The Bimaa (Navajo for Vermont) Sweater is a slim, long sleeved top, with options for a big gorgeous cowl neck, or a contoured shawl collar. I imagine the shawl collar version on boys with a collared button-down shirt underneath... Squeal! Or what about the cowl version with the cowl sewn in a complimentary fabric to make it look like a separate infinity scarf?! Gah!
The pattern calls for knits with 4-way stretch. In these pictures I've used a medium weight leopard print sweater knit, and a lightweight red sweater knit. The last picture shows the Bimaa in a thin, silky-soft lavender modal knit.
You can truly use ANY 4-way stretch knit you want to! Sweater knits in the cooler months, lightweight knits in Spring and Summer. I will do some tutorials here on the blog for how to make this top short sleeved, and sleeveless! Stay tuned for those!
Some excellent sources for sweater knit and other high-quality knits are:
There are cuffs at the wrists and at the waistband, so there is NO hemming! No hemming on knits is ALWAYS a good thing!
The Bimaa Sweater is a very quick sew, and is recommended for the Confident Beginner. If you have a serger, you can use it from start to finish. If you don't have a serger - a stretch/zig-zag stitch will work perfectly.
Emmy somehow managed to convey MY pride in this last picture. :)
I have made many of these of the past few weeks, and she LOVES to wear them! One night she even wanted to wear one to bed - that's always a great sign, right?!
So, please do check out my Shop for the new pattern!
There are three more (for now, at least!) patterns coming down the pipeline that I'm so excited to share with you.
But for now - a
cocktail break. And some fun sewing! Emmy's birthday is in 2 weeks (?!!), so I think a dress is in order.
HUGE shout out to my pattern testers - Ari, Kenda, and Veronica - for being so helpful and gracious with their time. Thank you ladies, infinitely.