Bear with me. This post is colossal.
First off, my new sweater pattern Halfway is now available for purchase on Ravelry! Use the code HALFWAY20 to receive 20% off the first week.
SISTERS UNITED MT DONATION FOR ALL OF MAY
Guided by her heritage and big heart, Candice English, the dyer behind The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers (the yarn used above in my red-purple Halfway sample), formed the non-profit Sisters United to help support Native American women in need.
Due to trans generational trauma, cultural genocide, and colonization Native women are one of the most at risk minorities in the United States for domestic violence, rape, murder, human trafficking, health related problems, suicide, and drug abuse.Source: https://sistersunitedmt.org/mission
Without doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has put at risk groups in even greater peril, and donations are needed now more than ever. Current donations to Sisters United have been going toward purchasing masks, filters and other supplies for Native American communities in need of them, but as their needs evolve so will the distribution of donations. Sisters United also plans to forward money to the Piikani Lodge Health Institute, another Montana based charity. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, they are providing essential research, services, equipment and more to Blackfeet Nation, which is one of the ten largest Native tribes in the United States. To read about the various social and economic disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, click here.
Please purchase my Halfway pattern during the month of May! How much money can we collect for Sisters United MT? Check back here for the amount in early June.
The sample above is knit using The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Foxy Lady in the colorway Namoo, which is held double throughout with The Farmer’s Daughter Mighty Mo in the Namoo colorway for the bottom and Mighty Mo in the Dumplin colorway for the top.
More exciting news! I am kicking off a KAL with prizes on Instagram and in my Ravelry group. To participate, simply post a WIP or FO picture of Halfway on Instagram (use hashtag #HalfwayKAL) and/or in my Ravlery thread for the KAL. The nine prizes are pictured below, including the grand prize of a sweater’s quantity from The Farmer’s Daughter. Throughout the month of May, I will be randomly selecting winners, ending on May 31st when I will choose the winner of the grand prize! For more details about the Halfway KAL, visit the Halfway KAL thread in my Ravelry group.
HALFWAY SAMPLE SIZE 9
Below is a size 9 sample that I knit for my model, Amber. Is she gorgeous, or what?! I used custom dyed yarn from Sweet Nesting, who specializes in bright, saturated colors.
The picture below is probably my favorite. Amber looks so bold, defiant and fierce. Love it!
HALFWAY TESTER PHOTOS
Below is a slideshow featuring a few of my testers’ Halfway sweaters. They did a fabulous job! To check out all of them, head over to Ravelry and scroll through the projects. Go ahead–just try to choose a favorite, but I bet you won’t be able. 😏
You can find the testers above on Instagram: 1. badbettyknits 2. heybulldogknits 3. lavagirlknits 4. madam.vader 5. jkvanfam 6. sabrinachiro 7. skalar999 8. wakeuppurly 9. marieplach 10. jamiepaintsphotos 11. ponypuppetshow 12. kvagusta 13. nicbatch 14. stacyvhandmade
HALFWAY PATTERN INTRO
With a strand of fingering held together with a strand of lace throughout the pattern, Halfway is a boxy two-tone top that changes colors at the approximate midway point of the sweater by simply switching out the color for the lace. In the sample shown, the same colorways are held together for the bottom color section, while a different lace colorway is used for the top for a marled effect.
The design is divided vertically as well, with a front lace panel that is worked with the intarsia technique back and forth in the round. It is not as contradictory as it seems! The garment is worked back and forth to the left side, where the work is turned and German short rows are used to form a side seam. Thus, Halfway is entirely seamless. It is constructed from the bottom up, and once the underarm section is reached, the top front and back are worked flat separately, and you can choose either a visible or invisible three-needle bind-off for the shoulders. There are options for three-quarter sleeves or long sleeves, which are worked in the round.
As you can see from the pictures above, many testers worked a mod that either omitted the lace panel entirely or worked the lace panel only on the top. Below is the third sample that I knit. I cropped this version and omitted the lace panel. I also went up a size, and I think I like the greater ease even better. For this sample I used La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in the Fiori colorway held together with LBA Mohair Silk in the Parchment colorway for the bottom and Mohair Silk in the Fiori colorway for the top. I love how much pink the Mohair Silk absorbs in the Fiori colorway. It creates a striking fade!