Henny Penny's favourite makes - Love Note sweater
The Love Note is one of those sweater patterns that has a lot of hype and I think the majority of knitters will have at the very least seen it, if not cast it on. I loved the idea of the sweater but wasn't exactly sure it would suit me - I'm quite short and have wide hips and a smaller waist (yes it took me YEARS to find jeans that I'm happy with!)
Despite worrying it wouldn't suit me, I really wanted to give the Love Note a go - it has a beautiful lace section on the yoke and as it's knit with 4 ply and a lace weight fluffy yarn held together, I thought it would be a novelty to knit up something faster than normal. What I didn't expect was how quickly this sweater flew off the needles - it was compulsive! I whizzed through the lace section and then the body knitted up so quickly that I couldn't believe it. I was onto the sleeves faster than any jumper before and I kept thinking there must be a catch somewhere as it was super simple, super fast, and best of all, SUPER COSY! One of my favourite things about it is that you start with a provisional cast on, which is amazing for me (I HATE picking up stitches!) and it made the neckline so easy and stress free.
I used my SuriSilk base (74% Baby Suri Alpaca, 26% Mulberry Silk) held double with Standard Sock (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon) and it has created the softest, fluffiest fabric which makes this so cosy and warm to wear. The pattern originally uses Kid Mohair Silk which is also a lovely yarn and has a better yardage for garments (I am planning another Love Note soon using the KidSilk) but it is slightly different in texture and so I think it is great that there is more than one option for knitting this depending on your preferences. If fluffy yarn isn't your thing, you can also knit with double knitting weight yarn on it's own. I think this would look gorgeous in any colour and if I have the time, will be making a rainbow of Love Note sweaters!
The colour I used to make the sweater was Dig For Victory, my most favourite shade of green! You can see my selection of dyed to order semi solid greens here - Greens.
And here is the Love Note with another of my favourite makes, the Dust Of Snow wrap - more on that to come soon!