My ideas for Primp

Here again is Primp, published in the newest issue of Twist Collective.

My idea was to create that design unicorn that all knitwear designers talk about: the sweater you wear every day, all day. Over your jammies to feed the cats in the morning, with your jeans to go to the market, with a cute dress to meet friends for dinner.

My perfect every day all day sweater would be a cardigan, in a cheerful color (to combat those grey winter days), lace (because I want warmth, but no too much), and with a little retro vibe (but not so retro as to be in those killer tight shapes with little ease—because hips).

I also want it worked in pieces to give the garment structure and I like the simplicity of knitting one piece at a time.

My first knitting of Primp was for me. Like many women, I am not  size 8 and model thin–more typically a size Large. I have a 42 inch bust, but relatively small shoulders. I made size 45 up to the armholes and then switched to size 41. I knew the V-neck will accommodate my bust. I also added an extra 7 rows (about an inch) to the body because I know that’s where my hip is–I’m an inch longer in my torso than the standardized measurements.

I also wanted a more affordable yarn choice: my version is Cascade 220 Heathers, in Lake Chelan Heather (9451), the yarn and gauge matched beautifully.

Please check out the entire Twist Collective July issue. Its a beautiful issue with lots of great designs.

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