FO: Blizzard Bulky Knits

Green Katrine
What do I do when I am home during a blizzard? Knit a jacket. Because my name is Dana and I’m an obsessive sweater knitter. They say all knitters have their “thing” that they love to knit and I thought my knitting thing was hats because I started knitting so I could make cool hats to fit my big head. But apparently my thing is sweater knitting! I never would’ve thought that would be what I love to knit but it’s true. I’m trying to pull together some of the lessons I’ve learned with sweater knitting so that if anyone else is intimidated like I used to be it might motivate them to give it a try. In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to Katrine.
Katrine sweater for Safia
I originally knit this pattern in 2014 for my cousin Safia (the one in Chicago who is tiny and always in need of an extra layer). I surprised myself on the first one by figuring out my yarn wasn’t a true bulky weight and that I could double it up to achieve what I needed to for this pattern. I also think I spent more money on the buttons for her finished sweater than I did for all the yarn I bought on sale! But it’s definitely one of my earlier sweaters where I was still figuring out a lot of things and learned a lot. It wasn’t perfect but she loves it and sent me a picture in it the other day. That makes my heart sing – that’s why I like to give a knitted gift.
Green Katrine
A couple of things I did differently this time around:

  1. I gave myself more of a collar than on the original. It still wasn’t the full collar but enough for me to have something around my neck. I do not have a lot of neck and that full 10 inch collar would’ve just swallowed up my head.
  2. I finished the top of the collar with an i-cord edge per the instructions. I barely had any yarn to spare on the first version so I couldn’t do it. I honestly don’t think it needed it but I still have 1 ball of yarn left over from my stash even after adding the i-cord edging.
  3. I made it a size bigger than I would typically make my sweaters in order to fit a knit sweater underneath it. She actually suggests that in the pattern so I said why not make it a size up and make it a great jacket for spring and with the 50-60 degree weather we’ve had it’s been great!

Green Katrine
I actually have a Kelly green vest that I think this sweater will pair perfectly with when I want a bit more warmth. I can also wear this to work as a layer for those extra chilly days in my office. Oh and the buttons? My Joann’s has the best button selection in the world. I love it! They have never let me down. The buttons on this version and my cousins version were both purchased at Joann’s and picking buttons is probably my favorite part of finishing a cardigan. Oh and I finally gave in and bought myself a new camera. My DSLR was just giving me hell and now that I’ve bought the newer version I’m blown away at how much better my pictures are again. I love taking pictures and I realized I slowly had stopped taking real photos (instead of just grabbing my cell phone) because my camera was acting up so much. So hopefully I’ll be back to better photography of my knits here on the blog.

And if you have any sweater knitting tips to share, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to my future post!

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Wishing & Hoping

I do this every year. I create spreadsheets and lists of what I want to knit between now and February. I’ve also been attempting to whittle down my stash and buy new yarn with my plan in mind. I try my best to stock up while things are on sale so that I get the most for my money. I would love it if every sweater in my closet was a hand knit, I want an awesome hand knit closet. Plus, I average about 2 1/2 weeks to complete a sweater, so I can feasibly make this wish list happen but I also know between work, teaching and making gifts for those close to me I might get through 3 or 4 of these sweaters this season. Now remember, this is just a list of what I want to knit for myself…this does not include what I want to make for others.
Katrine sweater for Safia
1. The Katrine Cardigan. Last year I knit this for my cousin and it was a quick and satisfying bulky knit. My office is always freezing, so I like a nice warm cardigan to layer with in the winter. I grabbed some Bernat Wool-Up Bulky yarn in Lemongrass when they had their friends and family sale and plan to use it for this project.
Lila Winter
2. Lila Winter. This is another sweater from the Madder Anthology 2 and I have some deep teal Berroco Vintage Chunky that I think would be lovely with this pattern. It also has short row shaping at the hips and I love me some short row shaping!
Yellow Brick Road
3. Yellow Brick Road Cardigan. At the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival I picked up 2 huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in the Celebration colorway and I think this cardigan would be perfect with it. I have a skein of gorgeous cobalt blue Neighborhood Fiber Company that I intend to use for the button band, collar and ribbing around the cuffs. I also love that it has a pleated sleeve, a technique I got to use on the Tutu top a few months ago.
Toulouse Pullover
4. Toulouse Pullover. Maybe it’s because I love Toulouse Street in New Orleans or maybe it’s because I love a good tie around the neck but I’ve wanted to make this sweater since I saw it the 2012 Knitscene. I have some very yummy Madelinetosh Vintage that I plan to make this with in a gorgeous pink colorway. This might be one of the first things I make for fall.
Trail Jacket
5. Trail Jacket. I get slightly overheated with knit sweaters so I like anything with an elbow length sleeve and this jacket would be perfect for my work wardrobe. I want to knit it with a Kelly Green Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky I’ve had in my stash for a bit. Green is my favorite color so I need a pretty green cardigan in my wardrobe.

And for my final choice, I’m a bit torn. I have enough Cascade 220 Superwash to complete one of these two sweaters. I purposefully bought it in a camel color so it could be a neutral I could wear all the time (because I’m notorious for making something in a neon bright and can’t wear it all the time). So which one of these should I make with it?
Beacon Hill
Option one is Beacon Hill by Jane Richmond. I love her patterns and this would be a visually interesting shawl collared cardigan with texture.
Barn Sweater
Option two is the Barn Sweater, another from the Madder Anthology 2. I can do three quarter or full length sleeves and it has pockets on the front as well. I keep going back and forth between the two and I just don’t know what I really want to make!

So what would you choose? Please help me decide or suggest another pattern to make me even more confused! Poll below.