Kate’s Newbold is a circular yoke pullover worked seamlessly from the bottom up and features striking two color colorwork at the top of the sleeves, body, and yoke. She intentionally chose Lucky Tweed in black and light gray to make a bold statement with some of her favorite neutrals, but it would also look amazing with bright main or contrast colors.
Of the more than seven stranded colorwork yoke sweaters she’s designed over the years - going all the way back to 2009! - this is, hands down, one of Kate’s favorites. So much so, while on vacation in Vermont a few weeks ago, she was monogamously knitting her own version and plans to have a new f.o. to show off as soon as fall hits!
Part of what makes Newbold so bold is the location of the colorwork on the body and sleeves. Traditionally, colorwork sweaters, such as the iconic Icelandic Lopapeysa, feature colorwork on the yoke after the body and sleeves have been joined at the underarms. (And yes, these sweaters are also traditionally knit from the bottom up.) Alternatively, on Setesdal Lusekofte designs, the colorwork can be at the hem and cuffs as well as the yoke - you can see a great example of this in Kate’s Setesdal-inspired Rainier design. For Newbold, the colorwork begins about 3 inches before the join, making more room for the bold, geometric shapes that inspired the design. Once the yoke is completed, short rows raise the back neck and a ribbing is worked for the collar.
Powelton by Meghan Babin
Meghan’s Powelton evolved over a series of swatches; the allover graphic seen in the finished sweater was originally a knit and purl textured swatch for Germantown! As soon as she saw the colors of Lucky Tweed the motif graduated from texture to bold, 2-tone colorwork overnight.
Powelton is a unisex raglan cardigan worked seamlessly from the bottom up, starting with optional tubular cast ons at the hem and sleeve cuffs. The vertical button bands and shawl collar flows from held ribbing stitches on smaller needles and are attached after steeking by picking up stitches as the bands are worked. Short rows help shape the shawl collar with a standard wrap + turn technique with the wraps thoughtfully hidden on the wrong side of the collar.
Powelton has tubular cast ons worked both flat and in the round, and both begin with a crochet provisional cast on. We often receive questions about removing the crochet chain, as it is natural to assume that the provisional crochet leaves live stitches, but after working through the tubular cast on instructions, the crochet chain is removed, leaving a beautifully finished, professional looking edge!
All images by Linette Kielinski