. . . mirasol . . .

Mirasol, sunflower…

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Mirasol, a cute, little summer cardigan with a doubled collar, three quarter sleeves and small cable details at the fronts, the raglan shaping and the sides.

The colors remind me of sunflowers… hence the name.

The yarn is plantdyed by ‘bynightcreations‘. It is a fingering weight with tiny little sparkles in it: ByNight Dyes Twinkle

Dyed with ‘nerprun’: buckthorn in English, it gives these beautiful golden yellow / greens.

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And they look different everytime depending on the kind of light.

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Full sun… Look how they match the lichen on the beech tree… No wonder, they are plantdyed…

Mirasol is worked top down starting with the doubled collar. It is completely seamless.

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It is a classical cardigan…

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But with a twist 😉

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detail of the cables at the sides

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It can be made in only one color (it will look just as cute) or if you have some lonely matching skeins, like I had, you can make gradients (fades) as in the sample. The easiest way to do so is changing colors every two rows. But the gradient is much smoother if you alternate colors in every row as the sample. Instructions to do so are provided.

A few ‘inside’ photos

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and ‘outside’ …

The cardigan has 3/4 sleeves but body and sleeves can easily be lengthened as some of the testknitters did. BTW, the pattern has been tech edited en testknit.

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 35 / 37½ / 40 / 44½ / 48 / 51“ (89 / 96 / 102 / 114 / 122 / 130 cm)
Intended to be worn with some positive ease at the high bust (under the armpits: 4 to 8“ / 10 to 20 cm.
Model is wearing M with 6” / 15 cm of positive ease (at the high bust).

What you’ll need
± 1050/1130/1200/1350/1450/1550 m (1150/1250/1310/1500/1600/1700 yards) fingering weight /4 ply
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle and straight needles,
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle and straight needles,
cable needle,
11 buttons diameter 18 mm / ¾”
10 markers

Gauge
29 sts and 42 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Read more and see more versions from the testknitters here

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. . . 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.

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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.

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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.

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

The pattern has been tech edited by Sue-Cat

Sizes:
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

Gauge
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 …

. . . kazual . . .

I am still playing with my new bind off method … Trying out a few new things …

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And this is the result: Kazual, a ‘casual’ pullover worked top down and seamlessly in the round.

detail
It starts at the top with a welted cast on. It features striped welts on the shoulders …

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and elbows …

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and it has two small pockets.

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The welts are very easy to make: no difficult intarsia. Only one color is worked per row. You never need to join to the main color in the same row.
There are a few ends to weave in, but that shouldn’t scare you off: they are very easily hidden in the welts.

The body has a slight A-line adding up to the relaxed, ‘casual’ feel and the cuffs and hems have a ‘minimal finished look’ using the special bind off method.

kazual detail pocket

Everything you need to successfully finish your Kazual is included, no need to search on the web:

  • photo tutorials to work the striped welts and the special cast on technique
  • tutorials for short rows and jogless stripes.

kazual mod5

kazual mod2

Tech edited by Sue-Cat

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 33 / 37 / 41 / 44½ / 48 / 52 “ (83 / 98 / 104 / 113 / 122 / 132 cm)
Intended to be worn with positive ease (10 to 25 cm / 4 to 10”). Model is wearing M with 15 cm / 6” of positive ease at the high bust (under the armpits).

What you’ll need
worsted weight or heavy DK
MC (main color) ± 650/750/800/880/950/1050 m (710/820/880/960/1050/1150 yards)
Instead of a worsted weight you can also pair a sportweight with a lace weight (mohair)
CC (contrasting color) between 80 and 100 m / between 88 and 110 yards
5 mm (US 8) circular needles and straight needles (optional)
4 markers

Gauge
stockinette stitch blocked: 17 sts and 25 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

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More info here

. . . manneken . . .

And this is how 2019 starts…

A light weight pullover or tee with stripes and some mosaic knitting at the bottom of the body and sleeves.

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Manneken is a pullover with a special construction…

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There is no sewing, seaming or intarsia involved.

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First the top of the sleeves is worked bottom up starting with a provisional cast on. Then, the body is worked top down, seamlessly joining to the sleeve tops as you go.
The provisional cast on is unraveled and the sleeves are worked top down.

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A mosaic stitch pattern finishes the bottom (only one color is worked per round).

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A special, clever bind off method is used to obtain a ‘minimal finishing look’ and to prevent stockinette stitch from rolling. A photo tutorial is included.

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Did I mention I learned something from the knitted faces I made during last summers’ heatwave ?

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And doesn’t this cherry blossom match perfectly with the pink yarn ?

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The yarn is Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland Sock Lite, colorway ‘Manneken Pink’ custom dyed for my LYS: Kaleidoscope (yarnshop in Brussels)

Tech edited by Sue-Cat.

Sizes:
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 34 / 36 / 39½ / 45 / 48½ / 53 “ (86 / 92 / 101 / 114 / 122 / 135 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering / 4ply weight
MC ± 550/620/680/760/830/910 m (600/680/750/840/910/1000 yards)
CC body ± 185/200/220/245/260/290 m (200/220/240/270/290/320 yards)
CC sleeves: ± 250/280/320/350/380/400 m (270/310/350/380/420/440 yards)

two 3.5 mm (US 4) circular needles and straight needles (optional)
3.75 mm (US 5) circular needle for the mosaic stitch pattern
two 3.5 mm (US 4) double pointed needles or a circular needle for the I-cord at the neckline
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle for the other neckline (optional)
6 markers
tapestry needle

Gauge
stockinette with the 3.5 mm (US 4) needle size and blocked: 26 sts and 38 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

More info here

. . . 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

. . . 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.

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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

. . . 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 ?

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

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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 …
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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”

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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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