… almonds and stripes …

After a long time ‘secret’ experimenting and testing (thank you, my lovely testers to be so patient and keep it secret) the e-book: almonds and stripes is been published in MFPP (Malabrigo Freelance Patterns Program, a series of independent designers who work with Malabrigo Yarns)  Check the Malabrigo blog

Layout 1

Almonds and stripes features 4 patterns, all based on a basic almond shape and with stripes. All 4 are worked top down and seamless in 1 piece with little or no sewing to do.

Almonds and stripes cardigan (1)

almond mod 15+

The almonds and stripes cardigan in Malabrigo Arroyo is worked back and forth, with faux seams at the fronts, back and the shoulders. Increases are worked next to the faux seams to shape the shoulder and make the sleeve inset invisible (yes, really invisible)

I really love to work with this yarn and the colors are absolutely gorgeous: here colorway Azules and Marte)

This cardigan is completely reversible. You can choose the knit- or the purlside as your favorite right side. The pockets are formed by folding back the extra fabric at the bottom.

Untitled-3

almond mod8almond mod 14almond mod 9

Almond tee (2)

Almond tee (also in Arroyo, colorway Volcan and Reflecting Pool) is a pullover with a very unusual construction.

amandine mod 3+

It is worked seamlessly in one piece, in the round from the shouldertop downwards and sideways in the same manner as her sisters: amandine cardigan and amande cardigan and tee.

amandine tee mod 2
It is preferable to work with two different colors, but one semisolid kettledyed yarn would work well also, Anything that shows off the unique construction.
Stitches are picked up to work the hidden pockets that follow the diagonal line of the top.

amandine tee mod 4

Can be worn with no ease (modeled) or with a little positive ease.

And a few more pics ;-)

amandine tee mod 6amandine tee detail 2amandine tee detail 3

Almond pullover (3)

Almond pullover in Rios (colorway Glitter) starts in the same way as the Almond tee.

almond brown mod 10+
Also seamless, in the round and from the shouldertop downwards and sideways. I made the sample in one color, because the variegated yarn shows the construction in a little more subtle way. It could also be knit in 2 color striping.

almond brown mod 14

Stitches are picked to work the large garter stitch collar that can be worn open or closed with a row of small buttons.

almonds brown detailamandine pull detail 2

amandine pull detailamandine pull detail 3Intended to be worn with no ease or some negative ease.

Another one in a different yarn:

modeled1

and a striped Almond pullover with a little positive ease

striped modeled1

Almonds in space (4)

Almonds in space: in Malabrigo Sock: an oversized boxi-type pullover but with a different construction.

almonds blue 4+

It features faux-seams on the shoulders and arms to shape the body. Increases are made next to the faux seams to give its shape.

almonds blauw mod
The almonds in a contrasting color are shaped by working short rows.

almond
The back is longer than the front for a relaxed look.

A few more …

almonds blue 16

And in another color

almonds brown 4

almonds in space mod4

 

… 3 in 1 …

Happy New Year

And with the New Year comes a new pattern: 3 in 1

3in1 mod 3A layered henley shirt worked bottom up, seamless and in 1 piece (yes 1 ;) with a contiguous sleeve inset and extra long sleeves.

3in1 mod
This is an ideal garment to use up stash yarns and the fun starts when picking colors for your 3 in 1
Each layer of the body is shaped with short rows and put on hold. The next layer is cast on and joined to the previous layer by knitting with 3 needles. Don’t let that scare you, it is quite easy and fully explained in words and illustrations

3in1 mod2

Best worn with no ease or some positive ease.

detail 3 in 1

Available sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL: Finished measurements chest: 30.75, 34.5, 39, 43, 47, 51”  (78,     88, 99, 109, 120, 130 cm)

What you’ll need:
sport weight / 5ply or fingering weight / 4ply
section 3 = main section
total of ± 800/910/1000/1120/1240/1350 m (880/1000/1100/1240/1360/1480 yards)
If you make it striped as pictured: ± half of MC and CC
section 2 = middle section
± 210/225/245/250/260/275 m (230/250/270/275/285/300 yards)
section 1 = bottom section
± 200/220/240/285/295/320 m (222/240/265/295/325/360 yards)

3,5 mm  circular needle (US 4) or double pointed needles (dpns)
4 mm  circular needle (US 6) or dpns
3 mm  circular needle (US 3) or dpns

12 markers

6 buttons ± 1,3 cm / 0.5” diameter

Gauge
23 sts and 35 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

… pasOsolo …

The pics of pasOdoble‘s sister: pasOsolo

pasOsolo 1pasOsolo 7pasOsolo 5pasOsolo 6pasOsolo 8pasOsolo 9

It’s best to know to use a circular needle with a minimum length of 80 cm / 31.5” and magic loop (schematics are included if you don’t know how to work magic loop).

Sizes: one size: ± 145 x 45 cm (57 x 18″)

Gauge: 20 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch (blocked)

What you’ll need
Fingering wight yarn in 3 colors: (it’s a great way to work up that unique special skein in your stash)
MC (main color) ± 250 m (275 yards),
CC (contrasting color) ± 250 m (275 yards),
CC2 (2nd contrasting color): ± 50 m (55 yards),

2 4 mm (US 6) circular needle with a minimum length
of 80 cm / 31.5” or 1 extra long circular needle
2 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle with a minimum length
of 80 cm / 31.5” or 1 extra long circular needle
5 mm straight or circular needle to bind off.

1 removable stitchmarker and 1 marker

… pasOdoble …

I have been playing a bit more with the construction of ‘something’ (hat and cowl). I wrote about them here in a previous post. And came up with this: pasOdoble and pasOsolo: 2 shawls/wraps with a fun construction.

Their special construction to build the swirls at the end are easy and very simple to do.

pasOdoble is a symmetrical shawl with swirls on both ends.

sshhhawl 2
pasOsolo is assymetrical with a round swirl on one end and a point on the other.

pasOsolo 3

More info and pics of pasOsolo in the next post

They are worked back and forth, but also kind of in the round in 1 piece and completely seamless. And another good news is : there is absolutely no purling to do.

Some more pics of pasOdoble

sshhhawl 3sshhhawl 4sshhawl 1sshhhawl 6sshhhawl 5sshhhawl 11

It’s best to know to use a circular needle with a minimum length of 80 cm / 31.5” and magic loop (schematics are included if you don’t know how to work magic loop).

Sizes: one size: ± 150 x 41 cm (59 x 16″)

Gauge: 20 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch (blocked)

What you’ll need
Fingering wight yarn in 3 colors: (it’s a great way to work up that unique special skein in your stash)
MC (main color): ± 320 m / 350 yards
CC (contrasting color):: ± 260 m / 280 yards
CC2 (2nd contrasting color): ± 50 m / 55 yards

2 4 mm (US 6) circular needle with a minimum length
of 80 cm / 31.5” or 1 extra long circular needle
2 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle with a minimum length
of 80 cm / 31.5” or 1 extra long circular needle
5 mm straight or circular needle to bind off.

2 removable stitchmarkers and 3 markers

… something quick, fun, colorful …

The patterns are there:

something beanie

something beanie 3

and something cowl: a matching cowl

something 2

Something fun, quick and colorful with an unusual construction. Ideal to work up leftovers in your favorite colors.

Both are worked back and forth, but also kind of in the round in one piece and really completely seamless. And … there is absolutely no purling.

Off the needles and ready to wear.

The pattern is written for dk weight and needle size 4 mm (US 6), but a recipe for other yarn weights or altered dimensions is included. It’s best to know how to work magic loop. If you never used magic loop before, schematics are added and a link included

… miss boule …

Miss boule is finally gone ‘live’. I wrote about her here

miss boule1

miss boule 4

Miss boule is a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece. Starting with shaping the back and shoulders, stitches are picked up for the front and sleeves and are worked following the contiguous sleeve method, developed by Susie Myers.

miss boule detail
The ‘boules’ are worked as intarsia color blocks ‘in the round’. It is much easier than it sounds, really. Detailed descriptions, tips and a lot of illustrations are included in the pattern.

mis boule detail 2

The hems and cuffs are worked in corrugated ribbing seperated from the body and sleeves by an ‘estonian braid’

Best worn with negative ease or no ease.
If you should want more ease, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to yours and add more increases for the body and sleeves.

Available sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL: Finished measurements: 28, 32, 35.5, 39.5, 43.25, 47.5, 52.25 “ (72, 82, 90, 100, 110, 121, 133 cm)

mis boule 4

What you’ll need
± 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400 m (880, 990, 1100, 1200, 1320, 1420, 1550 yards) of dk weight in different colors
The pictured ‘Miss boule’ M-size used 8 balls of 110 m/120 yards
MC1 (crème): 3 balls
MC2 (blue light): 2 balls
MC3 (bordeaux): 1 ball
MC4 (steel grey): 1 ball
MC5 (petrol): 1 ball

4 mm (US6) circular needle and straight needles (optional)
3,5mm (US 4) circular needle
6 markers

miss boule 2

Gauge
21 sts and 31 rows stockinette = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

The pattern is split in two sections. The ‘general pattern’ with the ‘boules’ presented as charts and an ‘appendix’ with the ‘boules’ completely written out.

… something …

I have been concocting something the past weekend. It’s an idea I had for some time, but just now found the time and courage to test it out …

something beanie 2

Something quick, fun, special, striped, … and ideal to work up little leftovers

Something is a set of a beanie and a cowl.

something 2

They are worked back and forth, but also kind of in the round in one piece and really completely seamless.
Off the needles and ready to wear.
And another good news is : there is absolutely no purling to do.

I am writing up the pattern, the beanie is ready (I made another one in aran weight and different stripes to test the pattern myself here) and the cowl is nearly ready. The pattern is written for dk weight, but there is a recipe for other yarn weights

something pink 2something pinksomething pink 4something pink 3

I used a circular needle and magic loop. I didn’t try double pointed needles and I don’t know if it is possible, but I guess double pointed experts can do it.

Testing will be done in the group on Ravelry here very soon now. :-)