As I’m sure you can imagine I’ve done a lot of knitting since I last posted to my old blog way back in April. Most of that knitting has been the usual new design sort. But once in a while I find a little time to knit something that someone else designed. I love these opportunities to go on autopilot and knit. No note taking, no pattern writing, no pressure to get it done asap, no need to think. Just me, a bit of yarn and my needles. Bliss.
I’ve been obsessed with Mary Jane Mucklestone’s designs for years. What’s not to love with offerings like the December Lights Tam, Super Soul Cardigan, and the sweet and simple Muckle Mitts. Mary Jane’s color work motif books, 200 Fair Isle Motifs and 150 Scandinavian Motifs are an indispensable part of my knitting library. Being the fan that I am, when Mary Jane published Stopover I was done for. I spent a few months obsessing before I finally broke down, ordered the yarn and binge knit the darn thing. I’m calling it my “Long Weekend” Stopover because I cast on the first stitch on a Thursday and bound off the last stitch that Sunday. That’s four days from yarn to finished sweater. (And a gorgeous sweater at that!) Your results may vary, but this really is a very quick knit, with concise easy to follow instructions.
Sofie modeled it for me in these photos, but this one is actually my size. One of the things I love about this design is how great it looks on a variety of sizes. Sofie is wearing it with about 6″ of ease. I wear it with about 1″ of ease, and it works equally well on both of us. Sorry, I don’t have any photos of Stopover on me. I’m always the one behind the camera. . .
You can find my project page on Ravelry if you want the details on colors, etc. And while you’re there, click through to the pattern and show Mary Jane some love.