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20 Sweater FOs, In Review

I’ve knit a lot of sweaters since I started knitting sweaters the summer of 2008. Some of them I still wear, some of them I’ve never worn, and some of them I’ve pulled out, or plan to pull out. And since I’m on vacation I figured this would be a good time to review them!

#6 Diamond Lace Top

1. Diamond Lace Top: This is my first finished sweater on ravelry. I knit sweaters before this sweater, but that was before I belonged to ravelry and lord knows where those sweaters have ended up. This sweater, #6 Diamond Lace Top, I knit the summer of 2008 in Knit Picks Shine Sport. I still have it, I still wear it, and I still love it!

2. My Sweater Pattern: My first foray into sweater design turned out cute! But like 39581501 other sweater patterns out there. It’s cute, but it was too tight around my armpits and made me uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure I donated it.

3. Distraction Cropped Jacket: This one makes me sad. I LOVE this sweater, I loved knitting it and I love how it looks. I just don’t like how it looks on me! #26 Cropped Jacket is a little boxy and short, and every time I wear it I end up taking it off, or trying to wear it open. So it’s sitting in a pile. I’m hoping my taste or style changes or something so that I can start wearing it. Hopefully! Also, this is the first of the sweaters I blogged about!

Girl Friday

4. Selfish Sweater: Yes! I still wear Girl Friday. There are things I’d change if I knit this sweater again, like knit it in softer yarn! That Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool is scratchy as hell. But I love it, and pull it out often.

5. Caitlin’s Cardi: I don’t wear Caitlin’s Cardi, which is stupid since it’s my own damn sweater pattern, but I feel like it’s in the wrong yarn. If it were lighter it’d be easier to wear, but since it’s in that worsted wool, you’ve got to wear it over a long sleeved tee, and I just haven’t been. I still have it, of course, but it’s in a pile somewhere.

6. March Darcy: Nope! It’s in a pile to frog. I wore it a few times, but I never liked how far off the shoulders the sleeves sit. I was constantly pulling them up, and it annoyed me. So I’m pulling out my Mrs Darcy as soon as I need this yarn.

Dollar and a Half!

7. February Sweater: I love my Dollar and a Half! I’ve worn it so much that the buttons are coming off, so it’s currently in a pile of stuff I need to fix. I’m going to take off these light fabric covered buttons and put on some more heavy duty buttons that pull less on the fabric. But this sweater is one of my favorites! It’s unique, I’m always getting compliments on it, and I was knitting it when my grandpa died, and I remember working on it while I was home for his funeral. So it will always be close to my heart.

8. Traverse City Tube Top: Yes! It’s winter so it feels like I haven’t worn this sweater in a while, because I haven’t, but I love this sweater. It’s my pattern, so thank goodness I love it and wear it still!

9. The Loop Entrelac Tank: Yes! I love this one still, too. I love it so much I knit myself another one for the KAL last summer.

Granny Bomber Jacket

10. Granny Bomber Jacket: I didn’t wear it much at first, but it’s made a recent resurgence since I’ve been in Minnesota. It’s got a really fun cropped jacket shape, but it’s bulky and hard to wear under a coat. It’s perfect if you are just running out to the car, or into a store, and with this mild winter we are having up here I’ve been reaching for it often. This is my pattern, too!

11. The Two Boyfriends Cardigan: Frogged. It was too big for me. I knit it as a sample thinking it would be a 36 with 2″ positive ease, but it ended up being more like a 40″ with 2″ positive ease. I wrote the pattern up and adjusted for this error, but the sample was no good to me.

12. Melvie: I’ve only worn it once or twice. My work from home schedule doesn’t have me dressing up very often, and the few times I’ve worn it have been for more dress up occasions. I love it! I just don’t have many occasions to wear it.

Bergen Street Cardigan

13. Bergen Street Cardigan: I’m wearing this sweater right now! It’s become my go to house coat sweater. The table where I sit and work is right next to a big drafty window, so I’m usually bundled up in this beautiful sweater. It’s a go-to, and I still love it!

14: Charvet Pullover: Yep! Still love it and still wear it often. It’s a pretty loud sweater, but it’s easy to pull over a long sleeved tee and wear kind of like a coat. The pattern was fantastic and I absolutely love the result!

15. Beatnik: Of all of the sweaters I’ve made, this is the one I’ve worn the most, I think. It’s my go-to sweater for when I know I’ll be around knitters, and any kinda nice dinners or nights out. Those cables dress it up! It’s warm and cozy, and the fit is perfect. In short, I love it! I’d knit 14 more of them.

Make Up Your Mind

16. Make Up Your Mind: Yes! I wore the crap out of this tank at the end of last summer. It dresses up a wife beater without making you too hot. The only problem is that with a couple wearings it stretches out a bit, and sometimes it gets stuck in my wash pile for a long time before I get to it. I’d size down if using this yarn and knitting this pattern if I were to do it again.

17. 2nd The Loop Entrelac Tank: For whatever reason, I haven’t worn this sweater yet. Maybe because I already had one it wasn’t new enough for me to put it into immediate rotation, and since I finished MUYM at the same time I hit that one harder than this sweater. I think this summer will be different! It’s such a beautiful color it’s too beautiful not to want to wear all the time.

18: #25 Rib Yoke Topper: Nope. I’ve worn it once. I’m still pretty pissed at this sweater because of how terrible the pattern was, but more than that, it’s kind of an awkward sweater to wear. It’s a transition piece, and just too bulky to wear under a coat, so you’ve got to wear it as a coat, and by the time I finished knitting it in October it was mostly too cold to walk around in just a sweater. I’m hoping this spring it makes it’s proper debut.


19. Aidez: Yes! I love this sweater and wear it all the time! Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky is a little pill-y, so it is in desperate need of a shave, but I’ve grabbed this sweater on the way out the door as a coat any time it’s over 35 since I finished it in December. I don’t wear the belt, though. I wear it open with a big scarf.

20: Short Row Sweater: Since its sparkly, and really light, and since I just finished it 2 months ago, I’ve only worn it once, on New Years Eve. I’m expecting this goes in to rotation once it gets warm out, over a tank. I’m not selling your wear-ability SHORT, short row sweater! … oh god.

And that is it! 20 selfishly knit sweaters in about 3 years, and most of them I still wear. Not a bad average. Something tells me that will be going up over the next 3 years!

Anniversary Sale and Giveaway #1!

It’s The Sweatshop of Love’s FIFTH anniversary week (yeah, I’m taking a week, damn it!) and to celebrate I’m having a big sale!

All Sweatshop patterns, kits, and knits are 30% off! Use coupon code SOL5YEARS in both my Etsy shop and Ravelry designer page to get this big discount. The coupon expires Sunday, so get up on it!

Giveaway #1!

I’ve decided that if we start knitting for summer it will show up, so I’m going to help the process by giving away patterns and yarn for two of my most popular summer designs! First up is the Traverse City Tube Top:

Traverse City Tube Top

Traverse City Tube Top is a quick knit cotton top with a back button closure and breezy stitch patterned body. It’s really hot on it’s own and still pretty hot over a long sleeved tee.

I’m giving away the pattern AND the Knit Picks Comfy Sport yarn you’ll need to make it! They’ve got a heap of new colors so I’m pretty jealous of the winner of this giveaway. Already have the pattern? That is ok! You can still win the yarn!

There are Three Ways To Enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post! Tell me how you will rock this knit out.
  2. Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway mentioning me, @sweatshopoflove, and linking this blog post. Come back and leave me another comment telling me you did! You do not need to be a new follower.
  3. Like The Sweatshop on facebook and post this giveaway on your facebook page, linking my facebook page and this blog post. Come back and leave me another comment telling me you did! You do not need to be a new facebook liker.

You’ve got until Wednesday night to enter! I’ll be announcing the winner of this giveaway on Thursday, when I announce my Giveaway #2!

This is just a little way for me to show my gratitude to you all for your support and encouragement over the years. Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

And good luck!

What Knitting Means to Cindy at A Sparkle A Day

All summer I’m going to feature guest bloggers talking about knitting and other crafty pursuits. Lase week Marissa Explains It All shared some handmade dress stylings, and this week I’ve got Cindy from the fit blog A Sparkle A Day talking about what knitting means to her and how she fits it into her busy life.

Cindy is a great example of a woman who makes time for what she is passionate about, and she is passionate about a TON of stuff! I feel lucky that one of those things is knitting and that through knitting we can be part of each others lives.


My name is Cindy and I host a healthy living blog called A Sparkle A Day. One beautiful morning a little while ago, Allyson asked me if I wanted to write a little bit about knitting.

That’s like asking a Cheetah if it likes to run.

Plus I’ve never been asked to contribute to anyone else’s blog before, so I was thrilled at the offer.

I have been following Allyson here at the Sweatshop of Love, for gosh, quite a few months now, and I have to say her blog is one of my absolute favorites! Allyson’s flair and spunk makes me smile and inspires me to yarn up, on a regular basis.

If only she’d quit taunting me with her sewing…I am so jealous.

I’ve been a knitter for well over a decade but had never really progressed past scarves until a couple years ago. While even then my projects were nice, they were still very simple.  A cardigan, which was a big deal for me, and a toy rabbit for my niece, things like that.

Cindy Killed By Snake!

At the beginning of the year, I joined Allyson for her Sweater A Month Challenge; fully anticipating to duck out after one, maybe two sweaters.  I figured with my busy schedule of being a Mom with a full time job that I’d just be thrilled if I’d manage to start and finish one complete sweater in a month; or at all.  Allyson graciously let me “play along” and a beautiful thing happened; I began knitting, like crazy.  And I started reading more knitting blogs and I joined Ravelry (mariposagirl); knitting became my new full time outlet.

I have 2 children, ages 16 and 2. YIKES I know.  In my return to work full time last year I realized a few things:  I missed free time, and I needed balance.  I think that is really the premise of my blog.

A little over a year ago I also began running.

All these hats I wear, motherhood and family life, fitness, cooking, blogging and knitting are all so very important to me.  The job, I have to have.  I won’t complain about it in this economy, however it’s a 10 hour day; 11 if you count my commute.  I miss my happy faces at home, I need knitting, I need my cardio, and I love my blog.

Look Familiar?! Traverse City Tube Top!

A much respected psychologist I know once told me (as I sat in his office crying my eyes out, and knitting yet another crooked scarf, many many moons ago) that he has come to find that knitting is an amazing hobby for people. (I won’t say woman because anymore, men all over the place are clicking away, and making AMAZING garments)

Anyway, he told me that knitting is amazing to him (in regards to therapy I might add) in that it IS an addictive hobby;(Don’t I know that) but it is also meditative.

In that you may be obsessively driven to get that one last row finished before the sun comes up, or get that sweater done in 3 more days, or in my case…it’s been 4 hours and I need to put some needles in my hand, but it’s also relaxing.  It’s calming (unless you are trying to do cables or lace) ha-ha and it’s meditative.  This is good news!

There are a few tasks I absolutely need to put in my day to help me feel complete, whole, and balanced:

I need QUALITY time with my children and husband.  No TV.  No Wii. No Texting.

I need TIME outside; talking, laughing, playing, and gardening.

I need GOOD NUTRITION.  It’s vital.

I need some form of EXERCISE; from some yoga and an easy walk to a 5 mile run and even recently, circuit training.

And KNITTING; I am not saying that soon, like very soon, I won’t trade my July or August sweater in order to paint something or spin yarn (more addictive I might add), but for the moment I am “meditatively” addicted to yarn and needles.  And to date I’ve made 4 sweaters.  ME!  That still amazes me.

My favorite thing about knitting is you get hours of free, relaxing therapy, and then in the end you have an adorable garment to wear when you are done, or a gift for your sister’s kids, or your friend’s birthday.  Knitted products are cool again.  Knitting is becoming fashionable.  I love that I am a part of that revolution.

My only regret is that Allyson lives far far away from me or else I’d be at the Sweatshop of Love, clicking, sipping coffee and learning a few new techniques that would undoubtedly HELP me!

What do you love about knitting?

What are you most proud of?

Me? Cables.  I never thought I had it in me to do that!  I still stare at my FMA Sweater (that would be my February, March, April Sweater) and shake my head.  I made that!

Holla! Cabled Sweater!

Thank you for reading.

Thank you Allyson for giving me the podium for just a few minutes!  It’s nice here!

Have a great day everyone!


Thanks so much Cindy! Be sure to run and say hi to Cindy over at A Sparkle A Day!

Ebook Patterns are Now Available Individually!

This last month has been so much fun; checking in on ravelry and seeing how many people are putting my patterns in their queues, seeing people tweet and blog about my patterns. It’s really helpful for me to see what patterns are more popular than others and what knitters are excited to knit so my upcoming patterns and ebooks can get better and better!

And now I’m happy to offer you each of my ebook patterns individually! The ebook is still available in it’s entirety, so if you like 3 or more of these patterns you can buy the ebook and have them all. Otherwise, enjoy 1 or 2!

Thanks again for all the support and feedback from my first ebook!


Caitlin’s Cardi ~ More Info

Door County Wooden Handle Bag ~ More Info

Twin Cities Headband ~ More Info

Hyde Park Legwarmers ~ More Info

Traverse City Tube Top ~ More Info

Gus Gus Kitty Toy ~ More Info

Detroit Tigers Headband ~ More Info

Twin Cities Anklets ~ More Info

Baby Sweater Buffet ~ More Info

The Look Entrelac Tank Top ~ More Info

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of these patterns. I look forward to seeing all of your future FOs!

Get The Sweatshop of Love’s Summer Tour of Knitting Patterns Ebook Today!

Today is the day! I’ve been talking about it and working on these patterns like a crazy person and today it is finally ready for you to enjoy!

It's Here! It's Here!

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That link takes you to where you will type in your info or paypal and a PDF of the ebook will be available for download. Pretty sweet, right?

This ebook includes easy to read and super clear instructions for 10 fun summer knits and some helpful how-tos to get you through this summer knitting season. Scroll down for pictures and click links for more information on each pattern.

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Questions about a pattern before you buy? Let me know!

Ebook Patterns:

Caitlin’s Cardi ~ More Info

Door County Wooden Handle Bag ~ More Info

Twin Cities Headband ~ More Info

Hyde Park Legwarmers ~ More Info

Traverse City Tube Top ~ More Info

Gus Gus Kitty Toy ~ More Info

Detroit Tigers Headband ~ More Info

Twin Cities Anklets ~ More Info

Baby Sweater Buffet ~ More Info

The Look Entrelac Tank Top ~ More Info

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about any of the patterns found in the ebook. I hope from the bottom of my heart that you enjoy it!

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