Me Made May: A Pandemic Sweater

31 May 2023
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In March 2020, when the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic truly set in, I did what was asked of non-essential workers: I worked from home and stayed at home, looking for ways to fill the time. As a knitter with a healthy stash, filling the time came easy. With the encouragement of a virtual knit-a-long hosted by a local yarn shop, I made Elkko, a sweater that has become a favourite to pull out when the weather is crisp.

Elkko is a pattern by Renée Callahan, originally published in the Winter 2015 edition of Knitty. Everything about this sweater ticked the boxes of what I was looking for: top down, simple colour striping, easy lacework at the yoke for interest, shaping at the waist. It was the perfect pattern for the yarn I had in mind.

Yarn For Elkko Lterech

The grey and blue are both Briggs and Little Heritage. This yarn hails from New Brunswick, and it is—as anyone who’s worked with it will tell you—a truly wonderful, woolly wool. It’s not uncommon to find vegetable matter twisted into the plies. These two colours paired well with the subtle flecks of blue and purple from a skein of West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft Aran tweed.

Since finishing this sweater in April 2020, it has become a favourite. The wool is warm (albeit a wee bit scratchy), making this a great sweater to throw on as a top layer on those cool spring and summer days. It has seen a camping trip or two, some drizzly dog walks, and everything in between.

Photos by Lisa Terech.

Copyright © Lisa Terech except as indicated.

About Lisa Terech

Lisa Terech (she/her) is an avid knitter and museum professional residing in Oshawa, Ontario.

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