Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fog Cutter --  this one is a striking, but simple summer sweater that's just perfect for a cool day at the beach.  And it was just a bit foggy the day we decided to visit, so this design got named for an all time classic/traditional Tiki drink -- A Fog Cutter!

And I know I'm asking a lot for you guys to think about knitting in June, so the Ravelry code SummerSweater will get you $1 off the pattern until this Friday, perhaps as the little nudge that a summer knit might require? 

Or maybe photos are a better nudge --

Either way, Fog Cutter is all about this beautiful and striking panel on the front. Cables, lace, and texture combine in a motif that reminds me of little waves and tiny stones, kind of undulating back and forth.  The addition of the texture in those cables creates such a great contrast, and the edging as it hits the body is nice and sharp. (and yes, it's easier than you think it would be!)

Besides the cable panel, details such as a split hem, a ribbed yoke and distinct seams draw the eye, and then the rest of the garment is all easy reverse stockinette.  Although seamed, the lines are straight and the finishing is simple.

The sweater is knit in O-Wool's beautiful Balance yarn, a mix of organic cotton and merino that's got the perfect amount of ply and crispness for a polished but casual vibe, and it shows a pattern beautifully.  I chose the Natural as I wanted a true basic piece, but I think this would work in any of her colors - and some of them even have a little heather, which would be stunning.  (Agate, Igneous, and Jade - I'm looking at you guys....)

Gabriella is wearing my sweater with about 5" of ease and a high hip length, but this is easy to modify for depth or width and notes are included in the pattern.  I suggest about 4-5" positive ease for a fit as shown.  All the details and the PDF can be found here (don't forget your SummerSweater code this week!).

And as for a Fog Cutter?  According to tiki bars everywhere and the internet, it's really all about the glassware and accessories, so have a little fun.

1.5 oz light rum
.5 oz brandy
.5 oz gin
1 oz orange juice
3 tbs lemon juice
1.5 tsps of orgeat
1 tsp sweet sherry (amontillado works great)

Shake all ingredients except the sherry with ice in a shaker.  Strain over ice into a tall glass and then top with the sherry!  And then add your choice of umbrella, stirrer, slice of fruit, feathers or whatever's handy...


Meredith MC said...

That stitch pattern is amazing! I could see this as a summer tee too- just leave the arms off. This one is going on the list.

Meredith MC said...

Ps couldn't find a Rav link.

janna said...

I love this! People around me need to stop having babies and stuff so I have time to knit for myself!

Duck Duck Wool said...

It's just so pretty, Thea! Love it!!

Alex said...

Hi! I bought this pattern on Ravelry. I love the sweater. But I am completely stumped about the yo's. No matter how I do them, I end up with extra stitches. Am I doing one double yo stitch or two regular yo's consecutively? Either way, when I add up the stitches in the repeating pattern in row three, I get a total of ten instead of eight! p2, p2tog, yo, yo, ssk, p2. Unless I'm crazy, that's ten. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I SO want to move forward and I've knit and taken out this row ten times. Help!


Anonymous said...

Alex, my guess is that you are working the double YOs wrong. It's one double YO, which should be worked as 2 sts on the next WS. And the decreases (p2tog/ssk) on either side account for each of the YOs, so the stitch count shouldn't change.

It's always so hard to see what someone is doing via the internets, but perhaps google "double YO" and see how it's worked to compare with what you are doing? Or bring it into your local LYS.