you are interested in trying out stranded knitting. The pattern is extremely well written and the charts were very simple and easy to read! If you are looking for more inspiration on this sweater and different modification ideas, be sure to check out all the different projects on Ravelry (link below)!


Stay tuned for part two of this post where I’ll be showing off different combination options using my Everyday Lite base!

 

Helpful Links : 

Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter (Ravelry)

ontheround Everyday Lite Yarn 

Berroco Yarn - How to Choose Colors for Faire Isle or Stranded Colorwork Knitting 

Craftsy Tips For Unfussy Stranded Knitting

Craftsy: How To Knit a Picot Edge

Craftsy : Modern Stranded Knitting Techniques

October 25, 2017 by Rachel Jones

Comments

Hannah

Hannah said:

Oh my gosh I love it so much! I love how you took a risk with the colorwork and design modifications. You go girl!! I can’t wait for post two ?

Louise OConnor

Louise OConnor said:

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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