Midstream by Anna Maltz

This was my last finished project of 2019 – and I was very tempted to cast on version 2 straight away.

Neck detail of Marlise sweater by Anna Maltz knitting in The Knitting Goddess BFL Masham and Britsock

Midstream comes from Anna’s second book Marlisle, and it’s been on my want-to-make list forever.

I wanted to make this using our yarn, and that meant playing around a little to get a combination that worked. In the end combining DK BFL Masham and Britsock and going down a needle size worked out beautifully. The fabric is sturdy enough to be properly cosy while keeping some drape.

Side detail of Marlise sweater by Anna Maltz knitting in The Knitting Goddess BFL Masham and Britsock

As always Anna gives you so much more than just a simple set of instructions. There are notes about altering for a better fit and two options for joining the sleeves to the body. There’s a discussion about purling v knitting. There’s a bit of family history. I reckon I could curl up and read Marlisle in the same way I read cookbooks – it’s partly about the process but the best books (and this is absolutely without doubt a best book) give you so much more.

Back detail of Marlise sweater by Anna Maltz knitting in The Knitting Goddess BFL Masham and Britsock

The vast majority of this sweater is purled, and it’s amazing how quickly that becomes normal. I tend to do a lot of garter stitch knitting or knit in the round, so the vast majority of my stitches are knitted. It’s not that I don’t like to purl, just that I don’t so it so much.

Back yoke of Marlise sweater by Anna Maltz knitting in The Knitting Goddess BFL Masham and Britsock
So much love for these almost invisible yoke decreases – I reckon blocking will make them vanish

I can already see a version in just Britsock as a warmer weather sweater – and I’d love to combine a more variegated yarn with a solid for some extra drama.

Marlise sweater by Anna Maltz knitting in The Knitting Goddess BFL Masham and Britsock

There’s something very soothing about a project which keeps you warm as it grows. It’s like a promise of good things to come.

I’m now planning my next sweater from Marlise, and once my colourwork has had a bit of practise I’ll be casting on again. And yes. I will get this sweater washed and blocked. I just need to stop wearing it first.

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