Winter knitting plans

Now that winter has well and truly arrived, I’m enjoying being snuggled up inside with my knitting. I’ve already shared some garments I knitted last year (Bronwyn and Strokkur), so here are my knitting plans for this winter.

1. Another Strokkur

Woman wears handknit Icelandic lopi jumper in grey and yellow.

One Strokkur done and I’ve already got another on the needles! As I wrote in my review post, I loved the Strokkur pattern and even the wool itself but the wool did not love me back. The beautiful rustic Lopi yarn was just too harsh on my sensitive skin, both in knitting and wearing. So I’ve passed that one on, and am up to the body of a new Strokkur in gentle superwash wool.*

2. Pyukkleen

A woman wears a leather jacket and cowl with fair isle motifs in blue, brown and green.

This is kind of cheating as I’ve pretty much finished knitting my Pyukkleen cowl (in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted). It just needs the four end stitches of the i-cord binding to be kitchener stitched together, but let’s face it, that’s going to take me months of sheer procrastination.

A swatch knitted in fair isle motifs, in colours of brown, orange, blue and yellow.
My happy swatch.
3. Modified Vashon

A dark-haired woman wears a thick cabled jumper in mustard yellow, with 3/4 sleeves and a check skirt.

I’ve had a garment-sized batch of Knit Picks City Tweed DK hanging around for a couple of years now. The yarn itself is lovely, a beautiful merino/alpaca blend with some manmade neps woven throughout, in a striking burgundy colour. But I’ve been vacillating between potential projects – definitely a jumper, likely with cables, but just which design to choose?

This winter I decided to bite the bullet and just knit the damn thing. So I went through my swatches, decided the cable pattern from Vashon was the victor, and I’ll cast on when I’m finished Strokkur. I intend to lift the cable pattern from Vashon and place it on a top-down seamless jumper with set-in sleeves. As the yarn is much finer than the 12ply Vashon is knitted with, the effect will be more of a design motif than an all-encompassing cabled jumper.

A stack of tweedy yarns with one individual skein next to it, in a burgundy colour.
KnitPicks City Tweed DK, and in my chosen colourway of Blue Blood (??). Looking at these pictures, I’m wondering why I put this project off for so long – I already want more in that yellow and pumpkin colour.
4. Hansel (Half Version)
A woman stands in the countryside, wearing a handknit triangular shawl with coloured wave pattern on oatmeal background.
How do these pattern designers manage to make their knits look so enticing?? I just want to snuggle myself up in that shawl.

As a prolific hand knitter, my wardrobe has a shocking dearth of shawls. I have cowls, scarves and hats-a-plenty, but bar one Springtime Bandit knit in local alpaca, I seemed to have missed the shawl-knitting train. I decided to remedy that last Christmas by asking for a Hansel kit from, composed of the Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight yarn the pattern calls for.

I’d like to get it knitted this winter as it seems just the thing for wrapping around myself in these cold days spent shuffling around the house and drinking copious amounts of tea.

5. Elska

A woman sits against a brick wall, hands to chin. She wears a handknit cardigan and fair isle hat in browns, whites, black and red.

My colourwork hat knitting phase has not yet come to an end. Another Christmas gift was the Elska yarn kit from, in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Heritage, a 3-ply worsted-spun shetland yarn. (I ask for yarn for Christmas and my birthdays to keep me going throughout the year.) I naturally chose the red colourway over the blue, hoping I would look as pensively fashionable as Ysolda and not like a lost St Kilda supporter.


Here’s hoping I get as much of my plan knitted as possible this winter, but if not, I like to keep knitting throughout the year so I have projects ready to wear once the weather cools down. My plans are clearly Ysolda and Knit Picks heavy, but I guess I know what I like! has boutique kits made from local yarns that aren’t hideously expensive, and Knit Picks yarns are so affordable and interesting compared to the commercial offerings in Australia (overpriced merino, repeat) that I can’t help favouring them when I’m looking for a workhorse yarn.

What have you got on the needles? Are you knitting winter woolies or using cool summer cotton?



*Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash, if you’re wondering.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

16 thoughts on “Winter knitting plans”

  1. What amazing knitting plans, all that colourwork has me very inspired. I’m currently dabbling in stripes for the first time in a lighter weight yarn than I usually use, I’m thinking it might make a good spring weight layer.

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  2. Wow! These are beautiful and something to aspire to! I am still trying to work on my first single color sweater. Also, it’s summer where I am and we are under a heat advisory, so I am not doing much knitting. :/

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    1. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see!
      I’m not knitting ;o) But I’m crocheting! Winter scarves for homeless men, using up my yarn stash. The Salvation Army gives coats to them in the winter here. Now they’ll get a scarf too. My 38 yr old son is homeless when he’s not in prison. All downtrodden men were once little boys.

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        1. Sadly with crap mental health laws, and no mental health funding. Prison is where the USA houses men like my son. He’s served more time than a murderer. And there’s nothing I can do. Thank God for the Salvation Army, they try to help him.


          1. That’s sadly the case here too, most (like 80+) of prisoners have an acquired brain injury and I’m sure many more experience mental health issues too which are not cared for by the healthcare system. It’s a tragedy.


  3. Since you asked:) In between all the hats and fingerless mitts I knit for charity to use up my extensive stash, I have three projects I would like to complete this winter for myself. The first is already on my needles as of last night – the Lotta dress in the current issue of Laine in a gorgeous heathered green in Tukuwool sock – purchased from Ysolda! The second is Purl Soho’s Peak jumper in a super soft wool, mohair and poly mix – Zara Kid, purchased the last 12 balls in a sky blue on sale from Wondoflex. The colour is a bit stronger than I wanted but I just couldn’t find anything else I really liked in the designated budget/colourway. (Funny how I have an extensive stash but still need to purchase yarn for projects as I don’t have what I want!!!) The last is an attempt at a completed pair of socks with a ball of Zauberball found at the oppy for $1 🙂 That should keep me quite happy for a while …..

    Cheers, Sharron

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    1. You have excellent knitting taste, Sharron! I love that dress – such a unique design in the knitting world. The jumper again is unique and modern, and I just adore Filatura Di Crosa yarn! I’m also very jealous of your knitting find. Our op shops only have polyester cast offs unfortunately.


  4. Beautiful plans! Your blog is so inspiring! Just to let you know, I have nominated you for a Mystery Blogger Award. It’s more of a game, really, and if you can’t be fussed to participate, just ignore it. No harm, no foul. Here is the inventor’s premise: “Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma

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