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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!