Have you seen the Huron Sweater by Jared Flood? It’s a lovely pattern. One day on a whim I decided to try to make it for my four year old daughter.
Just one hiccup … I didn’t have the pattern.
As a faithful Elizabeth Zimmermann student I know I can whip up a sweater without a pattern.
I love her.
She is my knitting mentor. We have spent many hours sitting up late at night together knitting.
Actually, three of us. Elizabeth, her daughter, Meg and myself. We are dear friends.
Well…in my mind we are.
She has taught thousands of knitters how to knit sweaters without a pattern. She can teach you too! Her Knitting Workshop DVD guides knitters from beginner to master status through carefully created lessons. She also has a book called The Knitting Workshop (which I have) but if you are a beginner or just want some very pleasant late night company, I recommend her DVDs.
Back to the Huron Sweater Pattern.
Using Elizabeth’s Percentage System System (EPS), I knit the sweater in the round from the bottom up and zoomed into the photo to try to make up the colorwork pattern myself.
I improvised on the yoke and ripped it out 4-5 times to get the color work to look right. I think with the smaller amount of stitches, the pattern just didn’t work right so I did my best to make it look similar.
This was my first colorwork attempt. In case you were wondering…it didn’t work out.
See the heavy white row? I didn’t like how that looked so I ripped it back and tried again.
As frustrating as it felt initially, it really didn’t take much time at all to re-do it (yay for little people knits!). I was much happier with the result.
Such a nice and toasty sweater for the winter!
Yarn: Worsted weight
Needles: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Gauge 4.5 st. per inch
I hope this is helpful to you!