. . . 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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. . . babe . . .

No intarsia, no picking up stitches, no sewing yet it is seamless and in one piece.

Babe is a pullover with a special construction.

babe 1
First both sleeves are worked bottom up and in the round – perfect as a giant swatch 😉

babe

They are extra long with randomly placed stripes for a playful effect. The raglan shaping is worked flat with ‘live’ stitches at both sides. Then stitches are cast on for the back which is worked top down with a squishy, stretchy, extra-soft, textured stitch pattern joining to the sleeves as you go until the armhole is reached. The front is worked in the same manner.

a few photos of the WIP (work in progress)

Then front and back are joined to work the body in the round. A split hem that is longer at the back finishes the body.
Finally, a small rolled neck band is added.

babe 4

Sizes:
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 29½, 33, 36¼, 41, 44, 48½ “ (75, 84, 92, 104, 112, 123 cm)
Intended to be worn with no ease or a little positive ease.

babe back

What you’ll need
fingering / 4ply weight
MC ± 1150/1300/1450/1650/1750/1950 m (1250/1450/1600/1800/1900/2150 yards)
CC ± 125/140/150/170/185/200 m (135/155/165/185/200/220 yards)
CC2: a small rest: 45 to 90 m (50 to 100 yards)
two 3.5 mm (US 4) circular needles and straight needles (optional)
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle or double pointed needles
6 markers

Gauge
26 sts and 37 rows in stockinette stitch with the larger needle and blocked

more info here

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. . . doble . . .

Dreaming of a summer breeze … in the sun on the beach …

Doble is a double layered tee. Started this one about a year ago. But when I finished it summer had already gone.

st pierre

It is worked top down and seamlessly in the round with a delicate lace edge on the sleeves and bottom of the top layer … or the bottom layer …
… because it is completely reversible. The two layers are only attached at the neck band.

detail-If you use linen – as in the sample – the inside layer shines through and gives a special effect. You can also make it in cotton or wool using a lighter yarn – lace weight for example – for the top layer to get the shine-through effect.

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Available for size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements: 29½ / 32½ / 36 / 39½ / 43½ / 48 “ (75 / 83 / 92 / 101 / 111 / 120 cm)

Best worn with a little positive ease.

What you’ll need
Linen: fingering weight / 3ply
or cotton / wool heavy lace weight

Yardage (as pictured).
Top color (yellow) ± 600, 690, 750, 820, 930, 1020 m (660, 750, 820, 900, 1020, 1120 yards)
Inside color (grey) ± 640, 730, 800, 870, 990, 1100 m (700, 800, 880, 950, 1100, 1200 yards)

3.25 mm (US 3) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
2.5 mm (US 1½ ) circular needle
two 2 mm (US 0 or 1) circular needles
for the provisional cast on
8 markers

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

 

Check it out here

. . . embossed alu . . .

I am so terribly behind … Never showed my latest ! patterns.oo sleeves mod 5-

Embossed alu is a pullover with a large boatneck and some positive ease but with fitted sleeves. It has a lace mesh pattern on the sleeves and peplum. That mesh pattern is a happy mistake. I found a pattern in an old knitting book. It had no picture and I was trying to work it in the round. I definitely can’t make the difference between wrong from right side or knit and purl, haha … This ‘wrong’ mesh stitch reminds me of the embossed plates used in scale models. Combined with the name of the yarn I used : Wollmeise Twin, colorway 13 Al gave me the name: embossed alu.

oo sleeves detail

It is worked top down and seamlessly in the round. The neck and sleeves are finished with a special edging… a very small folded hem, but there is no sewing involved.

cuff 3A photo tutorial is included to work the edging.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL: finished measurements: 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52 “ (82, 92, 102, 112, 122, 132 cm)

Intended to be worn with 7 to 13 cm / 3 to 5” of positive ease

What you’ll need
MC: ± 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400 m (990, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500 yards)
CC a few left overs ± 100 to 170 m (110 to 180 yards)

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 3) circular needle
4 markers

Gauge
25 sts and 37 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Find more examples here

. . . happy scrap . . .

Crazy and striped … haha

happy yellow 11

Happy scrap is a randomly striped pullover (perfect to work up all the little leftovers in your stash) with a circular yoke, a gentle A-line and long fitted sleeves. It is worked top down in one piece and completely seamless. Short rows are used to lengthen the neckline at the back and to shape the diamonds at the sides. These give the ‘happy scrap’ its’ high-low hem.

There is no length given because you can make the happy scrap as long or short as you prefer. The placement of the diamonds can also be chosen (high as pictured below or low as pictured above). I can very well imagine ‘happy scrap’ in a very short cropped version or as a longer tunic.

The pattern includes instructions and tips on how to work the short rows, how to work jogless stripes, weave in ends as you go, how to make a provisional cast on, and much more …

What you’ll need
Yardage depends on length of the pullover
± 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500m (990, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600 yards) of sport weight/ 5 ply

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3 mm (US 2 1/2) circular needle
crochet hook for the provisional cast-on

2 markers
1 removable marker

Sizes:
XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL: finished measurements (chest) 26.5 / 30.5 / 38 / 41.5 / 45.5 / 49 “ (68, 78, 88, 96, 106, 116, 125 cm). Choose the size closest to your high bust measurement (just under the armpits

Gauge
24 sts and 35 rows stockinette stitch with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

 

The pattern is split in 2 pdfs: one for the small sizes and one for the larger sizes

Happy scrap is also available in Danish. Thanks to the lovely Asta-Denmark on Ravelry.
The Danish text is in separate pdfs but all the illustrations are in the original English version, so you will have to check the English version for the schematics and illustrations.

Check it out here

… crazy … stripes … or just a little …

Let me present 2 other patterns based on the cardigan in the previous post: stripes gone crazy.

When finally the pattern for the cardigan was written, tested and approved, I took a little break. But soon the idea came to try to get those crazy stripes on the front too. The idea for a tee was born. I thought it should be easy to write and grade that because it were the same stripes as on the back of the cardi, but it was more challenging than expected – again -. Bias knitting does weird things to the fabric.

Here is the result: crazy stripes tee

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It is the first time I use Wollmeise and I am ‘sold’. This is wonderful, very good quality yarn in extremely rich and deep colors. I used the Twin quality in colorway ‘Zarte Knospe’ and ‘Meilenstein’ as the 2 main colors. I also threw in some yellow and white from my stash to add some variation.

One side

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and the other

crazy stripes tee mod 6-

A few more pics

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Again the testers made some real beauties. Go and check them out here if you get the chance, everyone’s ‘crazy stripes’ is oh so different.

Crazy stripes tee is a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece.
The sleeve inset is inspired by Susie Myers’ contiguous sleeve inset, but the start is a little different. Starting with shaping the back and shoulders, stitches are picked up for the front and sleeves and are worked following the contiguous sleeve method, developed by Susie Myers.
The stripes going from small to large stripes are shaped by working short rows.
Can be worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease.
Due to the nature of the contiguous sleeve inset, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to your high bust measurement and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if you should want more ease.

The pattern is written for 2 colors (main color: MC and contrasting color: CC) but the idea is to add some other matching or contrasting colors for the stripes. Let’s have some fun … Let’s make it crazy …

Available sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL: finished measurements: 28, 31.5, 35.5, 38.5, 44, 48.5” (71, 80, 90, 98, 111, 123 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
MC (grey in the model): ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)
CC yellow-green in the model): ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)
A few leftovers in matching colors (optional)

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 3) circular needle
6 markers

Gauge
24 sts and 35 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here

This pattern is available for €6.20 EUR

….

… not so crazy …

stripes tee
The fit on the shoulder is so nice that I decided to write another pattern – with stripes but less crazy -. In fact, if one would leave out the stripes, this is a pattern for a very basic tee worked top down and seamlessly in the round.
The sleeve inset is based on Susie Myers’ contiguous method, but the shoulder is constructed in a quite ‘old fashioned’ manner: it is called – if I am not mistaking – fully fashioned.
Wollmeise again, but in ‘Pure’ in colorway Fliederbusch – wow, what a color – and one of their multicolored skeins: Spice Market.
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This is really my new favorite tee.
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not so crazy stripes tee is a seamless pullover worked from the top down in 1 piece, a little less crazy than her sister (see top of this post). The stripes going from small to large stripes are shaped by working short rows.
The sleeve inset is the same one used in the other crazy tees.
Can be worn with no ease, a little negative or positive ease. Due to the nature of the contiguous sleeve inset, it’s best to start with the numbers of the size closest to your high bust measurement and add more increases for the body and sleeves, if you should want more ease.

Available sizes: XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL: finished measurements: 28, 31.5, 35.5, 38.5, 44, 48.5” (71, 80, 90, 98, 111, 123 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4ply
MC (purple) ± 450, 510, 550, 600, 670, 750 m (500, 560, 610, 670, 740, 820 yards)
CC (brownish) ± 410, 460, 500, 550, 620, 700 m (450, 510, 550, 610, 680, 770 yards)

3,5 mm (US 4) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
3 mm (US 3) circular needle
6 markers

Gauge
24 sts and 35 rows stockinette with the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here
This pattern is available for €6.20 EUR
Both patterns together with the pattern for the stripes gone crazy cardigan are bundled in an e-book ‘crazy stripes‘ for €11.50 EUR

… almonds and stripes …

4 new projects in Malabrigo Yarns: almonds and stripes  Layout 1 Almonds and stripes 4 pullovers, all based on an almond shape and with stripes. I worked the 4 of them top down and seamless in 1 piece with little or no sewing to do.

Almonds and stripes cardigan (1) almond mod 15+ The almonds and stripes cardigan in Malabrigo Arroyo is worked back and forth, with faux seams at the fronts, back and the shoulders. Increases are worked next to the faux seams to shape the shoulder and make the sleeve inset invisible (yes, really invisible) I really love to work with this yarn and the colors are absolutely gorgeous: here colorway Azules and Marte) This cardigan is completely reversible. My favorite right side is the purlside. The pockets are shaped by folding back the extra fabric at the bottom. Untitled-3 almond mod8almond mod 14almond mod 9

Check it out here

Almond tee (2) Almond tee (also in Arroyo, colorway Volcan and Reflecting Pool) is a pullover with a very unusual construction. amandine mod 3+ It is worked seamlessly in one piece, in the round from the shouldertop downwards and sideways. I used the same method as for her sisters: amandine cardigan and amande cardigan and tee. amandine tee mod 2 I used two different colors to show off the unique construction (maybe one semisolid kettledyed yarn would do the trick also). Stitches are picked up to work the hidden pockets that follow the diagonal line of the top. amandine tee mod 4 A few more pics 😉 amandine tee mod 6amandine tee detail 2amandine tee detail 3

Check it out here

Almond pullover (3) Almond pullover in Rios (colorway Glitter) shares the same construction as the Almond tee. almond brown mod 10+ Also seamless, in the round and from the shouldertop downwards and sideways. I made the sample in one color, because the variegated yarn shows the construction in a little more subtle way. It could also be knit in 2 color striping. almond brown mod 14 Stitches are picked to work the large garter stitch collar that can be worn open or closed with a row of small buttons. almonds brown detailamandine pull detail 2 amandine pull detailamandine pull detail 3

Another one in a different yarn: modeled1 and a striped Almond pullover with a little positive ease striped modeled1

Check it out here

Almonds in space (4) Almonds in space: in Malabrigo Sock: an oversized boxi-type pullover but with a different construction. almonds blue 4+ It features faux-seams on the shoulders and arms to shape the body. Increases are made next to the faux seams to give its shape. almonds blauw mod The almonds in a contrasting color are shaped by working short rows. almond The back is longer than the front for a relaxed look. A few more … almonds blue 16 And in another color almonds brown 4 almonds in space mod4

Check it out here

The 4 patterns in this collection are also available as individual patterns