Tuesday, July 9, 2013


a single pathological preoccupation in an otherwise sound mind

In this case, chevrons and making them align. Making them align and working all the shaping for a set-in sleeve cardigan in five sizes was a challenge. According to my sister/layout department, making the lines of the pattern align was also a challenge. Monomania: ALIGN!

I've been working on this pattern for several months, and some of you have probably seen this sample. After test knits in every size, a tech edit, several rounds of proofreading, and a careful layout, it's time to  release this one!

Final pattern page count: 37.

Don't let the page count fool you--this is not a difficult pattern! Quite the opposite. The pattern is written out line by line for each size, so you just print the pages for your size and follow the instructions. Use a row counter and you'll be all set!

Monomania will initially be available exclusively as a kit from The Plucky Knitter. There will be at least 12 color combinations available, and they will go live at 9:00 a.m. EST this Friday, July 12, in The Plucky Knitter shop. The pattern will be available as an individual download in three months, at which point you can knit it in whatever you like (leftover skeins, mix and match skeins, anything!).

Here's the original: It's knit in Plucky Feet in Message in a Bottle, Essie, Wintry Mix, and Cider Mill. This is an elbow-length version, but the pattern includes instructions for both elbow-length and three-quarter-length sleeves.

In this photo, I'm wearing the 37-inch bust size, and I have a 32-inch bust. The reason it doesn't look gappy and too large on me is that the fabric is light and stretchy (fingering-weight yarn knit on US 6 needles). I'll be posting photos of me modeling the 31-inch bust size tomorrow.

Here's Ruth, intrepid 37-inch bust size sample knitter, modeling her version, which was knit in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock. Ruth has a 37-inch bust. This is the three-quarter-length sleeve version.

I tried to pick only the best photos of Ruth, but all the photos of Ruth are the best.

And here's Claudia, intrepid 43-inch bust size sample knitter, modeling her version, knit in Plucky Knitter Plucky Single (a single-ply silk/wool blend).

And here's Karida, the artist behind Neighborhood Fiber Co., modeling the 49-inch sample, which was knit by my lovely friend and intrepid sample knitter Pat. This sample is worked in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering, a single-ply Merino wool. Again, this is the three-quarter-length sleeve version. 

I love the way the cardigan looks totally different when worked in a gradient.

Note: Better photos of this one are coming. I forced Karida to pose in front of the vacant house next to my house after we went to the farmers market.

So THIS is what I've been doing for the past few months, and I'm so happy to share. Comments? Questions? Let me know!


Windybrook Spinner said...

What a great design! Those beautifully aligned stripes were totally worth the effort.

indigoeddy said...

I love this so much!! It reminds me of a cardiganized (is that a real word) version of my favorite store bought pullover. The pullover is a single color. This cardigan gives so many color choices.

Thea said...

It's beautiful Ann!! Congrats on a gorgeous design after all that hard work :)

Jennifer said...

Fantastic design! I'm very impressed that you were able to align the chevrons with set-in sleeves. And I like seeing the different versions of the cardigan, different colors, different sizes...

Rebecca said...

love this! cant wait to see color kit options. great job on all that hard work. im always amazed at the quality of yourr designs and how prolific you are on top of it!

Jesse said...

It's beautiful! I can't wait to give it a go.

Unknown said...

I'm in the UK so it's always a bit of a scramble trying to get to the shop when it opens but today I've managed, bought my kit, paid for it and now can only wait. And knitted in the round (almost) Bliss!

Stephanie said...

Really cool! -sjn821

firesheep67 said...

Ooooh! This is headed for the top of my queue...now to pick some WM colors - YUM!