Autumn Love Note

Does this top qualify as a Halloween sweater since it’s knit in an orange color and it’s almost trick-or-treat time? Either way, this is about as close as it gets for me when it comes to dressing up for Halloween.

I’ve been seeing Love Note sweaters regularly in my Instagram feed ever since the design was released by Tin Can Knits back in May. All the finished projects look so good! The lace yoke, cropped length and cropped sleeves on size 10 needles make for an irresistibly quick knit, but the mohair and merino singles yarn combo is icing on the cake. I have been utterly enchanted with mohair lately (my Elton cardigan modified into a pullover has become one of my favorite sweaters), so I committed to knitting this sweater months ago.


Love Note by Tin Can Knits in size Small

Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering (single ply superwash 100% merino) in the Bolton Hill colorway and Loft (60% kid mohair, 40% silk) also in the Bolton Hill colorway

I am completely smitten with this yarn and the Bolton Hill colorway. This marks my first time knitting with Neighborhood Fiber Co., and most assuredly, it will not be my last! I love a rich, deep orange, although I only wear it from August through November. (That means I have a whole other month to wear my Love Note this year!) Yet I’ve only ever knit with this color once before, and that was for my Threipmuir sweater.

Love Note looks great with high-waisted jeans. As you can see in the photos, the leafy lace is quite open and requires an under layer, so I think it would also be an excellent sweater for throwing over a dress.

The boxy fit is yet another design element that I adore. Boxy has been trendy for several years now, and I hope it stays that way because tight fitting sweaters are not my thing.

For me, Love Note has once again confirmed my preference for a high-low hem on cropped sweaters. My Scrappy V design works well as a cropped knit tee, and like Love Note, it features a longer back. The only other cropped sweater that I have knit is my Soldotna, and I wish I had added lower back shaping to mine for a high-low effect because it was not included in the pattern.

I cannot stop admiring that mohair halo! Not only does it give the sweater a fuzzy texture, but it also adds lustrous pops of color that are quite striking when the light lands on it.

I knit this pattern exactly as written, only I worked it entirely top down by skipping the provisional cast-on and loosely casting on 64 stitches with the long-tail method. I worked the neckline in 1 X 1 rib for 5 rounds, as written, and then switched to larger needles and increased up to 92 stitches. I also knit the sides to 6.5 inches rather than 5 for a slightly longer cropped top.

The Love Note pattern can be purchased from Ravelry here.

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