Not a flowey sweater…

I’ve been looking at candidates for this beautiful vintage yarn that I got recently….

(About 1000 grams of bulky yarn)

I thought of something with cables but the yarn is too thick and I’ve never done cables. Plus the fabric would be too stiff.

Then I was eyeing In Stillness by Alicia Plummer, but that would require a more fluid wool.

I think I finally found a good candidate, though. The Super Birthday Sweater, done with some mods in the bottom part introducing some texture (gathered simple cables from a stitch pattern I found).

(The modified version as done by zialaura)

(The original pattern – sorry I haven’t got the link to ravelry at hand)

Here are some late night, awful light, unblocked swatches:

What do you think?

13 thoughts on “Not a flowey sweater…

  1. kathyreeves says:

    It takes the pattern beautifully, and the pattern is designed for a heavier weight. If you like it, why not? 😄

  2. Your swatches look great. This looks like the perfect pattern for your yarn 🙂

  3. salpal1 says:

    I think it is great for that, better than the beautiful stillness. Of course, I immediately thought “Carbeth” because I have that sweater on my brain, but I think I like this one as much. 🙂

    • itwasjudith says:

      That’s a nice option too, but I’m s bit funny – I seem to shy away from anything that is too popular for some reason, at least until it’s a bit less seen everywhere. Mind you, Kate’s patterns are amazing but I never got to decide on one of them. One day I’ll get to it though!

      • salpal1 says:

        They are amazing, aren’t they? I made a Hap for Harriet, and have the Hap book, but have not made anything from it yet. The sweaters are all amazing but I have never chosen one either.

      • itwasjudith says:

        I remember Hap for Harriet (and some of her other haps), I still have a few in my (long) queue.
        I’d love to make one, if I only worn that kind of garments!

      • salpal1 says:

        Aww, make them, and then you will find you wear them. When I knit my first lace shawl, I didn’t know what I would do with it. Then I discovered it is WARM! and it goes on and off easily! So it is great for the office, and I have since knit dozens of the things, I love them and wear them almost daily. Even today when it is supposedly warm, I have a small one over my shoulders. Because the weather in my office often bears no resemblance to the weather outside. I love them because they can be a pop of color in my wardrobe, without a commitment to a whole “outfit”. Today I have on a black skirt and gray shirt and purple – burgundy variegated shawl with iridescent beads that are a perfect match. So chic! 🙂

      • itwasjudith says:

        It would be nice to knit some but then I have little time for crafting so have to set some priorities, sadly.
        I do see what you mean by easy to wear and combine 🙂
        For that I have a collection of silk scarves that I build over many years.
        I’m sure I’ll make a hap at some point though!

      • salpal1 says:

        I understand. And yes, if you wear silk scarves, it would be an easy transition to shawls. Maybe start (when you are ready!) with a shawlette (a one skein project doesn’t usually make a big shawl)

      • itwasjudith says:

        Yes, you’re right. I have a simple shawl queued but it’ll be a while before I’ll get to it. Still, it’s in the queue 🙂

      • salpal1 says:

        lol if it is in the queue it will get done someday, right? 🙂

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