Team Knitting at Large is furiously making preparations for the games. As I understand it, our team is having two events:
- WIP - complete a plus-size sweater that is already in progress. You must not have knitted on this project in the past 30 or 60 days or something? (I hate random rules - jmho)
- New - knit or crochet a plus-size sweater from scratch
Projects for Ravel*!#$% must be completed before the Closing Event on August 12. That gives you 16 days to finish your WIP or new sweater.
God knows I have at least a dozen half-baked sweaters in my yarn shower. Of course I don't want to work on any of them, right? Instead, I've been collecting sweater patterns that a dedicated ample knitter could complete in a couple of weeks. This is no easy task; plus-size sweaters take inevitably take forever to make, but here are a few exceptions to the rule.
Cecily Glowik Macdonald majored in Cute Little Cardi Design in college. I love her work. She has several sweaters that could be completed in a couple of weeks, including:
The Leaflet, a top-down, one-piece raglan with short sleeves in Aran-weight yarn, is a free Knitty pattern that comes in sizes up to 50 inches. It's worn open in the front so some larger figures might be able to wear this as is, but it would be easy to upsize, too. I'd have to lengthen the sleeves, but that's an easy fix.
The Streamside, another top-down raglan worked in one piece, uses a simple rib pattern to form waist shaping. This cardi uses an Aran weight yarn and comes in sizes up to 57.25 inches. I'd need longer sleeves on this one, too.
But Cecily isn't the only game in town. I've been considering knitting Lisa Shroyer's Audubon Shrug from Knitting Plus. This highly shapped little jacket moves right along since you only knit the back and sleeves. Lisa made hers in DK weight yarn but I've seen others make it in worsted.
But I think I have my winner. Yesterday, I stumbled onto a round-yoke lace pullover made in bulky yarn. The Leaf Top, a free pattern from Bernat, offers a nice shape and fit, but I don't like the lumpy bamboo yarn. Instead, I'm going to use Berroco Vintage Chunky in Breezeway. I am confident I can knock this out in a couple of weeks and have it look cute, too. I'm going to lengthen the sleeves to at least the elbows and add waist shaping - you know, standard fare for me. I'm also going to add some short rows on the back neck for a better fit. Hopefully this will be cute and look nice on me, too.
Last but not least, you might consider my new Carnation vest. Deb Gemmel pushed me to finish the pattern before Ravel*!#$% because she's confident knitters can finish the piece in two weeks. I am, too. Designed for bulky weight yarn, the Carnation comes in sizes up to 64 inches.
Do you have any quick-to-knit sweater suggestions? If you're competing in this event, which design are you going to make? I'd love to hear; leave a comment here.
If you haven't joined a Ravel*!#$% team, please join ours: Team Knitting at Large - we'd love to have you!