. . . summer blues . . .

Omphalodes verna aka ‘creeping navelwort’, ‘petite bourrache printanière’, ‘Frühlings-Gedenkemein’ or ‘vroeg vergeet-me-nietje’: a little plant flowering early in spring.

But that is not why I write this blogpost 😀

There is a new pattern freshly published to ravelry. It’s called ‘Summer blues

It is lightweight, it is a vest, it is a pullover … if you add the sleeves …

It has an allover design of little flowers in stranded colorwork. It is not the easiest knit because it starts at the top knitting the colorwork back and forth meaning one needs to read the charts from right to left for the Right Side rows and from left to right for Wrong Side rows.

I could have written the pattern to work in the round with ‘steeks’, but in fact I don’t like steeks. Mostly because I don’t like the idea of not being able to rip the whole thing back and re-use the yarn for something else.

So, first the back is worked top down and back and forth.
Stitches are picked up & knit for both fronts which is also worked top down with a V-neck.
When reaching the same length as the back the body is worked further down in the round.

Lastly stitches are picked up for the sleeve bands in 1/1 ribbing.

If desired, stitches can be picked up & knit to add the (layered) 3/4 sleeves.

The pattern is written but the colorwork is charted only. Please read through the pattern before you print it. You won’t need all the pages, only the ones referring to your size.

The pattern has been tech edited by Sue-Cat

Go check out the testknits on ravelry: they are gorgeous. If you use a gradient for the flowers, it is just magic.

finished measurements chest: 40, 46½, 53½, 60 “ (102, 119, 136, 152.5 cm)
Intended to be worn with 15 to 30 cm / 6 to 12” of positive ease

What you’ll need
light fingering weight / 3ply
sleeveless tee
MC: ± 650, 750, 900, 1000 m
(710, 820, 1000, 1100 yards)
CC: ± 420, 500, 600, 700 m
(460, 550, 660, 770 yards)
with 3/4 sleeves
add 120 to 170 m / 130 to 190 yards of MC
and 100 to 150 m / 110 to 165 yards of CC
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle and straight needles (optional) or size to obtain gauge
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle for the cuff in 1/1 ribbing at the sleeves
12 to 18 markers
2 removable markers
tapestry needle

33 sts and 35 rounds or rows in stranded colorwork = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)
29 sts in 1/1 ribbing = 10 cm (4”)
28 sts in stockinette stitch = 10 cm (4”)

Check it out here


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s