Vermont Cardigan Sweater Pattern
Knitwear designer, Hanna Maciejewska, worked with me to design this lovely classic cardigan for our Gotland yarn. The Vermont Cardigan is knit as a seamless, top down raglan sweater. The back has a beautiful textured lace design. The pattern includes directions for both a long and cropped version as well as long or short sleeves.
710 – 1330 yards (649 – 1216 meters) of worsted weight yarn that knits up to gauge
Gotland Yarn Worsted Weight [100% Wool – 56g/ 120 yards (110 meters)]
18 sts and 22 rows per 4″ (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with larger needles after blocking
US 6 [4 mm] & US 7 [4.5 mm]
This pattern is sold as a digital download.
10 in stock
Gotland Wool Handwoven Blanket
Gotland Wool Handwoven Blanket
Our Blanket’s Story
Each blanket begins with a shepherd and her Gotland sheep, grazing on the mountainside pastures at Grand View Farm in Vermont. She tends to them throughout the year, caring for their lambs and tending to their pastures. In the spring, they are sheared, and the shepherd carefully skirts the fiber, and ships it to a small family mill. The mill spins the wool according to her specifications for weaving. Each blanket is hand woven in Vermont on a floor loom, with special attention to every detail. Every inch of the blankets contain a piece of Grand View Farm, and the lives of those who care for the sheep.
This elegant handwoven blanket is crafted by a friend and textile artist named Jane Woodhouse. We collaborated with Jane to design the perfect farm to home Vermont heirloom blanket. Jane raises angora goats on her Vermont farm and has been production weaving for the past 30 years. We selected a herringbone weave pattern to showcase two shades of our Gotland gray yarn, raised right here on our farm.
Caring for Your Blanket
We suggest airing your blanket outside on a sunny day at least once a year. If soiled, wash and rinse with cold water, using a mild soap. Do not agitate while washing, but rather let it soak in the water. Line dry.
The blanket has a lovely drape and silkiness common to Gotland fiber. The long fringe on each end of the blanket measures about 4 inches. The blankets measure approximately 62 inches in length and 35 inches in width, perfect for keeping the winter chill out.
Wrap yourself in the warmth of our Gotland wool!
Spinners and fiber artists love Gotland roving for its lustrous long curls. Their fleeces come in varying shades of gray from light silver to deep charcoal. The wool for our roving is processed by a small Vermont fiber mill. They offer custom processing and specialize in fine fibers. Our Gotland roving comes in three shades of lovely true gray. The listing is for 2 oz. of roving.
Gray Gotland Yarn
Gotland sheep produce lustrous long curls in varying shades of gray from light silver to deep charcoal. The yarn has a very silky handle and a lovely drape when knit. This light shade is a true heathered gray, reminiscent of the mist that forms over the mountains on our farm in Vermont. The mill spun this wool in a 3 ply worsted weight. Each skein weighs approximately 3 oz. with ~110-120 yards to the skein. We have a limited number of skeins, so please order for your entire project.
Read more about this special breed of curly sheep from Sweden under “History of Gotlands”.
Wool Rug Yarn
Gotland Wool Rug Yarn
Still River Mill in Connecticut has processed a lovely Gotland core spun wool rug yarn for our farm using our own wool. The yarn is core spun with Romney wool wrapped around the center core and Gotland wool spun as the outer layers. Each bump of yarn showcases the three shades of Gotland gray from very pale silver to darker gray. This chunky yarn is perfect for weaving. The woven fabric gradually changes from one shade of gray to another. The yarn weaves up into lovely cozy rugs. Each bump weighs about 2 pounds and weaves a small rug of about 2 ft. x 4 ft. (Weaving dimensions vary depending upon how tightly you pack your weft.)
Would you like to own a Gotland wool rug but do not want to weave it yourself? We are happy to weave a rug for you. We charge $25/square foot for a finished woven rug. Email Kim at email@example.com to inquire about purchasing a finished rug.
Once you have your hand woven rug, we suggest you care for it by:
-shaking it out regularly
-put a nonslip mat underneath it
-never use the brush attachment on your vacuum
-dry clean when needed
-hang it outside in the sun for several hours once a year.
Gotland Shawl Pattern
This unique shawl pattern features a braided front, eliminating the need for awkward knots or shawl pins to keep it in place. It is the perfect hands-free shawl for the busy, creative person. An easy to follow lace pattern gives the shawl a light and delicate look.
Deby Lake’s Braided Glory Shawl pattern uses 6 skeins of our Gotland yarn.
Read more details about the Gotland shawl on our blog.
Gotland Sheep Cotton Towel
This lovely 100% organic Gotland sheep cotton towel is custom designed and woven for us by Ekelund Master Weavers of Horred, Sweden. It measures 14 inches by 20 inches and has a convenient loop for hanging the towel on a hook on the back side. It softens with each washing and is perfect for kitchen or bathroom use.
The towel features our Gotland ewe named Carie portrayed by Vermont block print artist Mary Azarian. It makes a wonderful gift for the Gotland sheep lover.
Gotland Silk Yarn
This luxurious blend of our Gotland wool and silk brings out the qualities unique to both fibers: silkiness, luster, and soft handle. The silk gives a heathered look to the yarn, adding dimension and depth to its color. It is spun in a 2 ply fingering weight with approximately 180 yards on a skein. Perfect for elegant lightweight shawls, scarves, and cowls.
Needle Felting Pattern – Sheep Guardians
We are thrilled to be able to offer this needle felting pattern from a local Vermont fiber artist, Neysa Russo. Neysa creates amazing needled felted tapestries using her own designs and patterns. This lovely pattern, The Sheep Guardians, comes traced on heavy paper for you to transfer to your choice of medium. The bold lines make it easy to trace onto aida cloth, needlepoint canvas, or our white pre-felt. The design measures 21 x 31 inches.
Pictured, you will see the finished tapestry that I felted using Neysa’s pattern.