. . . linne tee . . .

Summer is coming, the sun is shining … It is time for skirts and light summer tops …

hello yellow

Hello yellow, my latest pattern has been published yesterday…

Linne tee: a simple, summery tee with an easy lace pattern at the top and bottom. Knit in linen or linen / cotton blend, it is perfect for sunny summer days.

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linen back 3+

It is worked seamlessly starting at the top lace section at the back.
Both sleeve caps and the back are worked bottom up at the same time. The edges of the sleeve are worked at the same time in a slip stitch pattern. It slightly pulls in the sleeve caps preventing them from flaring out too much.

detail top

Stitches are put on hold for the back neck and increases are made to shape the V-neck at the front. Once the sleeve caps are finished, the body is worked top down. But first, a few short rows are worked at front and back for a better fit / shape. Then the body is knit in the round and finished with the lace edge at the bottom.

linne mod bottom

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements (chest): 31½, 35½, 39½, 43¼, 47¼, 51¼ “ (80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 cm)

Intended to be worn with some positive ease or no ease.

What you’ll need
linen ( or cotton or cotton/linen blend)
in sport weight / 5 ply
the yardage is an estimate (the yardage of linen is difficult to calculate: the testers all came out with a different yardage). This is an average:
± 600, 700, 770, 850, 930, 1000 m (660, 770, 850, 930, 1020, 1100 yards)

3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) straight needles (optional)
4 mm (US 6) circular needle

crochet hook for the provisional cast-on

6 markers

Gauge (with the smaller needle and blocked)
21 sts and 32 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here
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. . . squared . . .

Oups, I am a bit behind … 2 patterns have been published last month …

Let me present the one I am very proud of: Squared, a casual, oversized pullover with a sporty look and an innovative construction.squared montage dichter
There is no sewing, seaming or intarsia involved. It is based on the same principle as . . . wild rose: the cardigan . . . and . . . Greenhouse knits #6 . . . but it is quite different.

squared mod4

First, the sleeves are worked bottom up (perfect as a giant swatch). Stitches are picked up as you go and put on hold to shape the steps of the ‘squared’ raglan sleeve inset. Then back and front are worked top down with an easy stitch pattern that continues the same idea of the stair shape and forms a waffle* structure.

 

A stair shaped hem finishes the body.

waffle detail

Finally a small rolled neck band is added in a contrasting color.

The pattern has been tech edited by @sue-cat111 on Instagram, Sue-Cat on Ravelry.

squared details montage

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 38½, 42½, 46½, 50, 54, 58 “(98, 108, 118, 124, 138, 148 cm)
Intended to be worn with positive ease (20 to 40 cm / 8 to 16” ). Model is wearing size M with ± 25 cm / 10 “ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
DK weight
MC1 (body)
± 700/780/850/930/1020/1100 m (770/850/930/1020/1120/1200 yards)
MC2 (sleeves)
± 380/400/440/480/520/560 m (420/440/480/530/570/620 yards)
CC: 45 to 90 m ( 50 to 100 yards)
two 4 mm (US 6) circular needles
and straight needles (optional)
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle or double pointed needles
6 markers

Gauge stockinette with larger needle size and blocked: 21 sts and 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here

. . . wild roses . . .

Muts met bloem xxx

At this moment, my new design: wild rose cardigan is being testknit here

rose babe sleeve+text-

It features delicate branches with some spring flowers on the sleeves. It is not that easy because as you can see there are three colors per round in the colorwork. There are several techniques to solve that problem and they will be explained in the pattern.

But then, I made a swatch with the same flowers in only two colors to show the effect to my testers…

I don’t like swatching, it feels like a waste of time. The best swatch one can make is a hat, isn’t it ? Never enough hats.

hat

I used three different rests of green yarn from my stash… From a dark bottle green to a fresh yellowish green. And to make the gradient between the two colors I alternated the them in every round … Oh, I love the colors of that hat. The main color is the softest yarn ever. It is Misty Mina form the Natural Collection: 70% Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere goat…

And then I got kinda carried away, haha …wild rose collection-

A hat, a pair of fingerless mitts and a doubled cowl: wild roses collection

wild rose coll mod3-

wild rose coll mod5

Added a crocheted pompom on the hat like this

The four patterns will be collected in an e-book: wild roses. The cardigan will be added when the testknit is finished at the end of the month. Included are  tips on colorwork and fair isle, a tutorial on how to use Jenny’s cast on as a provisional cast on and on how to graft in a separate pdf: **Wild rose tips**.

The e-book is already available now at a discounted price.

Read more about them here, here and here.

. . . pythagoras’ mitts . . .

Matching fingerless mitts to go with Pythagoras’ beret. mitts mod 6
Pythagoras’ mitts are worked bottom up starting with a Latvian two-color cast on. Written instructions are included and a photo tutorial can be found in the separate pdf. It’s a lovely way to start colorwork, but you can use another cast on method if you prefer.

mitts

A special kind of increases is used to shape the thumb gusset.

mitts mod 4

Sizes
Finished measurement hand circumference: S-M, L: 17 cm / 6¾”, 20 cm / 7¾” to fit hand circumference: 18 to 19 cm / 7 to 7½ “, 20 to 22 cm / 7¾ to 8¾ “

What you’ll need
sport weight
± 240 to 270 m / 260 to 300 yards
(half of each color)
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle
crochet hook in the same size as the needle
for the Latvian two-color cast on
2 markers
tapestry needle

Gauge
28 sts and 39 rows in stranded pattern
(see page 2) = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”

Check it out here

They will be free until December 25, midnight (Brussels time), no coupon code needed

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. . . pythagoras . . .

a² + b² = c²

Remember that formula ?

Three new patterns have been published based on that idea:

pythagoras’ pullover

pythago B 3-

a cozy, slightly oversized pullover with a turtle neck and (nearly) invisible sleeve inset.

detail

It is worked top down seamlessly in one piece. The stitch pattern is easy, it consists of purl and knit stitches only that form a mix of triangles (pythagoras !). Special increases are placed in clever spots following the stitch pattern to make them invisible.

pythago B 1

Sizes
Intended to be worn with positive ease (10 to 25 cm / 4 to 10”). Take the measurement at your high bust just under the armpits.
The sample is size M worn with 15 cm / 6” of positive ease.

There are only four sizes available due to the kind of the increases and their placement. But it is easy to alter the stitch gauge and thus obtain the best size. (instructions are provided)
S, M, L, XL: finished measurements: 35” / 40½” / 46” / 52“ (89 / 103 / 118 / 132 cm)

These photos are of the unblocked pullover

What you’ll need
DK weight
Total yardage: ± 1150, 1290, 1470, 1670 m (1250, 1400, 1600, 1820 yards)

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

Gauge
22 sts and 34 rows in stitch pattern (see page 3) with the larger needle and after blocking = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

 

Find out more here

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Then there is his hat …

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This is the first hat I made … But what if I used 2 colors ?

pythago hat grey-red grimbergen 4

Or the whole hat in 2 colors ? Maybe in a lighter yarn weight too ??

pythago hat finger grimbergen 3

3 hats

Three hats made from the same pattern …

pythago 3 hats

Pythagoras’ hat is worked bottom up. Instructions are given for a beanie (length = 20 cm / 7¾”) or a bit of slouch (length = 24 cm / 9½”) and for 2 different yarn weights. Two options are included: a close fitting brim (2 color sample) or a loose fitting brim (red sample).

Due to the stitch pattern and the placement of the decreases there are only two sizes: one with 96 stitches for a heavy yarn weight and one with 128 stitches for a light yarn weight. If you use larger or smaller needles and a heavier or lighter yarn weight, the gauge will be different and most head sizes can be covered.

The stitch pattern is very easy and uses only purl and knit stitches – a perfectly good excuse to start playing. Work one repeat in stranded color knitting (see 2-colored hat), or knit the whole hat in 2 colors (or more). Instructions to personalize your hat are included.

Gauge
Finished measurement circumference is ± 50 cm / 19½” to fit head 54 to 57 cm / 20½” to 22½”
worsted weight
19 sts in stockinette stitch = 10 cm / 4” with the larger needle
or fingering weight
26 sts in stockinette stitch = 10 cm / 4” with the larger needle

Using another yarn weight results in a different gauge and size (instructions and maths included)

What you’ll need
worsted weight
± 100 to 130 m / 110 to 145 yards
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
4 mm (US 6) circular needle

or fingering weight
± 180 to 220 m / 200 to 240 yards
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle

tapestry needle

Find out more here

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 And then there is his beret …
This one really is my favorite …
pythagoras beret grimbergen 1

Pythagoras’ beret is worked bottom up starting with a Latvian braided two-color cast on aka Kihnu braided cast on.

cast on edge detail

Written instructions are included and a photo tutorial can be found in the separate pdf. It’s a lovely way to start colorwork, but you can use any cast on method you might prefer.

Due to the stitch pattern and the placement of the decreases there are only two sizes: one with 144 stitches and 6 repeats of the crown chart and one with 168 stitches and 7 repeats of the crown chart. Instructions are given for both sizes.

pythago beret large and small

at the left is the small beret and at the right the large beret

pythagoras beret grimbergen 2

Sizes
Finished measurement circumference at the brim is ± 56 cm / 19½” to fit head 55 to 58 cm / 20½” to 22¾”
Diameter small beret = ± 24 cm / 9½”
Diameter large beret = ± 27 cm / 10½”

pythago beret 2 op boomstam
What you’ll need
sport weight or light DK weight
± 160 to 200 m / 175 to 220 yards (half of each color)
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
tapestry needle

Gauge
21 sts and 33 rows in stranded pattern with the larger needle and blocked = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”

Check it out here

I have the feeling there will be more of these . . .

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. . . 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’.

hallerbos 6-

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.

hallerbos 4

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.

hallerbos 5

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”)

 

Check it out 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

Gauge
25 sts and 36 rows stockinette with larger needle size = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here

greenhouse tunic 5