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5 to Make: Mid-Weight Sweaters

Mid-weight sweaters knit at 5 to 5.5 stitches per inch are the Goldilocks of garments: they don’t take too long to make and you can wear them two or three seasons a year.

Here are a 5 sweaters that you’ll enjoy making with DK-weight or light worsted weight yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Madelinetosh Tosh DK, The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge, or Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino – and that you’ll enjoy wearing too!

BOYFRIEND

Boyfriend

Pattern: Boyfriend by Lori Versaci, Versaci Knits.
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Individual pieces are knit and seamed together.

GILLAM

Gillam

Pattern: Gillam by Kate Gagnon Osborne
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Worked in a combination of bottom-up in the round – sleeves and body – and seamed – sleeve caps to body. Tops are body, front and back, are worked flat.

AISLINN

Aislinn

Pattern: Aislinn by Amy Herzog
Gauge: 5.5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Knit in pieces and seamed together.

PALLADIO

Palladio

Pattern: Palladio by Jane Richmond
Gauge: 5.25 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Knit seamlessly from the top down.

PHILLIPA

Phillipa

Pattern: Phillipa by Isabell Kraemer
Gauge: 5.5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Worked seamlessly from the top down.

Remember to always swatch first! I know you want to jump right in – we all do – but it’s worth taking the time. You don’t want to knit an entire garment only to find out your gauge was off and that it doesn’t fit.

All of these sweaters are ones you could wear again and again. Pick one and cast on!

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Chesterfield

My first project of 2015 is complete – Chesterfield by Julie Hoover. I love knitting myself sweaters and it’s been a while since I made one. The timing worked out perfectly too. It’s FREEZING here in Philadelphia and Chesterfield is warm and so, so cozy!

Me wearing my new pullover!

Pattern: Chesterfield by Julie Hoover – includes options for a tunic length and waist shaping.

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in meteorite and stormcloud; held together throughout.

Size: 46-inch chest

Modifications: I used a longtail cast on and regular bind off instead of tubular ones. I omitted the stripes. My gauge was a little smaller than suggested, so I knit a size larger.

Chesterfield shoulder

I loved knitting with two strands of Loft. The resulting color is fantastic and it feels so warm and squeezable. I’d really like to knit myself a cardigan now with two different shades.

The pattern, like all Brooklyn Tweed patterns, is wonderfully clear, full of useful information and thoughtful details. This is definitely my go-to sweater for the rest of winter!

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Yoked Cardigan

Yoked Cardigan

Hannah Fettig’s Yoked Cardigan is one of those rare patterns that’s sized for everyone from a 6-month old with a 17 inch chest to an adult with a 61-inch bust. And even less common, it looks great on everyone. Kathy knit one for herself a few years ago and it’s been on my list of projects to knit for the shop ever since.

Earlier this fall I finally cast on with Classic Elite Liberty Wool. Liberty Wool’s printed colors change unexpectedly, which makes it really fun to work with. I used the shade called Painted Desert.

Yoked Cardigan

I knit the 21 inch chest size, which will fit a 1-2 year old. The Yoked Cardigan is worked from the top down, so there are no seams to sew. The button band is picked up and knit after the body is complete.

This is a wonderful gift for a baby or young girl. And there’s still plenty of time to knit one for the holidays!

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Ellery Poncho

Poncho

I love that beautiful drapey ponchos are in vogue right now! There’s no better way to look effortlessly stylish, stay warm and show off your favorite yarn all at the same time. The Ellery Poncho, the latest design from Loop staffer Erika Flory, does all these things, plus it’s fun to knit!

Knit with our beloved Hannah yarn, a luxe worsted blend of baby alpaca, fine merino and cashmere, Ellery is a piece that you will want to throw on as you’re running out the door every day – and you’ll look instantly polished once you do.

Poncho Close up

Ellery is knit all in one piece – edging too – with a pretty antler cable running along one edge. The cable is a simple to learn and adds interest to your stockinette. Finished with minimal seaming at one shoulder and then quickly steamed, you’re ready to roll.

This is an ideal holiday project to make for your mother, daughter, or best friend. The worsted weight yarn will knit up more quickly than you think and there’s no worrying about fit. You just have to choose their favorite color!

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Ellery takes 5 skeins of Hannah – Erika knit hers in hunter – and a 32-inch US8 (5.0mm) circular needle. Which color will you choose to wrap up in this winter?

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Introducing Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge, The Fibre Company’s new yarn for Fall 2014, arrived today with the trunk show for The Knightsbridge Collection – 15 beautiful, new designs. Laura and I fell in love with the yarn and the garments when we first saw them at the summer trade show – and we think you will too!

The trunk show is in the shop through the end of the month. Please come in to see and feel this collection!

Knightsbridge Yarn
65% baby llama, 25% merino wool, and 10% silk.
light worsted, 5-5.5 stitches per inch on a size US 5-6 needle.
50 grams / 120 yards

Knightsbridge

top row: Concordia, Black Pool, Bishop’s Green, Redwick, and Barley.
middle row: Bleu Tarn, Grasmere, Cornwall, Winesteeple, and Flintshire.
bottom row: Skyworth, Poole, Goldfirth, and Beaverden.

The Knightsbridge Collection
The 15 garments and accessories in the Knightsbridge Collection were designed by Kelbourne Woolens – The Fibre Company’s distributor – and by a number of independent designers. There are 5 pullovers, a cardigan, a shrug, a pullover vest, a cardigan vest, 2 hats, 2 scarves, a cowl, and a pair of legwarmers.

knightsbridge_collage

clockwise from top left: Harvey by Maura Kirk; Teegan by Courtney Kelley; and Maeve by Bristol Ivy.

With textured stitches, cables, and modern shapes – the designs are very fall and very wearable! A few of my favorites are above; see the whole collection here.

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Erika’s Harvest Cardigan

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The Loop staff is deep into a bout of Tin Can Knits Fever; all of their patterns just look so good! First Craig & I knit ourselves Flax sweaters and then Kathy knit a baby Flax. Now Erika has knit their brand new design, Harvest. She used Malabrigo Rios in Porcion and it looks wonderful!

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You may be familiar with Rios’s single ply sister, Worsted Merino (which would also make a lovely Harvest cardigan!). Rios is made with the same super soft wool used in Malabrigo’s Worsted Merino yarn with 2 important twists – it’s plied and it’s superwash! This makes it a great choice for easy to wear, everyday sweaters like Harvest. Vibrant and rich, the hand dyed hues create an irresistible palette!

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Harvest is knit top down, but using a very interesting construction technique. You start by knitting the back of the collar, then picking up stitches along the edge and continuing through the yoke and knitting the sweater all in one piece. Did I mention Harvest is a free pattern? It is! Pretty nice, eh?

Awesome job, Erika! I have to add this cardigan to my queue STAT!