designing, estonian knitting, FOs:2009, haapsalu cardigan, sweaters, year of yokes, yoked sweaters

happy fall, y’all.

I figure today’s as good a day as any to debut my newest sweater:

happy fall, y'all. [365x2.103]

I’ve tentatively named this design “Haapsalu Autumn”, Haapsalu being the town in Estonia from which the nupp/lace motifs that inspired the maple leaf design came. Here are the details:

Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: My own, inspired by the Haapsalu style lace described in Nancy Bush’s “Knitted Lace of Estonia”.
Yarn: Beaverslide Dry Goods Worsted Weight, in “Clearwater”.
Gauge: 4 sts and 6 rows to the inch.
Needles: size 8 Denise Interchangeables and Knitpicks Harmony dpns
Time to knit: August 19th-September 19th. Exactly one month!

Y’all, the Beaverslide. It is amazing stuff. Delightfully wooly to knit with, complete with little bits of vegetable matter (which may bother some people, but not me!). But the knitting isn’t even the best part. The best part is what happens after it gets a bath. This yarn blooms like you would not believe. The knit stitches turn into this soft, cohesive fabric, and the nupps just pop. It’s amazing. I can’t recommend this yarn highly enough.

rhinebeck sweater front

I ended up finding a set of relatively light weight pewter buttons, with actual holes in them, rather than a shank. I really like the look of the silver against the dark teal, so I’m quite happy with my choice, although I’m sure it would have looked lovely with any of the buttons you lovely readers suggested on my last post, too. For those who have asked, I do intend to write this up as a pattern for sale, in multiple sizes. It may take me awhile, though, since the size of the leaf motif is so large that it makes resizing and shaping a bit difficult to think through.

rhinebeck cardigan, back

Today was not the best day for a photoshoot (it was raining on me the entire time), but I just couldn’t resist showing this sweater off on the first day of Autumn. Happy Equinox, everybody! (And especially to my husband, since today marks the start of our 19th season together as a married couple!)

25 thoughts on “happy fall, y’all.”

  1. Maybe not the best photoshoot day, but probably the right kind of day for a warm new sweater. It looks pretty and feminine. Have fun at Rhinebeck!

  2. A triumph! I loved what I’d seen of your maple motif, but the nupp/lace detail along the button bands REALLY makes this sweater for me. I wish I could come to Rhinebeck and see it in person.

  3. Gorgeous! I agree with Sarah — the button band detail is really what does it for me (along with the color, which suits you very well)!

  4. Whitney, this is so fantastic. It may be my favorite of your designs so far, which is saying a lot! So lovely on you. And again, if you want test-knitters eventually, please think of me :)

  5. This is even prettier than I imaginied!!! I absolutely love the front, the way the leaves drape over your shoulders. Wow, it is just beautiful!

  6. Wow! I love this sweater! I love the vintage look – it looks like it will be an heirloom sweater, and it’s such a nice fit. The color and texture of the yarn is so pretty too. Nice job!

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