The Pan-Am Jacket from Interweave Knits Winter 2011 is the newest Knitting Daily KAL! This sweater from Ashley Rao is knit in MountainTop Crestone.
If you're not familiar with the MountainTop Collection, do yourself a favor and pick up a skein. When we first released the original three yarns (Vista, Crestone and Vail), I once even heard a knitter exclaim about Vista that she "never want(ed) to knit with anything else again". I rejoiced because I love a natural yarn: untreated, undyed, sweet-smelling, and hard-wearing, these yarns are right up my alley.
Though the sweater calls for Crestone, one of the beauties of this yarn and Vista is that they're interchangeable. The only difference is the fiber content.
Crestone is 100% wool, Vista is 50/50 wool and superfine alpaca. Both are spun from undyed fibers, and knit up at 4¾ sts/inch on US 6-7, which is just about close to perfect. They have a limited palette because, well, when's the last time you saw a purple sheep?
If you want to participate, there's still time! Here's the Pan-Am Jacket Knit-Along schedule:
6/15–6/29: Download the Pan-Am Jacket pattern from the Knitting Daily Shop (or find it in Interweave Knits, Winter 2011), choose yarn, swatch.
6/30–8/25: Knit body.
8/26–9/23: Knit sleeves.
To buy either Crestone or Vista, click here to visit shop.classiceliteyarns.com, where your order will be dispatched to LYS's near you. They can ship it, or you can pick it up! You can also click the images below.
Let us know in the comments (or on our Facebook page or Twitter feed) if you're participating. Happy knitting!
All photos are by Carmel Zucker.