Split Stone: A Boxy Sweater Knitting Pattern
When I first started knitting my own clothes, I struggled to find knitting patterns that I genuinely wanted to wear. That led to me choosing some not-so-wearable garments, simply because I enjoyed knitting them.
Whilst knitting for fun is not always a bad thing, I have mainly regretted choosing a pattern for "fun" reasons alone.
I now believe that if we are going to spend the time and money knitting something, it should be something that we'd be eager to purchase from our favourite shop. It should integrate effortlessly into our wardrobes. As hand knitters, we have no reason to compromise on style.
That's why I asked The Sisterhood to fill out a short survey for me earlier this year. I wanted to find out exactly what you guys wanted to knit this Spring. I was extremely pleased to find out that the most popular choice was a long-sleeved sweater, which was exactly what I wanted to knit!
Split Stone - The Ultimate Boxy Sweater Pattern
Split Stone is slightly cropped, drop-shoulder sweater with a relaxed fit. It has a ribbed, crew neck finished off with a rolled edge - a nod to the gansey sweaters I admire. The sleeves are bracelet length and finished off with a subtle row of eyelets before the ribbed trim; a detail which is also used on the body. Finally, the real star of the show here is the geometric stitch design, which travels up the sides of the sweater.
It has become one of my favourite sweaters I own - I end up reaching for it at least once a week. I even took it to Barcelona last week with me and found it to be a very versatile piece in my holiday "capsule wardrobe".
Since this is a Spring sweater, I chose to knit it in Blacker Yarns' glorious Lyonesse DK, which is a perfect blend of linen and Falkland Island Corriedale/Merino wool. It is lovely and light to wear and takes the chill off those Spring days. The linen lends a lovely crispness to the fabric, making any stitch work pop right out.
If you'd prefer to knit in an alternative yarn, my amazing team of test knitters have had great success with other DKs. Just make sure that you knit a tension square to ensure that you can match the gauge, otherwise, your sweater will not be the right size!
The digital pattern for Split Stone is now available to purchase and download straight away. I know at least one of you has already purchased the yarn in preparation (Shout out to the lovely Jenn!) so I'm sure you're eager to start!