Chuck Sweater

Have you ever knit something that just comes together perfectly that you want to scream from the top of a building, ” I did it! I have created the ultimate fitted sweater!”

Well my Chuck Sweater is this knitted object. Everything from the color to the final fit just came together to form a fantastic garment. Often when knitting sweaters something goes a little wonky, but not with Chuck. The pattern and charts were easy to follow, I enjoyed working with the yarn and seeing the pattern unfold in my lap.

I used Cascade 220 Superwash in Dark Periwinkle (discontinued). I love Cascade 220 for sweaters as it has nice stitch definition and is an affordable wool.

In the past, I have had fit issues with Andi Satterlund’s patterns. My sweaters have either come out too small or too large. Andi designs with a retro fit in mind which generally means negative ease. My body shape (short torso, muscular frame) often isn’t compatible with her designs as written. I generally make modifications and/or give my sweaters to others. Figuring out the right garment proportions for my body is something I continue to struggle with despite me having 16 years of knitting experience. However, I had great optimism for Chuck. The design works from the back shoulders and over the chest area before it is joined under the arms. This construction was great for me as I could try on the garment as I knit.

My final result? A sweater that I love and fits my body shape wonderfully! I really enjoyed the Chuck pattern as it had just enough difficulty (cabling on front panel only) that I felt challenged without feeling overworked. I had never tried a project with this open cable pattern so I was glad I expanded my horizons.

What handmade garment have you made that has resulted in an amazing fit?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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New Pattern: Crossing Diamonds Headband

The Crossing Diamonds Headband is a great piece to add to your everyday knitwear collection. This headband features a basic cable pattern that forms interlocking diamonds. This design is a great seasonal transition piece. It can be worn as an ear warmer or further back on the head as a headband.

This Crossing Diamonds Headband is perfect for those who are just learning to cable knit or who want to brush up their skills. The headband is made as a flat piece and then the edges are seamed together. This project is gauged for US Size 8 (5.0mm) needles which make it a quick knit without being too bulky. Small/Medium/Large sizing is included. Plus it is a stash buster!

Yarn: 30-40 grams of DK weight yarn needed
Gauge: 5 sts and 6 rows in stockinette stitch = 1 inch
Finished Measurements: Height 3.25 inches/ Fits head circumference of 20-21 inches (small), 22.25-23 inches(medium), 25 inches (large)

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From now until 4/30/17 this pattern is only $1.00 on Ravelry.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Stash Buster: Knitted Infant Hats

Do you have mini skeins or leftover yarn from a larger project in your stash?

Is it sock weight/fingering weight yarn?

Do you want/need/desire to make a project that is guaranteed to be instantly gratifying?

Do you love to make cute little items for cute little people?

If you answered yes to 2 or more of the above questions then it looks like you are up for making a simple and quick baby gift. Hats make a great gift for the newest little ones in your life.  Parents appreciate the love you put into making a handmade item and let’s face it, it makes their baby look darn cute.

This is a recipe (aka not a pattern) for a basic infant beanie. For sizing, I use these measurements from Bev’s Country Cottage. Feel free to add adornments such as bows, flowers, buttons, and/or patches.


Materials: 

At least 30-40 grams of fingering weight yarn (for sizes newborn-12 mo)

US size 3/3.0mm knitting needles (either DPNs or circular) * I used the magic loop method

1 stitch marker

Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 7 sts and 10 rows per 1″

Abbreviations: K= Knit st, P= purl stitch, k2tog= knit two stitches together

Brim: Cast on the number of stitches needed for the sizing you have chosen (example: with my gauge I cast on 100 stitches for 3-6 mo infant hat to give me a 15″ circumference). Join the stitches in the round while making sure not to twist the stitches. Place your stitch marker.

Rows 1-10: K1, P1 across all stitches.

Body: Knit all stitches until you reach 1″ below your desired length (for a 3-6 mo hat I knit for 5.5 inches from the edge of the brim )

Crown: Begin decreases.

Row 1: Knit 9 sts, k2 tog across all sts.

Row 2 and all even row: Knit all sts

Row 3: Knit 8 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 5: Knit 7sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 7: Knit 6 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 9: Knit 5 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 11: Knit 4 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 13: Knit 3 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 15: Knit 2 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 17: Knit 1, k2tog across all sts

Row 18: K2tog across all sts.

Finish: Cut an 8-inch tail. Thread tapestry needle and weave the needle through the remaining stitches on the needle. Turn the hat inside out and weave in the ends.


Enjoy!

-Whit- 

Favorite Knitting Photos

Arg it is only the beginning of the work week and my mind is done. So instead of composing a blog post for you, I will provide some photos of my favorite knitted items. Enjoy!

(For project information please hold cursor over the photo)

Hopefully, my writing mojo will return soon.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Stacks Hat

Since my birthday is approaching I am offering a 32% discount on the Stacks Hat. Buy this pattern before November 13th and enter the code: BIRTHDAYGIRL.
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I am delighted by this pattern as it represents my design style so well. I love a clean look with an added element of interest. The Stacks Hat features a classic shaped beanie/toque with an added textural surprise. Instead of using the traditional ribbed stitch, I incorporated a twisted knit stitch. By doing this, the ribbing takes on a raised three-dimensional look.

 

The Stacks Hat is a quick project that is sure to keep you warm during the months of cold weather. It is a one skein project and the choices of yarn to knit with are endless.


(Featured: Red Hat uses Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in Fireside; Grey Hat uses Dark Star from Crooked Kitchen Yarns)

Want the pattern? Please stop by Ravelry  and purchase your copy.

 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-