. . . Acorn and oak leaf legwarmers . . .

Here is the second pair….

Are you ready, boots ?


These Acorn and oak leaf legwarmers are the perfect companion for an Autumn walk. I just came back from a long walk in the woods wearing them…

I love that color, don’t you ?

For this pair, I held a sport weight and a fingering weight yarn together to get the gauge of a worsted weight.

They are both from Malabrigo yarns. The sport weight is Arroyo (forgot the name of the colorway) and the fingering weight is Malabrigo Sock in colorway Marte.

Featuring and oak leaf and acorn pattern, broken rib, an I-cord and small knitted acorns to finish of the I-cord.

Sizes
The broken rib pattern is quite stretchy and fits easily many sizes.
S/M/L to fit circumference calf : ± 31 / 35 / 39 cm (± 12¼ / 13¾ / 15½ “)
Finished circumference unstretched : ± 27 / 30 / 34 cm (± 10½ / 11¾ / 13½ “)
Finished height as pictured = ± 35 cm (13¾”).
Can easily be made longer by working more repeats.

What you’ll need
worsted weight or two strands of fingering weight held together
± 250 to 350 m / 275 to 380 yards
fingering weight
leftovers in a matching or contrasting color for the I-cord
4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle or 5 double pointed needles
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle for the Estonian braid
two 2.5 mm (US 1½) double pointed needles for the I-cord
tapestry needle
2 markers

Gauge
The row gauge is not important: the legwarmers can be made as long as desired by working more repeats.
The acorn and oak leaf pattern (22 sts x 28 rows) unblocked = 11 x 10 cm / 4¼” x 4”.
Broken rib pattern unstretched: 22 sts = 10 cm / 4”.

Find out more here

. . . Blueberry legwarmers . . .

These boots are made for walking …

These Blueberry legwarmers are perfect for a nature walk in the cold seasons, or – as someone suggested – for biking.

But I feel they could do well in a couch too, with a good book and a cup of tea or a glass of wine 😀

They feature lacey leaves, bobbly blueberries, some cable knitting, ribbing, an I-cord and small pompoms to finish… (how to pompom here)

Sizes
The broken rib pattern is quite stretchy and fits easily many sizes.
S/M/L to fit circumference calf : ± 31 / 35 / 39 cm (± 12¼ / 13¾ / 15½ “)
Finished circumference unstretched : ± 27 / 30 / 34 cm (± 10½ / 11¾ / 13½ “)
Finished height as pictured = ± 35 cm (13¾”).
Can easily be made longer by working more repeats.

What you’ll need
worsted weight or two strands of fingering weight held together
± 250 to 350 m / 275 to 380 yards
fingering weight
leftovers in a matching or contrasting color for the I-cord and the pompoms
4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle or 5 double pointed needles
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle for the Estonian braid
two 2.5 mm (US 1½) double pointed needles for the I-cord
tapestry needle
2 markers

Gauge
The row gauge is not important: the legwarmers can be made as long as desired by working more repeats.
The berries and leaves pattern (21 sts) unblocked = 11 cm / 4¼”.
Broken rib pattern unstretched: 22 sts = 10 cm / 4”.

Find out more here.

Next up are the Acorn and oak leaf legwarmers (Looks like I always work in pairs)

. . . curcuma . . .

Oups, seems that I never presented this pattern last year. Now that the days are getting colder and shorter, I dug up this cardigan again. In a sunny color, perfect for the darker days…

Curcuma is an open front cardigan with an attached scarf. The stitch pattern of the collar and scarf is reversible and looks attractive on both sides.


Instructions are given to knit the cardigan with or without the attached scarf.

But I prefer it with the scarf 😀

First, stitches are cast on to work the collar/scarf partially. Then, the scarf stitches are put on hold. Stitches are picked up along the collar to start working the body simultaneously with the sleeves and collar.

The sleeve inset is based on the ‘contiguous sleeve inset’ developed by Susie Myers. The body is worked flat, top-down and seamlessly. No sewing except for a few stitches to sew down the pockets at the inside. The sleeves are worked top down and in the round ending with the same stitch pattern on the cuffs.

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Sizes : XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements: 34½, 38, 42½, 48, 52½, 59 “ (88, 96, 108, 122, 134, 150 cm)
Intended to be worn with a lot of positive ease: 5 to 10 “ / 12 to 24 cm.
Model is wearing M with 7” / 18 cm of positive ease

What you’ll need
± 1500/1700/1900/2100/2350/2650 m (1640/1850/2100/2300/2600/2900 yards) worsted /10 ply weight
If you want to make it without the attached scarf yardage will be less. (about 250 m / 275 yards)
long (minimum 100 cm / 40”) 5 mm (US 8) circular needle or 2 shorter 5 mm (US 8) circular needles for the cast on.
shorter 5 mm (US 8) circular needle for the body and the sleeves
and straight 5 mm (US 8) needles (if you prefer working on straight needles for the body and the scarf)
cable needle

markers: it is best to use 2 different kind of markers:
· 4 markers to use in the stitch pattern (m’s)
· 4 markers to mark the sleeves (M1 to M4)

Gauge
18 sts and 29 rows in broken seed stitch pattern (see page 5) = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Find out more about the pattern here

. . . reversibles #1 and #2 . . .

I like to combine different techniques, try out new things, experiment…

Can you see what is special about those cables ?


It is a mix of reversible stitches like garter stitch and ribbing, of cable knitting and a few aspects from double knitting.

There is no wrong side or no right side. Both sides are showing the cables, but they are mirrored which makes them completely reversible.

There are two patterns: Reversible cabled scarf #1 is based on the same cable as the one used in ‘Evidemment‘. But I reworked it to be used as a reversible cable. It became long scarf with cabling on a garter stitch background on both sides !!

#1 is more difficult to execute than #2: it has right leaning and left leaning cables and they are both worked on right side rows only. What is the right side or the wrong side anyway 😉 – BTW it is good idea to add a removible stitch marker on the right side!!!

Cables to the left are trickier to work because you will need two cable needles.

A few more photos of #1

What you’ll need

Reversible scarf #1
Yardage will depend on length of the scarf
As pictured: ± 700 m / 770 yards of worsted weight yarn
4.5 mm (US 7) straight needles
two cable needles
tapestry needle
2 markers if you wish to place them between charts (optional)

Gauge
worsted weight or heavy DK weight
The gauge is not crucial but will affect the size of your scarf
gauge of the sample (unblocked): 26 sts and 28.5 rows in pattern = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

gauge of the sample (blocked and lengthwise stretched)
30 sts and 22 rows in pattern = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Size of the sample
at the given gauge (unblocked), width: ± 29 cm / 11½”, length: ± 150 cm / 59”
(blocked and lengthwise stretched), width: ± 25 cm / 9¾”, length: ± 188 cm / 74”

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This is Reversible cabled scarf #2 , a very long scarf with cables on a garter stitch background on both sides !!!

This one is easier than scarf #1 because it only uses cabling to the right… BUT the cabling occurs on Wrong sides too.

The pattern follows the charts as worked up in the sample. But you can switch between charts to make a shorter or longer scarf.
You could knit an easy scarf using only chart A throughout. Or you can start with chart A, work chart C and end with chart E skipping charts B and D.

What you’ll need
Reversible scarf #2
Yardage will depend on length of the scarf
As pictured: ± 800 m / 880 yards of DK weight yarn
4 mm (US 6) straight needles
cable needle
tapestry needle
6 markers if you wish to place them between cables (optional)

Gauge
DK weight
The gauge is not crucial but will affect the size of your scarf
gauge of the sample (unblocked): 27 sts and 30 rows in pattern = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Size
at the given gauge, width: ± 23.5 cm / 9¼”
length of the sample: ± 244 cm / 96”

The stitch patterns of both patterns are charted and fully written.

Tech edited by Sue-Cat

No more worries how to wear your cabled scarf, if the good side is up or not.

😀 😀 😀

Check out here and here

. . . Evidemment . . .

It all started when I tried out this beautiful cable pattern and made a little swatch.

I like it a lot, sure I will use this in a new design.

I already had a faint idea of what it should become. Years ago I had made some sketches for a special construction and I want to try it out. This looked like the right project for this mini swatch.

Changed the basic chart to make it a double cable which later on will undouble …

So here it is: a double cable pattern starting at with a provisional cast on at the center of the back neck.

After having worked the cable at a sufficient length, the provisional cast on is unzipped and the other side of the neck is worked.

Then the double cable splits forming the front cable bands and the bands on the sleeves.

Photo of the WIP: trying out the shape and length of the sleeves first.

Évidemment is an open front cardigan with drop shoulders, a beautiful cable pattern and some special details.

The cardigan has an easy shape and a loose fit, perfect to slip over your shirt on a chilly morning.

Couldn’t waste that cute little swatch. It is sewn on as a mini pocket.

Sizes
XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
finished measurements chest: 41.25 / 46 / 50.25 / 54 / 58.25 / 61.75 “ (105 / 117 / 128 / 137 / 148 / 157 cm)
Intended to be worn with lots of positive ease (20 to 50 cm / 8 to 20”).
The sample is size M worn with 36 cm / 14” of positive ease.

What you’ll need
fingering weight
± 1350/1550/1650/1760/1900/2030 m (1480/1700/1800/1950/2100/2220 yards)

3 mm (US 2½) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 2½) straight needles (optional)
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
cable needle
stitch holders or scrap yarn
3 markers

Gauge
28 sts and 41 rows in dot pattern with the larger needle and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Find out more here

. . . botanica . . .

Trying a new yarn, a very local one: Les moutons bruxellois.
The sheep are ‘zwartbles’ and the yarn is surprisingly soft and a very beautiful dark brown.
The second sheep is a bluefaced leicester 😀

This is how this collection started. I had 2 skeins of the zwartbles and one pair of gloves used exactly 1 skein. I had enough left for another pair…

with another flower, of course

And then, I couldn’t stop drawing and charting other flowers, 😀

another pair, this time as fingerless mits in another local and plant dyed yarn
I changed the dark color in the round where the flowerhead starts in the chart…

It gives this effect in the palm…
Another …
two pair of gloves and two pair of fingerless mitts …
Yet another flower… very tiny rounds on a very long needle
And another … Two more pairs of gloves
The whole collection: Botanica

I am ready for the cold …

Botanica is a pair of gloves or fingerless mittens knit seamlessly in the round from the cuff up to the fingers featuring a botanic illustration in stranded knitting.
The colorwork is charted only.


Choice between 6 different wildflower charts.

The gloves/mitts are fully charted per size and for left hand and right hand.
Tips on colorwork and stranded knitting included.

Sizes
S/M/L Finished measurement hand circumference: 18 / 19 / 21 cm (7 / 7½ / 8¼”)
to fit hand circumference: 18 to 19 cm /19 to 20 cm /20.5 to 22cm ( 7 to 7½ “ / 7½ to 7¾ “ / 8 to 8½ “)

What you’ll need
fingering weight
Dark color: ± 200 m / 220 yards
Light color: ± 100 m / 110 yards
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
3 markers
tapestry needle

Gauge
34.5 sts and 38 rows in stranded pattern = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”

Read more about it here, here and here

. . . fer forgé . . .

Let me present my new pattern to you… It has just been released.

Fer forgé, a cabled pattern inspired by a beautiful ironwork table.

This was my first tryout, but it looked a little too much to me… too many cables and bobbles … So I eliminated a few small cables and bobbles. Below is the new swatch.
I usually don’t know where the inspiration comes from, it just pops up, but this time I do 😀


The slightly oversized, cropped pullover is worked top down and seamlessly in the round.

It starts with the neckband, then a few short rows are worked to shape the back neck, the circular yoke is built up with cables and bobbles.


Similar cable patterns are added to the bottom sides …

and the sleeves…

Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXXL
finished measurements chest: 35½ / 39¼ / 43¼ / 46 / 50 / 52¾ / 57 “ (90 / 100 / 110 / 117 / 128 / 134 / 145 cm)
Intended to be worn with positive ease (5 to 20 cm / 2” to 8“). Model is wearing M with 16 cm / 6¼” positive ease.

What you’ll need
worsted weight
cropped version
± 900/1000/1050/1150/1250/1350/1400 m (1000/1100/1150/1250/1370/1470/1540 yards)
4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
4 mm (US 6) circular needle for the neckband
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle for the cuffs
8 markers

Gauge:
20.5 sts and 28 rows in stockinette stitch with the largest needle

Find out more here

. . . waterverf aka aquarelle . . .

I started this a while ago…

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The photo has the date: February 2018… ^^

I wanted to use up some stashed yarn. Hmmm, I think these colors work well together.

Started writing a pattern… But it took a year (or more) to finish the pattern, make photos, tech edit, testknit and finally publish it. But here it is: Waterverf aka Aquarelle.

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Aquarelle was its first name, but someone pointed out that a few days ago, another pattern with that name was published on Ravelry. I also found out there were more ‘Aquarelle’ patterns. Better to change the name, but not the idea behind it.

Mixing colors in slow or fast gradients just have the feel and look of watercolors being applied wet and blending together… So its name is now : Waterverf (Dutch for aquarelle)

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Do you have three, four or five matching fingering weight skeins in your stash?
Waterverf: a short-sleeved or long-sleeved tee, tunic or dress as long as your yarn and inspiration takes you.

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The pattern provides instructions for a tunic with elbow sleeves as the sample, but feel free to make body and/or sleeves shorter or longer as desired or as your yarn allows you.

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The shoulder and sleeve construction is an improved version of the one I use in a lot of my designs (inspired by the contiguous method of Susie Myers). I found a way to work them without breaking any yarn.

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Instructions are included to make slow or quick gradients.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 32, 35½, 36¾, 41¾ , 45¾, 51 “ (78.5, 87.5, 93.5, 105, 117.5, 130 cm)
Intended to be worn with a little positive ease at the high bust (take the measurement just under the armpits).
Best worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease.

Due to the nature of this sleeve inset you should choose the size closest to your high bust measurement (under the armpits). If you should want more ease, it is best to start with the numbers of the size closest to yours and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if necessary.

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
Yardage depends on length of body and sleeves, as pictured with elbow sleeves and tunic length: ± 1500, 1700, 1800, 2000, 2250, 2500 m (1650, 1900, 2000, 2200, 2450, 2750 yards)

3.25 mm (US 3) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3.5 mm (US 3) circular needle
4 mm (US 6 ) circular needle
6 markers
crochet hook for the provisional cast on
one button, diameter: ± 15 mm / 0.6”

Gauge
26.5 sts and 40 rows stockinette stitch with the smaller needle and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

See more ‘gorgeous’ versions of the testknitters (they all look different and unique) and find out more about it here

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. . . traces . . .

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Traces is kind of a pullover …
or a poncho with sleeves …

It started as an experiment in the center with a circular cast on like this:

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4.5 mm / US 7 needle and Aran weight and steadily growing.

wip is growing

First it is worked in the round with large celtic cables. When a sufficient length is reached, the panels are worked back and forth to shape the neckline.

wip cable growing

I had to perform some major surgery. The first panel I knit was too loose at the center creating some kind of bump in the middle. So, I snipped a stitch and undid one round.

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I ripped back the center and reknit it changing the charts a little and using a smaller needle size. Then I joined the two pieces using kitchener stitch.

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Front and back are joined at the shoulders knitting stitches together, but leaving the cables unjoined.

They are grafted later, giving the effect of the cables laying on top of the join.

shoulder seam
A few short rows are added at the beginning of the sleeves for a better fit. They are worked top down in the round.

Choice between two neck finishes: a small rolled neckband or a large turtle neck.

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A few more photos of the FO…

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What you’ll need
Aran weight
± 1100, 1200, 1350 m
(1200, 1320, 1480 yards)
If you make it with a turtle neck, you will need an additional 120 to 150 m / 130 to 160 yards.
one long 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle (minimum length 100 cm / 40”)
or three 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needles
two 4 mm (US 6) circular needles
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
cable needle
8 markers
crochet hook
scrap yarn

Gauge
stockinette stitch: 18 sts x 28 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”) with the larger needle

At this moment (february 26) the pattern contains only size M/L. S-petite and XL-tall are being testknit right now and will be added later (end of March 2020).

Check it out here to see more versions from the testknitters.

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. . . A Mazing pullovers . . .

I really like mosaic knitting. It is so easy; only one color is worked per row or round. Colors are switched every 2 rounds…

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But most of all they give quite special op-arty line drawings, especially when using large motifs, it is almost mesmerizing … So I really had to explore the possibilies and experiment with the technique.

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One pattern with two different mosaic panels and  two sleeve options to choose from.
Mix and match…

A Mazing pullovers are worked in two colors. First the front panel is worked bottom up followed by the back panel which is worked top down.

The pattern includes a choice between two different mosaic stitch patterns and two kinds of stripes for the sides.

This is the yellow pullover with striped sleeves:

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And this is the blue pullover with a slipped stitch variation on the sleeves:

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The top of both panels with the neckline and shoulder shaping is written out but the basic mosaic pattern is charted, no written instructions.

Stitches are picked up & knit along the center panel to work the sides. Here you can easily adapt the size by working more or less rows.

A few short rows at the shoulders and beginning of the sleeves assure a better fit. The sleeves are worked top down in the round.

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Finally the neckband is worked with an estonian braid and 2/2 corrugated ribbing.

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What you’ll need
Sport weight or light DK weight
Yarn choice is important.
For the best effect, choose a round, bouncy wool with a lot of stretch

D (darker color):
610/680/750/830/900/980 m (670/750/830/910/1000/1100 yards)
L (light color):
500/550/600/660/720/800 m (550 /600/660/720/800/880 yards)

3 mm (US 2½) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) straight needles or extra circular needle for the 3-needle bind off
crochet hook
4 markers
tapestry needle

Gauge
Stockinette stitch blocked
23 sts and 34 rows with the larger needle
= 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Slipped stitch variation blocked
25 sts and 38 rows with the larger needle
= 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Find out more about them here

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