I couldn’t pass up this recent test knit for Vanessa of Knit Rhapsody.

If you haven’t already checked out her other patterns I highly suggest you do, they are all swoon worthy.

This is Julissa, Vanessa’s first sweater design. I’d say she likes to start things off with a bang huh?

Julissa is knit top down and this is definitely the way I like to knit sweaters. I’ve done a few top down designs before with Lily but I’ve always had to go back and add the neckline afterwards. I love that this is cast on at the neck, knit, cast off at the bottom and seam a few stitches under the arm. Perfect!

I knit my version with Ultra Alpaca in Sweet Pea. I really have fallen for this yarn. I used the Ultra Alpaca  light version for T’s Korrigan and the worsted for Julissa. They are all wonderful to work with and it comes in so many lovely heathered colours.

The cable and lace pattern is very flattering and looks fantastic on many shapes and sizes. If you check out the pattern page on Ravelry and see what I mean. This sweater will definitely get lots of wear and I fore-see more top down sweaters being knit in the future, they are soo comfy!

There is of course no show without Punch during a photo session.

Someone else wanted to “Sit on the tree with mummy.”

What sweaters are you swooning over this year?

19 thoughts on “Julissa

  1. Gorgeous! I love that colour. Y’know, I didn’t even know it, but subconsciously I think I’ve been looking for a pattern exactly like this forever, as soon as I saw it I thought “this is it!” Definitely a must knit.

  2. awesome sweater and that color is great on you! i like the idea of casting on at the top and casting off on the bottom with no going back to add the neckline. this sweater is definitely going into my queue.

  3. I literally just stopped at my LYS to buy three skeins of Ultra Alpaca for a project I’ll be casting on this weekend and was reminded how this is one of my favorite yarns. Your sweater is simply beautiful. Lovely work!

  4. This sweater has the perfect fit and you look fantastic as always! I love that you don’t have to go back and pick-up-and-knit for the neckband!

  5. Oh Kelly, it’s just lovely, lovely, lovely (and so are you !!!) Top Down is something that I am trying for the first time with a sweater for my DH’s grand daughter. I can’t quite get the knack of it but by the time it’s done I surely will. YOur sweater is so fine ! Lovely color too.

  6. It looks great! I’ve only done very plain knits top-down, but this is quite inspiring. The scenery looks amazing too; glad the snow is holding off.

  7. Beautiful! Your pictures show the sweater off better than those on the pattern page!

    I’m itching to cast on a sweater, but then get impatient at the very thought of the time involved. That and I have a long, long list for Christmas knits this year. But I like Bayside Pullover and several from The Charles Collection, though I’ve not normally a cardi fan. However I’ll probably try to cast on for Kendal after the new year, now that I’ve finally located a copy of the pattern book! Or I could finish the cardigan I started 2 years ago…

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