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Puttin' On the Glitz

Oct 23, 2013

I like shiny things. Even in my mostly Earth-toned knits, I occasionally incorporate sparkly yarn. I'm almost finished with a variegated blue cardigan. I wanted some shimmer, so I added a brown and gold sparkly strand of mohair throughout, and it really stepped the cardigan up a notch. Several notches, really. And the silk in the mohair adds a lovely softness to the piece. It's more of a jacket than a cardigan, I guess, which is great!

There's a beautiful bit of glitz in the new issue of knit.wear: the Metallic Chevron Pullover by Alex Capshaw-Taylor. Alex hit it out of the park with this one. She combined metallic copper, silver, and gold chevrons on the body, and accented them with solid pearl sleeves, hem, and collar.

The combo makes the Metallic Chevron equally at home in a funky cafe and a fancy restaurant.

You knit this sweater in pieces, holding the pearl yarn double to make it match the gauge of the metallic yarn. Alex has included instructions for figure-flattering waist-shaping, too.

Detail of the Metallic Chevron Pullover by Alex Capshaw-Taylor
The chevron pattern is actually really easy, but paired with the metallic stripe sequence, it looks sophisticated and complex.

I've used the chevron pattern for a scarf, and it's really lovely. Here's the stitch pattern:

Chevron Pattern
(multiple of 16 sts)

Row 1 (RS): *K1f&b, k5, ssk, k2tog, k5, k1f&b; rep from * to end.
Row 2:
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for patt.

The Metallic Chevron is stunning, and the chevron stitch pattern is deceptively easy to work, as you can see from the pattern above. It's hard to see the sparkle in these photos, but believe me—I've seen this yarn in person—it's wonderfully shiny.

Get your copy of knit.wear Winter 2013 today, cast on the Metallic Chevron Pullover, and put on some glitz!


P.S. Where do you stand on sparkly yarn? Yay or nay? Leave a comment and cast your vote!

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kathleen@98 wrote
on Nov 6, 2013 4:49 PM

I've always liked glitzy things, the more flash the better.  Grew up in  Miami where everything glitters, or used to!  I don't wear much glitz anymore, at age 74, but do love to give it as gifts.  For Christmas I'm knitting my 16 yr. old grandaughter a small, neckerchief, triangle scarf shot through with a silver thread that I'm holding along with the cashmere fingering yarn.  

Should be pretty and I know she'll like it! KathleenR

on Oct 27, 2013 3:12 AM

On the right garment.... and in the right place on the garment. As a rule of thumb, I would suggest avoiding it anywhere on the body that already shouts out "see me, I'm here"... Unless that body is in terrific shape!

As for sparkly FURRY yarn? Wonderful for 13 year olds and salsa dance contests!

nanadebb wrote
on Oct 24, 2013 12:05 PM

Oh Yay!  Definitely Yay.  If used in moderation.  Otherwise it looks a little overdone and overwhelming.  If it's done tastefully, you can wear it with anything from casual to formal without looking odd.

on Oct 24, 2013 8:41 AM


Aunt Gert wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 8:14 PM

Why don't you show us your projects?  

Uleedog wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 2:18 PM

Sparklies for sparkly occasions.

Uleedog wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 2:17 PM

Spark lies for sparkly occasions.

vinjason wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 1:50 PM

In the right place ( or should I say right garment) it looks Devine :)

I love the Chevron Sweater it's gorgeous.

Regards Linda

on Oct 23, 2013 12:37 PM

I like it for holidays and special events, but not for everyday.  It's harder to take care of .  

Lucy@40 wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 10:36 AM

LUV sparkled yarns.

OleHose wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 10:25 AM

I love glittery yarns.  Wish there were more of them.

cece@3 wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 9:41 AM

Hi, if I am in the mood, I love ribbon yarn and glittery yarns to add a touch of glam!  Mostly, I go with earth tones, but every now and then!!  cece

Tobi wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 7:38 AM

I like sparkles.  When used in moderation, they enhance but don't overwhelm.

sandra elias wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 7:33 AM

I love sparkle, especially when it is just a touch of shimmer.  It can be worn casual or dressy!

SigridS wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 7:11 AM

Love it! Wear it with anything from jeans to chiffon.

islandbeader wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 7:06 AM

Sparkly yarn isn't useful to me, as I live in a small, isolated community where informal is the norm.