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A Sweater Knitter

October 23, 2015

Are you a sweater knitter?  I don’t yet personally count myself one, although I have knit and designed a number of popular garments!  My friend Rosie is definitely a sweater knitter.  I joined her for a trip to the park, and she brought along 12 of her favourite sweaters.

For all the project details, check her out on Ravelry – she’s Rokay.  Thanks again Rosie for modelling your lovely work, and sharing your story!


Seneca by Jared Flood

What makes a sweater knitter? 

I’m not sure of the correct definition, but when you meet one you’ll know!  Rosie learned to knit just 2.5 years ago, and already has made 16 sweaters for herself!  She’s also done several for her husband, friends, and little family members too.  This works out to a sweater every month or two… definitely far exceeding my own knitting output!


Why sweaters (or rather jumpers here in the UK)?

Rosie told me that even before she began knitting, she had a love affair with sweaters.  They were the items that she loved to shop for, and was drawn to browse in thrift stores.  Her gran is an accomplished machine knitter, so she’d grown up in custom-made sweaters.  Born in the warmer South, she finds Edinburgh winters ‘bitterly cold’, and stacks of sweaters are an obvious remedy!  She’s recently cut her hair short, which she admits was in no small part inspired by the desire to show off the exquisite yokes she loves to knit, so they wouldn’t be hidden by the fall of long hair!  That’s dedication folks!


One of my favourite of Rosie’s recent creation is Epistrophy by Kate Davies.


Yokes Yokes and more Yokes!

As you can see, Rosie tends to knit yoke sweaters, because she loves having the mindless knitting time of body and sleeves, then enjoys the details at the yoke toward the end of the garment.  She’s also found that circular yokes are more flattering on her than raglan-style shaping.  Because she’s quite a product knitter, she wants to get that sweater off the needle and into the wardrobe!  So simple yoke patterns are ideal.  She often adjusts patterns for gauge and for her shorter body and longer arms, and adds more curvy waist shaping, as she is rather petite.  These simple seamless sweaters are ideal for adjustments like this which make for a perfect fit.


North Shore by Tin Can Knits.  Seeing Rosie knitting this inspired me to cast on one for Max! I’ll share that soon…


Grettir by Jared Flood. I really love the bold graphic nature of this yoke! I think it’s pretty fabulous in 2 colours.


Strokkur by Ysolda Teague. I’ve got some major sweater envy of this one! I’d love one just the same… or with charcoal as the MC.

But it’s not ALL yokes!  Rosie does branch out, and has a number of sweaters all set out to knit… but finds that she doesn’t often cast on the more complex projects, preferring to work on projects she knows she’ll be able to wear within a month or so!


Merle by Norah Gaughan – I LOVE these cables!


Field Study by Ann Kingston. One of the sweaters that Rosie is most proud of, this one was a big stretch in terms of time commitment, and technical challenges.


And if those exquisite sweaters weren’t quite enough to inspire… here are a few more!

Have you been inspired by Tin Can Knits ‘Year of the Sweater’?

If you haven’t already heard about our sweater-knitting-push for this year, you still might want to join in!

We plan to each complete 12 sweaters, some will be for us, some will be for little people we have or know.  It doesn’t matter if we started them last year (or, ahem, a few years ago), this is the year they will be finished!  Along the way we’ll be sharing our favourite sweater-knitting tips and techniques, as well as adding some new tutorials to our already extensive list (check them out here).

So join us won’t you?  Let’s knit along!  Tag your KAL projects with #tck12sweater2015 and check out our Rav thread here for a little knitterly support.

There are some amazing prizes to be had…

1. A sweater’s worth of yarn from Rainbow Heirloom.

2. A signed copy of our book Road Trip.

3. The complete Tin Can Knits ebook library.

Some of the Tin Can Knits designs that Rosie has knit!

Antler CardiganNorth Shore Pullover

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Sharon permalink
    April 8, 2016 12:24 pm

    These are so inspiring! Thank you, Rosie and Tin Can, for sharing Rosie’s hard work.

    Is it my eyes, or does the back of the left shoulder of Field Study need a spot of mending?

  2. December 25, 2015 11:58 am

    So beautiful.can you tel me how can you knit north shore sweater.(extra loops)

  3. Barb R permalink
    November 3, 2015 5:01 am

    Talk about a prolific knitter! WOW! i am so impressed and so inspired.
    Beautiful work!

  4. October 25, 2015 1:18 pm

    Some beautiful designs here…I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern for my newest yarn!

  5. northmelbournemum permalink
    October 24, 2015 4:29 am

    She’s worth robbing!!

  6. October 23, 2015 7:21 pm

    Wow! Good on you Rosie! I can’t believe you have knitted that many in 2.5 years of learning!!! I am a ‘newbie’ too, and have made a couple of shrug/cardigans but I know am inspired!!!

  7. October 23, 2015 3:07 pm

    These are gorgeous! Great work, Rosie. 16 sweaters in 2.5 years? That’s incredible. I particularly like the North Shore sweater

  8. October 23, 2015 12:47 pm

    Holy smokes, this is amazing! She’s only been knitting 2.5 years? Gorgeous, each one of them.

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