from Sally Melville
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My mission lately has been to make sweaters I can wear when the weather is warmer. So for this attempt, I knew I wanted (besides a cool main yarn) shorter sleeves in a light-weight yarn plus a sweater that was easy and quick. At some point in this exploration, I made the discovery that the number of stitches per inch in a sock yarn could be the same as the number of rows per inch in a worsted-weight yarn. Voila!
This one-to-one relationship meant the following:
--I could make a top in worsted weight yarn,
--I could shape sleeves with the simple and easy modified drop shoulder (sometimes called the square shoulder),
--the sleeves would then be really easy to pick up and knit down, from the armhole opening, and in the fingering weight yarn.
So then the fun was coordinating the worsted-weight yarn with the sock-weight yarn. I must admit that I loved that part of the exercise and hope you do too! It means you have to make decisions, but it also means you get to play in more than one area of the shop (or your stash).
Other features of the top are its side shaping (slight A-line, which is best shown in the beige version) and some shallow but attractive hem shaping (reverse shirt-tail on front, classic shirt-tail on back). All of the above I have found fun to knit and flattering to wear.
18 stitches x 26 rows in worsted weight
26 stitches x 36 rows in sock weight
I have been knitting and designing for over 50 years.
My favourite thing to do is to draft and knit garments that are classic-with a-twist, that will fit, that I will wear proudly, that will be admired, and that will inspire others to learn how to knit!
And my next favourite thing to do is pass all I know about how to do this along to you!