Hip, hip, hurray!

It's a well known fact that I do not knit patterns twice. Or so I thought but now it seems I'm on a roll. Hubby wanted his own pair of Aada mitts so I made them for Christmas. Also, I cast on for another Nordic arrows shawl in November because the first one was so much fun and I ended up gifting it to a friend. And now, I've knit a second Hiplee. Although, Hiplee is just too nice of a sweater to not have two of them.

What: Hiplee / Own pattern
How: Circular needle 4.5 mm
From: De Rerum Natura Ulysse, 300 g

I designed this sweater for a local knitting club back in the summer. It was the pattern of October in a locely club with a new pattern each month. In January I got the rights back and put the pattern in my Ravelry store for anyone to buy. As there were so many eager knitter waiting in line, I thought we should have a KAL. And then, I thought I could take part as well because I've loved my firts Hiplee sweater so much.

Originally, I was planning to knit this second Hiplee in BC Garn Semilla Melange. Many people had found it to be a great yarn substitue for this pattern. But in the end, the gorgeous colors of Ulysse won the battle. I mean, just look at this divinly pale old rose. It took my heart at first glance.

For my second Hiplee, I worked the cowl with smaller needles to make it more sturdy. The pattern calls for bigger needles and I have a nice and loose cowl in the first version. But I felt it would be nice to have options. Both ways seem to be working great so the more the merrier.

Since my first sweater used up exactly six skeins, I didn't want to buy more this time either. I hate it when I have scrap yarns lying around the house. To make sure, I wouldn't run out of yarn, I worked the sleeves first. I adjusted the hem to make it just a few cm shorter to win at yarn chicken.

I'm so happy with how much others have liked the pattern. I'm not the only one with more than one Hiplee.

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