Nicolet Sweater

Nicolet Sweater by Paper Birch Knits

My first sweater for Spring is here! The Nicolet is knit in the softest silk mohair, with three quarter sleeves and raglan shaping. I’ve used Sugar Bush Yarns Drizzle, but you can sub any lace weight silk mohair yarn. But this stuff is gorgeous and it’s from a Canadian company. I highly recommend it! The yarn is held double, and the sweater is knit bottom up without seams.

Nicolet will be on sale for half price until Friday, April 12, 2019.

Nicolet Sweater by Paper Birch Knits


Sugar Bush Yarns Drizzle – Lilac – 8 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins

Size US 5 circular needles, 32″, 16″, 9″ and/or dpn’s

Size US 3 circular needles, 32”, 16”, 9” and/or dpn’s

Stitch markers


23 sts x 32 rows = 4” stockinette on size 5 needles, or whichever size needle gives you the correct gauge.


35″ (39″, 43″, 48″, 52″, 56″)

Sweater is shown with 4” of positive ease, model is wearing size 39.


Sycamore Sweater Coat

It’s taken forever, but here is my final pattern for Winter 2018. Shhh… let’s all pretend it’s still 2018!

It’s quite late, the Canada Post strike before Christmas, not being able to get yarn because of it, and having a package or two go missing did not help the test knitting process. But it’s ready now!

This sweater coat, I’m not actually sure if that’s a real thing, but that’s what I’m going to call it, is perfect for warmer winter days (not the -28 degree Celsius one I took these pics in) and spring or fall weather. It’s knit in a bulky weight yarn, Briggs and Little Atlantic, and is a great antidote for dreary winter weather.

Sycamore Sweater Coat by Paper Birch Knits
Sycamore Sweater coat


Briggs and Little Atlantic – Dark Grey – 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins

Briggs and Little Atlantic – Gold – 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins

Briggs and Little Atlantic – Natural White – 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins

Size 10 circular needles, 32″, 16″, 9″ and/or dpn’s

Size 8 circular needles, 32″, 16″, 9″ and/or dpn’s

Stitch markers

Waste yarn

Buttons – 10


15 sts x 22 rows = 4” stockinette on size 10 needles, or whichever size needle gives you the correct gauge


36” (38”, 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”) Sweater is meant to be worn with at least 2” of positive ease


Fairfax Cardigan

Fairfax Cardigan from Paper Birch Knits

It’s finally ready! Here’s my latest pattern, the Fairfax Cardigan. Knit in Briggs & Little Atlantic, the Fairfax Cardigan knits up quickly to keep you warm! It’s an open front cardigan, with beautiful cable detailing in the back.

Fairfax Cardigan by Paper Birch Knits


Briggs Little Atlantic – Natural White – 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins

Size 10 needles circs, 32”, 16”, 9” and/or dpn’s

Stitch markers


15 sts x 22 rows = 4” stockinette on size 10 needles, or whichever size needle gives you the correct gauge.


38” (41”, 44”, 50”, 54.5”, 58.5”)


Too Cold To Get Anything Done!

Fairfax Cardigan Pattern by Paper Birch Knits

Here’s a sneak peek at my new pattern release, the Fairfax Cardigan, it will be out tomorrow! It’s a couple of weeks late because it’s been SO cold outside that I couldn’t venture outside for pics. Today was the first day in weeks that it hasn’t been colder than -25!

Love knitting. Not gonna die for it though.

At least all of my hats are being put to good use!

Lancaster Sweater

Lancaster Sweater by Paper Birch Knits

Lancaster is a super quick knit that’s everything I love about this season – cropped, boxy, oversized, and in a super bulky yarn!
It is worked in one piece from bottom up until the armholes. At this point each side is finished separately, shoulders are seamed with a three needle bind-off and sleeves are knit directly on to sweater.


Briggs and Little Super, 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins
Size US 13 circular needles, various sizes or dpn’s
Size US 11 – 16” circular needle or dpn’s
Stitch markers
Waste yarn

10 sts x 16 rows = 4”


40” (44”, 48”, 52”, 56”, 60”) Sweater on model has 7 inches of ease.


So Much Christmas Knitting To Do, So Little Time…

Beacon Hat

I always have grandiose ideas about making everyone the sweaters that they’d like for Christmas, but it never happens – to much to do, and I only seem to get inspired at the end of November when there’s nowhere near enough time left. My solution this year is hats! I can knit those quickly. This one is made out of one of my very favourite yarns – Briggs and Little Heritage in Gold. It will go to my daughter, she looks amazing in this colour!

On the plus side of things, I have turned my frogged project into an adorable, wearable, quick knit sweater! I love that I was able to turned an awful project into something that I love and can wear. I need to do this with more of those not so successful projects – just because I spent hours knitting it doesn’t mean I have to keep it!

I’ll write it up as a pattern just as soon as I get my Christmas knitting done. Hopefully it won’t be March!

Not Every Project is A Winner…It’s Ok to Frog

46151943_640656806336590_4030061169245945856_nI’ve always been very ‘attached’ to my knits, even if they don’t quite work out as planned. We’ve all had them, those projects you saw on Ravelry, or Instagram, had to do and then when finished…um…not so much.

But I’ve never really frogged them. I’ve always felt that I put so much hard work into them, so I’ll just hang on to it. I know, this makes zero sense. So lately I’m trying to turn those projects into something wearable.

Here’s a failed project in Briggs & Little Super that I made at least 5 years ago. Once I got the body seamed I didn’t even bother to attach the sleeves – yes, it was that bad! Unflattering doesn’t even begin to describe it. The cardigan managed to make my 110 lb frame look massive, who wants that?

Since then I’ve pretty much avoided all very bulky knits, but after finding this sad misfire in a bag at the back of a closet yesterday, I’m ready to try again.

And I love this yarn! So soft, beautiful stitch definition, and it’s Canadian. Win, win, win!

Since I don’t have very much of it, I’m aiming for something with simple lines, not too bulky, but most importantly – wearability!

Here’s hoping I made the right decision. This yarn was almost a pillow.





Quick Project Finished! New Beacon Hat!

45732306_265001904202213_8522021203316047872_nA day later, many cups of tea, bowls of Cheetos and M&M’s later, I’ve got a new Beacon hat! I love quick gratification projects. So now that I feel like I’ve accomplished something I guess it’s time to get back to work on all the big projects.

I’m still waiting for my lovely test knitters to finish a sweater I’ve designed, and I’m working on a new cardigan right now. I had a big list of Christmas knitting projects but if I’m being at all realistic, I might have to abandon some of those.

I’m swamped, but I love this time of year, it’s sweater weather!

Let it snow!