In Which I Knit a Tyrolean Sweater

24 Oct

Hiya folks,

Today I thought I’d share with you a recent finished knit. After all my talk about German inspiration I realized that I had just finished knitting a traditional sweater!

Mmm . . . Bobble-y

The pattern is from Sarah Dallas’ Tyrolean Cardigan from the book Vintage Knits: 30 Exquisite Vintage Inspired Patterns. The original has a very sweet flower embroidery in between the vertical rows of bobbles, but it was a little too kindergarten teacher for my taste. I used a great workhorse yarn for this; Cascade 220 Sport weight in the green heather colorway. In fact, this yarn represents a kind departing gift from my place of employment in Tampa. Awww.

Who doesn’t want to look like an alligator?

I know this style isn’t to everyone’s taste. When I finished knitting it, my daughter exclaimed that the bobbles reminded her of an alligator. I thought this was an apt description since the yarn came from Florida! Unlike in Florida, this sweater will get a lot of wear here in the wilds of Ohio. I like it. I think the bobbles lend it a bit of interest and you’d be hard pressed to find a bobble on a sweater in any store these days.

To complete the sweater, I used some dark shell buttons from the stash. Side note; has anyone else noticed that it’s harder to find good shell buttons in the big box stores these days? Why is that? The only luck I have finding them is online or in antique stores. I digress.

So there you have it. Apparently I’ve been feeling this Tyrolean inspired vibe for longer than I’d thought! What do ya’ll think- bobbles are sexy . . . right? Sweater ravelled here.

Peace out!




4 Responses to “In Which I Knit a Tyrolean Sweater”

  1. gail October 24, 2012 at 8:24 AM #

    This is so perfect – leaving the flowers off, the loden green color. I want one too!

  2. Jen October 27, 2012 at 12:08 AM #

    Wow, this is amazing! I have several garments on my needles but as I’m a novice knitter they go so slowly…

    • eileensbasement October 27, 2012 at 6:37 AM #

      You’ll get there, just stick with it! I’ve been knitting avidly for about six years now but I was knitting sweaters within my first year of knitting. For me knitting goes slowly because it’s hard to work it in with all my other hobbies vying for my attention!

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