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Gramps: All Grown Up

July 26, 2014

9M-gramps-27aEver since we first released the Gramps pattern in 2011 (I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already!) we have had requests for this sweater in grown up sizes. Well the grown up Gramps is here at last! Now you can knit your adorable little grump and your more mature grump the very same sweater.

The original Gramps was inspired by the idea that wee babies look a lot like grandpas. They just have that grandpa face! It’s adorable to think about small children with little pockets for their pipes and elbow patches to cover years of wear and a generous shawl collar too! They look old and young, vintage and new, all at the same time. But what of the adults who love this look? Now we have something for them too!

I have always loved a shawl collar. It makes a sweater look casual and vintage. It conjures images of fireplaces, farmhouses, and newspapers for me. I can picture both my father and my grandfather in worn sweaters, sitting by the fire with their newspaper (I realize this comment is kind of dated in the digital age, an iPad would be more up-to-date but you get the picture!). This classic knit is oh so cozy, with details to keep you warm while looking cool.

Gramps is knit from the top down, shawl collar and button bands are picked up and  pockets and elbow patches are sewn on last. To knit a Gramps of your own here are the materials:

Pattern: Gramps by Tin Can Knits

Yarn: We used Madelinetosh Vintage. Hunter is wearing size 2-4 in ‘robin red breast’ and ‘whiskey barrel’, Jones is wearing 6-12 mo in ‘whiskey barrel’ and ‘well water’, and Emily is wearing size S in ‘charcoal’ and ‘smoke’)

Needles: US #7 / 4.5mm and US #6 / 4.0 mm (or as req’d to meet gauge); baby – 6-8 yrs: 32”+ circ and DPNs in ea size
8-10 yrs – Ladies L: 40”+ circ and DPNs in ea size Ladies XL – 4XL: 47”+ circ and DPNs in ea size, plus 16” circ in larger size for upper sleeve

If you are daunted by raglan sweaters, short rows, or pockets you can check out our fabulous Gramps tutorial here. We will take you step by step through the sweater knitting process.

The only question is: Who will you be knitting up a Gramps sweater for?

More sweaters for wee ones and grown ones from TCK:


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth Crecelius permalink
    August 7, 2014 1:42 pm

    Thanks for expanding the sizes for this pattern. I wanted to make one for my nephew but alas the sizes were too small. Now I can. I’m very excited and it is going on my project list. Hopefully I can get it done before it gets cold.

  2. July 27, 2014 11:49 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this pattern. Thank you. Adding it to me “to Knit” list immediately. :-)

  3. Cronic Knitter permalink
    July 26, 2014 8:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Vammeria and commented:
    I have loved this pattern since I found it on Ravelry and favoured it immediately! Such a shame that, like many other crafters, it’s come down to finding time with everything to get to doing and completing this adorable knit.

  4. knittedblissjc permalink
    July 26, 2014 3:36 pm

    it looks just as fantastic in the grown up version, too! Love it.

  5. LaceLady permalink
    July 26, 2014 2:49 pm

    absolutely fabulous! thanks heaps!

  6. Dorothy B permalink
    July 26, 2014 2:36 pm

    Thank you so much! I made a Gramps for my now-four year old grandson. He loves, it, I love it, and the knitting shop staff loved it too. I’m psyched that I can now make one for everyone. It’s a terrific pattern- fun to knit and comfy and flattering to wear.

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