Forestland Sweater

A couple of weeks ago the yarn I used for this sweater went on sale, it was a good price so I decided I wanted to share the link with my followers. To show what it looks like knitted up, I went in search of pictures of my finished sweater. Much to my surprise, I couldn’t find any pictures of it. I finished this knit in February 2021 and I was just realising that I had never blogged it! Sadly, I think the sale has now ended on the yarn.

I decided this needed to be rectified, so I went for a walk near my house to get some photos of the finished jumper, almost a whole year after I finished knitting it! It’s been well worn over the last year because it’s that dream combination of being both extremely soft while not pilling very badly – the unicorn of knitwear!

The pattern is the Forestland Sweater (Rav link) by Jennifer Steingass. I was inspired by the pattern photos and the yarn I used was this Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals (in the Citrus colourway) when it was in the sale from LoveCrafts. For the contrast yarn at the yoke I used a gorgeous OOAK colourway from Ishrat at Fruitful Fusion a stunningly talented Indie Dyer! I love using one skein of very special indie dyed yarn for the contrast while using mass produced (cheaper) yarn for the body.

The Debbie Bliss Cashmerino is sport weight and the pattern calls for DK, I swatched and managed to get gauge with 4mm needles so if you have something that is a little light it might be worth swatching to see if you can make it work!

I knit the size 3 but cropped the body by quite a lot because I wear a lot of dresses and prefer my sweaters to hit me around my waistline when I wear dresses. Yes I know I am wearing trousers in these photos – it was flipping cold! I love how knitting is so customisable.

If anyone is thinking about trying stranded colourwork for the first time, I would definitely recommend this pattern. It is only two colours and the chart is only on the yoke, a very simple entry into colourwork but looks so pretty! I’ve knit two of Jennifer Steingass’ patterns so far and find them clear and easy to follow. I would happily knit more of her patterns again but I think many knitters tend to prefer colourwork or lace/cabling (for example Jennifer Steingass only designs colourwork patterns) and I definitely prefer lace and cables. Do you find you have a preference for one over the other? If you do have a preference, which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

I am currently knitting another sweater (a lace one this time) so let’s hope it doesn’t take me a whole year to blog this one!!

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