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Welcome to the new era of menswear sewing. Go ahead and create something exceptional!

We have a new pattern! The Finlayson Sweater



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.Finlayson7

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…Finlayson3

Or a hooded version complete with a roomy lined hood and the classic kangaroo front pocket…Finlayson11

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.Finlayson2

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.)Finlayson10

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 ( 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!Finlayson1

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?

24 thoughts on “We have a new pattern! The Finlayson Sweater

  1. This pattern looks amazing! It’s similar to a shirt my bf already has, so I might actually have to make him one as my first venture into making clothes for him.

  2. Love it! And I would defenitly make one for myself if you prepare a sew along.

  3. I love this – yes to a sewalong and yes to the discount on a paper pattern!

  4. I love this – yes to a sewalong and yes to a discount for the tissue pattern!

  5. Great pattern! My husband’s Finlayson is currently keeping him warm in Colorado!

  6. Great pattern, just bought it for my husband and I have the perfect knit already in the stash 🙂

  7. LOVE it!!! Am going to have to show my husband and see if he wants some sweaters but I WANT to sew some up for him 😉

  8. Looks awesome! I’m pretty sure Mr. Guy is overdue a new hoodie. And a GREAT idea about the discounted tissue pattern.

    One thing though – I can’t see an obvious link in this post to the shop – might be worth adding one to the start and end of the post 🙂

  9. Wow! You did it again. Every one of your patterns makes me want to sew for my husband. They are simple, practical AND elegant at the same time. I love this one, and can’t wait for the next one too!

  10. Gorgeous ! And I don’t care if my husband agrees or not ; that pattern is gonna be mine !!!!
    Thanks !

    • Amazing pattern! My husband grabs his test-version every cold evening we have here, and he’s been asking when I could sew him up a second one… my compliments on the great idea of a PDF discount on the paper pattern, I prefer paper ones myself but shipping is a #^$£*+£ from Canada to the Netherlands 😦

  11. Another great classic!

  12. My husband was peaking over my shoulders why I started reading your post. He said he likes the shirt but the lines of the collar are calling for a hood. When I finally scrolled down he let out a “YES!” and offered me to go fabric shopping next week 🙂 Awesome pattern design!

  13. Oh good! I was so hoping it’d be a hoodie pattern. My husband will love this and I definitely want one too!

  14. With a 13 and 15 year old boy this pattern is perfect!! And can I say I love your idea of allowing us the option to trade up to the printed pattern if we just cannot wait…

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