Courtney's Carbeth Cardigan

Every now and then a pattern hits you like a ton of bricks, and you stop everything you’re doing to cast on.

Image: Kate Davies Designs

Image: Kate Davies Designs

Years ago I knit what became my favorite sweater - Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Hurry Up Last Minute Sweater in Tahki’s Donegal Tweed. The offset raglan shaping of Carbeth is so reminiscent of that super simple shaping, but with the added bonus of having the numbers figured out for me, and with really excellent details like the folded collar and i-cord buttonholes.

Last March, when I was about seven month pregnant, we went on a trip to visit the Navia headquarters in the Faroe Islands. There were many things about that trip that made wardrobe choices a challenge for me, and in the weeks leading up to the trip I went on a knitting rampage with a mission to “bang out a Carbeth!” Call it love at first knitting pattern sight, or call it a knitter’s version of “nesting,” but whatever you call it, I call it my favorite sweater of 2018.

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While I will be the first to admit that photographing a sweater after days of traveling-while-pregnant is no one’s favorite, don’t let that grimace fool you. I am in love with this sweater. I recently wore it all through our trip to Ireland, and this time I carried the baby on the outside!

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I used our Andorra yarn to knit Carbeth, holding it doubled on a US 9 needle (5.5mm). I got gauge handily, no fussing around with multiple swatches, and cast on for the third size, a 44” bust. I figured that size would give me plenty of wear in the rest of my pregnancy and in the bustier post-partum nursing days to come in the fall. Held double, I used seven skeins of Andorra - with plenty to spare.

Now that Gilda is almost six months old - she was a TNNA baby! - I think it’s time to think about making another Carbeth, this time one size smaller and marled in ink black and snow white. A new classic for my wardrobe, which will patiently wait until after the holiday knitting frenzy is over.

Did you #bangoutacarbeth in 2018? What was your most memorable knit of the year? Tell us in the comments!

New Free Pattern: Llumeneres Hat!

When we received the new colors of Andorra this season, I saw the deep navy and immediately fell in love.

I had always wanted to knit my Seathwaite hat in a smaller gauge with a slouchier fit, and with the release of the new colors and Small Business Saturday just around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to do just that!

Llumeneres is a classic hat with a ribbed brim and intricate all over cable pattern. Integrated decreases shape the crown, and the added length allows for a folded brim and classic fitted hat or unfolded brim and slouchier fit.

The free pattern is our gift to you this season in appreciation for your support and enthusiasm this past year. Here’s to many, many more!


Meghan's Wee Weaving: Unconventional Materials

By now you've read Mari's post about her experience with the Wee Weaver by Purl and Loop. I was able to pick up a Wee Weaver at the most recent TNNA and was excited to try it. Mari had the idea to make a weaving with unconventional materials and I have to say, I love her weaving! I think Mari took the idea to a really interesting place, finding and using things that every home has tucked away, but one would never guess to use. I was much more conservative in my materials quest and limited my search to funky fibers I found in my stash and studio.  

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Top / unknown linen from a cone, black ribbon, Wee Weaver set, maribou feather boa, my own hand-dyed hand-spun yarn from the Harveyville Yarn School.
Middle / Molly Girl Duet, a cone of yellow Rugby by Mondofil, black nylon cording, unknown raw silk, Navia Tradition.
Bottom / a mohair lock, Habu Pine Paper, a cone of green Rugby by Mondofil, and Buffalo Gold Buffboo.

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In the end, I decided not to use all the yarns in the interest of simplicity. The items that made the cut were the mohair lock, the maribou boa, black nylon cord, the yellow Rugby, some natural cotton/wool (that didn't make it into the earlier photo), and I finished it with some Tundra in Pinkberry and Bearberry. 

This was such a fun experiment! I love this little loom and I can't wait to use it again! 

All images © Linette Kielinski.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.