Geodesic sweater

I’ve had this pattern from Blue Prints since it was first released but every time I got it out I put it away again. I originally bought it to make a sweatshirt from scraps, but lost the will to live with the thought of cutting out so many small triangles. No matter, I have finally made it from some of my most favourite fabric; a cotton and silk knit from Knitwit.

Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada

This fabric is the perfect trans-seasonal weight, but I still needed to wear a silk Plantain under it to accommodate the slightly chilly weather up on the icefields.

Jasper National Park, Alberta

The back of the top is constructed in the same way as the front. I didn’t count the number of triangles that I had to cut out, but trust me, there are a lot! I had to overexpose the photograph so that the construction would show – sorry!

Icefields Parkway.


I really struggled to get my centre front points to meet precisely. I unpicked until my fabric nearly turned to rags and then gave up. This is how they should look



and this is what I managed.


I am marginally disappointed, but will live with it for this top. I did compare it with the photograph on the pattern, and felt less terrible. I think I might modify two triangles so that they meet in a point next time I make the pattern.


However, all the other joins went into points beautifully, so annoying that the most obvious is so imprecise. This rather large image is a nice example and it also shows the pocket, which I really like.



The other thing I noticed, after the fact, was that the bottom band continued straight on from the body, which on my hips gives a very baggy look that I don’t care for. I made this top the day before we left on our holiday so didn’t have time to unpick the band, reduce the length and resew it, so I did the time honoured “fix” of threading some wide elastic through the band which pulled it in a couple of centimetres. This has worked well, but I may still unpick and reduce when I get home.

Sioux Lookout, Ontario

This top has been in pretty constant rotation on our trip. Followers on Instagram may recognise this photo; I was ensconced in the panorama car on Via Rail doing my knitting and watching the very lovely world go by. This top is just so comfortable for this.

Thunder Bay, Ontario



22 thoughts on “Geodesic sweater

  1. I can believe that you waited so long to make this pattern, so many triangles! I wouldn’t bother about the front center. It is more symmetrical than that of the exemple picture. Next time, maybe it will be better. However, I would undo and shorten the lower band at home. It is a really beautiful top and the colour is gorgeous. Have a lovely voyage!

    1. Yes, I’ve decided to fix the band as I think it will look better. I was completely overwhelmed by the triangles but once I got going I was fine.

  2. That’s an adventurous pattern. Went to her site and was amazed at the collection and basis for her work. By accident, I found an errata entry for the band on that sweater that may possibly be the answer to your issue?? I like how you added elastic as a quick fix. Your reviews and photos of this and the Toaster tee are just the push I needed for adding to my stash. That pale pink French terry on my shelf is calling out for the Toaster. Thinking I’ll actually put my quilting skills to work on the Geodesic with pieces from my batiks box. Thanks again for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for finding the errata for me as I hadn’t been back to the site. Her work is really interesting and now I’m sorry that I didn’t give her inspiration for this pattern. I shall look forward to seeing what you do!

  3. This is very cool. The pattern is really interesting. Colour blocking would be great to show up the triangles, but you’d have to be careful with colour choices so as not to end up looking like you’re wearing toddler clothes!

  4. I didn’t know this pattern yet, I love it, what a clever idea. Your triangles looks super neat to me, no need to be disappointed! The fabric is lovely too and those pictures as well! Great sweater, great pictures, great post, thanks!

  5. One of the things that drew me to contemporary rather than traditional quilting was the knowledge that I would almost never have to match points. It’s fussy, and not in a fun way.

  6. With a little knowledge now of how long it takes to sew patches together (the managements quilt may be a while yet) I don’t think I will be rushing to make this but i think it looks great 😃

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