When you follow knit folk and various knitting-related businesses through social media and Ravelry, it’s usually easy to spot which yarns and techniques are currently on demand. Lately we’ve seen numerous beautiful colourwork sweaters and also a lot of designs combining mohair and wool. Now it’s looking like bobbles might be the next favourite technique.
This year I’ve completed one cardigan which has a few bobbles incorporated in the yoke details, but what really got me into bobbles was Rosa Pomar’s Arbusto, a slightly cropped raglan sweater with full length sleeves and ribbing on the neckline edge, hem and cuffs. Bobbles are worked throughout the body of the sweater and on the sleeves as well.
I knitted Arbusto in the summer and I don’t think I’ve ever worked an entire sweater as quickly as I did this one. I was always knitting until the next bobble round and then until the next one and… Needless to say the sweater was ready in no time and now I’m itching to knit another one. I used the same yarn and colourway as in the original sample, Retrosaria Brusca in colour 5C – it feels like the perfect colour for an autumnal sweater. The yarn has become a true favourite here at the HQ as Sini already finished hers and Jonna has yarn ready to go. If you can’t get your hands on the original yarn I recommend a sturdier yarn, something a bit rustic that relaxes when you soak it.
For me the bobbles make the sweater feel somehow even cosier and warmer. It’s a fun, relaxed sweater for every occasion and a super quick knit, so what’s not to like?