Me Made May: The Stregger Sweater

3 May 2023

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This sweater is all about the fabric and layers and moving in the wind. I belong in the landscape among the rocks and the lichens, as part of it. I’m fully myself, giant and abundant and hard to describe. This sweater was made for my body, not for anyone’s gaze.

I designed this outerwear sweater using the @customfitknits tool so that I could make every decision about the yarn and style. The high neckline and elbow-length sleeves anchor it to my body. The A-line shape, long length, and deep drop shoulders mean that I can wear it over a plaid shirt, a dress, pants, or all of the above. It is always big enough. I just pull it on and wear it over everything—with joy.

My fabric choice is luxurious but hardy. I used @lichenandlace rustic heather sport paired with @gobsmackedyarn Fuzz. I’ve snagged this sweater a few times and been able to easily pull the stitches back into form. Marit of @gobsmackedyarn dyed the mohair using custom colours inspired by the graffiti and lichens on an old bridge near our house. I chose the sage shade of the rustic heather sport to make an interesting neutral, with the variegated mohair for the body. The orange lichen-coloured mohair sets off the edging and brings contrast to any outfit.

You can knit your own Stregger sweater! Swatch in rustic heather sport and mohair held together. Generate a pattern for your gauge and your body using CustomFit. Here are my design choices: oversized fit, A-line silhouette, pullover, long length, drop-shoulder armhole (deep length), elbow-length tapered sleeve, narrow-width V-neck to 13 cm (5 inches) below shoulders, 5 cm (2-inch) hem and sleeve edging in 2×2 ribbing, 2.5 cm (1-inch) neck edging in 2×2 ribbing. Change as desired to make a sweater just for you. 

image description: a full length portrait of a white woman, at a beach; she is facing away from the camera, her arms aloft as if she is running; she is wearing a loosely-fitted handknit sweater

Photos by Marit Munson.

Copyright © Elizabeth Stregger except as indicated.

About Elizabeth Stregger

Elizabeth Stregger (she/they) is a queer knitter and data librarian. She loves brioche, sequence knitting, and problem-solving. She married her favourite yarn dyer, Marit Munson of Gobsmacked Yarn, and they live together in Sackville, New Brunswick.

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