I teach a knitting class here at my home called Knitting University, and it’s been pretty much the same group of women for over a year now. Needless to say, they’re becoming expert knitters! For our next knit-a-long, I had to choose something different and challenging for them.

So I chose Ecuador, a design I really liked, and asked them if they wanted to make it, too.

It’s pretty, available in a large range of sizes, and flattering on almost any body type. They all agreed that this would be our next knit-a-long. So I got busy knitting and familiarizing myself with the pattern so that I could help them along with their sweaters.

I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that I love it when I get the chance to step out of pattern designing and just play with yarn instead. Knitting another designer’s pattern is a real treat for me. And BONUS! I get a cute sweater out of the deal.

This sweater is knit with sock yarn, and as you can see, is composed of a lot of fabric. Too much for my blocking board, in fact!

The body of the sweater is a really simple lace pattern that is easy to memorize, but also includes short row “wedges” of fabric that give the sweater it’s circular shape.

For now, I’ll fold this sweater up nicely and wait for the day that it’s under 100 degrees in Austin so that I can wear it. 🙂

Here are my Ravelry details.

UPDATE – The designer of this sweater, named Joji, just saw my sweater on Ravelry and sent me this note:

This is absolutely stunning!

Aww. I feel even better about knitting it now that I know the designer is so sweet.

17 comments on “Ecuador

  1. It looks great, Staci! I love the color. I can’t wait to get started on this one! I guess I better finish knitting the last sleeve of my hoodie so I can CO!

  2. gorgeous! love the shape – the color – the style – everything!
    off to ravelry now to heart you 🙂

  3. I do look forward to this. I do look forward to this.. . . Really. The yarn is beautiful. I will at least get gauge before class. Did you do long sleeves pushed up, or 3/4 sleeves?

  4. AmyW – no, it really wasn’t a huge challenge. I’d say the pattern was for intermediate knitters – nothing too difficult.

    S t a c i

  5. I’m wondering if it would work to make a sleeveless version—like a vest. What do you think?

  6. Oooh! How beautiful – I would love to knit this sweater. It would probably take me a year to complete at the rate I’ve been knitting.
    –snowed under at work!

  7. Absolutely beautiful. I wish I lived close enough to attend Knitting University but am thankful for your amazing YouTube videos, Staci.

  8. Since i cant attend Knitting University, will you PLEASE make this one of your tutorials??? I love this sweater, its so pretty!!

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous! I want to make a sweater that is flattering for me, but don’t know where to start. I’m going to add this to my queue just in case. 🙂

  10. Hi There Staci!

    I have just begun knitting this summer and have found your videos to be among my favorite and most helpful!
    I live in Round Rock and would love to find out more about the classes you teach. Are these open to anyone or are you completely full? If not, if there is a link to more info I would really appreciate knowing about it!

    Thanks for your great instruction!


  11. Staci –
    I love this pattern (Ecuador) and just purchased it.

    Your videos are so helpful.

    Now I have one question…….
    a friend started me on magic loop socks – two at a time (only one needle) and I am just trying to do it by reading a regular sock pattern. Kind of a pain and wonder if you will do a video on this technique?
    I have gotten a lot of hints from your two socks/two needles….but my group would love to have a video to follow………….
    can you do this for us,
    The Cast offs….in Northern Brentwood, CA

  12. I am to the part in the pattern where it says to knit til I am 24 rows from the garter stitch edge, but I am not to the end of my rectangle pick do I continue to pick up like this or start the wedge? I am stumped and yet loving this pattern, but am not sure what to do next.
    Thanks for any and all help.

  13. Hi Cissie – sorry, the Ecuador sweater isn’t my design, so I can’t really answer questions on it. I suggest you send your question to the designer, who you can contact on Ravelry.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

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