it’s such a pleasure that our sprössling sweater pattern is so very popular—i smile each time a knitter reports that they enjoyed knitting it as much as they like wearing it, enough that they might knit it again. and i know i like mine—i’ve knit two and i still want to make another myself.
well that got me thinking . . . maybe sprössling needed a sibling. because as much as i wanted another one, i wouldn’t mind if the next one was in a different stitch pattern and maybe had a v-neck instead of a round one.
then i met marjorie in richmond, where i taught twice last year. the first time i saw her in october 2010, marjorie had knit two or three sprösslings, which was a big compliment in itself. but then when i went back in may, she had logged eight or nine—she has a lot of sisters and nieces who wanted one.
well i thought, if for no other reason than that marjorie needs a new sweater to knit, i must get going on the next sprössling (she was very encouraging of the idea, haha). so when i got home from that trip, i started swatching in briar rose sea pearl for the new version.
the idea was an immediate hit with readers; my friend nathalie provided the perfect name right away and blümchen was conceived. i cast on in june and knit my sweater pieces throughout my summer teaching trips.
the plan was to replicate all the things we love about sprössling and at the same time, give it a fresh new look. so we’re keeping the pretty (and very flattering) inset shaping lines, the vertical openwork stitch pattern, the ever-so-slightly ribbed fabric, and most importantly, the fit.
the changes include a v-shaped neckline, a different stitch pattern, sizes that fall between the ones in the original pattern, and a short sleeved option. this version is also specifically designed for silkier yarns which have more drape and give (you can absolutely use a bouncier yarn, but you may want to plan in a little more ease).
so far, the test knitters are loving theirs and i hope you will, too.
enough said—they are perfect.
we are so lucky to have special people to work with in this business—here we are again, chris and me, making something pretty with her yarn. i don’t know how many times we’ve done this thing together now, but i always look forward to the next one. i’m off to travel now, and one of my stops will be at the knitters review retreat, where i’ll get to spend some R&R time with my dear friend. i can’t WAIT.
many, many thanks to todd horvath and gwyneddh jones, owners of bittersweet’s chocolate and pastry for allowing us the use of their shop and kitchen to do our blümchen photo shoot.
todd creates the most incredible chocolate confections—the best in our area. if you live anywhere nearby, bittersweet’s is a must stop for your next celebration (or just because!).
and finally, thank you david for your beautiful photos, your patience, and for being such a great sport; you’re the best!