It has been a little over a year since sharing my 2020 Make 9 picks, and even though 2020 did not turn out like anyone imagined, I’m actually surprised by what I managed to accomplish!
One of my most recent finished projects is the September Sweater by PetiteKnit. Knit using one strand of Andorra in ink black held with Navia Alpakka in black, the end result is a fluffy, soft, light, warm delight!
Part of my interest in knitting this sweater was the construction. I probably sound like a broken record, but I don’t typically enjoy knitting or wearing top down seamless sweaters, but I love the look of the shoulder and neck shaping on the September Sweater, especially in brioche.
Picking up the stitches for the neck added stability, as did picking up the sleeve stitches. I knit the sweater pretty much exactly as written, but found the double decreases as written on the sleeves to be too drastic. They created a very awkward stair-step, so I added more decreases and spread them out so they were smoother.
Holding the Andorra and Alpakka together created an amazing fabric in the brioche, and the combination of light and warm is always a win for me (see also: Dandelion), and the oversized sleeves and slightly ballon shape is unique for me, so I’m delighted to have a new, cosy addition to my wardrobe.
Of my original Make 9 plans, I also completed a Thayer Jacket by Grainline Studio, the Quadra Jeans by Thread Theory for my husband Owen, and I swatched Colvin by Julie Hoover. Instead of making the Riley this summer, we did a Rift knit along, so I’m also considering that one a late-entry win as well. Charlotte still wears her Barnelopper all the time, and we have the perfect new yarn coming out this spring, so one for me is still at the top of my “must make” list!
Although I didn’t finish all nine, I did love the inspiration to create things for fun and for myself and family – a rare treat when so much of our time and energy is devoted to samples for work. Come to think of it, I should create a Make 9 for 2021!