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.

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