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

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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.

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.

 

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.

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!

Olivia & Ernie

Two new patterns for kids are now available for download on Ravelry.

They were photographed in late August on a small local beach. We had planned an outing to take a family photograph of the girls and their parents. The older one had been photographed before, for a different project, so we asked, could we bring a couple of sweaters and use Julia, and possibly her sister, if they felt like it. We never want to force children, the whole photo experience has to be a good one.

Well, at first Julia didn’t want to, and anyway the cardigan was too big for her (the cardigan is knitted for a size 6 years, she is a small 4-year-old), so we decided to just play around some. Then all of a sudden, there’s Maja, the little sister, in the hoodie. So Anders grabs his camera and starts shooting as we play. Then Julia pulls on the cardie – she wants to be in on the fun too. So that way we did get a bunch of lovely photos.

Although the photos aren’t perfect; the hair is in disarray, the t-shirts are showing etc., the girls are so pretty and full of life and it was just such a perfect day that we decided to use the photos anyway. And there’s a bonus in the fact that the photos show off the garments in a real life situation.

Olivia

Is a versatile cardie with a pretty pattern balanced by plain stockinette sleeves (the sleeves have the same rolled edgings as the body).

Ernie

Just a plain hoodie, suitable for both girls and boys. The eagle motif on the kangaroo pocket is inspired by Native American imagery and the contrast color is used again in the rolled edgings.

The name is actually a Swedish (bad) pun. The Swedish word for eagle is Örn, pronounced as the first part of Ernie. I just couldn’t help myself.

I gave the girls the sweaters as a thanks for helping us and they love them. I hope your whatever-year-olds will love theirs too.

Photo as always Anders Rydell.