make. wear. love. west retreat, 2016: Registration is open!

Registration is now open for the make. wear. love. west retreat for 2016!


Click here to register!

We can’t thank you enough for letting us be part of your knitting lives, and we hope to see many of you next April. We’re counting down the days – and until then, here’s a preview of what we’ll be enjoying:


As a refresher, the retreat will take place from April 7-10 2016 at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds, with teachers Norah Gaughan, Clara Parkes, Julie Weisenberger, and myself. You’ve got two options for attending: Students take 4 3-hour classes (one with each instructor), and wayfarers and students both spend a weekend immersed in the best sweaters have to offer. (Here’s another link to the brochure, in case you’d like to have another peek!)

It’s going to be an incredibly special weekend, and we hope you’ll join us. Happy knitting!

The MWL Fall 2015 retreat returns: Small Point Pullover

As we here at AHD impatiently wait for tomorrow to come, I thought it was a great time to share the final retreat design from our fall 2015 retreat with you all:


The Small Point Pullover.

At last year’s Asilomar retreat, I decided to step outside my usual wheelhouse and play with a new type of sweater construction. Small Point continues this trend: This sweater is knit from hem-to-hem, all in one piece.


This construction perfectly matched the feel I wanted from the Small Point design. The coast of Maine is rocky and breezy, and Small Point beach in my hometown is definitely a representation of that. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the beach, you want something casual, and layer-friendly. Warm, but not so stiff you can’t throw a frisbee or chase the tide.


The hem-to-hem one-piece construction winds up producing a sweater with a feeling that’s somewhere between a drop-shoulder sweater and a dolman – the lines are that of a drop shoulder, with generous (but not ridiculous) armholes, but the movement and freedom inside the garment is great, like you’d experience with a dolman. The lack of seam in the shoulder area produces an incredibly comfortable, beautifully relaxed structure to the garment. It layers well, it wears well on its own, and looks utterly fantastic in a lightweight wool.

Add some kicky stripes in beautifully matched colors, and the sweater practically knits itself – it took me well under a week to work up this sample! And I’ve been wearing it since.

I used Eden Cottage Yarns Bowland DK for the sample – a luscious, luminous sport-weight Blue Faced Leicester. I used the colors “Pennine Mist” and “Steel” for this sample, but honestly, I had a hard time narrowing down my choices! I definitely recommend this yarn for this garment – and if you’re looking for a source here in the states, our retreat vendor Yarn Culture carries a great stock.


Ready for the technical specs?

This sweater is knit in a single piece from the front hem, up over the shoulders, and down toward the back hem. Sleeves are created with a line of cast-ons; they’re ended with a line of bind-offs. After you’ve worked the sweater and bound off, the side and sleeve seams are a quick job.

When choosing a size, please choose a size that’s at least 2 – 4” above your upper torso. I’m wearing this sweater with 3” of ease in the upper torso, and could have happily gone to the next size up as well. There’s waist shaping on the back of the sweater only to keep things from being too boxy – but fundamentally, you’ll be most comfortable in this construction style if you have plenty of room.

You can find the pattern in my Ravelry store for $7.00, or purchase by clicking here.

I hope you like it – and can’t wait to see the versions you create!

make. wear. love. west retreat 2016 – join us!

I have been waiting for so long to share this news with you!

Of all of the many favorite parts of this job, the make. wear. love. retreats have to be at the top. These intimate weekends in gorgeous places steep you in the best our craft has to offer: There’s lots of laughter. There’s great food, and great yarn, and amazing instructors who help you think about your craft in a new way. There are no strangers – just new friends. By the end of the weekend, you’re energized. Inspired. And ready to tackle anything.

Today, I’m happy to announce the details for our 2016 spring retreat in lovely Pacific Grove, CA.


Download the brochure

The retreats take on some of the character of their locations, and the result is that our west coast retreats, located at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove CA, are relaxed and festive. We hope you can join us in this gorgeous 107-acre refuge by the sea for an amazing weekend of knitting, festivities, and instruction.

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The retreat will be held at Asilomar from April 7 – 10 2016. We’ll be joined by experts Norah Gaughan, Clara Parkes, and Julie Weisenberger of Coco Knits (in addition to Amy of course!).

We’ve changed things up a bit this year to let the Asilomar retreat evolve a bit, making the schedule a more even mix of smaller classes, and larger group events.

To reflect that change, this year there are two options for attendance:

  • Everyone comes together for meals and all non-class retreat events, both formal and informal. They include:
    • Lectures, meet & greets, and question & answer / demonstrations
    • Knitting with Amy
    • Fashion show / dessert gala including special retreat designs
    • Extensive marketplace party
    • Closing ceremonies with weekend-long secret ballot prizes
  • Come as a student, and get 4 classes over the course of the weekend
  • Come as a wayfarer, and enjoy your gorgeous surroundings during class time

The cost of the retreat is $945 for students, and $645 for wayfarers. (Attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging with Asilomar due to the breadth of options. Please download a room information sheet here to get a sense of your choices!)

Registration will open Wednesday, November 11, at 12:00pm Eastern (we’ll announce that registration is open here on the blog). When you register, you’ll choose whether you want to be a student or a wayfarer, and rank your classes if applicable.

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We’ll confirm your attendance via email within a week or so of registration opening. A non-refundable $250 deposit is due at this time; your remaining balance will be due by January 30.

We absolutely can’t wait to see you there.

Sweater Week, Round 3: The make. wear. love. fall 2015 retreat designs.

For round three of this year’s sweater week, I want to share the sweaters I designed for the fall 2015 make. wear. love. retreat in mid-coast Maine.


I love designing sweaters for our retreats each year. Coming up with a theme (this year: chilly-beach-walk clothes), playing around with the colors of the yarns our fabulous vendors will have, and seeing the transition from sketch to swatch to finished garment. This year, I decided to build two of the sweaters directly into CustomFit, and design one pattern in a construction I’ve been obsessed with lately.

I loved the freedom it gave me to devise three very different pullovers – and I’m thrilled to share them with you today.

Popham Beach


Popham Beach is an incredibly special place to me. I grew up clambering around the fort there, played in the water until my lips turned blue all summer long, every summer, and showed best friends from college the Milky Way in its breezy starlit nights. Now that I’m a slightly-less-hardy adult, a sweater of some sort is pretty much always necessary. This is the one I always wish for when I’m there.

You can customize your own right here in CustomFit, but are the details on my version: A low-hip pullover with comfy long sleeves, patch pockets, a wide scoop neckline. I’ve kept the fit relaxed and sweat-shirt-y by placing the waist shaping on the back only, giving a slouchier look than if the waist shaping were everywhere. (I’m wearing the pullover with an average fit.) Broken rib trims the whole thing up and is fun to work.

The sample is knit in The Fibre Company Cumbria, a new yarn I can’t say enough good things about. It’s a gorgeous wool blend with just a touch of mohair, which gives the fabric strength and a slight glow. It’s warm, it’s wooly, it’s everything you want your fall beach sweater to be. Create one for yourself by clicking here.

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Parker Head


Parker Head is a tiny little sub-village of Phippsburg, with a road that hugs the water and is barely one lane wide and gorgeous views of the end of the Kennebec River from most of the houses. My mother’s parents lived there when I was very young, and I have so many great memories of walking down the road to the wharf where my grandfather’s boat docked. I can still smell the water if I think of it.

For my memories of that gentler wharf, I wanted practical 3/4 sleeves (the cuffs don’t drag in everything), an easygoing stitch pattern, and a relaxed fit. This sweater, too, has waist shaping on the back only – and the front and sleeves are worked in a simple Dot Texture pattern. (The back is worked in Stockinette to facilitate shaping.) The wide mock turtleneck is versatile, layering-wise, and unfussy – but stylish, too. Jackie is wearing the sample in an average fit.

The sample is worked in The Woolen Rabbit Emma, in the color “Grey Goose”. This is a polwarth-silk blend – warm, with a slight sheen and drape from the silk. It’s an incredible material and I loved working with it. You can customize your own Parker Head pullover right in CustomFit by clicking here.

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Small Point Pullover.


I hope you’ll forgive me a bit of a tease with this one – Small Point is a traditional pattern, with a construction worked in one piece from hem to hem. The pattern is being edited, and I expect to be able to release it some time in the next week. Until then, here’s a bit of a taste!

It’s worked in Eden Cottage Bowland DK, in the “Steel” and “Pennine Mist” colorways. And I can’t wait to tell you the rest. :)


It’s hard for me to believe the retreat is over, honestly – and that I’ll have to wait a whole year before I can go back and talk sweaters in my favorite place on earth. To keep the spirit alive, let’s share our projects in one central place?

Whether you joined us or not, share your swatches and projects with us with the hashtag #makewearloveretreat – it will be so amazing to see them all together. Until next time, happy knitting!

Sweater Week, Year 2, Day 2: Options KAL with Rowan

Earlier this year, the wonderful people at Rowan approached me about doing a KAL.

When they released Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, the incredible Martin Storey did a Mystery KAL for the new line. They were releasing a DK version of the Pure Wool Superwash this fall, they said – the perfect workhorse sweater yarn. And when they were talking sweaters, my name came up. Would I like to take the baton from Martin and run a sweater KAL in the new yarn?

…you can probably guess what I said.

And this being me, you can probably even guess where I went with it: Obviously the KAL couldn’t be a mystery. And clearly there had to be a lot of choice involved, because no two people want to knit the exact same sweater.

“Think about it for a bit,” they said. “Let us know what you’re thinking and we’ll go from there.”

The freedom was heady. And so I’m very excited to share that starting on Monday, you’ll have the chance to knit a sweater with me through a different kind of KAL.


The Options KAL will run from October 19 through December 14, on the Rowan site (and discussion here of course!), with bi-weekly installments of videos, tips, and lots of mutual yarn admiration throughout. I’ll step you through choosing a size, making great sweater fabric, modifying the pattern to fit your needs, finishing, and more. Because I’m all about the choices, you get lots:

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Including mixing and matching among:

  • Cardigan or pullover options
  • Stripes, textured stitch, or stockinette options for each piece
  • Long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves
  • Crew neckline or V-neckline

I’ll be knitting along with you – a V-neck pullover option with 3/4 sleeves and a textured front and back. (And because I know at least some of you are interested – a free traditional pattern in 12 sizes with all of the options will be available from the main KAL page, but I’ll also build this design into CustomFit so that you can get a version written to match your exact measurements and gauge!)

I hope you’re excited – I sure am!

Rowan is running the main KAL page, and there will be lots of updates on Monday afternoon for the first installment – so keep your eyes peeled! And since I’m sure you want to get your yarn shopping out of the way before we begin, here’s a downloadable spec sheet for the design with a shopping list built-in.

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I can’t wait – which of the Options call to you?

Online sweater seminars with Amy!

Happy Tuesday that feels like a Monday, knitters!

As Amy said last week, one of her favorite things about her job is teaching. Live online classes, which we started offering this past winter, are a great opportunity to bring Amy right to your living room.


A live online class is a great way for Amy to connect directly with you. They’re very much like Amy’s live in-person classes: They allow you to control what we cover. You can direct the content, show Amy your work in person, and ask her your burning knitting questions – all live.

(The flip-side to this awesome liveness is that, unlike Amy’s Craftsy classes, the classes are not recorded – the participatory nature of the class makes doing so pretty impractical! So please make sure you’re available at the specified hour.)

These classes have gotten rave reviews in the past – here is our first set of offerings for this fall:

Advanced CustomFit

This class is for you if you’ve made your first CustomFit sweater (or three) and you’re ready to take it to the next level.

Want to add cables to your sweaters, but not sure how many stitches to add? Maybe you have a favorite pattern by another designer that you’re dying to adapt using CustomFit, mash-up style. Or maybe you have some other question about how to bend CustomFit to your will. This is the class for you! We’re offering two sessions of the Advanced CustomFit Seminar this fall. The cost is $40.

Sunday, September 27 9am-11am PDT/noon-2pm EDT: Register Here!

Saturday, October 24 9am-11am PDT/noon-2pm EDT: Register Here!


Put off finishing sweaters because you dread it, or make everything seamless?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Let Amy help you set in sleeves, pick up buttonbands, and match mattress stitch like a pro. Amy will fully customize the class to your questions and interests. If your set-in sleeves and picked up stitches don’t make you sigh with the beautiful simplicity of it all, then this class is for you! The cost is $40.

Monday, October 12 5pm-7pm PDT/8pm-10pm EDT: Register Here!


We hope to see you in class!

make. wear. love. west coast: the retreat designs

Each year, I create a design mini-collection for our fall retreat in Maine. Some of my favorite sweaters come from these little collections, and so when we decided to run our first west coast retreat, my brain immediately went to sweaters.

Drawing on my own knowledge of the Monterey Peninsula, which is both soaked in sunshine and often quite cool, I decided to create a collection of sweaters that would make great beach-wear.

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(From left to right: Spanish Bay, Sunset Drive, Pescadero.)

The actual release of these patterns will span two days, since Pescadero is a little different than what you’ve seen from me before! So for today, I’m going to start off with the two designs that are built directly into CustomFit: Spanish Bay and Sunset Drive.

Spanish Bay

Ask any knitter what sweater she prefers to wear in warm-again-cold-again weather, and a cardigan will top the list. And there’s lots of truth to those preferences!

Cardigans are easy to take on and off, forgiving in terms of fit, and flattering to all.

And I’ve personally always loved the slightly thicker, cotton store-bought cardigans that I wore on the beach, growing up. Spanish Bay is a nod to that nostalgia.

It’s made in Rowan’s Purelife Revive, which seems to have taken the place of the old Summer Tweed in their yarn line-up. I love this yarn. (For that matter, in terms of summer yarns in general? Rowan’s seriously got it going on.) It’s a lovely, heathered tweedy yarn made out of recycled cotton, silk, and viscose, so you get all of the nuance of color as from a traditional tweed… …but it’s smoother on the hands, less grabby when you knit with it, and all around a pleasure. I knit this sample in a week, and it wasn’t even a chore.

Spanish Bay is built right into CustomFit, so to get your very own, all you need to is fall in love with a yarn – we’ll craft the pattern numbers directly from your gauge. Want a little more detail? Check out Spanish Bay’s pattern page here, or on Ravelry.

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Sunset Drive

Contrary to popular opinion, pullovers make great warm-weather sweaters too! Though it’s absolutely helpful to knit them out of a lighter weight yarn. I’ve stayed away from fingering-weight designs, since I started pursuing a career in the fiber arts – the sad truth is that fingering patterns just don’t sell as well. But many of my pre-design-days sweaters are fingering and I love them all fiercely. Lucky for me (and hopefully you too), designing for CustomFit frees me up design-wise, in this way. As long as the design will look great in other weights as well, I can give fingering sweaters some time in the spotlight! And that’s good, because they deserve it.

You’ll never wear a hand-knit as comfortable as a fingering-weight sweater.

They’re light, they’re comfortable, and their fabric tends to be much, much closer to the kinds of fabric you can find in the store than that which we typically make with our hands. This means that the sweater will move against your body, and feel, more like a store-bought fabric. Except better, because now it fits you perfectly too! With this design, I went the tiniest bit funkier with my stitch patterning. I chose a shaping-on-the-back-only crew neck silhouette, with a super-wide lace panel on the (straight) front. I then added a lace panel on the roll-em-up sleeves, but only to a little bit above the elbow, giving some shape and style to this more relaxed silhouette. I love the result, and I hope you do too.

Thanks to a plethora of sock knitters in recent years, there are some stunning fingering-weight hand-dyes out there. I chose Anzula Squishy, in the Yarnover Truck-exclusive colorway “Minty Unicorn” (this sweater was for Lauren, after all, whose love of mint is well-documented). The tiny arrowhead lace pattern on this sweater is a snap to work, and looks great in Anzula’s wonderful colors.

Sunset Drive is also built right into CustomFit, so whether you’ll come along with me and knit fingering sweaters or not, it can still become your next favorite garment. (Did I mention Anzula also makes one of my favorite worsted-weight MCN blends?) For more detail as always, see either the Sunset Drive page here on my site, or within Ravelry.

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The final sweater in this collection, Pescadero, isn’t built into CustomFit yet. And there’s good reason for that — it’s very different than other sweaters you’ve seen me design so far. So I’ll be back later this week with more detail about Pescadero’s release, and a little bit behind why I created the sweater this way. Until then, have a close-up!


The next summer sweater KAL is on its way, so get your needles ready – it’s time for warmer-weather knits!

(One final note: Jackie and Amy will be traveling to the TNNA summer show this weekend, so if you’re there, stop by booth #1215 to say hi!)

Knitter’s Toolbox: For more than just sweaters

Hi everyone! Just a quick post today before I head off to pack the car for my weekend teaching gig. If you’re going to be in or near Kent, come on by! At the same time as the retreat registration opens on Monday, 12pm EST, I’ll be chatting with Beth Moriarty of Planet Purl about Knit Wear Love, and other things. But don’t fret if you can’t make it – the show will be on YouTube, too!

I’m so grateful for the lovely response that has greeted Knitter’s Toolbox, and thank you all for your kind messages and comments about it. I wanted to follow up on our initial post on the app with a little more detail.

It’s a well-kept secret that I knit things other than sweaters.

But I do! We live in a fairly chilly place, and have a moral objection to turning the heat up too high. So I knit indoor caps for the husband, and hand-knit socks and sweaters for the boys, and wraps and fingerless mitts to keep myself warm.


And I knit for babies, of course. (Who doesn’t knit for babies?) Here’s the yarn that I’m going to use to make Jackie’s new baby Eleanor a summer sweater:


…but somehow I don’t really blog about this stuff anymore. So someone could be forgiven in thinking that Knitter’s Toolbox was designed primarily for use with sweaters. Nothing could be further from the truth! (Actually, I do envision a sweater-focused version of the app in the future – something with dart and neckline calculations, sleeve cap generators, and such…)

So today, before we all head out into a glorious weekend, I want to talk a little bit about how I hope it will be useful in your knitting life – beyond sweaters.

Buttonhole spacer

Okay, you’ve got me. Mostly, buttons happen on sweaters. But they happen on all sweaters – even those adorable baby ones we churn out the second someone we know is expecting. And I don’t know anybody who truly picks up the number of stitches specified in the pattern, every time.

But occasionally, something else does come along with buttons – buttoned cowls come to mind – or buttoned mitts, or a hat. Or maybe you’re improvising something on your own!

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This handy little gadget is good for everything.

  • Know your gauge in your favorite sock yarn, and want to use it to make a hat? Measure your recipient’s head, subtract 10% or so, and put your gauge and the desired length into the widget. We’ll tell you your cast-on!
  • Know how many stitches your repeat needs for a lace scarf, and how wide you’d like it to be? Put your count and dimension into the widget, and we’ll give you your target gauge.
  • Are you more of a wing-it knitter, and chose your gauge and stitch count to please yourself and the patterning you’re doing on that funky pair of socks? We’ll tell you the circumference of the sock, and you can chose whose feet they’re for. :)

Shaping placer

I do, personally, tend to use this guy more for sweaters – changing a sleeve from long to short (or vice-versa), making a V-neck deeper than the one specified in the pattern, altering the shaping on a baby wrap sweater to account for an infant’s long body – but that says more about me than the calculator, I think! It can be used to help space shaping rows wherever you need to increase or decrease – be it on a shawl or shawlette, a shaped funky scarf, or for the top of a mitten.

Pickup calculator

It’s true, most button bands need you to pick up stitches along their edges. But I’m likely to find this most useful when I’m putting an edging on something else – a scarf, stole, or blanket, for example. Or if I got funky and did a log cabin blanket in differently-sized yarns. Or adding a chunky lace trim to a shrug that was knit in a floaty sport-weight. Or… well. You get the idea.


(My weekend, in wool.)

Whatever you’re knitting, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you all bright and early on Monday. Happy knitting!

make. wear. love. retreat: third annual east-coast edition

I’m so excited that the time has finally come for us to talk fall retreat. Knowing that we had lovely mid-coast Maine to look forward to definitely helped make re-entry after leaving Asilomar a little less harsh!

This will be our third annual make. wear. love. retreat in Maine, and we feel like the luckiest people in the world. We can’t wait to spend the weekend in Sebasco’s lovely surroundings again, welcoming new faces and reconnecting with old. Steeping ourselves in the best our craft has to offer.

These retreats are an oasis in time, not only for the attendees, but for us as well. It’s tough to describe the magic that happens each time as we let the rest of the world go and immerse ourselves in our people – but magic it is.

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The make. wear. love. retreats are about learning, and trying new things, and having inspiring new ideas. They’re about connecting with other knitters, soaking in the beautiful sunshine and ocean breezes, and having tons of fun in the most gorgeous place on earth:

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We hope you’ll join us at the third annual make. wear. love retreat: east coast edition. We’ll congregate in mid-coast Maine on October 1 – 4, 2015, at the Sebasco Harbor Resort. For more detailed information, please click here to download the brochure.

The festivities will begin with an evening nosh-and-welcome reception on Thursday evening. The rest of your time will be a combination of full-day and shorter classes, lectures, evening events, a fantastic marketplace… …and of course, quiet downtime to knit with friends old and new.

We’re changing up the learning format a little bit this year! We know that you like both in-depth learning and time to sit an knit in gorgeous surroundings. So this fall we’re extending the schedule through Sunday evening, and offering a mix of one full-day session and three shorter classes. We’re very lucky to have four special teachers joining me to be your knitting guides for the weekend:

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(Me, Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn of Kelbourne Woolens, Fiona Ellis, and Kim McBrien Evans.)

The setting is stunning, and intimate. There will be great food, great people, and all of the best kinds of learning.


Excited yet? We are! Fiona, Kim, Courtney, and Kate represent an incredible powerhouse of knitting information and are wonderful teachers, all. (Not to mention the fact that they’re awesome people and fantastic to spend a weekend with.) We’ve made the curriculum engaging but not exhausting – in addition to more traditional classes, you’ll participate in lectures, evening festivities, and get an intimate, conversation-filled weekend with our wonderful instructors. You’ll get access to a carefully-curated marketplace and special retreat designs. All against a backdrop of one of the most gorgeous places on earth.

For more specifics, get the brochure! Here’s a quick timeline for registration:

  • Registration will open at 12pm Eastern on Monday, May 18. We’ll link to a google form here on the blog. At that time, you’ll need to give us basic information like your name and email, tell us which classes you’d most like to take, and tell us a little bit about your knitting skill level.
  • Attendance confirmation, class assignments, and schedule will be sent by Wednesday, May 27. A non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due at this time (we’ll send you a Paypal invoice when we send your confirmation).
  • In mid-June, we’ll finalize the remaining details of your retreat weekend. Your balance will be due on June 30.

We hope you can join us. We can’t wait to pull up a chair next to you, breathe in the ocean air, and dive into all things sweater.

Catching up: Harrisville

Well, hello there! Long time, no see…

2015 has been incredible in many ways, but not so much on the sitting-in-front-of-the-computer front. Between my travel, the snow days you’re almost certainly sick of hearing about (or experiencing, depending on where you live!), and school vacations, this is one of the first days I’ve been able to just… work… in forever. So there’s lots of catching up to do! For instance, I don’t think we’ve talked about any of these things:


And I think I’ve knit 5 sweaters during the current KAL, none of which I’ve talked about…

…but first, let’s start with a few more sweaters I’ve been knitting that I don’t think I’ve mentioned. I want to start by talking about my design partnership with Harrisville Designs.

My own journey with Harrisville actually started when I was a kid – we mostly worked with the absolute least-expensive (acrylic) yarn that could be found when I was young. But my mom always had a little savings fund going for “the really good wool”, and every so often would make a very special garment out of it. Harrisville projects were my favorites of that smaller collection of items. While I think they’re gorgeous in the hank too, the true beauty of these yarns doesn’t fully come through until the items made with them are worn, day after day, and year after year.

Over time, the things you’ll make from these yarns will soften, bloom, meld, and relax, the way a really good pair of shoes will. (You know the ones I mean.) Except that unlike the shoes, they’ll continue to look just as good – if not better – than the day they were knit. Of all of the sweaters in the giant set I bring to my classes, Acorn Trail (out of Highland) gets the most love. It still looks as good as the pattern photo, and it feels even better.

So needless to say, when Harrisville first approached me to design for them I was thrilled.

I’ve done 3 sweaters with them now, the latest of which was released just last week. Can I show them to you? (By the way, Caro Sheridan gets the credit for all of these incredible photos.)


Leatherleaf (here’s a Ravelry link, too) was released in Harrisville’s “Spring Thaw 2014″ collection. It’s a flirty little thing, knit out of their Silk and Wool blend, a wonderful, nubby yarn that I’ve used several times now. (I like it sooo much.)

While I originally intended for the sweater to be worn with a couple of inches of positive ease, I think it looks great when worn more fitted, too. It’s a fairly quick and simple knit, and I keep meaning to knit one for myself – it’s a nice blend of the classic and sporty styles I’m personally most comfortable in. I can imagine it with several of the skirts hanging in my closet that are just waiting for warmer weather.


Bennington (here’s that Rav link) was my chance to design for Harrisville’s Autumn collection, using their glorious WATERshed yarn. WATERshed is a light, medium-twist woolenspun yarn, similar to Shelter but more structured and durable. I found it to be a joy to work with, and for an Autumn collection, knew that I wanted to work with some deliciously cabled pattern. The front of this cardi is quite plain, and intended to be worn open. (Be sure to choose a size that’s large enough to let the cardigan fronts hang nicely!)

In fact, Harrisville is running a KAL for Bennington – and I can’t wait to see the sweaters! (It’s okay to be dreaming of autumn before winter is even done, right?)


And finally, there’s Hemingway, which has just been released as part of Harrisville’s winter collection. (Here’s a Ravelry link.) I can’t say enough good things about FLYwheel, the yarn I used for this cardigan. It’s a completely exquisite yarn – a sport-weight relative of WATERshed, except that description can’t convey how perfect a sweater yarn this is. It’s warm, it’s light, it’s the perfect size and tweediness for stitch patterns.

And so, I designed a sweater that I wanted to wear (badly). Cabled, relaxed, comfortable, with just a bit of shaping. The kind of thing that will work with my jeans, my cord skirts, my fall dresses. With boots, with clogs, with an old pair of converse. Know what I mean?

I hope you like it. I’m ridiculously excited about it.

Want to see another picture for good measure?


(And is that sweet dog not the most adorable thing ever?) So that’s that – another stop in the line of pinch-me-experiences I’ve had since leaving my day job to pursue the fiber arts full-time. What’s on your needles these days – and what sweaters are you looking forward to making this year?