I still cannot believe it, my first sweater pattern is finally released!!1(insert all the exclamation marks here)! It feels like it was yesterday when Tabetha contacted me and said that they were interested in publishing it in the Fall with SweetGeorgia, Vol. 2 collection. Runlet was actually inspired by their great call for submissions, where they asked for a mix of yarn weights, specifically mohair lace weight yarn mixed in with heavier weight yarns. And this is what I came up with:
A boxy, light-weight sweater with mohair inserts in the shoulder section. Personally, I love highlighting the upper part of a sweater, it will get people’s attention and the scoop neck in this design also helps a bit with drawing the eyes up.
The use of their Superwash Sport in mix with mohair-blend Silk Mist makes it a wonderfully versatile sweater. Working with the Superwash Sport was very delightful as well, it has just the right amount of twist and give to make it great to knit with.
As for the construction, this one is a bottom-up, completely seamless garment. The shoulders are closed with a three needle bind off and for the underarm construction I was inspired by a sewn, boxy garment that I own, so there are no seams in sight. After the body is finished, you are going to pick up stitches for the sleeves and knit down. That means you can customize the length of the sleeves to your liking.
To lower the back hem a little bit and to shape the shoulders, I used my favourite short row method, Shadow Wrap short rows. If you haven’t tried them before, you can find a tutorial here.
This is the point where I show you some of my sketches from the original submission.
As you can see, my original idea had a pattern down the front of the sweater, that is where the design got its name. The other place where I diverted is the depth of the ribbing on the sleeves and perhaps the overall fit. To achieve a fit as in my drawing, you might want to choose a size up from what you would usually knit.
So, for the giveaway part! SweetGeorgia Yarns kindly offered to give one of you the opportunity to win a pattern of your choosing from the collection! To enter, check out the whole collection and leave a comment on this post with the pattern you would like to win. Make sure to leave a valid email address and your Ravelry username, so we know how to contact you. The giveaway closes on October 9th, 2016 at noon (GMT+2) and I will announce the winner on my Instagram feed.
Giveaway is now closed, thank you for participating!
5 thoughts on “Behind the scenes: Runlet”
Gorgeous! Runlet is my favourite pattern from this collection, it hits all my current obsessions: mixed texture, sport weight, boxy and in the round. I love Penna and Vignette as well but Runlet is what I’d want to actually make.
I was just looking for a sweater like Runlet! It would be amazing to win the pattern!
Ravelry name is giggles228.
I love Galatea, maybe because there is such an autumn wind blowing today! My Ravelry name is patkellgren
Amara! Rav col22
I have so many favorites from this issue! but I’m going to go with Galatea. my rav name is nittenpurlin