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February 4, 2011

From Both of Us — It’s That Time Again

Filed under: Sweetheart Glovelets — Both Sisters @ 4:02 pm

In 2009, we designed a simple but very “heartfelt” glovelet pattern as a gift to our readers.  Because the time of year is again upon us, we felt like reminding all of you about our free Sweetheart Glovelet pattern in time for some Valentine’s Day knitting.

Sweetheart Glovelet
Sally’s Sweetheart Glovelets

Sweetheart Glovelets
Susan’s Sweetheart Glovelets — the tam shown is our free Lace Tam pattern

Where are YOUR Sweetheart Glovelets??

And an update from Susan

I DID wear my Vogue #25 today!!  Last evening I took it to knitting group to show Ellie, who had expressed an interest in making the pattern.  She tried it on over her sweater and I liked it!  I decided to try it out at my Friday knitting group and thought it was almost cute.

Janetc asked why I changed the direction of the front bands.  I knit the fronts and back together as one piece and did not want to have to figure out buttonhole placement right out of the chute, so I cheated and did the buttonbands afterward.

PS: Ellie took my picture at knitting on Friday and asked why I cut my head off.  I told her I would and because of that, was not really posing for a head shot.  I hate pictures of myself.  I am very unphotogenic.  But for Ellie, here is the original:

If I could just lose the double chin!!


  1. Ahhh, EXACTLY why I decided to knit my current project (Rav link: – no pics yet) in pieces (as designed), because I wasn’t smart enough to figure out how to do the buttonholes without having the button placement.

    Comment by Janetc — February 4, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  2. The sweater looks great now! I also love the bright colors showing from underneath. Aren’t you glad you didn’t frog this project?

    Mary G. in cold and icy Texas

    Comment by Katie's Granny — February 4, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Where are MY Sweetheart Glovelets. I’ve lost them and I keep putting off re-knitting them out of optimism that is apparently as misplaced as my glovelets.

    Comment by surly — February 4, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  4. I would be afraid of those button bands too. I did the button holes as I went along once on a sweater, but that one had lots of cables, (making row counting easy) and a really predefined number of rows. Even so, I worried through the whole thing that I would come out with a weird button hole placement at the top. Your sweater looks great, by the way. Perfect for over that colorful top.

    Comment by Joanna Ryan — February 4, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  5. I love the interesting cable in the back, and I’m sure this would be a wonderful sweater for Ellie! Would you and Surly ever consider doing a tutorial for those of us who struggle with button bands? Picking up that first stitch and ending the last stitch seems to be my downfall.

    Comment by Kathy Filkins — February 4, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

  6. I frequently get lured by the cropped sweaters — and the fly-away fronts, too. Finally, I’ve admitted to myself that they just don’t look good on me. That said, I think it’s a lovely sweater — and it looks great with that bright, longer layer underneath.

    Comment by Kym — February 4, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

  7. It looks cute. Keep it for really cold days.

    Comment by Brenda — February 4, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  8. It’s not almost cute, it is all cute! I have a feeling this one will grow on you and it’s all in how you accessorize such a piece. I’m glad you didn’t give up on liking this one!

    Comment by rudee — February 4, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  9. I agree. That Vogue sweater is beautiful and you should wear it proudly! And those Sweetheart glovelets are adorable. I wonder if I can make those??? Hmmmmmmm?????

    Comment by Barb — February 4, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  10. I think it is a real sassy sweater and you must wear it proudly!

    Gee, that sounded like an order, and it was really meant as an encouragement…

    Comment by Kay - From the Back Yard — February 4, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  11. It is really striking, you know. Honest. If you feel you need to do anything to it…OK, I am going out on a limb here, but if anything you could have gone with a smaller size. I might be loopy here, but fitting more closely ought to make the shorter silhouette look more proportionate.

    Comment by Needles — February 4, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  12. Oh, I like that layered look. I’d say it’s a keeper! Those models always have those WIDE shoulders and skinny waists so sweaters never look the same on us ‘real’ people. 🙂 Once I put some shoulder pads in a sweater and it ‘almost’ looked like the pictures on the model! I think yours is wonderful and I like the button band the way you did it!

    Comment by Kathy — February 5, 2011 @ 2:26 am

  13. I LOVE the sweater and I’m going to look for yarn to make it myself – maybe the same color as yours because it is smashing! I’m just wondering why you cut your head off in the picture… I know, you said you were going to but it was such a cute picture of you! Ellie

    Comment by Ellie — February 5, 2011 @ 10:57 am

  14. See? What prompted me to comment earlier, was that just last week, I had a brainstorm about what in my closet would look good with a Klaralund that had been languishing for two years that I did not like on me with a tight layering tee. It turned out to look terrific with a tussah silk-like sapphire blue, collared shirt that went beautifully with the glowing jewel tones and the rustic nature (because of the tussah) of the Silk Garden yarn. I wear it with jeans and get lots of compliments. Hurray for you for persevering! It looks terrific and completely out of the box (which is a good thing)!

    Comment by Chloe — February 5, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  15. I think the sweater looks great on u with all the layers!

    Comment by Joan — February 5, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

  16. It’s a beautiful sweater’ have you tried wearing it with one or two of the top buttons open?
    I am going to bet that the sweater worn by the model in Vogue was clothes-pinned to death in the back to make it more fitted and hide the very wideness of the sweater. It’s done all the time and I hate when they do that. I would rather see exactly how the sweater is going to look.

    Comment by Michele — February 5, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  17. But wait! – is that a matching hat to the left of the glovelets in the lower picture? We need further info. . .

    Comment by Gretchen — February 5, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

  18. The sweater is beautifully knit and looks great on you. I love it.

    Comment by Laura — February 5, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  19. I love the picture of ALL of you! Thanks for sharing it – seriously, you are a beautiful, talented and generous woman! Be proud!

    Comment by Barb — February 5, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  20. you look cute! The sweater looks good. I really like it with something longer beneath, as you are wearing it for the photo.

    Comment by Luisa — February 6, 2011 @ 6:53 am

  21. As a seriously tall person I feel you pain. I also add inches to patterns and then find out I still didn’t order enough yarn……………… huge sigh. I do think this is a very fun look. And by the way – double chins are a mark of wisdom. Or so I keep telling myself.

    Comment by Pat — February 6, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  22. What double chin?

    Comment by Chloe — February 6, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  23. I think your sweater turned out beautifully! The quality of your workmanship and the cleverness of your modifications has turned yet another disaster of a pattern into a gem.

    I’ve been intrigued by the differences between the VK magazine photos and their video counterparts on VK360. By removing the garments from the romanticized styling and artful poses we see in the magazine, we can now evaluate the garment with a more critical eye. For example, I loved the cropped length and simple elegance of the cable-backed cardigan you knitted, and in print it looked comfortably oversized. But when the model turned around in the video clip, one could see all the extra bulk sticking out in the back, and it fitted so poorly that the back was riding up noticeably. In all fairness, the magazine indicated that the model was wearing a size M/L (54.5″ at the bust) – all that chunky-weight material had to go somewhere.

    As I am a petite size 2, the video alerted me to the danger of following this pattern without modifications in a way that the magazine did not. If I make this pattern, I will probably choose a lighter weight yarn with good draping properties to reduce bulk, and will reduce the finished width to something still-oversized but less overwhelming.

    Comment by Terry — February 6, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  24. Good you gave it a second chance. You look very nice in it proving that all cropped sweaters aren’t bad.

    Comment by Beverly — February 7, 2011 @ 12:33 am

  25. I like the sweater. Note that in the Vogue picture it looks as though they lost some buttons along the way or they just glued them on for the shot with their eyes closed. They need to take the time to review their photos. Your button band looks perfect. Love your blog and thanks for the tam and glove patterns. Looking forward to making them this weekend.

    Comment by Jen — February 8, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  26. Your sweater is beautiful! I have a tip for the ‘double chin’ problem. I learned this from a photographer a couple of years ago and it works. When posing for a picture lower your chin a little and then push your head forward a tad. I know it sounds crazy but it works. I also try not to face the camera head on. I’ve felt ever so much better about my neck after trying this.;)

    Comment by Rebecca — February 18, 2011 @ 11:46 am

  27. Aww, I think you look just lovely! The sweater turned out beautifully. It has a European look, I think.

    Comment by jamie — March 2, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

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