. . . Celtic hoodie . . .

More cabling … I am getting the taste of it …

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Two squares, two triangles and two tubes. Throw some cable patterns and some Celtic knots in and you get: a Celtic hoodie constructed in a special manner.

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It is worked top down and is completely seamless. First the hood is worked flat in one piece. When it is long enough stitches are cast on for the body which is basically a rectangle with a cabled texture.

The top of the body is folded to the front to form the shoulders. Next, the sleeves are worked in the round. Like this …

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This photo is without the hood because I started with a provisional cast on and added the hood later. But the pattern starts with the hood first.

Stitches are picked up along the hood and body to work a cabled edge that fluently flows in the Celtic knots at the fronts.

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It has been some kind of a puzzle to draw these Celtic knots continuously without a beginning and an end …

Well, there are two ends, I must admit, so it is more Celtic bits and ends, haha.

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The cables and celtic knits are charted and fully written out.
There are some special increases that are more rounded than usual: a photo tutorial for these special increases and decreases is included.

Lots of illustrations and schematics are added, everything you need is right there while you’re working. There is no need to search on the www.

Sizes
S-M / L-XL / XXL
finished measurements chest: 46½ / 52 / 56“ (120 / 132 / 144 cm)
Intended to be worn with lots of positive ease (20 to 50 cm / 8 to 20”). The sample is size S-M worn with 30 cm / 12” of positive ease.

What you’ll need
worsted weight / 10ply
Total yardage: ± 1350, 1500, 1650 m (1500, 1650, 1800 yards)

5 mm (US 8) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle
cable needle
5 markers

Gauge
19 sts and 26 rows in stitch pattern with the larger needle and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

Find out more here

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Bye, bye…

I think I will be using those Celtic cables again for something else … Stay tuned …

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. . . from braided leaves . . .

I am a bit (a lot) behind presenting my latest patterns. This post will cover the patterns from the last months of 2018.

Let’s start with ‘braided leaves’. I adored knitting and designing this pattern.

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Looking at all the photos I took to illustrate this design, I think it’s better to make one blog post per pattern after all.

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Braided leaves is a pullover with stranded colorwork and eyelets at the yoke. Some nice, colored or ‘twisted’ details make this a uniquely designed pullover.

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tilting eyelets at the yoke

It is worked top down and seamlessly in the round. It starts with a twisted neck band followed by a few short rows to shape the back neck. The circular yoke is build up using eyelets on top of each other giving the yoke a dynamic twist.

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A few more increases are added while knitting the colorwork of the braided leaves. The same idea of twist is used for the pocket bands, the cuffs and ribbing at the bottom.

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twisted pocket band

A simpler version of the leaves is added to the sleeve cuffs and the inside of the small pockets is worked in stranded knitting.

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stranded pockets and ’tilting’ hem

The colorwork is charted only, (no written instructions).
Tips on how to successfully knit stranded colorwork are included.

This pattern has been tech edited by Sue-Cat and test knit.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements (chest): 31½, 35½, 39½, 43½, 47½, 51” (80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 cm)
Intended to be worn with some positive ease.

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4 ply
MC: ± 1000/1100/1200/1350/1450/1600 m (1100/1200/1310/14750/1600/1750 yards)
CC: ± 140/155/170/190/210/230 m (155/170/185/210/230/255 yards)

two 3 mm (US 2½) circular needles
3 mm (US 2½) double pointed needle
3 mm (US 2½) straight needles for the pocket bands
3.25 mm (US 3) circular needle for the stranded colorwork, if necessary
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle for the ribbing

4 markers
or 10/11/12/12/13/13 markers if you wish to place markers between repeats

Gauge
27 sts and 38 rows stockinette stitch with the 3 mm (US 2½) needle = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”)

Check it out here.

. . . wild rose: the cardigan . . .

The pattern for the cardigan has been released . . . The set of wild roses is complete.

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Wild rose is a cardigan with an innovative construction in the same manner as her sister Babe.

There is no sewing, seaming or intarsia involved. First, the sleeves are worked bottom up featuring delicate branches and flowers in stranded colorwork.

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Then the body is worked top down with a stretchy, leafy lace stitch pattern. Finally, stitches are picked up to work the button bands. The colorwork is charted only and is bundled in a separate pdf providing more tips on working fair isle and stranded knitting.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 33, 35½, 39¼, 44, 48, 54¼ “ (84, 90, 100, 112, 122, 138 cm)

Intended to be worn with positive ease (6 to 25 cm / 2½ to 10”). To decide which is the best size for you, measure your high bust (under the armpits) and check also your arm circumference. Model is wearing M with ± 10 cm / 4“ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
fingering / 4ply weight
MC1 (main color of the body) ± 950/1050/1150/1300/1400/1600 m (1050/1150/1260/1450/1550/1750 yards)
MC2 (main color of the sleeves) ± 470/500/550/600/660/750 m (520/550/600/660/720/820 yards)
CC1 (green in the sample): 45 to 90 m ( 50 to 100 yards)
and CC2 (white in the sample): 45 to 90 m (50 to 100 yards)
2.75 mm (US 2) circular needle for the cuffs and buttonbands
two 3.25 mm (US 3) circular needles and straight needles (optional)
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle or double pointed needles to work the sections with the stranded flowers (if necessary)
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle or straight needles to work the bottom part of the body
6 markers
6 buttons (diameter 18 mm / ¾” )

Gauge
stockinette with the 3.25 mm (US 3) needle and blocked: 28 sts and 40 rows
= 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Find out more here

. . . appelblauwzeegroen . . .

The word ‘appelblauwzeegroen’ to designate the color of the sample (between blue and green) is only used in Dutch speaking Belgium.

Learned that from wiktionary

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Beautiful colors from Wollmeise in Pure.

And this is what it became …

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Apple blue, sea green is a short sleeved henley pullover with an asymmetrical high low, faux-pleated peplum worked top down seamlessly in the round. There are different options included to place the asymmetrical peplum: a peplum starting high on the left side and low on the right side as the sample, or high at the front and low at the back or vice versa.

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The shoulder and sleeves construction is an improved version of the one I use in many of my pullovers and cardis (inspired by the contiguous method of Susie Myers). I found a way to work them without breaking any yarn.

Best worn with no ease or a little positive ease. Choose the size that is equal or a bit larger than your high bust measurement (under the armpit). If you should want more ease or if you are large busted, it is best to start with the numbers of the size closest to yours and add more increases for the body and sleeves.

Sizes:
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL finished measurements: 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48 “ (72, 82, 92, 102, 112, 122 cm)

What you’ll need
fingering weight / 4 ply: 4 colors, but it would equally look good in just one color.
Total yardage: ± 1060, 1170, 1290, 1435, 1640, 1800 m (1160, 1280, 1410, 1570, 1800, 2000 yards)

Detailed yardage (as pictured).
color A (top) ± 180, 200, 220, 245, 270, 320 m (200, 220, 240, 270, 300, 350 yards)
color B ± 230, 250, 270, 300, 330, 370 m (250, 275, 300, 330, 360, 400 yards)
color C ± 160, 180, 200, 230, 250, 280 m (175, 200, 220, 250, 275, 310 yards)
color D (bottom) ± 490, 540, 600, 660, 720, 780 m (540, 590, 660, 720, 790, 850 yards)

3 mm (US 2½) circular needle or size to obtain gauge
2.5 mm (US 1½ ) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
4 markers
crochet hook for the provisional cast-on
bobbin (optional)
4 buttons: 15 mm / 0.6” diameter

Gauge: 27 stitches and 36 rows = 10 cm
in stockinette stitch with the larger needle

Check it out here

. . . 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 …

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

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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.

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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.

Sizes
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

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

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

. . . mont blanc . . .

Now that autumn is around the corner it is time to present a pattern to you that I made a while ago, but never showed. I called it ‘mont blanc’ as the colorway I used for it. the yarn is Wollmeise DK in the so called colorway.mont blanc mod 7

The design grew as I was knitting it (top down, of course). The only element that I was sure of is the deep cabled V-neck that starts at the back.

Cropped or longer ? I like it cropped as some kind of sleeveless vest bot longer is maybe better.

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Sleeveless ?

or sleeves ? and what kind of sleeves ?

I decided for skinny ribbed sleeves. What do you think ?

A pic of the back 🙂

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One could even make a cardigan of it (instructions included in the pattern) I don’t have pics to share. I am more of a pullover gal.

Mont blanc is a sleeveless vest … or a pullover with fitted sleeves … or a cardigan … all with a large V-neck and a gentle A-line. The cable panel is first worked bottom up at the back. Then stitches are cast on to work the sleeve caps and from here on, mont blanc is worked top down …

Sizes
Available for size: XS, S/M, M/L, L/XL and XXL
finished measurements: 36½, 42, 46½, 50, 54 “ (93, 108, 118, 128, 137 cm)
Mont blanc is intended to be worn with lots of positive ease: 15 to 25 cm / 6 to 10”
Model is wearing the M/L size with 26 cm / 10 “ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
DK weight / 8ply
Yardage pullover without sleeves
± 900, 1000, 1100, 1250, 1450 m (990, 1100, 1200, 1360, 1600 yards)
Long sleeves
Add ± 200 to 300 m / 220 to 330 yards
If you make a cardigan you might need a little more.

4 mm (US 6) circular needle and straight needles or size to obtain gauge
3.5 mm (US 4 circular needle
8 markers

Gauge
20 sts and 30 rows stockinette with
the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here