S’up. Sorry it has been so long. I know I promised all sorts of activity, but when you’re juggling multiple balls things take a lot longer to complete. There are new designs in the pipeline, of this I can assure you. And, as if to prove it, my latest pattern has just been published in the new KnittySpin.
It’s a winter-time tunic sweater, knitted in a heavy worsted-weight handspun from fibres I carded together against everyone else’s better judgement. It’s unbelievably warm and cosy; unfortunately for me, the notorious Michigan winter is yet to arrive so the sample is nestled comfortably on my sweater shelf. I hope for its sake (so magnanimous of me) that snow arrives – and hangs about – soon soon very soon.
The sweater is named after one of my dance teachers, as the story behind it doesn’t stop merely at the fibre blend:
When I first came over to the US in March, I was the most miserable bean on the block. I started taking salsa and bachata lessons at Dance Revolution in Ann Arbor, and met a host of welcoming people with international perspectives who really helped smooth the edges off my time in that town. The person at the heart of Dance Revolution is Laura Geldys. Special is an overused term, but a truer word was ne’er uttered. The atmosphere in her school is entirely down to her gentle soul and understated charisma. Everything good about Dance Revolution is born from her love of dance, music, and the people.
And it was Laura who talked me into moving to Detroit, when I was all ready to head home for good. That’s all anyone really needs to know right now.
Geldys features a shallow scooped neck shaped with short rows, one-piece raglan construction in the round, lots of stockinette, and tubular ribbing at the hem, cuffs, and collar. There’s a small amount of waist shaping, but this oversized garment is designed with layers in mind so there’s plenty of positive ease that renders obsolete a lot of shaping.
Long enough to wear alone with tights if you’re feeling bold, the just-long-enough hemline is perfect with leggings or skinny/slim-legged jeans. I prefer pairing thicker garments like this with chunkier footwear, such as winter boots or Timberlands, and appropriate socks, but it could also work well with some flats or Converse. Either way, it’s a strong casual look for when the chilly winds blow.
Stay warm, and be in touch if you have any questions about this one.