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Normally, I’d start a discussion of a new sweater with a picture of the entire piece. But, in this case, I’m so taken with Thunderbolt‘s pretty shoulder and sleeve shaping that I had to shout it out first and foremost. The little paired decreases arranged in a neat vertical line for all the world to see (not hidden under the arm) are a great example of the power of knitterly detail. Here are stitches used to create structure. In good hands, they become sweetly decorative, too. I love it.

Another thing I find appealing is the tidy use of garter stitch: It edges the hem, cuffs, center front and neck edges, and two garter ridges further define the strong line where the colors meet.

This simple/inventive sweater is the brainchild of Heidi Kirrmaier. Read an interview with her in the following post.

One more thing. Well, two.

First, imagine other color pairings. Here, Thunderbolt is worked in Lark in Carrie’s Yellow and Storm. But what about Bird’s Egg and Driftwood? Clay and Petal? Frost and Egret for a light, barely there version? So many colors (41), so many choices.

Second. Styling. Always something to ponder. What will work with a given piece? Show it to advantage, create a mood, make the whole thing sing? We found this skirt tucked away in one of our costume bins. It, too, is color blocked. We think it works. Do you?

6 Responses to “Thunderbolt”

  1. Adi says:

    Oh my! This is going to the front of the queue!

  2. Moira says:

    I love this – but could you do a post with some other possible colour combinations together to help with visualisation with the Lark colour range. They all sound divine – but what do they look like. Thanks.

  3. Therese says:

    I can’t believe this hasn’t gotten comments yet. I love this! Very Audrey style – elegant and ladylike. Your model looks great in the skirt. Me, not so much!

  4. beautiful sleeve decreases. i was just playing with color combinations, too! lovely design.

  5. Jill says:

    I love that your patterns include a full range of sizes for us larger/bustier gals. I hope you will considering including photos of samples knit up in larger sizes. Things like color blocking can look very different across a large bust.

  6. Kris says:

    I love the whole outfit!

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