Rhinebeck, Back Roads, and Sweaters: Acorn Trail

The Rhinebeck sweater extravaganza continues, now from Rhinebeck! I present my second Sunday Rhinebeck sweater, Acorn Trail.

(How am I going to manage that? I am not entirely sure, but it promises to be entertaining.)


Oh, New England in the fall. Is there anything cozier or more colorful? (Says the New England knitter.)

Acorn Trail is my first installment in the “Back Roads & Brownstones” series, a collaboration with Kirsten Kapur of “Through the Loops”. I always enjoy working with Kirsten; not only is she a wonderful person, but her design sensibilities are utterly fantastic and it’s awe-inspiring to trade ideas with her.

Back Roads & Brownstones is a fun play on where we both live; she’s in NYC, and I’m just outside of Boston.


But despite my current urban zip code, I grew up in rural Maine and have been a die-hard outdoorsy type my whole life. It seemed natural to start this series off with a cardigan I can imagine slipping on for a favorite hike through some beautiful foliage. Cables, a gorgeous tweedy wool, a little bit of openwork to keep things from being too heavy. Acorn Trail is a great layering piece, and a knockout on its own.

Acorn Trail is worked in pieces, from the bottom up, in Harrisville’s incredibly beautiful New England Highland. This is a sturdy, wool-lover’s wool, and the cardigan makes the most of its texture in intricate cable and lace panels. Despite the detailed look, the sweater is easy
to modify since the stitch patterning rests on a simple Stockinette base.

I’m so excited about it.

Acorn Trail may be purchased in one of two ways from from my ravelry pattern store:

  • As a standard pattern for $7.00 (with CustomFit recipe included in addition to standalone pattern instructions). This is a pattern very much like any of my others; it includes complete instructions for all 12 sizes, the CustomFit instructions, plus modification advice and a detailed schematic. To purchase the full (all-inclusive?) version of Acorn Trail, click here.
  • You may also purchase a CustomFit recipe (without standard pattern instructions) for $2.50. The CustomFit recipe provides full instructions on how to use CustomFit to make an Acorn Trail that will fit you perfectly from hem to neck and everywhere in between, including:
    • Which construction options to choose to get Acorn Trail in the fit and shape as shown above
    • Instructions for cable set-up and placement for front and back
    • Charts for all cables

    To purchase the Custom-Fit only version of Acorn Trail, click here

Which should you choose? It depends on whether you’re typically comfortable knitting (and modifying) a pattern as written, or whether you’d really like to get instructions that fit you well with no modification required.

The CustomFit recipe requires the purchase of a CustomFit pattern, for $9.99 to get a complete set of instructions.

Thanks for your support!

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10 thoughts on “Rhinebeck, Back Roads, and Sweaters: Acorn Trail

  1. What a gorgeous sweater! I’m a little confused: what’s the difference between the customfit version and the ‘recipe’ in the regular version for using with customfit?

  2. I’m confused on the pricing and patterns as well.

    What exactly is the recipe? How to setup Custom Fit? What is special about the recipe that isn’t in the CF-version of the pattern? And this way of doing it would be $2.50 + $9.99?

    And the standard pattern is $7.00 but still includes Custom Fit recipe? What does that entail?

  3. This is beautiful, but my 4yo daughter and I have a non-knitting question. What is that beautiful necklace you’re wearing, and where can I get one?

  4. This may be my perfect sweater! Been looking for something to replace a faithful, but sadly, past its prime cardigan and this is it. Now to decide on the yarn and finally get the rest of the measuring done.

  5. Ack! Another must make! For the first time I’m beginning to regret that I’m not a fast knitter. But this might have just jumped to first in the queue because I have the same yarn in my stash. Really appreciate the Custom Fit only option.

  6. Stunning! I actually gasped when I saw the pictures! Now I can’t decide whether to make this next or Birch Bark….

  7. This is really pretty will have to put it in my queue.

  8. Lovely sweater, but I’m quite confused about the options. So you can buy the recipe for $2.50, plus the $9.99 for CustomFit, or you can buy the whole thing for $7.00? That doesn’t quite make sense. At least not to me.

  9. Amy, I have to share a story with you…I’ve been watching the craftsy class (and really enjoying it). My almost 10-year old daughter asked to see it too. So I showed her the part here you rolled up your jeans and buttoned your sweater to change our perception of your look. We talked about the contrast between your two looks. Then today I was reading this post and actually gasped when I saw this incredible photo. When she saw it she said, “look mom, she shortened her torso and lengthened her legs!” So perceptive. Can’t wait to make my first custom fit sweater.

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