I tend to be pretty hard on myself when it comes to my designs. By the time the swatching, sketching, knitting, un-knitting, re-knitting, blocking, and finishing happens, the stress of meeting a deadline and time and effort that goes into producing the pattern from start to finish usually leaves me ready to move on and more critical than complimentary of what I have created.
Thankfully, Rainier is an exception to this rule.
Setesdal sweaters have always been a love of mine, so I knew I wanted to design one for the Scout Collection. The all over lice pattern typical of the design causes a few shaping issues though, as the all over colorwork does not lend itself well to the short row shaping I find to be imperative to creating a great fit. In order to utilize the lice stitch while still working the short rows into the yoke, I designed a stranded colorwork pattern that is deeper in the body and sleeves but still leaves room for single-color stockinette stitch.
I typically design colorwork yokes with more than two colors, but for this design I wanted to keep it simple and a little graphic. And, true to form (one day I'll get sick of them...today is not that day), I added a nice cosy turtleneck to finish it off. The hem and cuffs begin with a long tail tubular cast on, and a tubular bind off is worked for a stretchy, comfortable turtleneck.
There are four tips and tricks you might find useful when working Rainier:
/ Collection Images: Linette Kielinski
/ Location: Field, Philadelphia, PA
/ Model: Emily Chang
/ Hair + Makeup: Diana DuHaime, ONLO Beauty