One of the things I have committed to this year is knitting 12 sweaters (or larger projects) in 12 months. Due to some other projects that were on the needles, I didn’t get started with my January project until the 13th. I had planned on making Short Lucky by Thea Colman in Whirly Worsted, but I was really bummed to find out that I couldn’t get gauge (discovered at the Sit and Stitch when I took it off the needles and discovered it was probably 45″ around. Much too large for me). I was quite dismayed, so Whitney suggested a KAL to get me past my “knitterly misfortune” as she put it. Owls by Kate Davies had been in my queue forever, and I was going to use it this year as my ace in the hole so to speak. You know, on a month that was really busy with other things, I could knit the Owls up in no time. I just hadn’t planned on having to use my ace in the first month.

Gotta tell you, I am definitely not bummed now. I love this sweater!

Pattern: Owls by Kate Davies
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool
Needles: US 10 and 10.5
Buttons: The Crooked Stitch

I absolutely love the combination of bulky yarn and a fitted shape. It is easy for sweaters done in bulky to look, well, bulky. This one is very form fitting so it allows the femininity to shine, rather than the bulk.

The buttons totally make this sweater though. It was cute without them, now it makes me giggle with happiness. And I was lucky enough that there was a huge box of matching buttons at the shop. Don’t the owls look like they have little eyelids? The shape of the neckline is also just perfectly designed – not too wide, not gapey, and the short rows at the back make it come up just high enough.

And the Eco Wool is a perfect yarn for this sweater. Not that I needed to prove my Eco love, but this certainly helped. For my size this is only about $18 worth of yarn too. Can’t beat it.

I know this is going to get a lot of wear, and it has already seen it’s first Sit and Stitch. I managed to get it done a few days early too, so I am off to the February sweater: Short Lucky in Berroco Remix. Miles of 1 x 1 rib…..


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