. . . waterverf aka aquarelle . . .

I started this a while ago…

aquarelle WIP--

The photo has the date: February 2018… ^^

I wanted to use up some stashed yarn. Hmmm, I think these colors work well together.

Started writing a pattern… But it took a year (or more) to finish the pattern, make photos, tech edit, testknit and finally publish it. But here it is: Waterverf aka Aquarelle.

aquarelle IG mod

Aquarelle was its first name, but someone pointed out that a few days ago, another pattern with that name was published on Ravelry. I also found out there were more ‘Aquarelle’ patterns. Better to change the name, but not the idea behind it.

Mixing colors in slow or fast gradients just have the feel and look of watercolors being applied wet and blending together… So its name is now : Waterverf (Dutch for aquarelle)

aquarel swirl-

Do you have three, four or five matching fingering weight skeins in your stash?
Waterverf: a short-sleeved or long-sleeved tee, tunic or dress as long as your yarn and inspiration takes you.

aquarel mod 1

The pattern provides instructions for a tunic with elbow sleeves as the sample, but feel free to make body and/or sleeves shorter or longer as desired or as your yarn allows you.

Schermafbeelding 2020-06-17 om 12.42.10

The shoulder and sleeve construction is an improved version of the one I use in a lot of my designs (inspired by the contiguous method of Susie Myers). I found a way to work them without breaking any yarn.

aquarel mod 5detdet

aquarel mod 3-

Instructions are included to make slow or quick gradients.

XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 32, 35½, 36¾, 41¾ , 45¾, 51 “ (78.5, 87.5, 93.5, 105, 117.5, 130 cm)
Intended to be worn with a little positive ease at the high bust (take the measurement just under the armpits).
Best worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease.

Due to the nature of this sleeve inset you should choose the size closest to your high bust measurement (under the armpits). If you should want more ease, it is best to start with the numbers of the size closest to yours and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if necessary.

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
Yardage depends on length of body and sleeves, as pictured with elbow sleeves and tunic length: ± 1500, 1700, 1800, 2000, 2250, 2500 m (1650, 1900, 2000, 2200, 2450, 2750 yards)

3.25 mm (US 3) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3.5 mm (US 3) circular needle
4 mm (US 6 ) circular needle
6 markers
crochet hook for the provisional cast on
one button, diameter: ± 15 mm / 0.6”

26.5 sts and 40 rows stockinette stitch with the smaller needle and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

See more ‘gorgeous’ versions of the testknitters (they all look different and unique) and find out more about it here


. . . traces . . .

teaser 2+

Traces is kind of a pullover …
or a poncho with sleeves …

It started as an experiment in the center with a circular cast on like this:

wednesday WIP square

4.5 mm / US 7 needle and Aran weight and steadily growing.

wip is growing

First it is worked in the round with large celtic cables. When a sufficient length is reached, the panels are worked back and forth to shape the neckline.

wip cable growing

I had to perform some major surgery. The first panel I knit was too loose at the center creating some kind of bump in the middle. So, I snipped a stitch and undid one round.

hole carre

I ripped back the center and reknit it changing the charts a little and using a smaller needle size. Then I joined the two pieces using kitchener stitch.


Front and back are joined at the shoulders knitting stitches together, but leaving the cables unjoined.

They are grafted later, giving the effect of the cables laying on top of the join.

shoulder seam
A few short rows are added at the beginning of the sleeves for a better fit. They are worked top down in the round.

Choice between two neck finishes: a small rolled neckband or a large turtle neck.


A few more photos of the FO…


center mod

What you’ll need
Aran weight
± 1100, 1200, 1350 m
(1200, 1320, 1480 yards)
If you make it with a turtle neck, you will need an additional 120 to 150 m / 130 to 160 yards.
one long 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle (minimum length 100 cm / 40”)
or three 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needles
two 4 mm (US 6) circular needles
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
cable needle
8 markers
crochet hook
scrap yarn

stockinette stitch: 18 sts x 28 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”) with the larger needle

At this moment (february 26) the pattern contains only size M/L. S-petite and XL-tall are being testknit right now and will be added later (end of March 2020).

Check it out here to see more versions from the testknitters.

teaser 3

. . . A Mazing pullovers . . .

I really like mosaic knitting. It is so easy; only one color is worked per row or round. Colors are switched every 2 rounds…


But most of all they give quite special op-arty line drawings, especially when using large motifs, it is almost mesmerizing … So I really had to explore the possibilies and experiment with the technique.

_DSC5031 carre

One pattern with two different mosaic panels and  two sleeve options to choose from.
Mix and match…

A Mazing pullovers are worked in two colors. First the front panel is worked bottom up followed by the back panel which is worked top down.

The pattern includes a choice between two different mosaic stitch patterns and two kinds of stripes for the sides.

This is the yellow pullover with striped sleeves:

_DSC5093 -

And this is the blue pullover with a slipped stitch variation on the sleeves:

_DSC5031 carre

The top of both panels with the neckline and shoulder shaping is written out but the basic mosaic pattern is charted, no written instructions.

Stitches are picked up & knit along the center panel to work the sides. Here you can easily adapt the size by working more or less rows.

A few short rows at the shoulders and beginning of the sleeves assure a better fit. The sleeves are worked top down in the round.

arm in arm carre

Finally the neckband is worked with an estonian braid and 2/2 corrugated ribbing.

neckband yellow carre

What you’ll need
Sport weight or light DK weight
Yarn choice is important.
For the best effect, choose a round, bouncy wool with a lot of stretch

D (darker color):
610/680/750/830/900/980 m (670/750/830/910/1000/1100 yards)
L (light color):
500/550/600/660/720/800 m (550 /600/660/720/800/880 yards)

3 mm (US 2½) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) straight needles or extra circular needle for the 3-needle bind off
crochet hook
4 markers
tapestry needle

Stockinette stitch blocked
23 sts and 34 rows with the larger needle
= 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Slipped stitch variation blocked
25 sts and 38 rows with the larger needle
= 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Find out more about them here

_DSC5050 carre


. . . pythagoras’ new socks . . .

Pythagoras’ new socks are ready. The pattern has been published 😀

pythago's socks 2-

I first made this pair with two greys from Wolmeise Twin.

But then, I wanted to change some small details to the pattern and make a pair with the leftover yarn from pythagoras’ tee: some matching socks …

wip Pyth socks

Pythagoras’ socks are worked from the cuff down with a short row heel and a heel gusset.

pytha' socks mod 1

Special, cleverly placed increases following the colorwork pattern are worked in the heel gusset.

pytha' socks mod 4 detail

They disappear in the all over patterning and are ´almost’ invisible.

pytha' socks mod 7
The basic sock pattern is written out; the colorwork stitch pattern is charted only.

S / M / L to fit foot circumference: 20 / 22 / 24.5 cm (8 / 8½ / 9.5 “)
Length of foot and leg is adjustable.
Finished height as pictured = ± 23 cm / 9”.

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
D (dark color): ± 220 to 250 m / 240 to 275 yards
L (light color): ± 175 to 200 m / 190 to 220 yards
2.25 mm (US 1) circular needle or 5 double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
tapestry needle

fingering / 4 ply
34 sts and 43 rows in stranded knitting and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)
If you can’t reach gauge with the smaller needle and your color work is a bit tight, it is a good idea to go up a needle size.

More info here

Pythagoras’ outfit is now complete:

pythagoras' outfit

a hat, a beret, a pullover, a tee, a pair of fingerless mitts and socks…

. . . pythagoras’ tee . . .

Do you remember these ?

Pythagoras’ mitts, beret, hats and pullover. I can’t stop playing with these triangular shapes… They have something fascinating.

So now there is a new item in the collection: Pythagoras’ tee with triangles in stranded colorwork. I had this in my mind since I made the berets and the hats…

mod grimberg 2

It is so fun and interesting to try out different increases to make them as unnoticeable as possible…

_DSC4774 mod grimberg inv 2

I am quite enjoying stranded colorwork now, since I learned to knit with one color in each hand – and I am getting better and better in it. 😀

Gosh, I see a mistake in the photo above that I never noticed before 😉

puthago+hemd mod 2

Pythagoras’ tee is a cute, slightly oversized tee or pullover with a nearly invisible sleeve inset.
It is worked top down and seamlessly in one piece. The colorwork pattern is easy, it consists of light and dark stitches that form a mix of triangles (pythagoras !). Tips on colorwork and stranded knitting are included.

_DSC4780 mod grimberg inv

Special, cleverly placed increases are worked following the colorwork pattern and that makes them nearly invisible.

_DSC4789 mod grimberg pocket


Little striped pockets, a large hem with a checked pattern and a striped, turned hem finish the body.

The checked pattern gives the body a natural flare and a gentle A-line (no extra increases are worked).


A photo of the WIP (work in progress). It looks cute with short sleeves, doesn’t it ?

Not sure what I will do wih the sleeves. Short is cute, but I think I will get more wear of it has longer sleeves…

Short ?

Long ?

Both options are included: short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves at the same length as the body.

long or short

_DSC4803 mod grimberg 5

In the meantime, I am getting quite used to the different sleeves, haha.

XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 34½, 37, 41, 45, 50, 54 “ (88, 94, 105, 114, 127, 138 cm)

Intended to be worn with some positive ease (6 to 15 cm / 2½ to 6 “) at the high bust (under the armpits).
The sample is size M worn with 16 cm / 6¼” of positive ease at the high bust.

What you’ll need
fingering weight
Total yardage for the short sleeved tee: ± 1250, 1380, 1500, 1600, 1800, 1950 m (1370, 1500, 1650, 1750, 2000, 2150 yards)
Half of each color (D and L)
If you add 3/4 sleeves, you will need about 200 m / 220 yards more per color.

3 mm (US 2½) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
two 3 mm (US 2½) double pointed needles or straight needles
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
crochet hook
6 markers
tapestry needle

29 sts and 34.5 rows in stranded stitch pattern = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

The pattern has been tech edited by Sue-Cat on Ravelry.

Check it out here

All pythagoras’ patterns are bundeled in one e-book: Pythagoras

I think Pythagoras needs a pair of new socks too…



. . . mosaiX scarf . . .

Published today: mosaiX scarf – or wrap, because it is quite large – that goes with the mosaiX hats from a previous post.

_DSC4592-carreIt combines two well known knitting techniques: mosaic knitting and entrelac knitting which makes it quite unique. (Well, that is what I like: combining, experimenting and see if and how it works 😉


Here is a detail of the texture it makes mixing both techniques.

mosaic scarf mod 4

The **mosaiX scarf** is worked in entrelac with squares in a mosaic stitch pattern. It is the same mosaic square throughout but there are some variations that can be used, if you should get bored.

mosaiX scarf grimb
It looks more difficult than it is. Only one color is worked per row, the advantage of ‘mosaic knitting’: only the stitches in the working color are knit, the others are just slipped.

_DSC4583 scarf carre

The scarf is finished with an I-cord all around and two large pompoms, one on each side.


I made two large pompoms, the diameter is about 13 cm

Here are some ideas how to make pompoms, or tassels

The basic mosaic stitch pattern is charted and fully written out. The variations of the basic chart are charted only.

one size but easily adjustable in length
at the given gauge, width: ± 40 cm / 16”
length: ± 186 cm / 73½” from point to point


What you’ll need
DK weight: yardage will depend on length of the scarf
As pictured (without the pompoms):
D: (dark color) ± 570 m / 625 yards
L: (light color) ± 500 m / 550 yards
4 mm (US 6) straight needles
two 4 mm (US 6) double pointed needles to work the final I-cord
tapestry needle
4 markers if you wish to place them between the squares (optional)

The gauge is not crucial but will affect the size of your scarf / wrap.
garter stitch (unblocked): 20 sts and 10 ridges (= 20 rows) = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)



MosaiX scarf is available as a stand alone pattern or in an e-book together with the mosaiX hats from a previous post: mosaiX.

. . . A walk in the fields . . .

Ha, a new pattern and I am particularly happy with this one.

montage carre

I knitted these socks (photo below) two years ago with a very nice stitch pattern. Color is lovely too.

But … it is missing something.

It is a little too dull to my taste, it needs some punch and spices…

Then suddenly I had a lightbulb moment…

I made a little swatch to check if my idea would work … Drew a little chart …

mini swatch-And finally frogged !!! the top of the socks (luckily they are knit toe up ;-), and reknitted the top and the cuff.

flower 3

Much better now, don’t you think ?
A little bit of cabling and a little bit of colorwork  slightly_smiling_face


Me definitely loves them.


They make me smile and think of summer …

The socks are worked toe up with a reinforced heel flap and a short row heel. The foot and leg feature a cabled ‘stem and leaves’ stitch pattern.

The small cables can be worked with or without a cable needle. Instructions for both methods are given. The ‘stem and leaves’ pattern and the ‘flowers’ are charted and fully written.duplicate st
The 3rd color in the flowers’ hearts is added using duplicate stitch. Tips on colorwork and duplicate stitch included.

S/M/L to fit foot circumference: 20 / 22 / 24.5 cm (8 / 8½ / 9.5 “ )
Length of foot and leg is adjustable.
Finished height as pictured = ± 23 cm / 9”.

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
MC: ± 280 to 320 m / 300 to 350 yards
CC1 and CC2: small rests of fingering weight
2.25 mm (US 1) circular needle or 5 double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle or double pointed needles for the colorwork
tapestry needle

32 sts and 48 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

See more here


. . . mosaiX hats . . .

It is slowly getting colder, it is almost hat time…

4 hatsB

A new pattern release this month: mosaiX hats, one hat, four different stitch patterns.

This is mosaiX hat #1,



mosaiX hat #2,



mosaiX hat #3,



and #4


MosaiX hats are worked bottom up starting with a clever tubular cast on.

They are worked in mosaic knitting: only 1 color is worked per round: the stitches in the working color are knit (or purled) and the stitches in the other color are slipped.Very easy colorwork 😉

Pretty, well thought decreases shape the crown and form some surprising line drawings on top of the hat.

You don’t need to print all the pages, just the one you want to make and the instructions you prefer: chart, or written instructions. Both are provided.

one size
to fit head circumference: 54 – 60 cm / 21¼ – 23½ “
finished measurement at the brim: 50 to 52 cm / 19¾” to 20½”
finished height: ± 19 cm / 7½”

What you’ll need
DK weight
L (light color): ± 90 m / 100 yards
D (dark color): ± 90 m / 100 yards
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle or double pointed needles
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle or double pointed needles and straight needles (optional)
4 mm (US 6) straight needle for the tubular cast on
crochet hook
3 to 6 markers
tapestry needle

The mosaic stitch pattern is variable in width and height due to the slipped stitches. It has a lot of stretch in both directions making it fit most head circumferences. Garter stitch
24 sts and 46 rows (23 ridges) = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)
with the medium needle (3.5 mm / US 4)

Read more and see more examples from the testknitters here

Next up will be the mosaiX scarf, stay tuned …_DSC4548-carre

. . . magic loops . . .

detail 1 carre

This is such a fun, little project 😀

A quick knit to work up all kind of little rests. It doesn’t take a lot of yarn or time and weighs almost nothing.

Usually these kind of chains are made by knitting strips and sewing them to form rings.

two rings carre

With this method there are no ugly seams to close the rings, they are worked seamlessly and in the round.

_DSC4760 op bank 2

The pattern is written for magic loop, but it is possible to make them using double pointed needles, although I didn’t try that.

detail chains 2
Make a bunch of them in all your favorite colors or knit a large garland to decorate a wall.

op poort 1

They also makes quick, great gifts to your loved ones.

chains carre 3

The possibilities are endless.

op bank 4-
Use any yarn weight you find. The samples use different colors in sport weight and fingering weight and a 2.5 mm / US 1½ needle. The diameter of a ring in the sample is about 4 cm (1½”) and it uses only 3.5 m / 5½ to 3.8 yards.

chains carre
I made three necklaces in different lengths: the longest necklace measures 100 cm / 39½” and uses 31 rings, the medium one measures and uses 22 rings and the smallest one measures and uses 16 rings.

_DSC4763 op bank

_DSC4787 mod grimberg +collier2

_DSC4824in haar

Size: that is up to you

Gauge: not important

What you’ll need
any yarn weight: little rests in one or different colors.
One element in fingering weight uses between 3 and 4 m / 3¼ and 4½ yards of yarn. A heavier yarn weight uses a little more.

Circular needle in a size to match your yarn.
Work light fingering weight with a 2 mm or 2.25 mm / US 0 or 1 needle,
sport weight with a 2.5 mm / US 1½ needle (as the samples)
DK weight with a 3 mm / US 2½ needle, …

tapestry needle to weave in ends

Read more here


. . . fading mosaic . . .

A new pattern is up today: fading mosaic.


It is a modern tee or pullover featuring an overall mosaic stitch pattern – only one color is worked per row or round – and a gentle high-low hem.

fm B mod
It is seamlessly worked top down.

fm B mod4-detail neck

The slipped stitch bands that edge the sleeve opening and the V-neck are worked as you go, so there is no extra finishing to do. When it falls off the needles, it is ready to wear…

_DSC4648-neck detail-

Unless you want longer sleeves…

Several options are given: you can make a short sleeved, cropped summer tee in cotton with a ‘no finishing look’ bind off method, a longer pullover in wool for colder winter days with a hem and cuffs in corrugated ribbing, or you can make a mix of both.

And, you can – as most of the testers did – make a short sleeved version and wear it right away and add the sleeves later when it gets colder 😉

And let’s talk about yarn choice. What a difference a yarn makes …

The first one I made was a cropped summer version in cotton and short sleeved.

faded mosaic WIP

The D (dark color) is a variegated cotton with quite long color repeats. The lightest color is almost the same tint as the L (light color).

fading mosiac wip 3 It gives a very special fading effect. I like it 🙂

fading m short sleeves mod 4-

That is where the name of the pattern came from: fading mosaic.

As you can see I changed the mosaic pattern at the bottom (coz’ I got a little bored and wanted to try something else). That variation is included in the pattern.

The hem, is my very special –  no roll, minimal finishing – bind off method that I used before in a few other patterns.

But then, I still had some D yarn left, and I will wear this much more if I add sleeves – me thinks.


I added them by picking up stitches along the slipped stitch edge. It gives them a layered look, which is fun. The sleeves are in D. Here you can see the long color repeats, I didn’t add a second color. The same special bind off is used.

2019-04-22-12850pool of mosaic carre

I like the patterning of these mosaic motifs very much. They are repetitive and still, they look like some handcrafted block printed fabrics.

I wanted to try that same pattern in solid colors to see what it would look like.

wip in the air


_DSC4355 Fading mosaic 2

Body is finished… still sleeveless


Phew, that was close… That is all what’s left of the L, light color…

The photos at the start of this post are also the winter version in wool with a hem and cuffs in corrugated ribbing. Here are some more.

Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
finished measurements chest: 31½ / 35½ / 39½ / 43½ / 47¼ / 51“ (80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120 / 130 cm)
Intended to be worn with some positive ease (6 to 15 cm / 2½ to 6 “) at the high bust (under the armpits).

What you’ll need
DK weight
cropped summer version
cotton or cotton blends
D (dark color) ± 320/360/400/450/500/550 m (350/390/440/490/550/600 yards)
L (light color) ± 320/360/400/450/500/550 m (350/390/440/490/550/600 yards)
if you add 3/4 sleeves you will need more.

woolen winter version with long sleeves
D (dark color) ± 500/550/610/680/750/820 m (550/600/670/740/820/900 yards)
L (light color) ± 500/550/610/680/750/820 m (550/600/670/740/820/900 yards)

4 mm (US 6) circular needle and 2 double pointed needles
4 mm (US 6) straight needles
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
4 markers

stockinette stitch with the larger needle: 20 sts and 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)
mosaic stitch pattern: 22 sts and 38 rows (19 stripes) = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

The pattern has been tech edited and testknit.

Check it out here