November Knits

Posted on | October 22, 2012 | 18 Comments

Welcome to the next stop on the November Knits blog tour!

I haven’t had much to report on the design front in a little while, so I’m excited to be able to introduce you to the Thayer Street Cardigan, my contribution to November Knits, a fantastic collection of projects edited by Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley.

November Knits celebrates the changing seasons and all of the good things that come with it. What knitter doesn’t long for the cool air and falling leaves that mean sweater weather is here! The Farm Hands and Ivy League stories focus on projects for cooler weather in the northern parts of the country, however, knitters in warmer climates will be sure to find something of interest as well in the Southern Comfort theme.

For the Thayer Street Cardigan, I was inspired by school colors and rooting for the home team. To me, the Ivy League theme screamed stripes (one of the easiest ways to introduce color in your knitting), but I wanted to approach them in a different way for this classic V-neck cardigan. I decided to use two different stripe patterns and combine them together with the intarsia technique at the center back. Since there is only one color change per row, this makes it a perfect project for someone who has been interested in learning the technique, but isn’t too keen on juggling a bunch of different colors at the same time – yet. If you can twist two yarns together, you can do intarsia! Promise!

I used Green Mountain Spinnery Local Color for this project and I really, really loved it! It really doesn’t get any better than organic wool grown in the USA and dyed with natural dyes. It’s a very sturdy yarn, but definitely has a nice softness to it. It was my first introduction to Green Mountain’s yarn and I will definitely be using it again.

The lovely folks at Interweave have graciously provided a copy of November Knits for me to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment below, maybe something about what project you’d like to knit from the book, or what you love most about Fall. I’ll choose a winner on Thursday October 25th via random number generator. In the meantime, be sure to check out November Knits at your LYS!

Here’s a picture of the sweater before the it left my hands, I was sad to see it go! It would have been perfect to wear in Rhinebeck this past weekend.

November Knits Blog Tour Schedule:

10.1: Kate Gagnon Osborn,

10.3: Courtney Kelley,

10.8: Jane Richmond,

10.11: Green Mountain Spinnery,

10.15: Veera Välimäki,

10.18: Laura Nelkin,

10.22: Melissa Wehrle,

10.25: Tanis Gray,

10.29: Gudrun Johnston,

11.1: Mountain Colors,

11.5: Melissa Labarre,

11.8: Lorna’s Laces,

11.12: Cirilia Rose,

11.15: Brown Sheep Yarn Company:

11.19: Carrie Bostick Hoge:






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  • Savannagal

    There are so many cute patterns in the book. Not sure which one I’d start first. I love the colors of fall, so no matter which I’d choose to knit first, I’d surely use fall’s earthy colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Barbara

    I happen to have two skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed, so would love to make the McIntosh Boot Socks.

  • Rebecca

    Hmmmm, what I love most about fall… well, when (& if) autumn makes her appearance in my part of Texas, it’s the crisp in the air, the warm sun mingling with a chilled breeze. Yes.

  • Janine

    I really like your sweater. I have never tried intarsia so it would also be a learning experience.

  • Eline

    That book looks perfect for this time of the year when we all move inside and get a blanket and a cup of tea and wonder what to knit now!

  • Debbie H

    I would love to knit the Walden Pond socks. thanks for the giveaway!

  • Rhea

    I love fall knitting because it helps me get in the mood for Christmas.

  • Kathryn Z

    Well, I’d make the Thayer St. Cardigan of course! How could I not?

  • Estella

    I’ve loved the Thayer St. cardigan from the moment I saw it! What a great book!

  • Sheila

    This week I wish I had the Market Jacket to wear. I’d make it.

  • Rose

    I love loads of the patterns in the book and your sweater is gorgeous. The first one I would like to knit is the Bluebonnet scarf to send to my Mother-in-law in Scotland. It would have so much meaning for her. Thank you for a super giveaway.

  • Stacey B.

    I love the Fall colors in Autumn.
    Lots of great patterns! My favs. are Tallulah Shrug, Cobblestone Trench, and Market Jacket.

  • Heather L.

    My third baby girl Rose was born on Oct. 2 of this year! So that’s what I love best about fall. I think I’d like to knit the mittens from November Knits — can never have too many. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kari

    Would love to make the Cobblestone Trenchcoat and Thayer Street Cardi. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Suzanne Shattuck

    I love the fall because the weather has cooled down (I hate the heat) and the leaves are pretty. And I love when it rains.

  • Knittingdancer on Ravelry

    I like the cooler temperatures in the fall and the beautiful colors in all the leaves.

  • Chris C

    Everything in the book is super-cute, but I think my favorite is the trefoil cardi. I’ve really been craving a color-work yoke cardi lately! Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on the pattern.

  • Myong

    Love the Thayer Street cardigan. In fact, it would be at the top of my queue to knit!