Pattern: Lakeland by Fiona Alice
Size: M (44″)
Needles: US 8s
Yarn: Five skeins (198 yds/ea) of Hinterland Range (50% Rambouillet / 50% alpaca) in color Honey
A great basic – I love this grey color, it’s warm and cozy, goes with everything, and a flattering fit. Plus, it knit up in just five days! The yarn is 100% yak and it feels really wonderful – like alpaca, but without so much drape and stretch.
Pattern: The Dog Walker
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Yakkity Aran (100% yak) – 6 skeins (160 yds/ea) in color Peppercorn
Needles: US 10s and US 8s (for broken ribbing)
Size: 42″ (I was worried that this would be too big, but the pattern recommended 6-8″ of ease, and this would have given me about 4″ – I don’t actually think it gave me that much ease, so I’m glad I went with this size!)
I finished this in a week – lots of car knitting on the way to vacation! – as a test knit for Jenn Steingass of Knit.Love.Wool. I used Brooklyn Tweed’s new fingering weight yarn Peerie, and love how it knits up at a looser gauge – the resulting fabric is very soft but light. I’m not as crazy about the color as I was when I bought the skeins – I would have preferred something more summery in retrospect, especially since I opted for the short-sleeve version.
Pattern: Anaashah by Knit.Love.Wool
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed’s Peerie (100% domestic merino) – 5 skeins (210 yds/ea) in Gingersnap and one skein in Muslin
Needles: US 5s (I used US 3s for the sleeve ribbing, but stuck with US 5s for the bottom hem ribbing)
Size: C (finished bust of 43″, which should have given me over 5″ of positive ease, but I think I ended up with a lot less than that)
Also, be warned – this yarn REALLY stretches when it’s blocked! I think it grew by at least 3″ – so much so that it went from a fairly short fit (15″ from armpit to hem) to overly long (at least 17″, maybe longer). It bothers me enough that I’m going to re-block it and be more careful this time about setting the length.Pin It
Yarn: tot le matin yarns – Tot Twist (100% superwash merino) (365m/ea) – one skein each of Jus de Fraise, Tutti Frutti, Hermosa, Orge, Golden, and Oyat – knit with yarn doubled throughout.
Pattern: I used my Bantam Hoodie pattern and knit a ribbed neckline instead of a hood.
Needles: US 6s
I love how this one turned out – it’s truly reversible and looks great on both sides, but right now, I’m wearing it “inside out,” so the reverse stockinette side shows. The fade is so beautifully done throughout the yarns that even on the “right” (stockinette) side, it blends slowly and doesn’t show any jumps or stripes. It took well over a month for this yarn to travel to me from France, but it was definitely worth it!
My third time knitting this pattern – I love it in every color! This time I tried a different yarn combo:
Pattern: Walk in the Woods pullover
Needles: US 5s (I had to go down one size to get gauge)
I’ve just released my newest pattern – Walk in the Woods. This comfortable, classic pullover is perfect for unpredictable spring weather – wear it alone or over a light layer, stick it under your raincoat or over a skirt – this is a wear-anywhere piece that knits up quick! Little details add to the overall appeal of the pullover; the hem splits right at the side seam to give you extra movement and keeps the edge from rising up, and the seamed construction keeps the shoulders tidy, not slouchy. The yarn – two types of Isager knit double-stranded – makes the whole garment light and warm.
I’ve already knit three of these sweaters, and am close to finishing a fourth – they are so perfect for all weather and every occasion, I want one in every color! You can find the pattern now on Ravelry.
Pattern: Walk in the Woods Pullover
Yarn: Isager Strik Alpaca 2 and Isager Strik Tweed
Needles: US 6s
I convinced my reluctant two oldest daughters to help me model these sweaters, and I love how the photos showcase the different ways the sweaters can be sized. On Bella (wearing the taupe sweater), the look is slightly oversized; on Emmersen (wearing the black sweater), the garment is worn with a slight bit of negative ease, and on me (wearing the magenta sweater), the sweater is worn in a traditional style, with just an inch or two of positive ease. Three different looks, all flattering and classic!
Pattern: Personal design
Yarn: MC: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (90% superwash merino / 10% nylon) color Nekkid – 5 skeins (1650 yds)
CC: Junkyarn Smooth Sock 4-ply (75% superwash merion / 25% nylon) color Eternal Sailor Moon – 1 skein (463 yds – used every yard)
(NOTE: Knit with yarns held doubled throughout)
Gauge: 19 sts x 25.5 rows
Needles: US 6s
Pattern: Lighthouse Pullover
Yarn: YOTH Big Sister (80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 6 skeins Beetroot and one partial skein each of Rhubarb and Sea Salt
Needles: US 6s
Size: 39 1/4″
Mods: Knit body 1″ longer (to 16″)
Love the fit! This yarn is incredibly soft and it creates a nice form-fitting silhouette. It tends to fuzz and pill a little with wear, but I don’t mind 🙂 I’m not usually all that crazy about how yoked pullovers look – they really broaden out my shoulders and chest – but the colorwork is beautiful and well worth it on this one.
I picked up this yarn when I was visiting Nashville for By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 3 – perfect Plucky pinks! I used them for a second version of my Bantam Hoodie, this time with a few stripes thrown in.
Pattern: Bantam Hoodie by me!
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Lodge Worsted (60% merino / 20% cotton / 10% silk / 10% flax) – 4 skeins of MC Baby Boom (238 yds/ea) and 2 skeins CC Pink Pony (which actually turned out to be the exact same color as my skein of Petticoat in Lodge Fingering).
Needles: US 6s (went down one size to get gauge) and US 5s (ribbing)
The perfect lightweight spring pullover – such a cool stitch texture, and I love these two yarns double-stranded together 🙂
Pattern: Getty (ShibuiKnits SS17) by Shellie Anderson
Yarn: Shibui Knits Twig (46% linen / 42% recycled silk / 12% wool) – 4 skeins (190 yds/ea) in Ivory, and Shibui Knits Cima (70% superbaby alpaca / 30% fine merino) – 3 skeins (328 yds/ea) in Ivory
Needles: US 8s and US 7s
Size: Small (to fit bust 34.5″, finished dimensions 38.5″) – I couldn’t quite get gauge, even after going down a needle size, so I went down one sweater size. The result = perfect fit!
Notes: Yarn is knit double-stranded throughout.
Mods: There was no finishing for the neckline, and I thought it looked a little odd, especially where the cast-off stitches showed, so I picked up stitches around and then immediately bound off, which gave it just a little more of a finished edge.
This pattern knit up so beautifully in Stone Wool’s gorgeous colors!
Pattern: SnowFlower by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Stone Wool Cormo – MC in Slate 01 (5 skeins) and CCs in Slate 02, Ozark 01, Ozark 03, and Scoured (each less than one skein)
Needles: US 7s and US 6s (ribbing) – I thought at first I’d have to go down a needle size to get gauge, but this sweater is knit in the round, and I quickly realized that my knitting in the round is tighter, so US 7s gave me gauge.
Size: M (38.1″) – I was worried that this would be too large, but it fit spot-on — helped in large part, I think, by the fact that I chose to do the optional waist shaping. I think that waist shaping really helps fit for me with yoked sweaters, because otherwise I end up looking really broad both across the shoulders/chest, and also down the torso.
Mods: Aside from the optional waist shaping, the only modification I used was to add length, so that the total sweater length is 17 1/2 – 18″.
I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try Twig & Horn’s amazing new yarn, Stone Wool . . . and one of the beautiful designs created by Whitney Hayward. I really love everything about this yarn – it is 100% cormo, single-sourced and it is American-sourced from beginning to end. The wool comes from two farms in Montana and Wyoming, and it is scoured and milled nearby, then shipped only once to Maine, where it is dyed at Saco River Dyehouse and shipped from their warehouse. American-produced, small carbon footprint, great soft and squishy cormo feel, beautiful colors . . . what more could you want from a yarn?
Yarn: Stone Wool in color Tobacco 03 (6 skeins)
Pattern: Plattsburg Pullover by Whitney Hayward
Needles: US 7s and US 6s (for ribbing) – I went down one size to get gauge (as always!)
Size: 37 1/2″ – I was a little worried that this would give me no positive ease, but I’m guessing that my gauge is still a little bigger than it should be, because the fit came out perfectly, giving me at least 1-2″ of ease.
One thing I love about this pattern is that it gives you options – I chose to use Cable Chart A and Center Pattern B. In hindsight, I’m not happy with my center pattern because I think it detracts from the cables – if I knit this again, I will either use no center pattern, or something very subtle.
I’m working on a sweater design that utilizes all three shades of a color family: for instance, Tobacco comes in Shades 01, 02, and 03, and they look spectacular when they’re all together! I want to be able to showcase all three shades in a way other than the small sampling you get from fair isle, but I’m trying to avoid straight-up stripes. I have an idea . . . we’ll see how it pans out.
Yarn: Woolfolk Far – 10 skeins (142 yds/ea) in color O8. This yarn is absolutely phenomenal – so incredibly soft, you’d swear it was cashmere. It was a pleasure to work with, and although the soft hand does mean that it loosens up a little, that just results in a soft halo that adds to its beauty. I was surprised at how well it showed off stitch definition, particularly after wet blocking.
Pattern: Kogle Pullover by Julie Hoover. This one took longer to knit than I thought it would, although it didn’t feel as if it was going slowly – the stitch pattern isn’t difficult. I guess it was just a lot of inches to knit 🙂 One thing to keep in mind – you want to be well-versed in reading your stitches before you try this pattern. That’s because you constantly have to adjust to keep the stitch pattern correct as you add or decrease stitches; you can’t just keep following the directions as written. This is easy to do once you have a few inches knit up, but if you’re uncomfortable with being able to make these kinds of adjustments, this pattern isn’t for you.
Needles: US 8s, US 6s and 5s (for ribbing)
Size: To fit bust 36″ (the pattern lists this as a finished measurement of 40″, which would give me 3-4″ of positive ease, which I’d say is exactly what I got). I wouldn’t want this to be any bigger; in fact, I was worried that it would stretch during wet blocking, but luckily that didn’t turn out to be the case. I wonder if it will stretch over time – if so, I’ll probably need to throw it in a hot dryer for a few minutes (or wet block it again) to bring it back to shape.
Pattern: Gevir Pullover by Sarah Solomon
Size: 33″ (finished measurement 39″)
Needles: US 6s (down one size to get gauge)
Yarn: 9 skeins Woolfolk Tov in color 2
You have to feel this yarn to believe it – a 10-ply Aran weight, so soft you’d swear it was cashmere! What I love is that it’s incredibly soft, but not at the expense of texture – it shows stitch definition better than almost any other yarn I’ve knit with 🙂 This sweater was knit as a sample for Woolfolk, but it just happened to fit me perfectly!
Pattern: Leda by Quince & Co
Yarn: Quince & Co Tern (75% American wool / 25% silk) – 6 skeins (221 yds/ea) in color Dusk
Needles: US 5s (down one size – even then, I my gauge was a little large, but I didn’t want to go down yet another needle size)
Size: 34 3/4″ (this would usually be too small for me, but I didn’t want it oversized, and because my gauge was a little big, I went one size smaller)
My adjustment to needle size and sweater size worked well – I think the fit is spot-on. One note – the sleeves are really tight where you pick up and knit (at the drop-sleeve point). At first I thought they would be too tight, but after completing and wearing the sweater, I really like the look – it balances out the somewhat oversize/boxy look of the body. Interesting shoulder/sleeve construction – I don’t usually like drop sleeves, but it works with this pattern.
I had wanted the color to be a little more – I’m not sure what, vibrant? Saturated? Not necessarily brighter, just a little . . . something. Anyway, I would probably go with a different color if I knit this again, but I do like the pattern and the fit, and it feels wonderful – light and with beautiful drape, but warm enough for a cool fall evening.
Another simple yet beautiful and well-written pattern from the amazing Isabell Kraemer . . . and a new (to me) yarn, ecologically and minimally processed in France.
Pattern: Pink Memories
Yarn: Polo&Co Alpaga (80% alpaca / 20% wool) – MC Llingerie (3 skeins @ 290 yds/ea) and CC Nude (1 skein)
Needles: US 5s (I had to go down one size to get gauge)
Size: M1 (39″)
I counted on the yarn stretching quite a bit during wet blocking, because of the percentage of alpaca – while it did, I still think I would have liked to have knit the body an inch or two longer. Otherwise, it’s a good fit – not at all oversized, I could have gone up one size if I wanted it to be less fitted and more slouchy, but I’ve been leaning toward less baggy sweaters these days. I like the very subtle difference in color between the Lingerie (main body of the sweater) and Nude (lower half of the sleeves and inside of the pocket), although I wish there was a little greater difference, because I’m not sure you can even really see that there are two different colors being used 🙂
Pattern: Oda in Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 10
Yarn: Hinterland Range – 6 skeins (198 yds/ea) in color Truffle (50% Canadian Rambouillet / 50% home grown alpaca)
Size: 43 1/2″
Needles: US 6s and US 4s
There is a color-change line on the front that’s a little distracting – and the funny thing is, that color change was within a single skein of yarn, not where I changed skeins! But, I don’t really mind, and I don’t think it’s that noticeable when I’m actually wearing the sweater.
I love this yarn – sheepy, soft, squishy, with a soft halo from the alpaca. I love the undyed colors, too. And I love how it shows off the big chunky cables! The sweater is an oversize fit, which is what the pattern calls for, and the size I knit should have given me about 5 inches of positive ease. It’s a little bigger than I would have liked, so I tossed it in the dryer (VERY carefully) for just a few minutes, to tighten it up a little. I wish that the next size down wasn’t such a big jump, or I would have gone one size smaller, but I think that between a little oversize and a little tight-fitting, I prefer the former for this design.
I’ve never tried knitting a sweater out of superbulky thick/thin yarn before – it’s really more of an oddity than a fashion statement, but it is amazingly warm and light, and definitely an attention-getting piece!
The yarn is Camellia Fiber Company’s CFC Targhee Superbulky Handspun in color Fig (natural dyed with madder root). I think I used 9 skeins – I lost count – of 60 yds/ea.
The pattern is Knitting Pure & Simple’s weekend neck down pullover. This is a very simply written pattern, as the name implies, and isn’t very helpful or well-written – which particularly makes it not worth the $7.00 price tag. Nonetheless, it worked adequately for what I had in mind.
I used US 17s for the body and US 15s for the neck and sleeves and knit size small (42″).
Will I ever wear it? I’ll have to wait until next winter to see . . .
This is my third sweater knit from this yarn – I can’t get enough of it!
Yarn: Julie Asselin’s Nurtured (100% Rambouillet/Targhee/Merino) – 7 skeins (130 yds/ea) in Chambray
Pattern: Mailin by Isabell Kraemer
Size: M1 (38.5″)
Needles: US 7s
Even though this size shouldn’t have given me any ease, the sweater is plenty roomy – I’m glad I didn’t go up a size.
Inspired by Tolt’s Icelandic Wool Month (of course, that was March – when I started this sweater!), I knit my first sweater with Istex Lett-Lopi. You’d think, with all the colors to choose from, I would have gone the direction of bright and colorful hues, but there’s something about tonal shades of grey and black that attracts me, particularly when knitting with this yarn.
I used eight skeins of black (0005) as the MC, and one skein each of white (0054) for CC1 and grey (0057) for CC2.
I used the pattern Gamaldags – it provided pretty minimal directions, particularly for the pullover, and there were some places where the interpretation wasn’t as clear as it could have been, but I was able to wade through it just fine.
I had to go down a needle size to US 6s (US 5s for the ribbing) to get gauge, but I didn’t worry about changing needle size for the colorwork. In retrospect, I think I should have stayed with US 7s, because the fabric is pretty dense – although not at all stiff, and I like it very much, but I just think it could have opened up a little more if I’d gone up a needle size.
After much debate, I knit size 4 (38″), which would theoretically give me 0″ of ease. I think the combination of this choice of size, along with going down a needle size, made the pullover much more close-fitting than I had envisioned. I actually think that the fit is perfect, and I like how it’s not as baggy and oversized as I pictured an Icelandic sweater would be, but let’s just say it’s a good thing it isn’t any smaller! I stretched it pretty aggressively while wet-blocking it, which I think gave me just the little but additional room that I was looking for. Interestingly, it didn’t have near as much give or stretch as I thought it would when wet-blocking – maybe because I’d knit it as a pretty dense fabric.
I love how it came out, both in terms of colorwork and fit – unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until next winter to wear it, since May is not a good month for wearing Icelandic wool around here!