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.

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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.