I’ve finished my We Are Knitters Top, and I love it!
Pattern: Pacific Sweater Kit
Yarn: We Are Knitters The Cotton Yarn
Needles: 6 mm (US 10)
I’ve been really loving the idea of summer sweaters lately, no doubt partially due to our lackluster summer thus far. This top is perfect for hot days, and the cut is super forgiving for a wide variety of body shapes. Which is great, since I’m only getting bigger! I’m still at that stage where I just look like I’m gaining weight, I haven’t had the official ‘pop’ yet, but I can tell the Pacific Sweater will fit well beyond that. Got to love a knit that still looks good if your shape is fluctuating!
As I mentioned in my previous Knit-in-Progress post, the kits start with the pattern, and you have your choice of receiving the pattern in English, French, German or Spanish. Then you choose your colours- I had 16 different colour choices for the Pacific Sweater, and they have added 4 more new colour choices (I’m loving the Light Salmon), and it took me ages to decide, but in the end I landed on the can’t-fail classic, Natural. Not only because it basically goes with everything, but I already knew I was pregnant when I picked it out, and figured that if I played my cards right, this top would be perfect for the summer during pregnancy, and next summer when I’m nursing (this is totally going to hide spit up), as well as beyond! This sort of style is going to be great for all stages.
You can also choose to receive their custom (and so freaking awesome!) beechwood needles (straights, no circulars). They come in the size recommended for the pattern gauge. As for shipping, that’s always one of my first questions when considering ordering from another country, and We Are Knitters offer some extremely reasonable shipping on kits into Canada and the US- under $10 shipping for most kits, and on orders more than $140, free shipping (sadly no Australian shipping, though!).
I made one modification- I added i-cord ties at the back, because my life is way too busy for perfect posture that will keep it on my shoulders, and I didn’t want to be constantly adjusting it. They worked out perfectly- I love how they look, and the top stays perfectly in place.
The pattern is very simple and easy to follow, but it counts rows, so that means row gauge must be checked! Also, the pattern only comes in one size- I think that this would work for anyone who would knit a sweater size 34″- 45″, but if you were bigger, I’d recommend going up a needle size or two and ordering a couple extra skeins; and if you are smaller, go down a needle size or two. The yarn is fantastic to work (so many cotton yarns are splitty, but this one didn’t split once) with and really forgiving and when wet blocked, you can block in a bit of length or a bit of width, depending on your needs.