Sep 29, 2013

FO: Beacon Hill

We all have our favorite designers, and like you, I love seeing new patterns pop up on my blog reader or on Ravelry when their newest designs are released.  For me, Jane Richmond is one of those designers I keep a close eye on. Her patterns are always really well-writtten, thoughtful, and simply beautiful.  

Over the summer, in spite of my knitting ennui, I got to test-knit a couple of Jane's patterns, one of which was just released as part of this gorgeous collection.


Beacon Hill is an all-over textured seamless cardigan that is knit from the top-down.  I loved knitting the stitch pattern as it had a rhythm all its own and produced the most beautiful motif from the shoulders down to the bottom hem.



As this cardigan grew on my needles, I couldn't help marveling at the fantastic stitch definition that the yarn produced. I wanted to test-knit from my stash, and Jane was happy for me to use Patons Classic Wool as it's an affordable and easily attainable yarn.  I used four stashed skeins in the Natural Mix colorway, and I think the cardigan works really well in this neutral shade.




While both Miranda and I are on the slim side, the test-knit I did in size 28 is much too small for either of us, even after soaking and blocking.  I wanted to knit the 32 or 34 but as Jane really needed someone to test the smallest size, I obliged.  Now that I've photographed this FO, I'm definitely going to unravel it and re-knit it in size 34 as this cardigan is sure to be a staple in my fall wardrobe.


20 comments:

  1. It's really beautiful! What a pity with size. The cardigan is just gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much ~ even though it'll be painful, I'm excited to knit this cardigan and be able to wear it all season long!

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  2. you're right - that stitch pattern *is* cool. i'll bet it would work well in a cowl too (and there'd be a lot less knitting!). especially when compared to knitting it twice ;)

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    1. You're right ~ a cowl would be spectacular!

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  3. Oh, that is lovely! I really like how you did the collar too. I wish this pattern were available individually - it's the only one of the collection I like! I'm going to cross my fingers that it will be in the future; it's a great testimonial that you are willing to re-knit it!

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    1. This cardigan is really special ~ I don't think I've enjoyed knitting another as much as this one.

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  4. Beautiful knit! The color of the yarn, combined with that beautiful color is perfect.
    Well done Evelyn!

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    1. Thanks, Andi! Coming from such a talented knitter as yourself is a true compliment!

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  5. What a beautiful sweater!! I love it! The color of the yarn & the pattern go so well together. Miranda looks lovely in it. I'm sorry it's too small but it does say something that you are planning to re-knit it larger!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Miranda would love to keep this one but the arms are too tight ~ who knows. Maybe I'll have to knit two more!

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  6. Wow! Now we know what you've been up to ;) a gorgeous knit at that. Definitely will favorite. Love the texture detail.

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  7. Wow that pattern is exquisite! I've been looking for a pattern like this. I wonder if it would work well with a cotton yarn or if the stitch motif really requires the elasticity of wool.

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  8. I can see why you're happy to reknit it ... it's gorgeous, and looks great in that neutral colour too :)

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  9. The texture st is beautiful. This can be just a covering since it's small to close.

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  10. So glad the hot weather released you from your blogging mini-hiatus. The new projects are stunning.

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  11. That is a lovely sweater and it will look fabulous on you. I hope Jane was appropriately grateful that you went to the trouble to knit a beautiful sweater in not your size! Especially as you are about to unravel it and knit it again!

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  12. This is beautiful! I love the stitch pattern as well. Perfect neutral color. I hope that you get a chance to knit it in your size.

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  13. Oh I love this one too! Beautiful!

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