My First Flax Sweater: Happy Birthday, Jacob!


Turning ten years old is a big deal. A decade is no short amount of time, though for me each of these past ten years elapsed with the blink of an eye. Was I not just pregnant with him a few years ago…?


I have a confession: this Flax sweater is Jacob’s very first hand knit sweater. You might be asking yourself why after ten years this knitter mama is only now getting around to knitting a sweater for her son. Well, in my defense, as a young child he had a horrible habit of wrecking his clothes. There were stains galore, rips, holes and snags you would not believe–many of which were caused by his prior infatuation with scissors. All in all, he is an active and adventurous boy, and while he had always lacked consideration for the care of his clothes, he now possesses the maturity to nurture and cherish a hand knit sweater. We’ll just deem it a rite of passage. (Also he only recently decided that he would actually like a hand knit sweater…) Over the years I have knit him many toys, but it was high time I made him a sweater.


It was also high time I knit a Flax, a free pattern from Tin Can Knits that has been languishing dejectedly in my knitting queue for several years. It was plain to see from looking at the pattern pictures that the sweater is handsome (or beautiful, depending on the gender sporting it), but having now knit the Flax sweater I must declare that this pattern is absolutely stellar. Jacob’s measurements fell smack dab in the middle of the 8-10 years size so that’s the size I knit, and it fits him perfectly. I made zero adjustments to the Flax pattern, and I highly highly recommend it.


I knew from the get-go that I wanted to knit with Madelinetosh yarn in a color that matches Jacob’s eyes. I headed over to Jimmy Beans Wool–one of my favorite places to shop online for yarn–and decided on Tosh Vintage in the Antique Moonstone colorway. Jimmy Beans has an excellent rewards program, and they ship quickly and often for free.


Four skeins of yarn were required for Jacob’s size. One skein had more silver than the others, and another was a bit more plain overall. To ensure that all the lovely blue, silver and bronze tones were distributed evenly throughout the sweater, I alternated three skeins throughout the body and two skeins throughout the sleeves. I used the plainest skein the least and by the end of the sweater just over half a skein remained. As an additional note I knit the sleeves two at a time, as I always do. My instructions for how to knit sleeves two at a time can be found on the Cushman Sweater post. If you’re interested in seeing a video for how to knit two at a time sleeves shoot me an email or hit me up on Instagram or Twitter, and if there’s enough interest I’ll get on it.


The garter panels down the arms are killer, no?