9th day of Knitmas

The holiday rush and festivities have ceased in my home and unfortunately, we have seemed to have come down with some nasty bug! My husband came home from work on the 24th sick as a dog and after 48 hours is doing better, but now I seem to be feeling like death warmed over. Thus is the way of life, I guess. So, I apologize ahead of time for any errors in this blog post.

Today we bring you, Random Stripes:

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What a lovely striped tunic pullover! Grace used stripes in varying directions to really make this top pop. I'm loving the boatneck collar line and check out these cool openings at the bottom that have faux buttons added for charm!

Random Stripes

I'll let Grace tell you more about the pattern, since my brain is slowly withering away at the moment!

Random Stripes

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 36.5 (40.5, 44.5, 48.5, 52.5, 56.5, 60.5, 65, 69)”
Length: 30 (30.25, 30.5, 30.75, 31.25, 31.75, 32, 32.5, 33)”

Size 7 U.S. (4.5 mm) needles single point or circular
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle and thread
Approximately 12-20 (flat) buttons ½” in diameter

Sweet Georgia Silk Crush (50% superwash merino, 50% silk; 375 yards per 115g skein)
MC: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) hanks Black Plum
CC: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) hanks Tumbled Stone

19 sts and 24 rows = 4” in St st, after blocking.

Note: In the pictured version of this pattern I used the MC
as the dominant color and striped randomly every time I felt
like changing color. The stripe sequence of this pattern is not
given- as the knitter you have the freedom to customize and
design the width and frequency of your stripes. Have fun and

I wanted to knit up a sweater with stripes and I had a very specific idea in mind... so I ordered these two yarns and of course by the time they came (btw- not a long time), I had already forgotten the design I had in mind.... Actually I still can't remember.... and of course I didn't sketch it, because I knew I would remember. Lesson learned. I thought if I started swatching it in stripes (at least I remembered that much) that the idea would come back to me (I'm still waiting). After blocking the swatch I came up with another idea... the one you now know as Random Stripes. I thought it would be nice to play with the stripes in a random way and make it really fit on the body well. Vertical was good- very flattering, but I liked the idea of mixing vertical with horizontal and that's what I ended up with.

Because of the random striping this pattern knit up so quickly! Not to mention that this fingering weight yarn was knit up on a size 7, for drape. I finished knitting up this sweater in about a week and a half... I just couldn't put t down. I think you will enjoy knitting this just as much as I did- and the nice thing is, the stripe sequence is all up to you, the knitter!

Remember that to be in the running for a winning PDF copy of today's pattern feature, you need to enter the 100th giveaway here (the comments for this post have been disabled). Follow the instructions at the bottom of that post to enter. I'll be back tomorrow with yarn to share!

Stay healthy!