Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Redhook

I will try to do this pattern justice in this post...there are so many things about it I love.
Mostly, though, I love how much I want to wear this sweater...

Redhook

Started: I don't know really...in September.
Finished: September 29, 2009
Pattern: Redhook by Jared Flood. Found in Made in Brooklyn.
Yarn: Classic Elite Moorland, a gorgeous blend of mohair, alpaca and merino. 8 balls of colour 2574
Adjustments: None. I was not sure about the sizing. I would normally knit a med, but that would have no ease. The pattern is made for positive ease...and you know how I feel about that...but it wouldn't have big bulky sleeves and I could wear this open with a fitted shirt underneath so I don't feel like I am wearing a big, bulky and unflattering sweatshirt. So I opted for the large which would give me about 4" of positive ease. The medium would also work for me, for a different look.

So, Redhook, how do I love thee...let me count the ways.

1. You are knit in one piece up to the armholes...little seaming for those who shutter at the thought (and if you do, have no fear...guess who is teaching a course next weekend on finishing!)...although it does make for a whole lot of st st...bitter sweet.
2. You have clever short row shaping instead of regular side seam increases. Hidden little Cat Bordhi wraps...so beautiful executed.

rehook back

3. You have the most perfect short row shoulders...a technique I had yet to apply to my sweaters. Now I can put a notch in the belt of another brilliant technique to use.
4. You have the most perfectly invisible shoulder seam. No seam at all...due to live stitches and grafting. Your wonderful designer knew that any seam here would take away from the perfect little short ribbed sleeves. Clever.

redhook shoulders

5. Your sleeve stitches are picked up and worked down with those lovely short rows. Brilliant.

redhook sleeves

6. You have a beautiful button band and shawl collar...short rows again. Those stretchy little button holes are every so perfect.

redhook II

7. You are adorned with the most perfect of vintage buttons. Black with a little interest in the profile...gorgeous.

redhook buttons

8. Lastly, and most importantly, you look fabulous. Your drape is so lovely...the envy of most sweaters. Your styling is just perfect for hiding that big turkey dinner...not a muffin top in site.

I know you secretly enjoyed the love handling at last nights guild meeting.
I "heart" you Redhook.

If you are lucky enough to head to Rhinebeck this year...my Redhook is coming with me:)

23 comments:

Diana said...

your redhook looks amazing! I am surprised how great it turned out even with the positive ease. perhaps I will be looking for some redhook yarn at rhinebeck :-)

Chantal B said...

Oh yes, very very nice! Good work.

Trisha said...

Beautiful sweater and it looks fantastic on you!

Karen said...

Nice!

(But then everything you knit is.)

PHD Knitter said...

Beautiful! Your version convinced me that I needed to make this pattern! I'm just waiting for my yarn and then I'm off. Fantastic job :)

Monet said...

I love most of Jared Flood's patterns, but this one didn't catch my eye at first...now that I've seen your version, I'm desperate to make it! You did such a beautiful job :)

DCLulu said...

Wow. You may have convinced me to knit this!

mle said...

So very gorgeous! what a lovely addition to the wardorbe this fall!

Sheila said...

I am coming - -hope to see you - meet you - and Redhook!

--Deb said...

Gorgeous! It looks stunning, and eminently wearable!

Maryse said...

It's a gorgeous sweater you have and I confirm to you that this post is making justice to it! Very nice buttons too!

marisa said...

It looks beautiful! Thank you for inspiring me to put it one my knit-list.

Vicky said...

You are just amazing! When do you sleep? Love, love the sweater.

Brenda said...

Wow! Jared need to put you on the payroll. Redhook didn't appeal to me at all until I saw yours.

Stephanie said...

Your version made me take a second look at the pattern. This might just be a sweater that I need to knit.

knittingknirvana said...

Love it! I agree that I didn't really notice this pattern until I saw yours. Did you know there is a town right near Rhinebeck called Red Hook? :)

Rebekah said...

This is gorgeous! It looks perfect on you.

This was one of my favorites from the book and I plan to cast on soon.

grumperina said...

It's a really timely design - I feel like I'm seeing these types of sweaters all over department stores nowadays. It came out perfect, and it fits you perfectly! I'm thinking of making one of my own, or at least something like it.

May said...

I didn't think about making redhook until I saw yours. I ordered the yarn immediately! The sweater looks fantastic on you and great skill.

Knittymama said...

That turned out lovely!

tentenknits said...

beautiful!! it's such a lovely and cozy looking sweater... i love all the great design detail too!

Dolores said...

Beautiful work, just perfect!!!

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