A new sweater design was released today with Stitch Seekers out of New Zealand. Profit Six is a seamless top-down sweater featuring seamless set-in sleeves, a funnel neck, and i-cord edging. The design has a textured twisted-stitch detailing at the shoulders and hips, outlined by a crochet border.
The challenge was to create a sci-fi garment for the "Retronauts vs Futurebots" themed edition of the publication. I started thinking about what cadets at a future space academy (yes, space cadets!) might wear. My partner works at a military academy in the US, and I love the wool jumpers that they wear over their dress uniforms in the winter. These are standard issue, usually found in black, navy, or olive green, and appear as part of military uniforms in countries around the world.
German, French, and American versions of the wool sweater. Ha! Just noticed that the German has hands but no head??
I wanted to take this idea and translate it into something worthy of a space academy, but also something for a woman of our time. In other words- subtle. I mimicked the shoulder patches found on the military jumpers with a simple wide twisted stitch rib at the shoulders and along the back yoke. Garter stitch welts form the hip elements and cuffs, both of which are bound off using a tidy i-cord edging.
I included a funnel neck instead of the classic crew or v-neck to give it that retro sci-fi feel.
This is a top down, seamless design. The front and back are worked separately from the shoulders to the underarm, then the body is joined in the round and worked down to the hem.
Stitches are then picked up around the armhole, and the sleeve cap worked using short rows, and the sleeve tapered down to the cuff.
Stitches are then picked up around the neck and the funnel neck worked. Crochet borders are then worked along the edge of the design elements.
I was so thrilled to be included in this collection. I normally go for a more classic look, so it was great fun to nerd-out a bit and go totally sci-fi ;)
The name comes from a song called 2 wicky by Hooverphonic. I'm a big trip-hop fan, and it was just too tempting to not to reference a song about spaceships and ray guns.
Check out the other designs in the collection, as well- so incredibly imaginative! How do they come up with this stuff?!!