. . . mirasol . . .

Mirasol, sunflower…

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Mirasol, a cute, little summer cardigan with a doubled collar, three quarter sleeves and small cable details at the fronts, the raglan shaping and the sides.

The colors remind me of sunflowers… hence the name.

The yarn is plantdyed by ‘bynightcreations‘. It is a fingering weight with tiny little sparkles in it: ByNight Dyes Twinkle

Dyed with ‘nerprun’: buckthorn in English, it gives these beautiful golden yellow / greens.

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And they look different everytime depending on the kind of light.

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Full sun… Look how they match the lichen on the beech tree… No wonder, they are plantdyed…

Mirasol is worked top down starting with the doubled collar. It is completely seamless.

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It is a classical cardigan…

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But with a twist 😉

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detail of the cables at the sides

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It can be made in only one color (it will look just as cute) or if you have some lonely matching skeins, like I had, you can make gradients (fades) as in the sample. The easiest way to do so is changing colors every two rows. But the gradient is much smoother if you alternate colors in every row as the sample. Instructions to do so are provided.

A few ‘inside’ photos

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and ‘outside’ …

The cardigan has 3/4 sleeves but body and sleeves can easily be lengthened as some of the testknitters did. BTW, the pattern has been tech edited en testknit.

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 35 / 37½ / 40 / 44½ / 48 / 51“ (89 / 96 / 102 / 114 / 122 / 130 cm)
Intended to be worn with some positive ease at the high bust (under the armpits: 4 to 8“ / 10 to 20 cm.
Model is wearing M with 6” / 15 cm of positive ease (at the high bust).

What you’ll need
± 1050/1130/1200/1350/1450/1550 m (1150/1250/1310/1500/1600/1700 yards) fingering weight /4 ply
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle and straight needles,
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle and straight needles,
cable needle,
11 buttons diameter 18 mm / ¾”
10 markers

Gauge
29 sts and 42 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Read more and see more versions from the testknitters here

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. . . Celtic hoodie . . .

More cabling … I am getting the taste of it …

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Two squares, two triangles and two tubes. Throw some cable patterns and some Celtic knots in and you get: a Celtic hoodie constructed in a special manner.

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It is worked top down and is completely seamless. First the hood is worked flat in one piece. When it is long enough stitches are cast on for the body which is basically a rectangle with a cabled texture.

The top of the body is folded to the front to form the shoulders. Next, the sleeves are worked in the round. Like this …

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This photo is without the hood because I started with a provisional cast on and added the hood later. But the pattern starts with the hood first.

Stitches are picked up along the hood and body to work a cabled edge that fluently flows in the Celtic knots at the fronts.

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It has been some kind of a puzzle to draw these Celtic knots continuously without a beginning and an end …

Well, there are two ends, I must admit, so it is more Celtic bits and ends, haha.

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The cables and celtic knits are charted and fully written out.
There are some special increases that are more rounded than usual: a photo tutorial for these special increases and decreases is included.

Lots of illustrations and schematics are added, everything you need is right there while you’re working. There is no need to search on the www.

Sizes
S-M / L-XL / XXL
finished measurements chest: 46½ / 52 / 56“ (120 / 132 / 144 cm)
Intended to be worn with lots of positive ease (20 to 50 cm / 8 to 20”). The sample is size S-M worn with 30 cm / 12” of positive ease.

What you’ll need
worsted weight / 10ply
Total yardage: ± 1350, 1500, 1650 m (1500, 1650, 1800 yards)

5 mm (US 8) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle
cable needle
5 markers

Gauge
19 sts and 26 rows in stitch pattern with the larger needle and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

Find out more here

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Bye, bye…

I think I will be using those Celtic cables again for something else … Stay tuned …

. . . cablino . . .

Next one is a hat with lots of cables: Cablino.

This one was lots of fun to sketch and watch those cables go smaller to shape the crown. It is often different from what you had in mind. But that makes it interesting.

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It looks like some kind of flower, doesn’t it ?

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It is worked bottom up and seamlessly in the round.

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There is only one size due to the complexity of the cable design. But it is easy to alter the stitch gauge and thus obtain other sizes. Notes about changing gauge and size are included.
The cables are charted and written.
It can be worked as a beanie or blocked to a beret.

one size see below for other sizes
to fit head circumference: 54 – 58 cm / 21¼ – 22¾ “
finished measurement at the brim (slightly stretched): 52 cm / 20½”
crown circumference (blocked on a plate): 78 cm / 30¾” (diameter 25 cm / 9¾”)
Blocking aggressively will get a larger diameter.
Without blocking it is a beanie.

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Top left is the unblocked beanie, the two other photos are the hat blocked to a beret.

What you’ll need
worsted / 10 ply
or you can use a fingering / 4 ply weight doubled
Yardage for the hat
± 210 m / 230 yards
(if you use fingering held double, you should double the yardage)
4 mm (US 6) circular needle
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle
cable needle
marker
tapestry needle

Gauge
23.5 sts and 32 rows of repeats of rows 1 to 24 of the cable stitch pattern, with the larger needle and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4”)

a note on gauge and size
For a larger head circumference you will need a larger needle and aran weight at a gauge of 22 sts and 30 rows.
The finished measurement at the brim is 55 cm / 21½” and fits a head of 57 to 61 cm / 22½” to 24”

For a smaller head circumference you will need a smaller needle and DK weight at a gauge of 25.5 sts and 35 rows.
The finished measurement at the brim will be 48 cm / 19” and fits a head of 50 to 54 cm / 19½” to 21¼”

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Check it out here

. . . fruit socks . . .

Harvest time …

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What is your favorite flavor?

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fruit socks

Bananas ?

Blueberries ?

Carrots ? not really a fruit, but sweet anyway

Cherries, maybe ?

with a slice of lemon ?

raspeberries or strawberries

Pick out your favorite fruit and yarn and knit a pair of socks.

If you really can’t make up your mind, why not wear a strawberry sock with a banana sock, or a raspberry sock with a cherry sock?

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lemon + bananas
If you have an excellent cook or a foodie in your family or friends, it might just be the perfect gift…

The socks are worked toe up with a heel flap and a short row heel.

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This pattern is only available in the e-book ‘fruit socks’. It contains a basic sock pattern and 7 fruity charts in 3 sizes (very possible that there will be other fruits added)
The fruits are charted only.

A photo tutorial is also included showing the special increases and decreases that are used to shape the fruits.

Sizes
S/M/L to fit foot circumference: 19.5 / 22 / 25 cm
7½ / 8¾ / 10 “
Finished height = ± 16 to 22 cm / 6 to 8½” as desired

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
± 280 to 320 m / 300 to 350 yards

2.25 mm (US 1) circular needle or 5 double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
cable needle
tapestry needle

Gauge
32 sts and 45 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

 

Find out more here.