Thursday, March 28, 2013

As promised, one more sweater before I start thinking about spring.    Sambuca is my second colorwork design this year, but to be honest, it was finished long before the Bartender Mitts were begun.  Sweaters just take a bit longer to get out into the world.

Sambuca gives you the beauty of colorwork without worrying about a tangled mess of ends or any fear of steeking, since it features a simple motif that uses only 2 colors at a time, and has a great deal of basic stockinette.  With a feminine neckline, a loose fit, and a little shaping in back, it has just enough detail keep things interesting, and makes a perfect first stranded sweater project.   

As always with my sweaters, this is a design that you can play with in terms of fit, and instructions contain the info you'll need to do so.  Length and width can be modified for your shape - and you can pick your color scheme based on what you want to accent on your body  - a darker background/lighter detail keeps the bust from being the focus and draws the eye to the waist, while darker detail on a lighter background will create a visual waistline and create more of an hourglass shape up top and at the hip.   You can also move the actual motif up or down as you prefer so it hits at the right spot on your body, and you can choose to omit the rear shaping if you like a straight back.

 Knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge, from WEBS, which I think this is a perfect year round sweater yarn.   Stockbridge is a wool/alpaca mix that creates a warm but light fabric with just the right amount of drape for a delicate, slouchy fit. It's not heavy, but it's warm enough to make a difference.  Worsted weight, knit in up on #7s, this took no time!   Plus, Stockbridge comes in a ton of gorgeous colors and sells for the low, low price of about $4.50 per skein.  That makes it easy to justify, right?    

Finally, some detail shots.  The motif is repeated on the sleeves, and I added a little ribbed panel just below the actual neckline for fun.

And my favorite pic of the short row shaping from the side.  I love how this adds to the slouchy feel.

These photos thanks to Amanda Johnston - we shot these after the girls had wandered off with their Manhattan Hats on.


Sambuca is available on Ravelry for $6.50 or on the sidebar to the left.
Some details are below and the rest of the info is listed here


Yarn:  Valley Yarns Stockbridge, 109 yds per skein.  800(900,1000,1100,1200,1300)(1400,1500,1600,1700,1800) yds main color, plus 50-75 yards each of three contrast colors.  Shown in Dark Gray, Light Gray, Kiwi, and Willow Green.  

Sizes:  Finished bust measurement:  36(38.5,40.75,43.25,45.5,48)(50.5,52.75,55.25,57.25,60)"  For a fit like mine, choose the size that gives you about 4" of ease, based on your actual bust/

Gauge:  5 sts/7 rows = 1"  Based on a blocked, stockinette swatch.  

Needles:  US#7/4.5mm circulars for body, DPNS for sleeves.

Notions:  Waste yarn or stitch holders, darning needle.


As for Sambuca itself, I found this on Pinterest, and it's called an Orange Dream:

  • 4 ice cream scoops Edy's® Orange Cream Sherbet & Light Ice Cream (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup club soda, chilled
  • 2-3 tablespoons sambuca
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh orange peel
  • minced fresh orange peel
Divide ice cream between 2 chilled stemmed glasses.  Combine club soda, sambuca, orange juice and 1 teaspoon minced orange peel; pour over ice cream.  Garnish with additional minced orange peel.
Amount:  2 servings


Sounds like dessert, right?


gMarie said...

Another design winner! I love the touch of color work, a fantastic addition. This could be exactly what I need to get started. g

Ellen Mason said...

so [insert suitable curse word] cute! the neckline detail is really clever.

Anonymous said...

I am in love with this design. The fair isle waist is so modern and cool, and I especially love it on the grey background.

Kristen said...

Another beautiful design! I tend to stay away from color work designs because they are often too fiddly or too "homemade" looking for my tastes, but this one is just right. I have made several of your designs and have enjoyed the process--and the end result--every time. I finished my Moonshine last week and have been wearing it constantly ever since!

Seanna Lea said...

Lovely! Of course, you are making new designs faster than I can knit. Maybe someday I will retire and get through them all, but I'm a long way from that.

Hilary said...

This is SO COOL. I am loving your fair isle adventures! The motif is so pretty and modern...and I the little detail at the neckline is fantastic!