Thursday, March 3, 2022

Embroidered Knits

There is something about a tweed texture that I cannot resist.

I really do love texture, and it doesn't matter if it is a nubbly hand knit sweater or a fabric I am using to make a dress.  That may be why I have such a difficult time finding solid fabrics that I like; solid colors with texture are difficult to find.  

This particular yarn is from KnitPicks.  I have a few different colors of the City Tweed DK yarn, and I find it lovely to work with.

Now that I have been wearing the sweater for a while, the yarn has pilled slightly under the arms, but once I pull off the offending bits, I haven't noticed many more nubs, and I am hoping that is the end of it.

But other than that slight irritation, this yarn is lovely to work with, and super comfy to wear.  I was actually wearing this sweater made from City Tweed today, and I am thinking that I may need another sweater in yet another style/color using this lovely fiber.  I'm not sure if it is the alpaca content, but it's so soft and warm to wear.

I wanted the yarn to be the star of the show, so I chose a simple pattern.  "Cherie" is from a beautiful book,  Vintage Knits by Rowan, which I highly recommend.  In so many cases, knitting pattern books have only one or two designs that interest me; this book has me wanting to find a reason to make almost all of them!

There is an issue with this pattern, though.  As written, the neckline will turn out as more of a funnel neck than a boatneck that is seen in the images and technical drawing included with the pattern.  If you want the finished sweater to look like the photos, the ribbing will have to start before stated (subtract the number of ribbing rows from the decreasing raglan portion of the front/back and sleeves).

And while this yarn looks fabulous in a plain old stockinette stitch, I decided to go a little crazy and add some embroidery.  As I did with my monogrammed sweater, I used a contrasting scrap yarn to give myself a path to follow, especially with the chain stitch!  It's difficult to see the forest for the trees when I am embroidering patterns and continually rotating the sweater.

I have never tried embellishing on a large portion of a sweater like this, so I decided to stick with the same yarn.  The look is subtle, but it's even more added texture to the tweed yarn, and I really do love the way it turned out!

A few embroidery motifs were initially placed along the neckline with the chainstitch, but since I was having so much fun, I just kept going with it. 

The design is very freeform, so for the set of three lazy daisies, I just gave myself a single mark to work around.

The process was rather meditative.  I think there will be more embroidered sweaters in my future!

I will have to remember to embroider the sleeves before constructing the actual sweater, though!  It was a bit of a challenge, but I made it work.  I am not even sure that I would have embroidered on the entire sleeve even if I had easy access to the entire length.

And back to that yarn . . . blocking makes it look even better!

I am loving how this project turned out.

And at some point I am going to have to come up with a design that uses some contrasting colors and go to town on another embroidered sweater project!


  1. With next to nothing, you elevate the refined to the superb.

    The embroidery gives this sweater providence; "It's from this boutique I stumbled upon while visiting [old Quebec/Block Island/Victoria/Steamboat Springs...]"

    In a particularly long full skirt (showing ankle, perhaps a bit more) in one of the contrasting fleck colors, and you'd again own a tea room, hold court at a breezy farmers market, or punctuate your point at the office while leaning against your boss' desk, pencil eraser to cheek.

    It appears at once a stylishly sensible choice, but each bit of contrast is actually an ember of possibilities. Who better to fan the flames of "What can be...", than you?

  2. Beautiful work! I always enjoy seeing your knitting projects.

  3. This outfit is so couture. I love the embroidered handknit tweed sweater paired with a floral skirt.
    I have seen that Vogue skirt pattern made in so many fabrics and they all look different. I may use some of the fabrics I had planned to make into wide legged shorts for this skirt instead.