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Good morning!

Last year I had so much fun designing the Bean & Olive sweater for my daughter (Olive) and Adella of Lolabean Yarn Co.’s daughter (Lola, aka Bean)! After I was done knitting Olive’s, I knew I wanted one for myself. Thankfully, y’all mirrored that desire on Instagram and Ravelry - so I got busy making the grown-up version for those of us that are kids at heart!

While I was knitting mine, I reminisced on the stitches that went into Olive's and also what a wonderful collaboration experience it was with Adella - and it all felt like an act of love. Love for our children, love for our community, and a little self love too.

I hope you are inspired to knit some love!

This pullover is knit from the top down, seamlessly, using Lolabean Yarn Co. Pinto Bean DK. I used Forgiveness (grey) for the main color and Bean & Olive (pink) for the contrast.

As a newsletter subscriber you get exclusive access to the introductory discount. Please enjoy 25% off of Bean & Olive Grown Up and the original Bean & Olive with the discount code GROWNUP thru February 12, 2021 at midnight EST! You can shop for your patterns in the DreaReneeknits Ravelry Shop or Web Shop!
P.S. Lolabean Yarn Co. will be selling kits today at 3 pm EST!
Magic Numbers
In a recent newsletter I wrote about ways that I keep my knitting joyful. Today I wanted to chat about sweater knitting - as I believe it brings up so many things to consider, and I have found that jotting down my "Magic Numbers" really helps when I am planning for a new sweater knit!

You may be asking yourself - Magic Numbers??

If you have knit a sweater or two, you have probably figured out how important it is to have a friend help you take your measurements - specifically bust, upper arm, hip, etc. (Notice I mentioned for a friend to help you? That bit is important - it is really hard to get accurate numbers on your own.) If you don't have your measurements, start there! I also like to periodically take measurements of my family and jot them down in my knitting journal so that if I want to surprise them with a gift, I've already got the measurements. (Don't forget heads and feet!)

Okay, I digress. Let's get back to those Magic Numbers! Magic Numbers are when you find the sweet spot in a sweater. Ideally, it is one you knit, but you can also measure ready-to-wear sweaters in your closet that you love to get you started, knowing that a handknit sweater will be different in drape and thickness.

Magic Numbers generally refer to that perfect amount of ease (or lack of it) or length.

For instance - I prefer my round yoke sweaters to have little to no ease but I love drop shoulder sweaters with 10" positive ease. I've also found a sweet spot for how long I like my sweaters (hello short torso!) and the upper arm circumference that seems to fit me the best. So in the front of my knitting journal I have a list. It looks something like this (although this is not exhaustive):

Round Yoke - 0-2" positive ease
Drop Shoulder - 10" positive ease
Crop Length Sweater - 8" from underarm
Full Length Sweater - 13" from underarm
Sleeve Length - 19" from underarm
3/4 sleeve length - 14" from underarm
Upper Arm - 1-2" positive ease

These are a few of my sweet spots! So if I was looking for patterns, or trying to decide on a size to knit in a pattern I have already picked, I start by referring to my list and checking the schematic to my own measurements I know typically fit me well. The more sweaters you knit, the more detailed you can get! You might find that you like a certain amount of ease with a certain yarn weight or with colorwork or cables. Whenever you find a fit that just works, jot down those notes! I have found them to give me confidence when I am making choices and it takes some of the "will this turn out??" fear away so that I can just sit back and enjoy the knit! (Or modify it to fit me better ;) If you are between sizes and the pattern includes a range of ease that is suggested for the pattern, you can use your Magic Numbers to decide wear you land in that range and whether to go up or down in size.
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Happy Knitting,

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