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Custom Fit: Fun with Sweaters

I am super excited to finally start my first Custom Fit sweater. The brainchild of designer Amy Herzog, the Custom Fit program allows you to create sweaters that fit perfectly because they are created for your specific measurements. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that during our recent yarn crawl I ended up with a ridiculous amount of …

Acorn Trail pattern by Amy Herzog

Yarn Discovery Tour

Passport in hand, I’ll soon go on the Yarn Discovery Tour,  learning more about the yarn shops in my new(ish) domicile in Northeast Ohio. I purchased my “Passport” from The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls. Any of the 15 shops participating in the Tour sell the Passports. The list is impressive! Even given more than two weeks for the Tour, I wonder whether I’ll make it …

Mork

Why is it I’m always a season behind in my knitting? Ah well, there’s just enough winter-ish snow for this lovely, warm sweater to be useful for another week or so. “Mork” is designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. I love patterns that are both relaxing to knit and also interesting. Worked in worsted weight, the knitting progressed quickly, while the cables kept my interest. Even …

Gnarled Oak Cardigan

Any knitter who has known me more than five minutes knows that Alana Dakos is one of my all-time favorite designers. I finally had the chance to make her Gnarled Oak Cardigan from the book she co-authored with Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits. I used Madelinetosh DK in the Grove color. I love Alana’s attention to detail. – Resources: Coastal Knits …

Tea Leaves Cardigan

You might remember the Tea Leaves Cardigan I used for my experiment in stabilizing top-down sweaters. Here it is, completed. The pattern was well-written and fun to knit. I use Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Amber Trinket colorway.  I’m pleased to say that after wearing it many times, the neckline didn’t stretch and the shoulders didn’t droop. My stabilizing experiment …

How Buttons Become Vests

It all started with buttons. My friend Katy and I were playing in the button section of our local yarn shop in Cambria, the Ball & Skein & More, when we fell in love with the same buttons. She had a penchant for the green and gold version, while I liked the red. Katy, being brilliant and creative, immediately latched …

Gnarled Oak Cardigan Progress

For me, one of the greatest pleasures in knitting is working a particularly beautiful pattern and motif. That’s how I felt when I finished the oak leaf motif in the yoke of Alana Dakos’s Gnarled Oak Cardigan The photo shows a small bit of the detail. I’ve wanted to make this sweater for forever! I’m using Tosh DK in the Grove …

Stabilizing Seamless Sweaters, Part 3: Neck Edging

If you follow my blog, you’ll remember that I’m on a quest to put stability into the top-down seamless sweaters that I make. Too often, I’ve watched my beautiful sweaters grow droopy around the shoulders and ever-larger in the neck as time goes by. As you may remember, I’ve been wanting to make the Tea Leaves Cardigan for forever. I’ve been working …

Stabilizing Seamless Top-Down Sweaters, Part 2: Adding Shoulder Seams

In my first post about adding stability to a seamless top-down sweater, I described how I strengthened the neckline by casting on a couple of rows into the pattern, then picking up stitches and finishing the neckline as you would a typical seamed sweater. The picked up stitches prevent the neckline from stretching out. Now that the neckline piece of the stability puzzle is …

Forest Weave Top

I recently finished this top, Forest Weave by Yumiko Alexander. The yarn in Schulana Kilino, a worsted linen/cotton blend. – I enjoyed the clever design, with its big cables separated by dropped stitches. And I’m so proud of myself, for once completing a summer top in time for summer!