Brecken Sweater // Grown

Photo Cred: Erica B. Studio + Design

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 has crossed the halfway point; all the links have been updated to take you directly to the relevant posts for easy access to more than you will ever need to know about Grown.  I feel very honored on receiving support from each of these knitters!

The Brecken Sweater (Grown) & Brochan Sweater (kid) are pretty closely related, as you can see. The colorwork was adapted for a larger yoke and placement was adjusted a bit. Also, the cuffs are worked a little differently.

In the child’s version, the hem is actually tacked under so that it can be let out later for additional length.  Since most grown-ups aren’t continuing to grow taller, this isn’t necessary and I’ve taken out this particular feature.

This sweater has always made me want to go on a fancy ski vacation. I would absolutely wear it around town in my Boots With The Fur and cozy leggings sipping on fancy hot chocolate.  I would venture most of you might go with coffee, but I don’t drink coffee and so Hot Chocolate it is!  Now you are in on my fantasy.

This sweater was in our very first photoshoot for the book and I came back so totally hyped up about the entire project because I could finally see everything coming together. Before this shoot, I had been debating on whether I should print the book.  These pictures made me do it.

Thanks to Linsay (LittleLippyEwe) for sample knitting this one for me. Linsay absolutely flies with her knitting.  It is incredible. I consider myself to be a pretty fast knitter but I get nothing done compared to this talented momma.  She knit two other pieces in the collection as well.

Brecken is a top-down & seamless raglan-style sweater. The colorwork is very minimal, which makes it appropriate as a first-stranding project.  I also think the sweater would be cute with stripes only or even some colorblocking if you like the shaping but aren’t crazy about fair isle.

The sizing is Unisex; like many of the sweaters in the collection it is appropriate for both men and women.  You can see how great it looked on little Jesse in the child’s version and the colors are really the only thing that could push it towards men or women. The book includes some notes on how to make it more feminine if you prefer, but I didn’t have Linsay work any modifications in this sample–it is knit as written.  If you don’t love my twill ribbon at the neck, you could also crochet a chain or knit an i-cord with your yarn. I personally liked the contrast with the twill but you won’t offend me if you go another way!

It is knit in Plucky Knitter Scholar 2.0 (worsted) which also makes it slightly heavier than the children’s version done up in Plucky Sweater (DK).  There is no end to your color combination options with Plucky Knitter at the helm. I love how this yarn feels after blocking. It has a beautifully soft bloom that draws the colors together just so.

 I really think I could say this about most of the sweaters in this collection but this one is just so wearable. It is cozy, it is not too heavy.  Friends who live in mild climates (like I do!) won’t be burning up with just a tank underneath in a worsted weight. Maybe skip your Boots With The Fur though… ;P

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