the Grandpa Sweater

Finally! I started this for myself in the summer, a slightly over sized belted sweater to throw on for fall. You know how it is though you get side tracked with other projects, but I did finish and have been happily wearing it nonstop since.

My sister Peggy lovingly calls this my "Grandpa Sweater" a bit big & a bit masculine yet with a nice femininity about it. 

The "Grandpa" is knit from the top down with set in sleeves. The body & sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch with a seed stitch for the collar, front facings & belt.

 The yarn I used (Cascade's Pastaza, a 50/50 blend of wool & llama) holds up well when worn a lot, with little pilling making it one of my favorites for outer wear. It's a heavier worsted that calls for a #9 though I used a #10.5

A lot of people have asked me why I slip my edge stitches. My patterns almost always call for slipping the first stitch of every row and the 2 photos above show why. I'm wearing the sweater inside out and if you look at where I picked up stitches from the slipped stitch edge (around the armhole & for the front facing) it's very clean; it gives it such a polished finish. Even if you don't pick up stitches your edges look good.

Here you can see the sewn hem & the underside of the collar. I like the challenge of getting a garment to look as good on the wrong side as it does on the right side.

I wasn't planning on writing a pattern for this. Peggy told me I should... I don't know maybe in time for fall? Add it to the ever growing list of things to do!


  1. Love it! Love it! Love it!
    It looks amazing in person too!
    How about one for your sister who named it?!

  2. Ahh, my mother (a master knitter) taught me to slip the first stitch, too, which makes such a wonderful difference. You must write up this pattern!!

  3. Hi Karen, Good to see some news from you guys. How is everything going in LA? Miss you, Britta and family

  4. I'm always impressed by the combination of style, comfort and workmanship of your creations!!

    I have a couple of pieces I've made from your pattern collection and get countless compliments when I wear them. Yeah Knit1LA!!

  5. Pleeeeeeeease write this pattern. I love how it looks comfortable and flattering all at once!!


  6. If there was a pattern, I would buy and knit it. I have the yarn already. I really like it.


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