PROJECT Harvest Queen

Harvest Queen 

I’m sorry it has taken so long to share this sweater! Around the time we finished it we had a run on the yarn, Drops Wish, and it seemed a cruel thing t show you something you can’t have. We’ll we’ve restocked several of the most popular colours and are constantly reordering, so I think it’s safe to share.

Harvest Queen is a cozy, oversized pullover that’s knit in one piece from the top-down. It features a yoke construction with pretty cable and lace detail. It’s knit on 9mm needles, so it works up fast! The yarns recommended are blown yarns, making it a lighter, airier textile than expected. Video and written tutorials are provided at the bottom of the free pattern (they even have a place you can ask them questions about the pattern, and the pattern is available in 15 languages). And just in case you don’t believe me … it is Gruau’s (the bird’s) favourite sweater in the store.

Our Sample is a size small and used 8 balls of  Drops Wish in colour 18 Sage Green.

Drops Wish is a blown yarn; it’s made with a knitted cotton core with super soft alpaca literally blown into it. It’s light, airy, and kind of squishy (it has lots of give). Blown yarns are great when you want a thicker yarn that’s also light, so you can get bulk without weight.

Size

  • XS(S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Bust circumference: 36.75(40.75, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 56) inches or 92(102, 108, 118, 128, 140) cm
  • Fit is oversized

Yarn Options

  • Drops Wish: 8(8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins  
  • Drops Air: 7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}
  • Illimani Amelie7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}

Needles & Notions

If you do not already have the needles for this project we recommend buying interchangeable needles. They are very versatile for top-down sweaters and have more longevity for future projects (if you need a longer or shorter needle you can purchase an inexpensive new cord, rather than an entire needle. If you are buying individual tips and cords, that Knitter’s Pride are the most affordable option. If you are thinking about investing in a set, the Chiaogoo Twist Red Lace 4″ Tips: 2.75mm – 10mm have the best range and versatility for an assortment of projects.

Online Support

Drops has tutorial videos to support their patternsSee the bottom of the pattern webpage for links.

Hacks

If you don’t love the way a pattern is formatted, consider copying the text into a free, cloud-based text editing program like Google Docs. There, you can clean up the formatting to your liking and store your notes and changes. If your perception problems are more pronounced, you may even want to put it into a spreadsheet program like Google Sheets to break it down into line-by-line instructions – you can even make it into a chart and tick off your work as you go. I do this when a pattern gives me a bunch of instructions that all need to be done at the same time, it makes life easier to plan your path before you embark on it.

Using a cloud-based storage system is also a great way to manage your patterns. When you use a cloud-based program, you can access your notes from anywhere (including your phone, tablet, or computer). You don’t have to worry about losing them if your hard drive fails, or transferring them when you get a new computer. This is also a good place to store any PDF patterns you download. If you make changes and notes on the paper version of your pattern, just take a picture of it with a free scanner app on your smartphone and upload it to your drive.

Just one caveat – be detailed and descriptive in your document titles. For example, say you bought the pattern Love Note – my title would be “Love Note Tin Can Knits Pullover Lace Mohair Cropped Yoke”. Basically, anything I associate with the project. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re looking for a pattern, can’t remember its name, and only recall a fragment of information about it. It is also really useful to log your projects in your Ravelry account, with the needles and yarn you used. Years later, when you want to do it again, you’ll be happy to have that history. Plus you can look through all your accomplishments!

FYI: this photo has NOT been colour corrected. The colour of the garment is not accurate (it’s washed out). The bird’s colour, however, is great

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