Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Great American Ski Sweater and Cap



I guess my cell phone likes "fluorescent" colors! This is one picture that looks fairly similar to the way the sweater and cap look in real life. In real life the background wool-blend yarn is black, but the contrasts in neon pink, yellow, and chartreuse "Canadiana" acrylic are...almost as loud as they look on my screen.

Gena Greene took this pattern from the preppy blue-green-and-white sweater photographed on the cover of The American School of Needlework's Great Knitting Book. (No way I'm going to sell my copy! Click here to buy it on Amazon.) The sweater design has been slightly modified.

Washing with care is recommended; although the wool yarn is a blend, it may benefit from being pinned to shape while dried, since the yoke will not shrink and the waist and sleeves may shrink slightly. (How much wool shrinks depends to some extent on how it became wet and dry. Gently swishing it in lukewarm water, then drying it flat at room temperature, will shrink the same piece of wool much less than machine-washing and machine-drying.)

This large unisex sweater fits a 40-46" bust/chest, 5'6"-5'10". Sorry, we can't guarantee that the waist and sleeves can be shrunk to make it fit an average-size woman; it may always give them that "boyfriend sweater" look. The cap fits a medium-to-large adult and won't shrink.

The price is $45 for sweater and cap, $5 for shipping. As always, one shipping charge covers as much as will fit into one package; you could throw in a book or two.