Sometimes I think that maybe September is the wrong month to finish knitting a nice wool sweater. Why? I am finding myself wishing away whatever remnants of Summer weather are still remaining. That’s kind of a shame, when you think about how many months I spend eagerly anticipating that exact weather!
Here it is, 7:30pm on the first weekend of fall, and I have the back door wide open. Several windows, too. It’s a lovely, lovely night. But I can’t help but wish that maybe it could be a teeny weeny bit chillier so I could put on my new sweater.
I’m stubborn, so I’ve worn it a few times anyway. And of course I was too warm with it on. But hey, it makes me feel good to be out and about in a new garment that I made myself! Especially one that involves so many bits that I designed myself. I can’t really say that this is a Tea Leaves Cardigan anymore, when I’ve replaced so much of it with my own ideas. It’s kind of a hybrid. A stepping stone to a fully Lisa-designed sweater (oh, yes, it is coming, my friends – I already have ideas for further customizing this bad boy).
This was the fastest sweater I ever knit. Usually, they take me about a month. This one? 18 days. Whoa. I wonder if I’m a speedier knitter than before? Whatever the reason, I’ll take it.
I am enjoying comparing it to the other two. Notice how the first two have the same yoke? Or how the last two have the same hem and cuffs?
How about a tour of some details?
I’d love to share the entire pattern for this sweater, but since there are big sections of it that are just the exact Tea Leaves Cardigan pattern, I really can’t do that. What I will do is share the changes I made to that pattern. If you already own it, you can just plug my changes right into it. If you don’t own it, but want to, here is the Ravelry link.
Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland wool, 220yds/100g): 5,(5, 6, 6, 7, 7, ) skeins in “Persimmon.”
One set of 5 US #7 double point needles.
One US #8 (5mm) 32″ circular needle.
One US #7 (4.5mm) 32″ circular needle.
One US #6 (4mm) 32″circular needle.
One US G (4mm) crochet hook.
Change needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.
20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with #7 circular needle.
Chest: 34 (36, 40, 42, 46, 48)”. (I made the 40).
I eliminated the ruching, and replaced it with two rows of 2×2 rib. To accomplish this, replace the entire YOKE section of the pattern with the following:
- With #6 circular needle, cast on 90(90, 96, 96, 102, 102) sts. Do not join.
- Rows 1-6: Knit all sts.
- Rows 7-11: With #7 circular needle, purl all odd rows and knit all even rows.
- Row 12: (RS) (yoke increase row) *k1, k1f/b repeat from * across entire row. 135(135, 144, 144, 153, 153) sts on needle.
- Row 13: Knit.
- Row 14: With #8 circular needle, *k2, p2, repeat from * across entire row. (It is alright not to end on a purl).
- Rows 15-20: Knit all knit sts, purl all purled sts.
- Row 21: With #7 circular needle, knit.
- Row 22: (RS) (yoke increase row) *k2, k1f/b repeat from * across entire row. 180(180,192,192,204,204,216) sts on needle.
- Row 23: Knit.
- Row 24: With #8 circular needle, *k2, p2, repeat from * across entire row. (It is alright not to end on a purl).
- Rows 25-30: Knit all knit sts, purl all purled sts.
- Row 31: With #7 circular needle, knit.
- Row 32: (RS) (yoke increase row) *k3, k1f/b repeat from * across entire row. 225(225,240,240,255,255) sts on needle.
- Row 33: Knit.
- Row 34: Purl.
- Row 35: *K9(9,9,4,4,4) k1f/b* repeat from * to * across entire row. 247(247,264,288,306,306) sts on needle.
- Work back and forth in stockinette stitch until yoke measures 7.5(8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 9.5) inches.
- On next RS row, separate sleeves.
Body and Sleeves
Where you are instructed to do a number of rows in garter stitch, disregard and work 10 rows of k2 p2 rib.
Before working this section as written do the following: with G hook, sc into each stitch across neckline.
I made these from polymer clay (as usual!) but they’re much simpler than the last few times. I mixed up an orange to match the sweater, and swirled in a little bit of yellow, since there is also a bit of yellow in the heathered yarn. I used small cutters to cut these out, poked pilot holes, and rubbed a small amount of gold metallic powder over the tops of them.
After baking, I drilled more uniform holes, lightly sanded off much of the gold powder, and buffed them on the buffing wheel.
I’m happy with the results, although they might be a smidge brighter than I wanted. I would rather learn to love them, though, than have to sew on a new set (I hate sewing on buttons!) so they’re staying.
And that’s that! My new September Sweater. I am in love.
Basking in the glow of this sweater, I have already started thinking about the next one. Gray and black stripes would be kind of cool, don’t you think? Maybe I need an October Sweater. Hee hee!
P.S. Here’s the Ravelry link, if you like.
UPDATE: I started from scratch and wrote up an entire pattern/tutorial for a sweater very similar to this one. You can get it in the Download Shop. Thanks for your interest!
No tutorial, just the 4-page pattern PDF.
INTERMEDIATE level, step-by-step knitting tutorial.
Fully illustrated, 16-page PDF.