Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Holiday Sweater

The first time I saw the movie "The Holiday", I fell in love... with a sweater. I absolutely loved the white cabled sweater that Cameron Diaz wore and from then on it was "Jude who??". I searched and I Googled, looking high and low for who made this sweater and where I could purchase it. I found out that it was made by TSE Cashmere and it could be purchased on their website here. YAY! For $995.00!!!! NOOO! Now, I used to work in fashion so I am not shocked by the high price tag, but that price is a little too steep for me. But I am a knitter and I just knew if I could find a pattern that is close to this, I could knit it up. So I went to Ravelry (seriously, Thank God for Ravelry) and I found the exact pattern for the sweater!!

Pattern: Fireside Sweater by Amber Allison
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Extra Merino Big in color 102
Needles: size US 9

I made a few mods which are all in the construction. I added an inch to the length. I shortened the sleeves by 2 inches and knit them flat instead of in the round. I also switched the buttons from the right side of the sweater to the left side. I think the fit is pretty good - I have a little extra room but the sweater is so nice and cozy.

I really love the yarn. It shows off the cables really well and it was nice to knit with. It was a bit less bulky than I thought it was going to be so I had to go down one needle size to get a denser fabric. I absolutely love this sweater!

33 comments:

Julie said...

Looks absolutely amazing!! All those gorgeous cables, it it fits you well. Great job!!!

amore mamma said...

Michelle, that's beautiful!
(ALMOST) makes me wish we had a colder winter here to be able to wear one like it!

Anna Gueldenhaupt said...

Such a gorgeous jumper. I love how the pattern has worked out. Simply fabulous!

Nature Knitting said...

excellent job! absolutely lovely cables and the whole sweater is nice and neat!

Norma said...

Looks great! I want to make it, too but think I will make my own version - though I like your version much better than the Fireside one. I like a little extra room and I am NOT a Cameron Diaz size 4! I'm looking for some nice wool yarn in worsted to bulky weight.

GK said...

Just fond your blog today. Love it - specially the Holiday sweater.
Thanks,
Guja

stephanie said...

I have no idea how to knit. My mother wants this sweater for christmas badly! So you sell these or know where I might get one just like it:) Thanks and it looks gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Can the pattern be used for somebody who is Petite?Can you knit me one? I am only just learning to crochet. How can I contact you directly?

Anonymous said...

OMG so pretty! I have been googling all morning for the pattern for this sweater and you just made my job so much easier! Thanks! I'm going to ravelry RIGHT NOW! :O) Your sweater came out lovely.

Paula UK said...

Hi Michelle,

Could you tell me exactly how you made the modifications. I am not a knitter and will be relying on someone else knitting this for me. You have made a fabulous job of it!

Paula
UK

Adriele said...

Totally serious- if I paid you, would you make one for me? PLEASE????? I don't know anyone that knits and I want this sweater SOOOOOO BAD!!!!!

adriele.crumley@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I fell in love with this sweater all over again after watching the movie over the weekend. I went on-line to try and find it. Would you consider knitting one for resale? If so, please email me at toulson@telus.net
Thanks kindly.

missgabbiegirl said...

MICHELLE!!!! This turned out AH-MAZING!!! I too was in fashion and was shocked...and not...all at the same time regarding that sweater! I figured out it was TSE shortly after the movie was out on DVD and actually talked to their showroom (I was working in NYC at the time). At that point they only had a blue XL left...had no plans on recutting it...and even if they had I was in no position to pay the $1k either...(to tell you the truth, I was hoping for a sample!). I vowed to learn how to knit as a New Years resolution two years ago (only to eventually make this...I even bought the Ravelry pattern)...but I also vowed to start dating and neither has been successful (BOO!). If you at ALL are considering making it for moi...I'd adore you forever!!! missgabbieh@yahoo.com

lelan said...

oh gosh, looks like I am not the only one who is looking for someone to make your version;)

lelanl@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi, I saw the movie 'Holiday' last night & I also fell in love with the sweater! So I went searching and found your blog. It looks lovely on you!

Brittany Marie said...

Hi! I was just wondering if you could knit one for me and i'd pay you via paypal? How much would you charge?

Linda said...

Hi
I am also wondering if you would be interested in knitting this jumper for me as I would not have a clue and I really love it. Would you email me how much it would cost if you are able to knit it.
Kind Regards
lwoods.4@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am curious if you would knit one for me? What would be the cost?

sz2077@yahoo.com

Heather said...

That is just beautiful! I LOVE cream + cables together. I noticed this cardi on The Holiday and instantly wanted to find a pattern and make one just like it. Yours turned out just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

roosky said...

Just found this blog by accident, and am hooked. But I have to ask - did you actually knit any more for anyone ?!

Unknown said...

Looks beautiful... which pattern did you use? The one from Ella's pattern store? Thanks!

Linda said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! Would you consider making one to sell just like the one in the photos...same size and everything? PLEASE email me at lac9592@gmail.com to let me know either way. Awesome job.

Andrea said...

Good evening, I wanted you if you can keep from you knit this sweater. I really like it. Please contact me on mail.

christine tierney said...

I realize your post is rather old, but are knitting this sweater to sell?
Thank you!

ctierney727@gmail.com

Maria said...

Just lovely!! Amazing :) I stumled by your blog in search for the yarn Merino Big and i suddenly fel the urge to make me a sweater instead of all other projects I had planned for. I might just do so, thanks for the inspiration!

sheri said...

HI Michelle, are you selling this cable knot sweater???

Alicia Moyer said...

hello my name is Alicia im on disability due to having leukemia im very sick im 37 years old i weigh 102 lbs so im cold all the time i live in Pennsylvania it is already in the 50s here during the day its only October im in late 3rd stage of leukemia would it be a problem if you could maybe knit me a sweater i dont got much money as i only get 900 a month i could maybe give you like 50 if you could make me a,sweater like the one in picture please email me at pretty29girl@aim.com sorry never changed my email again if it wouldnt be too much trouble im only 5/2 102lbs. Please let me know these sweaters go for like 200 bucks where i live let me know thank you sweater its absolutely stunning beautiful your talented well email me at pretty29girl@aim.com thanks so much sincerely, leukemia patient

Alicia Moyer said...

i promise to post pic of me wearing sweater on facebook twitter and pintrest to let people know who made it you are talented this sickly leukemia patient would love one plus i would also wear it to hospital over my pajamas when i go for chemo and radiation this would be an honor to own a sweater like that one in picture absolutely stunning looks so soft and cuddly comfortable warm email me at pretty29girl@aim.com thank you

Anonymous said...

JUST found your blog AND sweater. I can't knit and don't plan on trying anytime soon...so, would you sell me one exactly like this Holiday Sweater?
jwood@hcamerica.com amazing!
-Jessie
PS- it's my favorite movie and mostly due to her clothes!
#theholiday

Cristine Egan said...

Anyone know if I can purchase this sweater from someone that, unlike myself, has the skill level to actually knit this? I adore this sweater and would love to buy it. Help!

Kim Vasquez said...

Have you ever considered selling these on Etsy??? I'd absolutely purchase one if you did! Let me know if you are willing to make one to sell b/c I'd LOVE to have one and have NO clue how to knit! Looks fantastic!!!!

Shirl Johnston said...

Hi beautiful sweater ,yyou did a beautiful job. First time I saw tge movie I knew I would have to knit the sweater in the Holiday. But the pattern I got from raverly is not clear . I'm just getting back into knitting and would love to make this for my self. Do you have the pattern with the changes that you made to the pattern . And could I please have the pattern . Thank you so much

Fabienne CHANVILLARD said...

salut, j'ai adoré le film et encore plus le gilet de Cameron Diaz. Votre réalisation est superbe, Est il possible d'avoir le modele de ce gilet . Merci beaucoup de m'aider