I laid out my lengthy requirements for knitting-while-pregnant projects when showing off my red sweater shrugigan. This twist front sweater definitely fit the bill (and even more stringently since I actually knit this sweater first and my brain was even less functional at the time). Were I not trying to fill those requirements, I probably never would have knit this sweater since it’s just stockinette rectangles, but I’m pretty happy that I did. I think it’s going to be an even more fun addition to my wardrobe post-maternity and I’m considering exploring a similar shape for a sewn garment or two.
The pattern is Drape Front Sweater from Vogue Knitting Winter 2011/2012. I made two fairly hefty (but simple) changes to the pattern. First, the drape is intended to be, well, bigger, and hang down across the whole torso. Since I’ve got a babybump in the way at the moment, and also because I like the way that cropped top layers look on me when not pregnant, I significantly reduced the front width so that it would twist at my bust, not somewhere in the middle of my torso. The second major change is that the pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn but I used a lace weight. Normally that’s a pretty crazy substitution, but I knew it would work with such a simple top and I knew that I would get the drape I wanted out of a lighter fiber (think of sewing with a tissue knit instead of a jersey). I used an alpaca lace left over from my Anjou Lace Sweater.
The back is a rectangle with sleeve rectangles attached. The front is similar, elongated with a sleeve on top and a sleeve on bottom. It gets sewn together with a single twist in the front to bring the arms up to the same side. This means that the left half of the sweater shows the knit side while the right half shows the purl side, but the difference is barely noticeable with my yarn and gauge.
I’ve worn this sweater a fair bit through the winter as my internal thermostat is completely whacked while pregnant and I’m always warm for the first time in my life. Having a layer that adds just a tiny bit of extra warmth has been perfect. (It was a sunny day on a visit to San Francisco in these photos, so, though I am constantly warm, I do usually wear a bit more clothing). I’m wearing it here with one of my Conifer Skirt samples (that has been getting a LOT of wear recently) and a thrifted ready-to-wear maternity tee. Ravelry project details are here.