Cinnamon Girl Cardigan


The Cinnamon Girl Cardigan began with a conversation about the yarn. Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire is a hand dyed 100% Rambouillet wool from New York state, its a bouncy round Aran weight that finds that perfect balance between rugged and softness. In short its the yarn you want for a ‘forever sweater’, the kind of sweater you reach for season after season, classic and cozy but with a few twists… I could be happy the rest of my life with a cinnamon girl ;-)

Knit from the bottom up, this cardigan is nearly seamless (there is a short seam attaching the collar to the neck back). A few notes on the sizing, the Cinnamon Girl Cardigan is imagined with a relaxed fit. The cardigan shown measures 39” and is shown worn with 3-4” of ease. There is 2” of overlap on the fronts so the amount of ease (positive or negative) is not as critical as with a more fitted style of garment. I would not recommend more than 4” of positive ease (larger than your actual measurements) or 1” of negative ease (smaller than your actual measurements) but anything in between is a matter of personal preference. Measure a few favorite garments across the underarm and across the hip before deciding which size to make if you are unsure.

Finished Measurements
36, 39, 41, 44 1/2, 48, 50” finished hip circumference.

Get all the rest of the details and information on how to buy the pattern in my Ravelry Shop

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Faro Pullover


New pattern this morning!

The Faro Pullover, knit in the Green Mountain Spinnery‘s Maine Organic.


All the pattern details and purchase information can be found on the Faro Pullover pattern page on Ravelry in the Savory Knitting shop.

IMG_9917Because the Maine Organic is available only in beautiful undyed wool colors I suggest the Spinnery’s Weekend Wool as a colorful alternative. They are not the same wool, the Maine Organic has a bit more halo and the Weekend Wool is a bit loftier but the gauge is spot on just note that the yardage in the skeins is quite different (250 y/skein for the ME O. and 140 y/skein for the WW) .

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Diary of a Rhinebeck Sweater: Instagram edition

1 gigantic skein of Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire in the color “Deer Skin” on October 3.

Things look good.

Day 5: A minor setback

Day 10: A major setback


Here I am at the festival with a finished sweater and two beautiful girls, Maria (wearing Larch) and Dana (wearing Stonecutters).
The yarn was an absolute joy to work with- the stitch definition is incomparable and the dying is exquisite. It withstood the ripping and re-knitting of the yoke and 1 sleeve (don’t ask). Already dreaming about knitting with Empire again, in the meantime I’m going to get to work making this pattern available to you all. The name is still to be decided… Any suggestions?


P.S. This is not Maria’s first appearance on the blog.



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Weekend Wool! Wool Weekend!

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Its Rhinebeck Weekend already!! Will I see you there?

If so make sure you visit the Green Mountain Spinnery’s Booth, not only do they have the delicious new Weekend Wool there, they will have the samples from the Green Mountain Weekend e-book there as well, including my Lodestar mittens pictured above.

(Isn’t that a beautiful shot? Ms Gale Zucker does some amazing work. I’m so honored to have had her work her magic with my mittens.)

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Fun with color: Marl

 The colors I chose for my Moxie, Logwood + Bittersweet, are a perfect match for New England foliage, in fact its exactly the shades of  whats happening to the maple tree just outside my window right now. bittersweetlogwood

The brilliant orange Bittersweet is tempered just enough by the purple-y grey Logwood, proving that once again nothing does color the way nature does. The Swans Island Natural Colors Fingering weight yarn comes in 26 beautiful naturally dyed colors + the 2 undyed Pure Blends colors (wouldn’t you love to see those marl together?) and the possible combinations are inspiring. Some of my favorites:

Bittersweet + Beetrootbittersweet beetroot

Beetroot + Sky Bluebeetroot sky blue

Tarragon + Tealtarragonteal

Early Thyme + Oysterearly thymeoyster

Lupine + Bittersweetlupinebittersweet

Oyster + Indigooysterindigo

Logwood + Oysterlogwoodoyster

Lupine + Beetrootlupinebeetroot

And that is just playing mix and match with 10 shades. I didn’t even begin to imagine what happens when you combine 3 or 4 different colors and start to play with color blocking…

Moxie is knit in an easy going 5 stitches/1″ gauge, easily matched by most worsted or DK weight yarns. If the marl look is not your preference the Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted comes in all the same shades as the fingering weight and knits at exactly the same gauge. I’m thinking there is nothing as timeless as a perfect navy sweater…



All photos in this post are © Swans Island


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The Moxie Pullover is worked seamlessly from the top down in the round. The yoke is worked in a hybrid of ‘round’ yoke and raglan shaping with subtle neck shaping integrated into the yoke construction. The body and sleeves are separated and worked seamlessly to the cuff.


The pullover shown uses 2 strands of Swans Island fingering weight/sock yarn held together throughout (more on that in the next post), substitute a heavy DK/Worsted weight yarn to get gauge using a single strand.

In homage to my friend Thea, I have a cocktail for this sweater, Moxie and Gin, aka the New Englander, also a song by the gone but not completely forgotten VT Bluegrass band Pine Island.


Finished Measurements
34, 36, 37 ½, 39, 41, 42 ½, 45, 47 ¼, 49”

900 (975, 1050, 1125, 1200, 1300,1400, 1500, 1600) yards Worsted Weight yarn
1800 (1950, 2100, 2250, 2400, 2600, 2800, 3000, 3200) yards Fingering Weight yarn (yarn held double)

Shown here
Swans Island 100 %wool; 525yards/480m/100g skein color: Bittersweet and Logwood; 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins each

Neck, hem and cuff:
US 4/3.25mm: 16” & 24” circular needles for body and sleeves. 4 or 5 double pointed (DPN) needles for sleeve cuff
Body and sleeves:
US 6/4mm: 16” & 24” circular needles for body, 4 or 5 DPN for sleeves

Notions required
Stitch marker(s), waste yarn for holders, tapestry needle

20 sts x 28 rows= 4” in Stockinette stitch with larger needle with yarn held double

The pattern is available for purchase in the Savory Knitting Shop on Ravelry


I had some really wonderful test knitter work this project and I can’t thank you ladies enough. The test in this case was not so much the construction or the sizing but of my ability to write a pattern for something I have not yet knit (AND WE DID IT!). This process proved to me that it is much harder to follow a pattern then it is to make one up and write it down after ;-p

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Sweater Season

The weather is changing here in the North East- in my little corner the leaves are turning orange and all the woolens are coming out.


This might surprise you but… I have a lot of sweaters. A LOT. You’re shocked right?

So many that I have to keep them in big rubber bins and after I’ve packed them up I sometimes forget about them. This is where you come in. Sometimes all it takes is a great project photo and suddenly I’m thinking “Ooo I want that…. WAIT I HAVE THAT!”

Today I’m wearing the Stonecutters Cardigan after seeing this beautiful sweater Threadpanda made (she also has a thing for the moody and atmospheric photos, I just love this, but if you want to actually see all her beautiful work click the link on her name)8254428343_aa31b38508_z

Some other recent rediscoveries:

Ewensberg5′s White Pine

Flokk’s and Viffla’s Acers

Georgievinsun’s Maxfield

And then there is JanuaryoneAwesome, amazing and possibly a little crazy Cara… Who knit not one but TWO Maxfields



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Plover Shawl


Named for the little shore birds that scurry with invisible legs and fly together in cloud formation over the coastline of New England, this shawl is worked on the bias in a completely reversible rib and eyelet pattern- there is no right or wrong side.The Plover Shawl is asymmetrical and is what I call and one-and-all-size shawl, it can be worked to any size desired just cast on and go until you run out of yarn or follow the patterns prescribed number of repeats for approximately the same dimensions listed below.This lovely little shawl/scarf/wrap has been my traveling companion since early August, once the pattern is established the 6 row repeat is easily memorized and because this uses only 1 skein it became a perfect on-the-road project that fit nicely in my purse, in my beach bag, occasionally a sweatshirt pocket.IMG_8033Finished Measurements
72”x 60” x 45” after blocking
50” x 48” x 36” before blocking

Swans Island Pure Blends Fingering 85% wool, 15% alpaca; 525yards/480m/100g skein color: Seasmoke; 1 skein

24” US 4/3.5mm circular needle
Adjust needle to obtain gauge.

20 sts x 24 rows= 4” in pattern before blocking
16 sts x 22 rows= 4” after blocking

This pattern is available for $5.00 in the Savory Knitting Shop on Ravelry



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