FO: Tree Jacket

Quite a few of you picked out the tree jacket from the Gretel photos yesterday – so here’s the official report!

tree jacket, done

Tree Jacket
Pattern: Tree Jacket from Zephyr Style
Yarn: The Fibre Company Terra in Acorn, every bit of 8 skeins
Needles: Denise US 8

This one took less than a week to knit! Now that’s a quick sweater. The yarn’s definitely captivating, plus the pattern’s simple and chunky enough that I was able to get it out really quickly.

As I posted about before, I was pretty short on yarn. I had seven matching skeins, plus the one pinky one – it seems to have worked out fine! I could’ve done the smallest size, as it turns out (and I’m 36″, so it was a gauge issue) and then I might’ve been able to make the sleeves longer or something.

I knit the second size and it’s a bit baggy under the arms. I do love the garter stitch yoke, and I even love the jog at the beginning of the round.

tree jacket, back

The biasing of the lace in the body is really flattering! That was a nice surprise. I ended up using three skeins of yarn for the yoke, another 2.75 for the lace in the body (plus a bit of the pinky one for the ribbing) and then the remaining 1.25 skeins for the sleeves.

It was a bit hairy – I knit the body long enough, and added a couple extra rounds of ribbing to make sure it wouldn’t roll. Then I weighed the remaining yarn and knit both sleeves at the same time (okay, alternating every couple rounds) and decreasing right away – the pattern has you do quite a few inches straight before decreasing. I managed four decreases before running out of the matching yarn.

Then I switched to the pinky skein and to stockinette, and just kept going until I was out of yarn. The sleeve length actually works really well for me, so I’m happy. And no leftovers!

I loved knitting this sweater, and it turned out great. What more can a knitter ask for?

tree jacket, done

FO: Gretel

All done! I love quick projects.

gretel, side

Pattern: Gretel by Ysolda
Yarn: my handdyed, handspun merino 2ply
Needles: Denise US 5 and US 7; Brittany US 7 dpn

Started last Thursday, finished Friday, worn out and about on Sunday.

gretel, back

The cables are a little obscured by the variegation in the yarn, and they don’t pop as much as they would in a 3ply yarn. But you can still see them, and they’re certainly cushy!

The band does sort of threaten to fall off my head, but it seems to hold itself on pretty well, at least for now. I can always thread some elastic through there if need be, later on.


I have a very hard time with hats – but this one is perfect!

startitis – to the max

Let’s see – deadline knitting? Check. Half-finished sweaters? Check. New projects left and right? Check and check.

I started this piece a few weeks ago as some mindless back-and-forth for knit night, and haven’t really worked on it since. It’s a simple top-down raglan in some coned cashmere that I bought from Colourmart on ebay ages ago.

tweed top-down

Then there’s this, which I thought was just really cute and have wanted to make for a long while. Teva Durham’s Leaf Cravat, in Handmaiden Casbah (held double) on 4 mm needles.

leafy cravat

Is it still startitis if you actually finish the thing really quick? I started Gretel from Ysolda on Thursday, and finished it up on Friday. FO photos soon!

gretel in progress