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As you may remember, my parents spent Father’s Day up in the mountains doing a little photo shoot for me (I forgot to take pictures of a sweater that took me a million years to make).  And, boy, did they take it seriously…!!!!

Ok!  I’d like to note that my parents REALLY focused on the “Scandinavian” aspect of the sweater, and found really great places to take pictures of the sweater in what may look like Norway (actually Loveland Pass, Dillon Lake, and Idaho Springs, CO)!!!  But they took no photos of the details or the stitches of the sweater!!!  But I’m ok with that!!!  Because they spent Father’s Day together having fun and making an adventure out of the fruits of my labor!!!!  🙂




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For a while now, my dad has been really wanting a traditional Norwegian sweater, but as some of you may know, they cost roughly $400-$500 (hand knit, of course).

Well, clearly, this is out of my budget (even though my heart wants to pay it), so I decided I would make one for him instead!  I’ll use a traditional Scandinavian pattern, order the yarn direct from the source, and get crackin’.  It’s LIKE he bought it from the ol’ motherland, it’s just my little hands that are doing the work!

Upon doing research, I stumbled upon this beauty!  A KIT!  PERFECT!  It’s Icelandic, but it was the most accessible for what I thought would work for my dad (and me), so I ordered it!!!  No only do you get all the yarn you need to make the sweater, you get a complete book of about 20 scandinavian patterns!

I ordered everything right before Christmas so I didn’t want to get started!  I wrapped up the yarn and the book for my dad and put it under the Christmas tree!  He was so happy to receive a box of yarn!!  🙂

My parents came to visit at the end of May, so I made sure I had it done by then.  The pattern was easy to follow and moved quickly.  It was PERFECT!  My dad was born to wear that sweater!   I was in such a zone, I took ZERO pictures of my progress!!!  And off my parents went with my very best work ever!!!  And no proof I made it!!!

And fast forward to today, Father’s Day!!!  My parents live outside of Boulder, CO, and I received this little gem of a photo from my mom and her cell phone:

My parents drove up to the mountains (Idaho Springs, I believe) this morning to do a little “photo shoot” of my dad in his sweater!  My mom says she has 30 photos total!!!  I can’t wait to share them with you!!!

Happy Father’s Day to all you handsome dads out there!!!



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Hello! This post is a long time coming…my apologies.  The week just got away from me!  I wanted to share this tunic I just finished since I’m really happy with how it turned out.  The pattern is from the fall issue of Interweave knits– easily my favorite knitting magazine right now.  The patterns are so sophisticated!  Here are some images from the magazine:

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The tunic is knit in the round with subtle shaping along the sides.  The cowl neck and armhole edging is made by picking up stitches along the edge…I’ll admit, I had never done that before!  I’m pretty happy with how my own sweater turned out.  The pattern calls for Tahki Big Mountain, which I used, just in a different color.  If I would change anything about my own garment I’d make the cowl neck just a bit more floppy.

There is ONE stitch on the back of my garment that I didn’t pull the yarn back around the front while doing a purl stitch.  It will haunt me forever!!  But two women who own the local yarn store Loop saw me wearing it one day and told me it was super professional…that more than makes up for one missed stitch!

On to my own pictures…I really apologize for my lack of picture taking skills.  Please bear with me while I learn….

Photo 32Photo 33

Photo 3

And a couple more so you can see the stitches better:



p.s. I call everything an “Apple Picking Sweater.”



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To show you this precious picture?


This is Kati and JT!  Wearing matching sweaters!!!

Kati’s (you can’t tell) is from Twinkle’s Weekend Knits by Wenlan Chia.  We’ll write up a review and take better pictures of it for you later! 

We can’t believe we forgot to show you!




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Alright!  JT was kind enough to let us take some more pictures of his first sweater for this Autumn season.  Thanks, JT!

Garden Times


Belly Rubs!


JT’s already workin’ on something new, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Here’s the PDF version of JT’s Windbreaker 2009.


More pics of the windbreaker will be up later this evening!




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A Midwest Needles EXCLUSIVE!!!!

JT’s a small little guy, and a dachshund, so the new autumn weather has inspired him to create his first piece for this season!  And now he doesn’t  get so cold anymore!

JT’s Fall WindBreaker 2009!!!

JT's Fall Windbreaker 2009

Perfect for the in between seasons!

This houndhugger fits nicely under a harness and isn’t too bulky!  And it knits up in a jiff!

Here is your first Midwest Needles exclusive pattern!

This pattern measures (approximately) 15 inches around the neck, 17 inches around the waist belt, 5 1/2 inches wide across his back, and about 10 inches long from his neck to the end!  It’s a very stretchy windbreaker, so it really is comfortable for JT, but also remember that when you’re trying it on your pup!  Don’t worry!  It’ll stretch!  If you need help adjusting for the right size…just email us! 


size 19 needles (woah)

Brown Sheep Burley Spun in the very manly “Blue Boy” color (you don’t need a lot, we just used some scrap).

2 large and in charge buttons.  We chose orange. 

co (cast on) 26 stitches

Round 1 k (Knit)

Round 2 p (Purl)

Round 3 k2, s (slip) the next stitch over as if you were to knit it, but just move it to the right needle, then k to the end (you created a little hole for the button!)

Round 4 p

Round 5 k

Round 6 bo (bind off) 7 purlwise, p12, then bo 7 purlwise again.  12 stitches remaining.

That’s the collar!

Round 7 k

Round 8 p

Round 9 k

Round 10 p

Round 11 k

Round 12p

Round 13 k

Round 14 p

(*so you just worked in stockinette stitch for a portion of the back until you get to his belt, this should be approximately 5 1/2 inches for JT)

Ok!  This part may seem tricky, but really, you can do it!  I know you can!  JT knows you can!!!

With a separate small amount of scrap on the opposite needle where there isn’t any remaining yarn, you need to cable cast on 10 stitches, leave them on your needles, and relax.

Then go back to the other side where you finished your last round of stockinette stitch, you need to cable cast on 10 stitches.

If you have questions about the cable cast on, we can help!  Also, there are some youtube videos (not of us) that are helpful!  

You should now have 32 stitches (10 of which are not attached, but soon will be…!)

Round 16 k (all of them)

Round 17 p

Round 18 k2, slip knitwise one stitch (like you did for the collar), then k to the end.

Round 19 p

Round 20 k

Round 21 bo purlwise 10, purl 12, bo purwlse 10. 12 stitches remain.

Round 22 k

Round 23 p

Round 24 k

Round 25 p

Round 26 k

Round 27 bo purlwise

Yay!  Those final stockinette stitches are obviously variable.  You can make it as long or as short as you want.  JT didn’t want it too long for his initial piece, but we have a feeling he’s going to come up with some craaazy outfits this season!

Flip the piece over so the knits are on the inside and the purls are on the top.  Sew on the buttons for the waist and the collar, weave in the ends, and ta da!  JT’s windbreaker!

We’ll be posting more pictures up once we have some help outside!

p.s. We’ll have it in PDF form tomorrow.  So please email us if you’d like the pdf version.  🙂 



You'd be thirsty too if you were this creative!

You'd be thirsty too if you were this creative!

P.S.S. Please try to remember we want to share our projects with you.  If you’d like to reuse them for your own personal work, obviously, we’d love that.  If you’d like to use it for anything else, please notify us and be sure to mention where you got the pattern from!  Please don’t steal!  It’s not nice!

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