I’ll close with an inside-out WIP shot of this sweet little pullover. For those new to stranded knitting, I have always found it helpful to knit on the wrong side. That way, I don’t have issues with puckering and my tension is much more even. If you’re a tight knitter by nature, as I am, give it a go!
A tiny Christmas cardigan for my two-year-old niece – the pattern is Gudrun Johnston’s Wee Ambrosia. I didn’t make any modifications, and even used the recommended yarn. I’m a big fan of Quince & Co., and this is their aran-weight Osprey in Apricot. Let’s hear it for 100 per cent wool and Wovember!
I initially ordered some custom ceramic toggles but they ended up being too heavy; they really pulled on the fabric. I came across these cute fabric-covered penguin buttons on Etsy and think they’re perfect. My niece is partial to penguins.
I had to wear this sweater today – even though it hasn’t been blocked yet (gasp!). I inadvertently wore an appropriate sweater on National Sweater Day AND stayed very, very warm while making my home in the midst of an Alberta clipper!
The pattern is Erica Knits’ Broadcast Sweater and the yarn is Cascade 220 in Jet. The seed stitch fabric gives this pullover an exceptionally cozy feel, and I was happy for the cabled raglan detail once I got there! I wanted something fairly basic and not too clingy – a sweater to pull on over and over again during the winter. I get the feeling I’ll be wearing it a lot – the 3/4-length sleeves ended up a bit closer to wrist-length on me, which suits me just fine.
I’ve long been an admirer of Ontario-based yarn company Koigu but I think this is my first-ever project using their Merino wool. Nadia Crétin-Léchenne’s Livingston pattern took three skeins of the very lovely Kersti Merino Crepe. It’s a sweet little seamless raglan pullover, knit from the bottom-up and finished with a buttoned neckline. It was the perfect opportunity to pull these mismatched wooden Nani Iro buttons from my stash.
To finish off this Christmas present, Chris asked the very talented illustrator, children’s book author, and artist Cybèle Young to sign her counting fable Ten Birds to our niece. It’s a very beautiful book that won her the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Illustration – highly recommended for any little ones!
This pullover is apparently my first sweater since 2010! I looked back at my archive thinking it had been a while… It languished unfinished on top of my yarn cabinet for a full year. Reading one of Rachel’s recent posts struck a chord — I was only a quarter-sleeve short. That’s a lot of time to get around to very little knitting! The yarn was a gift from Chris’ parents — Cascade Yarns Eco Duo — and they picked it up at Needles & Knits in Aurora. The owner, Tove, is fantastic. If you can believe it, she dropped off an extra skein of Eco Duo at my house when I found myself one skein short. I almost felt like I was back living in a small town again. Amazing!
I knit Linden Down’s Estelle Pullover pattern exactly as written. When I tried it on again in February I found myself regretting the waist shaping. I was in the mood for something less fitted with more breathing room. After much hemming and hawing I decided to just finish it already. So here it is! I’ve enjoyed wearing it – I really like the variation in the self-striping on the sleeves and body.
Learning how to pick up stitches properly has made projects like these a lot more fun. I have The Knitter’s Bible to thank for that particular skill. The hoodie is knit flat and once you’ve seamed the front, back and sleeves, you pick up stitches for the hood and placket band.
The final photo looks a bit ghostly. Apologies for not thinking of a less creepy way to display the hood!
I started this cardigan way back in September. During the many months between then and now, I came full circle on bottom-up seamless construction. It was my Moch Cardi, another bottom-up sweater, that turned it all around. I loved the neatness of the underarm seams and how effortless the yoke felt after finishing row upon row of the body. So I picked it back up and finished the sleeves and yoke, and I’m happy I did. I love it – the smocking, the I-cord edging and cuffs, and the Rowan Felted Tweed that I used. The pattern is Ysolda Teague’s Coraline – highly recommended!
Gudrun Johnston’s Moch Cardi pattern is a great one. This was my first bottom-up sweater (seamless, yay) and it made for some good travel knitting over the holidays. I used Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in Stormy; yarn that was originally intended for a February Lady Sweater knitalong. The Lady and I weren’t to be, so I frogged it and used the yarn for this instead. I love this cardi but think I would love it even more in a solid colour. Maybe I’ll just have to make another one!
This is the project that will accompany me on the five-hour flight from Toronto to Vancouver tomorrow evening. Paper Crane. Just the thing for a confined space and an extended knit session. Tiny stitches on tiny circular needles. And 20 cm of stockinette stitch to go on the body!
Happy Canada Day! The only connection this post has to my country’s birthday is the yarn used for this project. Mission Falls is 100% Canadian!
A Baby Yoda Sweater knit for Oliver, a new BC baby. Mission Falls 1824 Cotton makes this perfect for a coastal summer and autumn – lightweight and soft. I knit this in pieces and then assembled according to the pattern. If you have a deep hatred of sewing up (perfectly understandable!), there are seamless versions on Ravelry that are knit from the top down.
I love the texture of this yarn. There’s something pebbly about it. This was my first Mission Falls project but it won’t be the last! I bought enough yarn for another Yoda in a different colourway. When it comes to yarn, decision making is not my strong point.