Although it is getting a bit warmer over here, a cozy handknit sweater is always a good thing to have in your wardrobe!

I had several balls of grey drops lima, a beautiful DK weight yarn with a alpaca/wool blend. I was going to use it for another boxy sweater with faux cables. Mid project I decided I didn’t like the look of the sweater and in the frog pond it went!

I still loved the grey color, but the urge to dye it overcame me and so I started rewinding the balls into skeins and dyed them in several rainbow colors. Because of the grey base you get all kinds of muted loveliness.


How pretty is that ^^

I needed a nice sweater pattern and of course I came back to joji locatelli’s designs. I already knitted her worsted boxy sweater and old romance cardigan, so I know her patterns are awesome. I had my eyes on her manizanilla sweater and thought it would be perfect for my freshly dyed yarn 🙂 It is finally finished and I must say I really love this one! It is super warm, cozy and very soft because of the alpaca content.


Bonus backside of my cat


The cables look so great in this super variegated yarn!*


This sweater is the perfect fit for me and I really like cute look of the split at the bottom. Originally it was ribbed throughout the sweater, but I didn’t like that busy look in combination with my yarn, so I did gradually less ribbing every few rows.

I must say Joji is by far my favorite sweater designer. Her patterns are really easy to follow and she mostly uses shortrows to shape the shoulders and sleeves which I think works great.

Who is your favorite designer? Can you recommend any to me?

* Obligatory ‘Sorry’ for cutting of my head, but I wasn’t really smiling and I am really happy with this sweater, so I don’t want you to get conflicting messages 😉