CobblestoneFirst, for all of you who have seen the Fall Interweave Preview and sent e-mails - thank you! The upcoming issue features one of my sweater designs that I'm really excited about. If you've yet to catch the preview, check it out here - there's a bunch of great sweaters, it looks like a really great issue (though you can't really go wrong with Fall knitting, in my opinion).
Pattern: Cobblestone Pullover Source: Interweave Knits Fall 2007 Yarn: Classic Elite Skye Tweed in 'Upland Green'
I designed and knit most of this while I was in Dublin last winter. Despite finding n'ery a yarn shop there, it was a great place to be inspired - plenty of wool, texture and color all around to get the creative juices flowing. The Cobblestone was a bar we spent an evening in listening to traditional Irish music on the North side of town - I thought the name was fitting.
My goal with this piece was simple shapes that would feature a nice tweedy wool and a goodly amount of texture without overdoing it. It's worked seamlessly with a round yoke and garter strips up the sides (below the underarms). A nice cozy sweater that I'm really looking forward to having around this winter.
Pictured is the medium size - my apologies for the wrinkles. I was forced to photograph this in a pinch, before wet blocking. You know how those deadlines are.
Thanks again for all your support - it is always very much appreciated. Happy knitting!
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Great texture! Thanks for showing more photographs of it. It is difficult to see much of the texture in the smaller online IK photographs. The side texture and bottom edging really bring it all together well.
Beautiful sweater. I think I like your shots better than Interweave's. It is nice to see a man design for men. I think my husband would appreciate this design (as he will appreciate the zeebee I am almost finished with that you inspired)
Cobblestone caught my eye as soon as I opened the preview page. I think my son who is heading off to college in 3 weeks, would go for this sweater. He's going to be in the cold midwest, so I'm thinkng it is perfect as a Christmas gift for him! Now to pick the yarn!
I'd like to add my congratulations! We all know how talented you are; it's wonderful that the whole IK readership will know now, too. This is, indeed, a simply classic sweater but I think that's what will appeal to my husband. The design and stitch textures work so well with that tweed. And finally, finally, there is something interesting and attractive to knit for men. Yay!
Jared, I have to tell you, I looked at this sweater on the online preview -- without even looking at the name of the designer -- and thought, "That really looks like a Brooklyn Tweed sweater!" THANK YOU for designing and sharing a sweater that my very picky man will actually wear!
(And I have to add that I'm so thrilled it's worked seamlessly, because I really hate seaming!)
Jared - most excellent, per usual! And why is it that one can never find a great knit shop in seemingly obvious places like Dublin? The Pilgrim tromped ALL OVER Edinburgh last summer and found but one very disappointing yarn store. Very disappointing indeed. Beautiful city though. And again, beautiful sweater! http://knittypilgrim.blogspot.com
You are one talented knitter! The sweater is perfect and I see you love that tweedy look and I do as well. I am a sucker for any tweed yarn even if I don't have a designated project for it. Knitting, spinning, where else do your talents lie?
another stellar design, one that those fickle guys who are t-shirt lovers would wear. i loved hearing the background inspiration. i too noticed a remarkable dearth on yarn stores when in the isle, but that was a bit ago. odd, considering.
lovely pictures and lovely yarn and colour. i am the lucky owner of 15 skeins of it. this has the same qualities as kim hargreaves: beau which i knit up three of some years ago and which have been worn a lot and admired a lot. and then of course the design is uniquely yours. i was wondering why it was called cobblestone. howe gelb has a song about an american in denmark called cowboyboots on cobblestone which always amused me, and then it is the name of a bar in dublin, the loveliest place on earth to be in a bar. i will order the magazine and knit this beauty soon or later.
Hey, wow, congratulations on being published! I loved the sweater and decided it looked like it might be a good one to knit for the Husby before I even noticed it was your design - since he's drooled over your Ravelry projects page with me, I figure it's the perfect choice! :D Now if only my issue would get here already...
So glad you highlighted your sweater! I too was in Ireland last year (September) and was inspired by some tweedy goodness. Your pattern looks like it would make a cozy girl sweater too... might just have to try out some feminine mods once the FAll IK arrives. As always, I enjoy your beautiful photos.
Have introduced my nephew to knitting via your site a few days ago (he fell in love with the Tomten) and we went back to look at it again together... and saw this and now I think he wants to be a knitwear designer! We'll see how he does on the hat first. De-lurking to say thanks and lovely stuff!
I didn't realize it was your design. It looked interesting, but the IK preview photos were too small to make out much detail. Thanks for the more detailed shots. And the pattern. While IK generally has better patterns than most, their men's patterns are so few that even one or two misses a year means very few decent designs per year.
I want to make this for myself -- maybe with a neckline that stops a little bit sooner and has a pickup and bind off edge. The construction is the kind of thing I like to make. And I have to agree it's a great merger of yarn and stitches and style that exceeds the sum of the parts.
De-lurking from Wicklow (Ireland) to add my congratulations to the rest for a beautiful design (ditto the photos). I really love the way the garter stitch yoke really does look like wet cobblestones and muddy hills.
And...there's a goodly hint of monkish garb about it too. Me likey lots.
Of course, in true Dublin tradition I can't resist a pun along the lines of...'wouldja look at that yoke there, isn't it fantastic!' Try and imagine it from Colin Farrell or Brenda Fricker if that helps.
Next time you're in Dublin check out this yarn shop in Blackrock (about 4 miles south of city centre) This is Knit. Oh and let me know you're coming and I can point you to some others off the beaten track.
WOW - superkudos, Jared! This is the first issue of IK ever where I've felt like I'd knit and wear/gift almost every project. Eunny certainly does have an eye for the elegant and beautifully-designed - of course you'd be in that group of creative talent! Congrats - and enjoy your gorgeous new sweater. Cheers ~gabriella
I love it! Simple and classic yet original. it realle is a lovely combination of yarn and design. I'll have to buy the magazine so I can knit it for my husband (so that I can "borrow" it on cold winter evenings....)
Hiya! I love your website (my sis put me onto it). And i love the Cobblestone! I've already got a request for it. Now I just have to wait patiently until the Fall issue arrives (I'm in Melbourne, Australia). Thank you!!!! xx
Congratulations on the publication and on the fantastic design! I can't believe you weren't able to sniff out a single yarn shop in all of Dublin. For heaven's sake, aren't there more sheep than people in Ireland?! I'm thrilled that you were inspired by Erin and produced such a gorgeous design. I'm anxiously waiting for my Fall IK to arrive in the mail. And if you aren't in the process of signing a book deal or putting together designs for a book, I might just start emailing Interweave Press myself about it!
P.S. I sense a little EZ in your Cobblestone! She would be very proud of this one!
Hi, I've been reading your blog for a while now and I love it! Great pictures, too. This is the sort of sweater my hubby likes and I am going to knit it. Please let me know if there is any suggestion with other yarn, too. I would like to look around. Happy knitting!
wow, i think i'm about the 107th person to comment. i don't imagine you have time to even read all these. just wanted to say that i think your sweater is great. as always, i'm very impressed. i always look to your blog to inspire me. you remind me of all the great things i can aspire to knit and maybe someday design. thanks for the inspiration. sorry to be so cheesy.
Gorgeous sweater -- and one I might actually make for one of the guys in my life. At last, a sweater design that a man would actually wear! I can't tell you how many times I've pointed out a pattern to my husband or older son, asking if they would like me to make that up for them, to be met by, well, sheer laughter.
Your design is subtle, sophisticated, and something that would look smart on a guy. Thank you for giving me something to make for the men in my life!
Congratulations Jared! I saw your sweater in IK today and I was so proud for you! I know you must be thrilled. Since I have been following your blog I feel as if I know you :) It's like a great thing has happened for an old friend...good work!
Cobblestone is a smashing design! I particularly love the color you've chosen. It is so cool that you were inspired in Dublin. My life-long dream is to get to Belfast, the place where my grandparents were born.
Way to go, Jared! So happy for your design being published. You most certainly deserve it, with all of your spectacular knitting! You should be sooooo proud! I'll have a celebratory drink in your honor ; )
Just wanted to compliment you on your design. It's a very simple sweater, but I appreciate the dressmaker style detail you included in it-verticals at the side, and texture at the shoulder line should make most guys look buff (buffer? Depends on the fella).
This is great. I showed it to my husband Steve and he immediately said that he wants one. As soon as I see the magazine on the shelves (I looked for it yesterday at Borders but no dice) I'm picking it up and knitting it up.
It looks like it's an easily customizable sweater...which is good as S has kinda a "barrel chest" and sometimes has difficulty with proper fits.
I can't wait to talk to the owner of the yarn shop I work in to get her to order enough of the Tapestry Red colored Skye Tweed to make the sweater. Bless you for writing the pattern in a size that I can make for myself! Thanks again for a great pattern...I have been waiting for a pattern written in the round.
Hi Jared... Love the sweater. I was really taken that Dublin was its inspiration. I can 'see' it! Also, I just finished the Noro scarf with Silk Garden. I just love the way the colours surprise you.... so you never know what your gonna get! Certainly if you make it back to Ireland.... head over to Connemara in the autumn and take a drive thru Leenane and on towards Letterfrack and thru the bog road over to Tullycross and you will 'see' Noro colours in all their splendour! Cheerio, Jackie (formerly of Queens, NY, and of West of Ireland, now Wicklow Ireland)
Hello, I love this sweater! I bought the IK issue just for the pattern. Thought you'd like to know that author Nikol Lohr has posted an homage to your sweater done as a baby vest here (don't worry, the vest isn't at all 'naughty'): http://thriftyknitter.com/?p=223
When I got my IK I was looking at your sweater thinking 'omg, I have to knit that! If only I had someone to knit it for!' And then a little light went off over my head - my dad is incredibly hard to shop for. Christmas is solved! I'm really enjoying knitting it, even though I'm only 5 inches or so in.
I went over to my grandma's for dinner the other day and found out that she has the magazine, and want to knit the sweater for herself. Since she's considerably smaller, she was telling me about how she's just going to knit it how she normally knits it - top down, in pieces.
I nearly had a heart attack! I mean, OK, I'm not knitting purist, but the thing I love the best of all about this sweater is just how elegant the construction is, and how well it all fits together.
I'm trying desperately to convince her that it would be easy to just cast on fewer stitches and work it smaller, but she's skeptical about how that would work when you get to the yoke shaping, and my spatial visualisation is not so good. Any suggestions?
Thank you for this sweater!! It is perfect for my first sweater project (making it for myself) and I cannot wait to finish it! I became an immediate fan of yours as soon as I saw this in IK. Thanks again!
Such a simple, sophisticated pattern! I was wondering if the charted pattern is avaiable anywhere - so I could knit it from the top down? I'm making this for my husband - his first knitted gift from me! Thanks!
Jared! You knit so very well! And the Cobblestone pattern is wonderful and simple, exquisite. Is there any possibility to buy the pattern directly from you or? Haven't seen Interweave Knits here in Sweden and I also understand that the issue has sold out.
This is the best work I've seen in ages!!! well done you! My boyfriend loved this sweater and I would love to knit it but we live in Italy and I can't seem to find Interweave Knits here either...is there any way I can buy it from you???...Keep up the good work..looking forward to updates x
For those looking for the pattern, if you call customer service at Interweave publications they will send you a photo copy for $4.00. They may also have some more issues. I called and they said they had a few issues left so I ordered one and received it in 4 days.