Bluebird Cardigan

I haven’t posted any knitting projects in a while, mostly because I’ve been working so much I haven’t been finishing very many projects. Knitting is my calming activity. When I’m feeling wound up, I knit a few rows and the repetitive motions helps to calm me down. However, I did finish this cardigan.. plus a few extras!

chickadee cardigan

It’s the Bluebird Cardigan, named because the birds are blue. (The real name of the pattern is Chickadee, designed by Ysolda Teague.) It’s from the Little Red in the City book, same as my Lauriel Cardigan.

I actually finished this cardigan over the summer, but never took photographs. Now that it’s cold and I want to wear it, I finally took some finished photos.

chickadee cardigan

Ravelry project notes here. Look how nicely the waist shaping fits the body! It’s done at the front like a dart, instead of at the side seams. This really creates a nice snug fit that follows the lines of the body.

chickadee cardigan by ysolda

I think that I like this cardigan even more than Lauriel! I knit the size 32. After knitting the 34 in Lauriel and having it come out too big, the 32 is perfect. (My actual bust measurement is 32, in a more padded bra about 33. I find it useful to know whether people are knitting for their exact size, a smaller size that their bust measurement or a slightly larger size for ease. I suspect that the type of yarn you use makes a difference, too.)

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern except to knit the sleeves using the magic loop technique instead of double-pointed needles and to shorten the body length by one repeat. Looking back, I finished it in the summer when I was wearing a lot of dresses, therefore I preferred the shorter body length, but with pants it could use a little more length. It’s great with layers though!

chickadee cardigan

I sewed grosgrain ribbon to the button bands just like Lauriel. In fact it’s the exact same ribbon, just in a different colour. It’s held up well on Lauriel and kept its shape.

chickadee cardigan

The yarn is Voluptuous from Skein Queen, a name I cannot say out loud because we say ‘Skayne’ here, and I’m guessing that in the UK they say ‘Skeen’ which would make sense with Queen. Am I right? Either way this yarn is wonderful, in my books, it’s soft and lofty but strong and a little rustic. It’s hard to describe yarn without using hand motions! (Which I am doing as type this, trying to come up with the proper words to describe what I like about this yarn.) It feels like this sweater will last a long time because the yarn is rustic and durable, but it’s not scratchy and feels cosy to wear. I’d definitely buy this yarn again.

chickadee cardigan colourwork close-up

My second colourwork project! (This was the first, remember me talking about how afraid I was to knit with multiple colours? Now I’m all over it!) My main learning point from this colourwork project, as my second project, is to relax. Don’t pull the yarn too tight in between colours, and stop to make sure the loops floating across the back are loose, so the garment can still stretch a little bit. The yoke on this has increases built in, so it gets wider at the bottom. Which is fine, but then when you knit the loops along the bottom, it’s easy to pull the yarn too tight. Don’t pull the yarn too tight!

I also didn’t catch the floats in between long stretches of colour, because with the white yarn you could see the blue through. (Catching the floats = twisting the two colours of yarn every couple of stitches so there isn’t one long float going across the back of five stitches, it’s twisted with the other yarn in between.)

The edging on this cardigan is really neat, you knit the entire edging as one piece with mitered corners. It takes forever to knit one row but in the end, all of the edges (neckline, hem, front bands) are complete. Very tidy!

edging of Chickadee cardigan

I had leftover yarn after finishing the cardigan, and I joked at my knitting group that I was going to make matching mittens and a hat for my sweater. And I did!

chickadee mittens to match cardigan

I made up my own mittens pattern using the chickadee chart. Pretty cool eh? I made up a pattern, more or less! I used bits of other patterns, actually, following how to make a cuff and how to make a thumb and then tapering the top like the toe of a sock. Ravelry notes here.

chickadee mittens

They tuck into the cuff of the sleeve nicely so no cold air can get in!

chickadee mitts

Aren’t they cute? They’re like an extension of the sweater, as if the sweater comes with removeable hand-covers. I’ve seen some vintage knitting designs from the 1950s that featured matching mitts, sweaters and caps. Which then inspired me to knit…

benji beret

…a semi-matching hat! Now I have a semi-matching orange hat to go with my matching mitts-and-cardigan set. I thought it would be too ridiculous and possibly childish to have birds on the hat, the mitts and the sweater. So I used the orange and white yarn only to make a simple two-colour beret. It matches, but it’s not super matchy.


Ravelry notes here. Too bad the above photo is blurry, you can see the neat spiral at the back of the hat. This is a good hat shape for my face and head shape. It fits around the brim without being too tight, it has a bit of slouch but won’t fall off my head. And it’s so classic. Love it!

knit beret

Here’s the inside of the hat. I did what the pattern suggested and blocked it on a plate. (This means getting it wet, and stretching it over a plate, like a shower cap sort of.)

chickadee cardigan

I really like the look of this sweater, it’s a mix of traditional with modern, which I suppose is what my love of knitting and sewing is about for me. Traditional techniques, the same knit and purl stitches and the same sewing stitches we’ve been using for decades, but adapted for modern life. We don’t have to knit or sew to clothe ourselves, but we choose to because we see value in creating rather than purchasing.

chickadee cardigan

The colour is amazing too. It’s the most beautiful reddish-orange, perfect for Fall. I won’t mind the cold weather in a sweater as cute as this one!

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107 Responses to Bluebird Cardigan

  1. Christine November 13, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Wow! Those are all so adorable! I envy your knitting skills.

  2. houseofpinheiro November 13, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    Tasia ,aka super woman, you not only wow us with your patterns but you knit amazing stuff. Don’t let me raid your closet as some things will go missing lol xx

  3. Lauren November 13, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    SHUT UP. I was already dying over the cardigan, with the beautiful fit and colorwork, and then you had to make matching mittens and a hat?! Gahhh, could you be any cuter? I love this whole ensemble and I hope you plan on wearing all the pieces together, all the time, because they are really that amazing.

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      Ah I know! Isn’t it over-the-top cute and retro? I will totally wear all the pieces together. Especially the mitts and sweater, because it’s like the sweater extends over my hands. Like a onesie with feet attached, this is my sweater with hands attached. Just need a matching circle skirt, or something!

      • Lucy November 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

        Dare you to knit a whole onesie ;-)

  4. Sue November 13, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Such a lovely ensemble, beautifully knitted.

  5. Gem November 13, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    I love the whole set! The yarn you used for the cardigan is loooovely – such great variegation throughout the red without being too obvious. And the Benji hat – that has gone straight into my Ravelry queue. Great colour choices and you look super cute with them all on!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      Thank you! I loved that about the red-orange too. I like subtle variegation like this, it’s interesting without looking too multicoloured. The Benji hat was a surprisingly great find! It fits well and it’s cute, fast to knit, and you get to pick out one great button. I made mine match the sweater but it would be a great place to use a very special button, or a lonely single button.

  6. Nicki November 13, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    How cute do you look! I love them all but I adore the cardigan, it fits to perfection (and yes very helpful to have measurements, thank you). Fantastic choice of colours, how could you not be happy to go out on a cold winter’s day in those. Oh and just so you know, we say ‘Skayne’ in the UK too, so I dunno what’s with the name but it’s not a rhyming thing!

    • KookyKelly November 13, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      In Southern California it rhymes!

      • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:55 am #

        You say Skeen in southern California?

      • Katie November 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

        That’s so interesting…it’s “skayne” in Northern California!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Thanks Nicki for clarifying! I assumed it might be Skeen but I guess not. I have visions of wearing the whole outfit, sweater hat and gloves, with a navy skirt for an ice-skating adventure. Wouldn’t that be so retro and fantasy-like?

      • Nicki November 14, 2013 at 11:08 am #

        Oh yes, I thought that too!

  7. autumn November 13, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    i agree with everyone! firstly, i was excited you posted on FB that you had a new knitted project up on the blog…secondly it’s wayyyyyy awesome!!! great job, lady, getting creative with the hat and mittens :)

  8. Linda November 13, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    You continue to be an inspiration of unparalleled taste. With the tremendous amount of knitting and sewing patterns available, you have a gift for honing in on those that compliment your figure and style. I love your personal color choices and tweaks that make the choices your own…..and ours since I for one “steal” them!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Oh thank you! That’s so nice of you to say. It’s certainly an art, figuring out of all the styles and designs available, knowing what might look good on us. I love the look of big, drapey, loose cardigans but know they look rather shapeless on me. Even in these photos I saw pretty quickly that the cardigan is more flattering while buttoned up, and less flattering when open. There were some side-view shots that would spark pregnancy questions, too! It’s great to be able to see yourself in photos as we don’t (or I don’t) notice these things in a mirror.

  9. Ashley November 13, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Oh my!!!! This is too cute. I want it all!!! I’m adding it to my ravelry queue immediately :)

  10. Norma November 13, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    So. Amazing! I really appreciate those detail shots – such beautiful work!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks! I always want to see detail shots on other people’s work, when you can’t see an item in real life it’s nice to have the close-ups!

  11. Pauline November 13, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Wow! That’s impressive knitting! When I think I can only manage the simple scar in one colour, it makes me want to learn…
    The yarn and the colours are so pretty and the apttern amazing with the little birds. Congrats!

  12. Susan November 13, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Great projects with the perfect amount of color work to be exciting but not overwhelming.

  13. Suzie November 13, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Oh wow, I just LOVE this cardi, the blue birds are beautiful. Actually, everything you ever make turns out beautiful! I have to say that, although I really love your patterns and pattern related posts, your posts showcasing actual makes are always my favourite – your eye for colour, fabric and pattern are always so inspirational.

    And I can’t believe you made a matching hate and mittens – TOO CUTE!!!!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Thank you so much! I know what you mean, I’d love to sew and knit more of my own projects to share rather than just the pattern designs. Or make up my patterns in more variations with new ideas! If only there was more time in the day :) I’m glad you enjoy both types of posts and I hope to make more personal projects in the coming year!

  14. Sewing Princess November 13, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    So cute! I love the color you chose and the fit is just perfect. How great you also made accessories…that hat is so retro…cute

  15. Rachel November 13, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    WOW!!! I love the cardigan, the mittens, and the hat. I have that cardigan in my Ravelry Queue.

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      It’s a great pattern! Easy and enjoyable. You make the sleeves before the body too, so that part is out of the way!

  16. Rachel November 13, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    I meant to ask you in my previous post. Did you make your pretty lace top? It is perfect with your cardigan.

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      I did not, I bought it. (I wish I had though!) It’s a great layering piece for cardigans. It would be super easy to re-create with the bodice of a sleeveless dress pattern, there’s even a centre back zipper. And the lace itself isn’t scalloped along the hemline either, it’s sewn with a curvy zigzag stitch and then trimmed along the curves.

      • Joanne November 13, 2013 at 11:45 am #

        Your whole post, I was thinking, “I love that sweater, but WHAT IS THAT BLOUSE?!” Does it have a peplum at the waist?

        • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 11:50 am #

          It does! I didn’t make it.. I should have known it would get a lot of attention! It’s pretty much the perfect cardigan blouse. Sleeveless, centre back zipper, peplum at the waist. The peplum goes all the way around the front and back and is slightly longer in the back. I love that it’s longer in the back!
          I’ve wanted to sew something similar for at least two years now so when I saw a blouse in stores, already made, I had to buy it.

  17. MrsSmith November 13, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    OH my gosh. I love it all. Those mittens the most! :)

  18. Janel November 13, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    OH man that cardigan is SOOOO cute! I love the fit, color, style and pattern! And I love the buttons! My eyes almost bulged outta my head when I scrolled down and saw the even cuter mittens AND THEN the matching cap!! So adorbs! That color is so you too!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      Thank you! I know eh, a matching sweater set! It’s super cute. I love the red-orange! I have a lot of red-orange in my yarn collection because I’m so happy when I find a good red that’s not too blue, or a good orange that’s reddish and warm.

  19. Janel November 13, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    p.s. I LOVE your lace top too!

  20. Kelly November 13, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    Beautiful! That is such a great pattern and your color choices are really fabulous. I love the matching accessories!

  21. Jen November 13, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Really, really lovely! The set is a fun idea. My grandmother used to do that when she knit for the kids back in the 60s and 70s. I once had a red cable cardigan with toggles, a matching pompom cap, and mittens. I really like the red-orange yarn that you chose for this project, and the beret-cap is a perfect compliment!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      I love that – a whole red matching set! How cute. Matching sets are a bit retro but I love it! I love colour and why not a whole bunch of my favourite colour worn all together?

  22. Diane @ Vintage Zest November 13, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Wow! I love all of your matching accessories! I still have yet to knit anything cute to wear, but you are making a great case for me to delay a couple of sewing projects and knit something cute. :)

  23. Marie November 13, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    This is stunning Tasia…you are so, so talented!!! Love the bird print and the matching mittens and hat are to die for!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Thank you! It’s a pretty cute set, without being overly matchy I hope!

  24. Samina November 13, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    All right now. I’ve been knitting for way longer than you have & you’re putting my knitting to shame with all this fabulous output of yours.

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Ah thank you! I’m a bit obsessed with knitting, it’s true :)

  25. Loretta November 13, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Tasia, you are simply amazing. You KNIT to keep calm. Wow. I’m amazed and I just love the sweater, matching mittens and adorable hat. They are so pretty!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Well, yeah! I do knit to calm down! I like the repetitiveness. And the fact that it *has* to be slow, I can’t knit any faster than I can move one hand after the other. It forces me to breathe and relax and make one tidy stitch after the other. I wonder what that says about me? :)

  26. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) November 13, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    very cute sweater but combined with the hat and mittens, perfection. that hat is so darn cute on you. love the color combo

  27. Sarah November 13, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    How cute! I love the entire outfit. You are so talented. The hat just makes it. :)

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      Thanks! I love the hat. Hats are a bit of a gamble, I’m never sure if it will look good on me till it’s done, so it’s nice when they do suit me!

  28. Francesca November 13, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Adorable, the whole shebang:) – I love the cardigan – it makes me want to buy Ysolda’s book, even though I didn’t want it. And I love the mittens, and the beret that goes without going too much:). absolutely perfect. Lipstick looks great with them too.
    Skein in Brit English is pronounced like you pronounce it – definitely not skeen:).

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      Thanks for the info on skein – skayne! I feel like it should rhyme but it sounds like it does not. Skayne Queen it is. This is my favourite pattern from the book although I like the others as well.

  29. Ruth November 13, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Such a cute cardigan – made even cuter by the matching mittens and hat! I may have to put that pattern book on my Christmas list!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      It’s a really great pattern, one that was fun to knit. Of the two (Lauriel and Chickadee) this is my favourite. And if you do buy the book there is lots of other info about fitting and techniques as well as the patterns!

  30. Ms. SpoolTeacher November 13, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    What wonderful industry you have. Where do you find the time to do all you do? You are an inspiration for focus and finding that one thing (City Slickers movie) (well maybe two or three things) that make you want to get up in the morning. Inspiring. Yes, I too love the lace blouse, especially layered the way you did it with the sweater, mitts and cap. Well done. Lovely as usual.

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      People ask me that a lot – how do you find the time? I’m always making stuff, I knit in the car, in lineups, on the train, in waiting rooms. I sketch when I have ideas. I knit during movies. I also don’t have pets or kids, so that’s a great help to my creative time, too!

  31. Karen November 13, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    OMG that is unbelievably gorgeous! I love the blue ribbon & that you used blue to attach the snaps. I absolutely love the rustic quality of the red. Stunning.

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      Oh yeah, I forgot my orange thread at knit night, so I went with the blue! I’d intentionally used blue to sew on the buttons, for extra colour and flair, and when it came time to sew the snaps I was eager to get sewing so I used the blue. It’s not bad eh? I love the rustic red, too, what a great way of describing it.

  32. Amy November 13, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    What a perfect set! I also love that you essentially made up the pattern for the mittens. You have such a good eye for patterns! 2014 is hopefully going to be my year to learn how to knit. Finally.

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Thank you! It’s awesome to get to that stage with a hobby where you feel comfortable making customizations and improvising. I hope you enjoy knitting! I’ve only been knitting for 2.5 years and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, both the learning experience and the things I’ve made. Good luck! Lots of comments & ideas on this post to get you started.

  33. maddie November 13, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Looks awesome! The red and the blue really pop!

  34. Emily November 13, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    What great sweater patterns! I love the front shaping on this one and the Lauriel. I may have to get my hands on these patterns!

    Do you use any special techniques for colorwork? With the little I’ve done, I’ve just run the colors along the back without giving it too much thought, but I’d love to know how a “pro” does it :). Any chance you could post a photo of the inside of the colorwork section for educational purposes?

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Oh I am not a colourwork pro, don’t worry! This is my second colourwork project ever. Loose-ness across the back is key, that’s my tip. Even the mittens are a little tight across the palms from the colourwork and I really concentrated on keeping them loose.
      I don’t use any special techniques, I don’t even hold the two colours in different hands like some people suggest. I literally knit with one colour, drop it, pick up the second. Probably not very skillful but it works!
      Here is a video about colourwork that I watched recently – – at the bottom of the page.
      I can take some inside shots for educational purposes, too!

  35. Rachel M November 13, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    OMG you are gorgeous and your sweater, mitts, and hat are adorable!! I love that lace top you are wearing as well.

  36. Susan November 13, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Tasia, these are gorgeous. You make it look so effortless! The gloves are the icing on the cake! Do you think in the future you will also come up with Knitaholic Patterns?

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      I admit that has crossed my mind, wouldn’t that be fun? I’d love to design knitting patterns. I think it’s still a bit early in my knitting adventures as there are so many things I’m still learning. Every project I learn something new or a new way of constructing a garment. But who knows, I’d love to give it a try in the future!

      • Elisabeth November 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

        Ooooh, you could design a whole separates ensemble: a cute skirt and top to sew and a matching cardigan to knit! Wouldn’t that be fun!

  37. Keysha November 13, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    You did an excellent job. I would like to learn to knit. Do you know of any blogs that teach beginning knitting techniques?

  38. Angie November 13, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    You rock!!!!!!!!! What an insanely adorable set!!!!!

  39. Chantal November 13, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    So cute! I love the style and the matching accessories! I don’t know how you produce so much – you must never sleep!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      Thank you! I do sleep, occasionally! :)

  40. Sarah November 13, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I’m from the UK and I would pronounce skein “skayne” too!

    Your cardigan is absolutely beautiful, (and Ysolda Teague’s Little Red book is one of my favourites.)

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      Good to know, thank you! Skayne it is. Does anyone say Skeen or it is always Skayne, I wonder.. It’s a great book isn’t it? Which ones have you made?

  41. arlene franks November 13, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    AWESOME!!! again!!
    I’d luv to come and shake your hand – maybe some of that talent would rub off on me!!
    I really like the lace top too – did you make it?
    I’d like to find lace like that!

    (from Richmond)

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      I didn’t make it, no! I wish I had. It’s super cute! Last year Fabricana had some great lace fabric that was similar, perhaps they have it again!

  42. Seattlerain November 13, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    If you do a Knitaholic Patterns I will definitely learn how to knit! Sooo cute!

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Perhaps one day! I’m still learning so much about knitting but you never know, I do love to create and come up with design ideas.

  43. Erin B November 13, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Such a cute set! I have to add this to my queue. When I was a kid my mom called me her little chickadee so I’m going to be *forced* to knit this! :) here in Virginia some people say skayne and some say skeen. I say skeen so skein queen rhymes to me. Makes perfect sense. Also thank you for the measurements. I always want to know bc i like things fitted..

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      Ah, I see! Maybe it’s like to-mah-to and to-may-to. Both are correct but it’s pronounced differently in different regions. Yes, if you want this fitted, choose the size that is closest to your bust measurement without going over. When it’s fully snapped up, it’s quite fitted! Also depends on what you wear it over. I finished this in the summer so it fit perfectly over tight-fitting dress bodices, but in the winter over a blouse it’s a little more stretched.

  44. colleen November 13, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    I love it, especially with the perfection of the orange red and the bright torquoise! Beautiful!

  45. Allison November 13, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Such beautiful knits! That makes me want to finish the cardigan I’m working on and then start one like yours!

  46. Sandra November 13, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    You are very talented and look super cute in thehat and sweater!

  47. Jeri Sullivan November 13, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Love this color on you Tasia! I am also quite impressed with your knitting abilities. I love to knit this time of year! I have made about 10 sweaters since I started knitting back in 2011 but have yet to do any multiple color/fair isle knitting. I did knit Ysolda’s Liesl sweater which I love but should definitely try some of her others!

  48. Rachael-Lynn November 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    I did not read all of the above comments so I apologize if someone else has already asked this question…Did you use your sewing machine to sew on the grosgrain ribbon? If so, did you use a matching thread on top so it’s not visible? I just finished the Fireside sweater (from Ravelry) and hand sewed the ribbon in along the entire opening…it. took. forever!! But i wasn’t sure about using my machine for it. I did use my machine to make the buttonholes and sew on the buttons. I won’t do it any other way from now on (I think).

    • Tasia November 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Nope, I used hand-sewing to sew on the ribbon. I thought it would distort or stretch if I used my machine. Like the sweater would stretch underneath the ribbon and it would be a real pain to unpick if it wasn’t perfect! It’s just a ton of tiny hand-stitches. I used blue thread but it sinks in between the stitches and doesn’t show on the right side. It does take forever! I made myself do it at knit night, otherwise it’s really boring. Chatting and socializing makes it much more enjoyable!

  49. Kathy November 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I love your sweater and accessories! Oh, and I’m from Chicago and say skeen.

    • Jeri Sullivan November 14, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      I never thought about it until Tasia noted the difference. I’m in South Carolina and say skayne.

  50. michelle November 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Oh my gosh, those are all so cute! Matching mittens and beanie?? To die for. Those birds (insert Portlandia reference here) are adorable!

  51. Tiffany November 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Very nice! I’m working on a sweater for my husband right now, but when I’m done that, I would love to make something like that for myself.

  52. juebejue November 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    too cute! LOVE LOVE the colors!

  53. K-Line November 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    T: This is all just terrific! I think this is the nicest version of that sweater I’ve seen – so nice, I’m almost tempted to knit it!

  54. erin November 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    An adorable winter set. Love all the 3 pieces that you knit!

  55. Anna November 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    That is the nicest knitted cardigan I have seen in a while! I wish my knitting projects fitted me so well!

  56. Elisabeth November 14, 2013 at 12:20 am #


  57. Nina November 14, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    What beautiful work, clever you! I’ve got a hat that I blocked over a plate too, it makes such a nice shape. I say “skayne” like you, but I have heard some of my fellow Brits say “skeen”.

  58. Louise November 14, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    Wow Tasia – I was blown away by the cardigan but the gloves and hat are just amazing!! I’m really impressed by your patience – I’m not a fan of colourwork as I tend to end up in a knot. Interesting notes on the size you chose. I have knitted Isolda’s ‘Coraline’ but my tension was definitely OFF and it’s too small. I’ll have to frog it at some point :-(

  59. Helen November 14, 2013 at 4:56 am #

    All I can say is ‘wow’. That is one cool cardigan.
    Puts my socks to shame!

  60. Camilla November 14, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    The picture of you with the whole ensemble is just too cute. Great job, especially with working out your own knitting pattern.

  61. Tasha November 14, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Oh Tasia, this set is so wonderful! I’ve always loved the Chickadee pattern, and the color scheme you picked is just delightful– that shade or red and blue are two of my absolute favorite colors. My two first largeish colorwork projects were yoke sweaters, too! I love the addition of the grosgrain ribbon and how you used a contrasting yarn to attach the snaps to the red bands. It’s all the little touches that make it perfection! I also adore the beret, and oh, those adorable matching mittens! In fact, I now suspect you’re probably going to like what I’ve been working on for my next design buuut that’s all I’m going to say. ;)

  62. Reb - The Life Nostalgic November 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Oh my god, I am crazy about that sweater! I’m just learning to knit, so I’m going to bookmark it. I wish I could have it RIGHT NOW.

  63. Sarah November 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I was impressed enough with just the cardi, which is super cute! But hat and mitts too!!?? You are just too talented! I tried learning to knit and got annoyed with doing a simple scarf.

  64. Jane Richmond November 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Oh my gosh Tasia! Sweetest FOs ever! I love the cardi on you — it’s so flattering. And the mitts are so darling, I want some!!! Gorgeous hat as well! Well done!!!

  65. Hanna November 15, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Looks so, so beautiful! I love your colour choices and your style. I have the yarn for Chickadee and have been idly considering it for months – am going to start swatching tonight, after reading this!

  66. Elena Knits November 15, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Wow, Tasia, they look so beautiful. You’ve convinced me. I need to get Little Red in the City!

  67. Amy November 15, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    I’ve been planning on buying this pattern for ages,looks beautiful,mind made up!

  68. Emma Jayne November 16, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Such a cool matching set. I’m hoping to tackle my first pullover/cardigan in the new year so interested to know about ease in knitting too.

  69. Lora November 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm #


    I love your knitting. I am also interested in the lace blouse underneath the sweater. I love lace, but it I can’t seem to hit a balance that doesn’t look stuffy. Your white lace blouse looks very feminine and chic. Would you show it off a little, please. I’m interested in seeing more of the cut and how it’s put together.



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