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September Sweaters

September 27, 2016
Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits


In the summer of 2015 Emily R and I had an idea: we should knit matching sweaters for our kids! They are cousins after all, and who doesn’t love a good matchy photoshoot right? We used Emily’s rainbow leftovers from Ellis’ chevron blanket (SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in ‘saffron’ and ‘glacier’, Madelinetosh Vintage in ‘grasshopper’, ‘medieval’ and  ‘tomato’) and chose Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran in ‘sand’ for a nice neutral backdrop. We decided on a Flax sweater with the only modification being the rainbow.


This sweater has a bit of a 70’s vibe. I dig it.

Well, I knocked out the Hunter size sweater quick. The Jonesie size went a little slower, and the Bodhi size crawled (Em had long finished her wee Ellis sized sweater!).


The Jones and Bodhi sizes took me so long that I had to rip back the Jones one and add length to the arms and body and Emily had to do the same for Ellis’! So, a year after our intended finish date we did it: September sweaters!


Flax Hack:

This one is pretty simple, once you have done 2 rounds of the body in the main colour, switch to a rainbow! We used 5 colours and 3 stripes of each colour for all the sizes.


The bright pops of rainbow worked perfectly and I even got a shot of everyone looking at the camera at the same time (not an easy feat with these kiddos I assure you). I am absolutely in love with the results and although Jonesies will only fit him for another minute, at least there are hand-me-downs a plenty! Ellis will have a rainbow sweater in his size until he is 8 or so.


More rainbow bright knits from TCK:


17 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie M permalink
    December 4, 2017 10:54 am

    Absolutely love your Sept sweater & the kiddos in photos! Brilliant idea!

  2. Pam permalink
    January 19, 2017 7:40 pm

    Just the sweetest photos and sweaters I’ve ever seen. What a treasure!!!

  3. Barbara Junor permalink
    January 19, 2017 4:07 pm

    Beautiful children and love their sweaters!

  4. Joan permalink
    September 28, 2016 2:43 pm

    I just want to squeeze that adorable baby.. And his name is Jones? My grandfather is Jones, I’m Joan & wanted my son to use Jones..they didn’t love it. Are you kidding me, that’s the cutest manly name ever..
    Oh, and the sweaters are to die for, of course

  5. September 28, 2016 12:01 pm

    Absolutely adorable love the rainbow

  6. jatshaw permalink
    September 28, 2016 12:01 pm

    It sure looks like you did more than 2 rounds of the main color before starting the rainbow colors? (Flax Hack)

  7. jatshaw permalink
    September 28, 2016 11:43 am

    Love it! And I have the rainbow colors left from and earlier sweater. Hurrah!

  8. September 27, 2016 10:49 pm

    sweaters are looking great , such a nice colors

  9. Emily permalink
    September 27, 2016 8:29 pm

    Absolutely perfect!!

  10. September 27, 2016 3:51 pm

    How lovely, these really are fab. 😊

  11. September 27, 2016 3:32 pm

    These are amazing! They turned out so well. I love the boots too and got such a laugh out of the thought of Ellis wearing rainbow sweaters for the rest of his life!

  12. September 27, 2016 2:39 pm

    great sweaters – by the time the littlest guy grows out of the last one he might be done with rainbows, though. :-)

  13. Tania permalink
    September 27, 2016 2:07 pm


  14. September 27, 2016 1:51 pm

    Oh my gosh!! Super cuties :) Beautiful work on those sweaters.

  15. September 27, 2016 1:43 pm

    These are the sweetest pictures I have seen! Love them.

  16. Ann Bradley permalink
    September 27, 2016 1:40 pm

    Brilliant! Love it in every size and the kids are getting so big!!

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