Branches and Buds Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve finished a handknit garment so I’m thrilled I finally have one to share!

I started the Branches and Buds pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge about four or five months ago, and I just finished it this week. About halfway through the sweater, I decided to switch up my knitting technique! I have always knit by “throwing” the yarn from my right hand, English-style. When I began to knit more fair-isle colourwork, I practised “picking” with my left hand, continental style, but could never get it fast enough to be effective. I thought, why don’t I just try knitting continental for with just one colour, get really really good at it, and then fair-isle will be really easy from now on?! (I will have to report back on that last part.)

I managed a very picturesque photo with chipped nail polish – got to find the balance, right? I had a hard time deciding on the colours of the buds. I tried to go random but I felt like the hot pinks and magentas stood out best, so I ended up adding more of those. Some of the colours I chose didn’t show up very well – see if you can find the bluish-green ones in the photo below. I guess I can always go back and redo the buds if I want to quite easily, but at this moment in time, I don’t feel like it!

The Branches and Buds pattern is published in Making no. 1: Flora. The yarn used in my version is the same as the one in the pattern: Quince & Co. Chickadee in Kittywake and Audouin.

Much of this pullover was knit while watching television, such as The Crown on Netflix.