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I’ve been meaning to share my Spud & Chloe knitalong sweater with you for quite some time now.  It came off my needles in late November, and it’s just the perfect sweater for this time of year.  I find myself reaching for it more than anything else in my closet.It is knit in the same exact size as Susan’s Grape Jelly pullover, only instead of adding garter stitch along the neckline, bottom hem and cuffs, I knit a 1 x 1 rib.  The sweater is roomy – thanks to the custom fit –  and the Cascade 220 wool is warm, warm, warm.The sleeves are not as tapered as I thought they would be – as you can see in this picture, they are more of a stove-pipe fit.  So if you would like the cuff to be a little more snug at the wrist, you might want to increase the number of decreases you work as you knit the arm.  The pattern was a dream to follow – most of the math was at the beginning and once you got going, it was pretty much stockinette all the way through.  This sweater reminds me of my beloved LL Bean raglan pullovers.  I would be perfectly happy with a whole closet of these in all different colors, although it might be fun to try the boat-neck version Wendy wrote up as well – in nautical stripes, of course.  It is perfect cold-weather addition to my standard outfit of Gap jeans and a gray t-shirt.Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Easy Top-Down Raglan Pullover, by Susan B. Anderson {free pattern!}
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Peruvian Highland Wool, 4 skeins in color 8400
  • Needles: Size US 7, 24″ circulars and set of Size 7 dpns.
  • Size made: 36″ bust measurement (I’m really a 34″, but I like my sweaters roomy…)
  • Modifications: added 1×1 ribbing at all openings instead of garter stitch

Math + lesson on sweater construction = fun.  ~J

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On Tuesday, I decided to cast on my Raglan pullover for the Spud & Chloe knitalong, and let me tell you – this is going to be big trouble.  If you are going to start a knitalong, you should forget about everything else you need to do – laundry, cleaning, showering – because the only thing that will matter to you will be getting to the next step.

It is so insanely addicting that I even skipped lunch just so that I could keep knitting.  Part 1 is finished – since my neck measured 5″, I cast on the same number of stitches as Susan’s Grape Jelly pullover, and knit the raglan increases until the piece measured 3″ from the cast on edge before joining in the round.  I am quickly working my way through Part 2, which is to knit the sweater until it reaches 1″ below my underarm, after which, the sleeves will get separated from the body.  I am using one of my beloved LL Bean raglan pullovers as a guide…everything is matching up quite nicely.

I love that this sweater pattern is more of a recipe than an actual written pattern; since it’s knit top-down, I’ll be able to try it on as I knit and custom-fit it to my body using a little bit of math.  Susan clearly explains every step, so don’t let a little math scare you from joining.  Plus, there is a lot of support out there if you need help along the way!

Today, I refuse to pick up my needles until my to-do list is complete.  We’ll see how long that lasts… ~J

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At my favorite local yarn store, Stitches with Style, I earned a $20 yarn credit for finally filling up my frequent-buyer punch card.  That means free yarn! I went straight for the wool and picked up some skeins of Cascade 220 for a couple of projects in the queue.

This sooty gray is for the Spud & Chloe raglan sweater knit-along…the group is well underway, but surely, they won’t mind a latecomer?  I’ll probably start the project sometime next month, but in case you want to jump in now, the details of the knitalong are here.  It’s hosted by the awesome Susan B. Anderson, so you know everything is going to be well explained!

I also grabbed a skein of the 220 in Navy, because my sweet baby nephew needs a new winter hat for his meatball-sized head.  I’m thinking something with ear-flaps and a pom-pom, paired with some of the gray yarn above.

Of course, I didn’t get all of this yarn for free – but I did earn some punches on my new frequent buyer card!  Don’t you just love (almost) guilt-free additions to your stash?  … ~J

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{oh. my.}

Readers, you should know that I have a serious cheek fetish.  Babies, toddlers, kids – if they come within 2 feet of me, they know that their cheeks will be pinched, kissed, squeezed or nuzzled.  My son uses his cheeks as currency – as in – “Hey Mom, if you let me play on the computer, I’ll let you kiss my cheeks 7 times.”  It works without fail.  In fact, I highly doubt he has any feeling left in his face.

{I cannot stand the cuteness.}

Susan over at the Spud & Chloe blog posted about this adorable little munchkie, who is modeling a new hat pattern by Brandy Fortune of Petite Purls.

{those cheeks are just asking for it...}

The pattern is called Serendipity, and is knit in Spud & Chloe Outer.  This one is definitely going into the queue.

Ravel this sweetness here, or on Brandy’s website, Pixie Purls.  Much to my dismay, the baby doesn’t seem to be included with the pattern.  ~Jenny

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Ravel me!

I have a serious Fetching addiction now.  One, they are pretty.   Two, they knit up quickly for that instant-gratification we crave as knitters.  And three, there are so many ways to vary the pattern for the recipient.  These creamy, cabled beauties are for our mom.  She is at home most of the time and needed something to warm up her chilly winter hands.  Instead of using wool, I chose a cotton-wool blend so that they would be more like a “hand sweater” rather than an outdoor glove.

Ravel me!

{cozy!}

Of course, there were some modifications made.  I wanted to see what they would look like without the ribbing on the hand, so I left out the k4, p1 after the wrist cable repeats.  Without the ribbing, they are not as snug around the palm, but I love the plainness of the stockinette.  I also added an extra row of cabling around the knuckles for extra finger warmth.

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Fetching by Cheryl Niamath {free pattern!}
  • Yarn: Cascade Sierra in Ivory
  • Needles: Size US 6
  • Size Made: CO 35 instead of 45 to accommodate small hands

Also, have you seen the Tiny November Knit-along that Susan is hosting over at Spud & Chloe?

turkey

{gobble, gobble!}

How cute is he?   Which reminds me – today I must finalize my Holiday Knitting List…can you believe that we are just a little over a month away from Christmas?

I hope you are enjoying this perfect knitting weather.  Have a great weekend! ~Jenny

 

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{lots and lots of goodies!}

{lots and lots of goodies!}

The Spud & Chloë peeps are hosting an awesome giveaway on their blog.  They are being really generous here, offering a package that includes:

{love the bright color combination!}

{love the bright color combination!}

  • 4 skeins of Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn in Grass, Moonlight, Popsicle and Pollen (colors shown in pattern above…)
  • 1 Pom Tree for making the colorful pom-poms.

This pattern will make an adorable back-to-school hat for my niece, Katie – she’ll love the pom-poms bouncing around as she skips!  All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment on the blog before Wednesday, July 29th.  The winner will be chosen on July 30th.

Good luck, knitters! ~Jenny

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How adorable is this little frog from the Spud & Chloë website?

{love the face!}

{love the face!}

This ingenious little pattern comes from Susan B. Anderson – the body of the frog has a tennis ball inside, so when you bounce it off of the floor, the frog hops!  I will need to make quite a few of these, because all of the goobers around this house will certainly want one…

Spud & Chloë is offering this as a free knitting pattern, which you can download here: Ribbit!

This one is definitely going into the Ravelry queue… ~Jenny

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