Pattern: Love Note by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Skein Top Draw Sock in the Arctic Moss colourway (2 skeins) and Skein Mohair Silk Lace in the Nordic Woodlands colourway (2 skeins)
Needles: 4.5mm / US 7 and 6mm / US 10
Size knit: Small (7.5" positive ease)
I knew the moment I saw Love Note that I wanted to knit this sweater. I have a soft spot for circular-yoked sweaters that incorporate either lace, colourwork or textured-stitch patterns. This sweater is knit at a loose gauge, using a strand of mohair held together with a sock-weight yarn. The beauty of holding two yarns together means that you can have a lot of fun blending colours. I highly recommend reading Tin Can Knits tutorial which does an excellent job of explaining this. For my Love Note I chose a lighter mossy green for the sock yarn, and a deep olive for the mohair. I really wanted the mossy green to shine through, and I'm really pleased with the results. The fabric is knit at a loose gauge which makes the sweater very airy and light; however, the mohair makes this sweater so warm to wear. The loose gauge also means that the sweater knits up really quickly. I cast on on Friday evening and was finished the following Wednesday, and I'm not a quick knitter.
I did do a few slight modifications. The first was the length: I knit the body to 11" (I am tall so I usually make this adjustment to all my sweaters), which means the sweater sits just a little above my high hip. I also shortened the length of the sleeves so they fell just below my elbow; they are pushed up in the pictures. The final modification was the neck. I noticed looking at the pattern and at other Love Note sweaters that the neck line was quite wide. I prefer mine to be higher so, after putting the neck stitches on my needles, I knit a further 1" and then started the ribbing at the neck.
I couldn't be happier with this sweater and I will definitely be knitting another. Details that I really love about this design are: the lace detail around the yoke, the cropped and boxy fit, the short rows at the hem which make the back of the sweater sit longer than the front, and the joy of blending mohair with a sock yarn. I would recommend this to an adventurous beginner, as the pattern support and tutorials available from the Tin Can Knit website makes this totally doable for someone who is newish to knitting/sweater knitting.
Have you knit a Love Note sweater, or is this in your queue? I would love to know.
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