Thursday, December 27, 2007

david's seamless hybrid

david got a new christmas sweater . . . knit in briar rose charity, a 100% corriedale worsted weight yarn. it's soft and sturdy, just like him!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Tomato Progress

I have now removed the sleeves and am about to join the body to work in the round. I plan on knitting with the main color until just past the bust before doing the design.


Monday, December 03, 2007

New to the KAL

Hello all,

I ran across this KAL through RubysnPurls. I've been on a real red kick, so this is perfect! Here is my latest FO finished the Friday after Thanksgiving.

I'm currently working on Tomato. This is being done in a rich burgundy color. I hope to have progress pics soon.

Feel free to check me out on my blog at: Knitters-Delight.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

One Year Later!

It took a year but it's finished and I'm pleased as can be with the results.

A bit of background since it's been so long in the making.
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Sonoma (This particular colorway is sold out) Chris donated this yarn for the first Red Letter Day here at the Red Sweater KAL. Chris sent two skeins with approximately 487 yds each in matching but different colorways. The yarns were alternated with every round. The sweater came down to the wire with the yarn, I really could have used about 10 more yards to tidy up along the neck. The second sleeve was moving right along when I read that seed stitch uses up a lot of yarn. If I'd known that sooner I wouldn't have put so much seed stitch in the pattern.

Pattern: Started out using the basic Pure & Simple pattern but quickly realized I wanted my own design. Which really isn’t something I advise a rank new sweater maker to undertake. With the exception of a newborn sweater I made for Faith about the time I received this yarn, I’d yet to knit a sweater. By the time I’d hit the area of joining the arms the pattern was discarded. Top down, knit in the round.

Needles: Jenkins US9 24″ Circulars
Project on Needles: 1 year

This sweater is super comfortable and the colors are great. (Second picture is truest colorwise.) This is a sweater that will be worn to death. :-)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A red Sadie

Now I've started my Sadie-knit. The yarn is lovely, soft and nice to knit. I look forward to be finished but I have a lot ongoing projects so it will maybe take some time.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Cables With Heart

This is my latest red sweater - a child size cardigan from "Arans & Celtics". It will be a Christmas gift for my 5 year old niece (hope it fits!) More details can be found on my blog (


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A new FO

I really love my new moebius shawl. It's beautiful and warm.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Hi there

I'm happy to be a member of Red Sweater KAL. I really love the color red and just for now I have two projects in red yarn.
1. A red moebius shawl in Garnstudio's Silke-Tweed and Vivaldi (mohair). I think I finish it tonight because it's not much left.

2. My next knit project is a Sadie cardigan in red Silky wool from Elsebeth Lavold.

I let you know how I progress. Welcome to my blog, written in swedish

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I'm finished!

I actually finished it a few months ago but was waiting for the right buttons!

This isn't a very good picture, but was snapped early in the morning after dressing for work, but it is RED, a Knit Picks Alpacha and Silk yarn, and Jean Frost jacket design. I altered the pattern by adding bust darts. I'm very pleased with the fit -except that I wish the sleeves were a "tad" longer - maybe a full inch. I find that I tug at the sleeves on a regular basis.

The buttons were purchased at the Stitches Midwest Market from the Geddes Studio I purchased fused glass pins and buttons from them before at Stitches West, so I was thrilled to find them at Ss Midwest this year. I think I have more money in the buttons than in the yarn!

I'm wearing the sweater to work this week and getting great compliments. It is professional enough to team with pants and not look too casual, thanks Jean Frost!

I've enjoyed seeing others designs and red sweaters, thanks for letting me be a part of the KAL! Be sure to visit my website and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

a new red swear for me

i've been meaning to knit this sweater for over a year, ever since we started this KAL!
red cardigan of my own design, knit with briar rose grandma's blessing on size 3 needles.
everything felt right about this project from the start. a few bumps in the road at the blocking stage, but all's well that ends well, and i finally have myself a much-needed new sweater. it also feels good to accomplish a knitting goal that's been on the fire for a while.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Greetings from Italy

Hi! I'm "Ai ferri corti" (that literally means "short needles", i.e. needles that were used for socks knitting in Italy) and I'm from Italy. First of all I would like to thank Anne and Laura for inviting me to join to this wonderful KAL. I'm very happy about it because... I'm knitting a red sweater (mohair by Bertagna Filati in the picture) and because I have the possibility to learn (a lot) from such a group of knitters!

Since I'm Italian and my English/American is not really good, do not hesitate to correct words/sentences and so on! I think this will improve my English too!
Thank you all!

Best Regards,
Ai Ferri Corti

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Could it be?

Could I actually be finished my Samus for this KAL? I believe I started it last November, but maybe it was October. I'm not sure. Anyways, it is finished and if you want to read more about it please check out my blog! PrairieGirl Knits I would love your feedback! (the pics aren't great, but hopefully you can get the idea!)


New to the KAL

Hi everyone! I am excited to join this KAL for 3 reasons.
1) I love red! It is most definitely my favorite color.
2) I love knitting!
3) I have nothing in my wardrobe that is red and hand knit.

Therefore, I must join although I have 6 WIPs and at least 30 projects waiting in my stash closet. Since none of those projects were red, I had to go buy more stash! Which I love doing about as much as knitting. This is what I bought.

The Patons was on sale at Michaels for $3.79 this week. I am trying to decide between these two projects.

What do you think? I am leaning at doing the vest because I am afraid the Patons wool may be too scratchy against my skin. But I have yet to knit an adult size Aran sweater. Isn't knitting great there is always something you can do that you've never done before and you can spend your entire lifetime challenging yourself.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

a new red sweater for me

gosh it's been forever since i posted here, but i started a new little red cardigan and laura prompted me to share it. this is the sweater i meant to knit last year, but never did. i'm using briar rose grandma's blessing in a gorgeous blood-red color, and working up my own design.

so far i have one front piece completed and part of the other. i usually start with a sleeve, but decided that i needed to see the buttonbands and neckline before i went on to the rest.

i am knitting it on size 3 needles and couldn't be happier with how it is turning out. i'd like to have it done to wear to rhinebeck.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Hi everyone

Hi everyone. Thanks for inviting me to join this KAL. I'm casting on this 'Ink Flared Sweater' tomorrow, in a deep red yarn. It's a free pattern available on the Black Dog Designs website.

Although I've many WIPs at the moment, I hope to get this jumper knitted over this month while watching the Rugby World Cup on television! Red sweater for Wales, after all!

I'm loving reading about everybody's knitting projects. Will let you know how my sweater comes along!

You can see how I'm progressing, and my other projects, on my blog.

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Actually, I finished over a week ago but I haven't had a chance to take photos and blog about it. I ran out of yarn for the shawl collar so I went with just a ribbed edge. It's not ideal, but I still like the sweater. Plus, I'm trying to stash-bust and so I didn't want to go buy MORE yarn just for that. Overall, I think I'll get lots of use out of this sweater when it finally cools down around here! P.S. Note the kitty toy my "assistant" left in the photo.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Red Cabled Cardigan Progress Report

Just wanted to pop in to say that after a brief hiatus I am back to the red cabled cardigan. I am now done with the back, both sides of the front, one sleeve, and about halfway done with the second sleeve. After that it's just a matter of blocking, stiching and doing the collar/button-band which I plan to do in one piece. The pattern calls for a separate button band and collar, but I figured I would just do the whole thing using short-rows. Hopefully it will work out... Will post photos soon...

Sunday, July 22, 2007

My First Red Sweather

Hello everyone, its wonderful to have join this knit along. i have the perfect pattern for my red sweater. i will be using Cascade 220 color: cherry and the pattern is from Knit Scene Fall 2007 the Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky.. happy knitting

Red Cabled Cardigan

I'm joining in! Red is my favorite color, and I have quite a bit of red yarn in my stash. Here is my current project, Paton's Cabled Cardigan, in a red wool-acrylic mix. (I know, I know, horror of horrors...Acrylic, but I am a poor graduate student with little time for handwashing.) Anyway, here is where it's at right now. Both sides of the front and the back done (modeled by my assistant - he know's red is his color too!) I am about half-way done with one sleeve as well. I have a blog about my other knitting pursuits as well.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Red baby sweater

A friend of mine had her second child, a son, last month. They didn't find out the gender beforehand, so last May I started this cardigan for her, on the theory that red would be appropriate no matter what flavor she got.

yarn: Cotton-Ease ("Cherry Red" #113)
pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Babies Neck Down Cardigan #982

I finished the edges with applied I-cord, planning to put button loops on later ... only to find, when the time came (it's a boy!) that I didn't like the way they looked. So I added ties at the neck and am calling it a day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Must Have Cardigan

My red sweater is finished. I have included the basic information below but more photos and details are on my blog if anyone is interested

Pattern: Patons "Must Have Cardigan" in their "Street Smarts" pamphlet
Yarn: Cascade 220 worsted weight wool
Color: Ruby
Needles: Knitpicks Options Circulars, size US 7

Monday, July 02, 2007

New Member and Red Sweater

Hi! I just found this KAL today and have already joined. Thanks for the invitation!

My "Red Sweater" is the Must Have Cardigan from Paton's "Street Smarts". I am currently knitting the second sleeve and then have only to sew it together and knit the band. If anyone is interested in seeing the process, there are photos on my blog.

I look forward to seeing everyone's sweaters! I am already looking for another pattern for my next sweater.

Hi there I am pei girl, from Prince Edward Island,Canada
I just joined this group and looking foward to knitting a red sweater.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cast On

I've have cast on my red sweater, it is Isabella. I have completed the first row of eyelets on the back. I am really liking the look of the fabric but have never knit a top on such small needles with such fine yarn. I think it is going to take longer than I first anticipated but am hoping it will be worth it. The photo is that great as I am using straight short needles. I much prefer using circs but couldn't find wood or bamboo ones in the correct size. I have to use wood or bamboo as metal causes bad pain in my fingers.

I chose to turn the picot edge as I knit as I'm not great at sewing and use this method often when knitting socks .

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Dale of Norway baby sweater... finished!

I'm so pleased that I finished this because I usually enjoy stranded knitting and this lace was hard. I had to revert to being a knitting student again complete with ripped out portions, etc.

Now I can concentrate on my favorite kind of knitting. Stranded color work... another Dale of Norway baby sweater for the same grandchild.

You can see that one on my new and under-construction blog.

Rusted Root

I just finished another red sweater by the Zephyr Style gals. I documented all my modifications on my blog.

Rusted Root

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Tomato In Progress

This is my first post here and I am delighted to meet you all! I am currently working on my second red sweater Tomato--the first one being Poppy. I am really enjoying this knit and I must say the knitting seems to be cruising right along... I'm about 10 repeats away from separating for the sleeves so that I can increase on the chest area.
This is my first time knitting wity Blue Sky Dyed cotton---I am so loving the experience! I can hardly wait to have this little number off the needles for the summer:) Oh and the color --is the original colors Wendy Bernard used for her design Tomatoe and . I love reds! Can you tell?

This is what the finished sweater should look like. if you are interested in the pattern you can sign up for Knitting Daily and download it for free. Its on their newsletter right now.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dale of Norway baby sweater

After I stumbled across the KAL red sweater blog June 1, I thought that it would motivate me to begin this new sweater for my granddaughter that I had been procrastinating. While I love stranded color work knitting, I have only knit one or two lace items. Both were quite simple and completed with great difficulty. That was several years ago and I have been avoiding lace ever since. But, time to learn something new!

I have made progress on this baby cardigan, but had to rip out and reknit many rows when my count got off and the pattern became randomly lateral instead of uniformly vertical and horizontal. I am so easily exasperated with this. Luckily, I am making a size 2, and my granddaughter is 2 months old so I should be able to finish it in time… even with all the stops and starts.

Monday, June 04, 2007

20 & 21 / 52

Looking back, I thought I had already posted pair 20, but realized that I ran out of time the other day.
Pair 20 -
Is medium weight Fire on the Mountain from STR. Just a simple 4/1 rib over 65 stitches on 2,5 mm needles.
Fire on the Mountain

Pair 21 -
Victorian Lace from the 6 Sox KAL are finished. Since I am not planning on wearing these with sandals, I ended the lace partway down the top of the sock and finished it with 4x4 ribbing.
Knit out of Angel Seawool from Fleece Artist on 2,5 mm needles. Once I memorized the 12 row pattern (which really is many less rows) it went incredibly rapidly.

Since I am out in the field playing Army for the next couple of weeks, it turns out I have lots of knitting time. Rest of the details can be found here.


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Medallion Cardigan

I knit the Medallion Cardigan pattern by Meg Swansen from her book Knitting. The original pattern is in white and black. Me? of course I had to make it Red!

The inside of the cardi just to show my strands.
More detail in my blog. I am in love with this one!

My other red FOs and a WIP

Here are two other red FOs from last year.

Green Gable
Pattern: Zephyr Style
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple
Modifications: I lengthened the body and sleeves; and increased at the hips.

To Dye For
Pattern: Martha Lazar
Yarn: 4 skeins KP Suri Dream in Strawberry

I'm currently working on this.

Rusted Root from Zephyr Style

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Introduction and a recent red FO

Hi! I'm Bear Knits and I love red!

I finished a red hoodie for my 4yo Little Man in April.

My boys

Cabo Hoodie
Pattern: Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic
Yarn: 4 skeins Lion Cotton-Ease in Cherry Red for size 6
Needles: Addi Circulars in US #7 and #8
(04/06/07 - 04/18/07)

Modifications: I made the neckline bigger by deepening the V. I lengthened the hood using one of his hoodies as a comparison.

Technique Learned: Grafting garter stitches.

The pocket was the first piece knitted up but as you can see a month later I haven't sewn it on yet.

Monday, May 14, 2007

and yet another one!

I have finished the medallion cardigan from Meg Swansens knitting book.
Love it!
I had a lot of fun knitting it and taught myself to knit with two hands in the process.
More details in my blog

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Red, red, red

I eventually could log to blogger and can post again. As said in my previous post, this time some bright red sweater. The original is yellow (mustard) and taken from a Rebecca magazine. It's knitted 2 years ago in a synthetic fiber, but has a soft smooth touch...I love it. The back is same as front but less deeper. I still have enough of that yarn to knit something else...lucky,lucky.
I didn't intend to post about my big red jacket today, but as I also have issues uploading images (pop-up window gets blocked) as I could get it done, I post everything now.
This jacket is so bright that I had to set my camera very dark to make it appear normal. The original design is from another german magazine: Verena. It used to be blue and using a special astrakan pattern. I used a regular knit pattern, but with 3 yarns held together(bright red, burgundy and a multi-colors). The trims are also using some sort of hairy yarn and knit in a brioche pattern.
I hope next post will be about a summer sweater or tank that I will knit

From out of nowhere

This sweater knit up so quickly that I didn't get around to posting any progress photos at all! This was started as a project to use up 4 100g skeins of DK acrylic that I bought a couple of years ago and had never gotten around to using. I was looking for a casual top that I would wear often and be happy to throw in the washer.

Pattern: Lola, free pattern from Berocco
Yarn: James Brett Marble, Berries colourway
Modifications: omitted the novelty yarn trim, made the sleeves top-down, and much shorter than the pattern, added keyhole slit to the neck, and changed neck edging to one row of single crochet.

As you can see, I modified the pattern quite a bit, mainly because I didn't have enough yarn for the original long sleeves. I guess the slip-stitch ribbing ate up a lot more yarn than I had anticipated. I had one ball of yarn left by the time the front and back were done, so I divided it evenly by weight, started the sleeves from the top, and stopped when I ran out.

The result is a soft, cozy top that is perfect for lounging on chilly spring days. It was different to go back to acrylic, which I haven't touched in a while, but I have to say this is a nice soft acrylic, affordable, and easy to care for. And I'm a sucker for self-striping yarn! It would be great for kids clothes.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

First Post and First Sweater

I started my red sweater a couple years ago. Its mostly stocking stitch and I got bored real fast. So it became a lovely UFO. Id spy it hiding in a drawer now and then but never really felt like pickign it up. THen I found this KAL and thought, hey, I can finish that thing. The yarn (Homepsun stuff from Lion Brand) is soft and cozy, so Im looking forward to wearing it!

When I got all the peices out, I discovered I had some how knit two backs. UHG!! I did have one arm pretty much done, though, so I was enthused. I got to work on the other arm. It went pretty fast and it helped alot to read here and see how everyone else was doing.

I finally got the front,back and arms sewn all together only to see that I had made the arms a couple inches too long and the body wasnt long enough! Poop! But, hey, its still lookin ok fer my first sweater :)

I added a few inches of double crochet to the body hem. And after looking at the arms for a bit, I decided I didnt mind them a little long. Cozier that way!

So now Im working on the hood. It calls for circulars but the only size I have was one a little too small. Its taking ages to knit! The stitches are smaller so I have to do more, you know? But it will be fine once Im done. Then I was going to crochet around the front of the hood instead of knit and then make a souped up pocket for the front.

Here she is so far!Thats one of my tooties, Weem, lovin up my sweater. She adores anything knitted!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

A red Wallaby

I have just finished a red version of Cottage Creation's "Wonderful Wallaby" using Mission Falls 1824 wool (color #29, "Raspberry").

This is the second of two Wallabies, knit as gifts for a friend's boy/girl twins. It is the first time that I have used 1824 wool for anything more than a hat or mittens, and I loved it. I will definately be using this yarn again.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Perfect Autumn Sweater?

I am pleased to have finished my second red sweater. It is the perfect weight for Autumn in Melbourne. We get warm days (not too hot) often with beautiful clear skies and cooler evenings (but not too cold). It really is the best time.

The pattern is the Sand Dollar Pullover from Norah Gaughan's book 'Knitting Nature' (apologies to aunt nancy for the delay in providing the source). The yarn is Victoria by Posh Yarn in pillarbox red.

Now for a nice thick winter sweater...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Europe is in

Hi fellow knitters,

I am Swiss and French and love knitting (I do have other crafts as hobby such as cross stitch, quilting and sewing, but this one is the one I mostly practice).

A couple of years ago I decided I had enough of green, black and grey in my wardrobe and thought I needed something at the opposite...on the colour wheel...RED.

So I knitted a couple of red sweaters.

The one I present today is actually not bright red, but burgundy. It is a Verena design (German knitting magazine), which is shorter than the original and the neck is home designed as well as the flowers as buttons (I added beads in their center).

These crocheted flowers were supposed to be within the cables "openings". It is also a sweater rather than a cardigan and shorter (I was not sure to have enough yarn)...I absolutely love this type of tweed yarn.
Next post will be a bright red knitwear.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Ill mannered yarn

Remember that Chinese Red Vest I mentioned that was going to be my red sweater project? It had been languishing since 2004.

I picked it up this morning and started to knit, first completing the fronts, then the back to finish up the main body of the vest. And then came time to bind off the shoulders.

Fighting to stay free, the stitches kept jumping off the needles when I wasn’t looking. Taking a leap, they ran down away from the bind off. A springing yarn, the Gedifra merino had plenty of energy and obviously a mind of its own. Added and abetted in this endeavor by the ebony needles, I finally cried enough, sliding them onto one needle. Alternating the recalcitrant escapees from both front and back I forced them into submission with a K2tog and psso, locking them in pairs for the life of the waistcoat.

You think I could find my scissors after this?

No, they were declaring its support for the integrity of the yarn by hiding.

I hate biting off yarn.

And finally, my status just before going out the door for services. The facings are done on the fronts, and the neck is finished. Although not without spending 15 minutes rooting through the stash before finding the remaining ball of yarn from the same dye lot. [I had decided I was not going to cry even if I was 20 m of yarn short].

Now on to do the armhole finishing and blocking. [and we will not talk about the two orphan socks I discovered while on my yarn search, increasing my numbers of UFOs....]

ah well, it will give me something else to complain about on my blog
-Holly in Heidelberg