Have you seen the new issue of “Twist Collective“?
Twist Collective is an online-only knitting magazine. As with knitting magazines you can get in print form, this one has articles and beautiful patterns you can knit. Except, it is all online. No need to go hunting for it in the magazine rack.
The January 2018 issue has a wonderful sweater that is knit using Elsebeth Lavold “Silky Wool” yarn.
The “Thunderbolt Sweater” was designed by Cheryl Burke using four colors of Silky Wool yarn.
Isn’t it fabulous?
It is knit all in the round, so there will be minimal finishing. I love that idea, “minimal finishing.” The time from knitting it to wearing it is so much shorter.
You can read sizing information and construction details on the Twist Collective website. You can also buy a digital copy of the pattern there.
Silky Wool yarn is a DK weight (5.5 sts/1″) 45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon (polyamide) blend. It is one of my favorite yarns. It is soft, but it has a nice crunchy feeling from the the silk content. It looks good in plain stockinette stitch, but also has good stitch definition for cable or textured patterns. It even looks good in lace!
Because of the fiber content, the knit fabric is both lightweight and warm. It is a wonderful yarn for multi-season sweaters. It also seems to get softer with each washing.
And it is available in a TON of colors. You can see them all here.
The original version is shown with Silky Wool color #4-Charcoal as the base and colors #167 Summer Rose (CC1), #172 Boysenberries (CC2), and #56 Bristol Red (CC3) for the zigzags.
Since Silky Wool is available in 70 colors, I thought it might be fun to come up with other color combinations for the “Thunderbolt Pullover.”
Maybe some nice shades of blue?
This combination has Charcoal as the base with 155-Niagra Falls, 160-Nautical, and 171-Bluebells for the zigzags.
(If you click or hover on the pictures a caption should pop up telling you the color names.)
There are also plenty of greens you could use.
There are dark greens and bright greens, but I leaned toward teal for this combination.
Charcoal is once again the main color with 152-Bluebird, 101-Mallard, and 170-Grove of Pine for the color work.
As you probably heard, Pantone declared “Ultraviolet” as the Color of the Year for 2018. So how about a selection of purples?
I went with light purples, but Silk Wool comes in a few shades of dark purple, too.
Here we have Charcoal combined with 123-Lilac, 69-Light Purple, and 58 Columbine.
For my last suggestion I went a little wild and veered away from the charcoal base. See what you think.
I select 157-Empire Yellow as the main color and shades of grey for the zigzags. 151-Manhattan Mist, 109-Medium Grey, and 3-Granite.
There are also other shades of yellow and grey you could use instead.
Or what about a cream base and vibrant colors for the zigzags? Really, you could have a lot of fun combining colors before you even start knitting!
Would you go with the original version with shades of red or would you make a unique combination?