Oct 222014
 
Turtleneck Jacket

Originally published in knit.wear Fall 2013, this sweater pattern is now available as an individual download from The Knitting Vortex with expanded instructions and slightly tweaked sizing. This sophisticated pullover is knit side to side as an oversized rectangle with minimal finishing. A comfy and easy silhouette, the ample body proportions are balanced by the slim ribbed sleeves and turtleneck, with the added detail of an asymmetrical faux front opening. The lower fronts are free to swing open, enhancing the relaxed attitude and uncomplicated style of this outer layering piece. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, alternate cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches. Size: 49 (55, 57.5, 59, 60.5)” circumference, to fit 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)” bust. This boxy pullover is designed to be oversized; shown in smallest size, with about 19” positive ease. Yarn: HiKoo by Skacel Collection, Inc. Kenzie (50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils; 160 yards/50g), shown in #1009 Oceana; 10 (11, 12, 12, 13) skeins, or approximately 1550 (1700, 1800, 1900, 2000) . . .

Aug 082014
 
Tarry

Stop and smell the roses; linger with the sunset, and tarry awhile. This relaxed tee is meant for lazy mornings, long lunches, and walks in the gentle moonlight. Worked seamlessly from the top down in a cotton and linen blend, it features lacy saddle shoulders for a touch of pretty whimsy, and a smooth stockinette body with matching lace panels at each side, knit seamlessly to the rounded hems. Wear it on gentle, warm days wherever you wander. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, longtail CO, backwards loop CO, short rows, picking up stitches. The lace stitch pattern is both written and charted, and a link to my short rows tutorial is included. Size: 32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 48, 52)” bust; shown in third size with 3” of ease. For a slightly oversized fit, choose a size with several inches of positive ease. Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% tanguis cotton, 30% linen; 123 yards/50g), shown in Swan; 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) balls, or approximately 625 (700, 775, 875, 975, 1100, 1200) . . .

Jul 232014
 
Shadow Dial

Light as a whisper and soft as a shadow, this simple tank top is knit in stockinette stitch with flutter cap sleeves. Laceweight yarn on larger needles creates a fabric with beautiful drape, while gentle waist shaping and simple details keep the look uncomplicated. The body is worked seamlessly from the bottom up with a scooped neckline and narrow purl edgings; stitches are picked up around the armholes then rapidly increased and worked in short rows to create the focal flutter sleeves. Shadow Dial is pretty and light, and just right for summer. Shadow Dial is a new version of the Sundial Tee, which was published in Knitscene Summer 2013. It has more drape and an improved fit at a slightly more relaxed gauge of 24 st and 34 rows/4”, with an expanded range of ten sizes, which all include added length and a reshaped upper body with better strap coverage and a more deeply scooped front neckline. Additional detailed instructions for the upper body and flutter sleeve shaping have also been included, with a . . .

Apr 232014
 
Sneaky Sorbet

I finished the knitting last night, so today was all about weaving in ends – and with a multi-striped sweater, there were a lot of them. Working in the round and twisting the colors created a tidy RS, but a bit of work to do on the private side. After a soak and block, I’ll see how the final result looks. And I’ll just mention that with the coming of spring (finally!), my mind is totally on sorbet; blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, pistachio . . .

Feb 242014
 
The Fisher Queen

A modern take on the fisherman sweater, The Fisher Queen blends classic cable and rib elements with a non-traditional shape and construction. The modified dolman sleeves, scooped neck and curved hem are all updated details on a classic silhouette. Worked seamlessly from the top down, the shoulder saddles are knit first, with stitches picked up for front and back and worked flat to below the armhole, then joined to work in the round. Long, skinny sleeves are picked up and worked in rib, then finished with twisted rib cuffs, matching the hem and neckband. The Fisher Queen mixes traditional and modern, in a contemporary classic. Techniques & Skills Used: backwards loop CO, knit/purl, cables, decreasing, short rows, picking up stitches, grafting. Body stitch patterns are both written and charted. Size: 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55)” bust; shown in third size with 4” ease. For a similar fit, choose a size with several inches of ease; the cables and rib will conform gently to the body, while still maintaining a relaxed silhouette. Yarn: Cascade . . .

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 . . .

Feb 192014
 
Snug in the Vortex

I first posted about Snug when it was published in Clotheshorse digital magazine, and I’m pleased to say that it is now also available as a self-published individual pattern download on Ravelry, with updated yarn information using Malabrigo Worsted, and a separate photo tutorial for the Tuck stitch. A cozy sweater with ample tucked funnelneck, Snug is knit in one piece from the bottom up with flattering shoulder shaping. Gentle waist shaping and short dolman sleeves flatter the body, while grafted shoulders and an integrated slouchy funnelneck ensure seamless knitting. Short rows make the sleeves and shoulder comfortable, eliminating excess fabric at the underarm. Each front and back is knit with one continuous strand of yarn, with no binding off or picking up stitches at the neck. The substantial cowl frames the face with a series of narrowing tucks at the front neck, gently pulling down the front edge below the chin. Wear it alone in the transitional seasons, and as a Snug extra layer in the depths of winter. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, . . .

Oct 082013
 
Slaunter

A slouchy sweater, good for sauntering around on errands and adventures when there’s just a bit of chill in the air, Slaunter has a boxy fit with a wide scooped neckline and longer back hem. The smooth reverse stockinette body contrasts with the highly textured hem, cuffs and neck trim, where the mistake rib stitch pattern turns up the style a notch. The side slits are neatly finished with self facings to keep the look polished, and extra fun comes from the knit detail that continues up from the hem along the sideseams. Wherever you Slaunter around, sweatshirt comfort meets stylish details in a modern and fun fit. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing, picking up stitches, short rows, simultaneous shaping, 3-needle BO. Size: 36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54)” body circumference; designed to be worn with 4-6” of positive ease. Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (100% superwash merino; 225 yards/110g); 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins, shown in Calligraphy. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) . . .

Aug 132013
 
Wisterious

The pretty lace pattern and slightly boxy fit of this tee make a sweet yet modern sweater. Worked seamlessly from the top down, Wisterious has a simple dolman shape with special details including ribbed trim with invisible tubular edges, shaped sleeve caps, and a feminine I-cord finish with petite buttons and button loops. Both girly and comfortable, Wisterious is a special knit tee to wear any day. Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl, lace, short rows, applied I-cord (cable CO); Wisterious is a written pattern, with the lace both written and charted; there is also a video tutorial for the applied I-cord. Size: 33.5 (38.5, 43.25, 48, 52.75)” bust; shown in second size with 3.5” ease. Wisterious is meant to be worn with several inches of positive ease for a drapey and slightly boxy look; if you prefer a more fitted result, be careful not to size down so far that the lace becomes distorted across the bust. Yarn: Sliver Moon Farm Superwash Merino Fingering 8 oz (100% Merino; 1120 yards/230g); 1 (1, 1, . . .

Aug 092013
 
Last Lace of the Summer

That top I had to rip back has turned out well; I just hope it’s a lesson learned that if you think it might be going wrong, STOP and reevaluate. I’d definitely rather be making nifty I-cord button loops than trying to get a couple hundred lace stitches back on the needle. And once this tee is released next week, that will be the official end of the Summer of Lace. My overall goal was to make three lightweight, lace patterned summer sweaters, and in doing so, achieve several things. 1) Design more garments! I love sweaters, and have lots of yarn, so that’s logical. 2) Learn to use Stitch Mastery and improve my charts. Seriously, that charting program is as great as everyone says it is, and the developer is super responsive and available. I’m fine reading charts, but wanted to improve on actually conceiving them myself; making two lace patterned topdown raglans certainly helped with that. 3) Knit lightweight things: also kind of obvious for summer, and since I’m not really a sock . . .