For my sixth sweater of the year I decided I wanted to continue to build a collection of warm weather knits, so I chose the Sand Pullover by Ela Torrente. I chose a neutral cotton/cashmere blend yarn from Katia Yarns to help this sweater feel beachy and easy.

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A few of the sweaters I have worked on this year have featured short rows, but this sweater by far uses the most. Short rows are worked after the collar is knit to help shape the shoulders and again to help create the hi-lo hemline at the bottom. If I was knitting this sweater for cold weather, I would have extended the length, but because I am hoping to use it on warmer days I kept the front short. I would say the same thing about the sleeves, for cold weather sweaters I usually give myself extra length to either cuff the sleeves or let them wrap around my hands.

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I am really pleased with the way this sweater turned out. The negative ease built into the pattern makes it one of the most form fitting sweaters I’ve made and I find the shape to be really flattering. There is an eyelet detail that runs down the center back of the sweater that is really nice also but for some reason I forgot to get photos of that. Oops! I brought this sweater with me to finish while my husband and I visited family in Guatemala so the blocking is also less than perfect.

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The waffle pattern does make the knitting fly by, kind of funny because the moss stitch from the Sous Sous sweater was the opposite!

Next up: I am designing a knit t-shirt sweater that I am very excited about and also making big plans for sweaters to knit for fall, including this Oranmore Sweater designed by Bristol Ivy! I’m still searching for the perfect fingering sweater project, if you have suggestions please send them my way!