For me, there’s nothing more exciting than finishing a knit. I swear my knitting speeds up when I know I’m down to the last sleeve on a sweater or the last few inches on a hat. I don’t plan what I want to knit in a year because I change my mind a billion times, so I love putting together end of the year wrap-ups on my blog that let me see what I was able to accomplish. Since I write here every month about sweaters, I thought I’d give you a wrap-up of the sweaters I was able to finish in 2019.
Dog Sweaters: 6
when you’re an icon, it’s just the one name: jellybean. here’s Dana’s formula for custom dog sweaters.
Jellybean’s wardrobe grew this year. I knit five sweaters for her, and one for a close friend’s dog. These are the quickest knits, and probably my favorite. A tiny dog in a knit sweater just makes me smile, and it makes her popular when we take her out and about.
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so good it made the family holiday card. Read more about it on Dana’s blog.
My husband loves a vest. After making up a shawl collared vest for him last year, I decided to knit the Prado vest by Heidi Kirrmaier for him this year because: why not? He’s cute and he loves to show off his knits. I like to knit him one special thing a year
Tank Tops and T-Shirts: 6
Because we know you want to know the patterns. Top row from left: Soldotna Crop, Togue Pond Tank, Denis. Bottom row from left: Peplum Top, Trefann Sweater, and Guthrie.
This year, I refreshed my summer wardrobe with fun cotton knits that I wore a lot. My most worn piece is probably my cotton Soldotna Crop (top left in the photo) because I loved the fun color palette, and it ended up being a great layering piece. Cotton knits have become one of my favorite things because I can wear them all year long just by adding a layer underneath, which is perfect for Maryland and our mild winters.
Sweaters: 20 (7 Cardigans and 13 Pullovers)
When you’re a really good daughter and also a really good sister.
This year I made and gave away two Love Note sweaters, one to my mom and one to my sister, I was able to finish the year by knitting myself one—finally!
I knit my best friend Jessica a sweater for Rhinebeck, and I gave her a cropped mohair sweater that I made at the beginning of the year because it just looked cuter on her than it did on me. I knit a big chunky knit sweater for another friend to say thank you, and I knit my cousin a favorite brioche cardigan pattern I’ve shared here too. The rest of the sweaters were all for me. A recap of a few of my favorites:
My most worn sweater has been my Allison Cardigan.
Read more about Dana’s Allison Cardigan on her blog.
It’s light, and warm, and just easy to pull on with everything. It’s become my go-to cardigan that I take with me everywhere.
My most fun knits were Feather Featherweight Cardigans—one for me and a pullover for Jellybean.
Read more on Dana’s blog.
I mean…how can this furry fun sweater set not make me smile? This is the sweater that people are most surprised to find out that I knit it myself.
The sweater I’m most proud of is my rainbow Linus cardigan.
Read more on Dana’s blog.
This brioche baby was a labor of love that I could not wait to finish. It turned out even better than I expected, and it makes me happy every time I put it on.
This year I did not get to knit as much as I normally do. School and work kept me busy, but I still was able to accomplish a lot. With each year, I learn new things about sweater knitting, and I get better at fit and figuring out what flatters me the most. Overall, I just get a lot of joy out of it.
I hope that this year, my Dana’s Edit sweater choices have helped you to think of a new pattern or a different silhouette, or just think about sweater knitting in general. It’s my absolute favorite thing to do.
Here’s to more sweaters to knit in 2020!
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