My Azalea top was one of my most popular designs published by Manos del Uruguay as part of the Spring 2021 collection last year. And I’m excited to tell you that this Spring it is now also available as an Elizabeth Smith Knits pattern!
So what exactly does this mean? I was able to re-write the pattern is my own pattern writing style and layout – so although the instructions are the same as the original, the verbiage, style and layout are all now inline with my own typical pattern writing style (and now you can also purchase the pattern directly through me, either here on my site or on Ravelry).
For this newest version, I used the Mulberry colorway of Feliz by Manos del Uruguay (I purchased mine through Wool & Company). I LOVE working with this yarn (it’s now my third time knitting this top with this exact yarn). What I love about Mulberry is that it’s a purple-brown color. It’s one of those colors that can definitely act as a neutral and go with a lot of other colors, but it’s still interesting and different compared to a typical neutral like brown, gray or black.
Last year I also hosted a knitalong (KAL) for Azalea and provided tutorials of every step involved in making this top, from tips on picking a size and doing your gauge swatch all the way to weaving in ends and blocking (and everything in-between!). Those videos are available to everyone now on the Azalea tips page – so this top is also a great beginner-friendly sweater because you will be guided through each technique. Want to see finished versions of Azalea from the KAL? Below is a little collage of just some of them – click here for the full gallery.