What a thrill – knitting for decades, falling in love with a pattern newly introduced on Ravelry, buying it, and then a revelation.
I was madly in love with Sian.
I’ve bought lots of patterns on impulse. Not knitted many. I have almost as a large pattern stash as my yarn stash. Ridiculous.
But this one – in a completely different category from anything else I’d ever purchased. I hadn’t been this excited since I made my first cabled sweater.
I was one of the lucky ones who made a quick decision and managed to buy the pattern at a discount. But when I saw it, read it through, saw all that it contained, I felt guilty. I wanted to send the designer more money. I thought about just sending her some PayPal cash (But no.) I thought about buying more of her patterns. (Yes, I will do that, but that’s not enough). I was so in love, I suggested a knitalong to the knit night group I belong to. That’s part of the answer, but more.
I then I finally remembered this. What a dope. Of course. I’ve been absent more that present over the past year, but maybe some of you are still with me so here I am telling you about Sian.
Before the very long list, two personal tips.
- I had difficulty almost immediately and my friend Kim came to the rescue as she has before. I was overthinking the instructions. When I just read what was there, all was well. And then I did it a second time. Lesson – trust what designer Elizabeth Doherty says.
- I’ve never used a dramatically colour changing yarn before and I love it. They say it keeps you knitting one more row just to see what happens and yes, that happened; I recommend it for Sian. The photo above is my swatch.
Here’s the very long list of Sian’s advantages.
- Beautiful – subjective, I know. Zip down to the bottom to see the photo.
- Comfortable and easy to wear – more subjectivity.
- Stitch patterns inspired by Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.
- 2 shapes – cropped and a-line. Two of our knitalongers are opting for cropped a-line. So a third option.
- Slip stitch colourwork – so you are only using one colour per row.
- Swatching options – flat, to test colours, and in-the-round, to test gauge and get the feel of knitting the slip stitches.
- 12 sizes – from 31.25″ bust circumference to 65.5″.
- Neckline options – keep it wide as the photo shows or create a shallower neckline – that was my choice.
- Detailed, easy to follow, German short row shaping, for excellent higher-in -the-back neckline fit.
- Underarm sleeve gusset for excellent fit.
- Bicep measurements! When did you last see that in a pattern?
- Slip stitch colourwork options – all one colour, colour change yarn, or different colours, as you please.
- Excellent test knits on the Ravelry page. Different examples to inspire.
- Three pages offer “thoughts and advice on customizing Sian.” Invaluable.
- A detailed chart guides size choice depending on gauge, any gauge, from 16 stitches to 26 stitches over 4″. Wow!
So just why do I think I know what I’m doing, and you ought to listen to me when I rave madly about a pattern and recommend it so extravagantly?
Because I have read through thousands of patterns, likely not as many as magazine editors, but still – many thousands – in my capacity as newsletter writer/editor and new designer decision maker at Patternfish, sadly no longer a pattern publisher.
If you buy Sian and think I’m wrong, let me know. If you think other patterns are more deserving, tell me about that, too.