Sunday, December 10, 2017

Toaster Sweater Week! And a Giveaway!

It's Toaster Sweater Week here at Cookin' and Craftin'! And I've got a giveaway for you!!


When the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater patterns originally came out last year, I wasn't overwhelmed with the urge to sew them, only because my climate at the time wasn't conducive to wearing cozy sweaters... boy, how times have changed! Eventually I made a Toaster Sweater #1 for myself in anticipation of my move to cooler climes, then I made one for my mom, and I fell in love. They both looked and felt so fabulous! 


When I moved to Vermont and the air began to get chilly, I found myself reaching for my Toaster Sweater repeatedly. I decided it was worth making several more. I also made a few as birthday and Christmas gifts, figuring if I loved it that much, my family would, too. Suddenly I found myself with a week's worth of Toaster Sweaters to share and decided to make it a celebration!

I've made so many versions of the Toaster Sweater #1 now I could make it in my sleep, and speedily at that. To streamline the process I don't bother with the notches, I batch sew all of the bands (hem, cuffs, neck), and, depending on the fabric, don't finish the seams. In a solid fabric (i.e. no stripe matching), this can be an hour, hour and a half to cut and sew!


Toaster Sweater #2 is a slightly more involved process because of the hemming and corner mitering, but it's still only 3 pattern pieces (front and back bodices, sleeves), so you can sew it pretty quickly. If you still have holidays gifts to make, it's worth considering making one of the Toaster Sweaters as a quick last minute gift.


I even tried out the newest Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven's design for Simplicity, Simplicity 8529. Expect a review!


Bonus: I let Peggy at Sew House Seven know I was planning on a Toaster Sweater-themed week and she generously offered to giveaway 2 copies of the Toaster Sweater (in PDF or hard copy format) to 2 lucky winners! To enter the giveaway, please comment below by Saturday, December 16 at 11:59 pm (and make sure I have your email address!). Which is your favorite Toaster Sweater? #1 or #2?

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTRIES!

Tune in tomorrow for more Toaster Sweater Week goodness!

138 comments:

  1. I haven't tried either yet and flip between the two. Today my favourite is the Toaster One.

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  2. I've got the simplicity version in the queue, can't wait for your review!

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  3. I like both versions of the toaster sweater! Your mom looks pleased as punch wearing her beautiful grey sweater.

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  4. I LOVE my toaster sweaters! You're right they are a quick sew, and would make fabulous gifts!

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  5. Two, but I feel like one is better for filling a hole in my wardrobe.

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  6. The first one really caught my eye! They seem so practical and comfy!

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  7. I like both versions! They look so cozy.

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  8. I like the neck of #1 combined with the mitered corners of #2. So maybe that is the Toaster #1.5? There's so much you could do with these patterns!

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  9. Much needed as it’s got very cold here in Edinburgh and I’m craving snugliness

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  10. The design details on both are great and I'd love to make both! If I had to choose, I'd probably go for version #2.

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  11. I just picked up the Simplicity version but would really like to try #1

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  12. I bought #1 but now I wish I had bought both versions. I hadn't really noticed the differences between the 2, and I like them both.

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  13. The simplicity version looks interesting too. More options?

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    1. Actually just checked it out. It doesn’t have the raglan sleeve version!

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    2. It is its own beast- some elements of the indie versions, but with dropped shoulders, longer length, crew neck option.

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  14. I think I prefer sweater 1 - less draughty! Never sewn a sweater before, you make it sound so easy.

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  15. #1 for me. I really like the raglan sleeves and the wide hem band.

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  16. I love both! I think I'm sliiightly more drawn to #2, but you really can't go wrong. Sewing these up as gifts is a great idea (time to branch out from my x-mas Lindens). Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I like the looks of #2 best. Might have to add the simplicity version to my list for the next time they go on sale though!

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  18. I made the simplicity pattern and hope to make another in a sweater knit. I too want to do a review soon!! I’m excited to see the similarities with the patterns and how the work with different fabrics!

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  19. I think that the patterns looks so stylish, but I forgot to buy it on Black Friday. Maybe I'm lucky this time?

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  20. Bonjour,
    j'aime beaucoup le 1, mais le2 est bien aussi.

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  21. I like #2 better just because I don't think raglan sleeves look good on me. I love the hem band on #1 though.

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  22. I love patterns that sew up quickly. I like #1.

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  23. I like version #1 because I like that the bottom band makes cropping possible! I wear a lot of skirts at my waist so drapey/long sweaters aren't my thing!

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  24. I think it's #2, there's something about the neckline I'm really drawn to.

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  25. Toaster 1! Can’t wait to see your versions!

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  26. Amberjena@gmail.comDecember 10, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    View 1 is my favorite! I’d love to win a copy! I’ve seen so many cute versions! Yours and your mom’s look great!

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  27. I haven't mastered mitering corners yet, but I still like #2 better (it's a very close race)

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  28. two, and in a lovely wool point :)

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  29. I like both versions, but I like version #2 the best. I have #2 and would love to win #1 so I can copycat your rose version.

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  30. Both versions look great but if I have to choose I’ll go for #1.

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  31. Toaster sweater one because the neck is high, thus cozy, but not as strangly (technical term!) as a true turtleneck.

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  32. I love #1 and have made a couple. I need some more for these chilly days.

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  33. I like the cozy turtleneck on version one the best!

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  34. I like both, but #1 is probably my favorite.

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  35. hippolicious@hotmail.comDecember 10, 2017 at 11:21 PM

    I really like sweater #1 ...

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  36. ooo I went back and forth but the raglan sleeve of #1 has me SOLD!

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  37. Although it is summer here... I have always loved the look of these sweaters... really want to make one...have so many knits in my stash waiting for a pattern like this!

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  38. I love #2. It is snowing here in the Netherlands, so a warm sweater pattern would be so welcome! Great picture of you and your mum.

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  39. It would be #2. I need to cut it much longer and no longer wear any kind of banded bottom top.

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  40. I like #1, but raglan sleeves with the neckline from #2 would be cool!!!

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  41. Oooh...this will be a fun week! I've only made #1 but after seeing the lovely pale pink Simplicity sweater, I really want to make the #2 version. They are pretty similar don't you think?

    Please don't include me in the draw as I already have both Toaster 1 & 2 patterns!

    Good luck everyone!

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  42. I'm uncertain about the tunnel collar, but I love the split hems and the overall shape, so let's give it a try !!
    And I love your pink version and would love to see all your taoster makes :-) - (Madeinsherwood Lady)

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  43. Thank you! You make it sound so easy to make!!!! I've not tried sewing with knit fabrics yet, but I must. I like #2 best, I think...!

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  44. #2. I love them both, but if I was to choose which to sew first, it'd be 2.

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  45. Number two, definitely number two.

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  46. They both look great!! I would start with Toaster #2 ... Love the draped neck on that version.

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  47. This email is coming to you from a boat on the Nile! I have been dying to try toaster #1.

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  48. Having a decent sized belly I think Toaster # 2 would be the one for me

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  49. I love Toaster #2! It looks so drapey and comfortable!

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  50. I was thinking of a Toaster mash-up of #1 with a #2 hem.. (Mashed Toast?) Do you think that this is what the Simplicity pattern does? LOVE THEM ALL!

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    1. The Simplicity version is its own beast- some overlaps with #1 and #2, but it has dropped shoulders, longer length, crew neck option.

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    2. WAH...I was wondering about this. Having invested in her Toaster 1 & 2 versions, I'm going to have a make it work moment. I hope that's fair to do....

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  51. Ohhh I would love to try this pattern!!

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  52. I like #1. BTW, I always like to see what you make because I am a similar size.

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  53. I love version 2! Would love to make it up

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  54. I've been wanting to try this. I've seen it everywhere!! I have to be part of the "in crowd"! LOL Can't wait to see the rest of the week's sweaters.

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  55. Sweater number two! The split hem and slightly retro-ish collar calls to me :)

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  56. Love them both but, 2 may have an edge.

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  57. I have been eyeing this pattern since I first saw it, and #2 is my favorite. Would love to win, thanks for the chance

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  58. Hello, I vote for number 2, although I really like them both.

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  59. My old, drafty house has me wishing for a sweater this morning. Both of your sweaters are very stylish but I truly love number 1. I envy your skills.

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  60. Ive been meaning to try this sweater but I couldn't decide which version and have stalled out. I think I need to add this to my after christmas selfish sewing list (especially now that I've become a jeans wearer). I think Version 2 is the one I'm slightly more drawn to.

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  61. Really like the simplicity design - guessing it's #2? Thanks for the info and also the chance to win a pattern
    Marciae

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    1. The Simplicity version differs from both #1 and #2, although it has views with elements of both!

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    2. Thanks Meg... Hmmm. I'm going to look for some makes of the Simplicity pattern to compare. Google here I come...

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    3. I'll have a View C for you later this week!

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  62. What a great idea! I have dreams of dozens of toaster sweaters dancing in my head!

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  63. Both sweats are very cute but I prefer #2

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  64. Toaster number one for me! I soooo would love this pattern ��

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  65. It's a toughie, but I think #1, simply because of the higher neck! Such a useful pattern, no?

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  66. I loved the look of the Toaster Sweater, but thought that since I had several kind of similar patterns, I should try one of them first. Last weekend I made one of my kind of similar patterns and it was a flop, so now I really want to try both #1 and #2 and we have the perfect weather to wear one 7 days a week! Much too hard to pick a favorite as both are my style!

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  67. #1 looks super cozy, and not clingy. Perfect for couch snuggles and long dog walks.

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  68. I want #1!!! Whether or not I win this, this is on my to-sew list!

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  69. so far i have to say one, but I love the shape of the#2 as well. Yours looks great.

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  70. These all look great but I think I like 2 the best.

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  71. I like the neckline of #2 but the bands of #1. I'd have to make both to be sure tho. Tough choice.

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  72. Love,love,love toaster sweater #1. I have been wanting this sweater from the first time I saw it but the cost has had me putting it off. I purchased the Simplicity 8529 but would LOVE to have the original.

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  73. Hi,
    I think they are both cute! I would go with toaster sweater #2
    I have never sewn a raglan sleeve, that's why I would choose Sweater #2,

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  74. So fun! I'd love to try out #2!

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  75. Toaster #1 is my favorite and I'd like to try #2.
    I've made #1 in a sweater knit and in FT that I hand stamped.

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  76. Toaster #1! I would love that in a smooth aby blue flannel! <3

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  77. I love both, but I think #2 is my favorite!

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  78. I think I would go for Toaster #1... the easier/faster, the better!

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  79. I think I would like #2 better because I don't typically like things up high around my neck. I do think I'd try out #1 anyway though.

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  80. Think i would get more wear from #1~! Thanks so much!

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  81. I love your blog. You use so many patterns I want to try and your helpful photos give me a better idea of what to expect.

    I like toaster sweater #1 because of the collar.

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  82. Thank you for the give away. I like the #1 sweater.
    Marie

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  83. I wasn't initially drawn to the Toaster Sweater because I was worried about the boxier cut on a curvier figure, but your reviews have been so helpful and now I really want to try out #1!

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  84. I like #1 and would love to make one myself.

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  85. I like the slouchy softness of #2 but they are both wonderful!

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  86. I love the lines of version 2, the integrated neckline is so elegant, but version 1 wins the day for truly cold weather with the higher neckline and no side splits to let the wind in!

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  87. I love Toaster Sweater #1. Thanks for the giveaway! Looking forward to Toaster Sweater Week! patriciaphall@aol.com

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  88. I really love #1 it looks great on both of you! I can’t wait to see what else you come up with.
    Brittani Tannehill
    Tannehill.brittani@gmail.com

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  89. I like number 1 better. Can't wait for the giveaway.

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  90. I love both**I like a high neck, daughter likes low neck. Thank you for the chance to win this pattern.
    passenoc@hotmail.com

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  91. Wow! This is really popular! First I loved version 1, after seeing lots of beautiful makes on different blogs. After careful consideration though, I think #2 is more "me". I'd love to win the pattern, and try to make it for myself. mariakje@gmail.com

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  92. I've been enjoying Toaster week. What an inspiration! Love all the versions so far.

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  93. You know, I legit never wear turtlenecks of any kind and initially had no interest in this pattern for that fact. But after seeing your versions, I'm actually feeling compelled to try one!! Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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  94. I like toaster 2--I like the split hems.m thank you for the opportunity!

    Rose in SV

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  95. i'm def a toaster sweater #2 lady, but i could also be into number 1!

    kellyknudtson at gmail dot com

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  96. I've enjoyed your week of toaster sweater reviews. I think they are all nice, but would like to try out #1. I've not made many raglan sleeved tops.

    johannafin@aol.com

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  97. I have really enjoyed these reviews, I think #2 is my favorite!

    zelda139 at sbcglobal dot net

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  98. Toaster sweater #1 for sure! Loved all your versions, but I think V.1 is more flattering. And your Mom rocked in the teal version!

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  99. I'm definitely more drawn to Toaster #2, but your version 1's are really awesome.

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  100. I prefer the proportions and the neckline on number 1. Thanks for doing this themed week. I'm sitting here cold and wishing I could be sewing a Toaster right now.

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  101. Great giveaway. I really like Toaster #2!

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  102. Your sweaters are just adorable and very inspirational! This week's wintry weather is a reminder that cute, well-fitting tops are essential in the Northeast during the winter.

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  103. I looove Toaster #1!

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  104. Love every toaster sweater you have made. Looks great on you, your Mom and your sister. I look forward to sewing a few of them.

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  105. I looooooove toaster sweater #1!! It's so chilly and damp here, I need a collection of them. I love your blog, too. Merry Christmas!

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  106. I adore the Toaster sweaters you have made, and you are inspiring me to make some too!

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  107. Love all your versions. Definitely version 1. Need to win the pattern so I can also sew up many versions :)

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