November Knits

Welcome to the next stop on the November Knits Blog tour………..where you can win your very own copy of this lovely book!

I did already post about my design in this collection but I’m more than happy to share some additional background info as to how it all came about.

When Kate and Courtney asked me to contribute a design for November Knits I pretty much knew straight away what I wanted to submit. I even had a swatch already in hand! I loved the whole premise of the book. Fall is hands down my absolute favorite season of the year. I eagerly await getting on my boots, taking crisp morning walks and hearing the crunch of leaves under my feet. Of course I also look forward to getting on the wooly layers!

As I thought more about my design I was definitely picturing boots, skirt and fitted colorwork cardi….perhaps a stroll around a New England college campus!! Given the different chapters for this book it was obvious that this design would pair well with the Ivy League theme.

As many of my readers know I originally hale from the Shetland Islands and love to incorporate some of that wonderful knitting heritage into my designs.I was happy to be able to include some Fair Isle and Shetland wool in this cardigan. I have still only dabbled in Fair Isle and have to admit to not feeling overly confident when it comes to allover colorwork. So for this design I decided just to have the Fair Isle at the yoke. That way I figure it’s a little easier for people to cope with if they are new to stranded knitting. I also think it’s less overwhelming to pick alternative colors when there is a smaller section to focus on.

There is cutting involved in this sweater and that may horrify some of you! However, rest assured that if you use a sticky yarn like the Shetland wool then you won’t run in to any problems. It’s actually a lot of fun….and you don’t have to be an expert to take those scissors to the knitting….this was only my second time doing it!

I loved knitting this and will certainly make another for myself (you know when time permits). Probably with grey as my main color…with some yellows/greens in the yoke.

In order to win your free copy of November Knits (provided by Interweave Press) please leave a comment telling me one thing you love best about the Fall! You have until end of day Sunday November 4th (midnight EST) and the winner will be announced on Monday the 5th!

Here’s the full list of all the stops on the blog tour:

10.1: Kate Gagnon Osborn,
10.3: Courtney Kelley,
10.11: Green Mountain Spinnery,
10.15: Veera Välimäki,
10.22: Melissa Wehrle,
10.25: Tanis Gray,
11.1: Mountain Colors,
11.5: Melissa Labarre,
11.8: Lorna’s Laces,
11.12: Cirilia Rose,
11.15: Brown Sheep Yarn Company:
11.19: Carrie Bostick Hoge:



Gudrun Johnston