On Nnenna’s Needles #28: Hey There Sailor Sweater

On Nnenna's Needles #28: Hey There Sailor Sweater

Hey There Sailor Sweater 

As soon as I stumbled onto this pattern on Stefanie’s blog, I knew it would be my next knitting project! Not only do I love the stripes, but I loved the simplicity of the pattern as well.  I eagerly ordered my yarn from KnitPicks and waited for it arrive.  Since I don’t own anything with the classic red and white stripes, those are the colors I chose to make my sweater.  The pattern was well-written and easy to follow, so knitting it up was a breeze.  The only thing I might change is that the yarn is bit fuzzier than I would like, but a quick brush with the lint roller usually cleans all that right off.  I love the nautical vibe of this sweater and it’s perfect to wear on those days that are sunny, but there’s still a bit of breeze!

I’ve been knitting less than before and I’m not working on anything at the moment, which is so unusual for me!  I find it more difficult to knit when it’s warmer outside because you do get a little overheated with a knitting project on your lap!

Tell me: Are there any other knitters out there? What do you knit during the warmer months?


  • Nnenna, You are AWESOME. I am rubbish when it comes to knitting, and I cannot believe you MADE this top! It looks amazeballz!

    • Awww, thanks Laura! :D

  • Mary Awadallah

    I knit with wool and alpaca and such literally all year round. It’s kind of ridiculous. Whatever. I gotta catch up on all those projects I don’t have time to knit–but so desperately long to–during the school year. #noshame

    • Ahh yes, the summer is perfect for catching up. Usually the wool doesn’t bother me, but right now I think I’m in a knitting slump! :O

  • Berri Quita

    So simple and pretty! I’ll check that pattern out :3
    I love to knit but I generally crochet during the summer… and knit socks and mittens in fall/winter.

    • Thank you Veronica! You should definitely check out the pattern, it’s very simple :) I’m not so good at crochet myself, but maybe I could try a crochet pattern instead!

  • Despina T

    what a lovely sweater.love it in white and red.it could also be awesome in white and blue.beautiful choice!

    • Thank you Despina! If I made it again, I think blue and white would be my next choice :)

  • Sartorial Sidelines

    I’m just totally smitten with that sweater – it’s perfect!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

    • Thank you Courtney! :D

  • You made this top!? That’s so awesome, it looks great on you! :)

    xo, Yi-chia

    • Thanks so much Yi-chia!

  • hautepinkpretty

    You look fabulous and i love that you MADE it!! Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

  • gvschan

    If you hadn’t said so, I though that you might’ve gotten this top at some high end shop. Love that you made it yourself, it’s not only flattering but it is also very striking!
    Thank you so much for checking out my blog :)



    • Thanks so much for your kind words Genie! :)

  • Christine D

    Wow thanks for sharing. I love that sweater. I agree that I can’t do a lot of yarn playing when it’s warm outside too!!

    • Thanks Christine! Haha, glad I’m not the only one! :) It does feel strange not to be working on anything though!

  • This is gorgeous! I’ve been really wanting to try a sweater…I’ve never made a garment before, really. As for summer knitting, I like making cotton face clothes. They’re small and not as hot as wool. Plus, they only take a few hours of knitting, and you’re done! I keep a stash of different colors for gifts.


    • You should try this sweater Hope- promise it’s very simple! :) Cotton face cloths- what a good idea! Plus, I love a fast project for the instant gratification. One day soon we *must* get together and knit, maybe even outside in the park! :D

  • Monique

    You are so talented! This top is sweet!

    • Thank you Monique! :D

  • Mia

    How cool! My friend tried to teach me how to knit, but I suspect I’ve forgotten everything she told me. I do enjoy looking at other people’s knitting projects, though–it seems like magic every time, haha. An old online friend who I haven’t talked to in a while has become a knitting whiz in the last few years, and I looooove seeing what she comes up with. She designs her own patterns as well as knitting from preexisting patterns, which seems like double-magic to me: http://joyarna.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks Mia! I bet it would come back to you if you picked up knitting again :) Thanks so much for sharing this blog- I’m definitely going to check it out!