Summer knits

Here are two designs for summer, one completely new and one as good as new.

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Ellinore

Ellinore combines the graphic lines of k2, p2 ribbing with a small scale, delicate lace pattern. This creates a garment that is feminine without being girly. A sweet and cool top for all kinds of summer adventures.

The ribbing is worked around, and then, the work is divided for armholes and worked back and forth. The shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off for perfect pattern match. The edgings are worked in stockinette and folded and attached on the wrong side, with a garter ridge marking the transition from lace to stockinette.

Effortless knitting and easy wearability rolled into one garment shown by lovely Milka.

Agatha

Agatha was originally designed for my first cotton yarn, way back when, but has continued to be a personal favorite. So recently I decided to rework it in another favorite, Hempathy, my lovely cool hemp/cotton/modal blend yarn. A compatible combination. Add a vivacious sap green color, and it is ready for any summer adventure.

We photographed it on beautiful Kisanet at the Görväln Castle, a local cultural center.

The patterns are available from my pattern store www.ravelry.com/stores/elsebeth-lavold-designs

Photos by Anders Rydell

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Lina

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Lina, rhymes with Tina.

I don’t design for children very often but here’s one where both model and design are too cute for words.

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This is just pure cardigan sweetness; two simple lace patterns and stockinette play against each other. The yarn is Hempathy, which is lovely to knit with and creates a pleasant drape in the cardigan. The edgings are narrow eyelet rows framed in garter and the eyelets also double as buttonholes at the front. This is really a case of the result being greater than the sum of the parts.

You’ll find the pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lina-11

Photo by Anders Rydell

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

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.