High Tide

Wow, where have the past 6 weeks gone?!?  

We are wrapping up the end of the school year this week, with 3 days left, so I guess that's my excuse for being so late in posting about High Tide....or anything, for that matter!  May was super busy, but I have also been quite productive in my knitting and designing, which has also kept me away from the blog.

So, here is High Tide, which was quite the undertaking by the time I wrapped it up!  

High Tide, lace weight version, shown in Malabrigo Lace, Paris Night and Pale Khaki

High Tide, lace weight version, shown in Malabrigo Lace, Paris Night and Pale Khaki

When the test knitting phase for this design began, the discussion brought about the possibility of working the design up in other weights.  I loved the idea of coming up with something that was simple and classic and could be knit over and over, so I dove in.  With a lot of help from some wonderful test knitters and my amazing tech editor, we made it happen.  

Here is my worsted weight version, worked up in a favorite new warm-weather yarn, Good Earth, from FiraNatura.  

High Tide, worsted weight, shown in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Cloud

High Tide, worsted weight, shown in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Cloud

This design was about a year in the making, from inspiration to publication.  This little sweater was the prototype:

I knit this up for Addison about a year ago, in Malabrigo Lace, and it was the softest, sweetest little sweater.  After making hers, I decided I thought I had it in me to knit a lace weight version for myself.  However, I wanted to make a few changes to the design, so I added the split hem, the rolled edges, and changed the garter stitch to ribbing.  I was going for classic and fresh, and really wearable.  

When we traveled to Savannah for my sister's wedding in October, we got these pics by the ocean, and I gave myself the winter to get it written up and ready for editing.  It wasn't until the test knitting phase that the idea to write for multiple weights came into play.  

I really do love these sweaters so much, and plan to make them a part of my wardrobe for years to come.  I am also pretty sure I will be working up another version in the future, perhaps one like this amazing version in fingering weight by my friend, Christy of Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks. 

High Tide, sport weight, in Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, shown in Boulangerie and Fiona

High Tide, sport weight, in Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, shown in Boulangerie and Fiona

And I really adore this earthy High Tide from Melissa....check out her project page here.

And as she often does, my amazing Mama test knit this fun summer version for me.  Isn't it adorable on her?!?  

Grammy Joan's High Tide in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Dive

Grammy Joan's High Tide in Good Earth Solids, Dessert and Dive

So, pretty much anything else you want to know about this design, as far as the yardage and sizing, can all be found on the pattern page on Ravelry here:  High Tide

As for the kiddos version... it's being test knit right now and I hope to publish it in about 2 weeks, with plenty of time for you to work one up for a wee one this summer!  

Here's a peek at what that one evolved into:

I sure have been inspired by all of this summer fiber!  I've been on a roll with linen and cotton/linen blends.  

Watch for another Mama/kiddo pullover design and 2 fun summer accessories soon!