The Shweater - Earth Mama Kit

About the Pattern:

The question: What if a shawl were actually practical to wear all day, and stylish too?

The answer: It would be a Shweater!

Shweater is a quick knit constructed just like a basic shawl - with one unique twist that changes everything. It’s worked back and forth in rows using only k, p, and kfb, so it’s suitable even for relatively new knitters. With simple raglan-style shaping and sleeves it wears just like a sweater, but the shawl-inspired construction makes it almost magically easy to get a perfect fit from a completely flat fabric. What makes the Shweater truly special is the technique used to create the sleeves - it’s deceptively simple, especially with the help of a video tutorial included with the pattern.

The best part is wearing it, though - it’s the kind of sweater your friends will want to steal and you’ll want to wear all day!

The pattern includes detailed written instructions for sizes XS-4/5XL, plus instructions for how to further customize the fit for a variety of heights, sizes, and desired fits. There are instructions for knitting it using Gradients or solid colors in DK weight, and additional instructions for knitting a marled fade version with 2 strands of fingering weight (as in the gray/blue Earth Mama sample).

About the kit:
These kits contain 3 colors of Earth Mama Fingering (100% organic naturally-dyed merino wool, 280 yds/256 m, 2 oz/56 g) in the following amounts:

Color A: 2 (3, 3, 3) 4, 4, 4 skeins
Color B: 3 (3, 4, 4) 5, 6, 6 skeins
Color C: 3 (3, 4, 4) 5, 6, 6 skein

The colors are assigned from left to right (e.g. in the first option, the gray yarn is Color A and the darker blue is Color C) - if you would like the same colors in another order, please make a note during checkout and we will adjust the numbers of each color accordingly.

(If you'd like another color combination, please check out all of our available colors in Earth Mama)

This kit includes the yarn to make the pattern, but does not include the pattern itself - the pattern is available on Ravelry here. Ravelry ensures you will always have access to your pattern even if your copy is lost, and you will automatically receive any pattern updates in your email!

About the yarn:

100% organic merino wool

280 yds (256 m) / 2 oz (56 g)

      Heavenly softness meets earth-friendly beauty in this delightful fingering-weight yarn. Earth Mama is hand dyed using plant dyes such as madder, weld, indigo, woad, tannin, and tree bark; some comes from companies who responsibly source the materials, and some comes from our own backyard dye garden (the tree bark comes from the Official ATK Husband, who is a hazelnut and dogwood breeder). We use aluminum potassium sulfate to mordant the yarn; this is the exact same "alum" you find in the grocery store. In our entire dyeing practice we take care to minimize waste and water usage and maximize energy efficiency, and natural dyeing allows us to further reduce the carbon footprint of our dyeing. Some processes can be done at room temperature, reducing energy consumption, and using plant materials in their natural, raw state means minimal energy is spent processing them before we receive them. Many times dye and mordant baths can be reused, conserving water. Our goal is to grow as much of our own dyestuff as possible, which is as close to carbon neutral as possible.

      Eco-friendliness isn't the only reason to love plant-dyed yarns; they are nature's own pallet, a harmonious rainbow of color in which everything goes with everything. The subtle complexities of the colors, and the story of time and place represented by every single skein, make these yarns truly unique. And since this yarn also happens to be delightfully soft and buttery, there is no end to the beautiful projects you can create!

        A couple of notes about natural dyes: while all dyes will fade somewhat over time with washing and exposure to light (including chemical and industrial dyes), the natural dyes we use have good to excellent light and washfastness. We recommend hand washing in cool water with a pH-neutral soap and laying flat to dry out of direct sunlight. Indigo is a unique dye that is insoluble in water and forms a physical (rather than chemical) bond with the fiber. As a result, it is completely normal for some weakly-bonded dye to rub off while first working with the yarn. Indigo that rubs off on your hands will wash off easily with soap, however it may stain wooden/bamboo needles and hooks (which is only a problem if you don't want blue needles/hooks, it won't do any damage to them). Typically the process of working with the yarn is enough to remove all the loose dye, and your finished item will not turn anything else blue. If indigo does rub off onto something else, a thorough washing with soap and water will remove it.