Me Made May: A Designer’s Favourite Knitted Sweater

10 May 2023

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This is the sweater that I wear the most; the one that I get the most compliments on. It’s super comfortable and hangs well, with a nice drape, thanks to the sideways construction. It has some short rows from the hem to the underarm that give it both a bit of swing and some extra room at the hips, which I like in a sweater. The mock turtleneck gives the right amount of coverage for our weather on southern Vancouver Island, and the woollen spun yarn means the sweater feels almost weightless. The yarn is spun from Targhee wool grown in New York State, so it’s fairly soft yet holds up impressively well to wear: I’ve worn the ever-loving heck out of this thing for almost two years and haven’t de-pilled it once.

This sweater is the prototype for a pattern I released last year. Usually, I make a new sweater design once for myself, then tweak the design to fix any issues I find while wearing the prototype, and adjust the sizing for a more average body, which mostly involves making the sleeves and body a bit shorter. This sweater came out exactly right on the first go.

Pattern: Osborne Bay, by Elizabeth Elliott, (Ravelry link, Payhip link)

Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Kingston (100% Targhee wool; 247 m/270 yds per 113 g/4 oz) in Wiltwyck

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Photos by Felicity Green.

Copyright © Elizabeth Elliott except as indicated.

About Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott learned to knit as a child, and started designing for hand knitters in 2010. Her work has appeared in several publications, including knit.wear, Twist Collective, and Knitscene. Elizabeth’s designs play with texture and geometry for clean, modern pieces with a timeless look. As a handspinner, she is fascinated by yarn structure, and strives to create designs that show off the best qualities of each yarn. Elizabeth lives in the Cowichan Valley, BC with her husband and her rescue cat, George.

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