. . . 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 😉


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

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

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

more info here



. . . 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

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 #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.

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

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

Check it out here

. . . greenhouse knits . . .

The first spring green …greenhouse hat +- This is the first pattern from the greenhouse knits e-book.

Variations on a theme and a color scheme: subtle, tender green leaves growing and climbing up or down … a sock, a hat, a cardigan …

greenhouse knits

The e-book will consist of at least 8 patterns, (probably 9) that will be released one after another during spring months with the last pattern in June. Two different hats, a pair of socks, long fingerless mitts, a cardigan, a tunic, a shawl and/or scarf and a pattern for small individual leaves to use as decoration or for knitwear embellishments. leaf 2

Greenhouse knits is already available at a discounted pre-release price. The price will go up with every released pattern until all patterns have been released. Than it will be at its full price of 22 euros.

Greenhouse knits #1: a hat worked bottom up with subtle leaves growing from the brim in twisted stitches. (no cabling). It starts with a rather clever and non-fiddly way to make a neat tubular cast on. The leaves are both charted and written out.

hat 1-hat + leaves-

Sizes: available for size : S-M and L
head circumference: 52-57 cm / 58-63 cm (20½-22½” / 22¾-25”)

22 sts and 32 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”) with the larger needle

What you’ll need
DK / 8 ply
± 140 m / 155 yards
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
4 mm (US 6) circular needle

crochet hook for the provisional cast on
tapestry needle
6 markers

Check it out here

… FF backward …

The following pullover was very fun to design and make (I made two of them and am really tempted to make some more). The idea came after I met a fellow knitter and we discussed boxy-style sweaters (straight sleeve inset or more fluid like batwing sleeves). We also swapped some yarn. She gave me some wonderful green colors, that I usually don’t buy so easily. The next morning – between wake and sleep – a strong image came to me – in the swapped colors and with several elements we had been discussing.

Here it is: FF backward°


Aren’t these so very happy colors ?

ipop1- ipop3-

° Why is it called FF backward, anyway ?



The colors are Zarte Knospe at the front, Grünfink at the back, stripes are Natur and Maus Alt, all Wollmeise Twin.
And here is the 2nd one I made. I had a lovely skein of Wollmeise Twin (again), colorway Brombeere, that would match up so well with the TML Georgia O’Keefe for the back with some bright orange accents (WM Twin mohrchen). I used the entire skein of Brombeere at the front, nothing is left.

FF with dots 3

FF with dots FF with dots backFF with dots 7

FF with dots 6FF with dots 4

FF backward is a modern oversized pullover with fitted sleeves. The construction is very simple. It’s basic shape gives a lot of possibilities for striping or other colorwork motifs. Think 3 or more contrasting or matching colors, one for the back, one for the front and 2 for the sleeves and edgings… or large stripes on the back, small stripes at the front or vice versa… And what about real fair-isle colorwork at the front… Or a real lace panel at the back and a plain front…
Just take a look at all the gorgeous FO’s from the testers and you will see that the possibilities are endless.

Included in the pattern are 2 examples of edges: a small chart for the stripes, one for the dots and also a black and white outline drawing to start experimenting with colors and edge patterns.

FF with dots 5

The side seams are sewn. Stitches are picked up for the sleeves and they are worked top down, seamlessly in the round.
The back and front can be worked in one piece or in separate pieces. Both options are included in the pattern.

°° FF backward >>> comes from a way of shaping the shoulders often used in man’s sweaters. It is called ‘fully fashioned’: the shoulder line of the front is in a right angle and the shoulder line at the back is slanted. And in this design I used that idea backward >>> FF backward.

Sizes available
finished measurements chest: 52, 55, 64.5, 72.5” (132, 140, 164, 184 cm)
As this is an oversized pullover it fits many sizes
More important is the arm circumference (at the elbow): 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.75 “ (22, 24, 27, 30 cm)

What you’ll need
It’s best to choose a yarn with some drape.
fingering / 4ply
MCfront (main color front: yellow in the model): ± 430/460/510/580 m (470/500/560/635 yards)

MCback (main color back: green in the model) : ± 520/560/630/710 m (570/610/690/780 yards)

leftovers in fingering weight for the edgings and the sleeves
CC1 (contrasting color1: black in the model): ± 300 m (350 yards)
CC2 (contrasting color1: white in the model): ± 100 m (110 yards)

3,5 mm (US 4) straight needles
3 mm (US 3) straight needles for the ribbing
3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or double pointed needles for the sleeves
3 mm (US 3) circular needle or double pointed needles for the sleeve ribbing
2 marker
tapestry needle

25 sts and 34 rows stockinette
= 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Coz I’m happy

FF with dots 2-

… 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.

3in1 mod2

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.