How to “Steal” Ideas

RibbedPullA book I have called “Steal Like An Artist” says,

“Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path.”

My “Sassy” sweater is a perfect example of this kind of re-mixing.  It started out as a version of Jenna Adorno’s “Tempting“, which was originally published in Knitty’s Winter 2004 issue.

I also liked her “Ultra Femme” sweater in Stitch & Bitch Nation, which starts out similarly at the bottom, but then switches to fine mohair at the waistline.  The pictures on Ravelry and the archived Knitty Gritty page don’t show it clearly, but in the book it is very sheer and shows a whole lot of black bra underneath.  Hmmm.  Maybe a little TOO sassy?

So I kept the ideas of the yarn change and the sheerness, but I moved that part up to a more modest point.  Right at the underarm is a flattering place to do this.

“Tempting” doesn’t include any yoke shaping whatsoever, which makes for a very simple knit, and instead uses a ribbon and a bow to gather the wide neckline enough to keep it on the shoulders.  In fact both inspiration sweaters have a bow detail, but I was after a simpler look.  Instead I used standard raglan shaping for a more classic yoke, and simply bound off at the appropriate point to get a square neckline that stretches to look more like a round neckline when it is worn.

Voila! SASSY!

If it makes you feel better, call it “inspiration”.

Yarns used: bottom: Brown Sheep “Cotton Fleece” in “Twilight Green” top: Cleckheaton “Flowerdale”


  3 comments for “How to “Steal” Ideas

  1. Mary
    04/29/2016 at 1:18 PM

    Do you have the pattern for your version of Sassy? I checked on Ravelry and didn’t see it. Thanks!

    • 04/29/2016 at 8:21 PM

      No, this was not a pattern that I wrote up, because it is mostly someone else’s pattern! The post explains what I did in general terms, but here are a few more details for clarity:

      Start with “Tempting”, which is basically a body-sized tube in 2 x 2 ribbing (it is a free pattern and linked above). Use the sizing, yarn, and gauge info from that pattern to make the body. I suggest choosing a finished size that will give you zero or slightly negative ease at the bust.

      Start the sleeves according to the pattern directions, but using your second yarn. Join it all up at the underarms, still according to the pattern, still using the second yarn.

      Finally, do standard raglan shaping* until the neckline is high enough for you, and bind off — you may want to use my own stretchy bind off for ribbing — then join the underarms of the sleeves to the underarms of the body as per the pattern.

      That’s really all there is to it! As you can see, I used quite a bit of information from the original “Tempting” pattern, although I ended up with a fairly different sweater.

      * Four pairs of decreases (8 total) every other round, placed front and back at the underams

  2. Ingrid
    05/01/2016 at 4:35 AM

    Nice pattern Tess. A couple of weeks ago I looked on ravelry and I found a pattern I really like. It reminds me a little of the sweater you just knitted. Since I have chunky arms I probably will knit the long sleeve version. It’s on my to knit list.

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