Posts Tagged ‘sweater’

11
Mar

My Great-Grandmother’s Knitting

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life

I like to think that I’m a pretty expert knitter. But my great-grandmother’s work was something I can’t even describe. I never met her but I have always admired her skills.

The family story goes that Grandma Lena would knit sweaters for the soldiers during the war. She’d take whatever was given to her in the kit from the Red Cross or wherever and throw it aside in favor of smaller needles and thinner yarn. She’d make them entirely on tiny needles claiming that this would keep them much warmer than that cheap stuff. Then she’d go about making beautiful sweaters that everyone agrees probably never ended up with any privates but went straight to some lucky officer.

My parents still have a few pieces that she made for various family members and they’re absolutely gorgeous. You have to take a look. I can’t imagine this was knit on anything bigger than a size 1 needle. My wrists ache just thinking about knitting a whole vest at such a fine gauge. I’m obsessed with the way the cables decrease at the shoulders for a gorgeous neckline shaping. Isn’t that fantastic?

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Here’s a detail from another sweater vest. Do you see how tiny these stitches are? I can’t even believe this was made by a human being. I’m not sure about whether she worked from a pattern. I have a sneaking suspicion that she wasn’t, though.

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The cable running up the center (which you can see on the bottom of this detail) is actually one of my favorite cables. (I’ve used it on these socks.) It’s nice to know we have similar tastes.

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It’s so inspiring for me to know that I come from a family of talented knitters! I’m not sure I could ever attempt a piece as detailed as Lena’s work. I’m just not patient and, frankly, I’m a little sore. But it definitely makes me want to challenge myself!

I know it’s tough to tell from my crappy iPhone photos but any guesses to what size needles she was using? Who keeps challenging you when it comes to craft?

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04
Feb

FO: A Selfish Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, knits, sweater

Faro was off my needles pretty quickly! I actually was able to put the bottom ribbing on right before I went to Vogue Knitting Live! So I a lot of people saw it unblocked (meaning super cropped and hanging weird, whatever! She needed to be worn!). I finally got a chance to block it and I could not be happier.

You’re going to be seeing me in this sweater A LOT. Absolutely, 100% Faro has jumped to the number one spot of favorite sweaters! I decided to take some photos wearing the big floppy hat that I have no occasion for. Remember my inspiration photo? I am no model but big hats!

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First of all, I love the construction of this sweater. Knitting from side-to-side was really fun! There wasn’t a ton of shaping (really just the under-arm shaping) so it was really really simple (as in if you’re intimidated in any way by knitting sweaters, this is a great place to start!) but the lace/cables made this really fun to work up. The aran-weight Quince and Co Osprey made this really quick but totally satisfying. I could not imagine making this sweater with a different yarn. Also, there was no finishing necessary on the collar which is awesome. (I dread picking up collar stitches almost as much as I do seaming and weaving in ends.)

I’m completely obsessed with the stripes of cables and lace. Amy really knows how to make a handsome sweater. They play perfectly with the boatneck. And I must add that I’ve never really been a fan of boatnecks although I actually look pretty good in them. Note to self: more of that. The cropped length is really fun, too! I was afraid it was going to come out way too short (especially before I put on the ribbing) but it’s really just perfect all around. Trust the pattern!

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I think I mentioned before that I went with a three-quarter sleeve instead of the half. I just added a few inches in the chart pattern before I worked the sleeve shaping. I love sweaters with cropped sleeves and I think I’m going to do this with all of the sweaters I make myself. I almost always wear them over a button down with the sleeves rolled up. This way I can roll the cuff of my button down without getting the cuff of the sweater involved in that mess.

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I used to just knit sweaters that were patterns that I thought would be interesting and fun to make. This piece goes beyond that in adding functionally to my wardrobe. It’s not just a beautiful sweater, it’s a garment that I want to wear. This was the perfect place for me to step out of my comfort zone. Like I said, I don’t really wear boat necks often. I was really nervous about how that apricot color would look on me though I was drawn to it. I was scared that together it might be a little too much. But it all came together so perfectly. This is just amazing.

Long story short, I want to knit another one of these! I don’t think I’ve ever knit a pattern more than once (with the exception of the 12 pairs of knucks I’ve made) but this one I’d gladly make again!

What do you think? When are you casting on your own Faro?

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24
Jan

Further Reading 1/24/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

Saddle Shoulder sweaterTop-Down Seamless Saddle Shoulder Sweater by Kyoko Nakayoshi

 

I know I promised Jon a Timberline (about, what, four months ago? Six months ago?!) but this sweater is so handsome and simple. I want to make one now! My dad’s been asking for a sweater (to replace a moth-eaten one that I had noting to do with in the first place but he sees an opportunity and he runs with it). Perhaps this will one day be the one. He would look great in it. Who am I kidding? I’ve got way too much other stuff to knit! One day! I love you! I’ll never let go!

>> Basically ever since I met the lovely lady behind Mokuyobi Threads, I’ve been coveting this tee. I need to buy it, right?

>>  Photographer Christopher Payne gives us a look at the US textile industry, a memory of what it used to be. The photographs are absolutely gorgeous and I think the concept is fascinating. It’s such a shame that so much of our textiles are made overseas. Really just baffling when you think about how just a generation ago the American garment industry was thriving.

>> Speaking of America’s textile industry, check out this fundraiser for Ohio Knitting Mills. They are raising money through indiegogo to make this mill fully operational. Really cool!

>> The Holla Knits Knit-a-long begins on February 3rd. Two people are going to knit The Crash! You should totally join in if you’ve had your eye on an HK pattern!

>> Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 collection has a lot of knitted faux-chain mail (for lack of a better explanation) going on. It looks super warm but I hope this does not become a trend. Either way, they’re pretty cool pieces, especially the ones with the beading. You know what, I change my mind. New York has been so goddamn cold, I think I would like to wear one of those.

I’m so sick of this cold weather. I love sweaters like crazy but I’ve had enough. I’ve forgotten what summer feels like! Can’t take a break from my needles or I will surely freeze to death this weekend.

What are you knitting on this weekend?

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02
Jan

WIP: The Selfish Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, sweater, WIP, yarn

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope you all forgot your old acquaintances and drank tons of champagne.

While I’ve made lots of goals and plans for this year, I’m going to be a little selfish this month. I was totally floored by the amount of work I completed in 2013. Most of that work I haven’t been able to share with you guys yet but, trust me, I was busy! The last time I finished a knit that was purely for my own enjoyment and wear was back in the spring (remember the Poolside test knit?). I spent the second half of the year just designing my little heart out and I loved it. So making something just for me feels like a guilty pleasure but every once in a while, I need to indulge! (I also bought myself a pair of new boots. All of my shoes have holes in them so when I say “every once in a while” you know that I mean RARELY. It’s time!)

I have really been dying to get Faro on my needles for a few good months now but I was halfway through a big (secret) project when it came out. Then I had to work on design swatches. Then the holidays happened. Now Faro is happening. It’s jumped the queue, in front of all of the sweaters and socks I’ve been promising to knit for Jon (and, not to mention, in front of some real work I should be doing) but I don’t care. It’s happening.

Choosing a color is always a difficult task for me. I love wearing blues but when I knit, I try to stay away from navy and turquoise so I can change up my wardrobe. Anyway, I went looking through my Pinterest board to see what kind of sweaters were living in my hopes and dreams to get some inspiration. I found a few photos of apricot cabled sweaters so I figured that was the way to go.

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I decided to go with Quince and Co’s Osprey in Apricot. It’s just the right color and a fabulous yarn to work with. It’s soft yet sturdy and chunky but light. And it’s working up so quickly.

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Since casting on, I had a few issues. It’s really embarrassing that I was mis-reading the chart. Then I worked about four inches before I realized that the under arm increases were supposed to be worked into the chart pattern. Then after knitting up the arm I realized that, though I thought the half sleeve would work since I’m short, I really wanted a 3/4 sleeve. I did a lot of ripping but I never felt discouraged and I am SO happy that I didn’t just let some of the mistakes slide as I usually might. Note to self: Go back and do things right!

And even after all of my mistakes, I feel like this sweater is coming together insanely fast!

faro wip

This pattern is really fun because it’s worked from sleeve to sleeve. So what you’re seeing above is a sleeve on the left, the back is up top and the front is where I’m working on the bottom. Then they’re going to be rejoined after the neck opening and the other sleeve will be worked. After seaming, ribbing will be added to the bottom to lengthen the garment. It’s so ingenious. I’ve never seen another pattern execute that construction as elegantly as Amy has here.

Now, as usual, I’m paranoid that it’s too small. Maybe I should just start knitting a size up so I stop freaking myself out. Also as usual, I’m assuring myself that blocking will help. Besides, I already ripped out the first sleeve about fifteen times so if I have to re-knit the sweater, I probably won’t even notice at this point. Just kidding. Blocking will fix it. I don’t mind if it’s a little cropped since I plan to mainly wear this over a button down. I plan outfits for my WIPs way in advance, don’t you?

What are you knitting for yourself these days? Do you knit mostly for you or for others? Have you knit a sweater sleeve to sleeve?

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11
Dec

The Crash is ON SALE

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, knits, KYC Presents, sweater

Check it out! This week Holla Knits is promoting my sweater pattern, The Crash. That means that you can pick up a copy for $3! That’s 50% off! As we are showing The Crash a little love, keep your eye on the Holla Knits blog for inspiration, styling suggestions, and more! Allyson will be sharing her outfits with The Crash later this week.

Monday, I kicked off the sale with this post about dressing The Crash up and down. This piece is a little intimidating but, deep down, it’s really fun to play around with.  Since it’s very fashion forward, it can make everyday jeans and boots look pretty fierce. Here’s a peek at my favorite outfit.

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the crash style

If you haven’t already, purchase the pattern for The Crash for its special sale price here. And check out some color inspiration in today’s blog post.

How will you dress your FO of The Crash?

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27
Nov

FURTHER READING 11/27/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

aiken andi satterlund

I will not add to my queue. I will not add to my queue. I will not- Nope, I give up. Andi’s latest pattern, Aiken, is just jaw dropping! Gorgeous and simple. She really knows how to flatter. I love her style!

>> How do you feel about granny squares? Top Shop is selling a turtle-necked, long-sleeved granny square dress for $580. I’m not sure I can get behind it (coming from a girl with furry shoulders, I guess I shouldn’t throw stones) but I’m definitely giving the side eye to it’s “Hand Knit Crochet” title…

>>  This is kind of incredibly disgusting but also probably cool? Anna Dumitriu makes quilts out of MRSA. She also needle felts little lungs and infects them with TB.

>>  H&M wants to pay all textile workers a living wage by 2018. While I’ve really come to detest fast fashion, they have seemed to step up and take responsibility. I’m still sticking to my buy less (I’ve only bought a few garments, most made in the US, over the past few months!)/make more policy but good on them for working a little harder to make their industry better. They should hurry up!

>>  It’s not news to any of us that hand knitting is undervalued. But this post is a good reminder that it’s still happening. (I also love that she uses the word makar to describe herself!) Don’t under-sell yourselves!

>> I don’t think I ever gave too much thought to this sweater on Mad Men (gosh, was that season two!? Feels like yesterday) but I was wrong. It’s definitely worth a look.

>> And goats wearing sweaters!

Hope you’re enjoying your short week and holiday if you’re state side. And it’s Hanukkah, too! Many days of latkah frying coming up! What will you be knitting on before your turkey nap?

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20
Sep

The Crash Giveaway!

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, FO, giveaway, knits, KYC Presents

Sweater season is already in full swing here in the city so there could be no better time for today’s post! As part of the Holla Knits blog tour, today I’m giving away a copy of The Crash!

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The samples are shown with contrasting shoulders (Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere and Lion Brand Alpine Wool) and in monotone (Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Bulky and Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Bulky both in Onyx). Like I’ve said before, it’s super extra fierce! It can be worn punky with a black skirt, fishnets, and boots or just spice up a pair of jeans with cute flats for an easy brunch look. I was inspired by those furry vests that never seem to go out of style, faux fur throws that decorate every Scandinavian-style living room, and diva shoulder details. I paired that with a contrasting, conservative diamond pattern to make straightforward menswear meet bold surprises. Go big or go home!

the crash peacock

As far as construction, you couldn’t ask for a breezier knit. The sweater is knit flat in six pieces. The shoulder pads are attached before sleeves are set in. Voila!

I have to thank Allyson for embracing the craziness of this design! I love her wild style and so admire her for making Holla Knits all about patterns that are unconventional and downright fun.

the crash holla knits

Want to knit this serious sweater yourself? Just leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of The Crash! A winner will be drawn on Friday 9/27!

ps. Double your odds! Check out Unplanned Peacock‘s blog for another chance to win a copy of the pattern!

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16
Sep

The Crash Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, famous knits, knits, KYC Presents, life, photos

It’s here! I just wanted to stop by to remind you that the Holla Knits F/W 2013 collection is out TODAY.

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the crash holla knits

I haven’t shared any photos of the second sample which is knit with Unplanned Peacock Studio yarn. The shoulder details are knit in the same colorway as the rest of the sweater (but in the bulky weight) so you can see everything in monotone! Check it out!

the crash peacock

the crash peacock 2

You can purchase a PDF of the pattern right here!

And I hope you’re not tired of seeing The Crash because I’ll be hosting a Blog Tour Stop (with giveaways!) on Friday. Stay tuned!

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12
Sep

Holla Knits F/W Preview by KYC!

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, FO, knits, KYC Presents, photos, press, sweater

I’m really excited today, guys. After lots of hard work and waiting and recently some rough times, I can finally share something cool with you! Today I can reveal to you my pattern for the Holla Knits Fall/Winter collection!

the crash

There she is!

The pattern is called The Crash and it’s probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever designed. Allyson’s funky style and the bold looks of past Holla Knits collections really inspired me to go crazy and design something really daring. It’s a cool look that can be punky or dressed down but it’s wearable. I had fun mixing masculine lines with vintage textures.

Right now I’m totally teasing you because the collection does not come out until Monday. I just couldn’t keep it to myself anymore. Make sure that you STAY TUNED! I’ll have all of the details on 9/16! In the mean time, hop on the Holla Knits blog to see the other designs from the collection!

Which HK pattern is your favorite?

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20
Aug

Famous Knits: The Shining

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, knits, life, movies

Today I want to talk about my FAVORITE pop culture knit of all time. That’s right, this is a big one! I honestly have never wanted to write about it because I’ve always dreamed of making one of my own but I know that it will be a while before I’ve got the chance. So, without further ado, Danny’s Apollo 11 sweater!

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The Shining is definitely one of my favorite films. It scares the crap out of me and I love watching it on a snowy day. Kubrick is amazing, Nicholson is fantastic. Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown, that crazy brown/red/orange carpet, and the titles that just say the word TUESDAY but still make me scream every time I see them. I really don’t need to go into all of the things that make this film so great and so terrifying and I certainly wouldn’t be the one to do it with any eloquence.

Remember when Tavi Gevinson wore it on the Colbert Report?

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I’ve always been in love with the sweater Danny wears in the film. It’s really cute and childish. It’s very late 70s which I like a lot. I love that it’s very in your face. Danny could have worn any sweater in any color or pattern but this bold graphic with words really catches the eye. It’s an interesting choice and I really have no idea why Kubrick and costume designer Milena Canonero went with it. (I have a feeling it’s not from the book but I haven’t read it so I guess I haven’t done my homework here!) But either way, I really like it. (Did you know some conspiracy theorists believe that the Apollo 11 sweater is a wink to Kubrick faking the space landing for the government? Yeah, I don’t even.)

(Somewhat-related story: I made a set of Grady twins dolls as a final project for a Horror Genre class I took in college. No idea where they ended up and  I have no photos of them. But they were fun to make. When you go to art school you get to take classes where you just watch scary movies and you’re graded on knitting dolls inspired by the films! Moral of the story is: I paid how much for college?)

One day I will make an Apollo sweater of my own and I will wear it always. Until then, I’ll be having nightmares about the ash falling off of Wendy’s cigarette.

photos via The Overlook Hotel

ps. Don’t forget to cast on your socks for the KAL!

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