Avix

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Feb 152017
 
Avix

Avix was designed in collaboration with Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarn for Stitches West 2017; print patterns in their house format will be available from the Miss Babs booth at the many yarn shows they attend; stop by if you can, and see the samples in person! Digital pdfs are available from my Ravelry store, and are formatted with my usual layout style and photography. Mesh and eyelet lace columns highlight expanding lace panels inspired by the wings of soaring birds, making a flowing cardigan with a swing shape. Avix is worked seamlessly from the top down in stockinette with lace panels, and short row set-in sleeves. Minimal shaping and simple lace textures make an easy to knit sweater that flatters a wide range of sizes. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, easy lace, increasing/decreasing, German short rows. Stitch patterns are both written and charted. Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)” bust based on twice the back width; shown in second size worn with 5” positive ease. Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza . . .

Silverado

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Sep 242014
 
Silverado

A seamless cardigan with swingy fronts and unusual construction, Silverado is the best kind of simple yet interesting knitting. The back and sleeves begin in the topdown raglan style, then as the sleeves are divided from the body, stitches are picked up along the front raglan seamlines for the fronts, which are shaped with increases and cables. Texture abounds in the reverse stockinette ground, ribbed sleeves and 3-dimensional wave cables, finished with a simple applied I-cord front and neck edge. The cozy wrap front can be worn open or closed with a pin, and is just the right layer when there’s a chill in the air. Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, longtail CO, backwards loop CO, picking up stitches, cables, applied I-cord (cable CO). Silverado is a written pattern, with the cables both written and charted; there is also a video tutorial for the applied I-cord. Size: 33 (34.5, 36.5, 38, 40, 42.5, 45.5, 48, 50.5)” upper bust, based on twice the back width at bottom of armhole; the shaped fronts of . . .

Layercake

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Jul 162014
 
Layercake

A delicious cropped cardigan worked seamlessly from the top down, Layercake features raglan construction and narrow stripes. Long ribbed cuffs end three-quarter length sleeves and match the wide hem which defines the waist. The matching buttonband is picked up and worked along the deep V-neck. In confectionary hues or your favorite color combination, this sweet cardi is a light layer over any outfit. Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, backwards loop CO. Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; shown in fourth size with 1” of positive ease Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% superwash merino wool; 420 yards/100g), shown in Alizarin (MC) and Sugar Plum (CC). 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins MC and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins CC, or approximately 600 (650, 700, 750, 800, 850, 900, 950, 1050, 1150) yards MC and 300 (325, 350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 525, 600) yards CC of fingering weight yarn. Other Materials: US . . .

Lorem Ipsum

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May 292014
 
Lorem Ipsum

A feminine cropped cardigan with geometric eyelets, Lorem Ipsum is knit seamlessly from the top down incorporating simple lace with the techniques of raglan sweater knitting. In graphic design, Lorem Ipsum dolor sit amet begins the scrambled Latin text often used as a placeholder, to focus attention on the style elements of a document. Likewise, this easily memorized, small scale pattern highlights the raglan sleeve and deeply scooped neck shaping, without competing. The lace is designed to flow without interruption around the cardi, transitioning to flattering single rib hem, cuffs and neckline. With a simultaneously worked garter button band and minimal finishing, the focus is on style in this flattering little sweater. Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing in pattern, cable CO, backwards loop CO. Stitch patterns are both written and charted, and include instructions for shaping the raglan sleeves in pattern. Size: 32.75 (34.5, 36, 37.75, 39.25, 42.5, 44.75, 48, 50.5)” bust; shown in third size with 1” of positive ease. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Finito (100% merino wool; 200 yards/50g), shown in . . .

By the Fireside

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Feb 212014
 
By the Fireside

The Fireside blanket cardigan, my other design from Clotheshorse digital magazine which I posted about here, is now also available as an individual pattern. A woolly mantle knit as a simple rectangle with sleeves, Fireside features seamless construction in a light-as-air alpaca blend yarn. The textured top edge is worked as a garter-based loop stitch, and becomes the collar of the sweater; the body is a canvas of stockinette with purl ridge details along the front, hem, and sleeve cuffs. The comforting shape, and modern bulky yet featherweight yarn come together in a new-fashioned garment to wear both at home and out into the chill. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, decreasing, picking up stitches. Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust; shown in third size with no ease. This blanket sweater is designed so that the cross-back measures 2” less than the front bust. For a good fit, choose a size with 0-2” ease at cross-back. Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno (68% baby alpaca, 22% silk, 10% extrafine merino; 120 yards/50g); 10 . . .

Koa

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Sep 032013
 
Koa

Koa is a shapely cardigan jacket with short sleeves, knit using the contiguous method all in one piece with absolutely no picking up stitches or seaming. Smooth stockinette stitch graces the body, while the fitted stand up collar, hem and cuffs are garter stitch, with additional texture in the broken rib and garter button band, worked simultaneously with the body. Acacia koa is a species of flowering tree endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, which has rich golden brown wood; its name in the Hawaiian language, koa, also means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior. Be fearless and fabulous in this chic little jacket. Techniques & Skills Used: contiguous construction, long-tail CO, knit/purl, short rows, increasing/decreasing, simultaneous shaping. Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40.5, 44, 47.5, 50.75)” bust. This fitted cardigan is designed to be worn with some positive ease; shown in third size with 1” ease. Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage (100% Superwash Merino; 200 yards/183m); 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins, shown in Glazed Pecan. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle or . . .

Arcady

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Jul 122013
 
Arcady

Highly textured lace and seamless top down construction give Arcady simple and pretty appeal. A narrow applied I-cord edges the front and neckline and makes delicate button loops for small pearl buttons. The narrow ribbing flows smoothly from the lace, making refined sleeve and body hems with a tiny garter edge. Light and delicate, this cardigan adds whimsy to jeans or is a romantic finish over a dress. Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, raglan construction, knit/purl, lace, applied I-cord (cable CO); Arcady is both written and charted, and includes instructions for increasing in pattern, and a video tutorial for the applied I-cord. Size: 30.25 (32.75, 35, 37.5, 39.75, 42.25, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52)” bust; shown in third size with no ease. Garment Measurements: Bust & Hip: 30.25 (32.75, 35, 37.5, 39.75, 42.25, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52)”, buttoned. Sleeve Length: 7.75 (7.75, 7.75, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 11.25, 11.25, 11.25, 11.25)”. Length: 20.25 (21.25, 22.5, 24, 24.75, 25.25, 27, 27.5, 28, 28.75)”. Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu (60% Merino, 40% Bamboo; 620 yards/226g); 1 (1, . . .

Onward, Lace

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Jun 152013
 
Onward, Lace

I’m determined to release three lace cardigans this summer, and so far am still on track with Aqueous already live, and Arcady finished. This one is a return to my love of grey, in a silvery shade of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu called Winter Solstice. Colder seasons aside, the merino & bamboo blend is perfect for early summer evenings, or that air conditioned place we might go to escape the heat. It’s allover lace again, but this time with a nifty applied I-cord edging and button loops – my favorite part. If it would ever stop raining, we could photograph it and the pattern layout could go forward. I’ve decided to model all three sweaters myself, and save up my daughter-goodwill points for some shawls; those are harder to capture just the way I like, so I’ll go behind the lens myself. Meanwhile, not to let her off the hook entirely, she can wield the giant reflector we just got; so many choices – gold! silver! white! I feel like we should choose the . . .

Aqueous

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Jun 062013
 
Aqueous

A lightweight lace cardigan knit seamlessly from the top down, Aqueous features frothing waves of lace which roll back and forth in vertical lines. With minimal finishing this simple pattern is an easy and soothing knit, ready in no time to take off the chill, or dress up a summer outfit. Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, lace. Aqueous is both written and charted, and includes instructions for increasing in pattern. Size: 30.25 (32.75, 35, 37.5, 39.75, 42.25, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52)” bust; shown in third size with no ease. Yarn: The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering (50% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Viscose Bamboo; 200 yards/50g); shown in Tanager, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (10); Scrap yarn or extra cables for stitch holder (2); Yarn needle; ½” buttons 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 19, 20, 20, 21); Matching sewing thread and needle. Gauge: 20 st and 32 rows/4” in Waves Lace pattern; . . .

And The Lace Begins . . .

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May 172013
 
And The Lace Begins . . .

I haven’t had a FO to show on friday for a long time. Hopefully that spell is broken, because this is the first of three summer lace sweaters, and time keeps ticking along. In my quest to expand personal color horizons, I used this aquamarine colored Canopy Fingering from The Fibre Co; they call it “tanager” like the bird, and I call it bluer than mint, that too-ubiquitous shade we’re seeing everywhere right now. Although I did buy a mint bag for summer – but I digress. The alpaca/merino/bamboo has a nice hand, and it blocked well, too. The weather looks promising for a photoshoot this weekend, so lace cardi number 1 should be on its way soon. Which is good, because I just committed to two more – different of course, but still lace. What’s up with that? I think it’s the Stitch Mastery software I bought for myself; after putting in some time on the learning curve, I need to keep in practice. The program is great, by the way, as is the . . .