Malabrigo is a very fine company to work with and I’ve never had a negative experience. The founder, Antonio got in touch with me via Ravelry when I first started designing and asked if they could use one of my free patterns in a brochure for an event (I believe it was the Honeycomb wrist warmers?) in exchange for yarn and the very easy answer was YES! Two patterns came from that exchange, the Adrift Pullover and the Waking Tide Pullover. This time around, they wanted to use the Align Mitts pattern at a trade show and again, offered yarn in exchange. I asked for a whole ton of Rios in one of their new colorways, #696 Whole Grain along with a little tester hank of their new Dos Tierras. I ended up receiving two giant shipments of the Rios - way more yarn than I had anticipated - back in February of this year. I wanted to make a sweater (shocking!) but I was getting into the second half of my book and set aside the hanks for when things began slowing down.
I did eventually get the sketch worked out, and the swatch, and the pattern, and finally the sweater itself. I then wore it often without ever taking finished photos of it. A couple weeks ago, I decided it was time. We just wrapped up the edits on the book and were about to have a nice lull before the tech edits and illustrations came back, so I harassed my kid about modeling for me. I know she hates it, but she’s so friggin lovely and she’s just the right size and I just can’t take pictures of myself because my face looks like a stepped on Mr. Potato Head in half the photos… it’s a whole thing. The long and short of it is, Gioia is ready for launch. Yep, there’s a bit of fuzz and pilling that you may see in the photos because I’ve been wearing the dang thing like it’s my uniform, but I’m not worried about it in the least. What good is a sweater if you aren’t wearing the hell out of it?
You’re looking at a sweater worked in two pieces knit on the bias, then joined and magically shaped using some simple short rows before seaming the sides, popping in some sleeves, and finishing off with a ribbed hem and I-cord edge. If you’ve never worked the loop stitch, you’re missing out on loads of fun, and you can learn it with Gioia. The short rows I used for this are the only short rows I use for anything and you can find my little tutorial for closing your gaps HERE.
Find the pattern on Ravelry HERE.
Also, don’t forget to use #gioiaslantcardigan on social media so that I can follow along with your progress! I love seeing the variations of yarn and color folks use and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.