You know I am often looking for something different and not-so-trendy stuffs. It's exciting to see new patterns every day and yes, it is so hard to catch up such many great patterns nowadays!
Even so, one of my favorite things in my stitching process is revisiting old patterns and see if I could pull something out of them. Any of you ever attempted that? It is quite refreshing to go through old patterns and tweak here and there. This beautiful sweater
is one of the examples of my reinterpretation of the great old pattern and it got lots and lots of love from my readers. Once that happened I realized how much benefit we could get if we slightly modify already existing patterns. With a little bit of gut and creativity we can recreate something real charming. I boldly suggest you that we have this hidden power in our DNA and we just need to activate it with some experiments.
So, today this is what I happily brought for you. It is a simple top down pullover with a little hint of color work. It requires knit stitch and easy M1 (make 1) stitch only! Absolutely a perfect pattern to play with! Instead of the color work I decided to play with textures. Just one thing I changed is yarn combination. I used 2 different weight of yarns: The one in regular wool and the other in chunky novelty yarn that has uneven thickness. I had just one cake of this novelty yarn and have wondered what I could do with it a while. Finally I found a reason to pull it out!
Voila! What do you think? Pretty interesting, right? The contrast of colors and weights of the yarns did all the work. I didn't really change the pattern much. The contrast of the yarns creates a quite cool effect giving the pullover a totally new look.
Depending on your choices of the yarns the result will be completely different. Since the original pattern is super easy you don't really have to worry about adjusting sizes or not. Simply try it on as you go to see if it fits as you'd like. Simple adjusting increases or decreases can be made on the sides if needed. (I didn't really have to though. The yarn I used was pretty elastic and it stretched pretty nicely.)
So, what's next? Since I am so delighted by the result I might try this exact pattern again. Yet, the 2nd one would be a bit loose sweater that I can wear something inside. You know, it is gonna be pretty chilly here soon. Or, I might try one in solid color. What do you think? I am sure the new ones would be even more wearable. (I promise I will post about it soon!)
If you're looking for some quick project try this out today! It wouldn't take more than 5 days to complete a perfectly cozy pullover. The pattern is free, easy, and quick. What can be better? Just be clever with yarn choices and enjoy the process. Once you finish yours don't forget to brag about it here. Let us see your work of art and adore it!
PS. How do you play with patterns? Do you have your fun secret?