Red St. James

So nice, I made it twice! This is the second sweater I’ve knit, and I’m happy that it gets easier when you make the same pattern a second time. The first time took me about four months – blogged here, My First Sweater! – and the second time it took me closer to a month. That’s four times as fast!

It’s the exact same yarn, the exact same pattern, just a different colour. (The pictures look suspiciously similar, too… I swear they were taken four months apart, not at the same time!)

The thing I really like about this sweater is its shapeliness. It’s so form-fitting and hugs the body nicely. You don’t often think of sweaters as sexy (unless they’re the fuzzy angora type) but this one is. Even though it’s also thick and warm!

Short-sleeves are nice on a sweater so you can fit them under jackets. It might be summer where you are, but here we’re still wearing sweaters. Not every day, but they aren’t packed away quite yet!

Ravelry notes are here if you want to know more about the pattern or yarn. I have a couple more knitting projects to share, I’ve been on quite a roll! (That, and I’ve been sewing a lot but have to wait to share my projects with you… soon!)

I had a goal to make five sweaters this year, so when Fall came I’d be all stocked up with lovely warm tops. (I didn’t mention it on the blog here, because what if I didn’t make it? Five sweaters is a lot of knitting.) Stay tuned to see how close I am to meeting that goal!

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20 Responses to Red St. James

  1. Sue April 24, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Looks great! I love the idea of a short sleeved sweater.

    • Tasia April 24, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Me too! Great for layering or for when it’s in-between weather!

  2. Caroline April 24, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    It’s the cutest thing and looks amazing on you! If I wasn’t sure to injure myself, I’d want to knit it in a finer gauge yarn. Would that work?

    • Tasia April 24, 2012 at 8:31 am #

      I think so, if you can figure out the math! I saw someone do it on Ravelry and it was nice, more delicate and less chunky. It would take forever, all that stockinette, but the finished top would be really nice.
      here’s the one I saw –
      if you are on ravelry you can see her project – the decreases are more subtle and so is the bow-tie (which I keep skipping on mine)

  3. Samina April 24, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    That’s a great, classic look & I’d love a copy of that pattern, but I’ve emailed the designer a couple of times & I’ve not heard back from her. I’m just going to have to eyeball it & try it myself.

  4. Jan April 24, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    What a cute sweater! Great job on the fit!

    • Tasia April 24, 2012 at 8:35 am #

      Thanks! To be honest the pattern did most of the work, it was a good match for my body shape! :)

  5. Rachel April 24, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    I really love that. I had that pattern at one time and I don’t know what I did with it. I looked on ravelry and it is no longer available. Wasn’t it a free pattern? Do you suppose you could email me a copy if it was?

  6. Inna April 24, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Looks lovely on you! If you increase the speed by x4 with every sweater you’ll finish your fifth sweater in 2.5 days! But you cannot hide the pile of fabric behind you ;)

    • Tasia April 24, 2012 at 8:36 am #

      Hahahaha.. I thought that as soon as I posted the photo – I’ll be busted for having big piles of fabric everywhere and no sewing projects to share! It looks like I’m trying to hide them, too :)
      2.5 days for a sweater, imagine that, my hands would be killing me!

  7. Cynthia April 24, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Wow, great job! I’m always so impressed by knitters, I hope you’re able to reach your goal. I bet this would look great in the fall with a long sleeve thermal shirt underneath, skirt and boots. Hahaha, I’m styling it my head as if it’s mine. Great sweater, you should be proud!

  8. Sassy T April 24, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Looks fab. Just learning to knit myself really enjoying it.

  9. June April 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Your tension is fantastic for such a new knitter, and the fit is terrific. Congratulations!

  10. Jo April 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    So pretty. It looks wonderful :) I am learning how to knit as well. Now I’m making my first cardigan. I’ll be happy if I get mine done in four months!

  11. nothy lane April 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Your sweater looks great on you. Great colour too! I’m still wearing sweaters too. We got a few centimeters of snow in Toronto last night! I just picked up some beautiful silk with sunflowers so I am thinking of making a Lonsdale dress – I’m ready for winter to be over…


  12. astitchtoofew April 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Great work! And so fast! I’ve never been able to knit a jumper in only a month. I can’t wait to see your other projects :-)

  13. Amy April 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Very impressed! The color and fit are beautiful.

  14. neeno April 25, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Fantastic sweater!! Makes me want to learn how to knit!

  15. tracy May 2, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    what a lovely fit, i also tried to email the designer but din’t get a reply.
    can anyone else help and even email me a copy of their pattern?
    i’d be so grateful, its a gorge pattern!

  16. Lucy May 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Not sure if I’m too late on this – but for all you out there wanting to get a copy of the pattern and having no luck, you can get it from the Internet Archive. Just go to, and paste the URL from the Ravelry page into the field at the top of the page, hit ‘Take Me Back’ and you’ll have it. That’s how I got the pattern. (If I make it, I think I’ll make the sleeves elbow-length – perfect for keeping warm but not looking too rugged up!)