Bel Air


Bel Air, by Anne Hanson

Bel Air is a beautiful sweater pattern designed by Anne Hanson of Knitspot several years ago, using Spirit Trail Sunna, a fabulous 3-ply superwash merino / cashmere / silk fingering weight yarn that’s as awesome for sweaters as it is for socks (silk wears like iron), luxurious baby items and accessories. Since this yarn is superwash wool, it can be machine washed and dried; I recommend washing on gentle and drying on low heat to be safe (I’ve put Sunna through quite a bit of torture ~ high heat water and drying temperature ~ to see what it will do in such potentially dangerous situations, with minimal damage or shrinkage. But I don’t recommend doing this to your precious knits 🙂 ).


Projects by (clockwise from upper left): dbelanger in Rosewood, kimkimkim in Deep Ocean, ukhattie in Ancient Stones, joyfulpurl in Stormy Seas, knittyvritti in Green Velvet, quiltbaker in Woad, MamaBearKnits in Rain Forest, Luann in Raven’s Wing, and Knitspot in Green Velvet

This is a great pattern for beginners and experienced knitters alike. Anne’s patterns are always scrupulously written and edited, and Bel Air is a timeless design ~ simple yet elegant.

If you’d like to receive a coupon for a free Bel Air pattern on Ravelry and a $25.00 gift certificate on my website to put towards a yarn purchase for this or any other project, please sign up to follow my blog and receive new post emails through wordpress to automatically be entered to win! I’ll do a random drawing sometime later this week!

Finally, ever wondered how to use a yarn with a different gauge for a project, if your heart is set on THAT yarn for THAT project? There’s always Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit site, which is a fantastic site for customized sweater patterns, but if you don’t want to customize a pattern that way or are working on a non-sweater project, Karen over at Fringe Association recently wrote a fantastic post, How to Account for Gauge Differences. I had to adjust for non-gauge on my Grandpa Cardigan project (because yes, I was set on THAT yarn for THAT project); Karen explains the different ways you can work this issue out so well in her post ~ it’s a great read.

10 thoughts on “Bel Air

  1. Beautiful sweaters, Jennifer! Seeing them is the push I need to get back to my Bel Air, which I am knitting in Chipotle, on Sunna. Fantastic yarn in a gorgeous color!

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  2. That is an awesome sweater! My favorite yarn is still Birte, since DK is my usual go to – but I’ve used Sunna – all the yarn here is so wonderful to work with 🙂 and Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter stuff is fantastically helpful! I’ve taken her classes at Rhinebeck, read her books, and used the website – she just keeps getting better and better!
    Last year, when I couldn’t camp up at Rhinebeck, I still drove the 3+ hours just so I could keep my annual tradition of buying a sweater’s quantity worth of yarn from you.

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  3. Anne Hanson has very well-written patterns. No guesswork. I would love to win this pattern.


  4. Hi Jennifer, Two questions: I signed up to follow your blog at last Saturday, the 27th. I haven’t opened a WordPress account but today’s “New Post” came to me via WordPress. Is this the correct way to follow you? How do I find a previous post? I want to go back and look at your beautiful orange yarn again and don’t see how to get from “Bel Air” back to a previous blog post. Thanks so much! Mary Cady


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    • Yes, that should work! And if you go down to the bottom, after the current post (or two) there’s an area that says “older posts” ~ click on that and it will take you backwards (although the blog is set up to show the three most recent posts so if you just go to and scroll down you should see it).


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