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.

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Megan

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Just published on Ravelry, a new cardigan, Megan. The color says fall, the yarn says summer – it is a truly trans-seasonal garment. Softer than a jacket, and more comfortable, but still elegant enough for office wear or even for a night out.

The yarn is LinSilk, a blend of flax and silk with a soft handle and a subtle sheen. The yarn is unfortunately discontinued but may still be available.

 

Megan has cabled panels along the front button band, at the center back and sleeves. The Faux Ribbing creates surface interest and there’s just a touch of shaping at the sides. The winged collar adds a touch of femininity.

Photo by Anders Rydell.

More summer

More summer

Hempathy has been a long-standing summer favorite. This season we introduced a print version of, Hempathy Prints. Ten different color combinations were selected to match solid colors in the Hempathy line. You’ll find the print colors here

https://knittingfever.com/elsebeth-lavold/yarn/E-HEMPP

The fiber content and length/weight is the same as for the solid colors but the Prints are available in 100 g balls.

My first project was this simple basic sweater in the Bear in Mind colorway. I edged it with cast-on + 1 row using the matching solid green.

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Then came Bea

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Bea is an airy top, straight with a boat neck and short sleeves. The pattern is placed in a V-formation that comes naturally with this pattern. It is placed mostly above the bra line so its transparency is not an issue.

The name of the lace pattern happens to be Bumble Bee because of its resemblance to my favorite pollinator and the name Bea was chosen because it is homonymous with said insect.

I figured that the pattern is distinct enough to be highly visible in the print version of Hempathy, so I chose the New Orange colorway, and I was right. Here shape, pattern color and yarn co-operate to create a true summer favorite. And it’s fairly quick and easy knitting too.

Bea is available for download at my Ravelry store

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/elsebeth-lavold-designs

Photo as always Anders Rydell

Ghita and Tinalee

My two summer tops this year.

 

Ghita is a versatile and relaxed top. Easy to knit, easy to wear, a very “summery” garment, and Hempathy is the perfect yarn for it.

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For a long time I’ve been wanting to knit a project across, instead of bottom-up. My issue has been that I haven’t been able to find the combination of pattern and shape that will work together so that the drape of the garment is to my satisfaction. Then I stumbled on this openwork basketweave pattern and something clicked in my brain. Combining it with cable panels knitted across might solve my dilemma.

Using the cable panels as a yoke gives the top a stability and then the basketweave pattern can flow freely from there. The fact that it is knitted from the yoke down has the added bonus of making it easy to adjust the length to your preferred proportions.

Tinalee combines easy elegance with a touch of romance.

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I’ve been wanting to use this lovely lace panel for quite some time, especially using the arrow-shaped beginning. Here the lace panel is worked on a stockinette background and placed on the upper part of the front only. The rest of the top is worked in a simple knit and purl textured pattern.

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There’s no shaping at the sides, and no shaping for armholes, instead a drawstring at the waist supplies shaping possibilities when you wear the top. The lovely Hempathy yarn is supple and cool. Crocheted picot edgings add to the romantic feel.

I enjoyed making them and wearing them, I hope that you will too.

Both are now available for download at my Ravelry store

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/elsebeth-lavold-designs

Photo by Anders Rydell

The best-laid plans of mice and men

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Wasn’t there something about mice and men and the best-laid plans? Well, that has been at work this spring so my summer designs have been severely delayed. But at last they are ready for publishing and I will be presenting them, one at a time, over the next week or so.

First out is Grainne, one of my personal summer favorites, knit in LinSilk, a soft and drapey yarn, ideal for cool summer nights.

The basic design is derived from the bodice of the Rye Cardigan in book 25, Garden Delight. For Grainne I turned it into a sweater, echoing the motifs on a three-quarter length sleeve. The motifs are my own design, using a combination of cable and lace technique, i.e. yarnovers and decreases, which does provide a bit of challenge.

I love the golden orange color – bright but not glaring. And it works so well with my favored moss and lime greens, or as shown here, with off-white.

I have a short upper body and look best in short sweaters. If you prefer a longer version you can easily add length at the bottom of the sweater before the first motif. The stockinette “stalks” in combination with the character of the yarn, makes the sweater cling to your body curves without being tight.

You can find it here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grainne-3

Photo, as always, by Anders Rydell.

Yrsa

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Yrsa was first published in Knitters Magazine K72, Fall 2003 under the name Cul-de-sac. It has been immensely sought after, and I am still getting requests for it.

The magazine has been long out of print and the pattern unavailable.

So, finally, I have re-knitted it in my wonderful Silky Wool. It is a design that is close to my heart, the shape, the placement of the pattern elements, the vent in the back and the points on the fronts all come together to create a harmonious whole. And Silky Wool is a better choice than the DK I originally used, but it was before my yarn line had commenced. So here is Yrsa, photographed by Anders Rydell; timeless, ageless, feminine and flattering as well as fun to knit.

The pattern is available from my Ravelry store http://www.ravelry.com/stores/elsebeth-lavold-designs

Far right, the version published in Knitter’s Magazine, Photo by Alexis Xenakis.

Aslak

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Here is a Viking Knits Sweater for the Viking Guy. In this case, with my good-looking Godson #1, Joar, as a model. The photoshoot took place at a local “hembygdsgård”, a kind of outdoor museum with old houses and farming paraphernalia. We had a cold but lovely afternoon together.

The Yarn is my lovely Misty Wool, 75% Wool, 25% Hemp, a comfortable blend, adding interest to the stockinette sections of the design. The sweater has a cabled yoke that accentuates the shoulders and, as an unusual feature, the cabling is echoed on the bottom of the sleeve.

The lower part of the body is plain stockinette, and since it is knitted from the yoke down, you can easily adjust the length to suit your Viking Guy. And if you prefer working this part in the round to avoid those pesky purls, that is easily done.

Photo as always, Anders Rydell.

Happy Knitting!