Monday, January 13, 2014

Knitting!: Northern Whale Cowichan Sweater - Toddler's Cardigan

Hello everyone. I wanted to let you know that I have decided to remove this pattern. This pattern was made to look like a traditional First Nation's style sweater from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. The truth is, that it is not fair for me to be posting this pattern. While I have not profited from this pattern at all, it may be taking away revenue from the traditional makers of this style of sweater, and that is not fair of me to do. I am sorry for any harm that this may have caused. Thank you for all your interest in this pattern. If you are still looking to knit something similar, please look for a pattern provided by the original creators of this style! 



54 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the pattern, I just might have to knit one for my great-nephew. Coincidentally Briggs and Little Woolen Mill is located in my hometown...I was there today in fact to pick up some new yarn.

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    1. Oh how cool Denise! It would be great to go right to the source to buy it!

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  2. Love this sweater! You did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I am definitely going to have to make this one.

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    1. Thanks Terry! I hope this one will be a keepsake in our family.

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  3. Congratulations on your first pattern! It is cute and adorable.

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    1. I love this sweater! I have knit a few cowichans over the past year using the Briggs and little roving and couldn't figure out how to make it in a toddler size- thanks for sharing!

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    2. Thanks! My sister had one when she was a tot, but I have no idea where my Aunt got the pattern for it.

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  5. My Daughter sent me the link to your sweater, she liked the looks of it and wanted to see if I could make one for her son, I just finished it today and wanted to thank you for all your hard work in creating the pattern, it was a fun challange for me as I am not much of a knitter, but I got it done and it looks great.

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    1. Oh awesome! So happy to hear it worked out for you!

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  6. I was not optimistic when I googled baby cowichan. My daughter also requested one for me to make. Thank you so much for your hard work and generosity sharing! I have made 3
    Adult ones and can't wait to do this one!

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    1. You're welcome, Jill! I just wish I knew how to draft it in different sizes as well. I hope it works for you!

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  7. Awesome pattern - I can't wait to make this! Thanks!

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  8. I picked up an adult (s-m women's size) hand-knit woolen sweater at a thrift store, that was just missing collar and front closing. I figure I could add a zipper or buttons and would like to make a Cowichan-style collar using a multi-colour wool that I found that matches the brown and black in the sweater (the off-white was impossible to match, as you can imagine). Do any of you have an idea of how to adapt this great pattern's collar for the larger size? Thanks for any suggestions. Maxine in Burnaby, BC

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    1. Sorry for taking so long to write you back Maxine! I think I would just pick up stitches around the neck of the sweater and work it for about an inch and then start doing short rows- so don't knit quite to the end, maybe leaving an inch or so of stitches and then turn the work and knit back to within one in of that side. And then keep working short rows, excluding one or two stitches each time you go back and forth until you get the taper you want and the height and then work all the stitches in a row and bind off. It is so hard for me to explain it typing it out, I am much more a "show-er" than a "teller". I hope that helps a little bit!!

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  9. So cute, and to be honest, I did a double take, your son and mine could be twins. Although mine is now 41. Love the sweater. Thanks for sharing the pattern

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    1. Haha, your son must have been a cutie! And the vintage-style sweater that my son is wearing in the photo must add to the confusion!

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  10. Thanks for the awesome pattern, reminds me of BC when I used to live there, love those Cowichan sweaters! I just completed the back of your sweater for my 3 year old son, I adjusted the pattern to fit him and he loves the whale design. Say hello to the mountains for me! oxo

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    1. Awesome! I would love to see it when it is done. I'll say hi to the mountains for you :)

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  11. I love this pattern and have with a couple of tweaks adapted it for my knitting machine. With fine wool on a standard gauge machine it is a perfect fit for my friends teddy bear! Thank you for sharing your pattern. I'd love to post a pic to you, but don't know how 😄

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    1. How cool! I would love to see a picture! Are you on ravelry?

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  12. I am. I will see if I can send it to you on ravelry. 😀

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    1. Thanks Jane! I see that we are now friends, so I will check back to see if you post an image of the sweater!

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  13. I have posted it in my projects. Hope you like it.

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  14. Good morning. I absolutely love this pattern and so many people are asking if I can make it in a bigger size. Did you ever adjust the pattern for bigger sizes? If you have please please please tell me how I can get my hands on that pattern:) Zara:)

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    1. Thanks Zara! Unfortunately, I haven't made it in any bigger sizes. That would mean a loooot of drafting work! Maybe in the future...

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  15. How do I send a picture of how far ive gotten on this pattern? I Just want to make a few more. It was fun making just need to do the collar and button holes. Thank you.

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  16. Hi Gina Marie! Do you have a blog or ravelry or somewhere where you can post a picture and then send me the link?

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  17. i can send picture... i made two sweaters thru your pattern. i just really need to do the shawl collar now and its done. where did you get your buttons? really nice! they wooden ones?

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  18. it was so Fun to knit this pattern!

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  19. do you have the link for the sweater? I cannot seem to find it. Thanks, I love this sweater

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    1. It's at the end of the post, just before the graph pictures. Also, the pattern is all on this post as well.

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  20. Thanks for the great pattern! I spent many years in Victoria where Cowichan sweaters rule! I look forward to knitting this one for a family child in Ontario.

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  21. Can't wait to try this for my 2 yo grandson!

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  23. I made this for my 1 year old great nephew. Very cute! I also usd your instructions to help me knit a button band for an adult sized sweater for my son who wanted a cardigan style cowichan sweater. Thanks for your very clear instructions.

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  24. What are the links so I can get this pattern? Love to make for my grandson. Thanks

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  25. I think it was not fair to take down this pattern without some notice. I've knitted the front and back, and was about to start in on the sleeves. I've have been following along with this online. Is there anyway for you to send me the PDF so I can at least finish the sweater?

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    1. Do you have an email address or a ravelry account?

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  26. Hello,

    Thank you for responding. My email address is jazz959@hotmail.com

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  27. I am half way done the sweater only to find out now the pattern is gone ! So sad! Can you kindly email me the pattern? Email is cdattgirl@gmail.com

    I would appreciate it !

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