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:

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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.)

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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.

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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?)

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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?

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(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?

CustomFit at Stitches West 2015

Looking for a little CustomFit motivation and encouragement?

Lauren will be at Stitches West to spread some CustomFit cheer – so come say hi!

With BIG thanks to the generosity of our buddies at The Yarnover Truck for letting us borrow a corner in their booth for a few hours, I (Lauren!) will be offering both a limited number of measurement appointments, and an informal CustomFit Q + A / show-off session.

So if you want to get started with CustomFit, or if your first CustomFit sweater didn’t turn out as you’d hoped, or you just want to come and talk to the source, this is a great chance.

Here’s a quick run-down of my schedule for the weekend:

Saturday, Feb. 21st

  • Measurements 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Measurements 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • CustomFit Q + A – 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, Feb. 22nd

  • Measurements 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Want more details?

CustomFit Q + A

If you have questions about how to get started or where your sweater went wrong, or just want to talk CustomFit, come by the Yarnover Truck in booth 1048 between 4:30 – 6:00 pm on Saturday. This is an informal session — no set schedule. If you have trouble with your gauge changing, bring some swatches! Not sure about your armhole depth? Show me a sweater. Just need to understand how CustomFit works? Not to worry, I’ll have my iPad with me and I can show you. Most of all, I’m excited to see (and Instagram!) your finished CustomFit sweaters.

Measurements

Measurements cost $20 and require pre-registration/pre-payment. Each session will last 10 minutes, so please be on time! You can register right here. You’ll immediately receive a confirmation email, and then I’ll get in touch later this week with more details and an appointment time.

We’d love to measure everyone, but I’m going solo at Stitches this year (Amy’s travel schedule is crazy this spring, and Jackie’s got a little one coming soon!), so we have just a few slots. If you’ve been measured by us before, please note that in your registration so we can give priority to those who’ve never been measured.

Football update

We’ve also crowned a winner from our Super Bowl Giveaway! As the sad loser, I’ve picked out a sweater quantity of Rowan Felted Tweed in a lovely purple, to send to our lucky winner Anne:

I’ll take a stab and say Patriots will win. While I may or may not be watching, I’ll be finishing up an overdue test knit for Laura Aylor.

Anne, I’ve emailed you, and I hope you finished your sweater! For a consolation prize, I’ll also be sending a CustomFit gift certificate to a Seahawks fan. Next year is our year, I just know it. Kathy, I hope you wear the sweater you worked on this year for next year’s game!

I’m finishing the custom Featherweight I started before Christmas ( and which got interrupted by the holidays (should be done tonight or tomorrow at the latest). I love the Quince & Co. yarn.

Thanks for playing, everyone!

Where did January go? (a little giveaway!)

January hit us hard here at Amy Herzog Designs! After we got back from TNNA, I came down with a killer cold that laid me out for nearly a week. I could barely knit, which is the worst kind of sick. And just a few days later, my fiancé and I packed up our apartment and moved to a different neighborhood. Sadly, packing (and then unpacking!) boxes is not conducive to finishing a Deep Winter KAL sweater… but I’m trying my best. photo

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, the flu hit Amy’s kids hard. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say there’s been some puking. The one good thing (?) about sitting with sick children is that you get a lot of knitting done… she’s on track for several sweaters this KAL!

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As for Jackie, she’s been working hard to wrap up everything before her little one arrives sometime in the next month or so.

We’re still getting a bit of knitting done, while planning for the next sweater too.

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How’s your Deep Winter KAL Sweater? Have you made good progress? Lots of folks have already posted sweaters in our Ravelry group, and there’s some great in-progress shots under the hashtags #wintersweaterKAL and #makewearlove on Instagram!

Even though January’s got us under the weather, we’re looking forward to February. Want to know why? All of us are big football fans, and there’s a little something going on the first of February …

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To thicken the plot, we’re rooting for opposite teams. Being from New England, Amy and Jackie are die-hard Patriots fans. And you know I live in Seattle — home of the defending champions, the Seahawks, my favorite team since my junior year of college.

We’re upping the stakes! Amy and I have decided to make a bet on the winner of the game — and the winner of our bet will be one of you. Post a comment predicting who will win the Super Bowl, and what you’ll be knitting while you watch it (or while you don’t watch it).

(Hint: the right answer is the Seahawks.)

(Amy would like to note she disagrees!)

We’ll pick a lucky knitter from one of you who chose the winning team, and the loser of our little bet will send the winner a sweater quantity from her stash, plus one coupon for any CustomFit sweater. Let the games begin!

Who’s going to win, and what will you be knitting?

Thanks everyone! Comments are now closed, and we’ll be crowning a winner in the next post.

make, wear, love retreat: west coast edition

Of all the things I love about my job (and there are many many things I love about my job), our annual retreats have to be right up at the top of the list.


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They’re an oasis in time, not only for the attendees, but for us as well. Because something special happens when a whole bunch of kindness of knitters come together: We let the rest of the world go, and soak up gorgeous surroundings, beautiful materials, and the inspiration of being around 80 other people who are our people.

We learn. We try new things and new ideas. I’ve felt privileged to be a part of that for the retreats we’ve run on the coast of Maine these past two years. At the same time, I understand that coastal Maine is just too far for some to travel, even for knitting.

So there was really only one thing for it: I knew we needed to add a retreat to our list in 2015, on the West Coast, in another beautiful coastal location I was lucky enough to call home, once: Pacific Grove, CA.


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We hope you’ll join us at the first make. wear. love retreat: west coast edition. It will be held on May 1 – 4, 2015, at the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.

The festivities will begin with dinner on Friday, followed by an evening welcome reception. The rest of your time will be a combination of traditional classes, intimate focus sessions, personal consultations, lectures, a curated marketplace… …and of course, quiet downtime to knit with friends old and new.

We’re very lucky to have three special teachers joining me to be your knitting guides for the weekend:


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(Fiona Ellis, Clara Parkes, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.)

Excited? We sure are. Stephanie, Fiona, and Clara 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 the weekend with!) Combined with an exciting – but not exhausting – curriculum in a stunning setting with tons of great yarn near at hand?

A heady thought, for sure. Get more specifics by downloading our brochure, and here’s a quick timeline:

  • Registration will open at 12pm Eastern on Monday, November 10. 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. (Are you a newsletter subscriber? Check your mail, because subscribers will receive advanced access to the sign-up form starting at 9am Eastern.)
  • Attendance confirmation, class assignments, and schedule will be sent on Wednesday, November 19. 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-January, we’ll finalize the remaining details of your retreat weekend (including meal preferences and personal consults) – and start counting down the days to the beach bonfire!

We hope you can join us. We can’t wait to pull up a chair in one of the most gorgeous places on earth, and dive into all things sweater.

Three yarns, three women, three sweaters.

Vogue Knitting Live was, of course, bundles of fun – even if I did spend every non-class moment curled up with some Sudafed. Teaching is one of my most favorite of things, and it’s always wonderful to see fellow teachers and exhibitors at these large events.

I returned home to the kind of Halloween fervor only ninja- and monster-obsessed little boys can muster, but I’ve still managed to get a fair amount of work done. In fact, I can finally share three more fall sweaters with you! The sweaters have been done for some time, but we haven’t been able to add them to CustomFit until this week. (It’s not really interesting to explain why – maybe I should just leave it by saying that sometimes even the programmers themselves have a hard time estimating the difficulty of programming tasks?)

So to everyone who saw these sweaters in person, a month agothanks for your patience. I’m very pleased to say that the make, wear, love retreat sweaters for 2014 are now available within CustomFit.


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The Harbor Island Cardigan.

The Harbor Island Cardigan is relaxed, friendly, and warm – just the ticket for chilly nights in front of a fire or for a walk along the coastline. Its long sleeves, longer length, and deep V neckline layer beautifully. A textured stitch pattern is fun to knit and subtly showcases a beautiful yarn.

The sample is shown in Indigodragonfly’s Sad Lester DK, an utterly gorgeous 100% BFL yarn that knits like a dream. It’s wooly, a little on the gruff side, and glorious to wear. We used the color “The New Black”, but Kim produces gorgeous, saturated shades – so find a color that speaks to you!

While the design was originally conceived with stitch patterning only on the bottom of the sweater. Lauren changed things a bit to balance her shape and make the sweater her own. Her extra-long sleeves are super snuggly, and the ribbing at the top of her sweater as well as at the bottom adds interest to the shoulder area and balances the stitch patterning at the cardigan hem. I like the way it looks so much, I’ve included instructions for both in the CustomFit patterns.

You can adjust fit, sleeve length and sweater length to suit your own preferences as usual; Harbor Island is shown here in a relaxed fit, low-hip length, and full-length sleeves. You can create your own Harbor Island directly within CustomFit.


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The Pilot House Pullover.

The make, wear, love fall retreats are always held in a beautiful spot in coastal Maine where I grew up, and I try to create sweaters that would be at home in the region. The Pilot House Pullover is definitely “dressing up” fare, in my hometown, but who doesn’t like to be a bit fancy every now and again? It’s a comfortable, simple pullover to knit, with a diamond lace panel and simple scoop neckline. The lace adds a nice visual touch without fighting with the gorgeously-shaded colors of a hand-painted yarn. It also provides interest for the knitter in an otherwise-simple design.

For this sample, I used The Woolen Rabbit’s Sporty Kashmir in the colorway “Forever in Blue Jeans”. This yarn is an incredibly soft, 3-ply Sport Weight and is made from 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon. I highly recommend it! If you’re using this yarn, you should aim for a stitch gauge of around 6 stitches to the inch to get a fabric like the one shown.

I recommend choosing either a ‘close’ or ‘average’ fit for this pullover, which looks best when worn either next to the skin or with a thin layer. I’m wearing it with a close fit. You can make your own Pilot House Pullover right here in CustomFit.


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The Round Cove Cardigan.

The Roundcove Cardigan is as classic as it gets. Elbow sleeves, tiny buttons, and 1×1 ribbing pair with a gorgeous yarn and tailored shaping to create a piece you’ll wear day in, and day out, for years to come.

Of the three make, wear, love retreat designs, this is the simplest – and an excellent showcase of how utterly classic a simple sweater can be. If you’re nervous about dipping your toes into sweater knitting, this would make a gorgeous first garment.

This design will work beautifully in absolutely any gauge. I have a special place in my heart for fingering weight sweaters, though – and so the sample is worked in The Uncommon Thread’s Posh Fingering. It’s a delight both to knit and to wear – a lovely, light yarn in beautifully shaded tones made from 70% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere. (Yum.) It’s shown in color Plata.

Stateside, you can find Posh Fingering at the wonderful shop Yarn Culture (both brick-and-mortar, and online.)

This cardigan will look lovely at any fit. As shown, the cardigan was generated with an average fit – but as you can see, Jackie’s measurements have changed since she’s expecting! In these pictures, I think it looks more like a close fit in the shoulders and bust. You can create your very own Round Cove Cardigan here in CustomFit.


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I hope you love all of the sweaters as much as we do! Just looking at them reminds me of the wonderful time we all had, and makes me homesick. Happy Halloween to all who celebrate, and we’ll see you soon!

Rhinebeck!

Rhinebeck was, naturally, glorious.

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The trees were beautiful, our CustomFit meet-ups were super fun, I signed some books (which still gives me a thrill), and I spent some fantastic down time with dearly-missed friends.

…And since karmic balance is a real thing, I came home with one of the worst colds I’ve had in years. I don’t remember the last time when a simple cold caused me this much grief! I’ve spent a couple of days looking groggily at the people around me, sipping tea, and knitting. (I finished the pieces for that #FFKAL sweater, by the way, and immediately cast on for another garment which is now almost finished. I love that my fingers know what to do even when I’m not coherent enough to string 2 words together.)

And today I’m headed to Chicago, for Vogue Knitting Live. I love these teaching weekends, and it’s always a bonus to go somewhere I haven’t spent a lot of time, so I’m especially looking forward to this one. I’ll be bringing the one secret project I’m working on, to finish, and I’ll also be plugging away on this:

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My Tern (in color Barnacle) arrived for my Featherweight, and I had to take a half-hour or so and get started. Isn’t it a lovely color? I’m working the Tern at about 6.5 stitches to the inch, which is about as loose as I can ever imagine going with this yarn, and I can’t wait to be wearing this thing.

Sweater Week: Featherweight

It’s no secret that I love the process of helping knitters achieve sweater nirvana – i.e., a garment that fits well, and that they love to wear. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I do.

And it always gives me a particular thrill when I’m helping them start with someone else’s design, and identifying the modifications they’ll need to make to get a sweater that they love. It’s fun when we’re doing it with pencil and paper; it’s been even more fun to help people “mash up” a CustomFit pattern with a traditional design they’ve purchased.

For today’s Sweater Week installment, just in time for Rhinebeck, we’re taking it one step further.

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Hannah Fettig’s wildly popular Featherweight Cardigan is now built directly into the CustomFit site.

What does this mean?

Each new CustomFit Featherweight pattern is created specifically for you. You’ll get a finished sweater with the same gorgeous look and versatility as the original, but the pattern is crafted on the spot exclusively to your exact specifications:

  • We create the pattern specifically for your gauge. This means you can knit Featherweight at any gauge you like – the only thing that matters is whether you like your fabric!
  • We create the pattern specifically for your body. This means you don’t have to worry about choosing the right size, adjusting for differently-sized hips, busts, waists, shoulders, and arms. The set-in sleeve construction of this version of CustomFit Featherweight allows us to make a Featherweight pattern that will fit you everywhere.
  • You get to choose whether you’d like the original ¾-sleeve and shorter-length Featherweight pictured, or whether you’d like to adjust the sleeve and sweater length. The pattern will be built to your exact choices.

Excited? We sure are!

To celebrate, we’re running a KAL!

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We hope you’ll knit along with Hannah and I, here in the CustomFit Featherweight KAL group on Ravelry. Let us and the community support you as you choose your yarn, cast on and knit your Featherweight! Make sure to check out the Nitty Gritty KAL details on this page.

(Also: Many, many beautiful Featherweight cardigans have been knit from the original pattern. And if you have this version and want to participate in the KAL, you’re more than welcome to! We’d love to have you. A CustomFit Featherweight opens up a bunch of new possibilities, though, so we hope you’ll check it out!)

The KAL is sponsored by the amazing Quince and Co:

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If you’d like to knit a fingering weight version, take advantage of our sponsor’s special offer: Buy 4 or mores skeins of Quince & Co. Tern and receive 10% off! Offer good 10/16 & 10/17 ONLY, coupon code FEATHERWEIGHT.

I’m so thrilled about this new step in CustomFit’s evolution. (Not to mention being excited about knitting my own Featherweight, which I’ve wanted to do for years now! I’ll be using Tern, which is one of my all-time favorite yarns.)

I feel strongly about the importance of marrying wonderful design with well-fitting sweaters, and am beyond thrilled to be working with Hannah, who I admire very much. Sweater Week will continue throughout the weekend, and I’ll be back on Sunday with a post about fabric, specifically focused on Featherweight in different gauges and blends.

Until then: Here’s to fantastic and fully-customizable sweaters!

Sweater Week: Rhinebeck Plans, and Amy’s #FFKAL sweater(s?)

Today in Sweater Week news, I wanted to share some of my own #FFKAL plans, and give you all a heads-up about where we’ll be & what we’ll be doing at the New York Sheep and Wool festival this weekend.

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I’ve knit a few sweaters so far this fall, but I’m not sure whether any of them really count as FFKAL sweaters. They’re all sweaters I am enjoying greatly, they’re sweaters I’d enjoy wearing in “real life”, so perhaps they count…

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…but on the other hand, somehow I haven’t thought of them as KAL sweaters, in my head. I don’t know why, truly.

Maybe it’s because they weren’t imagined solely as part of the KAL. The ideas for them came from all over, and included more inspiration than just “What would I most like to wear this fall?”. Which is fine of course! But for whatever reason, I’ve felt like I haven’t been fully participating in this KAL so far despite the frantic pace of my needles.

That changed this week.

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As of this week, I have a plan that came from musing at my own closet, I have an absolutely incredible wool that I’m beyond excited about. I also have a dozen outfits I want to wear with this sweater. This sweater feels totally indulgent to me, and I can’t wait to share progress with you!

Where in the New York Sheep & Wool Festival are Amy and Jackie?!

Unlike the past few years, I’m planning on spending my Rhinebeck in my favorite of relaxed-crowd-ambling mode. For most of the festival, Jackie and I will simply be wandering the fairgrounds. I’m impatient for the whole weekend in the best way possible. So if you see us wandering about, come say hi! We’ll have a bag of CustomFit buttons to share, and I’d love to see your festival sweater.

But we’ll be doing a couple of more “official” things too, and I’d absolutely love it if you’d join us for them as well.

Buttons! A CustomFit button helps tell the world how you got the awesome sweater you’re wearing, what you intend to use to knit your next sweater, or just that you think CustomFit is cool. We’ll have them with us, and they’ll also be available at the incredible Spirit Trail Fiberworks booth.

Book signing! I’ll be signing copies of Knit to Flatter in the book tent on Sunday from 1-2pm.

CustomFit Meet-ups! We’ll be doing two this year, on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30pm, and on Sunday from 11:00am – 12:00pm. We’ll meet in the grassy, fieldy, leaf-strewn bits across the path from the lost and found / building E overhang (kind of between the number 13 and the main gate in this picture of last year’s map). If you joined us last year too, we’ll do the meet-ups in the same place. We’ll do a group photo each day, and we’ll also do a group Q&A session. So bring your questions, sweaters, and your awesome self! I can’t wait to see you.

(For those who have asked, we won’t be doing measurements this time around. I’d like to change up the experience from last year’s rapid-fire one-on-ones (which were wonderful but totally crazy-pants), and spend the meet-up time talking to everyone as a group, instead. If you’re looking for help with measurements though, don’t despair! We’ve got a new measurements tips & tricks video up on our YouTube channel, and there is a fantastic collection of CustomFit LYSes who’ve been fully trained, too.)

For me at least, the meet-ups are about getting together and sharing the inspiring feeling of loving the garments you’re knitting. I really hope to see you there.

Free CustomFit patterns! One more bit of awesomeness from Spirit Trail: not only will they have CustomFit buttons in their booth, but they’re running an amazing show special – purchase a sweater quantity of yarn, and get a coupon for a free CustomFit sweater. (This is a good idea in general, by the way! Leaving with a sweater quantity is practically a yearly tradition for me, now.)With or without a CustomFit coupon, it’s a great idea to grab yourself some Spirit Trail. But a free pattern is definitely pretty cool!

Sweater Week continues tomorrow with another design…

That’s all for today, folks! What are you knitting for the #FFKAL? Will you be at Rhinebeck, and will we see you? What’s got you inspired, this year?

Sweater Week: Coracle

It’s the week before Rhinebeck, and all through the house, lots of wool is a-stirring…

…which is to say, we have a lot of very exciting things set to come your way these next 7 days! For those of us in the Northeast US (and many from further away, too), the New York Sheep and Wool Festival is an absolute mecca – for yarn, for inspiration, for wonderful knitters of all types. I can’t wait for it, every year. And every year, when it’s over, I return to my “regular life” inspired and energized.

So, Sweater Week. A (new) yearly tradition here at AHD, where we spend a whole week loving the sweater. Showing off the sweaters we’ll wear this year, sure, but also… sharing our hopes, our dreams, our plans for that next outstanding garment, too.

We’ll be finalizing our Rhinebeck meet-up plans very shortly, but today I wanted to start by sharing a new sweater design that’s built right into the CustomFit site.

We’ve got so many sweaters coming up this week that I’d planned on starting with something that evokes a crisp fall New England day. But then I thought: Waaaaait a minute. I never followed up with the progress on my own SSKAL sweater! Remember the sleeve dilemma?

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Well, I added sleeves, and have been wearing this thing non-stop.

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I love this sweater with a fiery passion. I’m calling it Coracle, and it’s the first design that I’m releasing exclusively through the CustomFit site. It’s built right in – choose your materials, swatch until you get a fabric you love, and get a pattern that’s as easy to knit as a blanket, with gorgeous custom clothing results.

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When the #SSKAL started, I knew I wanted to do a sweater that really departed from my typical woolly-wools. So I began by using a new yarn I found very exciting: Truesilk by Rowan. This is a 100% silk yarn, which is glorious for drape, sheen, and color. But it’s also chainette construction, which means it’s wonderfully elastic to work with. It produced a fabric that’s closer to what I can buy in the store than anything I’ve ever created with my needles.

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Now, for the nitty-gritty: This is a mid-hip, wide scoop neck pullover with tapered 3/4 sleeves. It’s trimmed with 2×2 ribbing, and the back is knit in plain Stockinette. The front is in an allover open mesh lace pattern (which has a gauge that’s essentially equivalent to Stockinette), and the sweater is written with waist shaping on the back only for ease of knitting and a more slouchy, relaxed feel to the garment.

The result is pretty much my most favorite sweater I’ve ever knit for myself. Want to make one for you, too? Click here to get started!

(Of course, later this week I’m going to get started giving Coracle a run for its money. I’m out to create a new wardrobe staple for myself, and I’m so excited about this one that I can’t even stand it. I hope you will be, too. Want a hint?

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See you soon!)

#FFKAL Progress

Now that I’ve been back from the Retreat for a week, I’ve settled in enough to tell you about all the knitting I’ve been up to for the Fall Festival KAL. I promised pictures of my Peabody Pullover after the retreat, and boy oh boy, did Amy deliver. I’m lucky to have such a talented photographer for a boss.

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Here I am laughing at a RIDICULOUS dance Jackie was doing.

As you may remember, this is a CustomFit adaptation of Peabody by Leila Raabe. I made a few changes to the pattern as written (besides running it through CustomFit!):

  • Shortened the hem ribbing to 2″. The original has very long ribbing as a design element, but I knew that wouldn’t work for my hips. (Though my hips are definitely wider than my bust, you could say I’m a proportional shape due to my linebacker shoulders! Nevertheless, stretching a vast expanse of ribbing over my hips isn’t a flattering look for my shape.)
  • Changed the sleeves to 3/4 instead of long. This was entirely motivated by lack of yarn: I finished with a swatch and a half left, so I think I did a good job of maximizing the yarn I had!

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This is me trying to look cool. #dork

I was very happy with my yarn choice — Miss Babs Heartland. I think it would be a great option for a knitter who’s had trouble with their sweaters growing due to using superwash wool. It’s hand-dyed, but not treated to be superwash, so it has the great depth of color so many knitters crave, while retaining the “scales” wool uses to hold its shape.

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Just hangin’ on a dock in Maine, NBD.

If you’re a CustomFit Maker, look for more coming soon about how to adapt a traditional pattern like Peabody using CustomFit in the “Amy’s Tip” section of Maker Central. This sweater will be featured as the example — I’m finally famous!

Remember when I said I was going to knit three sweaters in three months for the Fall Festival KAL? So far it’s going swimmingly. After finishing Peabody, I dropped everything to knit a sample of one of Amy’s designs to be released at the Make. Wear. Love. Retreat. Thirteen days, size four needles, sportweight yarn … let’s just say it was a close one, but I’m so happy with the result. We’re releasing the patterns very soon, but here’s a quick preview for you …

Getting this 4x4 ribbing to line up was a pain, but truly worth it in the end!

Getting this 4×4 ribbing to line up was a pain, but truly worth it in the end.

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Here’s the three sweaters you’ll see coming soon… how tantalizing!

The good news is, I’m well on my way through the third sweater, and should finish all three with no problem at all. If you follow us on Instagram, you saw my ingenious swatch-drying machine (it involved a mesh office chair, bobby pins, and a fan…) and my progress thus far:

I love this color. Gold for days.

I love this color. Gold for days.

It’s going to be a simple cowl-neck pullover. I love the color of the yarn, but I’m not sure I’m sold on the fabric it makes… too bad I didn’t discover this until halfway through my fifth skein! More to come when I finish it, though sadly I won’t see Amy (and thus be able to coerce her into taking my photos) until after the KAL is over. My lazy iPhone shots will have to do!

How’s your progress coming? The KAL ends on November 15, so you still have plenty of time to knit a CustomFit sweater!