. . . bloX and triX . . .

Today bloX and triX are out. Two large, reversible, extra soft and squishy shawls with a generous size and ‘syncopated’ brioche stitch patterns.

this is bloX

bloX is – as its name says – made of 2-color blocks. It is worked sideways and it has a triangular shape.

A schematic is included to play with color and bloX and make up your own bloX design.

The brioche stitch patterns are written out (no charts).

Size: as pictured with a sport weight yarn / 5 ply and 3.5 mm (US 3) needles: wingspan : ± 175 cm /69” and depth : ± 77 cm / 30”

What you’ll need
as pictured
sport / 5 ply
An equal amount of both colors (A and B)
each: ± 700 m / 770 yards
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) 2 double pointed needles for the I-cord cast on and bind off (optional)
tapestry needle
3 stitch markers

 

and this is triX

with triangular shapes. It is also worked sideways and it has a large V- or boomerang shape. The sample is knit with a DK weight but it can easily be knit in a lighter yarn weight with the same needle size or a smaller size. It will give a lightweight, summery and airy shawl, but it will be smaller. That should be no problem because one can add a motif or add stitches to the motifs to make them larger.

Size with DK weight and 4mm / US 6 needles at the given gauge, wingspan = ± 180 cm / 71”, depth: ± 50 cm / 9½”
With a lace weight or fingering weight it will be much smaller but it can easily be altered adding more stitches per motif or adding motifs.

What you’ll need
as pictured: DK / 8 ply
An equal amount of both colors (A and B)
each: ± 550 m / 600 yards
4 mm (US 6) circular needle
4 mm (US 6) 2 double pointed needles for the I-cord cast on and bind off (optional)
6 to 12 markers
tapestry needle

Gauge: is not crucial but will affect the width and length of your shawl
gauge of the sample (unblocked)
18 sts and 22 rows (1 row is once worked in color A and once in color B) in brioche stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check bloX out here and triX here

. . . never say never . . .

About a year ago I told a friend I would never, ever knit socks. Maybe I could try to knit one pair … But then after that one pair I would never do it again … swear.

Now – a few socks later – I am getting obsessed by socks, haha.

‘Never say never’ has been published today.

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These socks are knit toe up with stripes at the toes, heel and ribbing. The instep and leg have a cute little stitch pattern with nearly perfectly round holes. The heel is worked with short rows (instructions included) Tutorials to work the increases are also included.

Sizes
S / M / L to fit foot circumference: 19.5 / 22 / 24.5 cm (7.5 / 8.5 / 9.5 “)

Foot length: EUR 36 / 37, 38 / 39, 40 / 41
US 5 / 5.5, 6.5 / 7, 8 / 9
UK 3.5 / 4, 5 / 5.5, 6.5 / 7.5

Finished height = ± 22 cm / 8½”

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
MC (main color): ± 270 m / 300 yards
CC (contrasting color): a few rests of sock yarn

2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
or 5 double pointed needles

tapestry needle

Check it out here

. . . yin yang dance . . .

Cables, eyelets, lace mesh, skinny sleeves, an unusual construction …
One of my test knitters came up with the name and it’s perfect, thank you, Sue …

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It all starts with a loop … an I-cord loop (see back of the pullover)continue-i-cord

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Yin yang dance is a modern, slightly oversized pullover with skinny sleeves.
After having worked the I-cord and the loop, stitches are picked up & knit to work the yoke and sleeves sideways in 3/1 rib later changing to 1/1 rib for the cuffs.

Then, stitches are picked up & knit to work the body top down with a cable and lace motif at the front. The motif is charted and written.

Two more small cable motifs finish the high-low hems at the sides and the sleeve cuffs.

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One of the test knitters made a variation of the front motif. She made a new chart for it. It is added on an extra page at the end. Thank you, Kate, (GardenKate on Ravelry)
Also thank you, Sue, (Sue-Cat on ravelry) who came up with the name.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL  finished measurements: 32¼, 36¼, 39½, 43½, 47¼, 50½ “ (82, 92, 100, 110, 120, 128 cm)
Intended to be worn with 6 to 15 cm / 2½ to 6 “ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
± 1000/1100/1150/1250/1350/1450 m (1100/1200/1250/1350/1450/1600 yards) dk / 8ply weight
4 mm (US 6) circular needle and 2 double pointed needles
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3 markers

Gauge
20 sts and 28 rows stockinette
= 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here

how to … pompom and Co #1 …

Pompoms, tassels, curls …. even so many possibilities to finish a hat, scarf or shawl and give it a special touch. Even a dull colored hat can change dramatically depending on the pompom, its color or other embellishments.

How to make a pompom

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Copy the circle below on a piece of cardboard and cut it out. Cut a 2nd one too. You need to make the circle a little larger than you want your pompom to be. I made  cardboard circles with a diameter of  8 cm / 3”. The pompom will be 8 cm / 3 ” – or less depending on how much yarn you will cut away to even it.

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Hold the 2 cardboard circles together with the slits at the same side.

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Wind the yarn all over the           Use different colors if you         The more you wind the
cardboards.                                  like.                                               fuller the pompom.
                                

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Starting at one of the slit
          Take care not to lose any       Cut a piece of yarn 
ends of the circle, slide your      yarn, so hold the middle        (± 20 cm / 8”) and 
scissors in between the two       area of the circle firmly.         slide it in between
cardboard layers and cut                                                            the cardboard layers and
through all the yarn wrapped                                                    tie very tightly.
around the top. 

                      
Remove the cardboard circles and even the pompom with scissors.

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A pompom can be made with anything yarn-like. Fun-fur, Fantasy yarn, Eyelash yarn, Novelty yarn: it has lot of names. I had some balls of that fun-fur in my stash for years and finally found a use for it.

How to make a fun-fur pompom

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If you tried to make a pompom in the usual way with cardboard and sciccors (see above) you will see that making a pompom in Fun-fur is even easier. No need for cardboard and scissors at all.

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funfur1         funfur2
Wind the fun-fur around                  When it is thick enough, 
your fingers.                                       break the yarn.
                                

funfur3         funfur4
Cut a piece of matching                   (it doesn’t really look like a 

cotton or wool and tie it very          pompom now). Gently pull
tightly in the middle.                        out the fur with your fingers 
(Notice that I used the fun-              to give it the fluffy look.
fur to tie, but it’s better to
use a smooth yarn for this,
believe me)

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Ready to attach to your hat or scarf or to anything you like.

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BTW: this is my latest pattern: Prpl rain is a set containing a beanie and a long, vintage-like, narrow scarf, both with a very easy stitch pattern that is very useful to use with variegated yarns. It effectively breaks up the ‘pooling’ in these gorgeous skeins by the use of lots of yarn overs. It equally looks good in solid or semi-solids.

Check it out here

Next time more on this and these

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. . . lavandula . . .

Gone live today on Ravelry: my latest design: Lavandula

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It is an open front cardigan with a lace collar, large cozy pockets and the same lace on the hem and cuffs.

It can easily be altered to have buttons and buttonholes. The body is worked flat, top down and seamlessly in one piece. The shoulders and sleeve inset are worked using the contiguous method of Susie Myers.

The sleeves are worked top down and in the round ending with the same lace pattern on the cuffs. An incorporated I-cord edges the lace pattern all along. Off the needles and ready to wear apart from a few stitches to sew down the pockets at the inside.

 

I used Cascade Superwash to knit the sample. It grew and grew. Superwash, I should have known. It’s a bit long. But I think I like it long. it will be so cozy for colder weather 🙂

This is how it looked like. I like it but it is also quite heavy.

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I finally removed one pattern repeat and now the length is much better. To do so I cut the thread in the 4 rows without lace pattern, undid one row in the same manner as I did with the afterthought pockets (see this post ) and frogged 27 more rows leaving me with 2 pieces: a top and a bottom piece with live stitches. I then grafted both sides together using the kitchener stitch.

Available for size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 32 / 35 / 39¾ / 44½ / 48¾ / 53½ “(81 / 89 / 101 / 113 / 124 / 136 cm)

Intended to be worn with 6 to 15 cm / 2½ to 6 “ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
± 1100/1200/1360/1550/1700/1850 m (1200/1320/1480/1700/1850/2000 yards) worsted /10 ply weight
4 mm (US 6) circular needle and straight needles (if you prefer)
markers: it is best to use 2 different kind of markers:
· 4 markers to use in the lace pattern (m’s)
· 4 markers to mark the sleeves (M1 to M4)

Gauge: 19,5 sts and 27 rows in stockinette stitch

Check it out here

. . . B&W aka boomerang . . .

I made a large shawl, a wrap in brioche stitch… actually it are four different brioche stitch patterns…

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B&W aka boomerang is a large, reversible, extra soft, boomerang-shaped shawl with four different brioche stitch patterns. It is worked bottom up and starts with an I-cord, stitches are picked up & knit to start working two of the brioche stitch patterns. From here the shawl has an incorporated I-cord edge and the two stitch patterns at both sides are started.

The brioche stitch patterns are charted and written.

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Size is easily adaptable
as pictured: wingspan = ± 200 cm / 78”
depth at the largest tip: ± 56 cm / 22”

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
Yardage depends on size of the shawl
As pictured
Color A (off white in the sample)
± 600 m / 660 yards
Color B (black in the sample)
± 650 m / 720 yards

3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
4 mm (US 6) 2 double pointed needles for the I-cord cast on and bind off
tapestry needle
3 markers

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Gauge
Gauge is not crucial but will affect the width of your shawl

gauge of the sample (unblocked)
22 sts and 24 ridges (or 48 rows) in garter stitch
22 sts and 28 rows (1 row is A+B) in brioche stitch

Check it out here

. . . mont blanc . . .

Now that autumn is around the corner it is time to present a pattern to you that I made a while ago, but never showed. I called it ‘mont blanc’ as the colorway I used for it. the yarn is Wollmeise DK in the so called colorway.mont blanc mod 7

The design grew as I was knitting it (top down, of course). The only element that I was sure of is the deep cabled V-neck that starts at the back.

Cropped or longer ? I like it cropped as some kind of sleeveless vest bot longer is maybe better.

WIPmont blanc mod 9

Sleeveless ?

or sleeves ? and what kind of sleeves ?

I decided for skinny ribbed sleeves. What do you think ?

A pic of the back 🙂

mont blanc mod 4

One could even make a cardigan of it (instructions included in the pattern) I don’t have pics to share. I am more of a pullover gal.

Mont blanc is a sleeveless vest … or a pullover with fitted sleeves … or a cardigan … all with a large V-neck and a gentle A-line. The cable panel is first worked bottom up at the back. Then stitches are cast on to work the sleeve caps and from here on, mont blanc is worked top down …

Sizes
Available for size: XS, S/M, M/L, L/XL and XXL
finished measurements: 36½, 42, 46½, 50, 54 “ (93, 108, 118, 128, 137 cm)
Mont blanc is intended to be worn with lots of positive ease: 15 to 25 cm / 6 to 10”
Model is wearing the M/L size with 26 cm / 10 “ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
DK weight / 8ply
Yardage pullover without sleeves
± 900, 1000, 1100, 1250, 1450 m (990, 1100, 1200, 1360, 1600 yards)
Long sleeves
Add ± 200 to 300 m / 220 to 330 yards
If you make a cardigan you might need a little more.

4 mm (US 6) circular needle and straight needles or size to obtain gauge
3.5 mm (US 4 circular needle
8 markers

Gauge
20 sts and 30 rows stockinette with
the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here