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What makes a "quick-knit" quick?

Jan 28, 2011

Té Rosada by Pam Allen
There are lots of projects that say "quick-to-knit" in the descriptions, and there are lots of reasons that's probably true.

Quick knits can be small projects such as hats, mittens, or cowls. Some people might say scarves are quick projects, but my scarves always seem to take forever because I like to try involved stitch patterns or lace patterns in scarves.

Felted projects can be quick—they're usually knit on larger needles with worsted weight (or bulkier) yarn. I have a little felted handbag in my queue that I'm really wanting, it's a quick project but what's keeping me from starting it is that I have to wind the yarn from skeins into balls! I'm embarrassed for myself. I'll dig out my winder after I'm through writing this post!

Many of my friends define socks as quick projects. I guess so, but if you have second sock syndrome like I do, they can be forever-projects. One of my friends knits socks exclusively, and she's started knitting short cuffs¬Ź—about three inches above the heel flap—so they really are quick. They're plain stockinette socks, which I've actually never done, but knit with beautiful yarns that shine in stockinette. I've recently become the proud owner of two pairs of these socks, and I think I'm going to hop on the shortie-stockinette-sock bandwagon.

I'm a process person, so my projects don't have to be quick knits, but there sure is something to be said for getting projects done in the season in which you want to wear them!

Garter Stitch Stripes by Kennita Tully
I've never thought of sweaters as being quick projects, but they actually can be. Some sweaters are quick because they're cropped or short-sleeved, some are quick because they're plain stockinette or garter stitch, some are quick because they have little or no shaping and finishing, and some are quick because they're knit out of bulky yarn.

Kids' sweaters can be quick knits simply because they're small, but Garter Stitch Stripes by Kennita Tully (pictured at right) is double-quick because it's knit all in garter stitch and in worsted weight yarn. And it's so cute! It's equally suited to girls or boys, too—just choose colors appropriate to the recipient.

One of my favorite adult quick knits is the Té Rosada sweater by Pam Allen, pictured above.

This sweater is knit on size 9 needles at a gauge of 3.5 stitches per inch and it has no shaping on the body (although it would be easy to add a bit of waist shaping if you want to), so we're off to a good start for a sweater to wear this winter!

One of the things I like best about this sweater is that it's knit in an allover lace pattern, which you would think would negate the "quick-knit" part, but it's a simple, two-row repeat of yarn-overs paired with decreases. I tend to steer away from bulky sweaters because I get too hot, but this one has built-in air conditioning!

This simple lace pattern is perfect for variegated yarn, too; it's such a pretty pattern—it shows off the wonderful shades of today's creative yarn-dying artists.

Té Rosada is part of an eBook collection of six of Pam Allen's best-loved patterns, A Designer Profile eBook, with 6 Knitting Patterns by Pam Allen. Download your copy now and start knitting Té Rosada, a sweater you can actually knit and wear this winter!


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on Feb 4, 2011 1:26 PM

Here are a couple of yarn ideas for the Te Rosada sweater:

Wool of the Andes Bulky (100 % Puruvian Highland Wool, 137 yards [125 m], 100 g)

Wool-Ease Chunky (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; 197 yd [180 m], 85 g)

You never have to use the exact yarn a pattern calls for, we encourage you to choose a yarn that works for you and your budget. If you have trouble deciding which yarn can work, ask the experts at your LYS, or as us here at Knitting Daily. My email address is

Good luck!

ondrizek8 wrote
on Feb 2, 2011 11:34 AM

My cure for "second sock syndrome":  I inherited my mother's knitting and crochet paraphernalia, so I have many duplicates.  Therefore, I am able to knit both socks alternately  ,  using two sets of dps.   This makes it easier to keep the rows and count even.  This also works for making sleeves on a sweater.  (I am a die-hard proponent of seamless knitting!)

Best regards,


on Jan 30, 2011 6:25 PM

I also am disappointed with the Pam Allen ebook.  If I would have known the yarn was either so expensive or difficult to find, I would not have purchased this.  I also request a refund.

on Jan 30, 2011 9:36 AM

I am disappointed in your recommendation to purchase the Pam Allen ebook containing Te Rosada.  I purchased the book, only to learn that the lovely required yarn would cost about $200 in my size.  No alternative yarns are suggested.  Further, other patterns in the ebook call for yarns now discontinued and therefore hard to make substitution. No surprise, the ebook is 4 years old and yarns do get discontinued.  Can I get a refund?

Jenifer@7 wrote
on Jan 29, 2011 12:10 PM

I read about your "second sock syndrome" and wanted to share a piece of encouragement.  My 14 year old daughter and all her friends now prefer socks that do NOT match.  So, sometimes they trade 1/2 of the pair.  Now the stores are selling them that way!  I guess that means those of us who knit socks can now just knit one and go on.  Pair them up as we please!

on Jan 29, 2011 6:58 AM

I am very disappointed in your recommendation of the Pam Allen ebook, which I purchased yesterday.  The recommended yarn for the Te Rosado sweater (assuming I investigated the right yarn) would cost over $200 in my size, and no other yarns are suggested.  Further, several of the other patterns call for idiosyncratic yarns that have been discontinued and will be difficult to substitute (for instance, a thick/thin yarn.)  This is not so surprising since the ebook contains patterns from 2007.  I am asking that I be given a refund, since I am doubtful I will use any pattern in the ebook.

BarbaraG wrote
on Jan 28, 2011 8:11 AM

Kathleen - Don't be a victim of the second sock syndrome!  After 40+ years of knitting, I finally learned to make socks using the magic loop.  I made one pair one at a time from the top down. THEN I took a class on 2 socks toe up using the magic loop - I can't imagine using double points and making one at a time ever!!  I've made 10 pair of socks this way - I love it!!