I know- it’s crazy, but I’ve another new sweater for you! Exciting!
This one’s feels pretty on the nose for me, as it’s just starting to get cooler out, and I’m dreaming of getting into the thick of fall. And there’s nothing that says “autumn” to me better than a thick, cabled, over-sized wool sweater. (Though, honestly, this is really more of a “deep winter” sweater if you’re a normal person, and not a cold-blooded lizard person like me. My husband tried it on and managed maybe five minutes before he started to overheat.)
It’s the Olympic Pullover!It’s named after the Olympic Peninsula, the gorgeous part of Washington between the Puget sound and the Pacific Ocean. It’s full of lush forests, misty coastline and snowy peaks. (And it’s where Twilight was based, if that gives you an idea. Though I imagine that people that live over there don’t love that reference.) It’s the perfect place to traipse around in a woolly cabled pullover.This sweater is beyond simple- dropped shoulders mean almost no shaping, and everything’s worked in pieces and sewn up, so it would make nice travel knitting. Plus, the cables look super-complicated, but once you get them established, they’re pretty simple.
You can get a copy of the pattern here, or grab the whole collection (highly recommended- there’s some great sweaters in here!) here.
And this one’s a little out of my usual wheelhouse, because:
It’s a fingering-weight sweater worked on US3’s. Why? Because I’m a crazy person.
It’s colorwork! I love how colorwork looks, but all things being equal, I think I’m more of a cables person. I love a big squishy sweater. (OK, I love making a big cabled sweater. I’d wear either in a heartbeat.)
Anyway, without further ado, let me introduce the Piper’s Creek Pullover!It’s a long-sleeved yoked pullover, made with Palette yarn from Knit Picks (though you could use really any fingering-weight wool). It uses at least 7 (count em) different colors (great for using up leftover scraps!), but could be easily modified to use as many colors as you have on hand. I made mine for my husband with a gray background and blue, red and yellow details. It’s a great unisex sweater, and a fun, simple knit (assuming you don’t mind miles of US3 stockinette).
I will say one thing though- the neck on the sample in these pictures ended up kind of funny, so if you want to make a Piper’s Creek Pullover (which I highly recommend), here’s what I would do to avoid the weird neck. First, make sure that you’re only doing the number of short rows called for in the pattern, or maybe even reduce the number by one or two, just in case. Second, make sure to work the colorwork nice and loosely (tight shoulders will make the neck funnel up, like it is in the pictures). And third, make sure to block the sweater so the neck goes nice and smoothly into the shoulders. Worst case scenario, if the neck ends up terrible even with all those precautions, you can always rip it out from the top down (or cut it out), pick up your neck stitches and work the neck and collar that you prefer after the sweater’s done. (Though, that seems like a lot of work…)
Want to pick up a copy? Grab the Piper’s Creek Pullover pattern here! Or get the whole Palette collection here!
Time for another new pattern! It’s one that’s dear to my heart (or feet). And it’s in Knit Picks’ newest collection: Simply Socks, which is all about those socks you want to knit again and again and wear every day.
These are my Truly Everyday Socks. If you’re related to me, they’re probably really familiar to you, because I’ve been making them for years and have been given out on more than one Christmas morning.
They’re a super-simple top-down sock with 2×2 ribbing at the top, a turned, reinforced heel and nice, neat toe. I’ve covered the leg and instep with a really simple knit/purl basket-weave pattern that you’ll be able to memorize before you’re even an inch into the first sock. I love these socks. I’ve made probably a dozen pairs using this basic pattern over the years. They’re unisex and utilitarian, but not boring (to wear or knit), and could easily be sized up or down. Plus, they’re a great way to show off that special skein of hand-dyed yarn you’ve got squirreled away.
Head over to Knit Picks and pick up a copy of my Truly Everyday Socks, and make yourself a pair (or twelve).
I know you’re probably tired of hearing about this gosh dang blanket, but I am so stinking proud of how it turned out that you’re going to have to hear me out once more. But this time, I promise I’ll make it worth your time.
Because I wrote up the pattern, and here it is for free!
This blanket was so fun to work on (sure it took forever, but It wasn’t the bad kind of forever)! It’s a simple 2-row repeat (and one of those rows is just knitting), so it’s perfect tv knitting. It’s a great way to really indulge in your favorite worsted/dk yarn (though I highly recommend trying the madelinetosh Farm Twist– it was an absolute delight). The simple pattern of the blanket lends itself to all manner of interesting stripe combinations. I like the simple asymmetric scheme I’ve got here, but you could do even stripes all the way up, random stripes with scrap yarn, or maybe a big old rainbow! How fun would that be?As written, the Parkside Throw is a generously-sized throw blanket, big enough for two to snuggle up with on the couch (or big enough for a single blanket-hog), but the pattern could easily be modified. Add more pattern repeats for a larger bed-sized blanket, or reduce the number for a baby blanket or lap warmer.
And, if you start now, it’ll be big enough to snuggle up under by the time the weather starts to cool down.
It’s been a minute since I have been able to say this, but, guys, I have a new pattern for you!!
Introducing, the Hurricane Ridge Pullover!It’s a super-cozy, extra-comfy, everyday sweater in the softest superwash wool you’ve ever seen.I love this sweater, for real. I’ve got one in a gorgeous deep red that is just a delight to wear. It’s made with super-soft Provincial Tweed (which, despite my turbulent relationship with my last Provincial Tweed project, I love dearly). It’s soft and warm, and you’ll want to wear it every day.The Hurricane Ridge Pullover is a super simple knit. It’s worked seamlessly from the bottom up and features an asymmetrical split hem, raglan sleeves and a generous shawl collar (perfect for staying warm on cold hikes through the woods).
(And I know, this post is kind of supposed to be a self-promotion post, but, dang if Knit Picks didn’t hit it out of the park on this collection. It’s as if they designed a whole book of patterns just for me- so much tweed, so much texture, and so many cozy sweaters! Definitely check it out.)
Have you seen the new issue of Interweave Knits?It’s all about cables! And you know how I feel about cables. (I’m pro-cable, if that was ever in question.)
Look at this wrap! That’s an impressive amount of cables.Definitely something I’d make- I mean, come on! It’s a massive wrap covered all over with intricate, squooshy cables. Yes please.
Oh, wait just a second… look!That’s right! I’ve got a pattern in Interweave Knits!
I’d say it was a dream come true, except that I never really believed that I’d be able to do it. I remember buying back-orders of Interweave in high school because I couldn’t afford to get an actual subscription. It always seemed so fancy, so professional. I always though “Man, those Interweave designers must really be experts.”
And now I’m one of them! Hot dog!
Harper Point Photography and Interweave
I’m almost as excited about the pattern as I am about just getting it published- The Herring Cove Wrap is a massive wrap- a gorgeous tangle of multi-strand cables. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the results are totally worth it. The example in the magazine is worked in delicious Shibui Knits Drift– an insane blend of cashmere and merino that shines like silk but feels like a cross between a kitten and a puffy white cloud. (But if you don’t have hundreds of bucks laying around to blow on yarn, any soft, squishy worsted should work well.)
Harper Point Photography and Interweave
You can order a copy of the magazine (online or paper) here. Or, take a trip to wherever magazines are sold!
What?! Two new patterns two weeks in a row?! Crazy!
That’s right! I’ve got another new pattern in the newest Knit Picks collection, Dapper!It’s a collection of super-gorgeous menswear. Handsome sweaters!Snazzy accessories!And a pullover from yours truly that I’m really proud of!Introducing the Georgetown Henley! It’s a two-color pullover with raglan shoulders and a buttoned Henley collar. The body is worked in my favorite stranded broken seed stitch (which means the colorwork looks really intricate, but is actually a cinch to make!). And the cuffs, hem and collar are worked in solid color, contrasting with the main body.A sweater that’s perfect for just about any man in your life (or for yourself… I’ll be honest, sometimes I steal the one I made for my husband), the Georgetown Henley is a great addition to anyone’s sweater collection!
New pattern day! And even better, it’s a free pattern!
Introducing, the Modernist Dishcloth!It’s a simple square of seed stitch, with lovely blocks/stripes of color based on my favorite painting at the Seattle Art Museum.It’s a Mark Rothko and is named (creatively) “#10, 1952.” It’s a beautiful painting, and even more gorgeous in person. I love the way the contrasting colors play against one another, and the subtle textures in each color block. I mean- that cornflower blue in the bottom half of the painting… come on!
If you ever get a chance to visit the SAM, definitely check out the Rothko. But, if you can’t make it, maybe try your hand at working up a little Rothko-inspired dishcloth.Grab the pattern here!
I’ve got an early Christmas Present for you! A super cute (if I say so myself) and super quick pattern for those last few people still waiting for gifts.
Two-Tone Mitts!These simple fingerless mitts are shockingly fast to knit up, really cute, and surprisingly flattering. The minimalist design means that they look just as good on men and women, young or old. Knit up a pair in your dad’s favorite team colors. Or make some for your niece’s new school. Or maybe you have an aunt who loves a particular shade of blue.These mitts are surprisingly thick and warm, knit with Knit Picks’ Swish, and they’re machine washable (important for gloves- or at least important for my gloves. I always manage to spill my coffee everywhere). But, if you don’t have Swish in your stash, any firm worsted or DK weight yarn should do the trick.
Want to knit up a pair for yourself? Grab the pattern for free here:
Let me introduce you to my newest pattern, the Zagged Cowl.It’s knit with Knit Picks’ newest yarn, Woderfluff. It’s super soft and light and cozy, yet surprisingly strong (because it’s not actually spun- it’s a teeny tube of nylon filled with baby alpaca and merino). (But really, you could use any bulky yarn.)
The Zagged Cowl is worked in the round with no shaping, just garter stitch and an impressive-looking oversized cable up one side. The pattern only uses one skein, and works up on big (US 10.5) needles, so it knits up super fast. Talk about a great holiday gift!Head on over to Knit Picks to pick up a free copy of this pattern (and maybe a skein or two of Wonderfluff)!