Fall ’17 Knitting Plans

Alright, we’ve talked fall/winter style inspiration, now lets talk making plans! You may have noticed I’ve been doing a ton of knitting over the past few years. When sewing becomes your job you don’t always want to take it home with you every night, so that’s where knitting comes in. It just so happens to also be a great companion to sewing as far as handmade wardrobes go! So lets dive into my current fall knitting queue*.

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Exeter
This sweater has been a long time coming. I first added it to my queue back in fall of 2014, then Bellows was released shortly after and I pushed Exeter back for that. After knitting Bellows, also designed by Michele Wang, I thought ‘how many oversized jacket style sweaters can one person need?’ Well my friends, the answer is at least 2 for sure! I wear my Bellows at home all the time, but then find myself hauling it back and forth to work and wishing I just had a giant snuggly sweater at both locations. Exeter is currently on my needles being knit up in the Bog colorway of Quince & Co. Owl. Originally I purchased the yarn for a Flaum, but that is another story for another day. I’ve started this one already and you can follow my progress over on my personal Instagram account, @jen_beeman.

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Honsestrik Inspiration
I fell in love with the strangeness of this sweater after Karen posted about it in her Instagram Stories earlier this summer and despite it being the opposite of what I usually wear print wise, I really wanted it. I’m trying not to let my limited colorwork experience intimidate me too much, though it’s difficult since this sweater is knit on US4 needles. In theory I’ll be casting on with my friend Kate at Rhinebeck so she can teach me the ways of throwing colorwork. Kate if you’re reading this, should I still bringing this sweater with for your expert skills?! The sweater is from the book ÅLJ Åse Lund Jensen – en dansk strikdesigner and I’m using the recommended Isager Alpaca 2 & Highlands yarns. I’ve just gotten my color palette all settled but not before another friend, who is also thinking about knitting this sweater, came to the rescue with a skein of Isager Alpaca 2 in the perfect charcoal grey. So now I’m all set, just need to get up the courage to cast on!

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Gus
A few months back Julie mentioned she was planning a sweater club for fall and without knowing anything about it, I knew I was in. You may have noticed I’m a bit of a Julie Hoover knit fan around here. I’ve knit Ludlow, Martine, Benton and have a few other of her patterns in my Ravelry queue. So back to sweater club! I knew there were cardigans so I signed up immediately the Monday the club launched and good thing too because by the next afternoon all 100 spots had filled! The yarn for this sweater is Woolfolk Luft which I’m really excited to try out. It’s very unusual with a merino wool center surrounded by a pima cotton cage. Can’t wait to get my kit (I ordered the black one, surprise surprise) and see how it knits up!

Fall '17 Knitting Plans | Grainline StudioBaby Jane
With all these sweaters, I’m going to need a few quick projects to remind me that I still know how to finish a handknit in a reasonable amount of time! As soon as Kelbourne Woolens released this hat pattern I knew I wanted to knit one. I love a good cabled project and I’ve always wanted to knit a traditional cable like this. I’ll be using the recommended yarn, Aranmore Light, which I already have in my stash. The Kelbourne ladies also just put up a great post about designing with this cable on their blog that I enjoyed. It’s always fun to know where ideas come from!

Fall '17 Knitting Plans | Grainline Studio

The Rosses
Why stop at one cabled hat when you can have two? I’ve had this pattern, also from Kelbourne Woolens, in my queue for about a year now and the recommended yarn in my stash for just as long. Going to get this one done this season as well. Plus who doesn’t need another hat? I always do, especially one so potentially quick to knit and squishy!

So that’s my fall/winter ’17 knitting queue, I’ve got to get busy with a list like that! What are you looking forward to knitting up this season? Let me know so I can add more to my list!

*This is my dream winter queue…obviously all of these involved sweaters will not get made in one winter. I’m also writing this as the fall knit collections are releasing so I’m sure something shiny and new will catch my eye. Always too many projects and never enough time!

11 replies on “Fall ’17 Knitting Plans

    • Jen

      Ooh exciting!! I wish I could have powered through the fisherman’s rib but it was just making me *sooooo* angry! Are you on Ravelry? Would love to see and live the Flaum lifestyle vicariously through you 😉

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  • ElaineChicago

    Lots of bagged up yarn and patterns for sweaters in the queue and currently working on Kirwin in camel wool. I have the ochre color Everlane wide-leg cropped pants. Love them. Do you have a storefront here in Chicago? Would love to visit!!

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    • Jen

      Ooh a camel Kirwin is going to be soooo amazing! We don’t have a storefront, only our studio space which happens to be in a storefront, but we’re only set up for work here. If we ever do any sort of event I’ll definitely announce it here!

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    • Jen

      Oh also re: the Everlane pants…do you feel like they stretch with wear? I’m still considering a pair but I’ve heard conflicting reports about them stretching out to a different size.

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  • Marie Carter

    Love your choices ! Any FWIW, the yarn that i bought a year ago for Flaum became a grey (super drapey) Kirwin! My winter plans include the Ronan cardigan in Hayloft, another Julie Hoover Hayward (can’t help it) in Cast Iron, the Huck hat by Norah Gaughan in Eucalyptus (Swan’s Island DK) and can’t get through a winter without knitting something by Michele Wang – the Cleridae hat (in Julie Asselin’s Cortex colorway).

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    • Jen

      I feel like you can never have too much Julie Hoover in your life! I’ll have to check out those hats too, they’re one of my favorite winter things to knit. Did you try the Flaum or just decided Kirwin was the better option for the yarn?

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      • Marie Lee Carter

        Actually, I was scared away from Flaum because everyone complained about all of the fishermans rib lol. Honestly though, I think that I will frog the original kirwin (the alpaca in the owl is making it grow too much) and make another Julie Hoover design in better suited yarn. I may still make Flaum yet!

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