Friday, February 06, 2009

Tell me what to do!

Folks, I am having a wee knitting crisis. I've been knitting loads of accessories lately, but I have trouble getting around to wearing them. Mostly this is due to the fact that I bike commute, so I don't really spend much time outside in situations where I need warm scarves (although I have a lot of them), hats (fewer, but still a significant number), or mittens/gloves. I ski, and snowshoe, but for skiing I don't wear scarves, and snowshoeing I really get too warm most of the time. Thus my compulsion to knit fun scarves/hats/mittens/etc is being tempered by the realization that I don't actually get to wear them very often, and although I'll keep knitting accessories, I need to move on a bit just now.
It's not that I haven't knit garments before, but I haven't made a sweater since last winter, and I figure I should get back on that. I have several sweaters worth of yarn hibernating in the stash, and it's time. But, dear readers, I need your help. I have several sweaters in mind, and I'm torn about which to make, and that is where you come in. I'm putting these as non-Ravelry links as well so my mother can see them and provide her opinion, as she is wont to do!

Patons Urban Aran Pullover - in deep purple tweed (Ravelry)
Central Park Hoodie - also in deep purple tweed (Ravelry)
Demi - either tan or light maroon tweed (Ravelry)

I had pretty much decided on the Central Park Hoodie but then I noticed that some of the ones on Ravelry don't really look that great (although plenty do). Then I remembered about the Urban Aran, which I love the shape of due to the pulled-in side cabling. I had almost ruled out Demi since it's so complex, but I want to knit it sometime, so I put it in there.

What should I knit? I want to start soon, please comment!


Anonymous said...


My favorite is Demi (actually loved it), my second favorite pick is Patons and my least favorite is the Park Hoodie. I just don't like the way it closes and hangs. That is my OPINION as I am wont to do! love, mom

Jodi said...

I like all of them, but my favorite is the Urban Aran, with Demi a close second. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the 3 choices, though!

Brena said...

A Demi in tan would look great. If I were you I would go for the Demi.

Heidi said...

I think the hoodie is very cute, but I kind of agree with your mom on it. Speaking from experience (with owning such a sweater, not knitting one), after a while, the fact that it doesn't close will make you crazy. My choice is the Aran.

Anne-Marie said...

I think Demi will take forever to knit, but it is a beautiful sweater if you feel up to it. I'm tired just looking at all those crisscrossing cables and bobbles...

The Urban Aran has a zipped cardigan version (see brooklyn tweed's blog), and I think I actually like it better that way. And it makes it easier to wear, because you can open it if you get too warm... It would be gorgeous in purple.

The CPH would also be gorgeous in purple. Lots of people have made it with either buttons, toggles, or even a zipper, so that shouldn't stop you. I think it's probably the less visually original. You would certainly get lots of use out of it for day-to-day wear.

My vote is for the urban aran, and the cardigan version if you feel up to dealing with the modifications...

(sorry for my late response, I was away this weekend!)