Hello everybody, and a Happy New Year to each of you! I hope that your 2014 is filled with a lot of laughter, love, happiness and health! ♥

I’m pleased to start the year with an early pattern release. Maybe you’ve already spotted it on Ravelry? Let me introduce Tar:

Tar

It’s a relaxed-yet-sexy raglan that easily dresses up or down. Perfect for layering or wearing on its own, it’s knit seamlessly in the round from the top down, and features a hint of waist shaping and 3/4 sleeves. It’s a piece you look good in, even if you wear your oldest pair of jeans.

Oh, how I love these topdown sweaters! It is such a fun knitting them, and you never have to fear that your finished garment won’t fit, because you can simply try it on any time as you go. Also – there’s hardly any sewing in the end. Weave in loose ends and you’re done. (I’m not such a big friend of sewing pieces together – somehow I won’t manage to do it in a neat and perfect way – so this way of knitting a sweater seams to be made for me!)

Tar

 

Tar is designed to be knit in Shibui Knits Heichi (but can of course be made with other yarns, too!), a rustic silk tweed that stands out on its own. While it took me some rounds to get used to working with a 100% silk yarn, the result is just stunning. Tar feels so very comfortable on the skin, and I’m absolutely in love with that colorway. So much that I decided to name the design after it – Tar.🙂

Shibui Knits Heichi in "Tar"

 

I’m also pleased to announce that the pattern is 20% off throughout Jan 6 with the coupon code “tar” at Ravelry’s checkout – enjoy!🙂

(And if you decide to cast on, make sure to share your progress and FO in my Ravelry group!)

 

Yarn:
Shibui Knits Heichi (100% silk; 50 g / 105 yds [96 m])
– 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13) skeins in „Tar“
– 784 (833, 883, 931, 980, 1030, 1079, 1128, 1177, 1226, 1275) yds [717 (762, 808, 852, 897, 942, 987, 1032, 1077, 1122, 1166) m]

Sizes:
32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52)“ actual bust size. Pattern adds 2“ of positive ease at bust.

Needles:
US 7 [4.5 mm] circular needles,16“ – 32“ [40 – 80 cm]
US 7 [4.5 mm] double pointed needles
US 6 [4.0 mm] circular needles, 16“ – 32“ [40 – 80 cm]
US 6 [4.0 mm] double pointed needles
or size to obtain gauge

Notions:
9 stitch markers
2 stitch holders or pieces of waste yarn

Gauge:
8 sts x 14 rows = 2“ x 2“ [5 cm x 5 cm] in stockinette stitch on larger needles, blocked