Hello Holla Knits readers! I'm so happy to have you visiting my blog today and excited to share more about my contribution to the summer issue, Annapolis.
Summers in Maryland are muggy, and they last from May through September, which is a long time to be saying "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." Even in the hottest summers, though, when you're near the water--be it the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean--you'll get refreshing breezes and cool marine air that make a light pullover like Annapolis essential. So when I couldn't find the perfect airy cotton pullover to wear for such occasions, I decided to just make one myself.
Annapolis is worked in all-over knot stitch, an easy to memorize pattern that looks far more complicated than it is. Combine it with a sport weight cotton knit at a loose gauge and you get airy, breathable, not-quite-lace. I knit the cream-colored sample in Knit Picks Shine Sport, a surprisingly soft cotton/modal blend.
The body of the sweater is knit in the round, with subtle waist shaping created by changing gauge. Set-in 3/4 length sleeves provide some needed structure in an otherwise loose top, and the collar is finished with a few simple rows of garter stitch. The pattern includes 5 sizes, with finished bust circumferences of 33.5, 38.5, 42, 46.5, and 50.5 inches.
But maybe you're getting a head start on your fall wardrobe--switch out the cotton for something warmer and you've got a great fall layering piece! Allyson's pink version of Annapolis is knit in Mrs Crosby Carpet Bag, a single-ply wool/silk blend.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Annapolis! Check back here on Monday, June 29 to see if you're the winner.
And don't forget the other stops on the HK Summer Blog Tour! Learn about all the pieces in this collection and have a chance to win more prizes!
June 15: Holla Knits Summer 2015 Launch
June 16: The Sweatshop of Love – pattern giveaway
June 17: Klever Knits – pattern giveaway
June 18: Canary Knits – Travel knitting & mag giveaway
June 22: MediaPeruana – pattern giveaway
June 24: YarnGasm – Knitting with Voolenvine Podcast – magazine giveaway
June 25: Cosmos and Cashmere – pattern giveaway
June 26: Midwest Yarn – pattern giveaway
June 29: Emma Welford – pattern giveaway
July 2: Canary Knits – Beach House styling & giveaway
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