From London to New York
by Olivia Lenz Follow

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.

The pattern is Rowan's Santorini sweater

​More pictures over at or Thanks to Stephanie Bulthuis for taking the lovely photos!


Discussion 19

  • w+w commented 3 years ago

    I love this! Beautiful work!

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Lisbeth Bodin commented 3 years ago

    Beautiful - art knitting - thats the word I can find. I love projects that you do not find everywhere.

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you! I like the term art knitting :)

  • Eileen commented 3 years ago

    This is EPIC alright.. it's beautiful the way it is, slouchy and full of color.  Most importantly, it looks great on you!  

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you!!

  • Patty McGuire commented 3 years ago

    OMG!!! What a beautiful job! For no practice, you did an EPIC job. 

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you so much! 

  • Laura Jane Handmade commented 3 years ago

    Wow! This is amazing! I've just started to learn how to knit with a smiple scarf and that is taking me long enough! Out of interest how long did this take you? I would love to work towards being able to achieve something like this :)

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thanks! I'm really bad a tracking how much time I spend on knitting...I knit the back while commuting 1 hr a day for like 2 weeks, but I almost always watch TV while knitting, which can slow me down. At the beginning of the floral motif, I could go a grand total of ~4 rows/hour. I started it in early August and finished it about christmas time, but I didn't work on it for a few months due to grad school. Knitting is so fun! Check out for so many knitting projects! 

  • Nora commented 3 years ago

    I can't even. This is so. Unbelievable. Congratulations to a wonderful piece. A master piece.

    Nora replied 3 years ago

    And it's so on trend, too! It's perfect.

    Nora replied 3 years ago

    PS And I love the way you talk about your journey no knowing things and figuring out things while doing. 

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you so much Nora! Honored that you like my work! (huge fan via and Kollabora!)

    Nora replied 3 years ago

    You're so sweet. Happy to hear :)

  • kalimak commented 3 years ago

    Impressive intarsia skills!

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Trish Stitched commented 3 years ago

    This is so beautiful! It makes me want to learn to knit, great job!

    Olivia Lenz replied 3 years ago

    Thanks! I hope you pick up some knitting sticks, it's so fun! 

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