We developed the Bunnies, Bunnies! It Must Be Bunnies! colourway especially for this design, with input from Amy. She wanted something from the Buffy-verse, sent us the idea for the name and we went to work from there. There were some surprises on the way…we THOUGHT the colour would come out as a medium grey with just a touch of purple lowlights…and this is the colour that emerged from the pots: a soft, smokey plum with just a little brightness behind it. Actually even better than what was intended. I love it when that happens!
(As a tangent, soon afterwards an actual bunny started hanging out in our yard. Coincidence?)
The tank is knit with Hootenanny (Well It’s Chock Full of Hoot, Just a Little Bit of Nanny), one of our classic Buffy colours. It’s Oz. Non-chalant. Unflappable. You know, until the full moon hits.
We’ve watched this design develop from a seed of an idea to sketches to seeing parts of it knit up. The stitch pattern is beautifully textured and complex looking. But it’s actually quite simple to memorize and knit. Seriously, I witnessed Amy knit it while carrying on intelligent conversation and eating lunch. And she’s worked out charts for the shaping increases and decreases that are nothing short of genius. Near invisible, with a subtle shift in the stitch pattern. It’s a thing of beauty.
The cardigan is first on my list to knit. This is exactly the kind of sweater I wear everywhere. Easy to wear, easy to dress up or down. Amy used MCS Sock in Bunnies, Bunnies! It Must Be Bunnies! which creates a soft, drapey fabric that skims the body. The tank, knit with Merino Sock in Hootenanny (Well It’s Chock Full of Hoot, Just a Little Bit of Nanny) creates a more open version of the lace pattern. This pattern is a “Frankensweater” of sorts. Mix and match necklines, sweater styles and sleeve lengths to create your perfect silhouette. In other words, make a sweater that fits and suits YOU.
We have fired up the dye pots and are dyeing up yarn for both styles. Wait for yarn to come into the shop (we anticipate early next week), or custom order your yarn! Just let us know which colour, and which base you’d prefer (MCS Sock or Merino Sock). Want to use another of our bases but aren’t sure whether it will work or not? Just ask and we’ll let you know what you can expect from our other bases.
MCS Sock – $29 per skein
Merino Sock – $24 per skein
You can purchase the pattern here on Ravelry to have it in your library, or directly from us as a PDF.
Size/Yarn amount info:
Bust: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50, 54)” / 76 (81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137) cm
Length: 20 1⁄2 (21 1⁄4, 21 3⁄4, 24 1⁄4, 23, 23 1⁄2, 24, 24 3⁄4, 25 1⁄2, 26)” / 52 (54, 55, 56.5, 58.5, 59.5, 61, 63, 65, 66) cm
Indigodragonfly MCS Sock [75% superwash merino; 15% cashmere; 10% silk]: 400 yds/365 m per 115 g hank, cardi- gan shown in “Bunnies, Bunnies, It must be bunnies!”: 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) hanks
Indigodragonfly Merino Sock [100% superwash merino]: 390 yds / 356 m per 100 g hank, tank shown in “Hootenanny”: 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) hanks