NEW Pattern: No Bad Weather Sweater

September 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm 1 comment

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Recently we launched Aimee Alexander’s latest pattern. No Bad Weather is a yoked colorwork sweater. Knit in an aran (heavy worsted) yarn and seamlessly in the round, it is a quicker knit and perfect for late fall and winter.

To celebrate this sweater, we will be kicking off our fall KAL on Sunday, September 14th.  This KAL will be hosted in the Polka Dot Sheep Publications group on Ravelry. Along with the support there, we will have a tutorial, progress reports and show and tell here.  For those of you who are local to the Shoppe. There is a three session class that is filling fast, sign up for class at the bottom of this post.

No Bad Weather features subtle feminine shaping. The waist is slightly contured. The back is lowered a bit by the use of short rows. The yoke and shoulders are also shaped by short rows for a better fit on your upper body. It is easily worn with a light under layer.

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No Bad Weather Sweater Details

Pattern available on Ravelry (no need to be a member to purchase pattern)

Sizing (Finished Chest Circumference) 0-3” (0-7.5cm) of positive ease recommended
33 (35.5, 38, 41, 44, 46, 49) inches
84 (90, 96.5, 104, 113, 117, 124.5) cm

Yarn: Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight
Designed for and shown in PDS Worsted by Polka Dot Sheep
Main Color: 750(800, 850, 925, 1000, 1050, 1100) yards / 685 (730, 780, 850, 915, 960, 1010) m
Contrast Color 1: 20 yards / 18 m
Contrast Color 2: 50 yards / 46 m (shown in white)

Gauge (after wash and block): 18 stitches and 28 rows to 4”/10cm in Stockinette stitch using larger needles

Needles:
US 8 / 5.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

US 6 / 4.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
16” / 40 cm circular for collar
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

It is very important that you knit an adequately sized gauge swatch; then wash and block it as you normal would. Row gauge is important to this design as stitch gauge. If your row gauge is off, your yoke will not fit properly. So check both measurements well.

PDS Worsted is the ideal yarn choice for No Bad Weather. It shows hand dyed or kettle dyed yarns well. Other recommended yarns are Malabrigo Rios (similar look to PDS Worsted) or Malabrigo Worsted.  As stated above, row gauge is important so as you choose your yarn be mindful. Many yarns may knit at a gauge of 18 sts to 4” yet have a greater row gauge. At least that is my personal experience. Look for a slightly heavier worsted or one classified as aran weight.

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KAL Details

Start Date: Sunday, September 14

End Date: Sunday, November 16

Ravelry KAL thread and details

class sign up button

So join us and knit your own No Bad Weather Sweater!

Do anyone know what inspired the No Bad Weather name? First, it is the name of a climbing route in Utah (as well as a few other places I found when googling the name). The other inspiration is the saying “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Actually this saying varies with the substitution of inappropriate for bad. The other interesting fact I found out when google researching the saying that multiple countries claim it. What all these countries have in common is that they have territory within the Arctic Circle like Norway, Finland and Russia. I think that moral of this story is that people from cold countries need good clothing for cold weather.

Any way you look at it, this sweater is perfect to warm you up.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

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