Modification Monday: Gramps Hack

Original Pattern: Gramps and Baa-ble Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rosie (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the Gramps sweater pattern as the base, Rosie knitted the sweater in the round with a steek using the colourwork chart from Baa-ble. She also eliminated the shawl cowl and added waist shaping. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Tin Can Knits was running a wonderful hack-a-thon that encouraged knitters to alter and otherwise ‘hack’ any of their patterns – a little or a lot! Rosie had wanted to put the colourwork chart from the famous baa-ble hat onto a sweater, and the challenge was the perfect opportunity to try her Gramps Hack. Impressively she knitted the sweater in the round and steeked it, and kept the rest of the cardigan details simple so that the charming sheep would be the focus. Rosie also eliminated pockets and elbows patches, which would have likely would have been a bit too much in one sweater when combined with the wonderful stranded design. The resulting sweater is a comfy, cozy, just-right-for-weekends cardigan decorated with the cutest sheep around!


  1. MariposaKnits   •  

    Great idea adding the baa-ble sheep to a sweater. The original baa-ble hat is still in my queque. Maybe its time to do it!

  2. Leah   •  

    I love it. It looks marvelous, a job well hacked : )

  3. kathy b   •  


    Im trying to use purple and green in a knit sleeveless top. THe Gramps photo is helping me!

  4. miss agnes   •  

    This looks like such a cozy cardigan, and the pattern adds a nice dose of fun and whimsy in the dreary winter season. Lovely shades too.

  5. Julie! So behind on commenting…but I must say of course I LOVED Lila’s Bunny Hat (you’d be certifiably nuts no to!) and all the other good stuff that’s been over here of late. I still have to make a pom pom for one of your mods…maybe this weekend. Time is flying, but spring is arriving. Phew!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Andrea,

      I hear you- time is going by SO quickly!! hard to believe we are already at the end of February. I have often wished that I didn’t need to sleep, but that everyone else still did- I could use those extra hours! 😉



  6. Loulou   •  

    What an awesome sweater! I love it.

    • Julie   •     Author

      It is such a great sweater! SO cozy.



  7. Lisa   •  

    Wow. That is really cleaver. I can’t believe she was able to pull that off AND steek it without trouble. What a very special knit she has there. Thank you for sharing!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      I hear you- I’m not a confident steeker either! But I don’t mind doing colourwork on a wrong side row. although it is a tad slower. But a lovely cardigan as a result, for sure!



  8. Susanne   •  

    Great links! What a perfect idea to incorporate the Baa-ble Hat design into a sweater! The hat’s been on my mind ever since it first came out (although I never did get around to making one), but I love this twist. Also, that book of poetry you wrote looks amazing, well done!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Susanne,

      I’ve seen some incredible mods and hacks with the baa-ble charts, it clearly was so inspiring to many! And thank you for the kind words on my book. 🙂



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