Dolce Handknits

Yarn-bombed Knit and Crochet Friday

from Dolce HandknitsDon’t forget that tomorrow is International Yarn Bombing Day, and the beginning of World Wide Knit in Public Week! Read this post for details.

When it comes to knitting books, the ones I turn to most frequently are those featuring techniques or stitch patterns. (I confess, I never remember how to start Kitchener stitch or whether to knit into the back or the front of the stitch to M1L/M1R.)

But when it comes to knitting sweaters, one of my all-time favorite titles is Dolce Handknits by Kim Dolce. I first stumbled upon some of Kim’s sweater patterns in my local yarn shop. They were stylish but not too trendy. They looked easy enough to knit without being boring. And most of all, they looked like sweaters I’d like to wear.

After poking around on the Internet looking for more of her patterns, I decided that she simply had to put together a book of women’s knitted sweater patterns. And boy did she!

One look at this book and I guarantee you’ll love it just as much as I do. You’ll find 16 sweater patterns in all, arranged by seasons. That means there’s something for everyone, regardless of the climate where you live. The photography is lovely and informative, with up-close photos of key project details. And the sweaters are ones you’re sure to want in your wardrobe. I’ve already begun two of them!

I loved the three-quarter-length sleeves on the summery “Capri” cardigan sweater pattern. For our cooler Northwest summers, I substituted Rowan’s Calmer, a cotton-wool blend. I have just one more seam to go on my coral version. I can’t wait to wear it.

“Capri” cardigan from Dolce Handknits

Karen's version of Capri Cardigan
My version of the cardigan: one last seam to sew!

I’m also working on Santa Fe, a V-neck pullover. The front and back are joined at the shoulders and I’m working on the neckline. Again, I changed yarns, using a cotton-linen blend instead of the 100% silk yarn used in the original. Substituting yarns is actually quite easy, since each project gives the yarn weight icon, yardage, and gauge needed.

“Santa Fe” sweater

Karen's Santa Fe sweater project
My “Santa Fe” sweater isn’t quite as far along. But here’s a closeup of my yarn choice.

Also on my bucket list are the “Covent Garden” and “Sienna” cardigans. Both have enough details to make knitting and wearing the sweaters fun. “Covent Garden” is knit in tweed yarn, which I admit I’m a sucker for. Narrow ruffling along the edges takes this sweater from being unisex to totally feminine.

Projects from Dolce Handknits
Covent Garden (left) and Sienna (right) cardigans

Dolce HandknitsSienna, as Kim states in the book, “is a wardrobe workhorse.” It would look equally pretty as a topper for a skirt or cute dress as it would with jeans. This sweater is knit in one piece from the pointed lace detail at the bottom until you reach the armholes. I love sweater patterns like that because I’d much rather knit lace than sew seams!

This is one knitting book I turn to again and again for women’s sweater patterns. And I’m pretty sure you will too. See more projects from Dolce Handknits in the slideshow below.

Which projects are on your knitting bucket list? Tell us in the comments!















Chapel Hill

"Chapel Hill"







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