Sidewalk Sweater // Grown

November, 15th, 2016

Photo Cred: Erica B. Studio + Design

Here we are at the 7th sweater for review from Grown, the Sidewalk Sweater. I am definitely starting to feel like a broken record, but in case you’re just hearing about the book, check out this post from the release for all the details and how you can order your copy! The blog tour is starting to wind down but a few giveaways remain; all the links have been updated to take you directly to the relevant posts for easy access to more than you will ever need to know about my latest collection.

Sidewalk Sweater is worked in Lorna’s Laces Cloudgate.  I first worked with Cloudgate when I designed the Katy Tunic. It has cozy softness and incredible depth. I love how fast it knits up!  Yarn choice really has a lot to do with the finished style of this design. Cloudgate has just enough of a sheen and color depth to dress this sweater up.  Using something more flat in color, like the Spud & Chloe Outer in the kid’s version, is even more casual.

The inspired children’s design for Sidewalk is the Outdoorsy Sweater from Knits for Boys.  The overall look was definitely maintained, but the adult version also includes instruction for optional waist shaping. The children’s version is also shown with more ease than on my adult model.

The sweater is only shown on a woman but I hope seeing the child’s version on a younger guy helps you to see that this design is definitely unisex.  I suggest 4-6″ of positive ease for a man wearing this sweater and of course you will probably want to skip the waist and hip shaping options.

Here’s the cuff unrolled.  This sweater is super classic and the design is beginner friendly.  There are three sweaters in the book that I think make great “first sweater” projects and this one is probably at the top.

Because of the simplicity of this design, I think it is so interesting that this sweater is the most favorited design from the book on Ravelry! I would have guessed one of the more complex projects would hold that spot.  But then, this sweater is both so very knittable and wearable and the Outdoorsy Sweater was also the most popular design from Knits for Boys.  I really should not be surprised.

Sidewalk is knit from the top-down with raglan style seamless sleeves.  The collar is knit doubled so that it looks great inside and out.  You can crochet the cord like the pattern instructs, or you could buy some twill a la the Brecken Sweater for a more casual look.

Of all the sweaters in the book, this is definitely the quickest knit.  It contains a lot of warmth, but it is not overly bulky and if you layer with a tank, works even with milder winters.  Trust me, I should know!

This was another sweater knit by Linsay (LittleLippyEwe).  That speedy lady!


Brecken Sweater // Grown

November, 1st, 2016

Photo Cred: Erica B. Studio + Design

If this is the first time you are hearing about Grown, check out this post from the release for all the details about the book and how you can order your copy! The blog tour has crossed the halfway point; all the links have been updated to take you directly to the relevant posts for easy access to more than you will ever need to know about Grown.  I feel very honored on receiving support from each of these knitters!

The Brecken Sweater (Grown) & Brochan Sweater (kid) are pretty closely related, as you can see. The colorwork was adapted for a larger yoke and placement was adjusted a bit. Also, the cuffs are worked a little differently.

In the child’s version, the hem is actually tacked under so that it can be let out later for additional length.  Since most grown-ups aren’t continuing to grow taller, this isn’t necessary and I’ve taken out this particular feature.

This sweater has always made me want to go on a fancy ski vacation. I would absolutely wear it around town in my Boots With The Fur and cozy leggings sipping on fancy hot chocolate.  I would venture most of you might go with coffee, but I don’t drink coffee and so Hot Chocolate it is!  Now you are in on my fantasy.

This sweater was in our very first photoshoot for the book and I came back so totally hyped up about the entire project because I could finally see everything coming together. Before this shoot, I had been debating on whether I should print the book.  These pictures made me do it.

Thanks to Linsay (LittleLippyEwe) for sample knitting this one for me. Linsay absolutely flies with her knitting.  It is incredible. I consider myself to be a pretty fast knitter but I get nothing done compared to this talented momma.  She knit two other pieces in the collection as well.

Brecken is a top-down & seamless raglan-style sweater. The colorwork is very minimal, which makes it appropriate as a first-stranding project.  I also think the sweater would be cute with stripes only or even some colorblocking if you like the shaping but aren’t crazy about fair isle.

The sizing is Unisex; like many of the sweaters in the collection it is appropriate for both men and women.  You can see how great it looked on little Jesse in the child’s version and the colors are really the only thing that could push it towards men or women. The book includes some notes on how to make it more feminine if you prefer, but I didn’t have Linsay work any modifications in this sample–it is knit as written.  If you don’t love my twill ribbon at the neck, you could also crochet a chain or knit an i-cord with your yarn. I personally liked the contrast with the twill but you won’t offend me if you go another way!

It is knit in Plucky Knitter Scholar 2.0 (worsted) which also makes it slightly heavier than the children’s version done up in Plucky Sweater (DK).  There is no end to your color combination options with Plucky Knitter at the helm. I love how this yarn feels after blocking. It has a beautifully soft bloom that draws the colors together just so.

 I really think I could say this about most of the sweaters in this collection but this one is just so wearable. It is cozy, it is not too heavy.  Friends who live in mild climates (like I do!) won’t be burning up with just a tank underneath in a worsted weight. Maybe skip your Boots With The Fur though… ;P

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Artisan Sweater // Grown

October, 24th, 2016

Photo Cred: Erica B. Studio + Design

Say hello to Kim!  She is my most famous and often used adult model :) In addition to that, she has traveled the country with me to help in the Tot Toppers booth at a variety of shows like Stitches and SAFF. Some of those travels included screaming babies in the car over long distances, getting lost on the Turnpike, sleeping in close proximity to howling dogs… the list goes on.  The good news is that they have also introduced her to things like Rombauer and my extended family.  Kim has also been a sample knitter in the past and she is part of my knitting group. I have known her for years and her daughter, Naia, has also modeled for me and has really grown up all of a sudden. Featuring her in the book was a no brainer.  Thank you Kim for always being a supportive friend and encourager to me!

If this is the first time you are hearing about Grown, check out this post from the release for all the details about the book and how you can order your copy! The blog tour is well underway and it has been such a pleasure to hear perspectives from a myriad of viewpoints.  You can really learn a lot about the book by checking out what others have to say.

I think this sweater is the most fun. Because you get to be picky and creative and basically do the fun parts of designing your own sweater without getting bogged down in the math. Artisan is the grown-up version of Imagination Sweater from Knits for Boys.

This pullover is worked from the top down with raglan-style seamless sleeves. The neckline is super cozy and depth is created with some basic short rows.

Artisan features Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted.  This yarn is such a lovely choice for colorwork.  It is so soft to the touch, the merino strands blend perfectly and you do not have to worry about felting your project accidentally since the yarn is superwash.

The pattern provides 20 colorwork options; you choose which ones you want to utilize. You could choose to alternate between just a few or use a whole bunch like we did. In the child’s version, I used 7 different colors.  Here, we stuck with 4.

Another cool thing about Artisan is that it is a unisex design, along with about half of the others in the book. The sweater is pictured on John as well as Kim, and you can see how it is styled to fit both of them.  Having John throw on the sweater was something I decided to do the day of the shoot.  I am so glad it worked out so that you can see how it looks on a man and a woman.

Kim is wearing it oversized and both the sleeve and body length are as written in the pattern.  In the book, I talk about some very easy ways you could tweak this design (or others with unisex sizing) in order to make them a little more feminine if you desire.

Another sweet friend of mine gets knitting credit for this sweater! She seems to always pick the tricky ones when she sample knits, #overachiever.  She and I had to work together on the collar to make it just right so we got to pass the sweater back and forth a couple of times; thankfully she lives right down the street.  Bless you Renae for another beautiful sweater.