On the first of the year, I started a sweater. It seemed fitting that I was knitting a bulky sweater since I was leaping into 2018 in a wood-heated one-room cabin during the coldest week of the year with temps rarely getting above 0ºF. At the very least, my Fairbanks in Quince & Co Ibis was nice and cozy to knit on!
As bulky sweaters have a habit of doing, this one flew off my needles. I probably would have finished it in under a week, but instead I set it aside right around this spot…
It was for a good reason though, as I set it aside to finish off my Find Your Fade shawl which had been languishing unfinished for much too long. But you know how things go — you set a project aside for a specific reason and then you get distracted and it takes you a while to circle back to it. I finished the Find Your Fade, 2 pairs of socks, some mittens, and then finally — after a friend shared a photo of a sweater she was knitting — I was reminded that I really need to pick up my Fairbanks again.
Inspired, I did just. In just a couple house I’d finished off the body and by the next evening I was knitting on the sleeves.
I almost always knit sleeves 2-at-a-time magic loop. It’s not a method for the faint of heart as it is awkward getting going and then just kind of gets less manageable as you go. Never one to do things the easy way, I actually really like it. If you can get over the graceless set-up, it’s a super easy way to achieve matching sleeves. Personally, I would rather deal with a clumsy set-up and an inelegant method than take notes while I knit, so 2-at-a-time sleeves and I get along very well indeed.
Day 2 or 3 back at it, I finished the sleeves and added the simple neckline and I was finished. Ironically, I finished my beautiful bulky sweater on the first official day of spring. The sweater has since been sitting on the chair in my bedroom…
This chair right here. Oh, and look at that lovely Jensen Tina 2 next to the chair where the sweater sat for a couple weeks. It’s currently out of commission for a bit while the flyer and one of the bobbins are going back “home” to visit Jerry Jensen. I’m getting a new flyer made as well as some spare bobbins and who better to get these things from than the original source! Isn’t the wheel lovely, though, and doesn’t it match weirdly well with the other furniture? Seriously. I just can’t get over the perfection here.
But what was I talking about again? Oh yes, a sweater.
Realizing that photos of me modeling this sweater were not going to happen anytime soon, I opted this morning to get some photos on the dress form. And ta-da!
Here it is! Are you looking at my stash? Focus people! The sweater! It’s the roomiest, coziest sweater. It looks very blah on the model, but I just love the fit — it’s the perfect curl up and watch the snow fall kind of sweater.
The hem curves down in the back thanks to some simple short rows, a detail I love as it provides full coverage of my backside when I’m on the trail in running tights. Plus, it just ups the cozy factor for around the house!
I really adore the simplicity of this design with its basic raglan sleeves…
And elegant, straightforward garter neckline.
Fairbanks is a very easy to follow pattern with just that little short row section to keep you on your toes and provide that lovely hem design element to really set it apart from your basic raglan. I knitted mine with about 5″ of positive ease and would definitely recommend the 4-5″ range of positive ease for a loose, comfy fit. This sweater is meant to be roomy and especially considering this sweater is bulky weight and mighty warm, I think the generous fit is important. As I mentioned early, I used the recommend yarn — Quince & Co’s Ibis — that is 50% Texas super kid mohair & 50% superfine merino. It’s soft and a joy to work with. I’m guessing there will be some pilling with wear, but nothing my Gleener can’t handle!
All in all, I found Fairbanks to be a quick & fun sweater to knit. It’s just such a classic design that I have zero doubt that I’ll wear it for years to come. And while we’re quickly marching toward weather that is too warm for this snug sweater, I know it’ll get loads of wear. It’s the perfect answer to cold weather — an expert at chasing away all the chill on even the coldest days winter have to offer.