Ebba

…or adventures in steeking.

The moment I spotted Diana Walla’s Ebba pattern, I knew I had to have it.  I don’t know if it was the pop of red or the stranded yoke, but it needed to be in my closet, stat.

There was no question that I was going to knit it in the suggested Quince & Co. Chickadee – that yarn just has no equal.  It’s soft and squishy and has incredible stitch definition.  The only question was “which colors do I use??”  Since the original palate is so striking, I opted to stick to the original Delft (light blue) and Frost (gray) with some Barolo (dark red) that I already had in my stash.  Unfortunately for me, Frost was almost sold out!!  I’m chalking it up to the success of this particular pattern.  Or maybe it’s just because the color is gorgeous – I mean, good for Quince.  Unlucky for me, though.  I had to settle for Audouin (off-white), which still turned out beautifully!  Well, you be the judge:

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Please excuse the goofy grin – my husband took this picture and he was pulling some very silly faces in an attempt to make me laugh.

This sweater was such a pleasure to knit!  The instructions were clear, the construction was just interesting enough to keep me occupied.  I LOVE that stranded yoke.  Simply stunning.  Steeking the shoulders did give me pause, I won’t lie to you about that.  Cutting through knitted fabric always makes me so nervous – will it come undone?  Am I destroying all my beautiful handiwork?  Then I might have been overzealous about reinforcing the seams.  If you look closely at the finished product, you can see a couple of my stitches.  Oops.  I will say, though, that the technique was necessary to get that beautiful stranded yoke onto a modified drop-shoulder sweater.  100% worth the effort and anxiety.  A+  Would sweater again.  I’ve even worn it around a few times and it hasn’t fallen apart.

It’s even lovelier to wear – light, comfortable, and with just the right sleeve length to keep you warm in the changing fall temperatures.  Plus, I love the way the boatneck flatters the figure and draws the eye to the face.  Congratulations to Diana Walla on a truly incredible pattern.

So to anyone giving a pattern the side-eye because of an advanced or scary technique, give it a try!  Go slowly, follow the instructions, and Youtube it if you need to, but don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back.  You might surprise yourself with the results.

Cheers,

-Allie

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