Fall came in like a lion. A big jerk lion. In Montreal, there wasn’t a smooth transition and an Indian summer. It’s just COLD. I was shivering in my apartment this morning and looked at the thermostat – 16 degrees! (that is 59 Fahrenheit, Yankees) It’s only mid September and I had to turn on the heat, which I deeply, deeply resent.

But there is a silver lining in the dropping temperatures, besides the fact that I get to wear all my beloved layers, wool hats and ankle boots; I’ve rediscovered knitting. Every year I’ll make at least one scarf, but inspired by my conversation With Veronik Avery last week, I headed to a great local knitting and quilting store called Ellifoche armed with 3 possible patterns. I had spent the weekend trolling Ravelry for simple, easy to knit sweaters so I wouldn’t be discouraged labouring over something outside my skill range like last time. It had to be designed for worsted weight wool, use a reasonable needle size, and not have a lot of complicated details or patterns.

As you know Ravelry is huge and overwhelming. There are tens of thousands of patterns there, but I winnowed it down to some cool, modern options that would be relatively easy to accomplish if you have some basic knitting skills.

Closet Case Files: Easy Sweaters for fall
1. Bedford 2. Beaubourg 3. Effortless Cardigan
4. Flore 5. Plowline 6. Driftwood 7. Such a Winter’s Day
8. Forester 9. Oatmeal Pullover 10. Harrison
11. Classic Raglan Pullover 12. Relax

After much deliberation, and with some super helpful advice from Sarah at Effiloche, I settled on the Brooklyn Tweed Bedford. It’s got a cozy crewneck sweatshirt vibe and will knit up fairly quickly. I bought a reasonably priced charcoal wool since I didn’t want to spend a fortune on my first go, but if all goes well I will be dropping some bank on Madeline Tosh Vintage or Brooklyn Tweed Shelter for another project. So far I’ve knit up 3 swatches to find the right gauge, which I eventually got using 4.5mm bamboo needles. It’s really the perfect project for me right now since I don’t have a lot of time to sew for myself while I’m working on the new pattern. I can always carve out time for a movie or reruns of Buffy at the end of the night which = knitting time. I still feel like I’m making time to create something for myself even when I’m working long hours.

In the meantime, I have a knitting pattern to giveaway! I bought 3 on Saturday but I don’t think I’ll be making the Plowline (the colourblocked number above). It only comes in one size fits all, but it uses a garter stitch so would be ideal for someone new to knitting. If you’re interested, please like Closet Case Files on Facebook and leave a comment below. I’ll choose a winner randomly at the beginning of the week.

Happy knitting!


Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Case Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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