Right from the start, it was clear to us that the Alpine Collection (which features comfortable and relaxed active-wear which is hard wearing and suited for all manner of adventures) needed a hoodie as one of it’s base garments. A hoodie is indispensable for hiking, working and simply living in! Let me introduce to you the Finlayson Sweater – that perfect, easy-to-wear hoodie and sweater that doesn’t sacrifice style!
Hoodies and pull over sweaters can’t be beat for comfort and coziness – I’m sure we can all agree on that! However, they often lack style and end up making Matt and I feel a bit slobby when we wear them. Not so with the Finlayson Sweater! The squared neckline elevates this sweater beyond pure utilitarianism and is very flattering to all face shapes.
We’ve included two variations – both with the same cozy, boxy sweater shape. You can choose between a shawl collar version with an optional decorative neckline facing…
Or a hooded version complete with a roomy lined hood and the classic kangaroo front pocket…
Both options feature hard-wearing cuff and hem bands as well as professional finishing techniques such as the application of twill tape along the neckline opening.
This pattern will work well in almost all light to medium weight knits and fleeces as long as they have just a little bit of stretch. In fact, we’ve made choosing your fabric easy: We’ve included two cuff pattern pieces – one suited to ribbing or materials with a moderate amount of stretch (such as the sweater knits from Girl Charlee that we used for our samples) and one that is longer and easier to sew onto the sleeve even with the most stable of knits or fleeces. If the fabric looks cozy and you want to spend the Fall and Winter with it wrapped around you, it will work for this sweater! (I’d recommend steering clear of fabrics that are super thick though because they will result in a lot of bulky layers to sew through at the collar.)
This is a very quick and easy project and is suited to novice sewers who are branching into sewing with knits. The instructions include finishing tips for both a regular sewing machine and a serger. You can choose to whip one up quickly by following just the base instructions or you can take a bit more time to create a professionally finished sweater by including the optional decorative facing and twill tape finishes.
The Finlayson is available as a PDF pattern right now which includes a Print at Home file as well as a Print Shop file. We’ll be offering this as a tissue pattern in the future but plan to release several of our upcoming patterns as PDFs first before sending them to the printer all at once. If you plan to buy the tissue pattern in the future but can’t wait to get started on the Finlayson, no problem! When we release the tissue pattern in the future, you will have one week to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your PDF order number and will will give you a special discount code for the tissue pattern so that you will end up receiving the PDF for free!
I hope you like our new pattern! I have already sewn a huge pile of them (Matt’s closet is overflowing with sweaters!) and I look forward to seeing you do the same! You have lots of time to sew yourself a Finlayson before the weather starts to change.
After my success with my feminine Jedediah Pants, I’m thinking of creating a sew-along for this sweater so that I can have a Finlayson of my own (perhaps in a Girl Charlee French Terry or this gorgeous organic cotton Thermal from Organic Cotton Plus). Would you be interested in a sew-along?