The (very green) Owl Sweater
As I’m in the season of finishing up a few loose ends (like here, here, and here) whether it be sewing or knitting, I pulled out an old project from my knitting closet (aka linen closet) last week, determined on finishing it up.
And finish it I did:
It’s sooo green! I’m really not certain what I was thinking at the time when I bought this yarn. I like green, but don’t think I would have bought quite this same shade today; I feel like it’s the same exact shade as Kermit the Frog. My only guess at my color choice is that I bought it in the middle of winter last year and I must have been longing for some color in the dreary winter and also longing for springtime (that or I had Kermit on my mind).
As you may have gathered, I’m really just “mehh” about this project which is why I haven’t finished it before now.
I love the pattern and the owl design, I’m just not a fan of the chunky-sweater on me. At the time I didn’t know any better. While I’m still learning about fabric and yarn selection, I think I’ve learnt enough now to not make the same mistake in the future.
That being said, I think chunky sweaters are essential for really cold weather. And this sweater will be the perfect lounging outfit while I’m at home when my apartment’s heat hasn’t kicked in yet.
I love the little owlets that this cable stitch creates at the yoke of this sweater. I decided I didn’t want to overdo it with the owl-eyes and only stitched on buttons for every other owl and on the front of the yoke also. (That and I did run out of buttons.)
I choose this Owl pattern by Kate Davies for the owls, but I also wanted to learn how to knit cable stitch. Since the cables are only at the neckline, I figured it would be an easy, quick knit…. which it was! When I began this sweater I didn’t even know enough about pattern sizing to alter the pattern in any way. As a result, it’s quite long on me. But like I said before, it’s perfect for a cold day.
When I began this pattern, Kate had a free chunky-knit version for free on Ravelry, which is what I used. But unfortunately she has since removed the free version and only has a pay-version up online ($6.20). As a plus, the pay-version does have lots of additional sizing now, which wasn’t the case before.
The pattern was easy to read and quick to knit up. I feel as though I can recommend this pattern to you all, if you’re looking to learn how to cable and like owls. But only if you like chunky sweaters…