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My first project from Pam Allen's "Plain and Simple".

When I bought "Plain and Simple", I had such a hard time choosing which project to complete first. I finally settled on Aspen because I was itching to do a color work piece. I love how simple and easy the color work section of this sweater is. You only work with one color at a time, and the lifted stitches end up creating the design. I LOVE IT!!

The overall construction is very simple and straightforward. You begin and the bottom, in the round, and work to the armholes. Armhole stitches are put on hold, and stitches are cast on to waste yarn for the yoke, then the color work section starts. Simple decreases are worked throughout the color work section and the the neckline is bound off simply. I love how simple it is. Simple is always beautiful to me. This was my first time casting stitches onto waste yarn, and although I was intimidated at first, it's actually quite easy and fun! I really enjoyed knitting this pattern, and found the instructions to be easy to follow. Pattern gets 5/5 stars! I can't wait to knit the other pieces from this book!

I knit this sweater out of Quince and Co.'s Owl. This was my second time knitting with this yarn, and I love it just as much as the first time! This time I used two undyed colors. I love the beauty of them. I knew I wanted subtle contrast in the color work section and love the result! I used the colors Tyto and Snowy. I love this blend of Wool and Alpaca, and after blocking it with Twig and Horn's Wool Soap Bar, (I love the Rosewood scent), it is so soft and and I can see myself living in this sweater. The patterns in the "Plain and Simple" book are all specifically designed to use Owl, and I can't wait to use more of the beautiful colors that are offered when knitting the other designs. Yarn gets 5/5 stars!

I'd love to see more of these sweaters out in the wild and to see all of the color choices people come up with. I hope you'll find it as enjoyable as I did! I didn't change anything in the pattern other than shortening the sleeves. You can also find super helpful illustrated instructions at the end of the book for the techniques used, and I found them to be super helpful, so don't be afraid to dive in!

Pattern: Aspen by: Pam Allen from Plain and Simple

Yarn: Owl by: Quince and Co. in colors Tyto and Snowy

Skeins used: 5 for MC; 1 for CC

Size made: 35

Happy knitting!

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