Fulfilling my Outdoorsy Fantasies: The Antrorse Pullover

I loved knitting this sweater from start to finish. It’s fast, thanks to the thick yarn and easy stitch patterns.  It’s super comfortable to wear thanks to the garter-stitch collar and soft, plushy yarn. And it’s warm! Oh, and it has buttons!

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Ravelry notes here. This pattern is part of the Journey book – same as the Climb socks I knit here! I fell in love with the images in the book. I wanted to be that fresh-faced, outdoors-loving woman in the photos. And so, I knit the same sweater and socks!

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Yarn is Quince & Co Osprey, same as the pattern sample. I love the colour, Belize, it’s a gorgeous aqua that suits me more than sky blue.

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  •  Lengthened sleeves
  • Knit body, then knit sleeves, then finished body with all leftover yarn.

It’s rare that I choose to make something this relaxed and loose fitting. And I love, love, love it. I would make this again. I want to knit this again, in cream or charcoal grey. Too bad I’m not buying yarn this year. As soon as I can I’m knitting this one again in a soft charcoal grey. Or how about this – two strands together, for a marled look? Brown and cream? Pale pink and white? Burgundy and ivory?

You can see that the body is a straight cut, from the armholes to the hem. No waist shaping, yet it still looks flattering.

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From the back you can see the extra ease, more so than the front.

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Buttons are wood, from Button Button in Vancouver. It’s been a while since I finished a sweater with buttons, and it’s always a treat to take my finished sweater in to Button Button to pick out the perfect buttons. I enjoy that part so much! With hand knit sweaters, it’s worth it to buy the very best buttons.

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I learned a new technique – the one row buttonhole. I’ve avoided buttonholes on a few of my sweater projects, choosing to replace them with snaps instead, but I couldn’t do that here. I’m glad, because otherwise I wouldn’t have learned something new. It’s a reminder to me not to get set in my ways, or I might miss out!

This colour photographs differently on me and off me. It’s probably somewhere in between in real life, but on the modelled photos, it appears more vibrant.

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I added reinforcing buttons on the back of the main buttons, to keep them from pulling through the knitted fabric.

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I love this sweater so much, I love the loose fit, the squishy yarn, the collar, even the funnel neck which I wasn’t sure about. I didn’t want to look like I was getting swallowed by a sweater – but I find it way more flattering than I expected.

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Here’s a few more shots of the sweater on the dress form:

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Looks better with a person in it, to fill out the arms and such.

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Close-up of the stitch pattern:

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And a closer look at the garter-stitch hems:

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What else to say? Really enjoyed knitting this, and enjoy wearing it just as much. There’s nothing very difficult about this pattern, except perhaps deciding on a colour!

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Now all I need is a flattering pair of leggings and some hiking boots, and I’m ready to get outdoors in style! Although this sweater works just as well if I never leave the office too.

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43 Responses to Fulfilling my Outdoorsy Fantasies: The Antrorse Pullover

  1. sewlittletime February 10, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    lovely. how on earth do you knit things so quickly?

    • Tasia February 10, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      I finished this sweater and a couple of the others posted recently at the end of 2013, so it’s not like I’ve knit an entire sweater since the last one I posted about! This sweater in particular is really quick to knit though. It took about two weeks to knit, because of the thick yarn.

    • Libby February 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      The sweater is so ” classy”, beautiful color and you are very talented.


  2. Jennifer N February 10, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    I am constantly impressed by your knitting skills. Great color too.

  3. kleiderschmiede February 10, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    You are SO fast, it is unbelieveable. Do you do handknitting or machine knitting?

    • Tasia February 10, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      Hand knitting – but, many of the projects I’ve posted recently are ones I finished near the end of 2013. It takes a while to get them photographed and write about them, sometimes a couple of months after I finish knitting! In this case I finished it a while ago but waited a month or two to get buttons and sew them on.

  4. meganleiann February 10, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Would this be a good first sweater?

    • meganleiann February 10, 2014 at 7:00 am #

      I love it and am eager to try! (in a charcoal gray)

      • Tasia February 10, 2014 at 8:21 am #

        Charcoal grey would be so nice!

    • Tasia February 10, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      I think so – there’s no reason why a first sweater has to be completely plain. It’s nice because there’s no shaping at the sides, so there’s no chance of getting the shaping wrong. And the pattern is easy to follow. As long as you’re OK with reading a chart (and it’s all just knit and purl stitches, nothing hard) you should be fine!

  5. Kelly February 10, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Gorgeous!! I love slouchy sweaters like this. You’re turning into quite a prolific knitter!

  6. EmSewCrazy February 10, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    That is a lovely sweater! I love the color too! I need to get back on my knitting!

  7. Sewing Princess February 10, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Such a nice sweater. Love the details! great job Tasia

  8. thisblogisnotforyou February 10, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    That’s an amazing sweater! I loooove the buttons. The colour is perfect on you!

  9. Jane February 10, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Gorgeous! Another one for my queue!

  10. Sharyn February 10, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Gorgeous. Your knitting projects really make me want to learn to knit. My mum is an amazing knitter and she tried to teach me as a child, but I didn’t have the patience for it. Last year I learnt to crochet and loved it. But I do struggle to find time for it. And now I see all these amazing jumpers that I would love to have a go at but wonder how to fit it all in!

    • Tasia February 10, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      How to fit it in – a few rows at a time, whenever you have the opportunity! I knit all the time, but in little chunks. Ten minutes on the train, fifteen minutes in the car, half an hour waiting at the doctor’s office. It doesn’t seem like much but it can really add up, and it gives you something to do and makes waiting fun! :) Best for smaller projects, or when you’re just starting a sleeve or small part of the sweater. It’s a bit much to haul around a whole sweater.

    • Tasia February 10, 2014 at 9:47 am #

      and – choose thicker wool for faster projects!

      • Sharyn February 10, 2014 at 11:49 am #

        Yep, I’ve already learnt that lesson with my crochet :) I made a blanket for our bed in lovely thick wool that only took 200 motifs, then I started another blanket that I wanted to be the same size but used a different motif and much thinner wool. I’m up to 400 motifs and calculate I have another 600 to do. The first blanket took 3 months, this one is going to take about 3 years!

  11. Shannon February 10, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Awwww, yay!!!!!! so excited you got it done and you love it! It looks fabulous on you girl! So flattering! And that color is so lovely on you!!!!

    Thanks so much for your support! xoxo

  12. Emily February 10, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    So cute!! I love the button detail – very stylish. You’re really inspiring me to get my butt in gear and finish up my knitting UFOs!!

    • catherine February 10, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      I feel the same!

  13. catherine February 10, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Those buttons & chevrons really make it. You have such a good eye. What a gorgeous colour too, one of my favourites. You look really stylish & cosy at the same time. That’s not easy to achieve!

  14. Jo February 10, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    It’s lovely! I too have done all fitted knits until now, but I’m dying to knit a very similar pattern on Ravelry called Berwick. It looks so amazingly cozy, just like this! The texture of the funnel neck is so beautiful! I think your knitting is impeccable. This is lush :D

  15. Katherine February 10, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    That colour is so pretty, and you are just soooo talented. That sweater is beautiful. I love Button Button, that store is oddly exciting even though they only sell buttons.

  16. Miss Crayola Creepy February 10, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    I seriously want to copy everything you knit! haha :)

  17. Sabs February 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    I love to! I saw your finished jumper on Ravelry and immediately added it to my faves list, I MUST make it!

  18. Tina February 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    That is soooo cute. How long did it take you to knit? Hours, that is.

    • Tasia February 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      I don’t know, I don’t keep track of how long each project takes in hours. There’s too many instances of ‘five minutes here’ and ‘ten minutes here.’ It would be an interesting exercise though! It took about two weeks of some evenings, some knitting during breakfast, and other random bursts of knitting when time allowed.
      Now I’m curious. Does anyone keep track of how long their projects take, in hours?

  19. Julieanne February 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Looks wonderful Tasia! It’s funny how this is such an addictive knit that you want to make again straight away! I felt the exact same way! I think I like your idea of a charcoal version. I might try that too. After I’m done cold sheeping! :)

  20. Christine February 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Is the book available from Amazon? Is the book available from another website?

    I love the projects you’ve made from the book.

  21. Christine February 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Should have looked first! There is another one called “island” from the same authors.

  22. Sue February 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    This is lovely. I have a massive yarn stash (and fabric, and buttons) and am always looking for inspiration. I will investigate this pattern, thank you!

  23. Sara February 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    You are adorable! I love that color on you. I did the grassy green. I was in love with the buttonhole as well. Such a quick knit and a great piece! http://sexandtheknitty.blogspot.com/2013/12/testing-testing.html

  24. Jacqui February 11, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    Tasia, I envy your lovely hand knits. It is 30 degrees centigrade here everyday at the moment and rarely dips below 18 in winter on a cold cold day. I miss woollen jumpers.

  25. Gaenor February 12, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    Love the jumper – my first thought on seeing it was “ooh! Musketeers!” (http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276352/Article/images/20454085/5715505-large.jpg) – the BBC are showing a new take on the 3 Musketeers here in the UK, and the costumes are fantastic and they spend a lot of time swishing around in blue capes and great button detail. (and I’ve turned into one of those people who spends have the programme working out how garments were constructed!)

    • Gaenor February 12, 2014 at 1:58 am #

      I mean that utterly as a compliment of course.

  26. Camilla February 12, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    Gorgeous jumper, your knitting is soooo neat. Pretty colour too.

  27. Glory February 14, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    The sweater is lovely and the colour is wow!

  28. Amanda February 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I love this on you!! I am glad that you made it because this is one of those patterns that I didn’t love at first but the more I look at it the more it grows on me :) I think I will have to make it next year – I’m a year behind as I just started knitting so I’m working my way through Island this year LOL


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