For the past eight or so years I’ve been knitting every day – when I’m sitting I’m knitting. Like nearly all Finns I was taught at school how to knit, but I really got into knitting when I was writing my first BA thesis about eight years ago. To relieve some of the stress I picked up a set of DPNs and a ball of yarn and knitted a pair of socks. After socks came hats, mittens and shawls, and then finally sweaters.
It didn't take me a lot of courage to move from accessories to sweaters and cardigans, but if you would have asked me two years ago whether I would ever knit colourwork, the answer would have been a definite no. I was so sure that I would be left with only a tangled mess of yarn balls, not a beautiful, intricate colourwork masterpiece. One of my relatives used to knit a lot of colourwork sweaters when I was little, and I think her all-over colourwork designs made me think that that was the only way to go. Then I started seeing these lovely colourwork yoke patterns pop up everywhere, and when Isabell Kraemer was looking for testers for her Aamu sweater at the beginning of last year, I jumped on it. My first colourwork project ever was a sweater and I love it.
I’m not saying you should do what I did, it might not be the sensible approach, but if you’ve never tried colourwork I really encourage you to give it a try. Astrid Troland’s Afterparty sweater from our newest issue is the perfect first colourwork sweater project. It only uses two colours and the colourwork motifs are simple and quick to knit. On the sleeves and hem there are short, simple colourwork sections and after that, with all the stockinette stitch in the round, this is the perfect travel knitting project. Afterparty has a slight a-line shape and is intended to be worn with approx. 4–6” / 10–15 cm of positive ease. It’s comforting, warm yet lightweight – the perfect autumn sweater.
Take a look at all the beautiful projects at Ravelry for inspiring colour and yarn ideas – the possibilities are endless with this one. Pick your favourite fingering weight yarns and just go for it. I’ve made one and so have Jonna and Sini, and we’re all already planning our next projects. I have some Tukuwool in my stash and also some Isager Tweed in a few different grays which would work great. And if you want to use some leftover yarn you can always use more than one contrasting colour. After finishing my Afterparty this July I’ve also been wanting to cast on numerous other colourwork yoke sweaters, so be warned – it’s addictive.
Find the pattern for Afterparty in Laine Magazine issue 6. For stockists please visit https://lainemagazine.com/stockists/.