How to … m1L and m1R … and to never forget which is which …

On the knit side

m1L : make 1 left, (left slanted increase)

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from front to back and knit through the back loop.

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m1R : make 1 right, (right slanted increase)

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from back to front and knit through the front loop.

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And here is the trick to remember and never forget: (watch the front leg that is closest to the knit side: the red leg in the pics)

m1L grijs?-2+oijl             m1R grijs?-2+pijl

See how the front leg is pointing to the                    And here the front leg is pointing to the
left ? This must be m1L (make 1 left), right ?        right. This must be m1R (make 1 right)

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On the purl side

This is a little different and a bit more complicated to explain, but once captured, it is very easy to remember. The m1pL (make 1 purl stitch to the left) and m1pR (make 1 purl stitch to the right) are described as seen on the knit side (often the right side of your work). In fact on the purl side it is harder to see a significant difference in direction of both increases.  So, m1pL is left leaning on the knit side. Consequently, the m1pR is right leaning on the knit side.

m1pL : make 1 purl stitch left, (left slanted increase)

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from back to front and purl through the front loop.

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m1pR : make 1 purl stitch right, (right slanted increase)

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from back to front and knit through the front loop.

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And now the trick.

As said before right and left in the purl increases refer to the knit side. The important leg to watch is the one closest to the knit side (= the back leg)

m1pL grijs?-2+pijl        m1pR grijs?-2+pijl

See how the back leg is pointing to the            The back leg is pointing to the right.
left ?
This is m1pL.                                           This should be m1pR.

Well that’s it. Since I use the increases in this manner, I don’t even think about left or right. I think of increases leaning away from a marker or towards a marker …

… crazy … stripes … or just a little …

Let me present 2 other patterns based on the cardigan in the previous post: stripes gone crazy.

When finally the pattern for the cardigan was written, tested and approved, I took a little break. But soon the idea came to try to get those crazy stripes on the front too. The idea for a tee was born. I thought it should be easy to write and grade that because it were the same stripes as on the back of the cardi, but it was more challenging than expected – again -. Bias knitting does weird things to the fabric.

Here is the result: crazy stripes tee

crazy stripes tee mod 2-

It is the first time I use Wollmeise and I am ‘sold’. This is wonderful, very good quality yarn in extremely rich and deep colors. I used the Twin quality in colorway ‘Zarte Knospe’ and ‘Meilenstein’ as the 2 main colors. I also threw in some yellow and white from my stash to add some variation.

One side

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and the other

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A few more pics

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Again the testers made some real beauties. Go and check them out here if you get the chance, everyone’s ‘crazy stripes’ is oh so different.

Crazy stripes tee is a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece.
The sleeve inset is inspired by Susie Myers’ contiguous sleeve inset, but the start is a little different. 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.
The stripes going from small to large stripes are shaped by working short rows.
Can be worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease.
Due to the nature of the contiguous sleeve inset, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to your high bust measurement and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if you should want more ease.

The pattern is written for 2 colors (main color: MC and contrasting color: CC) but the idea is to add some other matching or contrasting colors for the stripes. Let’s have some fun … Let’s make it crazy …

Available sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL: finished measurements: 28, 31.5, 35.5, 38.5, 44, 48.5” (71, 80, 90, 98, 111, 123 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
MC (grey in the model): ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)
CC yellow-green in the model): ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)
A few leftovers in matching colors (optional)

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 3) circular needle
6 markers

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

Check it out here

This pattern is available for €6.20 EUR

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… not so crazy …

stripes tee
The fit on the shoulder is so nice that I decided to write another pattern – with stripes but less crazy -. In fact, if one would leave out the stripes, this is a pattern for a very basic tee worked top down and seamlessly in the round.
The sleeve inset is based on Susie Myers’ contiguous method, but the shoulder is constructed in a quite ‘old fashioned’ manner: it is called – if I am not mistaking – fully fashioned.
Wollmeise again, but in ‘Pure’ in colorway Fliederbusch – wow, what a color – and one of their multicolored skeins: Spice Market.
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This is really my new favorite tee.
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not so crazy stripes tee is a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece, a little less crazy than her sister (see top of this post). The stripes going from small to large stripes are shaped by working short rows.
The sleeve inset is the same one used in the other crazy tees.
Can be worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease. Due to the nature of the contiguous sleeve inset, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to your high bust measurement and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if you should want more ease.

Available sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL: finished measurements: 28, 31.5, 35.5, 38.5, 44, 48.5” (71, 80, 90, 98, 111, 123 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
MC (purple) ± 450, 510, 550, 600, 670, 750 m (500, 560, 610, 670, 740, 820 yards)
CC (brownish) ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 3) circular needle
6 markers

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

Check it out here
This pattern is available for €6.20 EUR
Both patterns together with the pattern for the stripes gone crazy cardigan are bundled in an e-book ‘crazy stripes‘ for €11.50 EUR

… stripes gone crazy …

This was for a long time only a sketch in my little notebook.

It took me a long while before actually tackling the idea and experimenting how I would try to work it out. After a lot of trying, knitting, unraveling, starting all over again this is what finally came out: stripes gone crazy: a seamless cardigan.stripes GC mod 3-

The ‘crazy stripes’  growing from small stripes to large ones on the fronts are shaped using short rows, giving the cardigan it’s fun and unusual look at the front and the full development of the design at the back.

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This is the first prototype I made in the lovely Merino/Silk of Dye for Wool. The colors are absolutely wonderful but oh so difficult to catch in a photo. The main color is a very dark green, almost black. It’s name: ‘a dark storm is coming’ and the contrasting color is blue-ish with a hint of grey: ‘dark blue shadowstorm’. The next picture is as true to color as possible (at least it is on my screen)

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In this first prototype there was a bit of an issue with too much fabric in one side due to all the bias knitting and all the small stripes coming together at the back. So I made a second one to try to solve that. I used Merino/Silk again (queen maab’s dreary thoughts) but combined with the Dye for Wool BFL in a very nice brown color: ‘Lost Leather Pouch

stripes going brown mod 2-   stripes going brown mof 4-

It was a really big challenge to write up a pattern and especially complicated to grade it for the different sizes. But we did it (we = all my lovely testers who were not too afraid to rip back a few rows and start again)

yeaah, youhou :-D Thank you all so much, dear testers

Stripes gone crazy: an adventure from cast-on to bind-off.

stripes going brown mod F+B-

Stripes gone crazy is a seamless cardigan worked from the top down in one 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.

Can be worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease.
Due to the nature of the contiguous sleeve inset, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to yours and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if you should want more ease.

The easiest way to lengthen or shorten the cardigan is by working more or less simple stripes before working the ‘crazy stripes’. To change the length in the crazy stripes section by adding more crazy stripes is quite difficult unless you have mathematical insight to calculate the short rows.

Available sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL: finished measurements: 28, 31.5, 35.5, 38.5, 44, 48.5” (71, 80, 90, 98, 111, 123 cm)

What you’ll need:
MC : main color: ± 650, 730, 800, 870, 950, 1050 m (710, 800, 880, 950, 1050, 1150 yards) of fingering / 4ply
CC : contrasting color: ± 360, 400, 440, 470, 500, 550 m (390, 450, 480, 520, 550, 600 yards) of fingering / 4ply

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle and straight needles (optional)
3 mm (US 3) circular needle and straight needles
4 markers
10 buttons diameter ± 0.6”/1.5 cm

Gauge
25 sts and 36 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

See more pictures and other pretty color combi’s here on the pattern page

This pattern is available for €6.20 EUR (It is also available in an e-book with 2 more patterns based on the crazy stripes: more on these in the next blog post)

. . . back with something new . . .

It has been too long since I wrote something here…

I have been very busy though, so I will have a lot to show you.

montage 2014

A lot has changed also. I finally have my pattern shop open en up. I will be adding more patterns ‘à fur et à mesure’ here. I will also try to reorganise this blog so that all the knitting techniques, tips and tricks are all together in one spot.

See you soon

… almonds and stripes …

4 new projects in Malabrigo Yarns: almonds and stripes  Layout 1 Almonds and stripes 4 pullovers, all based on an almond shape and with stripes. I worked the 4 of them 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. My favorite right side is the purlside. The pockets are shaped by folding back the extra fabric at the bottom. Untitled-3 almond mod8almond mod 14almond mod 9

Check it out here

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. I used the same method as for her sisters: amandine cardigan and amande cardigan and tee. amandine tee mod 2 I used two different colors to show off the unique construction (maybe one semisolid kettledyed yarn would do the trick also). Stitches are picked up to work the hidden pockets that follow the diagonal line of the top. amandine tee mod 4 A few more pics ;-) amandine tee mod 6amandine tee detail 2amandine tee detail 3

Check it out here

Almond pullover (3) Almond pullover in Rios (colorway Glitter) shares the same construction 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 3

Another one in a different yarn: modeled1 and a striped Almond pullover with a little positive ease striped modeled1

Check it out here

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

Check it out here

The 4 patterns in this collection are also available as individual patterns

… 3 in 1 …

Happy New Year

And with the New Year comes a new project: 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 my stash yarns and the fun started when picking colors for my 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. A bit scary, but it is quite easy in fact.

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detail 3 in 1
I used some sport weight / 5ply and fingering weight / 4ply yarns together and 4 mm needles to knit the body. The neck ribbing is done with 3,5 mm  needles.