Starry Night Sweater

Is it summer yet, where you live? Here it’s starting to slowly get warmer, but the wool sweaters aren’t packed away quite yet. Good thing, as I just finished knitting a cosy wool pullover with a huge collar!

I’ve called it the Starry Night Sweater because it sounds pretty. (Much better than the ‘oh crap, it’s snowing again’ sweater.) The yarn is flecked with little touches of white on a deep midnight blue base, just like a starry night sky.

The yarn is Peace Fleece, in the colour Siberian Midnight. Which is an interesting company, started in the early 80’s to bring peace between the USA and Russia through trade. (They explain it better than I did – read more about Peace Fleece here.) If I’m going to spend money, I’d prefer to support small businesses, companies with inspiring missions, or similar values to me. This is the kind of sweater that lasts forever, and from what I’ve read it gets softer with each washing. Which is great as it’s scratchy, rough and coarse right now! Not as shiny and soft as my First Sweater. Quite the workhorse sweater, perfect for cold winter nights! (Or cold spring nights, or evening bike rides…)

I’m not used to having to wear a long sleeve top under a sweater but this one’s just a little too scratchy to wear on its own. It’s easy to wear with jeans but I think it would be even better with a skirt, boots and jacket. Something to ‘pretty it up’ a little, and balance out the roughness of the wool and casual sweater-over-tee look.

Pattern is Idlewood, a simple top-down raglan pullover. (Look, real knitting terminology!) Top down means it starts from the top, and goes around and around until you get to the bottom. For this pattern, it starts at the top edge of the collar, and goes around and around and around and.. well, you get the idea. It’s a lot of plain knitting, which makes it great for watching movies. The fit is really nice and it would be easy to add long sleeves for an even warmer sweater! It looks great under jackets with the collar worn over top, like a scarf.

This is my third sweater and I’m already planning another version of this pattern. (In a soft coral colour, maybe? Pretty with taupe and white and summery neutrals…)

One by one, I’m knitting up a wardrobe’s worth of lovely hand-knit sweaters. It’s slow but incredibly rewarding! Just like sewing, I value clothing items more when I’ve made them by hand. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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22 Responses to Starry Night Sweater

  1. lisa g April 27, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    ack! your gorgeous sweaters are driving me crazy! i may have to take up knitting too… (advance apologies to the hubby and kids!)

    • Amy April 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm #


  2. K-Line April 27, 2012 at 6:25 am #


  3. June April 27, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    I can’t believe you’re a new knitter – you are so ahead on the curve! Looks beautiful. Excellent job, 3 cheers!

  4. Stephanie April 27, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    It does get much softer as it goes. To speed it along though you can soak it in hair conditioner. Just put warm water and conditioner in the tub or sink and let it soak for a few hours. Also, Peace Fleece barely felts and machine washing can really soften it…..if you’re feeling daring.

  5. cidell April 27, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I so admire you for being able to knit sweaters. I would happily pay $100+ for an beautiful, all wool sweater. But, they are just not to be found in the srore. This is so pretty! And, i love the name. It reminds me a nail polish by Essie of the same name.

  6. Seraphinalina April 27, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    How pretty! Starry Night is the perfect name for the sweater.

  7. Sassy T April 27, 2012 at 9:37 am #


  8. Carol April 27, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Luv Luv Luv!!!

  9. Katy April 27, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Gorgeous! Great photos as well.

  10. sula April 27, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Love it! Oh my, am I going to have to start imitating everything you knit as well as sew? :)

  11. Becky April 27, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    I love this! At first I thought I would make it with long sleeves, but the more I think about it the more I like the short sleeves. This is making me excited for sweater season, even though it just ended!

  12. Christine April 27, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Beautiful sweater!

  13. beth April 27, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    the sweater is gorgeous!! now, i can’t decide if i should sew or knit!!! i put this sweater in my ravelry queue. it’s lovely.

  14. Jessie Kwak April 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    It’s not quite warm in Seattle yet, either. I keep putting away my fingerless gloves at work only to have to get them back out the next day. Soon, though!

    The sweater’s beautiful–I’m feeling inspired to pick up my knitting needles again.

  15. Jenn April 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I haven’t quite decided if I’m ready to tackle knitting yet but this sweater would be soooo worth it! I love the big collar and I like that you paired it with the long sleeved shirt underneath. I want one!!! :D

  16. Jo April 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Wow, this is fantastic! You sure have been busy knitting! :)

  17. Dana April 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Wow, is that 3 down on your list of 5, or is it only 2? Either way I think you are going to make this goal easy as pie. Love the sweater (jumper here in Australia), I have sort of just started knitting and would really like to tackle something like this (raglan style) perhaps Jane Richmond’s Classic Raglan, I like her patterns. Some of her patterns would go nicely with a pretty dress.

  18. Noile April 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Gorgeous! Who knew a sleeveless sweater could be so cute?

  19. Ginger April 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Ooh, this is so pretty! I made the Idlewood sweater for my sister a while back, and yours makes me really want one for myself! You can try squirting some hair conditioner into the water next time you wash it– that can help to soften scratchy yarn.


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