Three new designs in Silky Wool

I’ve just added three new designs for download in my Ravelry store http://www.ravelry.com/stores/elsebeth-lavold-designs.

Lately I’ve been fascinated by the simplicity and complexity of knit and purl patterns.

Here are two designs for women that work very well together but are also nice in their own right, plus a man’s sweater design, exploring the same theme.

 

Massey Sizes S–L (XL–3X)

When it was decided that there would be no new colors in Silky Wool XL, I was disenchanted. I had really gotten to like that yarn. For me, it was not the kind of yarn you fall head over heels in love with, but rather one that grew on me over time and as I got to know it well.

I’ve never really been fond of working with yarn laid double but needs must find a way – without Silky Wool XL, what to do? So, I tried working with 2 strands of Silky Wool. And I was actually pleased.

Massey is the result of that pleasure. A yarn with less loft would not have worked.

I’m immensely intrigued by the effect of setting vertical ribs against horizontal ridges of Stockinette and Reverse Stockinette. Yes good folks, it is only knit and purl. It is also interesting how the pattern looks different when viewed horizontally and vertically as can be seen on the back view.

Here’s fun knitting and the result is pure drama.

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Jane Sizes XS (S) M1 (M2) (L) XL

Jane is the result of a personal wardrobe need. I had bought a fabulous new pair of pants and needed something to go with them. Something plain, but not boring; let me introduce Jane.

Two very easy knit and purl patterns cooperate in this design; Faux Ribbing for the sleeves and collar and Dotted Lines for the body. And I think they work well together.

Not all knitted garments have to be dramatic, sometimes all you need is a well balanced plain Jane.

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Declan Sizes S (M) L (XL)

Over the years I have learned that guys dont like dramatic sweater (with my DH as the proverbial exception). Soft yarns for their sensitive skin and masculine colors (and here my brother belies the norm) is what most men prefer. But even a subtle pattern can be interesting; here I’ve broken up the Faux Ribbing and placed it in vertical column that are then broken up into blocks – all floating on a Stockinette background. Nice Zen knitting leading to a sweater that just might become one of his favorites.

As always, photos by Anders Rydell.

 

Kul med Ull

Kul med Ull

I lördags var det Kul med ull i Kallhälls Folkets hus.

Massor av garn- och textilgalna människor hade samlats för att lyssna när Lena Köster höll föredrag om ull. Dessutom fanns det möjlighet att delta i workshops, se demonstrationer av olika textila tekniker, handla ull, garn och redskap och annat på marknaden eller bara fika och mingla med alla garngalna människor.

Bilderna visar ett litet urval av mina plagg exponerade på ett mikrofonstativ (det är inte första gången Anders bakgrund som musiker kommer väl till pass), litet av människomyllret sett från vårt stånd och min demonstration av hur man stickar flätor utan hjälpsticka.

En härlig dag med god stämning och massor av sköna textilfantaster!

Foto / Photo: Anders Rydell

Report from a local event focused on wool; with lecture, spinning classes, mini workshops and yarn and fiber market.

The photos show an array of my designs displayed on a microphone stand (!), a view of the crowd from our stand and my mini workshop on how to cable without a cable needle.

 

 

 

New designs on Ravelry

Six designs in Misty Wool available for download on Ravelry.

All photos by Anders Rydell.

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Whelan Sizes SM (LXL)

Is it a wrap, a shawl with seams, a weird jacket? I don’t know but I’ve seen a number of these garments around, more or less successful designs, but interesting from a construction point of view. I felt the challenge to explore this garment type myself. Here is my second version (the first will follow soon) which is relaxed in both material and scale. You can even wear a coat over it, an aspect that is quite important when you live in a Nordic country with cold winters and, in my case, have to travel by public transportation.

It was fun to knit. The knit-and-purl pattern is fairly easy, yet still demanding enough to keep me interested. The construction is from three rectangular pieces, joined at the end and then ribbing is added at the front and armholes.

I’ve only made two sizes, but it should be easy to scale up for larger sizes. Easy enough to be a beginner’s project.

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Maloney Sizes SM (LXL)

An easy cardigan that could very well become a staple in your wardrobe. It has in mine. I actually made the first prototype in Silky Wool XL, as you can see in these photos of me wearing it, but Misty Wool is even more suitable, supplying a drape that the Silky Wool lacks. I love both of them though.

The measurements are a little tricky – they indicate a larger size but when worn, the cardigan drapes around the body in a very flattering manner. Both my prototype and the Misty Wool version are knitted in the smaller size, and both I and the model are size Small. As you can see, the chest width of 43 in or 110 cm is not too big.

If you can knit cables this is easy knitting with very little shaping, just a bit at the armholes. The pattern, reminiscent of tree bark. Basically the cables are a kind of reverse staghorn and staghorn cables, but the cable crossings are made only every fourth row.

The different gnarly structures are created when the cables change direction. These shifts are indicated in a schematic but, if you are creative or adventurous, you can make your version unique by placing the shifts wherever you want. Whatever you do will look good, just compare to natures random twists and turns. This is technically in the intermediate skill range because cabling is an intermediate skill but otherwise it is easy.

Sylvie Sizes Child’s (Women’s)

I love hats. Unfortunately I have a small head and fine hair, which means that most hat styles make me look like a pin without a head. Not very flattering.

So I decided to go for a beret, a style that is flattering for a lot of different facial types and Sylvie arrived. Quick and fun knitting where the shaping is integrated in the design, and I’m very pleased with the result

Later, when we photographed it, our model placed it on her head like a cap instead of a beret, very cool and very flattering. So this is a design which offers more than you would expect. Intermediate skill range

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Frederique Sizes M (L) XL (2X)

Is it a vest or is it a tabard? Either way it is a garment that is very suitable for indoors winter life. Worn over a t-shirt and jeans, a buttoned shirt and dressy pants or even over a dress it adds warmth across the shoulders,back and chest where you need it, and doesn’t restrict movement. The open sides and the longish ties together with the strategically placed cable motifs create an illusion of slimness and the longer back provides a modern touch. The detailing at the neckline adds sophistication and is the only challenging part of this otherwise easy-to-knit garment. The cabling and the neck puts this in the intermediate skill range.

Palermo Sizes XS (S) M (L) XL

There are times when even I feel that enough is enough with the cables. Solution; a cabled front combined with back and sleeves in moss stitch. In this case it also has a functional aspect, the longer back would have been misshapen in cabling. So a touch of cable challenge on the front, and then just downstream knitting from there on. Slits at the sides are optional and if you abhor turtle and funnel neck, you could do a crew neck in moss stitch. Intermediate skill level.

Keane Size Woman’s (wrist warmers come in a smaller and a larger size)

Here I go again, I just love matching sets; in this case a cap and wrist warmers. And not one, but two styles of crown; a traditional beret style crown and a more artistic or even bohemian, square style. For the wrist warmers, you can either knit a super simple cuff or a longer version with a thumb gusset (with a simplified gusset construction). The stripe pattern is easy and the cable motif consists of only seven crossings in total.