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Sweater Weather is coming, are you ready?

Hi! Odessa here talking about what she’s up to these days. Our gorgeous fall yarns are starting to come in and all I can think about is new sweaters. So of course I have two on the go now.


The first is Riddari from Lopi. I’ve knit a few Lopi sweaters and wanted something with the same iconic yoke patterning but with a more relaxed fabric. I went all around the store looking at worsted and aran weight yarns from Malabrigo Rios to Cascade 220 Superwash Merino to Manos Alegria Grande but finally settled on Blue Sky Woolstok. It has lovely subtly heathered colours in a plump and lofty yarn. Perfect! I’ve knit with this yarn before and love the fabric it knits up into. I picked some of my favourite brights for the yoke and paired them with a rich deep blue for the body. Future sweater perfection!


The second sweater is the West Coast Cardigan by Jane Richmond. This pattern is so great – it’s a top down all-in-one cardigan with stranded colourwork. But I decided to do something a little different. The pattern also comes with blank charts to plan your own pattern so you can do anything you want with it. I’ve long admired chunky HBC knit jackets so I grabbed the right colours and planned it out! We just got in some new chunky yarns that work great in place of the Country Roving. I have a similar sweater in Country Roving already so I wanted to try something different. I’m using a couple of new yarns from Estelle: Alpaca Merino Bulky and Estelle Bulky along with Cascade Boliviana Bulky to get all the right colours. I can get it done before fall, right?


Donna is teaching classes on both of these sweaters this fall, here’s the info:


Learn to Knit a Lopi Sweater with Donna

Mondays from 7-9pm

September 11, 18, 25, October 2

Icelandic sweaters are the perfect garment for Winnipeg weather.  These stylish traditional sweaters are knit in the round from the bottom up with a colourwork yoke.  Check out our many Lopi books for patterns.  You can choose from either Alafoss Lopi (chunky weight), Lett Lopi (Aran Weight) or try our newest yarn Plotulopi (Aran Weight) and make your very own fashionably warm sweater.

Skill level:  Advanced Beginner Knitter

Class fee: $50

Supplies:  A copy of the pattern you have chosen, yarn and needles suitable for your pattern.  Staff at Wolseley Wool will be happy to help you with this.


Knit the West Coast Cardigan with Donna

Mondays from 7-9 pm

October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

This Cowichan styled sweater, designed by Jane Richmond, is unique in its design because it’s top down and knit in one piece.  The cardigan features raglan shaping, set-in pockets, a generous shawl collar and a zipper closure.  Lots to learn in this pattern and who better to help you than Donna?  This heavy weight cardigan is perfect for wearing in the spring, cool summer nights and well into the fall.  Although you will be following Jane’s charts for the class, extra blank charts are included for your own designing on your next one – we know you won’t be able to knit just one.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner Knitter

Class fee: $60

Supplies:   Consult your pattern (or shop staff) for the amounts of Briggs and Little Country Roving, Estelle Bulky, Estelle Alpaca Merino Bulky or Cascade Boliviana you will need for your size.  There is a main colour and two contrast colours.  8mm and 9mm  – 40” circular needles.  As well as 8mm and 9mm double points unless you want to use magic loop technique for sleeves.  4 stitch markers. Please bring a copy of the pattern, available for purchase from the shop or directly from Ravelry at