Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Knitting at Large Hall of Fame

Welcome to the first installment of the Knitting at Large Hall of Fame, which features extraordinary projects completed and modeled by plus-size knitters. Almost 800 women have joined the Knitting at Large Ravelry Group and many of them are now knitting ample sweaters that fit and look beautiful, too. Let's honor those who show us and the knitting industry just how lovely a larger sweater can be.

Francesca's Skara Brae in Autumn 

Fran simply rocks this gorgeous twisted stitch turtleneck. Her pitch-perfect knitting technique makes the most of the gorgeous Celtic cable saddle sleeves, too. And no matter how beautiful the sweater, Fran's smile is even better.

Knitter: Francesca aka Dancing-girl on Ravelry
Pattern: Skara Brae by Stephanie van der Linden
Size: 56-inch finished bust size
Yarn: New Lark Donegal Silk Tweed Aran
Knitting time to completion: 3 months
Her mods:
  • Added about 3” length to the body
  • Changed to one size larger needles (4.5mm) when she reached the top of the hips to give extra room for my hips
  • Added a 3” rib band to the bottom which, although it’s shown in the pattern photos, isn’t mentioned in the actual instructions
  • Decreased 3 sts evenly across front cable panel to give the necessary stitch count for the ribbing
  • Shortened the sleeves 

Laurie is one heck of a knitter; I've marveled at her Ravatar colorwork sweater  for years. But this amazing cabled cardi takes the cake. Laurie's superlative yarn choice, fine-tuned modifications, and beautiful finishing send her straight to the Knitting at Large Hall of Fame.

Knitter: Laurie aka LaurieM on Ravelry
Pattern: Eadon by Susanna IC
Size: 53.5-inch finished bust size
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed Aran
Knitting time to completion: 2 months
Her mods:
  • Shortened the body by one cable repeat because she was afraid the full length would be too heavy
  • Shortened the sleeves last night because they were so long, her hands felt like she had on sock puppets!

Congratulations to our inaugural Hall of Fame members! And thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of us. May we all make sweaters as lovely as these - and make them for ourselves, too.


  1. Honoured to be here.

    Sorry I didn't get any more pics or measurements for you. We've had some family excitements that kept me running around.

  2. Great idea!!!
    Please don't forget to include yourself!

  3. Beauty among us!! Great topic.

  4. WOW! Both of those sweaters are glorious! And fit (and flatter) SO well! (Okay, enough with the caps.) Truly beautiful. It warms me heart!

  5. Oh, and I love the hall of fame thing.

  6. Both are wonderful! I truly admire the work put into them - super! Hats off to both of you!

  7. What she said! Congratulations ladies!

  8. The knitting industry doesn't think we knit sweaters for ourselves. They're wrong. We'll show them!

  9. Ow wow! Keep them coming!!!

    ♥ Miriam

  10. This is such a great post - beautiful sweaters beautifully modeled. Honoring the skills and talents of these ladies this way with all the details -thank you for this post!

  11. Both of these are fantastic, both design- and fit/flatter-wise. Beautiful job, both!

  12. Lovely ladies in lovely sweaters!

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