. . . 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

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… crazy … stripes … or just a little …

Let me present 2 other patterns based on the cardigan in the previous post: stripes gone crazy.

When finally the pattern for the cardigan was written, tested and approved, I took a little break. But soon the idea came to try to get those crazy stripes on the front too. The idea for a tee was born. I thought it should be easy to write and grade that because it were the same stripes as on the back of the cardi, but it was more challenging than expected – again -. Bias knitting does weird things to the fabric.

Here is the result: crazy stripes tee

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It is the first time I use Wollmeise and I am ‘sold’. This is wonderful, very good quality yarn in extremely rich and deep colors. I used the Twin quality in colorway ‘Zarte Knospe’ and ‘Meilenstein’ as the 2 main colors. I also threw in some yellow and white from my stash to add some variation.

One side

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and the other

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A few more pics

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Again the testers made some real beauties. Go and check them out here if you get the chance, everyone’s ‘crazy stripes’ is oh so different.

Crazy stripes tee is a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece.
The sleeve inset is inspired by Susie Myers’ contiguous sleeve inset, but the start is a little different. Starting with shaping the back and shoulders, stitches are picked up for the front and sleeves and are worked following the contiguous sleeve method, developed by Susie Myers.
The stripes going from small to large stripes are shaped by working short rows.
Can be worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease.
Due to the nature of the contiguous sleeve inset, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to your high bust measurement and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if you should want more ease.

The pattern is written for 2 colors (main color: MC and contrasting color: CC) but the idea is to add some other matching or contrasting colors for the stripes. Let’s have some fun … Let’s make it crazy …

Available sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL: finished measurements: 28, 31.5, 35.5, 38.5, 44, 48.5” (71, 80, 90, 98, 111, 123 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
MC (grey in the model): ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)
CC yellow-green in the model): ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)
A few leftovers in matching colors (optional)

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 3) circular needle
6 markers

Gauge
24 sts and 35 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here

This pattern is available for €6.20 EUR

….

… not so crazy …

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The fit on the shoulder is so nice that I decided to write another pattern – with stripes but less crazy -. In fact, if one would leave out the stripes, this is a pattern for a very basic tee worked top down and seamlessly in the round.
The sleeve inset is based on Susie Myers’ contiguous method, but the shoulder is constructed in a quite ‘old fashioned’ manner: it is called – if I am not mistaking – fully fashioned.
Wollmeise again, but in ‘Pure’ in colorway Fliederbusch – wow, what a color – and one of their multicolored skeins: Spice Market.
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This is really my new favorite tee.
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not so crazy stripes tee is a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece, a little less crazy than her sister (see top of this post). The stripes going from small to large stripes are shaped by working short rows.
The sleeve inset is the same one used in the other crazy tees.
Can be worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease. Due to the nature of the contiguous sleeve inset, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to your high bust measurement and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if you should want more ease.

Available sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL: finished measurements: 28, 31.5, 35.5, 38.5, 44, 48.5” (71, 80, 90, 98, 111, 123 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
MC (purple) ± 450, 510, 550, 600, 670, 750 m (500, 560, 610, 670, 740, 820 yards)
CC (brownish) ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 3) circular needle
6 markers

Gauge
24 sts and 35 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here
This pattern is available for €6.20 EUR
Both patterns together with the pattern for the stripes gone crazy cardigan are bundled in an e-book ‘crazy stripes‘ for €11.50 EUR

… 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.

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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.

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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.

… Miss boule … or sans boule …

And another project finished and approved 🙂 Miss boule sans boule is the name. If there is a Miss boule sans boule, maybe there is a Miss avec (with) boule ? ? ?

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Miss boule sans boule (a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece).
I started with shaping the back and shoulders, then I picked stitches for the front and sleeves and the yoke and sleeves are worked following the contiguous sleeve method, developed by Susie Myers.

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A decorative ribbing with slipped stitches and eyelets at the hem, neck and sleeves.

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. . . O tee . . .

Oh a new tee : O tee

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O tee is a color block tee (ideal to use up my stash) with some whimsical details.

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It is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down with a contiguous sleeve inset although the shoulder construction is a bit different. I made the back longer than the front. An I used an I-cord edging at the neck, the circular opening and sleeves in the smae contrasting color for the separation between the color blocks.

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