Close up of sweater with a cable twist that has both stockinette and seed stitches and a sleeve with seed stitch down the center.

Today marks the last day of the first month of the year 2020! It’s so exciting when a new year arrives. This year, I am working on building my portfolio of patterns, and the Winter Twist Sweater is the first one for 2020!

Designing is such a fun experience for me. I love taking an idea and making it into something. I always start with a drawing–usually a basic sweater shape–and then I start adding details to it. What kind of texture do I want? What kind of shaping do I want? Do I want raglan yoke? seamless yoke? Should I knit it in pieces that I then have to seam together? Or do I make it top down with minimal seaming.

I just love thinking about these detail and combining them to make a finish item!

I knit this particular design with my middle daughter in mind. She had been asking me to knit her a blue sweater so she could wear it throughout the school day. (*They have a unified dress code, so they have to wear particular colors).

I designed a few garments for Cast On magazine, and they both incorporated cables. I didn’t intend to be on a cable kick, but they just kept calling out to me. I wanted to experiment with changing the features and textures of cables, and the Winter Twist is the result of that.

It uses basic stitches–just knits and purls–and has an easy to memorize cable repeat. I’ve also included a link to a video tutorial on how to work the v-neck.

If you want to check out the sweater, head to my patterns page to find it on Ravelry.

If you knit it, I’d love to see your pictures. You can find me on Instagram as stitchfixer3.

Do you like to design? If so, leave me a comment on what your favorite part of the process is. Mine is the math used to get gauge.

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