|Sizing||Most of our patterns include at least 3 sizes but virtually all are easily adjusted. They are in the range of 44/46 to 52/55" chest.|
|Yardage||Our wool is sold in 4 ounce skeins ( except the hand dyed 2 ounce skeins) and owing to difference in colour, wool and other factors it is not possible to be accurate on the yardage.The 2 ply worsted weight is about 175 - 275 yards and 3 ply chunky weight is about 120-180 yards.|
|Gauge||Our 2 ply worsted weight is approxiamtely 4.5 to 5.25 stitches per inch on size 5 mm, and 3 ply chunky weight is approxiamtely 4 stitches per inch 6.5mm.|
Cutting it Open!
All of our Philosopher's Cardigans that are knit in the round are steeked with a single purl stitch up the middle, then machine sewn, the button bands added, and then cut open.
This section is for you to share your cutting anxieties and successes with other knitters.
Each of our patterns comes with a 'Colour and Cutting' sheet - instructions for our system of the centuries old technique. Over the years we have helped innumerable knitters with their fears of cutting open their hours of beautiful work. (We have never heard of a disaster! ) Our encouragement includes a reminder that this is a centuries old tradition and highly successful method, that your sweater is ready to wear when you finally cut it open, and even that each of us began life by being cut from our mothers.
Now it is your turn to add experiences and encouragement to empower others to share the liberation that cutting brings to your knitting.
We would love to hear from you at Philosopher's Wool .
I did it!
While attending a craft show in Phoenix, Az., I came upon a display of Philosopher's Wool sweaters. Since I am a knitter it was a great attraction.
I didn't know if the sweaters were too advanced for Me, but I purchased a Kit anyway. Changing the colors seemed a bit difficult, but I gave it a try.
Well it made the exercise exciting! Every step is explained in the Video and book. I reviewed them often. To have a cardigan from a knitted tube the next step is to machine sew then cut down the middle of the sweater with scissors. My thought was I will do this part on FAITH! It wasn't difficult and the results were ideal.
My sweater is lovely and I am now on My 16th! Each one gives Me a great sense of achievement.
Hi,We met at Sewexpo and you thought others might be interested in my experience in cutting sweaters. My mother was an avid knitter specializing in aran. Being a girl who always knew more is better when it came to clothes, I always had my hand up when it came to who gets the next sweater. I had a lot. When I was 16, I lost 50 pounds. None of the sweaters fit. I was altering the rest of my clothes and I saw no reason not to include my sweaters. They wouldn't fit anyone I knew so I had nothing to lose. They were very easy to work with. When my mother found out she was appalled. She saw the practicality, but it never occurred to her I would do it. With the arrogance of youth, it never occurred to me I shouldn't have one it. If I ever manage to lose that much weight again, I would do it all again.
From Rachel -
My recommendations for conquering your first Philosopher's Wool Cardigan:
-Make yourself accountable to someone. I showed my first sleeve to my elementary music students. They just kept asking me about it until I showed up wearing it one day.
- Use the neckline of your favourite sweater as a pattern for your neckline. I didn't. I ended up with a slightly wide neckline and I had to fiddle with it to make it behave.
- A glass of wine will take the fear out of that first snip.
With a smile on her face and moral support from her friend Grace, Rachel makes her first cut!
Ann and Eugene,
Thank you for the hours of entertainment that your book, video and kit have given me. Also, nothing beats the sense of accomplishment I got from conquering something challenging!
From Wendy in Elk River, Minnesota
I purchased your book a little over a year ago and I've just finished
my second sweater (Color Your Own in manly shades of blue, green, rust
and brown for my husband). I was nervous when it came time to cut my
first sweater (Traditions in pastels) - especially when my sewing machine
gave out 3 inches into the neckline. But I remembered that "Scandinavian
knitters have used this technique for centuries" - and surely for
several of those centuries they did not use sewing machines. I got out
needle and thread and back-stitched the neckline by hand. I finished
the neckband and cut the extra fabric out of the way - and everything
worked out just fine. I'm about to start my third sweater for a baby
to be born in February; my fourth - for the baby's grandma - will follow
soon after. I love your patterns and never get tired of knitting them.
And it was so easy to teach myself the technique from the instructions
in your book. I look forward to a time when you might print your second
volume including patterns for Mandala, Tartan, and the beautiful throws
And from customers we have met in our travels -
was the knitter who told us that since cutting open her cardigans was
as bad as going to the dentist
Our first letter from Gail in Greensburg, Pennsylvania