I’m Chilly & I Need a Sweater: Which One Should I Knit?

The leaves aren't just falling outside, they're dumping themselves in huge thick carpets on my lawn. I've started wearing a coat when I walk the dog, scuffing my waterproof boots through the rivers of leaves on the sidewalks.

Autumn has arrived here in southern Ontario.

I've started mentally inventorying my cold-weather gear, and, given the lessons I learned last year during my first Canadian winter, my closet could use a little knitted help. I have a lovely thick down coat, but no hat. I have thin leather gloves, but the dog ate one of my thick winter mittens last spring (the vet bills were shocking–now we keep all knitted goodies out of Buddy's reach). I could wear The One Mitten, but then I'd feel like some sort of knitterly rock star. Thankfully, I have two or three scarves for caulking purposes, plus several shawls to tuck around me. (My friend D. believes that scarves are the essential Canadian piece of cold-weather garb. She has the most awesome collection of knitted and handwoven scarves, and wears them with panache, sometimes two or three at a time. Now THERE's a woman who knows how to dress warmly and well.)

Thus, at minimum, I need one hat and one pair of mittens. Given that the temperatures have already dropped below freezing several nights in a row, methinks I need these knitted goodies as fast as I can knit them.

Happily, one of my UFOs was a set of thrummed mittens–remember those (that link takes you to the main post and pattern links, here are tips and a tutorial)? The poor things had been abandoned at the point where they were all knit up…except for the thumbs. The line of waste yarn marking the thumbholes seemed to crook a mocking smile at me, chiding me for leaving the mittens undone so long, when all that was needed was a set of thumbs.

So I sat down one night and thumbed them 🙂  And now they are done, and not only do I have some nice fluff-lined mittens, my UFO count is down to 16. Whoo!

Except that my WIP number may be about to creep up, from three (Bolero–still working on all that ribbing; Star Light Star Bright Blanket–fifth row of stars!; and socks–halfway through the first one) to four…because I'm about to cast on for something else I need.

A sweater. A nice, warm, Toronto sweater.

I know it might seem to you that I, of all people, must have plenty of sweaters…and I do. They just don't fit me anymore. As many of you know, I've lost a lot of weight since in the past year…and so my closet is filled with Extra Large sweaters when I am no longer an Extra Large Sandi.

My current sweaters are quite lovely for slopping about the house in; Tim, the kitten, has even discovered that one of them forms quite a lovely, warm cat tent when I am wearing it whilst watching TV. ("Your sweater is rumbling." "Yes, dear, I know." "Are you hungry?" "No, but I think perhaps Tim is.")

However, as much as I like sharing my sweaters with my cats, I'd really like a sweater that fits just me, thank you very much.

Given that there are a gadzillion wonderful sweater patterns out there, I thought it  might be fun to have you help me choose the next one I make. What do you think? Have any ideas? The only two parameters are: I'd prefer a cardigan, and given that we're playing on Interweave's playground here, how about an Interweave pattern?

Leave your suggestions for The Sweater You Think Sandi Ought to Make For Herself in the comments, and I'll compile a list of your faves–and then you'll all get to vote!

Hee. This could be fun. (Would you like to choose the yarn and the colour too? Why not? Let's choose the pattern first, though. One thing at a time.)

All right then: A bit of knitterly fun for all of us, as the leaves skydive to the ground and the temperatures drop with them.

Knit with joy…

– Sandi

P.S. Let me know what you think! You can email me at sandi@knittingdaily.com or you can leave a comment.

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23 thoughts on “I’m Chilly & I Need a Sweater: Which One Should I Knit?

  1. I like the Reversible Come and Go Sweater for you. It’s made with wool, alpaca and viscose so it should be warm. It has cables and textured stitching so there won’t be yards of boring stockinette, and it has a small band around the waist to show off your new svelteness. I think it would look great on you.

  2. I want to say–way to go Sandi on the weight loss. It seems sometimes that it is an impossible feat. You are an inspiration. As to the sweater–make it fitted to show off the new curves!

  3. I love the sweater on the cover of the Fall 2009 Interweave Knits. What can I say? It seems perfect for you. I know you can make all the adjustments that might be needed.

  4. What about the Nantucket Jacket – only with long sleeves? It has a great shape for showing off curves nicely, and it is not so bulky that you would be unable to wear it under a coat. 🙂

  5. The Central Park Hoodie was such a quick, enjoyable knit. You’d have a sweater in no time! Then there’s always Tangled Yoke. That brings the pretty.

    And Sandi, you ARE a knitting rock star. But you can’t wear just one mitten unless it’s got sparkles in it.

  6. For a sweater that can fit under a coat, I agree with SandyS – the Reversible Come and Go sweater would look AWESOME on your figure. Remember how great you looked in the bamboo tunic? This has similar lines with the elevated waistline – help to show off the girls and keep the focal point away from points south!

    For an outerwear sweater – I’m with SharonC on voting for the Clasica Coat from the cover of the Fall 2009 Interweave Knits! All that lovely texture, great hood and pockets!

    Neither project would be boring! And you know how you hate stockinette!

  7. My vote for you would be the Windowpane coat, just tailor the length to where you want it. Otherwise, I thought maybe Blooming cardigan from Winter 08 may suit the bill. I too love the reversible come and go from W/end Knits but was thinking of turning it into a vest by dropping the sleeves and revamping the neckline a bit – lots of interest with texture 🙂

  8. Now refrain from taking this the wrong way! – Before I join in racking my brain again, Do you think it fair for you to first give your answer to the many of us who wrote in with suggestions in response to your blog entitled, Sweaters Don’t Lose Weight With You – of June 23, 2008. Just another gentle reminder because we (approx. 190 responses) really did take the time to respond to you and consider it only fair for you to answer. So we’re not going to “hold your foot to the fire”, but if we missed it somewhere please direct us to your answer. Written with the desire to know and in a spirit of sincerity. I have previously gently nudged you before on (Dec. 21, 2008, June 21, 2008, Mar. 17, 2009 and also you can refer to the note to you on your page and one in the Forum. So please if you could review it because many people change weight & size for different reasons but the end result is the same, sweaters that don’t fit anymore. So as a professional, we are truly interested in your opinion and please don’t blame us for wanting to be informed. Thank you, Sandi, darling!

  9. The Pewter Cardigan and the Farmer’s Market Cardigan are my personal favorites. I loooooove them and I just might make them (or maybe only one of them) one day.

  10. Hi Sandy,
    I recently finished a top down woman’s hooded sweater from Pure and Simple. # 244. It was easy, no seams and when I was finished I could put it on!!
    I used a wonderfully soft wool 13 mile Yarn, and the gauge was perfect!
    Stay warm,
    Knittingeeg (Mary)

  11. I like the Curry Cabled Cardigan from the free patterns available from Knitting Daily. It has the added bonus of being available to all who want to knit up a sweater like Sandi’s!!

  12. Hi Sandi,

    Well, I see your dilemma as there are so many wonderful patterns to choose from. I couldn’t narrow it down to 1 suggestion, so here are two:
    1. Cottage lace cardigan (looks like the most comfy, snuggly, warm sweater).
    2. Tangled yoke cardigan (fitted and more fancy than the first choice).

    good luck!


  13. I agree with the suggestions for the Windowpane Coat. I’ve admired this pattern and it’s on my list of future projects. The longer length would add extra warmth and the texture is so interesting. It would provide very enjoyable knitting and a cozy finished project.

  14. How about the Pearl Buck Swing Jacket, not many buttons and buttonholes to slow you down. The other one that comes to mind is Farmer’s Market Cardigan with pockets, always handy.