One of the trends I’ve noticed in sweater designs during the past year or two is that there are more options. Gone are the days of cookie-cutter patterns where the only choice you make is size. Designers recognize that knitters are individuals and we want options!
I think that’s one of the best things about the Jubilæum version of Åsa Tricosa’s Simple Ziggurat. This pattern includes many clever customizations for an otherwise very simple, classic design. Åsa includes 2 neck finishes, the option for lined or rolled hems and even shows how to include a very small, cute accent pocket. Along with these fun details, Åsa includes options to customize the fit for your sweater. Directions for optional bust darts and rear shaping allow the knitter to add fabric in those areas as needed. (These directions are part of all her Ziggurat patterns).
If you’re intimidated about the Ziggurats method – don’t be. In addition to very well written directions, there are several resources to help Ziggurats Newcomers.
Ziggurats - Åsa published her first Ziggurat book two years ago and it’s already on the 3rd printing! In addition to 16 beautiful patterns, the book includes a fantastic set of tutorials that take you step-by-step through the Ziggurat method. You can find a hardcopy of the book, including a download code for and eCopy of the book) on our website.
Knit Stars 5.0 - Åsa was one of the Knit Stars in last year’s Season 5.0. If you are a visual learner like I am, the 10-part Virtual workshop she teaches in Knit Stars 5.0 is invaluable. Åsa’s sessions are just part of Knit Stars 5.0 which includes talks and workshops from 9 other “Knit Stars”. You have to purchase Knit Stars seasons and they are only offered periodically. The next offer should be sometime this Spring. Sign up here to be notified when the new subscription period opens.
Celebration Society – Åsa has organized an informal KAL for each of the chapters including Simple Ziggurts – Jubilæum edition. While there is no one there to teach the Ziggurats message, there is a moderator and other knitters who can answer select questions if you are really stuck.