Great Pattern, Not So Great Yarn

In May,  I was asked to test knit a sweater for Life is Cozy. I just happened to have 5 skeins of hot pink alpaca yarn (from my trip in Ecuador) that needed to be knitted up, so I said yes. I have test knit for this designer before and love her designs. They are simple constructions with interesting and delicate details. The Forever April Sweater was no exception. The design elements that caught my eye were the shaped waistline and the off the shoulder neckline.

The Forever April Sweater is a top down raglan sweater with bell shaped sleeves. I did bump up a needle size (US size 2 and 4) as my yarn was a little thicker than the recommended yarn. I didn’t want the piece to be too dense. The only other modification I made was to shorten the length of the sweater as the recipient is on the petite side. I ended up keeping all of the waist shaping increases and decreases and just began the ribbing 3 inches before my desired end length. 

So why does my title contain the words “not so good yarn”? Well this yarn was by far the worst yarn I have ever worked with. It shed EVERYWHERE! Anytime I worked on this sweater I would end up having a layer of hot pink fuzz covering me. This yarn was was also not very tightly wound. I have a pretty tight knitting tension so at one point I broke the yarn 4 times in one row 😫. To make matters worse I tried it on and it was SO itchy. Ugh! This “not so good yarn” made finishing this project a pain. 

Despite my dislike for the yarn, the sweater came out quite lovely. I made sure to give it a long soak and it doesn’t seem as itchy.  Buster (my “fur brother”) seemed to approve.

I am a little bummed that my yarn choice was a let down, however, The Forever April Sweater is a great pattern. It makes a lovely sweater for the spring or chilly summer nights. I highly recommend you head to Life is Cozy and download this free pattern.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Test Knit: Stormy Sky Shawl

The Stormy Sky Shawl is an asymmetrical knitted shawl. It is made in a skewed triangle shape from end to end using fingering weight yarn. The pattern alternates between garter stitch, eyelets, and dropped stitches, which keeps it interesting while knitting.

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This shawl caught my eye one evening while scrolling through my Instagram feed.  I loved how the textural features fit so well together. The knit designer at Life is Cozy was looking for test knitters so I volunteered. I immediately thought of using my skein of Atlantis Yarn in Seafoam.


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This pattern was well written and easy to follow. I appreciated the pattern notes and options for modifications (making shawl longer, adding tassels). I opted out of these choices as I only had one skein of yarn to work with.  I have seen other tester’s FOs and the tassels are a nice compliment.

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Even though I used a wool blend, this shawl is super light and airy. It would make a perfect wrap on a spring day or evening spent by the water. I like that there are a few options of how to wear it as well. 

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I decided to gift this shawl to my best friend for her birthday. She loved it! She is a ballet dancer so she envisioned using this shawl as a wrapper when she is warming up for class.

When you get the chance check out lifeiscozy.com for more beautiful and free patterns.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-