Merrymaker is inspired by the joy that comes through celebrations: birthday parties, backyard cookouts, showers; you name it, let’s enjoy and celebrate it! Joy is something that is very dear to me. My grandmother has been signing her cards with the words “love and joy” for as long as I could remember and when I began designing, I decided that I would take those two, very simple but powerful words and use them to inspire my patterns. Joy can come from so many places, hearing a bird sing, seeing a pretty flower, petting a dog, enjoying a great cup of tea or coffee, and the one that I feel is so important now more than ever, being with those you love. So I hope that as you make this sweater and then wear it out to parties and get-togethers, you will remember the joy that inspired this design and that you also knit your own joy and memories into it.
The colourwork design made me think of long-ago birthday parties with garlands all over the house. I wanted to recreate that happy and excited feeling for this project and hope that it translates well. In addition, the twisted rib trims and the colour palette are a bit retro to add to the nostalgic feel.
This colourwork yoked sweater is knit seamless from the top down. The neckline, hem and sleeve cuff are worked in half-twisted ribbing. After the neck ribbing is knit, short rows are worked to raise the back of the neckline slightly. A few increases are worked and then the stranded colourwork chart begins with more increases dispersed in the stockinette-only sections. After completing the yoke, sleeve stitches are placed on hold as the body of the sweater is knit in the round while continuing to work stranded colourwork to the hem. Sleeve stitches are picked up and the stranded colourwork is worked to the cuff.
Jill Thompson Beach
Right now, Merrymaker is only available as part of our Issue 7! You can get Issue 7 here.