New Design: The Gate Sweater



Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

 My newest design in the Winter issue of Knitscene – the Gate Sweater.

Sweater Details:
Sizes 30 (35, 40, 45, 50)" bust circumference; shown in size 35"
Yarn Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk; 124 yd [113 m]/50 g):
• camel, 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins
Gauge 20 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st
• Size 6 (4 mm): 32" circular (cir) needle
• Size G (4 mm) crochet hook
• Markers (m)
• Stitch holders
• Yarn needle 


Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I was inspired to design this piece from an episode of Downton Abby! I remember during one of the many hours of watching that fabulous show I was taken in by something Lavinia was wearing. It was a blouse that had a lace motif that crawled across the shoulder. I loved how it looked and then began thinking of how that would translate to a knitted piece.

The answer for this piece was by knitting the sweater sideways. Being that the rest of the sweater is in stockinette it turns out to a pretty simple piece.


Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I finished off the bottom with a little seed stitch border to keep it from rolling. I hope you all enjoy knitting up one this fall! It would go perfect with a dark pair of jeans and boots!

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It's been a whirlwind month over here and I apologize for the absence! My husband and I had a little traveling to do and I had another fantabulous deadline to prepare for which left the blog a little lonesome. 

There are so many good things to share including my first sweater pattern in print! I'm only a wee bit excited about it. Not that I know the exact page number or anything like that. 

It's a simple sweater with a little peek at the sleeve. I originally imagined it being knitted in a dark color in a yarn with lots of drape like silk or bamboo. For the magazine I knitted it in cotton and added some random stripes. To be honest I loved this result too!

I took a quick shot of myself wearing it before I mailed it out. Sorry for the cropped head – my hair was rediculous that day.

I like that the top I first envisioned as a "going out" top can be transfored into everday wear. I hope you'll grab a copy of VK and cast on one! 

To the queue!

Happy knitting!


summer stitches

My knitting loves the summertime.  It doesn’t matter how hot it is, my fingers can’t stop moving! Do you remember how quickly I knitted the Bridges vest from last year?  I’ve got lots of beautiful knitting time… well not exactly…  I have a little something they call a wedding to plan so I guess I won’t be wipping out  FOs left, right and center, although I will certainly give it a shot!


I’ve started the Honeymoon Cami from Knitty with some Rowan Purelife cotton.  So far so good.  I really like the yarn, it softens up a ton as you knit with it and although my gauge is a little tight my swatch relaxed a ton after washing.  Of course I’m a little off on the timing, making it more an engagement cami than a honeymoon one.  I figured this is a good answer to all those people who have asked me what I will knit for my wedding.  To be quite honest I am not planning anything but Nonnahs and I have been putting our little engaged heads together and are scheming a lil’ something.

I’ve also just casted on for a cute beret that my LYS just got in by Kate Jackson called the Poppy Beret.  The yarn is GGH Soft Kid.  I haven’t worked with mohair in a while and totally forgot how sticky the stuff is! I casted on and wanted to rip back but it wasn’t having it!  After that first try I am now well on my way…

Poppy Beret in Blue

In other fun knitty news, check out who’s the designer for the circular baby blanket in the fall Knit Simple magazine! I’m so excited! I hope if you’re making baby blankets you’ll consider this one, it’s got an interesting construction – 6 garter stitch triangles and then you sew them all together! It’s a great travel knit because you’re not lugging the whole blanket around.  Hope you like it!