This sweater is probably one of the more advanced items I’ve ever tried to knit. I apparently get the terms ‘intarsia’ and ‘fair isle’ knitting mixed up, as I discovered that stranded colorwork is fair isle and knitting with lots of yarns is intarsia. PRO TIP: practice intarsia knitting before you start on the beautiful and expensive sweater. I did not practice, nor did I really look up tips on what to do until a third of the way through the floral pattern, so my pattern tension is all over the place and the colorwork is not as smooth as it could be. Also I might have messed up around the neckline because I made a small size and neckline still fell over both shoulders. I had to take it in before we took these photos.
I still can’t decide if I like the sleeves or not. I wish I would have snapped a picture of what a hot mess the backside of this was, as I didn’t learn until after knitting the whole thing that you can darn in ends as you go. Basically, imagine a long shag carpet on the backside of the flowers….
Finally, I thought I’d list the yarns I used for the colors, as the yarn shop I purchased from did not have the Rowan colors the pattern called for. I did use the main Pumice colored recycled yarn from Rowan. Basically you need cotton DK or sport weight yarns for the colorwork, so if you are contemplating making this and don’t want to buy a full skein for each color (as I had to) you can definitely use stash yarn!
Tahki Cotton Classic in Lt Blue (3883), Deepest Teal (3784), Lt Copper (3352), and Midnight blue (3861)
Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in Natural (3718), Gold (3747), Wine (3713), Deep Coral (3767), Pansy (3779), Sprout (3740), and Navy (3723)
Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in Zinc (304) – I actually used this color for two of the colors in the original pattern as I didn’t want to buy a very similar color for what turned out to be just a small section of the pattern. Mostly I used it on the leaves, but you can see it in the center of the flowers as well.