When I first read this month's Book Club pick, Feeding the Sheep, I knew it had to have a sweater to go with it. It warms my heart to no end that at the end of this story we find the mother has been processing all that wool to make a sweater for her daughter. I wanted a mostly simple sweater using a rustic but really special yarn. Morning Chores is it!
Morning Chores is a basic, bottom-up pullover. It is knit entirely in the round with the sleeves first, then body, then joining everything at the yoke. I love this method because once you get to the yoke you are done almost right away! It feels so gratifying to me.
What makes Morning Chores so special is the pop of color and texture in the yoke. This is accomplished by the garter stitch shoulders and two-color brioche on the front and back. Add in a couple of short rows at the collar and there you go!
The yarn for this project is one of my favorite farm-friendly DK yarns, Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rockwell. Rockwell is a great Cormo/Merino cross grown on domestic sheep in nearby New England. I love how lofty and full the yarn is (which is why I can knit it at a larger gauge than most DKs with no problem) and it has an amazing sheepy texture; not too rustic, with just the right amount of lanolin feel. It is not superwash, but D has gotten toothpaste on another sweater made from Rockwell before and it stood up well to a bit of scrubbing.
I hope that you love this sweater as much as I do. It made me think of a morning outside, taking care of daily chores. Basic and comfortable with a pinch of awesome. I also know some children are opposed to a bit of a rustic yarn (trust me, I get the "it's too itchy" comment too) so I knit a second sample using a smoother, superwash wool. I'll share that in a couple days, but you'll see that it turned out just as awesome!