Believe it or not it's August, when a knitter's fancy turns to thoughts of autumn, and wool. Even though it's sweltering here in Massachusetts, I thought it was a good time to share my next sweater, Hiro.
I had this idea in my head for awhile, having been knocked sideways about two years ago by a beautiful fabric that covered a chair by the Swedish design firm, Little Red Stuga. I wanted to add colors to the orginal black and white, so I messed with some graph paper and the algebraic interface of pattern repeats and neck openings, and finally knit the pullover prototype last winter in stash yarn.
When I saw the Mad Color Fiber Arts booth at the NETA SPA in February, I knew I had to make a cardigan out of it in Heather's amazing crayon colors. Knit in her Superwash Indulgence, I used Black Cherry for the body, and Bloody Hell, Pink Tourmaline, and Ginger for the yoke. She has so many lovely saturated colors, I would love to see it in blues and greens, or a gradation from red to yellow. Or naturals, dark brown to white, or the other way around. What really excites me about offering the pattern for sale is the potential for play with color. I can't knit them all myself, but I know there will be some knockout versions to come. If you want to try some of your own, the pattern is for sale on Ravelry. It includes instructions for both the cardigan and a pullover, and has graded charts according to size, from a 34" to a 60" bust.
Caro Sheridan took the great photos, of course. She has a Craftsy course these days, sharing some of her photography secrets. She's one of the best of the teachers over there, natural and fun on camera just like she is in real life. If you're interested at all in improving your photography, Caro's on-line class is a terrific resource.
And here is an explanation for anyone interested in the name of the sweater. As you may have figured out by now, I gravitate towards names of characters I've enjoyed from reading, movies, and television. Hiro Protagonist is the narrator of Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash, a polyglot of a science fiction novel I recommend often to anyone who has not yet discovered it. While a sweater may not seem a likely expression of science fiction ideas, the way the colors interlace in the yoke strikes me as digital, like the "snowcrash" of a blank computer screen, and I went from there. Now go dream of colors, and electric sheep.