...is finally published!!!
I have been working on this baby since April! But with the workshop and my stay in Berlin for the whole of May and some other things that kept popping up, this pattern really took a long time to get finally out there!
I have to admit that I am very pleased with the SpliTTop! It has so many elements that make it quite unique (at least in my book). A lot of new stuff in terms of seamless techniques, that I discovered while experimenting with yarn & needles in my living-room (all of which are shown step by step in photo-tutorials as usual) and an unusual construction that allows for a (hopefully) very fun project and beautiful finished garment!
Here it is: A new shawl pattern! Reminiscent of a vintage, granny-style mixed with a contemporary colour-work and a simple border with a little twist.
It's a long time I wanted to make a shawl, one that is big enough to actually wear over the shoulders on a chilly summer evening. But it had to be in a retro half-circle shape with a little bit of texture in it (just enough to keep things interesting without getting too much in the way of some effortless beach knitting) and it had to have stripes of course - it wouldn't be me if it wouldn't feature at least some stripes! To cut up the horizontal bands of the stripes and colour-work I also added some dramatic vertical lines of eyelets....
...and voilà, my new shawl was born!
How about meeting up - you and me and other friends - and having a long and nice chat, while knitting together in a cozy shop full of wool......?????
Sounds nice, doesn't it?
Well... if you are in Berlin this month - we can definitely do something about that!
On two Saturdays (the 17th and the 24th of May) we will have 4 hours to meet, discuss, learn, chat and knit together! You will get my e-book "Shaken, Not Stirred!" and we can work through the pattern, start the project and mix and match our own cocktail side by side and needle by needle...
There will be new, detailed material and tutorials on the different techniques used in the pattern and we will work everything out together in German (or English or both... whatever you guys prefer).
The whole event will take place in lovely Berlin (at the bouclé shop) in the Nassauische Strasse 11-12, 10717. You can call Gabriele to book a space or to get more information about the whole workshop (Phone: 030-81853014) or you can write to email@example.com.
I am so excited to actually meet (like really physically meet) you guys.... there are so many ravelry connections and cyber-friends that I have made over the last couple of years - and now I will be able to see and talk with some of you!
This fact alone makes me EXTREMELY happy...
but anxious, too.... I am feeling a little bit like an adolescent on a first date with a pen-pal!
..."Draw me a sheep!", these were the first words uttered by the little prince to the narrator in Saint-Exupéry's magnificent book!
I was listening to the audiobook when I was knitting up my design and was totally carried away to the fragile universe of this lovely character, when I noticed that the colours I chose for my project bore an uncanny resemblance to the colours of the beautiful illustrations that the author had sketched up himself! Even without having seen any of them for a long time (since audiobooks don't come with illustrations... yet!), I subconsciously adapted my choice to the little prince's taste - thus I just had to give my new pattern a name that was borrowed from a quote of the little highness himself!
The fine and sensitive book must have further inspired me to make a delicate little garment, worked out of fingering weight (and therefore being extra light) and with a simple texture that breaks up the striping with a playful repetition.
The boxy form of the pullover keeps it comfortable while a very slight waist-shaping allows for a flowing, feminine drape. To balance the larger body out the neckline is wide and rounded and more reminiscent of a ballet-neck, while fitted sleeves make the whole look more refined.
I had fun experimenting with the lower part of the sleeves: they are supposed to be a new take on the fancy renaissance cuffs. Less floppy and much more discreet, they add a nice feature and keep the whole jumper in accordance with the little prince's sensitive attention to detail.
This project also makes quite good use of rests in fingering weight yarn (that everybody of us seems to have lying around in abundance)! These can be used for the 7 different contrast-colours.
The main concept that was followed in my own sample for combining cool and warm hues, as also low and high contrast colours, are explained in the pattern itself.
You can buy the pattern on my website here, or directly at ravelry
Dessine-moi un mouton - Le monde est triste sans imagination
I have waited quite a long time to write this post, but finally I can say it: the pattern I have been working on since last summer is published!
It all started out as many of my patterns do.. I wanted to do some experiments on yoke/shoulder/sleeve construction and was determined to find a solution that allows for a top-down construction with a tailored, well fitting look and feel!
Especially the contiguous shoulder construction (an ingenious idea developed by Suzie Myers) intrigued me... I have done some garments with it and I liked the clean and well-cut shoulder it produced, but I had some issues with the way the fabric accumulated next to the sleeve and the narrow sleeve-cap that did not really adapt to the natural shape of the shoulder in my opinion (and I didn't find it as comfortable when worn as with a raglan for example).
I thought about all the other construction methods I knew for top-down knitting and I tried to combine all of the parts I liked about them... and I before I knew it I got a yoke that was something like a mesh up of contiguous, raglan, saddle and set-in sleeve... all in one!
This sounds actually quite horrible, but I was very pleased with the "combination" yoke construction that I finally ended up with!
So I started to write this pattern and I can tell you that it is not easy to grade a pattern in different sizes when you have just thrown together different construction-parts, since there are no complete references to consult....
... I almost gave up on it, but I got so many lovely comments on my project page on ravelry that encouraged me to give it another try!
The pattern I ended up with was quite advanced naturally - so I wrote a completely different yoke construction (this time a saddled raglan yoke) for a separate version of the same cardigan, so as to make this pattern accessible to intermediate knitters, too.
After almost 6 months, 2 pattern PDF's, 2 tech-editors (that I almost killed with my constant emails) and around 20 marvellous testers this huge project found it's way into the ravelry data-base today!!!
With all this talk about the yoke construction I forgot to add that I had a blast designing the rest of the cardigan! It features a rounded, longer back, slip stitch patterns on the hem and on the top of the sleeves ...and POCKETS!
You can find the pattern for this cardigan (both yoke versions are included in the download in separate PDFs) on ravelry or you can buy it directly from my site here.
I am in a pre-Christmas-knitting-frenzy to finish up (or even start - horrible me!) the last presents for my nearest and dearest... I guess that you all are in quite a similar situation!!!
So I started working on my sister's gift: a pair of quick and easy armwarmers, which thankfully don't need any intellectual activity at all and can be knitted up while working on the computer or while thinking about the next present that needs to be done....
Soooo... while I was working and minding other stuff, my centre-pulled yarn ball started to tangle and it dropped to the floor more than once and generally couldn't seize to annoye me - That's how I remembered a tip I had seen on pinterest some time ago...
... I went to the kitchen and found a nice sturdy, big enough bowl and a simple binder-clip and I made my own, perfectly functioning yarn-bowl:
I am absolutely loving it... it keeps the yarn in one place (don't choose a light bowl that might move around) and the yarn flows out smoothly without any problems. I took the binder-clip apart to put my yarn in the loops, since I thought about this DIY yarn-bowl after having already started the project - and it could not have been easier to set everything up!
In less than 2 minutes everything was done and my knitting resumed... only this time I had a very obedient yarn ball sitting in a nice looking bowl next to me!
Another plus is that whenever I wan't to put my WIP away I can just put it in the nice bowl and it looks much better than just thrown in a corner, as was my former "method" of organisation!
Here you can find the original post that was linked to pinterest, where I had read about this great idea! And for the curious amongst you: the yarn is "Cool Wool Big Melange" from Lana Grossa in the colourway 617 & the pattern is the free SoftCables I published in November.
I published a free pattern for a pair of armwarmers on ravelry - just in time for the christmas-knitting frenzy (as a small gift from me to you guys)!
These feature a big mirrored cable, with crisp and neat looking braids thanks to the hidden purl stitch in-between them and the 1x1 ribbing right next to the cables. The rest of the armwarmers is worked in simple Stockinette stitch.
Any smooth and highly twisted yarn is suitable for showing off the cables. In this sample 100% merino was used, which is an excellent choice for textured patterns.
And they are made out of worsted weight yarn, which makes for a speedy knit!
This pattern uses a tubular cast on and bind off for a very neat looking finishing that has also extreme stretch (my absolute favorite for accessories). But if you don't feel up to work this technique, you can exchange this CO or BO with any other method of your choice, just make sure that it is very stretchy!
And while I was taking the pictures for the pattern it started to snow - for the first time this winter, very softly and silently the snowflakes wanted to make their presence in my photos...
You can download this pattern for free either on this site here, or directly on ravelry.
My new hat pattern!!!
It has quite an interesting fabric with a stitch that highlights all subtle colour-changes in hand dyed indy yarn!
This Diagonal-Basket-Weave-Stitch-Pattern is also the reason for the funny name. Quadrifurcus means "crossroads" in latin (yes... our friends the Romans had quite some ridiculous sounding words, some times) - and I liked it, not only because I have a penchant for ridiculous names... but mainly because the stitch allows for all different hues to come together in never ending crossing paths!!!
But who cares about the name anyway...
The best thing of all is, that Sylvie fromPolo&CO - who made the yarn of my hat - agreed to prepare some incredibly gorgeous kits extra for this pattern!!!
She has been working like a maniac to prepare all the yarn and kits, so that they will be ready and waiting for you in her little etsy-shop tonight, at 19:00 GMT.
For the first 2 weeks of it's publication, until Nov 30, 2013 at 0:00 GMT, the pattern will be exclusively available in her shop (together with the yarn-kits) at a special price.... Polo&Co is in France and all the yarn is made exclusively out of local french wool that is washed, carded and spun on the spot!
There will be two different kinds to choose from:
A Natural Colour Combination
(at 8,70 Euros + Shipping)
With 2x50gr balls of yarn in gorgeous "sheep" colours... unprocessed, natural colours without any added dye: just the actual colour the yarn had when it was shorn from the sheep.
By clicking on the images below you can get to each kit page directly to order it.
And a Coloured Combination
(at 11,50 Euros + Shipping)
Again 2x50gr balls of yarn. One in a natural shade as above and another one in a gorgeous hand-dyed colour out of natural & biodegradable dyes.
By clicking on the images below you can get to each kit page directly to order it.
The Quadrifurcus pattern will be offered together with each kit until Nov, 30 - at the discounted price of 3,20€ (it is already included in the above prices)!
After that period it will be available through my own shop and ravelry (without the kit sadly) at it's regular price of 4,20€.
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