. . . never say never . . .

About a year ago I told a friend I would never, ever knit socks. Maybe I could try to knit one pair … But then after that one pair I would never do it again … swear.

Now – a few socks later – I am getting obsessed by socks, haha.

‘Never say never’ has been published today.

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These socks are knit toe up with stripes at the toes, heel and ribbing. The instep and leg have a cute little stitch pattern with nearly perfectly round holes. The heel is worked with short rows (instructions included) Tutorials to work the increases are also included.

To pull you over the line and because this is my first sock pattern there is a promotion: 40% off until Saturday February 18 midnight (Brussels time)

Sizes
S / M / L to fit foot circumference: 19.5 / 22 / 24.5 cm (7.5 / 8.5 / 9.5 “)

Foot length: EUR 36 / 37, 38 / 39, 40 / 41
US 5 / 5.5, 6.5 / 7, 8 / 9
UK 3.5 / 4, 5 / 5.5, 6.5 / 7.5

Finished height = ± 22 cm / 8½”

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
MC (main color): ± 270 m / 300 yards
CC (contrasting color): a few rests of sock yarn

2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
or 5 double pointed needles

tapestry needle

Check it out here

. . . 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

. . . p’tits trous . . .

des p’tits trous, des p’tits trous, toujours des p’tits trous …

Do you recognize that song ?

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P’tits trous is a shrug or cardigan. It is first worked sideways and back and forth starting in the middle of the back with a provisional cast on and a large hole (instructions included if you should want to omit the hole). Stitches are joined to work the sleeves top down in the round.

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  • Now it can become a shrug by adding ribbing all around.
  • Or it can grow into a A-line cardigan with delicate eyelet lines that flare out and naturally flow in the lace border.

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The cardigan is finished with an applied I-cord along the fronts and neckline.

P’tits trous est un boléro ou une veste. Commençant avec un montage provisoire au milieu du dos, le haut est travaillé en allers-retours et en travers. Puis les mailles sont jointes pour tricoter les manches en rond ‘top-down’ (du haut en bas).

Quand les manches sont faites, c’est le moment de choisir:

  • un boléro fini par quelques tours de côtés 1/1.
  • un gilet aux traits délicats formés par les jetés qui deviennent petit à petit plus grands et coulent naturellement dans le bord en dentelle.

La veste est finie avec un I-cord appliqué tout le long des devants et de l’encolure.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements: 32 / 35½ / 38½ / 43¾ / 48 / 52 “ (82 / 90 / 98 / 111 / 122 / 132 cm)

Intended to be worn with some positive ease (5 to 15 cm / 2 to 6 “)

What you’ll need
fingering / 4ply

shrug only
± 380, 420, 450, 500, 560, 620 m (420, 460, 500, 550, 620, 680 yards)

complete cardigan
± 1300, 1350, 1400, 1500, 1620, 1700m (1400, 1480, 1530, 1650, 1780, 1900 yards)

3 mm (US 2½) circular needle or double pointed needles and straight needles (optional)
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle or double pointed needles and straight needles (optional)
stitchmarkers

Available in English and Français: The pattern is split in 2 pdfs per language: 1 pdf for the smaller sizes (XS-S-M-L) and another pdf for the larger sizes (XL-XXL). So you will find 4 pdfs: 2 in English and 2 in French. Make sure you use the right pattern.

Check it out here

. . . atropa . . .

In the same spirit as ’embossed alu’ (see previous post) but more oversized: Atropa

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I  used Wollmeise Pure this time. That Tollkirsche is amazing. It changes color during he day. In morning light, shade, evening light, electric light. It really glows. Wow, love it. I combined it with ‘All inclusive’ for the stripes and a rest of the 13 Al from ’embossed alu’ with some ‘Natur’.

A new favorite pullover for any occasion. It is casual and chique at the same time. I am so happy with it.

Atropa: an oversized boxi-type pullover with fitted lace sleeves. A little bit of stripes, a little bit of lace. Worked top down seamlessly in one piece. Two finishes are proposed for bottom hem, neck and cuff: I-cord or a small folded hem.

Included in the pattern are:
a lot of illustrated tips on

  • increases used,
  • short rows,
  • schematics for every section

And in a separate pdf
– richly illustrated photo tutorial on working an estonian braid (I will write a separate blog post on how to make one) and a small folded hem with knit or sewn bind off.

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Sizes: XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL
finished measurements chest: 105, 125, 145 cm (54, 59, 64.5”)

Intended to be worn with lots of positive ease (20 to 40 cm / 8 to 16”)

What you’ll need
in fingering weight, 3 or 4 ply
MC (main color)
± 1050/1200/1400 m (1150/1320/1550 yards)
CC (contrasting color)
± 130/150/180 m (145/165/210 yards)

CC2 and CC3 (contrasting color2 and 3 for the neck, hem and cuff finishing) : small leftovers in fingering weight (50m/55 yards)

3.25 mm (US 3) circular ndl or dpns or size to obtain gauge
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle or dpns for the edgings
6 markers
tapestry needle

Gauge
28 sts and 41 rows stockinette
= 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here

… dewdrop cardigan …

A new little cardi.

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I call it dewdrop cardi. It is a delicate, breezy, lightweight cardigan, with 3/4 sleeves ideal for those fresh summer mornings (or evenings).

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It worked up very quickly even if it is in lace weight yarn. I knitted it top-down and completely seamless. It has  some very exciting elements like ‘dropping stitches’ (we like to live dangerously). The dropped stitches accentuate and flatter the waist and the easy lace edgings are finished by some dewdrop shaped beads.

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The cardigan is finished by an I-cord edging at the fronts and neck and 1 buttonhole worked in the I-cord.

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