My Adventures with the Amazing
Technicolor Dream Sweater
On a complete impulse I bought a mixed lot of yarn on ebay. Bright
pink isn't usually my thing, but it appealed to me so I snatched it
up (paid about $35 with shipping). It contained:
2 balls NORO Kureyon 11, Fuchsia mix, 1 ball NORO Kureyon 106,
Rose/orange mix, 1 ball HORSTIA Mulberry Silk/Merino, Dark rose, 1
ball ROWAN Linen Drape, Fuchsia, 1 ball SCHACHENMAYR Mirage,
Rose/fuchsia, 1 ball SCHACHENMAYR Mirage, Dark orange. The seller
(duena) threw in a picture for a cool striped pink sweater, that
served as a locus for inspiration and improvisation.
Then I went to my local yarn store and bought: 3 skeins CASCADE
Pastaza in Maroon and 1 skein TRENDSETTER Eyelash in maroon too.
US needles size 6 for 4/inch gauge.
I used the White Lies Shapely Tank Pattern (a free pattern
as a starting point, though made some changes. First, my gauge was 4
stitches/inch, so I modified it that way. Also, I wanted it to be
longer (hip length, or 24") and didn't use the short row shaping at
the bottom. Also, I wanted 3/4 sleeves, so I used the short sleeve
pattern for the WLST, but made some changes there too. I made them
longer (obviously), but also a bit narrower as the sweater is quite
My thoughts on making this sweater: I really liked the Pastaza, it
was very pleasant to knit. And I always like Noro yarns. The Mirage
was a little tricky to work with as you can't see your stitches at
all through the fuzz. And I *hated* the Eyelash! I thought it would
be fun, but it was hard to keep untangled and it took forever to make
sure that the eyelashes were hanging on the right side of the sweater
and not all bunched up in the following stitches. Those few rows took
forever. I would have used more, but I hated it too much.
I knit the body in the round which was nice and quick and made the
stripes go smoothly all the way around. However, I didn't really
think about the sleeves as I was knitting the body and consequently
was constantly snipping and weaving in ends when it came to the
sleeves! Also, since I was using the space dyed Noro, I had to be
careful to get the colors matched up. I used the two balls of Kureyon
11 for the sleeves, I was wise enough to realize that that was the
way to go ahead of timeÉ I also ended up cutting out some colors here
and there because I didn't like them as they were too dark or too
discordant (e.g. some black/pink and some dark green).
My other major feat was matching up the stripes from the bodice to
the sleeves. It took a fair amount of staring at the body and
thinking to realize that I should match the pattern from the
beginning of the sleeve cap to the bottom of the armhole and work
forward and backward from there. That yielded good matching of the
stripes (of course the Noro colors are different on the sleeves and
body, but that couldn't be helped). What I did for the sleeves was to
knit the bottom 6 inches to match the bottom of the body, then
matched the top 9 inches to the top of the body counting from just
before the beginning of the armhole. Then I left the middle 3 inches
in the Pastaza with one pink stripe.
I am very pleased with the results!