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Meet the New and Improved W+S Lace Striped Sweater!

Me and Theresa in our Matching Sweaters!

Me and Theresa in our Matching Sweaters!

Download now for $5! On Friday 11/18 it goes back up to $7

In February of 2012 I originally launched this pattern as WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Sweaters. Today I’m relaunching and naming it after my friend and W+S founder Theresa VanderMeer. Since 2012, W+S has grown from a side passion project of Theresa’s to her full time job. What started as just a few women knitting my patterns to sell to boutiques as turned into many, many women on industrial sewing machines creating a full line of products for large and small businesses all over the world. I’m so proud of Theresa and am so happy to be able to support her as a friend and by working with W+S.

Just like W+S has grown over the years, this pattern deserved an upgrade. The big changes I made were to add a smaller size (31” bust) and a schematic. I adjusted the neckline width of the smaller sizes to make them more comfortable. There are also modification notes for doing an elbow length sleeve, as well as colorblocked and striped options.

Thanks again to everyone who has purchase this pattern in support of W+S through the years!

Theresa's Winter Sweater with Elbow Length Sleeve Modification

Theresa’s Winter Sweater with Elbow Length Sleeve Modification

Finished Size 31 (36, 41, 46.75, 52) bust circumference. Winter Sweater with colorblocking modification on Allyson shown in size 36 in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Winter Sweater with elbow length sleeve modification on Theresa shown in size 31 in Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Worsted.

Me in my Color BlockedWinter Sweater!

Me in my Color BlockedWinter Sweater!

Winter Sweater Yarn Any worsted weight wool yarn. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. 110yds/50g: White, 7 (8, 10, 13, 15) skeins.

Summer Sweater Yarn Any worsted weight cotton yarn. I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted, 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Arcylic. 109yds/50g: Ivory, 5 (6, 7, 9, 10) skeins.

Theresa in the new 31" bust size

Theresa in the new 31″ bust size

Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm) 24-36” circulars (cir) for body, 16” cir for shoulders and neck, and DPNs for sleeves, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 20 rows – 4” in St st.

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Hyde Park Legwarmers Relaunch – Now with Boot Cuffs!

I gave my Hyde Park Legwarmers pattern a little upgrade! Originally released in 2010, this adorable legwarmers pattern now has a boot cuff modification and, you know, much better instructions.

Hyde Park Legwarmers

Hyde Park Legwarmers

Hyde Park Boot Cuffs!

Hyde Park Boot Cuffs!

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A bold but surprisingly simple stained glass stitch created by using fingering weight variegated yarn and garter stitch worsted weight rounds make these legwarmers and boot cuffs a super fun way to dress up your legs. Whether you stick half of them in your favorite pair of boots or throw them over your leggings for a little extra warmth, you’ll instantly add color and style to any outfit.

Finished Measurements Length: Legwarmers are 15″ and boot cuffs are 8”. Width: 12 (13 1/4, 14 1/2)” through the body. Both legwarmers and boot cuffs shown in size small.

Cute and Cozy!

Cute and Cozy!

MATERIALS

Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (MC), 100% wool; 110yds/50g: 2 (2, 3) skeins for legwarmers shown in Hyacinth. 1 (2, 2) skein(s) for boot cuffs shown in Cobblestone Heather.

Knit Picks Hawthorn (CC), 80% wool, 20% nylon (polyamide); 357yds/100g: 1 (1, 1) skein for legwarmers shown in Montavilla. 1 (1, 1) skein for boot cuffs shown in Concordia.

Shorter Instructions for Adorable Boot Cuff Version!

Shorter Instructions for Adorable Boot Cuff Version!

Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16”circ and/or DPNs. For sizes S and M you’ll need a set of DPNs for the cuffs.  Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker (M).

Gauge With MC, 28 sts x 26 rows = 4” in k1 p1 rib.

Notes While working the stained glass stitch, keep the yarn you aren’t knitting with attached so you have fewer ends to weave in. Make sure you bind off loosely so you won’t have problems slipping your legwarmer or boot cuff over your legs!

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Baby Sweater Buffet Relaunch!

One of my very favorite and most popular designs, Baby Sweater Buffet, got a make over!

Baby Sweater Buffet Upgrade!

Baby Sweater Buffet Upgrade!

Purchase for $5.50 on Ravelry now!

I originally released Baby Sweater Buffet in 2010. I had just started writing patterns and was figuring it out as I went! Baby Sweater Buffet was a great idea – take one simple top down cardigan and illustrate a bunch of ways to change it into a bunch of different cardigans, so you have a new sweater every time one of your friends has a baby. I just didn’t do a great job of explaining exactly how to do that. The pattern was pretty vague and left a lot to the imagination. LOTS and LOTS of knitters figured it out, though!

Start With an Adorable Cardigan!

Start With an Adorable Cardigan!

Start with a quick to knit top down cardigan striped or solid. If you’re good with that – awesome! Otherwise choose from a buffet of fun options to make your sweater truly unique.

Add a Hood and Pockets

Add a Hood and Pockets

Or turn your sweater into an animal! This pattern has step by step instructions and yarn requirements for each of the following animals:

Baby Zebra!

Baby Zebra!

Baby Pig!

Baby Pig!

Baby Kitty!

Baby Kitty!

Baby Bear!

Baby Bear!

Also new is an old man sweater option! Complete with shawl collar and elbow patches.

Old Man Sweater!

Old Man Sweater!

And since I had each of these samples knit up, I dug deep into my love of Knit Picks and found perfect yarn and quantities for each option.

Yarn: 275 (325, 375, 450, 525, 600) yards worsted weight yarn estimating high to include buffet options and striping, but depending on which add ons you choose you may need more, so round up if you plan on knitting a hood or shawl collar for sure.

  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, 100% peruvian highland wool; 100yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Bear (newborn size) used 2 balls Mink Heather (MC) and 1 ball Bramble Heather (CC).
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, 100% superwash wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Hooded Cardigan (newborn size) used 2 balls Pampas Heather (MC) and 1 ball Brass Heather (CC).
  • Knit Picks Brava Worsted, 100% premium acrylic; 218yds/100g: 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls. Pig (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cotton Candy (MC) and Blush (CC). Cat (newborn size) used 1 ball each White (MC), Black (CC1), and Sienna (CC2). Cardigan (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cobblestone Heather (MC) and Mint (CC).
  • Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% superwash merino wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Zebra (6 month size) used 2 balls each Black (MC) and White (CC). Old Man Sweater (12 month size) used 3 balls Jade (MC), 1 ball each Green Tea Heather (CC1) and Wonderland Heather (CC2).
New Schematic!

New Schematic!

Also new is a schematic! Hey, those are important, right?

Those of you who have already purchased the pattern got the new copy in their inboxes. And from here on out it’s the new Baby Sweater Buffet pattern! Download it on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Kollabora today.

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FO: Houndstooth Bandana

Sometimes you just have to dig through your stash and bust out an amazing pattern that has been sitting in your ravelry queue for a while.

Houndstooth Bandana by Jocelyn Tunney

Houndstooth Bandana by Jocelyn Tunney

For me that project was this fun Houndstooth Bandana by Jocelyn Tunney. I’ve been really into houndstooth lately, and you guys know how much I love mixing patterns! So before I left Minneapolis for Michigan over Christmas I dug around in my stash and found a fun mix of yarns to cook this guy up with.

Knit Picks Mish Mash

Knit Picks Mish Mash

The yellow is Knit Picks Brava Sport in Canary, the grey is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Mist, and the white is Knit Picks Swish Worsted in White. I used about half of the skein of Brava, and two skeins of the WotA and Swish.

Houndstooth LOVE!

Houndstooth LOVE!

This is a pattern that totally tricked me. I’m pretty good at looking at something and figuring out how it was knit and what is going on where, but Jocelyn Tunney had me fooled with this one! I really loved knitting this project, but it has a lot of pretty annoying elements. For some reason they didn’t bother me in the least, but when I tell other knitters about it they all freak. It’s many inches of a short amount of ribbing, it’s a LOT of picking up stitches. A lot. So much so that my 36″ circulars couldn’t handle them all and SNAPPED! It was intense.

Slight Modification

Slight Modification

It is probably because I used worsted weight grey and white yarn and sport weight yellow, but I had to use more of the top band to pick up the correct number of stitches, so instead of having the long strips of yellow at the end, I’ve got kind of squatty ends. But other than that I followed this pattern to a T and loved every second of it.

And I’ve been wearing it pretty nonstop since I finished it!

Pattern: Houndstooth Bandana by Jocelyn Tunney

Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport, Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Needles: Size 4 36″ circs

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New Pattern! Thermal Pullover

I’m so excited to be a part of knit.wear fall 2012 magazine, due out soon!

Thermal Pullover

I’ve been in love with this stitch pattern for years, but have had a hard time working it into a sweater pattern until now. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started knitting this sweater, or a cardigan or pullover with this stitch pattern but different construction, and just totally failed. It’s one of those things that has been haunting me, until now! I finally did it, and it worked beautifully, if I do say so myself.

Fun, Relaxed Pullover

knit.wear magazine, from Interweave, is dedicated to clean, classic knitting. Their magazines are always full of timeless pieces, classic sweater shapes and textures, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. Snag the issue here. Queue it on ravelry!

Twisted Rib, Dimple Stitch

Thermal Pullover is a classically shaped pullover with all-over dimple stitch and a deep shawl collar. Piece is worked in the round from the bottom up.

FINISHED SIZE 27 3⁄4 (32, 34 3⁄4, 39, 41 3⁄4)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 27 3⁄4″.

YARN Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (100% Peruvian highland wool; 110 yd [101 m]/13⁄4 oz [50 g]): #24075 camel heather, 10 (11, 13, 14, 16) balls.

NEEDLES Size 9 (5.5 mm): 24″ circular (cir), 16″ cir, and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 23 sts and 21 rnds = 4″ in Ovals in the Rnd patt.

HOTT From the Back, too!

A note about sizing: I had this sweater pictured measured as a size 32″. knit.wear’s tech editor clocked it as a 27 3/4″. I think that clearly demonstrates that this stitch pattern is pretty hard to measure, and also that it has a lot of stretch. I’m a size 36″ bust and I could weasel my way into this sucker. It wasn’t exactly pretty, but it still worked, so don’t be turned off by the small sizing of the sweater. I think it should have at least 2 if not 4″ of negative ease, which would make sense based on my original measurement.

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