. . . babe . . .

No intarsia, no picking up stitches, no sewing yet it is seamless and in one piece.

Babe is a pullover with a special construction.

babe 1
First both sleeves are worked bottom up and in the round – perfect as a giant swatch 😉

babe

They are extra long with randomly placed stripes for a playful effect. The raglan shaping is worked flat with ‘live’ stitches at both sides. Then stitches are cast on for the back which is worked top down with a squishy, stretchy, extra-soft, textured stitch pattern joining to the sleeves as you go until the armhole is reached. The front is worked in the same manner.

a few photos of the WIP (work in progress)

Then front and back are joined to work the body in the round. A split hem that is longer at the back finishes the body.
Finally, a small rolled neck band is added.

babe 4

Sizes:
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 29½, 33, 36¼, 41, 44, 48½ “ (75, 84, 92, 104, 112, 123 cm)
Intended to be worn with no ease or a little positive ease.

babe back

What you’ll need
fingering / 4ply weight
MC ± 1150/1300/1450/1650/1750/1950 m (1250/1450/1600/1800/1900/2150 yards)
CC ± 125/140/150/170/185/200 m (135/155/165/185/200/220 yards)
CC2: a small rest: 45 to 90 m (50 to 100 yards)
two 3.5 mm (US 4) circular needles and straight needles (optional)
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle or double pointed needles
6 markers

Gauge
26 sts and 37 rows in stockinette stitch with the larger needle and blocked

more info here

detail

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. . . hallerbos . . .

I was reknitting  the neckband on a beautiful sunny spring day in the garden. There were lots of bluebells under the three large trees and they were in full flower. When I saw that color, it was like a perfect match with the color of my yarn. That’s how it got its name. I adore that color. Wollmeise Pure – of course, who else –  in colorway ‘Taube’.

hallerbos 6-

Hallerbos is famous for its fields of bluebells under the birch trees. People come in large numbers to see it when they are flowering in spring.

 

Hallerbos: a memory of bluebells in the spring, a cute stitch pattern, a special but very easy construction. It is the perfect little summer pullover for chilly mornings or evenings.

hallerbos 4

BTW Do you recognize this stitch pattern ?

hallerbos stitch pattern

It is the same one I used in the ‘never say never’ socks.

Hallerbos is worked seamlessly in pieces. First the front and back are worked bottom up with that cute stitch pattern. Then stitches are picked up & knit to work the sides sideways and back and forth. Increases and decreases shape the high-low hem and a few short rows are added for a perfect fit around the shoulders. The sides are closed using a 3 needle bind off and from here the sleeves are worked top down in the round. Finally stitches are picked up around the neck-line to work the neck band.

hallerbos 5

Instructions for short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves are included.

As with all my patterns lots of schematics and photos that illustrate all techniques used.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements: 30¾, 34½, 38½, 43, 46½, 50½ “ (78, 88, 98, 107, 118, 128 cm)

What you’ll need
± 950/1120/1250/1380/1520/1650 m (1050/1220/1370/1500/1670/1800 yards) fingering / 4ply weight

two 3 mm (US 2½) circular needles, or one 3 mm (US 2½) circular needle and one straight needle, 3 mm straight needles (optional)
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
4 markers

Gauge
26 sts and 40 rows stockinette stitch with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)
28 sts and 48 rows in stitch pattern with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

 

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. . . greenhouse knits #7 and #8 . . .

# 7 is a large, asymmetrical shawl with a triangular shape.

greenhouse shawl 3+

It is worked sideways and starts with an I-cord 4 stitches wide. The body is worked in garter stitch with delicate lacey leaves shaping the bottom edges.
The scalloped edge is formed by leaf tips that stick out. They are worked using German short rows aka double stitches.


The lace and the garter stitch body make it an easy project, but it needs your attention because of the increases and decreases that shape the shawl and the leaves.

greenhouse shawl 4

Sizes
one size easily adaptable. It can be made as a large wrap or a smaller shawlette.
As pictured after blocking:
wingspan : 210 cm / 83”
depth: 70 cm / 27½”

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
as pictured (large shawl)
± 900 m / 990 yards

3.5 mm (US 4) straight needles or circular needle
marker
tapestry needle

Gauge
is not important but will affect the size of your shawl. As the sample: 23 sts and 44 rows (= 22 ridges) in garter stitch (blocked) = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

More info hereleaves.jpg

#8 are individual leaves. Make the leaves in all kinds of little rests in different colors to finish off a hat or embellish your knitwear. Make a whole bunch of leaves and sew them together into a spring garland to decorate a wall. The possibilities are endless. The size of a leaf using fingering weight and 3 mm (US 2½) needles is 7 x 3.5 cm (2¾ x 1¼”) and it uses only 5 to 6 m / 5½ to 6½ yards.

leaves in pot

What you’ll need
any yarn weight: little rests in different colors.
One leaf in fingering weight uses about 5 m / 5½ yards. In heavier yarn weights it is a little more.

straight needles or double pointed needles in a size to match your yarn

tapestry needle

Gauge is not important

Check it out here

And the e-book: greenhouse knits is now complete 🙂

greenhouse leaves montage

. . . Greenhouse knits #6 . . .

greenhouse # 6 tunic +text

#6 is a tunic or a dress worked bottom up. A branch of leaves grows along the left front.

greenhouse tunic 1-

The raglan sleeve inset is quite special. It is worked using short rows with live stitches that are put on hold. Then the stitches are slipped to a needle and the sleeve is worked top down and seamlessly also using short rows.

detail neck

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements: 28¼, 32¼, 36¼, 40, 44, 48 “ (72, 82, 92, 102, 112, 122 cm)
Intended to be worn with no ease or a little positive ease.

What you’ll need
± 900/1000/1100/1200/1350/1500 m (1000/1100/1200/1320/1480/1650 yards) fingering / 4ply weight

3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle and straight needles (optional)
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle and straight needles (optional)
6 markers
one button

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

Check it out here

greenhouse tunic 5

. . . greenhouse knits #5 . . .

#5 of the greenhouse knits collection: another hat but with a completely different construction.

greenhouse hat B+text

The hat is first worked back and forth and sideways to form a headband with the leaf stitch pattern. Short rows are worked to form an arch that goes upwards to the crown. Stitches are picked up along the headband to work the crown in the round. Lastly, the two sides of the headband are closed by sewing them together at the inside.

one adaptable size
adaptable for head circumference of 53 to 60 cm / 21” to 23¾ “
Finished height = ± 20 cm (8”)

What you’ll need
worsted / 9 ply
± 140 m / 155 yards
4 mm (US 6) circular needle

tapestry needle
6 markers

Gauge
20 sts and 30 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

 

I made another hat based on this pattern but in two colors and with a few changes.

2color hat 1
What I altered: worked the decreases from the left and right twists with CC (contrasting colors, also the 2 middle stitches of each leaf are done in CC.
I changed the background purl stitches in knit stitches.
I worked the crown in the round but that gives an extra problem with the leafs in CC. It is like working intarsia in the round. I think it is a better idea to continue to work flat and seam the crown as the headband.

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. . . greenhouse knits #4 . . .

greenhouse #4+foto#4 is a cropped cardigan – but can be made longer – using the contiguous sleeve inset developed by Susie Myers. It is worked bottom up because those leaves look so much better knit bottom up.

roots cardi 3

The cardigan has small pockets worked invisibly in the large hem.

cardi 5

Leaves are growing out of the right pocket and at the back and sleeve. Here is a detail of the pocket and the leaves growing out of it.

greenhouse cardigan detail

The leaves at the back are a bit different from the sample: they are placed closer to the center depending on the size. The long cuffs can be worn as is or folded back to line up with the length of the cardigan.

Sizes:
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 29½ / 33½ / 37 / 41 / 45 / 49 “ (75 / 85 / 94 / 104 / 114 / 124 cm)

What you’ll need
± 820/920/1000/1100/1200/1300 m (900/1000/1100/1200/1320/1450 yards) worsted or aran / 9 or 10 ply
a small rest of worsted – aran weight: ± 25 m / 27 yards
two 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needles and straight needles (optional)
4 mm (US 6) needles
10 to 12 markers (10 for XS-S, 12 for M-XXL)
7 buttons: diameter 2 cm / ¾”
tapestry needle
stitch holders or scrap yarn

Gauge
18 sts and 26 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

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. . . doble . . .

Dreaming of a summer breeze … in the sun on the beach …

Doble is a double layered tee. Started this one about a year ago. But when I finished it summer had already gone.

st pierre

It is worked top down and seamlessly in the round with a delicate lace edge on the sleeves and bottom of the top layer … or the bottom layer …
… because it is completely reversible. The two layers are only attached at the neck band.

detail-If you use linen – as in the sample – the inside layer shines through and gives a special effect. You can also make it in cotton or wool using a lighter yarn – lace weight for example – for the top layer to get the shine-through effect.

dl 3

Available for size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements: 29½ / 32½ / 36 / 39½ / 43½ / 48 “ (75 / 83 / 92 / 101 / 111 / 120 cm)

Best worn with a little positive ease.

What you’ll need
Linen: fingering weight / 3ply
or cotton / wool heavy lace weight

Yardage (as pictured).
Top color (yellow) ± 600, 690, 750, 820, 930, 1020 m (660, 750, 820, 900, 1020, 1120 yards)
Inside color (grey) ± 640, 730, 800, 870, 990, 1100 m (700, 800, 880, 950, 1100, 1200 yards)

3.25 mm (US 3) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
2.5 mm (US 1½ ) circular needle
two 2 mm (US 0 or 1) circular needles
for the provisional cast on
8 markers

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

 

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