Aisha

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Aisha was originally developed a couple of years ago when my husband and I went on a “cultural trip” to Turkey. We had received a prospectus about travels to Cappadocia in Turkey and when I saw the photos of the landscape I just knew that we had to go. Here are some of Anders’ photos from the trip.

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Some of the odd aspects; mountains that looked like whipped cream and others that looked like fairy tale dwellings.

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Multi-storey dwellings carved out of the mountains with constructed, more conventional buildings or sections of buildings, attached. People actually lived in these dewllings well into the 20th century. Now they are mostly used as summer houses.

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In one photo you can even see a solar panel and a satellite dish attached to a “cave dwelling”. This was early spring and the almond trees were in full bloom and not much else. Cappadocia must be among the most wondrous landscapes in the world and I am immensely grateful that I got to see it in real life (even on a bus tour).

Anyway, Aisha was my knitting project for the trip, though I knitted the first version in my, sadly discontinued, Eucool. I was so happy with the result, I had my fabulous knitter, Helena Norén, knit another one in Hempathy. We photographed it on our lovely model Sanna Wranå.

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The knitting is mostly very easy. The lace part of the pattern is somewhat demanding but only in that you need to pay attention, it is basically very easy knitting.

The sweater on the other hand is beautiful and versatile. Perfect for cool summer days or air conditioned offices.

You’ll find the pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aisha-2

Photos by Anders Rydell

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Marsha

As I have written before, Misty Wool works really well for the summer season too. Maybe not in the mid-day sun but definitely for cool and even warm summer evenings.

Here we photographed Marsha on me when we were in Mallorca in the early fall. Temperatures in the 70’s in the daytime end in the 60’s at night, very comfortable.

Marsha is all garter stitch and baby cables, very little shaping so this is basically zen knitting (I have been needing a lot of that lately).

And this is definitely a case of synergy between pattern and yarn.

Pattern available from my pattern store http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/marsha-8

Photo by Anders Rydell

Misty Wool not just for winter

When I started designing in my lovely Misty Wool yarn I wasn’t aware of its full potential. I figured that it was just another woolen yarn, suitable for winter cardigans and sweaters. It is not! Now that we have become better acquainted I have found it to a truly trans-seasonal yarn suitable for all times except maybe heat waves. Probably in part because of the hemp content but also because of its construction – it is a kind of loose tube yarn. Either way I love it and here are two trans-seasonal designs, now available at my Ravelry store.

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Rikki

A relaxed comfortable sweater, perfect for almost any everyday occasion. The interesting asymmetrical cable pattern creates a nice contrast to the simple structured rib pattern on the sleeves and collar. Welts at the top of the sleeves and around the neckline add sophistication and the Misty Wool yarn supplies character.

The cable pattern is charted and the rib pattern has written instructions.

Francine

Is a cardigan and as comfortable and easy to wear as you could ever wish. The combination of yarn, color and pattern, makes it elegant enough to don instead of a jacket. And the symmetrical pattern offers the opportunity to display some lovely buttons.

The cable pattern on garter adds textural interest (as if the Misty Wool yarn wasn’t interesting enough by itself) and I chose to purl the garter stitch background in order to be able to work the pattern on the right side where I can see what’s going on and to rest on the purl-only wrong side rows. The pattern is charted only.

I like the idea of a knitted pocket. We all need to be able to bring our phones along and small odds and ends, even when we don’t bring a handbag. It turned out that a lot of designers are showing bags on belts and added pickets, so my idea was timely. It is a quirky addition and it could be worn either under or over the cardigan. I recommend that you line the pocket to make it sturdier.

Here is a photo of me wearing the prototype. I had to make some adjustments in order to grade the cardigan, which to my mind made it better, but the prototype is still nice enough for me to keep and I have been wearing it over a shirt all winter.

Photo as always by Anders Rydell.

Ea

Ea was the Mesopotamian god of wisdom. In Denmark Ea is a female name, one I have always liked. So here is my Ea, available at my Ravelry store.

The shape is quite ordinary but the patterns isn’t. Here I’ve stacked two motifs and placed them asymmetrically on the front and back (mirrored so both are on the same side of the body). One motif on each sleeve and, voopti as the Danes say, there you have a very wearable sweater. All the edges are reverse stockinette curling inwards.

I have always been fond of traveling stitches. They are just miniature cables and once you learn to work them without a cable needle the knitting becomes not only ea(sy) but also really fun. The pattern is worked from a chart, but always on the right side rows, where you can see what you’re doing, leaving you with plain purling and no thinking on the wrong side rows.

The pattern is charted only.

Photo as always by Anders Rydell.

BTW the hand dyed silk scarf is a gift from Wendy at Saga Hill Designs.

Marguerite A

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Marguerite was originally designed in Cable Cotton back in 2004 and published in Book 5, The Summer Breeze Collection.

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To me, a classic is a garment that is wearable even after many years, and I think Marguerite falls into that category.
Now, thirteen years later, I felt that it was time for it to return. I have re-worked it in my lovely Misty Wool yarn. In Cable Cotton the shape became quite boxy but in Misty Wool the drape is different so the shape is sleeker, and the texture of the wool and hemp blend adds a sublime contrast to the lace pattern.

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I still love that cardigan, I hope you’ll love is as much as I do.

The pattern is charted only. BTW The A is to avoid confusion with the original version.

 

Better late than never

So, now I have a good excuse for not shouldering my responsibilities. Two weeks ago I fractured my right shoulder in a stupid accident so I haven’t been able to use my right arm and hand much. And even using my left arm and hand affects the right side so I am forced to take it slow and rest a lot.

But I have finally added to my Ravelry store, two designs that I published there shortly before the accident.

Aliette

Once in a while, I stumble upon a pattern that is so exquisite and eyecatching that nothing else is necessary. This unusual and beautiful lace pattern is one example. I actually found several different versions and, as is often the case with me, I just had to tweak it a little to make it my own.

Spectacular it is, so I ended up placing three panels side by side, with the center panel staggered, on the front of an otherwise plain sweater, trusting my lovely Silky Wool yarn in a wonderful color and unobtrusive narrow rolled edges to add the finishing touch. That, in all its simplicity, is enough.

The Lace pattern is charted only.

Angantyr

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is Viking Knits design. I will get back to that in a later post.

 

Gilda

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Yes I know, not everyone has the type of body that looks its best in a knitted skirt, although a slip underneath will work wonders. But I just had to make this dramatic, almost gothic, skirt with its intricate lace border. It is worked from the top down to make the most of the pattern and it will look equally good worn with a belted white shirt.

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The Lace pattern is charted only.

Lexie

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This vest may not be for everybody, but for the right person it is dramatic as well as flattering.

I was experimenting with unusual garment shapes and came up with this little gem. Knit flat in two pieces, there is very little finishing. The overlapping edges of the fronts offer the opportunity to flaunt a favorite pin or brooch for fastening.

The lovely Misty Wool yarn gives the pattern interest and definition.

All knits and purls, charted pattern only.

Photo, as always, Anders Rydell.

New Yarn, New Designs

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Luscious Llama

A lovely new yarn, what fun! The summer spent designing and knitting.

The yarn is 100% Baby Llama and soft as a baby’s butt. The yarns runs through the fingers like melted butter, oh joy! And it shows off knit&purl patterns as well as lace or cable.

With only 50 m / 55 yds per 100 g skein, I’ve concentrated on smaller projects.

On the other hand, 16 lovely and versatile colors makes it easy to go overboard and knit not only one but two or three or more things.

The yarn is a fiest for the eyes and the hands and the ears…

Fanny

This set is all about romance. The hat, I call it a hat because its shape resembles the cloche hats favored a century ago, is flattering and there are matching fingerless gloves which also add to the romance. Super soft Luscious Llama provides the warmth.

The knitting is a bit of a challenge; knitting around with reverse stockinette as the background stitch is hard, especially on projects with a small circumference. Solution; using 2 circulars (any length), one for half the stitches and the other for the other half of the stitches. Knit with only one circular at a time and the knitting becomes a breeze.

The pattern is given in the form of charts only.

2 skeins of 100 g each are enough for both projects and 1 skein may be enough for just the hat – if you’re lucky.

Moira

This one is for me, and possibly anyone with a small head who has had trouble finding a flattering hat. The set provides easy, everyday elegance, your go-to set for the cold season. Quick and easy knitting in super soft Luscious Llama, its all knits and purls.

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The basketweave pattern has written instructions only.

2 skeins are enough for both projects and 1 skein may be enough for just the hat.

Ziggy

Here are some fun small projects that pop with color and textural interest.

The pattern offers easy knitting and big drama with plenty of opportunities to play with color. I’ve made three “sets”, one consisting of a skinny loop, wrist warmers and a headband, one with bigger neck warmer and wrist warmers and the third just a long loop that can be pulled up and worn as a hood.

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The instructions have three different versions of the zigzag pattern so that you can scale your chosen pieces up or down in size.

Sized for women, you’ll need one 100 g skein in each color for each “set”.

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Micah

A cute beanie for both guys and gals. Sizing is changed in part by changing needle size. The beanie is super simple, knitted in the round. The matching fingerless mittens are fairly easy, but if you eliminate the thumb gusset, they are super simple too.

The cable pattern is charted only.

One skein may be enough for the beanie, but buy two to be on the safe side.

Sian

Classical, comfortable, cool; this set of scarf, wrist warmers and / or neck warmer is suitable for both women and men. The smaller wrist warmers are sized for women and the larger for men.

The cable and block patterns are charted only. If you find cables daunting, the block pattern alone would create a nice texture.

Easy and fun knitting.

You’ll need 2 skeins of 100 g each for the scarf, 1 skein each for wrist warmers and neck warmer. For a longer scarf each additional skein will give you 24 in / 60 cm more in length.

Here is a bonus project for the Sian design; a neck warmer in the same cable and block pattern as the wrist warmers. The wrist warmers shown next to the neck warmer are the smaller size in the pattern and here you can see the half blocks meeting on the palm.

You’ll need one 100 g skein for the neck warmer and, of course, needles and gauge as in the pattern (possibly you’ll want a small circular here)

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Neck warmer

With larger needles, cast on 72 sts and work in the round. Place a marker at the beginning of the round. Work in Cable Pattern according to Chart A. Work 7 blocks and bind off in pattern.

You can increase the circumference by sections of 8 sts and the length by any number of blocks if you so desire.

So here’s a mixed bouquet, I hope you’ll find a favored blossom!

Happy Fall Knitting!

Photos, as always, Anders Rydell.