June 5, 2014

FO: Tinder, and the reknit

Filed under:Cardigans,Finished Objects,Knitting,Summer Sweater Sprint — Aileen @ 16:15

It is a sweltering ~17℃ here so let the record show that I suffered in the taking of these photos! Only joking… But seriously, how nice is it today? (Provided you’re in the sun, no breeze, no shade and still wearing long sleeves and covered shoes…)


Here it is! I’ve been wearing it every day since I finished it, barring today because it’s just too warm (inside).


The pattern is a Brooklyn Tweed one, called Tinder, from an old Wool People edition. The yarn is the Rico Essentials superwash in Aran weight. I think I used about 12 balls. The buttons, like I mentioned before, I had already in the box. I looked the last time I was in Hickey’s, though, and they still sell them.


Raglan sleeves are not the most flattering on me but for a cardigan like this, I don’t think it matters hugely. The potential for SNUG is huge!


Overexposed! Sorry! But this shows the stitch pattern nicely and also the drape of the back when it’s left open.

This is knit from the bottom up. So, rather than working silly reverse stockinette, I knit the sleeves plain in the round and turned them inside out before I seamed them to the rest of the jumper. Other than that, I made it totally as per the pattern.

I finally got down to it at the weekend and reworked my numbers for my red cardigan. An ill wind, I suppose, as I decided that a cropped V-neck cardie would get the most use, as opposed to my original plan of a longer sweater.


I’m being supremely lazy and just knitting this directly off the old sweater. None of this ripping out business! Sure, it may grow one hundred leagues when I wash it, but what is life without a little suspense?


August 5, 2009

FO – Green Gable

Filed under:Finished Objects,News!,Summer Sweater Sprint — Aileen @ 23:19

This will be the last one for a while!

I finished this up in the middle of Winter and it quickly became one of those sweaters that could do no wrong!

Pattern: Green Gable, Pattern #28 from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008.

Needles: 7mm Knitpicks and DPNs for the sleeves. I didn’t bother going down to a 6mm or 6.5mm for the hems and cuffs.

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, 7.5 skeins for the 36 1/2″ size.

As you can see, it was the back and sleeve detail that really caught my interest. The shape of the hood was also interesting to knit – more like a sock with some short rows.

The sleeve cabling is very similar to that on the back and continues right up over the shoulders. I really like the neckline, too, as it provides the ventilation you sometimes need in such a heavy jumper.

Overall the pattern was fairly straight forward to work from, despite a few blatant errors in the cable chart. If you’re looking for a quick knit with a good amount of interest, this is definitely it. I think it would work quite nicely without the hood as well.


August 2, 2009

FO – Tangled Yoke

Filed under:Finished Objects,News!,Summer Sweater Sprint — Aileen @ 13:36

This one is almost a year old! I just never got around to taking photos of it.

Pattern: Tangled Yoke by Eunny Jang, from Interweave Knits Magazine.

Yarn: Felted Tweed by Rowan, about 8 balls.

Needles: 3.5mm. This is a funny one. If I recall correctly, 3.5mm is in or around the needle size called for. However, I needed to go down to a 3mm to get gauge… but I didn’t want to get gauge! This is because the pattern doesn’t accommodate a 36″ size. I did some sums and figured that if I knit the 34″ size with the bigger needle, I would fall somewhere between the 34″ and 38″ size. It worked!

Modifications: Apart from what I’ve detailed above, I made the body and sleeves a good deal longer. I had to reknit the button band twice or three times – I’m still not 100% happy with how it lies but it’s ok most of time. I also knit the body and sleeves in the round.

The pattern is a little convoluted in parts but overall was not too bad to follow. I don’t like how there isn’t a medium 36″ size but if you’re willing to put in a bit of work before you start, you can overcome that problem. The best part about the whole design is the marriage of a concept with the perfect yarn. It can be difficult to work with tweedy yarn if you don’t want to just knit a plain sweater. Anyway, this has become a firm favourite of mine.


July 31, 2009

FO – Owls Sweater

Filed under:Finished Objects,News!,Summer Sweater Sprint — Aileen @ 08:48

You might remember me posting about this one last Easter. This was one of my speediest knits ever but it still took me ages to get around to sewing the buttons on!

Pattern: Owls by the blogger ‘needled’.

Yarn: Cocoon by Rowan, 6 balls.

Needles: 6.5mm and 7mm Knitpicks if I remember correctly.

Buttons: 36!

Because of the big needles and thick yarn this knit up ridiculously quickly! The yoke was a lot of fun to knit and I really like the fit of it. As you can see from above, the waist shaping is knit in the form of darts at the back. I would definitely recommend this pattern if you’ve never knit a circular yoke before; it’s really straight forward. The buttons were a necessary evil but I think they were worth it!


July 26, 2009

FO – Skater Top

Filed under:Finished Objects,News!,Summer Sweater Sprint — Aileen @ 14:41

I finished this up a few months ago but never got around to photographing it.

Pattern: Layered Skater’s Top from Knitting Classic Style by Veronique Avery. There is a light mohair tshirt that is paired with it in the book but I thought that the undertop would make a nice thermal longsleeved shirt by itself.

Needles: 3.5mm (for the body) and 3.25mm (for the hem) Knitpicks.

Yarn: Baby Cashmerino by Debbie Bliss, from This is Knit; 8 balls.

Modifications: None, unfortunately… if I were knitting this again, I would make it longer by about 20 cm.

I lovelovelove the saddle shoulder shaping. I’d never knit it before and I think it is a shaping I will definitely come back to. It seems to look good on everybody!

I think I’ve said this before but I wish that Baby Cashmerino didn’t have the ‘Baby’ in the title. Everyone seems to forget that it is a perfect sport weight yarn because of it! There are a lot of patterns out there that call for a sport weight – sort of a light DK – and the Baby Cashmerino really fits the bill. The colour range has really improved in that weight over the last year, with stronger colours being brought in to complement the many pastels.

I know a few people have some beef with the Cashmerino range, mostly from a pilling point of view. From what I saw in the shop when I worked there, this seemed to be mainly with the Cashmerino Aran and mainly with people who insist on chucking their sweaters into the tumble dryer. I knit this sweater a few months ago and it still looks like new. Perhaps the Baby Cashmerino is more tightly spun than the Aran? Maybe it is a problem that befalls loose knitters? Or perhaps it is simply a sign of a well-loved sweater? Any jumper that’s worn enough is going to look worn, right? (Take my Central Park Hoodie for instance… never has there been a more obviously worn jumper!) Theories in the box below, please!

PS: I seem to have had a few issues regarding my hosting over the last few days… the index, category and archive pages weren’t loading and none of my posts were being picked up by RSS. It seems to have been fixed so you will probably find a cluster of posts all together so apologies for what looks like a bombardment!