Modification Monday: Stella

Original Pattern: Estelle Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tracy (Rav ID)

Mods: Scaled down the size of the sweater and the yoke to  provide a smaller, more customized fit, including waist shaping. Fabulous modification details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This modification addresses something that I find problematic for myself- I haven’t knit a yoked sweater because attempts in the past have yielded yokes that are out of proportion for my small shoulders (and usually have a crew neck neckline, which does me no favours at all). But Tracy made this beautiful pullover to fit her shape exactly by customizing the shaping and the length of the yoke, and tweaking the sweater in many ways to give the customized fit that works for her smaller frame. The result is amazing- I love this sweater!! It looks beautiful and comfortable, and really chic.

Modification Mondays: Broadway Modified

Original Pattern: Broadway

Knitter Extraordinaire: Suzanne (Rav ID)

Mods: Customized the pattern to accommodate very different gauge, as well as adding more increases and decreases for a better fit; and  carried on the eyelet pattern through the upper portion of the sweater.


What Makes This Awesome: What I love about this knit (besides the fact that it is flat-out gorgeous) is that it is so customized. Suzanne revamped many of the details but kept the overall look and feel of the garment. The eyelets on the top are a fantastic detail, and the fit looks spot-on perfect. Fantastically full details are on her project page, here.

FO: Folded

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Pattern: Folded

Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington

Needles: 3.5 mm and 4.0 mm (US 4 and 6)

Mods: I knitted the sleeves flat and seamed them, adding an extra stitch at each side to allow for the seams. I despise knitting sleeves in the round, I have no idea why.

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Notes: I love Veera’s patterns. The lines are simple, flattering, classic, yet somehow really modern. Folded is no exception- it’s a lovely, perfect little sweater. I wnat to knit one in every colour, that’s how much I love it. And when I had it with me in Sudbury to visit my parents for Canadian Thanksgiving, my mom was in love with it. I don’t blame her- it’s super comfortable and I love this colour.

What I did not love, however, was the yarn. Huntington was a dream to knit with, I really liked everything about it until I wet blocked the sweater and was horrified at the results. The yarn bled, and the whole sweater grew. And I don’t mean it grew a bit, I mean it transformed itself into a gigantic curtain of sweater and scared the heck out of me. I actually put it in the tumble dryer, that’s how desperate I was to get it back to it’s small size again. And then the yarn pilled and fuzzed and immediately looked like some broken in, old sweater that had seen the inside of both a washing machine and a tumble dryer multiple times. 

It made me want to cry. Hours spent knitting a sweater I adore only to have it look like an old hand me down before I’ve even got photos.That’s why there’s no close up- I couldn’t’ stand to wallow in the fuzz.

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There was a lot of cursing going on at my place that afternoon, let me tell you. The worst part? I was totally going to give this to my mom for Christmas, since she loved it so much. But I can’t gift a prematurely-aged sweater. I’m so sad.

Modification Monday: Nightingale

Original Pattern: Nightingale

Knitter Extraordinaire: Momo (Rav ID)

Mods: Turned a beautiful colourwork sock pattern into a stunning colourwork cardigan- with steeks! Details are on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You know, a whole bunch of you sent me an email after this project hit ravelry and suggested it for Mod Mondays- because it’s that amazing. I mean, she turned socks into a sweater- that’s pretty darn amazing. Momo has a lot of gorgeous colourwork projects, but this really is a knockout- the colour combo is beautiful, the charted design is stunning, and it looks like it fits perfectly. It is the perfect storm of awesome project mods!! I urge you to check out the rest of her projects- Mom’s sense of colour and desire to modify patterns is nothing short of amazing.

Modification Moday: Cable Scarf

Original Pattern: Last Minute Waves of Grace Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Laurence (Rav ID)

Mods: Cast on more stitches for a wider scarf, and altered the row count and cable needle stitches to produce a thicker, more cable-y scarf. Details are on her project page.

What Makes This Awesome: Luscious. Thick. Cables. I’m pretty sure those three words say it all, but I’ll elaborate- these cables are perfect. Not a done-to-death cable that we’ve all seen a million times, these cables are like thick plaits, and the cream coloured yarn just makes them really stand out in all their cable-y glory. This is the the kind of cozy, gorgeous scarf that instantly updates any old coat, instantly adds extra warmth and comfort, and instantly ups the chic of any winter coat ensemble. It’s so perfect, I’m wishing that I had a clear moment in my knitting schedule lately to cast on for this immediately, because it looks like it’s a dream to wear. Sigh. One day, cable scarf. You will be mine!