. . . A Mazing Tee . . .

Fancy a summer tee in cotton ? Or cotton / linen blends ?

amazing tee in a fig tree carreHere is one: A Mazing Tee, a short sleeved summer tee worked in two (or more) colors. First front and back panels are knit top-down featuring a slip stitch mosaic pattern.

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Only one color is worked per row. The top of both panels with the neckline and shoulder shaping is written out but the basic mosaic pattern is charted only.
The front and back panel are finished with a ‘no finish look’ bind off method, the same I used before in manneken and kazual. I really, really like that bind off.

This is the first one I made using three different yarns that had been in my stash for ages.

mosaic tee A5

But then, I found that it would be better to change the mosaic pattern a little. And it might be a good idea to add some short rows at the shoulders and sleeve inset for a better and more natural fit.

So I made a second one. Also from stash yarn.

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I used two colors for this one.


You can see the short rows shaping the sleeve /  shoulder. But first the small saddle shoulder is worked sidewise joining back and front at the same time.

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

mosaic tee B6

The sleeves are worked in the round and bound off in the same manner.

The pattern has been tech edited by Sue-Cat

XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
finished measurements chest: 30 / 34 / 38 / 41½ / 45½ / 49½ “ (76 / 86 / 96 / 106 / 116 / 126 cm)
Intended to be worn with some positive ease at the high bust (under the armpits): 5 to 20 cm / 2” to 8”.
It is very easy to alter the measurements by working more or less rows at the sides.

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What you’ll need
cotton or cotton blend in heavy DK weight or worsted weight
D (darker color in mosaic): 380/420/460/500/530/600 m (420/460/500/550/580/660 yards)
L (light color): 310/350/390/430/470/510 m (340/380/430/470/520/560 yards)
4 mm (US 6) straight needles
4 mm (US 6) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
crochet hook
4 markers

Stockinette stitch blocked: 20 sts and 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

Read more here

Well, I don’t think these will be the last ones using mosaic patterns. It is so easy and fun…

wips and ufos

 UFO’s and WIP’s…. to be continued …

. . . yin yang dance . . .

Cables, eyelets, lace mesh, skinny sleeves, an unusual construction …
One of my test knitters came up with the name and it’s perfect, thank you, Sue …


It all starts with a loop … an I-cord loop (see back of the pullover)continue-i-cord


Yin yang dance is a modern, slightly oversized pullover with skinny sleeves.
After having worked the I-cord and the loop, stitches are picked up & knit to work the yoke and sleeves sideways in 3/1 rib later changing to 1/1 rib for the cuffs.

Then, stitches are picked up & knit to work the body top down with a cable and lace motif at the front. The motif is charted and written.

Two more small cable motifs finish the high-low hems at the sides and the sleeve cuffs.



One of the test knitters made a variation of the front motif. She made a new chart for it. It is added on an extra page at the end. Thank you, Kate, (GardenKate on Ravelry)
Also thank you, Sue, (Sue-Cat on ravelry) who came up with the name.

XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL  finished measurements: 32¼, 36¼, 39½, 43½, 47¼, 50½ “ (82, 92, 100, 110, 120, 128 cm)
Intended to be worn with 6 to 15 cm / 2½ to 6 “ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
± 1000/1100/1150/1250/1350/1450 m (1100/1200/1250/1350/1450/1600 yards) dk / 8ply weight
4 mm (US 6) circular needle and 2 double pointed needles
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3 markers

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

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. . . 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.

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)

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.

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. . . slanted . . .

This was a real challenge and experiment in shaping. I started with the large shawl collar in 2 different rib patterns.stripe mod 7-.

Why not continue to knit sideways ? With the ribbing, maybe ? Not all of them, for sure. I wanted the body to be mainly stockinette stitch. Only a few ribbing sections than ?

As by miracle everything fell in it’s place when I continued the body. The slanted 2/2 ribbing at the bottom and at the top to shape the arm opening. It all seemed perfect, haha.
Can’t believe I came up with this construction. The body is closed at the back with contrasting 3 needle bind off’s.

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stripe mod 4-

A slight A-line at the bottom shaped by working a few short rows.

Finally the sleeves are worked top down in the round.

Row gauge is quite important for this project as it is worked sideways. If you should make this with Superwash yarn like Wollmeise Pure for example, the cardigan will be longer (which is not too bad, I think). You can see some examples on the pattern page

Sizes: XS, S, M, L , XL, XXL
finished measurements (chest): 35.5 / 38.5 / 42.5 / 46.5 / 50.5 / 54.5 “ (90 / 98 / 108 / 118 / 128 / 138 cm )
Intended to be worn with of ± 12.5 to 20 cm / 5 to 8” of positive ease

What you’ll need
MC: ± 1250, 1350, 1470, 1600, 1750, 1880m (1370, 1500, 1620, 1750, 1920, 2060 yards) of fingering weight / 4 ply

CC: a left over of fingering weight / 4 ply
± 100 m / 110 yards

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3,5 mm (US 4) straight needles
4,5 mm (US 7) needle for the 3 needle bind off
3 mm (US 2 1/2) circular needle for the sleeves
2,5 mm (US 1 1/2) circular needle
17 markers

25 sts and 39 rows stockinette stitch with the middle sized needle (3,5 mm / US 4) = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

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… winter wheat …

Winter wheat: an asymmetrical cardigan with large textured stripes and a crazy construction in fingering weight…

P mod 2

P mod button 1

Winter wheat is worked top down and sideways at the same time. The left front and the collar are worked in one piece and the top stripes wrap around the neck as a shawl. The left front falls straight and the right front falls more fluidly.

The sleeves are also worked top down with at the right side the same large stripes. The left sleeve is finished with some smaller stripes at the bottom.

The cardigan can be closed with a shawl pin or an attached I-cord with a few afterthought buttonholes can be added in the end.

Even buttoned up wrongly it looks kinda cute

P mod button det

XS, S, ML, XL, XXL: 32.5 / 36.5 / 40.5 / 44 / 48 / 52 “ (83, 93, 103, 112, 122, 132 cm)
Intended to be worn with 5 to 15 cm (2 to 6”) of positive ease
What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4 ply
You can use 4 colors as in the model or use different colors for each stripe.

fingering weight / 4 ply
total yardage:

± 1500, 1700, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500 m
(1650, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2700 yards)

yardage as used in the model
C1 (light grey in schematic):
± 300, 325, 350, 400, 430, 460 m
(330, 360, 390, 450, 475, 510 yards)
C2 (light brown in schematic):
± 460, 510, 560, 610, 670, 720m
(510, 560, 620, 670, 740, 800 yards)
C3 (yellow in schematic):
± 360, 400, 440, 480, 525, 560m
(400, 440, 480, 525, 560, 620 yards)
C4 (dark grey in schematic):
± 360, 400, 440, 480, 525, 560m
(400, 440, 480, 525, 560, 620 yards)

A few left overs of contrasting colors for the garter ridges between the large stripes

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3,5 mm (US 4) straight needles
3 or 4 large buttons (diameter: ± 2.5 cm / 1”

24 sts and 36 rows stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

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… something quick, fun, colorful …

A very quick and funny project. Don’t really know how to call it. So, it is ‘something’

something beanie

something beanie 3

and something cowl: a matching cowl

something 2

Something fun, quick and colorful with an unusual construction. Ideal to work up leftovers in your favorite colors.

I worked both back and forth, but it is also kind of in the round in one piece and really completely seamless. And … no purling.

Off the needles and ready to wear …

… amande and amandine …

A nutty, crazy idea that popped up, kind of an accidental coincidence. I was working on another idea: a different way to work short rows. And I came up with this weird, crazy idea …

Starting at the shoulder top and working down and sideways … Am I nuts???

It involved a lot of testing, ripping, frogging, trying again, testing again, … making a 2nd Amandine*.

And I’m making a 3rd Amandine, now in greenish colors. More pictures to come …

I just want this to be perfect 😀

* Amande is French for Almond