Artisan Sweater // Grown

Photo Cred: Erica B. Studio + Design

Say hello to Kim!  She is my most famous and often used adult model :) In addition to that, she has traveled the country with me to help in the Tot Toppers booth at a variety of shows like Stitches and SAFF. Some of those travels included screaming babies in the car over long distances, getting lost on the Turnpike, sleeping in close proximity to howling dogs… the list goes on.  The good news is that they have also introduced her to things like Rombauer and my extended family.  Kim has also been a sample knitter in the past and she is part of my knitting group. I have known her for years and her daughter, Naia, has also modeled for me and has really grown up all of a sudden. Featuring her in the book was a no brainer.  Thank you Kim for always being a supportive friend and encourager to me!

If this is the first time you are hearing about Grown, check out this post from the release for all the details about the book and how you can order your copy! The blog tour is well underway and it has been such a pleasure to hear perspectives from a myriad of viewpoints.  You can really learn a lot about the book by checking out what others have to say.

I think this sweater is the most fun. Because you get to be picky and creative and basically do the fun parts of designing your own sweater without getting bogged down in the math. Artisan is the grown-up version of Imagination Sweater from Knits for Boys.

This pullover is worked from the top down with raglan-style seamless sleeves. The neckline is super cozy and depth is created with some basic short rows.

Artisan features Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted.  This yarn is such a lovely choice for colorwork.  It is so soft to the touch, the merino strands blend perfectly and you do not have to worry about felting your project accidentally since the yarn is superwash.

The pattern provides 20 colorwork options; you choose which ones you want to utilize. You could choose to alternate between just a few or use a whole bunch like we did. In the child’s version, I used 7 different colors.  Here, we stuck with 4.

Another cool thing about Artisan is that it is a unisex design, along with about half of the others in the book. The sweater is pictured on John as well as Kim, and you can see how it is styled to fit both of them.  Having John throw on the sweater was something I decided to do the day of the shoot.  I am so glad it worked out so that you can see how it looks on a man and a woman.

Kim is wearing it oversized and both the sleeve and body length are as written in the pattern.  In the book, I talk about some very easy ways you could tweak this design (or others with unisex sizing) in order to make them a little more feminine if you desire.

Another sweet friend of mine gets knitting credit for this sweater! She seems to always pick the tricky ones when she sample knits, #overachiever.  She and I had to work together on the collar to make it just right so we got to pass the sweater back and forth a couple of times; thankfully she lives right down the street.  Bless you Renae for another beautiful sweater.

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