I recently completed a sweater that incorporated this skein of handspun that I wrote about a little while ago.
It didn’t take long to find a perfect yarn to coordinate with this handspun. The yarn, 600-ish yards spun from a blend of llama, merino, and nylon, came from Long Island Livestock Company. If you have a chance to check out their yarns, do it. Fantastic stuff and the owner is an inspiration.
Don’t they look like they’ll play well together?
The next step after finding the yarn was finding a suitable pattern.
The Yoke Pullover recipe from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd seemed like it would work well with handspun. Actually, the picture below from the book helped me choose the pattern.
After swatching the farm yarn with various needle sizes, I found that US 5’s yield a nice fabric. The gauge was between two sizes in the recipe, so there was some fudging to get it to all work out. But because the sweater is knit from the top-down, the pattern was easily tweaked as I went along. The edging is a simple ribbing created by alternating knit rows with k1, p1 rows.
Of course I finished this as summer is approaching, but I will be ready for fall!
Long Island Livestock Company
70% Llama, 25% Merino, 5% Nylon
Sport Weight, 2 ply
Contributors: Raindrops, Steeler, Count
Most of 671 yards used
Peppermint Knits Hand-dyed Roving
Heavy Fingering/Light Sport, 2 ply
Fiber: Corriedale Cross