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Year of the Sweater – update time!

July 9, 2015

This year is the year of the sweater here at Tin Can Knits! In case you hadn’t heard, we are knitting 12 sweaters in 2015. The rules are loose (this is knitting after all, who needs rules?!), they can be big or little, you can finish sweaters you started years ago, and sleeve length is up to you!

There is a Ravelry group here and all the details of our KAL are spelled out here.

Playdate from Max & Bodhi's Wardrobe

The yellow Playdate cardi in Sweet Fiber Cashmerino 20 in ‘Canary’ was the first sweater I finished in 2015!

Are you ready for this: I have FINISHED 12 sweaters. *Alexa takes a bow and thanks you all for your applause*. It’s July. The only trouble is, a few of them are designs that I can’t show you…yet! Here are a few of the ones I can show you:

Flax for Ellis

I started this little Flax on Christmas day, the day I found out my nephew Ellis was on his way! (thanks for modeling Bodhi!)


I made this little Flax sweater in SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in ‘Cypress’ and ‘Glacier’ as a gift

I know, I know, I’ve been a little obsessed with the Flax sweater. I have knit 5 already this year! It’s really just the most perfect baby present. Quick and simple but very effective. I’ve also finished one for me! It is blocking now so I will be doing some modelling in the near future. And in case you didn’t know, Flax is a free pattern!

Prairie Fire

You may remember this little number from my wardrobe for Ellis, it is Prairie Fire in Madelinetosh DK in ‘El Greco’

My mum in the Grace sweater (by Jane Richmond) I finished for Mothers Day

My mum in the Grace sweater (by Jane Richmond) I finished for Mothers Day

I didn’t just start sweaters, and they aren’t all kiddie ones! I finished this Grace sweater, by Jane Richmond, in Sweet Fiber Sweet Merino Lite. I started this sweater with the intentions of finishing it for Knit City…2013! Well I finally put on the button band and the sleeves in time for Mothers Day this year.

Emily’s Sweaters

Emily has also been clicking her knitting needles to get to her sweater goal in 2015. She is in the same boat as I am, not being able to show you ALL the sweaters she’s knit so far, but here are a few highlights.

Em finished this peanut vest early in January

Em finished this Peanut vest in The Uncommon Thread early in January

Max in his new Flax, he outgrew all his wee sweaters at once so Em had to get moving on this one!

Max in his new Flax, he outgrew all his wee sweaters at once so Em had to get moving on this one! Rainbow Heirloom Sweater  in the beautiful Jewel Sea colourway

Antler Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

An Antler for herself. In an effort to create our own sweater wardrobes Em picked this sweater back up that was on hold.

This little number is an adaptation of our Flax pattern, details coming soon!

This little number is an adaptation of our Flax pattern, details coming soon! The yarn is Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘Princess Rockstar’


Em’s Snowflake Sweater in Rainbow Heirloom is underway!

Even though I have achieved my sweater goal I’m not nearly done! I still have 3 sweaters for me on the needles (Prairie Fire, Windswept, and Antler), yarn wound up for September sweaters for the kids (more Flax, I can’t get enough!), I was thinking some Christmas sweaters (knitters have to think ahead) and more designs of course. What can I say, I’ve caught the sweater bug!

More Flax sweaters on the horizon....

More Flax sweaters on the horizon….

So how are your 12 sweaters in 2015 coming?


More sweaters from TCK

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Desirae Lineham permalink
    August 12, 2016 10:50 pm

    I was wondering about the panel adaptation pictured in this post. I love the lace panel, where can I find the chart?

    Thanks so much,

  2. July 13, 2015 8:25 pm

    I’ve finished 4 sweaters and I have 3 on the needles. Another 3 are in the planning stage I don’t think I’m going to meet the challenge, but it will be one of the most productive years I’ve ever had. Funny story, I cast on to I <3 Rainbows in the 6 mos size and had a gauge accident and ended up with a sweater that fits my 3 year old. It's ok, she loves rainbows and hearts and even helped me find the most perfect buttons in the yarn store. They look like raindrops. With baby/small child things I take the Elizabeth Zimmerman approach, "find an appropriately sized baby."

  3. July 9, 2015 7:53 pm

    Love Love Love these cute sweaters on the cute babes!

  4. Katie Lynn permalink
    July 9, 2015 10:55 am

    I’ve finished 8, and am steadily underway with numbers nine and ten. It’s surprising how many fingering weight sweaters I have in there, but since getting a Scribd subscription I’ve been knitting while reading books on my laptop in the evenings, which means any large swaths of stockinette are pretty easy to fly through.

  5. July 9, 2015 8:29 am

    Love the sweaters! I just added Flax to my knitting queue. My boys will look so sweet in this sweater this fall.

  6. July 9, 2015 7:25 am

    Impressive stats! It really is the year of the sweater.

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