I Want to Knit a Sweater

Want to knit a sweater? Not sure where to start? Here are three pattern ideas that are great for beginner sweater knitters.

  1. The Weekender by Andrea Mowry. This is on the list because it was one of the first sweaters I knit. If I can do it, you can do it! Dropped shoulders, positive ease, flattering for everyone. You will need a worsted weight yarn – I used The Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted. You might also try Madelinetosh Vintage. Now – it calls for a Tubular Cast on and Bind Off. I did not do this, and I don’t consider that beginner sweater techniques. I just did my regular knitted cast on and bind off to keep it easy.
I want to knit a sweater. Weekend by Andrea Mowry
Weekender © Andrea Mowry



2. Jessie’s Girl by Elizabeth Smith Knits. This quick-to-knit summer sweater is drapey and oversized, perfect to pull over a tank in the summer, or over a long sleeve shirt in the winter time. Try using Cascade Ultra Pima for a cotton version, or Malabrigo Susurro for a Silk, Linen, Merino blend.

I want to knit a sweater. Jessie's Girl by Elizabeth Smith Knits
Jessie’s Girl © Elizabeth Smith Knits



3. Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier. Knit seamlessly from the top down with small details that make it special! Try this in The Uncommon Thread Merino DK or Sandnes Garn Peer Gynt.

I want to knit a sweater. Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier.
Sunshine Coast © Heidi Kirrmaier

Handknit sweaters are the best – you can pick your perfect color, you can adjust the length of the sleeves and hem, and you can knit it up in the perfect fit. But beware – once you start wearing handknit sweaters, that’s all you will want to wear!

Sheri

*All photos used with permission

Fun in December, Coming Your Way!

Did you do the Gnome Adventure with us last December? Wasn’t it fun? It’s time to pre-order your kits for the 2021 Gnome Knitting Event!

Myster Gnome Event
December Gnome Event with Imagined Landscapes and The Loopy Ewe!

Details:

Goodie Bag Set (contains 12 wrapped, numbered notions. Some you will use for your gnome, some just for fun. Arrives in a cute project bag.) Does not contain yarn – just 12 fun notions. (In case you’re using stash and still wanted the fun of unwrapping notions!)
Click here to order your Goodie Set.

Yarn Sets (two choices – Winter Sun and Festive. Dyed by Dream in Color, fingering weight, 100% superwash merino, 75 yards per mini)
Click here to order your yarn.

Mystery Gnome Options The Loopy Ewe
Two yarn options and a Goodie Set option. Treat yourself!

You can order as many sets of things as you like (because we know you made lots of gnome gifts last year), but please check out with ONLY these kits/yarn in your order. We can’t mix pre-orders with other items.

The yarn sets and bags will ship out at the end of the second week in November. (Internationals will ship a bit earlier).

The pattern is sold separately and comes with 24 days of emails, stories, recipes, and fun from Gnome Guru Sarah Schira. You’ll be able to order the pattern November 1st, and your first clue will arrive December 1st. To read more about it, click here.

Pre-orders are open through the evening of September 27th. We will have a few additional yarn sets available in November again, but the Goodie Sets are only being sold right now.

We can’t wait to knit gnomes again this holiday season!

Sheri

Designer Spotlight: Christal LK Designs

Today we have Christelle from Christal LK Designs in our Designer Spotlight. Christelle resides in Belgium and I can tell that she takes inspiration from her beautiful surroundings. I hope you find a new fall pattern that you just have to make! (Pattern links go to Ravelry, yarn links go to The Loopy Ewe.)

Winter Wonderland Christal LK Designs
Winter Wonderland © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper)

Loopy: Hi Christelle! Thanks for being with us today. Tell us, how long have you been a knitter and who taught you to knit?

Christelle: Hello Loopy! I have been knitting now for over 30 years. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 11-12 years old.

L'Envolee
L’Envolée © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Malabrigo Sock)

Loopy: I always love hearing that knitting instruction has been passed down from older generations. I hope we all continue to do that, moving forward. What is your favorite type of item to knit?

Christelle: Without any hesitation the shawls.

Margaux Christal LK Designs
Margaux © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Wollmeise Pure)

Loopy: Shawls are so versatile, aren’t they? Worn as a wrap or a scarf, and something beautiful to bundle up in. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?

Christelle: The most complex thing I’ve knitted is what I’m currently knitting: the Woodland Animals Shawl by Jenise Hope, a large stranded colorwork wrap!

Brise d"automne Cowl
Brise d’Automne Cowl © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper)


Loopy: That’s an amazing pattern – I can see what it is challenging! When did you start designing, and what spurred that interest?

Christelle: I really started designing my own patterns in 2011, but I already experienced a while ago by adjusting other designer’s patterns. I also tried several times to create some garments from scratch. At the age of 16 , I designed and knitted myself my very first sweater (without any notes of course). It was an oversized sweater in plain stockinette with long cabled 2*2 ribs.

Loopy: That’s an early age to start designing, especially with cables in it! Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

Christelle: I love all the patterns I’ve created, sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more,  but if I had to name a recent pattern, it would be the Ines Shawl, a shawl with bobbles and mosaic knitting.

Ines Shawl
Inés Shawl © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Cascade Heritage Sock or Silk)

Loopy: Such a beautiful pattern – I love the colorwork. What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?

Christelle: My favorite part of my job is drawing and imagining the pattern while on the other hand, I don’t like grading sweaters at all! Excel files are far from being my favorite part.

Simplicity Christal LK Designs
Simplicity © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Sandnes Garn Peer Gynt)

Loopy: I’m with you on that. Excel files, spreadsheets, no fun. But the imaginging part is all good! Do you do this business full-time, or on the side?  And is that hard? Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?

Christelle: Until 2015-2016, I worked as a IBCLC lactation consultant and teacher for healthcare professionals. Since then, I have been creating my patterns full time and recently started my own yarn brand.  It’s not always easy because the financial returns are sometimes random.  Moreover, with the Covid crisis, all the shows were cancelled and I could not give any more classes.

Skogar Mitts
Skogar Mitts © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Uschitita Merino Sock)

Loopy: Covid has really changed so many things, hasn’t it? I hope we can all get back to in person classes and shows by next year. Does anyone else in your family knit? (Would you like to tell us about your family?)

Christelle: I was raised by my grandmother and it was with her that I learned to knit and it was with my mother that I learned to crochet. No one else knitted or crocheted. I have three children and a husband and only my son crochets, mostly amigurumis. He recently learned tunisian crochet. My two daughters have learned to knit a little but they are not really interested. My youngest, on the other hand, really likes punch needle.

Fresnel Christal LK Designs
Fresnel © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Cascade Heritage Sock or Silk)

Loopy: I like that all three of your children are finding their own path in the needlearts – whether with knitting needles, crochet hooks, or punch needles. Having a hobby like that will serve them well in life. Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?

Christelle: Before the covid crisis, I was doing a martial art: Iaido. Unfortunately, I haven’t practiced for more than a year. I hope to start again soon. Otherwise I like reading, cooking and especially baking bread and pastry.

Isay
Isay © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Primrose Roan DK)

Loopy: I had to look up Laido. That looks interesting! What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?

Christelle: When I take a day off, I always knit but not necessarily my patterns. I also like to walk with my whippet or visit historical monuments, museums, new places in new countries.

Flamel Christal LK Designs
Flamel © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Magpie Swanky Sock)

Loopy: Ok – last set of questions for you – Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors? 🙂

Christelle: I am both morning and evening person, I don’t sleep a lot so I get up early and go to bed late. I knit English style (sort of) but I use continental style when I knit stranded colorwork (I use my two hands) I drink coffee -a lot- and rarely tea but I still sometimes drink white tea, which is my favorite. Talking about colors, I like everything even the very variegated yarns and neon colors. But still, my favorite color is lilac.

Rosa Bonheur Christal LK Designs
Rosa Bonheur © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Uncommon Thread Merino DK)

Loopy: That’s my goal – sleeping less so that I can stay up late AND get up early. I’m glad to know you can do that! Thank you again for being with us today, Christelle!

Christelle is offering you 20% off of one pattern of your choice from her Ravelry Pattern Shop. The code is: THELOOPYEWE21 and is valid September 10-17, 2021.

Did you find a must-make from Christelle? So many good choices, and we have beautiful yarn to match, for you.

Have a great weekend!

Sheri

Casapinka Noncho Kits for You

Bronwyn (Casapinka) has done it again – another fun pattern for celebrating Local Yarn Shop Day (but this year, celebrating National Bubble Tea Day!) The Noncho is a fun, cozy knit to wear out on cooler spring days, to pull on in the evenings when you’re feeling a bit chilly, or to cozy up in bed when you’re reading and your shoulders are cold! We have some beautiful Casapinka Noncho Kits ready for you, because you know how we love to play with color combinations around here.

This pattern is free with the purchase of yarn to make it from your local (or online local) yarn shop. The offer is good on yarn purchased today, April 28th, through Saturday evening, May 1, 2021. We will process your order and then will email you a coupon code to get the pattern free on Ravelry.

Casapinka Noncho Kits
Noncho © Casapinka

THE FREE COUPON CODE EXPIRES ON SUNDAY, MAY 2nd, so be sure to redeem it right away. Starting Monday, May 3rd, the pattern will be available for you to purchase on Ravelry for $7.00.

Click here for our kit options

Of course you’re welcome to pick your own yarn choices in your order to make the Noncho as well. Just leave us an order note that you’re buying the yarn for the Noncho and we’ll make sure to send you a free pattern code. Elf Sarah is planning to make hers out of Magpie Swanky DK. You might also check out The Fibre Co Lore, Sandnes Garn Peer Gynt or Smart, or Cascade Ultra Pima.

Here is the sizing (and yardage) info:

Sizing: 
1 (2, 3, 4) 5, 6, 7 
Measurements (circumference at full bust, plus add 4-6″ for positive ease to get your size number): 
39.25 (44.5, 50.75, 56.75) 62, 66.75, 72.75
Yardage needed: 
Color A (collar and hem accent): 62 (72, 80, 90) 100, 105, 115
Color B (main color): 337 (380, 431, 485) 531, 569, 625
Color C (stripes): 225 (253, 289, 322) 355, 380, 416

We hope you have fun picking your Casapinka Noncho kits and knitting this beautiful pattern up!

Sheri