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Brooklyn Tweed: Snoqualmie Cardigan

Baby, it’s COLD outside!
If you’re in the southern hemisphere you might have heard of the polar vortext that has Northen Europe in its grip – and if you are in Northern Europe you are probably as frozen as I am. Mama mia, that was all a bit sudden, wasn’t it?
While I’m waiting for spring with the rest of us long suffering Northerners, at least I’m prepared for the cold clothes-wise.

This is the Snoqualmie Cardigan by Brooklyn Tweed which I knit up in Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

This is the most delicious pattern and might be know even to the non-knitters amongst you, because Heather Lou of Closet Case Files started a knitalong for this a couple of years back.   Check out her finished cardigan too, it’s amazing!At the time I had other priorities, but in fact, I was so taken with the pattern that I got back to it last October, frogged this yarn from a different, rarely worn project and got


Mine came out a little more fitted than Heather’s and I really love wearing it. The yarn is so beautifully soft and cuddly! One thing I will say is that because it’s single ply it pills like hell, so I’ve had to give the cardie a good seeing-to with my cloth-razor. But who cares about pilling when you can envelop yourself into squishy, cuddly softness?

On my Instagramm there were people commenting how complicated the pattern looks. Well, I actually found it quite intuitive and I don’t think I had to frog anything. I am quite an experienced knitter though,  plus knitting cables probably is my favourite technique, so I’m never sure if my feedback on difficulty is any use to anybody else.

One thing I never manage to get right is the button hole size. They are too big, so the buttons pop open in no time. I promise, I will change this – some time.

Once I don’t get hypothermia from merely looking at the cami underneath the cardie I’ll show it to you too, because actually, it’s a nice change to the long line of Ogdens I made recently.

Until then: Keep warm!


Knit Fever!

I don’t know what it is, but after a hiatus of a few years when I did very little knitting I really enjoy it right now. So much so that I even stopped making UFOs – instead I made two projects from start to finish since the beginning of December without any procrastination at any stage.


Exhibit 1 is this cardigan.



The pattern is Vitamin K by Heidi Kirrmeier. It’s a top-down cardigan with waterfall front and without closure. I apologize that I can’t show you any better pictures, but this is the second attempt of photographing this cardi and it was ever so cold (plus I was prancing about outside the restaurant where my dinner was waiting for me which didn’t exactly increase my posing motivation).


The waterfall is created via increases at the front so that it forms a triangle that flows down in rather a pleasing fashion when you don’t keep hold of it 😉 . This picture is from my first attempt (sub-zero temperatures, both outside and for the motivation of my photographer).

Underneath you can see a dress to blog – but I just can’t bring myself to step outside in it again while it is quite so cold, so this might have to wait for another couple of months.


I loved knitting this! You start at the neck and work your way down. The eyelets serve as increases which help you get the width you need for the waterfall. The sleeves are knit straight after the shoulder section (I knit them flat because I hate knitting in the round with small circumferences, but I’m sure it would be perfectly possible if you are a fan). After the sleeeves the body is finished in one piece – which means that when you are done knitting there is hardly any seaming to do (only the sleeve seams) and tadaa- you are done! Perfect!

While we’re at it, let me show you my most regularly worn garment of 2016:


Yep, it’s this simple boring white T-shirt.img_5873

It’s a slight hack of one of the Burda patterns, I don’t even remember which one. While there is nothing special to it, it seems to have hit a nerve because whenever I put it in the wash I miss it immediately.

By the way: The jeans are RTW – shock horror! I’m kinda over skinnies at the moment and while I haven’t found the perfect non-skinny pattern I’m stuck with RTW… But hope is in sight, the latest Fashion Style (which I bought yesterday) has a boyfriend jeans pattern, so I ordered fabric and will try the pattern asap. Marianne of Foxgloves and Thimbles did a really interesting review of this edition if you want to know more. I bought it for the boyfriend jeans which are unusual in as much as the front pocket extends towards the back in one pattern piece, thus forming the yoke. I’ll report more once I know how it has gone. There also is one more pattern that struck my attention: a shirt-bodysuit. It’s a straightforward fitted shirt with a bodysuit attached so that your shirt will never ever untuck itself. I’m not sure I’m going to sew this because I wear shirts quite rarely, but I still like the idea of having this pattern in my stash, so Fashion Style/Knipmode 2/2017 get a definite thumbs-up from me.

Otherwise I haven’t been sewing that much recently. It might be because my sewing room is quite cold, it may be because I’m really waiting for spring now, but the temperatures are far too cold to even contemplate wearing spring clothes just yet, or maybe it’s just that I enjoy knitting more. Hopefully my sewing mojo will pick up again soon – and if it doesn’t the Dewsbury sewing meetup will surely give me new motivation. Can’t wait to get there!

The Moral Highground Cardigan


Aaaaaand I finished another cardigan! Remember when I kept wingeing that I has such a backlog of knitting projects that were lingering 3/4 finished or waiting for seaming? Well, in a round about way I made a promise to man up and go ahead and finish that backlog.

And would you believe it: I just did! I am now officially without unfinished knitting projects!

This cardie is the last of the lot (and it hardly qualifies as a backlog given that I only started it in July).


The pattern is from a German knitting magazine called Rebecca. However, the I added the cable panels to the centre front rather than ribbing because I wasn’t sure I wanted a button up closure. I figured if I feel like buttons I can still add some at a later stage and won’t need buttonholes because I can fiddle them through the gaps in the cables.


So far I am happy with the coziness as it is. I used Malabrigo Rastita in the Jupiter colourway (from this shop). It is is just the most wonderful yarn, really babysoft (it’s 100% merino). I have really sensitive skin and most yarns are slighly itchy for me, even when others think they are perfectly fine, but the Rastita really is beautiful. And I needed a lot less than I thought I would so I might even be able to make another project with the rest.


The pattern doesn’t have any shaping in itself, it’s basically rectangles for the front and back, but I think that’s a great canvas for all the cables.

Buoyed by my success in finishing my knitting backlog I even started, finished and made up ANOTHER cardie since! (And as soon as I remember where and what the sun is I shall post pictures – these ones are from the end of 2016 when we still did have sun…). So you see, I feel I’m well and truly on the moral highground with my knitting now. Let’s hope I won’t fall off, ey?!

Welcome to 2017!

Dear readers, I hope 2017 is treating you kindly?! I think most of us collectively breathed a sigh of relief for seeing the back of 2016, so I hope 2017 is going to be a lot better!


I’m seeing in the new year with a new cardigan! I’ve manned up big time and finished all my backlog of knitting projects! This cardi was a case in point: it only took about a day to finish what was left of sleeve 2 after the project had been sitting around for the best part of 2016 while I had got distracted with shinier things.


This is the Watson cardigan by Amy Butler. I got attracted to it for the combination of lace and stockinette stitch. This is the first time that I have used an English knitting pattern after only ever having used German knitting magazine patterns. In case you are not familiar with the difference: the knitting magazine patterns tend to be a lot less carefully written out. More or less you get a set of instructions telling you to use this pattern for x and that pattern for y cms. That means that the instructions for a garment may be a few lines long. All that works well enough for fairly boxy garments, and I’d never known anything different. The Watson cardigan has a few pages worth of instructions, partly giving a row for row account of what to do. There really isn’t any making it up as you go along possible, because you are shackled to the pattern a lot more than I was used to. I found that a little disconcerting at first, but by the end of the project when everything went as instructed to the last stitch I think I’m a convert!


The body is knit in one piece and the sleeves are grafted on after the body is assembled and knit in the round – so there was absolutely no handsewing to do after I had finished the second sleeve! So really there was no excuse for letting it slip for so long!


So here’s me with my determined face, promising to myself in a half-hearted new years resolution-kinda way that 2017 will be the year where I finish one knitting project before I start a new one.

AND I’m going to blog the last few makes of 2016 that I have pictures for – so I hope to see you soon here on this blog!

How are your new year’s resolutions going? Have they stood the test of week 1?



Can you appreciate the drama of what’s happening here?

Let me explain:

I like knitting and I HATE assembling the pieces. So much so that at the last count I have four projects that only need sewing together, one of which was supposed to be for Child 1 the year before she spent that year in Ecuador. Well, she’s been back since June…

Another cardi only needs about 25 cm of collar to be sewn and the buttons sewn on – but wait, I don’t seem to be able to find the buttons now because it’s been such a long time since I bought them.

So yes, I have a problem! But this make in the picture, a cardi in the most delicious Malabrigo yarn has to be finished soon as I know I really love wearing it plus the yarn was my birthday present.

So please help me: Any encouragement, tips for my predicament or convincing threats are much appreciated!

Knitting plans: A Cardigan refashion

A few years back I knitted a summer cardigan and wore it exactly –  never.


I took some real trouble over it, with loads of cabling on both front and back and I’ve always wanted a light weight ivory cabled cardigan. So what went wrong?

Well, for starters, inspite of frogging it twice I never got the CF band right.


Can you see how the CF dips down quite dramatically because the band does not have the right tension. So that’s the first thing I want to amend. I will frogg the existing band and add one of the right length AND made it a lot wider and make it into a shawl collar.


Also the sleeves really annoy me: they are a little long for a summer cardigan but also way to tight. They do fit, but it’s quite a close fit that I think doesn’t go well with the relaxed look of the garment as a whole. So I want to frogg the complete sleeves and make them 3/4 length but wider from the end of the ribbing onwards.

Hopefully these changes will make the cardigan into the much loved garment I always intended it to be.

Burdastyle 10/2014 #113: The Copying a Statement-Vest

Dear Reader,
read this first!

Ok, you are back? Good! Now, what you must know before reading this post is that I have an almost embarrassing girl crush on all things Gray-All-Day. I just love every single garment that Helena makes, I love the way she wears them, I love the way she writes about them. So it was only a logical step to copying her garments:



I hasten to add that I had wanted to make something drapey from this wool twill for a while and had narrowed down my choice to this pattern (Burdastyle 10/2014 #113) and one other one already. But when I saw Helena’s version and when she confirmed that it would equally well in a woven than in a knit (as specified in the pattern) the decision was made.


When I wore the vest for the first time I felt really strange as I don’t normally go for floaty clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of them, but I don’t seem to be able to carry them off – or even keep them on. Anything that’s not firmly anchored to my body seems to fall off in the course of a day. You would be surprised at the number of times one of my students shows up at the staff room, bearing a crumpled piece of clothing, saying (cue eye roll): ” You forgot your cardigan – AGAIN”.


So I was unsure about the vest at first – but actually looking at the pictures I love the way it drapes and floats and sways. So I guess I will just have to learn to wear it!


Well, no, this isn’t it, Chris!!!


Did you notice the cross-over-feet-position? I gather this is what you do in fashion pictures, because it makes you lower legs look half their size. Well there, I’m trying to up my modelling game 🙂

(Sorry, I had to laugh out loud even as I was typing this!)


Sewing this was really easy: There are just two pattern pieces, the collar is cut onto the front. I used French seams everywhere apart from the seam that attaches the collar to the body, I didn’t manage the the 3D- thinking that would have been necessary to make this a French seam, so I covered the normal seam in bias tape. Unlike Helena’s vest the edges aren’t sandwiched between bias tape, instead I folded the bias tape over and stitched it down. Cutting the bias tape from very, very slipperly rayon lining  was the only thing that took a long time, but if you use ready-made bias this is a very simple project indeed.

And guess what I found, this time AFTER I had made the vest, because I’m not a totally creepy sewing stalker: Look at this project from Lilysageandco: Debbie only also made a cream wool drapey cardigan! Can you believe I can be mentioned in the same breath as Helena and Debbie??!! I realise all this is a bit like when three friends wear the same clothes and there is always one that distinctly looks less cool in them – but still I am very happy and totally content indeed to be the hanger-on in this one!

I think I just got fashion cudos by association (aka FCA, which is very much a thing just as TFAD is, as you will find out in this post 😉 )

What are your favourite sewing-related acronyms?