SSKAL 17: Jones sweater

It’s been… a very long time since we’ve posted here. Sorry! We’ve still been knitting, but we’ve been more focused on knitting than blogging about it. Hoping to get back into the swing of things as we settle into fall.

This summer I did my very first knitalong (KAL), the summer sweater knitalong (SSKAL) hosted by Shannon Cook of Very Shannon. It was just the kick in the butt I needed! I had been working on a Jones sweater for ages, but I put it down about halfway through the first sleeve and left it for several months. Sleeves are really boring, you guys, I’m not sure if you knew that. But deadlines are very helpful things, self-imposed or otherwise, so I pledged to finish the sweater by the end of the SSKAL in September. And I did!

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It’s so cozy. I absolutely love it. Perfect for fall days and cold offices. And since finishing it, I can’t wait to make more sweaters!

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Breslin sweater by Brooklyn Tweed

New Brooklyn Tweed patterns out today!

Brooklyn Tweed released their new lookbook today and as usual, it’s some nice yarn porn.

Caspian sweater by Brooklyn Tweed
Caspian sweater (image via Brooklyn Tweed)

The Brooklyn Tweed Ganseys collection contains five sweaters and three hats, inspired by traditional knit seamen’s sweaters.

Breslin sweater by Brooklyn Tweed
Breslin sweater (image via Brooklyn Tweed)

I’m loving the Caspian and Breslin patterns with their textured yokes, and I can definitely see myself wearing the Forge cabled hat.

Forge hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Forge hat (image via Brooklyn Tweed)

What’s your favourite pattern from the new collection? Have you knit Brooklyn Tweed patterns before?

-Emma

Crochet ripple baby blanket

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I once made a baby blanket that my boyfriend loved so much that he wanted one of his own. Now, clearly my boyfriend is not a baby, so this would mean adjusting the pattern to make an adult-sized blanket. I put this off for about a month because I didn’t want to do math, but I did get around to it eventually.

Just a warning that this thing is huge and will take your FOREVER. Literally, the initial chains and first row took me an hour. That’s just because crocheting into a chain takes me a really long time (as opposed to crocheting into regular stitches) but you still need SO MANY ROWS for this blanket. This blanket took months!

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Make sure you have some good TV or good company to keep you going while you work. I watched seven seasons of Trailer Park Boys, one season of the Walking Dead, two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, one season of Teen Wolf (shut up it’s good) and a TON of movies while working on this thing. Knitting/crochet dates are also a good way to get work done!

I’m just a big toasty cinnamon bun. I never want to leave this bed.
I’m just a big toasty cinnamon bun. I never want to leave this bed.

Have you made anything this big for someone? Is there a boyfriend blanket curse like the sweater curse?

-Emma

5 reasons to knit a baby sweater

I’ve been getting SO into knitting lately. It’s like something just cracked in my brain and all I can think about is yarn. And needles. And combinations of those things. I decided to try knitting my first sweater this year, which is a really big deal! I decided to go with a baby sweater for my first try, and I have five reasons why I think you should do the same thing!

Mira's baby sweater

1. It goes quickly!
This is a no brainer. Things for babies are smaller, so they take way less time! You can finish and feel accomplished, instead of letting your poor sweater stare at you while you think “ugh, another how many inches of stockinette?”

2. It’s cheaper!
You’ll need way less yarn for a baby sweater, so if you do splurge on some nice superwash wool it won’t be too pricey. But you can also go for the cheap stuff, because babies are gross and will spit up all over your beautiful sweater anyway.

3. They’ll wear it
Even if your knit baby sweater turns out ugly, the parents of the child in question can still force them to wear it. And they will, because you spent so much time and effort handknitting this baby sweater for their darling little one!

4. Baby things are cuter
This is just a fact.

5. You can work out the kinks of the sweater pattern before you make it for yourself
I’m still working on my baby sweater, but it’s been a fantastic learning experience for me and I actually feel ready to tackle a sweater for myself. This is amazing! Not every sweater pattern will have sizes for baby-adult, but Tin Can Knits is amazing at providing a wide range of sizes.

Have you knit a sweater before? What sweater patterns would you recommend? I’m excited to make more!

-Emma

(Originally posted on the Craft Collective)