Enchanted Red Knit Duster – Sylvi Sweater

Sylvi Swater Bawck

I feel like an enchanted storybook character in this gorgeous duster. It’s the Sylvi Sweater pattern by Mari Muinonen, published in Twist Collective Winter 2008. I love her designs for their dramatic and playful cables, and plan on eventually knitting several more of her patterns. I used 32 skeins (that’s a LOT of yarn!!! 1760 yards!) of Grignasco Marte yarn. Its’s 60% wool and 40% synthetic. I usually try and knit in all natural fibers, but I found it on an amazing sale which made buying epic amounts of this yarn almost affordable. See my Ravelry project page for more technical details.

Sylvi sweater calbe flowers detail

While the body is knit in moss stitch, the back features an intricate cable pattern over a patch of reverse stockinette. Bobbles make the centers of the flowers. The pattern was simple enough to read for anyone familiar with cable charts, but if you’re new to cables, you might want to start somewhere else. I knit this sweater in almost exactly 2 months, with 67.5 hours of knitting.

Long Red Sweater Duster

This sweater is supposed to button up the front, but in my excitement at how quickly this was knitting up (compared to my last sweater which was fingering weight yarn), and maybe a bit due to wine consumption whilst knitting (strictly for hip pain management, I swear), I completely forgot to put the button holes in the front of the sweater. So, I added a toggle to the front neck and sewed on a chained loop of yarn on the other side. I actually kind of like how it looks with only one closure ( I only had one wood toggle in my button jar), but I may wear it a bit and then decide to go back and add more loops and toggles.

Cozy Red Sweater

I added a couple of inches to the sleeves, as I always do, and found, much to my surprise, that I didn’t need to! The sleeves area actually a bit long on me now, but I’m sure I’ll be able to get them the right length with another block. The color of yarn that I chose is almost exactly the same as the sweater on the pattern cover, which I don’t usually do, but it was the color that I liked best out of the very sale yarn that I found. Fortunately, I happen to love red clothing and will unabashedly pair this color with just about any palette.

Sewing Flower Petals onto Sweater Back

All of the cabling and bobbles are knit onto the sweater as you go. However, the flower petals are knit by picking up two stitches at their center, knitting the petal to the tip, and then sewing them down.

Sylvi Sweater Side

The sweater is seamed with right sides together leaving the seam visible on the outside. I had considered not doing this, but it sewed together so much more quickly this way than if you are trying to make the seams even and hidden on the wrong side, especially trying to match a moss stitch. And seeing the sweater all together, I think the seams add to the design instead of distract from the cables as I had initially thought. So, the author knew what she was doing :)

Red Sweater Wet Block in Bathtub

I wet blocked this sweater by washing it in the bathtub and then stretching it out on the patio to dry. I usually steam block things, but I am so very glad that I washed this sweater as the yarn bled a lot when it got wet. This surprised me as I’m only used to seeing that much color bleeding with hand-dyed yarns. I finished this sweater just in time to wear it over my new silk Anna dress and I would have been devastated if it turned the white silk pink! I thought that it would be important to wet block because the back cable design needed to be stretched out a LOT to hold a nice even shape (which it does easily now).

Knit Little Red Riding Hood

Does this sweater make anyone else think of a storybook character? Any character in particular? And don’t say Little Red Riding Hood because that’s too easy!

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  1. This is gorgeous. And it looks really fun to wear! The details are a ton of fun without being overpowering.

    After seeing this, I went to add this to my ravelry favorites and discovered it already there. It’s a sign, right? Time to cast on.

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  2. Oh my gosh. What a lovely sweater! I’m trying to think of something I’ve read with an awesome red-cloak-wearing character…but all I’m coming up with is elf/fairy/adventurer adventuring through the woods (especially because red is the absolute best camouflage!)

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  3. Wow, that looks amazing, I would love to have the patience to knit that. Thanks for sharing. And the red really suits you. Have you come across Charlie and Lola, don’t know if they’ve reached the States http://www.charlieandlola.com/, I think Lola would wear that. Or Pippi Longstocking.

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      I don’t know Charlie and Lola, but I adore Pippi Longstocking so that’s a wonderful compliment!

  4. I am in love with this Enchanted Red Knit Duster – Sylvi Sweater I do not knit, do you know where of if this sweater is available to purchase? Or if someone make these to sell?
    Thank you!

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      Hi Kristine – so glad you like the sweater! The sweater isn’t available for purchase. I don’t know of anyone that knits custom clothing, but I would suggest looking on Ravelry. It’s a comprehensive website for knitters and has very active forums. Try looking through the forums for information on people that will knit custom pieces.

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  5. Hi, I am going to knit this but am a bit confused as to the pattern for the sleeves where it says “pick up and knit 39sts around the band (knit 4 edge)….please can you help by explaining what the knit 4 edge means? Thank you

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      You knit the cuff horizontally and then sew it together in a loop. The you pick up stitches from one side of it to knit the rest of the sleeve vertically. The “k4 edge” means that you pick up the stitches from the k4″ side of the cuff not the p5 side of the cuff (since the cuff pattern itself is p5, k3, p2, k4).

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