October 4, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Flynnie Sweater, with a well-deserved captive audience: Top Down, In-The-Round, Wide-Weave Raglan Sweater
I absolutely love knitting sweaters from the top-down, in the round. Being able to try them on at any point, and make adjustments without having to rip out an entire sleeve, or sweater back makes the sweater building process so much more enjoyable.
Utilizing this piece primarily as a tunic I find it is a wonderful addition to my wardrobe, especially on those cold days. With the super chunky yarn, and large needles this is a quick, and fashionable knit.
A few years back I made a version of this sweater and completed it from the bottom up, in panels. After finishing it I realized that knitting top-down, and in the round would provide a very clean, polished, and more sophisticated sweater. Super snugly, and delightfully colored this sweater always brightens my mood, and I hope that it does the same for you, too!
Endlessly customizable, I have written a few notes throughout the pattern to help with adjustments and fitting. It’s a good idea to write down what you changed, so you can better review if it is working for you, or match your sleeves.
I welcome any and all feedback. Please feel free to email me at projecthallway AT gmail.com with thoughts or errata.
To anyone who purchases this sweater, I hope you enjoy making this it as much as I have.
Information & Specifications
- Size XXS (XS, S, M, L) XL
- Bust Measurment
- 28″ (30″, 32″, 36″, 38″) 42″
- 71 cm (76 cm, 81 cm, 91 cm, 96 cm) 106 cm
- Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande (100% Baby Alpaca, 110 yd [100 m]/100 g): #69 Watermellon or #6010 Coral, 8 (8, 8, 9, 11) 12 hanks
- Misti Alpaca Chunky 2 Ply (100% Baby Alpaca, 109 yd [99.6 m]/100 g): #RJ5764 Pink Paradise, 8 (8, 8, 9, 11) 12 hanks
- Blue Sky Alpacas Techno 2 Ply (100% 68% Baby Alpaca / 10% Extra Fine Merino / 22% Silk, 120 yd [109 m]/50 g): #1981 Pink Posh, 8 (8, 8, 9, 11) 12 hanks
- Size US 15 [10 mm]
- Circular 29” and/or 36”
- 7” or 9” DPNs
- Size US 101/2 [6.5 mm] Circular 24”
- Size US 8 [6.5 mm]:
- Circular 29” or 32”
- 7” or 9” DPNs
Gauges listed equal 4×4” [10 x 10 cm].
- With size US 15 Needles in Sts St:
- 10 Sts and 12 rows
- Stitch Markers.
- Tapestry Needle.
The Original Flynnie Sweater: Top Down, In-The-Round, Wide-Weave Raglan Sweater
©2011 Julie Grantz. All Rights Reserved.
Please respect copyright law and Do Not Reproduce in any form. Duplication & distribution of this pattern in any form without express permission of the author is a violation of copyright law: You may not make multiple copies of this pattern, reformat it for commercial use or resale, or sell items made from this pattern. Your respect for copyright law allows me to keep bringing you new and interesting designs. Write with feedback or errata at: projecthallway AT gmail.com.
March 12, 2011 § 4 Comments
So I have been working like a mad-lady trying to get these two dressed designed, patterned, sewn and photographed to submit for a competition, and while I finished one, the second one, I realized only at the very last moment, just wasn’t meant to be. With the production rush I have been very, very bad about not posting, but what can I say.
Last weekend, Ramon and I traveled up to my mom’s house to hang out. So funny and so cute, my mom had called a few days before we arrived stating that, “Since you are having so much fun with your yarn, I want to try to take up crochet, again. Can you give me a lesson.” Happy to oblige and after a trip to Walmart to buy cheap, big yarn, and big crocheting needles, she is now off and running, able to 1. identify mistakes and more importantly 2. go back and fix them.
Also on our little northern voyage, we took a 22 mile drive out to see Lamborghini. And while, sadly for us, it was raining, Lambo didn’t let that stop her from a Triscut feast. With sheering time only weeks away, I tried to make good friends with Lambo, as I will be super lucky to acquire her goods after the woolly event, which I will hopefully be able to watch, and maybe even participate it.
Now to the bad news.
I have been working on this sweater that I love, the cover sweater from Precious by Kim Hargreaves but really, why would you ever not do something top-down … Size three needles and some stress from the sewing extravaganza, my wrist really started hurting. After a week of hurting, I finally [made the mistake and] said something to Ramon. Now he has mandated a knitcation for 1-2 weeks, though please note, it is a vacation from, not for, knitting.
This was all fine and good, as I was able to sew, until a few nights ago, when I had a very bad muscle spasm in my neck.
Basically unable to move my neck at all, it took 5 hours yesterday to get to the art store to buy illustration board to mount the pictures I had already taken of my sewing competition entries, get the pictures mounted to the board (a task I have done hundreds, if not thousands of times), and get it down to FedEx. I already had all of the forms filled out, pictures touched-up and printed, but FIVE HOURS!!! This was followed by a two hour nap, then a margarita, then sleep. Ugh.
Today my neck is still very stiff, but since I can’t knit, I feel like a bump on a log, and totally worthless. With nothing else left to turn to, I have started to crochet the Broomstick and Lace hat from my 12in11 list. Making good progress, and I love the Blue Sky Alpacas: Alpaca Silk Yarn in 120 White that I am using, though I still feel like crochet is much more difficult than knitting.
So now slowly I go, trying to get back to normal, whatever that is.
September 6, 2010 § Leave a Comment
My Baby Alpaca has been rolling in the hay. No really! As I am knitting this absolutely amazingly soft baby alpaca yarn into my McQ sweater, I have been coming across more and more tiny, short straw particles. Carefully I am pulling them out, and I am discovering that this is going to be one warm sweater. Baby Alpaca: super soft, super snuggly, super warm. The good news is that the cuffs on both arms are completed and now I am working on shaping the raglan sleeves. Then, just the cowl left. Overall the yarn is a little less structured than I was hoping, but I picked it out when I was still a very (k)newbie knitter, so I didn’t know that it was going to have a little personality of its own, but maybe that is a good thing. I am such a perfectionist, if it is not perfect, it just won’t due. This sweater isn’t going to be exactly like the picture because of the baby alpaca, but I think that that is actually OK. I think I am going to really like it anyway. I’ve worked so hard on it, I hope that I can just be proud of it when it is done.
So, even though I spent all day working on Ramon’s new work website today, I still had a sewing success at the end of the day. I drafted a pattern, which I started at 5:30, and by 8 I had the final garment sewn! Ok, let me just say that this is like the most simple project ever, and I still have some of the finishing to do (hem, binding, etc), but I went from none to done in two and a half hours! It is a very simple lightweight knit dress with a racerback, and it is made out of the most amazing bargain bin fabric ever: blue gradient snakeskin print. Oh holy hotness, I love it. I made a test garment out of some horrible burgundy knit that I have had for an eon. I again had success with Ramon’s measurement taking. I had to take into account the stretchiness of the knit, which I haven’t ever done before. I did have to do some tailoring/adjusting after it was sewn. But the more I do, and then have to fix, the more I learn. All in all, I couldn’t be happier.
Oh, and for the fist time ever, I did not have to rip out one single seam! I will post pictures of it as soon as I finish the finishing!
And lastly, as promised, pictures of the Gap Kids size large Sherpa jacket that I turned into a skirt:
My current drafting, pattern cutting, fabric cutting, sewing, and serging table: