. . . hallerbos . . .

I was reknitting  the neckband on a beautiful sunny spring day in the garden. There were lots of bluebells under the three large trees and they were in full flower. When I saw that color, it was like a perfect match with the color of my yarn. That’s how it got its name. I adore that color. Wollmeise Pure – of course, who else –  in colorway ‘Taube’.

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Hallerbos is famous for its fields of bluebells under the birch trees. People come in large numbers to see it when they are flowering in spring.

 

Hallerbos: a memory of bluebells in the spring, a cute stitch pattern, a special but very easy construction. It is the perfect little summer pullover for chilly mornings or evenings.

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BTW Do you recognize this stitch pattern ?

hallerbos stitch pattern

It is the same one I used in the ‘never say never’ socks.

Hallerbos is worked seamlessly in pieces. First the front and back are worked bottom up with that cute stitch pattern. Then stitches are picked up & knit to work the sides sideways and back and forth. Increases and decreases shape the high-low hem and a few short rows are added for a perfect fit around the shoulders. The sides are closed using a 3 needle bind off and from here the sleeves are worked top down in the round. Finally stitches are picked up around the neck-line to work the neck band.

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Instructions for short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves are included.

As with all my patterns lots of schematics and photos that illustrate all techniques used.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements: 30¾, 34½, 38½, 43, 46½, 50½ “ (78, 88, 98, 107, 118, 128 cm)

What you’ll need
± 950/1120/1250/1380/1520/1650 m (1050/1220/1370/1500/1670/1800 yards) fingering / 4ply weight

two 3 mm (US 2½) circular needles, or one 3 mm (US 2½) circular needle and one straight needle, 3 mm straight needles (optional)
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
4 markers

Gauge
26 sts and 40 rows stockinette stitch with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)
28 sts and 48 rows in stitch pattern with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

 

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… afterthought pockets …

Recently I knit a cardigan for my friend in a classic navy-blue. But than I found something was missing and added some color at the ribbing, buttonbands and neck.

I also wished I had made pockets (a little late, I know, the cardi was finished) as I know he likes to have some storage room for I-pod, mobile phone, glasses etc…

So this is how I did it and how you can do it, even in store bought pullovers or cardigans:

Decide where you want your pocket and how many stitches wide
your pocket needs to be. Mark the edges with stitch markers.

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Choose the row where you would like the pocket opening.
Cut a stitch in the middle of the pocket width.

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Pull out the yarn of the row you cut, in both directions until you reach the stitch markers at the ends.

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You now have two rows of live stitches (at the top and the bottom of the opening)
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Don’t break the yarn tails left over—you can use them later to close any holes or to stabilize the corners.

Slip the stitches of the upper row and the lower row to a circular needle.
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And work the pocket in the round to desired length. (Make it a little shorter than needed, because the fabric will stretch in use)

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Bind off all the stitches using the 3 needle bind-off.

Hold the needle tips with the stitches of the pocket together.
With a 3rd needle knit 1 stitch from front needle together with a stitch of the back needle, knit the following stitch of front needle together with next stitch of back needle.
Insert one of the left needles into the first stitch on the right (3rd) needle, pass the first stitch on the right needle over the second stitch and off the needle. (This is the normal way of binding off).
Continue binding off stitches to the end.

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And with some buttons (also afterthought) it just looks right.
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A few more pics here on Ravelry