Sofya Cowl

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Sep 262011
 

Slipstitch colorwork cowl, in slouchy and fitted versions, recalling the intricate stacked shapes and vibrant colors of Ottoman architecture. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection.

Techniques Used: Cable cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in two patterns, knit/purl.

Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains both full written and charted instructions.

Size: S/M (M/L): 18 (24)” circumference, 9” length.

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

Gauge: 19 st x 38 rows/4” in Lattice stitch pattern, after blocking.

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Sep 262011
 

Utsukushii means lovely or beautiful in Japanese, and this lovely stole knit in Silky Alpaca Lace features a Japanese Feather lace pattern framing simple Stockinette panels.
The lace undulates gently from side to side, creating a feeling of lightness and movement. Knit at a large gauge, and generous enough to enfold you comfortably, Utsukushii is a warm yet weightless wrap that lends any occasion a touch of loveliness.

Size: 64” x 22”.

Techniques Used: Knit, Purl, easy lace.

Experience Level: Intermediate or Adventurous Beginner. This pattern contains both written and charted instructions.

Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace.

Gauge:  18 st x 23 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

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Stolitsa

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Sep 262011
 

Stolita The Knitting Vortex

A multi-season dolman sleeve cardigan, Stolitsa layers perfectly to suit the changing weather from autumn through spring. Worked from the top down with integrated sleeves, the front panels feature ZigZag Vine Lace scaled to size. The sweater is cast on provisionally at the shoulders, with back and fronts worked separately to the armhole. Sleeve stitches are put on hold and later grafted at the undersleeve seams; the fronts and back are joined and worked back and forth to the hem. Rib details finish the look, and a few short rows softly shape the collar.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, short rows, simple lace, picking up stitches. ZigZag Vine Lace is charted only; pattern includes a buttonhole photo tutorial and link to my short row tutorial.
Size: 32.75 (35, 37.25, 39.5, 43, 46.5)” bust; sample shown in second size with no ease.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Twist (100% merino wool; 150 yards/100g); 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins, shown in Applewood.
Other Materials: US 10 (6mm) 32” circular needle; US 9 (5.5mm) 60” circular
needle for picking up stitches; Stitch markers (4); Stitch holders; Scrap yarn; Yarn needle; 7/8” buttons, (6); Matching sewing thread and needle.
Gauge: 14 st and 22 rows/4” in stockinette stitch with larger needle, after blocking.

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Eldora

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Sep 262011
 

Eldora Hat | The Knitting Vortex

A quick and easy garter stitch hat, Eldora is perfect for showing off variegated yarn. This hipster beanie is cast on provisionally and knit sideways with short row shaping, then the first and last rows are grafted together for a seamless finish.

Techniques & Skills Used: Provisional CO, knit, short rows, grafting; a link is provided to my short rows tutorial, and grafting instructions are included.
Size: Child (Adult); 19” circumference and 7.75 (8.5)” height; the stretchy garter stitch and single ply wool will accommodate many head sizes.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deja Vu, or approximately 100 (110) yards of worsted weight yarn.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 32 rows/4” in garter stitch, after gentle blocking. Row gauge determines hat circumference in this sideways knit.

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Hoopla

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Sep 262011
 

Hoopla | The Knitting Vortex

Luxury yarn and beads paired together make Hoopla an elegant long stole with a fancy hoopskirt border, while short row shaping creates a face framing beaded shawl collar. Unusual edging stitches keep the knitting interesting, and soothing garter stitch ensures rapid progress; together the result is stunningly simple.

Techniques & Skills Used: beaded CO, knit/purl, lace, beading (prestrung and crochet hook methods, with link to video tutorial), short rows; this pattern
includes both a chart and written instructions for the border.

Size: 12” deep and 60” long, after blocking.

Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina (75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere; 360 yards/329m); 1 skein, shown in Composition Book Grey.

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 40” circular needle; Stitch Markers (11); Yarn needle; 389 size 6/0 seed beads; beading needle for stringing beads; Size 1.25mm crochet hook for placing beads.

Gauge: 16 st and 44 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; one scallop is approximately 5” long. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished stole, and different yardage requirements.

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Helena’s Folly

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Sep 262011
 

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Le Rayon Vert, or the Green Ray, “has the virtue of making him who has seen it impossible to be deceived in matters of sentiment; at its apparition, all deceit and falsehood are done away, and he who has been fortunate enough once to behold it is enabled to see closely into his own heart and read the thoughts of others.”

In Jules Verne’s Le Rayon Vert, heroine Helena Campbell refuses love until she has succeeded in seeing the Green Ray. While evading her suitor, she unwittingly falls in love with another young man, and ultimately misses the appearance of the enlightening Green Ray because she is staring deeply into the eyes of her true love. Is Helena’s Folly believing in the power of the Green Ray, or is it allowing herself to fall in love without safeguards? Perhaps this sweater will bring an enlightening answer. With a sweetly relaxed silhouette, drapey cap sleeves and turned bottom and neck hems, it is a romantic knit for an insightful knitter.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, knitting in the round, increasing, turned hems, short rows, 3-needle Bind off.
Size: 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45)” bust; shown in second size with 2” negative ease.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% superwash merino; 440 yards/100g); 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins, shown in Rayon Vert.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 24” and 32” circular needles; Scrap yarn; Stitch markers (6); Stitch holders; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 22 st and 32 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

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Patty Ann

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Sep 262011
 

PAtty Ann | The Knittting Vortex

Perfect as a light layering piece, Patty Ann is a casual, open front vest knit in seed stitch with ribbed edgings. An easy knit from the bottom up, this long vest has gentle shaping at the hip and bust for an attractive fit. A few short rows shape the shoulders, which are joined with a three-needle bind off. Only minimal finishing is required; the front bands are worked at the same time as the body, then extended beyond the shoulders and seamed to the back neck, and the armhole ribbing is picked up and knit to match the ribbed hem. The lean, simple shape is easy to wear, and shows off a pretty yarn with textural stitch patterns.

Techniques Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, short rows, 3-needle BO.

Size: 34 (36, 38, 40, 44, 48)” bust circumference. Patty Ann was designed to be worn open with front edges barely meeting; for a similar fit, choose a size close to your actual bust measurement.

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins; size 36 shown in Uva.

Other Materials: US 8 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Extra US 8 needle for 3-needle BO; Stitch markers (4); Stitch holders (5); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 30 rows/4” in seed stitch, after blocking.

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Chic Mega Cowl

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Sep 262011
 

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Part of the Very Chic series, this oversized cowl features elongated cables, made extra fluid by dropping select stitches. Slight shaping makes it easy to wear over or under a coat, and the generous depth keeps both the neck and shoulders warm.

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl, cables, dropped stitches, decreasing, knitting in the round; this pattern includes both a chart and written instructions.

Size: 15” tall and 18” circumference at top edge/24” circumference at bottom edge, after gentle blocking.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 2 skeins, shown in Polar Morn.

Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 24” circular needle; Stitch markers (4); Cable needle; Yarn needle; Crochet hook (any size) to help with raveling.

Gauge: 16 st and 20 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; one cable is approximately 2.5” wide. The sample used almost all of two skeins; while gauge is not critical for this project, a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished cowl, and different yardage requirements.

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Very Chic Scarf

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Sep 262011
 

Very Chic Scarf | The Knitting Vortex

Part of the Very Chic series, this scarf features elongated cables, made extra fluid by dropping stitches between select cables. The result is a soft and drapey skinny scarf that naturally curls slightly inward, making an attractive and wrappable semi-tube that’s fun to knit and pretty to wear.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, cables, dropped stitches; this pattern includes both a chart and written instructions.

Size: 5” wide and 80” long, after gentle blocking.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 2 skeins, shown in Violetas.

Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) needles; Stitch Markers (3); Cable needle; Yarn needle; Crochet hook (any size) to help with raveling.

Gauge: 16 st and 20 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; one cable is approximately 2.5” wide. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished scarf, and different yardage requirements.

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She-Cat, A Chic Hat

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Sep 262011
 

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Part of the Very Chic series, She-Cat is a chic little hat with a sideways-cabled brim and sleek reverse stockinette crown, that’s fun to knit and perfect to wear everywhere. Dropped stitches between cables create an extra soft and stretchy brim, and add just enough knitting excitement and fashion-y detail.

Techniques & Skills Used: Provisional CO, knit/purl, decreasing, cables, dropped stitches, knitting in the round, grafting or optional 3-needle bind off; this pattern includes both a chart for the brim and full written instructions, and a photo tutorial for grafting the cables.
Size: S/M (M/L); 20 (22.5)” circumference, unstretched, after gentle blocking.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, or approximately 100 (130) yards of worsted weight yarn, shown in Apple Green and Hollyhock.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch markers (2); Cable needle; Yarn needle; Crochet hook (any size) to help with raveling stitches; 4 non-slippery US 8 (5mm) dpns, preferably two different colors, for grafting.
Gauge: 18 st and 28 rows/4” in reverse stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking. One 16-row cable repeat is 2.5” wide.

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