May 142015
 

Sorbetto Scoop cover | The Knitting Vortex

Blueberry, raspberry, pistachio . . . picking a sweater color is as hard as deciding your favorite flavor of sorbet. With stripes and colorblocking, the Sorbetto Scoop sweater lets you enjoy them all. Worked from the top down using the seamless, simultaneous set-in sleeve method, the silhouette is slightly relaxed with gentle waist shaping, curved cropped hems, a scoopneck, and bracelet length sleeves.

Construction: The seamless, simultaneous set-in sleeve method allows you to work the back, front and sleeves at one time from the top down, while creating a tailored, set-in sleeve fit. Stitches are cast on for the back, and the back shoulders are shaped with a few short rows to create the shoulder slope; stitches are then picked up for each front shoulder, which is shaped with identical short rows. The back and fronts are united, while at the same time stitches are picked up at the shoulder edges for the sleeve caps, and sleeve cap shaping begins. The back, front and sleeves are worked simultaneously to the bottom of the armscye, with neckline, sleeve cap and armhole shaping. See my simultaneous set-in sleeve tutorial.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, short rows, picking up stitches, increasing/decreasing, simultaneous shaping.
Size: 30 (32, 34.25, 36.25, 38, 40, 42, 44.25, 48, 52)” bust; shown in fifth size worn with 3” positive ease; for a more fitted look, choose a size closer to actual bust measurement.
Yarn: MC – Lana Gatto Feeling (70% extrafine merino, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 153 yards/50g); sample shown in 12504 grey, 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins, or approximately 475 (500, 525, 550, 575, 625, 675, 725, 775, 850) yards.
CC – Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75% extrafine merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere; 127 yards/50g); sample shown in 0130 pink, 0194 Aquamarine, 0217 plum, and 0161 Wisteria, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins each CC1, CC2 & CC3, and 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins CC4, or approximately 75 (80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140) yards CC1, CC2 & CC3, and 200 (210, 220, 235, 250, 275, 290, 305, 335, 365) yards CC4. A dk weight wool and silk blend will provide similar weight and drape as the sample in this semi-fitted shape.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 5 (3.75mm) 24” circular needle for neckline; Stitch markers (4); removable stitch marker (1); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 st and 30 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

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Apr 062015
 

Truly Plaidly Deeply | The Knitting Vortex

The best way to love? Truly, Plaidly, Deeply! Three colors and a non-stranded afterthought plaid technique make a fun and distinctive graphic plaid sweater.

Construction: The sweater body begins with the shoulder saddles, then stitches for the back and fronts are picked up and worked back and forth to the bottom of the armhole, where they are joined and worked in the round to the hem. Contrasting seamless sleeves are picked up from the armhole, with the caps shaped using short rows then knit in the round to the cuffs. The contrast ribbed collar is picked up and knit to match the sleeves and hem. The plaid is simple to make, as it involves only knitting stripes, in a rib pattern – the vertical plaid lines are added later with a crochet hook in the purl ditches of the rib.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches. Instructions are written, with additional charts for the plaid repeat and setup; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique.
Size: 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60)” bust; shown in fourth size with 7” ease for a relaxed fit. Choose a size closer to actual bust measurement for a more fitted sweater.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins MC, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins CC1, and 1 skein CC2. Sample shown in Purple Mystery (MC), Periwinkle (CC1), and Polygala (CC2). Approximate yarn requirements are 490 (540, 560, 620, 670, 750, 770, 820, 980, 950) yards MC, 220 (240, 260, 320, 340, 400, 430, 460, 490, 520) yards CC1, and 80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180) yards CC2 worsted weight yarn. Truly makes an excellent stashbuster when you don’t have a sweater quantity of any one color; however, your sweater will be just as truly plaid if you choose to work the sleeves and ribbing in the CC1 (which will effectively become the dominant main color of the sweater). To do so, you will need approximately 310 (330, 340, 360, 390, 400, 410, 430, 470, 530) yards additional of CC1, and only 180 (200, 220, 260, 280, 340, 360, 380, 400, 430) yards total of MC.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle for picking up st, shoulders saddles and collar; Stitch marker; Stitch holders (2); Size H/8 5mm crochet hook; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows/4” in Plaid stitch pattern, after adding vertical plaid and blocking. One plaid repeat of 12 st and 16 rows = 3” wide and 2.66” high.

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Mar 182015
 

Truffle Hunter cover | The Knitting Vortex

A rolled stockinette edge, asymmetric ribbing and subtly delicate textured stitch make Truffle Hunter a special hat of distinction. Short rows both shape the brim and add extra slouch at the nape, and the simple stitch pattern brings precious appeal to both sides of the fabric. Finished carefully, the hat is fully reversible for two lovely and unmistakably unique looks.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, short rows, decreasing. This pattern includes a link to my short row tutorials.
Size: one size to fit most adults; 18” brim circumference and 9” height, measured flat and unstretched.
Yarn: Shalimar Yarns Equus (100% superwash merino wool; 200 yards/183m), shown in Black Truffle; 1 skein. Sample used about 165 yards of worsted weight yarn.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (9); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows/4” in Raindrop stitch, after blocking.

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Feb 242015
 

Frost Grape | The Knitting Vortex

Vitis Vulpina, known as the Frost Grape, becomes sweeter as the weather turns colder. Worked seamlessly from the top down in one piece, this aran weight raglan sweater is warm and simple. The defined raglan seamlines, and the purl welt detail at the ribbed turtleneck, deep hem and cuffs add just the right amount of style. A bit of shaping at the waist and back neck maintain a good fit, while at the same time making the chunky styling both cozy and modern.

Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, backwards loop CO, working in the round, short rows; this pattern includes a link to my short rows tutorial.
Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; sample shown in third size worn with 1” of negative ease
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Twist (100% merino wool; 150 yards/137m/100g); 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8) skeins, or approximately 700 (750, 800, 850, 900, 975, 1025, 1100, 1175, 1275) yards of aran weight yarn. Sample shown in Grapes.
Other Materials: US 10 (6mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (8); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 15 st and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; after blocking.

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Feb 172015
 

Veruschka turtleneck |The Knitting Vortex

Dolman three-quarter sleeves and an easy silhouette make Veruschka the perfect cozy sweater for casual days. Knit in one piece from the top down, the body features gentle shaping to flatter your curves, and chunky ribbing to keep the mood rustic. A foldover turtleneck finishes the look and keeps out the chill.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, short rows, picking up stitches, increasing/ decreasing, backwards loop CO, provisional CO, grafting. This pattern includes links to my short row and grafting tutorials.
Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; sample shown in fifth size, worn with 3” positive ease.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins or approximately 800 (875, 950, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500) yards of worsted weight yarn. Sample shown in Purple Mystery.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 32” circular needle (2) or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (4); Locking stitch markers (2); Stitch holders (4); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

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Jan 062015
 

Oryx detail | The Knitting Vortex

Oryx was originally published in the book Doomsday Knits and now available as an individual pattern from The Knitting Vortex. Read about my inspiration here.

Easy to slip on over tactical gear or your mesh bralette, Oryx is a drapey tank that is fitted at the bottom with volume at the top and sides – and looks stunning with jodhpurs! Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s mysterious character, and knit in a lustrous silk blend yarn, Oryx will haunt the dreams of any apocalyptic survivor.

Size: Women’s XXS (XS, S, M, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X); shown in size XS.

Garment Measurements:
Bust: 38 (40, 42.75, 45.5, 47.5, 50.5, 54.5, 59.25, 64)” / 95 (100, 107, 114, 119, 126, 136, 148, 160)cm
High hip: 30 (32, 34.75, 37.5, 39.5, 41.5, 45.5, 50.5, 55.25)” / 75 (80, 87, 94, 99, 104, 114, 126, 138)cm

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Fingering (51% silk, 29% merino, 20% Sea Cell rayon; 487 yds / 445m per 100g skein); color: Deep Unrelenting Grey; 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins.

Other Materials: US #5 (3.75mm) 24” circular needle, or size needed to match gauge; Stitch markers; Two 7/8” (22mm) shank buttons; Stitch holder; Yarn needle; Matching sewing thread and needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 20 sts and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch.

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Jan 012015
 

The Vizier's Daughter cover | The Knitting Vortex

Scheherazade, the Vizier’s Daughter, is the legendary storyteller of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. She agrees to spend one night with the king, a tyrant who has married and the next day beheaded a virgin one thousand times already, in anger and vengeance over finding that his first wife had been unfaithful to him. At nightfall, Scheherazade begins a story, which she stops mid-tale at dawn. Enthralled by the narrative, the king spares her life until the next night, when she finishes the story and begins another, again pausing at dawn. And so it goes for 1001 nights, until she tells him she has no more stories, during which time the king has fallen in love with her and begat their three sons. Kinder and wiser, he spares her life and makes her his queen.
This one skein shawl is knit sideways with a garter stitch body and narrow bottom edge, and features sinuous lace along the lower curve. The decorative motif recalls the arabesques of Islamic surface decoration, based on linear patterns of scrolling or interlacing lines and tendrils.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, easy lace; this pattern is both fully written and charted.
Size: 60” length and 12” depth, after blocking; size is customizable.
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Aerten Sock (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 435 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Persian Tiles. Any amount of yarn may be used; see Designer’s Notes.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle; Stitch markers (2); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 26 st and 26 rows/4” in garter stitch; lace repeat is approximately 4.25” at widest point, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

Originally exclusive to the 2014 Heroines Shawl Club from Wooly Wonka Fibers, and now availble as a Ravelry download.

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Dec 242014
 

Yoli Loop cover | The Knitting Vortex

My gift to you on December 24, this pattern is free with the code HOLIDAY until midnight on Christmas Eve, US Eastern time. Thank you for a wonderful year, and wishing you joy and peace.

Diagonal mesh and simple garter edges run the length of this long and narrow infinity loop. Yoli Loop begins with a provisional cast on and is worked in one piece to the end, then grafted. Wear it looped as many times as you like; the reversible stitch pattern looks great from both sides. Easily customizable in length and width, the Yoli Loop can be adapted to any amount of yardage.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit, easy lace, grafting; this pattern includes a link to my grafting tutorials.
Size: 92” circumference and 4.5” width; customizable for varying amounts of yardage, see Designer’s Notes.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino wool, 150 yards); 2 skeins, shown in Green Grey. The sample used all 300 yards.
Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (2); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 32 rows in diagonal mesh pattern, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished loop, and different yardage requirements.

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Dec 182014
 

Yoli Cowl cover | The Knitting Vortex

A comfy infinity scarf with fun construction, the Yoli Cowl has garter stitch edges framing mesh worked with short rows. The edges grow wider and narrower, while the short rows add ease and dimension, allowing the cowl to scrunch and tuck cozily around your neck. Worked sideways from a provisional cast on and grafted, this extra long reversible cowl can be worn right off the needles, either as a long scarf or double wrapped around the neck or head to keep out the chill.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit, short rows, easy lace, grafting; this pattern includes links to my short rows and grafting tutorials.
Size: 46” circumference and 12” height.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 3 skeins, shown in Zinc. The sample as written used 525 yards.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (2); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 26 rows/4” in garter stitch. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished cowl, and different yardage requirements.

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Dec 122014
 

Yoli Hat cover | The Knitting Vortex

Diagonal mesh and fun sideways construction make the Yoli Hat interesting to knit, with just the right amount of modern style. Worked sideways in one piece from a provisional cast on and grafted, the garter brim fits comfortably while the short rows create slouch and naturally shape the crown. Finished carefully, Yoli is reversible and can be worn right off the needles.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit, short rows, easy lace, grafting; this pattern includes links to my short rows and grafting tutorials.
Size: S/M (M/L); 18.5 (20)” brim circumference and 9 (10)” crown, unstretched.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, size S/M shown in Verde Azul. The sample as written used 140 yards.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (2); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 18 st and 28 rows/4” in garter stitch, 16 st and 32 rows in diagonal mesh pattern.

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