A Favorite Sweater

There are certain things that we are always on the lookout for: perfectly fitting jeans, truly comfortable shoes, and a go-to sweater.  You know the cardigan I'm talking about.  It fits like a hug. It looks good enough to run about town in. It goes with everything and it always makes the wearer feel better than the moment before it was put on.

It's a lot to ask of a sweater, but isn't this the dream we have for each new cardigan project? We keep it at the back of our minds as we're carefully choosing a pattern, then picking the perfect yarn in just the right color.

Seedling Hoodie by Tonia Barry in color Steele Blue.

CEY designer, Tonia Barry, recently designed her own version of the perfect go-to sweater.  She made sure to include all her go-to sweater requirements. It's hooded, worn with a bit of positive ease, and knit up in Seedling, a beautiful organic cotton.  Her pattern was featured in last week's CEY Web-Letter.

As knitters, we all have different opinions about what our go-to sweater needs to be. When I saw Tonia's hoodie, I could see her perfectly wrapped up in this cozy piece. And while I adore this cardigan, my own dream sweater might be a little different. Would it have a hood? Long or short sleeves? Is it snug enough to be layered under a jacket or cozily oversized? Would it be a neutral color or some shade that really pops?

Indian Summer by Tonia Barry, Derby and Sheburne by Susan Mills
There are probably as many different kinds of go-to sweaters as there are knitters who knit them. But then again, how we love to wear them. Do you know what yours looks like?




Forecast for summer

June is one of my favorite months. Here in New England summer has truly arrived! But one of the best parts are the crisp warm days with limited humidity and comfortable, cooler nights. However……. as we all know, weather is fickle!

Our newest pattern collection, Forecast, has plenty options to help cope with changeable weather and blasting AC.

Fahrenheit, knit in Soft Linen – a great trans-seasonal yarn – has long sleeves making it perfect for cool nights.

Fahrenheit knit in Soft Linen
Ozone can be worn buttoned up to ward off any drafts, or open as a nice layering piece. It’s knit in Classic Silk, a versatile and soft cotton/silk blend.

Ozone knit in Classic Silk
Wavelength is a beautiful wrap – wear it over a sundress when the sun starts to set. Make it in Bella Lino for a crisp, cool linen finish, or if you are thinking about taking this piece into the fall season, try Alpaca Sox. Both have beautiful colorway choices, in hand dyed and kettle dyed effects.
Wavelength in Bella Lino
Wavelength in Alpaca Sox
Seedling, 100% organic cotton, is a comfortable layer for wearing next to your skin. Choose to make a chic cropped version of Stratosphere or, for a go-to summer cardigan, opt for the long sleeved version.
Long Sleeved Stratosphere in Seedling
Short Sleeved Stratosphere in Seedling
 Have fun creating one (or more!) of these versatile designs from Forecast as you enjoy all that summer brings!