Posts Tagged ‘sweater’

10
Oct

Steal This Knit: Madewell Sheep Sweaters

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, Steal This Knit, style

While owls, deer, and foxes have often been considered the animal darlings of the Urban Outfitters hipster set, I think that sheep are getting some spotlight this season. These adorable lamb sweaters over at Madewell have predictably caught my eye. They seem like the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe.

While the left sweater is $88, it seems a little disingenuous of me to buy a machine-made tribute to my favorite furry friends. And, as the Campaign for Wool has taught us, it really bothers me that both of these are blends of cotton, nylon, viscose, and, oh yeah, there’s a little wool in there, too. (I won’t pretend I’m as much of a snob for natural fibers as I’d like to be. But is it too much to ask for a sweater that costs over $100 to be made of something yummy? I mean, it has a sheep on it!)

How do I get a sheep sweater of my own? You may be asking, checking the calendar out of the corner of your eye, wondering if you could pull off a whole sweater before Rhinebeck.

Sangmi Lee has a free pattern on Ravelry that is exactly what you’re looking for. I love the similar look. Perfectly on trend. Awesome. The test pattern that’s up now is a 36″ bust test but the charts are there so adjustments could be worked pretty easily. It’s knit on size 2s so it’s definitely not something that will happen before Rhinebeck!

I also love that the pattern is based on a cardigan that’s based on a steal! It’s from a Chloe cardigan that was in stores a few years ago. maybe it’s time for me to whip up a true Madewell steal!

Seeing lots of sheep this season? Want to see more? Plan to cast on some sheep-inspired sweaters?

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26
Sep

BENETTON: THE ART OF KNIT

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, knits, new york city, photos, style, travel, want

Last week I stopped by the awesome Benetton Pop-Up Shop in SoHo. It felt a little bit like a knitted Wonka Factory! The shop is only selling knits and it’s full of wooly goodness and some pretty awesome knitted decorations. (Caution, somewhat NSFW…I guess. I never thought I’d be saying that on this blog.)

Hanging on the walls are yarn bombs of everything from telephones to wrenches. And some literal yarn porn. (Sorry, Mom!) Little knitted buntings hang under instructional ‘how-to-knit’ decals and drawings of sheep wearing faire isle sweaters.

While some of the exhibit is raunchy, it’s really a tribute to all things fiber. I spent probably an hour just admiring the details of what could have otherwise just been a sweater shop.

Although I didn’t pick up any sweaters (I may have touched every single item of clothing in the store, though, yelling OH THIS ONE IS SOFT TOO!), I might be heading back there to grab something warm or discover new details. The shop will be up through the end of the year and if you’re a fiberphile (literally here, I suppose!) in New York during the holidays, I suggest you take a look for yourself. Bring your pearls so you have something to clutch!

What do you think? Does this nasty knitted art make you blush or laugh!?

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02
May

FO: Pomme de Pin with pictures!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, FO, knits

As promised, some real photos of my latest sweater! I’m very happy with how it turned out!

I basically haven’t taken it off since I finished it! My only complaints are that the sleeves are too long (oops!) and I did a bad job setting in the right shoulder. I should really pull the sleeve off and do it again because it sits all wonky on my arm but I probably won’t for a while.

I was complaining that the dark olive color made it difficult to see the lace but I think it’s great. I love the color. I was lying before. I’m a liar.

Buttons. I did buy these really great buttons that are gold and black but they’re a bit bigger than I wanted. I’m actually quite happy with how the sweater looks sans buttons and the button holes are pretty hidden (read: I definitely made them too small but it was my first button hole experience, too! Oops!) so it doesn’t look obvious. Although I am pleased with the placement of the button holes. I didn’t follow the pattern here (Sorry, Amy!) I’m just so bad at picking up stitches evenly. I admit it! I got as close to the number as I could and then I faked it.

I’m happy without buttons. What do you think? I figure I can always add them later. But I’ve been wearing this like a fool so it’s a-okay right now!

It was so fun participating in the KAL! I’m so excited for the other knitters to see my FO! And all of their sweaters are beautiful. It’s really motivational when you’re comparing your work like this. And lots so fun being part of a group that is so talented! Thanks, ladies!

The details again:
Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport in colorway 25
size 5 and 6 needles
Ravelry project page
KAL page

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28
Feb

FO: Hamburger Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, DIY, knits, new york city, photos, style, sweater

It’s done! I’m a little baffled by the fact that I finished Jon’s hamburger sweater in 21 days. That’s less than a month, people. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since the Blue Sky Techno is pretty chunky and I was working on size 8s and it was all stockinette. But I don’t think I’ve ever knit anything that quickly besides maybe a little hat.

Come on. This is a record, ladies and gents.

Alright, I admit, I didn’t block the sweater before we took these pictures. I’ve since done that and it really loosened things up. I think it looks a little snug in the photos and the neck sits weird and the back ribbing kept flipping up. But after the blocking, it looks fantastic. It fits him really well and it’s big and comfy and so so soft.

 

I hope this sweater has broken my curse with boyfriend sweaters. Now I just have to put that other one back together…

I’m most excited about the fact that he looks like a big hamburger! Couldn’t you just eat him up!?

 

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17
Feb

WIP: EZ Seamless Raglan

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

Remember that sweater that I knit Jon? It was his birthday present and it had special stripes for the date of our anniversary? Well, I realized he wasn’t wearing it because somehow (and I’m pretty sure I did a gauge swatch and all of that good stuff) it ended up being gigantic.

(I’ll chalk it up to being a secret surprise knitted gift. These things should be avoided at all cost. You cannot gift anything that has not been fitted properly. You will spend a majority of the time holding up the piece and thinking “Is this too big?” and having restless knitmares that ask”Is this too short?” and worrying yourself to pieces and then it either fits amazingly and you wasted all that time worrying or – 99% of the time – it doesn’t fit at all and you end up in this scenario. I know we’ve all done it before so don’t even pretend like you haven’t! Let’s promise not to engage in this behavior until Christmas. Then it will be the least of our worries.)

Also, the sleeves are a different dye lot than the body which drives me out of my mind. I suppose it’s some kind boyfriend sweater karma…if we’re still together, the sweater must die! Long story short, I ripped out all of the seams and promised him I’d take it in as much as I could so that it would at least fit okay. (I’m not steeking it, that’s for sure!) That was the biggest mistake EVER and with every stitch I made towards putting that humpdy dumpdy back together, I heard a voice louder and louder saying “I’m just going to make you a whole new sweater.”

And here we are…

I’m in the midst of my first EZ sweater. I attempted the percentage system a few years ago but I was really intimidated by how loose and abstract it seemed. I guess I just wasn’t prepared to do any math. Right now, though, I can’t believe I ever let it phase me. It’s so brilliant and yet so unbelievably simple. It feels as though Elizabeth Zimmerman reinvented the sweater.

Oh haven’t you heard? My boyfriend is obsessed with hamburgers! I wanted to do a single stripe across the chest with color changes that represent the parts of a hamburger. I didn’t want anything too obvious but the colors had to read well and then when someone says “I love your sweater. Did your girlfriend knit it for you? She’s great!” and he replies “Yeah! She is great. It’s a hamburger!” I want them to reply, “It IS a hamburger! That’s so cool! I didn’t notice it but now that you brought it up it’s SO COOL!”

So, you know, subtle.

The problem is, I didn’t take that many photos. I mean, 70% of the sweater was just boring stockinette in this lame tan color. It was pretty underwhelming and not something that merited much reporting. I believe, in the whole body, I knit about 20″ in stockinette. Luckily, with size 8 needles and Blue Sky Alpaca Techno, it went rather quickly.

By the way, Blue Sky Alpaca is CRAZY soft and fluffy and just so light and warm and yummy. I am going to have to make a hat or something with whatever is left over. It’s definitely going on my list of favorites.

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmerman Seamless Raglan Sweater
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Techno
Needle: 8

My secret plan is finish this sweater over the long weekend. I think I can do it! What are your yarny plans for the holiday?

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07
Dec

Throwback FO: Fisherman Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, style, sweater

It’s getting cold outside! Slowly but surely, fall is descending on New York City! Which means it’s time to pull out some hand knit sweaters! I got this one out of the closet and I just had to share it. Please forgive my nostalgia but I’m quite attached to this thing.

I love big comfy chunky fisherman sweaters. This is made from the Lion Brand Comfy Inishturk sweater pattern in their Fishermen’s Wool in the color oatmeal. Nothing warms you up like wearing a color called oatmeal. I bought the yarn and kind of decided to tackle this ambitious knit just before starting my junior year of college on a visit from my mom and aunt. I’d recently moved into my first apartment in Williamsburg. I was pretty much unstoppable. I’d knit a sweater and an intarsia vest before this so I was confident I could pull it off. I got all of the yarn on sale and immediately went home and cast on.

Straight needles!? I never use them anymore! How did I fit that in my bag?

 

I’m just as proud now as I was when I finished it. The cables look incredibly complicated and they’re definitely screwed up in a few spots especially right in the front where I wouldn’t want them to be but I couldn’t rip out once I’d realized. I wonder if I would go back and fix it now?

Back when I finished. I had pink walls. And orange nail polish.

 

I’ve been knitting since I was 14 but this sweater is kind of a turning point in my career as a knitter. I knit a lot of things before this sweater but most of them were of little consequence and made with little care. I can’t recall many of those things besides a few hats and badly-designed scarves. That other sweater and the vest I knit before this I never wear. They don’t fit right and the yarn I chose isn’t comfortable against the skin.

I’ve learned a lot since I bound off and put those gigantic sleeves onto the even more titanic body. (Don’t get me wrong, I love how big it is…and it is a size small…but it’s a little bigger than a “comfy sweater” should be. Who knows what size it should be. I didn’t knit gauge swatches back then!) Putting the fishermen’s sweater on now, I can see that I clearly had not ever heard of the mattress stitch. I laugh and think about how far I’ve come with my technique in only a few years. It’s exciting to think that I have such a thorough understanding now but, of course, I have a lot to learn still. Who knows what I’ll be making in another two years or so.

I still love this sweater.

Long story short, I’m still in love with this oversized lump of a sweater. It really turned me into a full-time knitter. And, even though I’m critical, no one notices the messy seams or misshaped cables. I’d love to see what I’d make if I re-knit this pattern but I don’t think I want to go back. I like my imperfections and I have too long a queue to start back tracking anyway!

Have you ever re-knit a pattern you knit before? How do you feel about your old FOs? Do you love how silly they are or do you hide them in the bottom of your stash?

ps. Please forgive the Photobooth pictures. I guess I didn’t have a real camera back then. It’s a fun contrast, though, isn’t it!

pps. Happy birthday to my Dad who turned 60 last week!

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05
Dec

FO: Dog Sweater!

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, knits

I promised to have photos of my finished faire isle present. Well, here they are!

When it’s time for gift giving, there’s a present for everyone and every occasion. This year I decided to knit for the dogs in Jon’s family. It was pretty exciting since I’ve never done that before.  But it turned out well! I love used this DROPS design pattern. I’ll be honest, the pattern was a little hard to follow, but I got through it and it paid off.

Those Charlie Brown colors are Lion Brand’s LB Collection Superwash Merino in Dijon and Mahogany. I have to say, I’ve been using LB Collection yarns a lot recently. They’re soft and the colors are beautiful and, most of all, they’re incredibly affordable. I like to keep handmade knits inexpensive but these yarns don’t skimp on quality.

Look at how happy Jah is in his sweater! 🙂

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28
Nov

First post: Birthday Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits

I recently finished this sweater for Jon’s birthday and I think he looks great in it! The pattern is from Erika Knight’s Men’s Knits which is such a beautiful book. The navy rows are a special pattern of 2, 14, and 10 which represent our anniversary, February 14th.

It took a long time to finish on size 3 needles and I finished half of it without him knowing. Anyway, I’m so proud of it and I’m excited to keep him warm!

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