Still happily knitting away on some new projects (well, mostly happy because I had my share of ripping back with one or the other), but still no pictures at this time. But at least another pattern added to my Raverly store today: Rose Garden Mitts.
The mitts are knitted in the round from the bottom up. The cuff has a folded picot edging, the main part is a lace and colorwork pattern, and they cover about half of the fingers with another folded picot edging.
You can choose to work the pattern either from the chart or the written instructions. The pattern includes three sizes.
This pattern also was previsouly published in Interweave's Jane Austen magazine and is now available from my Ravelry store, here.
Busy, busy, busy working on some new projects - but all of them are super secret so there isn't anything to share yet. Well, at least I got my act together and worked on some more of my patterns with the rights returned to make them available in my Ravelry store. Just added this week is the individual pattern for the Gentlemen's Hunting Socks, previously published in Intereweave's Jane Austen magazine.
The socks are knit from the top down with heel flap and gusset. They are worked with a slip stitch pattern, so they are worked with one colour only at the time. The pattern includes three sizes and you can choose to work the slip stitch pattern either from the charts or the written instructions.
The pattern is now available from my Ravelry store, here.
No idea how the weater is in your neck of the world, but over here it's almost too hot to knit. Small and quick things are what I like to work on best when we have such fab summer weather, so my latest pattern fits the bill perfectly: Bay Mitts.
The mitts are worked in the round from the cuff up and they feature vertical lines of twisted ribbing that converge with horizontal rows of garter stitch, resulting in a purposely skewed look because of the different row gauges.
The sample was knitted in oh-so-soft Malabrigo Yarn Sock in Cirrus Gray.
Bay Mitts are a quick, yet interesting to knit unisex pattern for cooler days in autumn, which unfortunately all to soon will be around again. The pattern is included in the latest issue of Knitscene, Fall 2019, available now in print or as download from the Intereweave website, here.
This year's summer holidays took us to a place I absolutely love: Ireland! And as so often in the past, I managed to plan our trip to the island with a visit to a yarn fest... I couldn't be happier! Don't get this wrong, I would have gone there anyway because Ireland is such a beautiful country that we always enjoy going there. I mean, just look at this: what's there not to like?
The blues, the greens, the beautiful... We love it!
Anyway, before we started our travel in the south-west of the country, I had the chance to visit Woollinn Dublin and it was such a fab event. I took a workshop with Bristol Ivy which I absolutely loved and which was very inspiring, had fun drooling over yarns and ahem, yes, added a bit to my stash...
... and I met so many wonderful people: knitters from all over the world, new to me indie dyers, a tech editor I've worked with a couple of times but who I've never met in person before and then someone I was really excited to meet: Jess, who togehter with her husband founded Ravelry. The website has been my 'home' for more than 10 years, it is where I made friends from all over the world and it's also the place that gave me the idea to write up my patterns... so this was a real treat for me!
I had a ball - and I'll certainly be back.
Well, visiting Woollinn was all my fibre-loving heart needed, but my wonderful DH even spoilt me with another yarn fix when we travelled the south of Ireland. Because one of my fave brands from Ireland has its studio in Cork... Hedgehog Fibres.
Caroline, who has worked there for years, gave us a warm welcome and showed us around, then there was more drooling over yarns and yes, some may have travelled on with us...
All the happiness in one pictures: lots of new goddies and a head full of memories - what a fab time we've had!
I'm humming the old Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' while typing this, because the song is actually the reason for my latest pattern's name: Lucy's Stole.
The stole is knit in traditonal Sheltand lace patterns and it got its name because of the diamond shaped stitch motifs worked all-over the main piece of the stole.
The main body of the piece is knit from one short side to the other. The edging is worked sideways and is knit onto the live stitches and stitches picked up from the small garter border around the body.
As it is tradition in Shetland lace knitting, the overall “background” stitch is garter stitch which leads to a fabric that looks almost the same on the right and wrong sides. The stole has a generous size with a length of approximately 182 cm (72") and a width of 62 cm (24.25"). Knit in a lace weight yarn, it does take a wile to complete - but in my opinion it is so worth it and I'm sure this stole gets a lot of admiration. It truly is a heirloom piece!
Lucy's Stole is included in the latest Knit Picks collection called Sojourn. The pattern is available for individual download or a part of the collection from the Knit Picks website, here.
A few days ago I received a fab pick-me-up after a long workday: happy mail was waiting at home. I received my copy of The Art of Circular Yokes and I'm still over the moon that one of my designs made it into this awesome collection curated by Kerry Bogert!
The Scallops Cardigan is knitted from the top down with a cabled yoke. The cables start small and get wider with each yoke increase. This shows how you can shape a yoke simply by shaping each cable or element in it. One of the cables from the yoke is continued onto each sleeve as an eye-catching extra; on the sleeve the cable gets gradually narrower before it 'vanishes' completely. All edgings (bottom edge, buttonband, cuffs) are cabled too. The cardigan is worked completely without any seams.
I admit I am really proud of myself for this design and to see it beautifully photographed by Harper Point Photography in this fab Interweave book makes me do a happy dance!
The Art of Circular Yokes is available from book stores and also - as ebook or in print - from the Interweave website, here.
... der immer dann eingesetzt wird, wenn meine Stricklust verschwunden ist: ich lasse Ulli Wolle für mein nächstes Projekt aussuchen. Denn wenn ich weiß, dass ich für Ulli stricke, ist es meist Motiviation genug und ich werde ruck-zuck fertig. So war es auch mit diesen Socken.
Die Socken waren mein Projekt für unterwegs, und daher sind sie recht einfach. Denn wie's im Auot so ist, ich quatsche mit Ulli, singe lautstark mit oder beschäftige mich mit sonst irgendwas und das ist viel zu viel Ablenkung für komplizierte Strickmuster.
Bei diesem Paar habe ich fast alles im Bündchenmuster gearbeitet. 2 rechts, 2 links am Schaft wurden an der Ferse zu 3 rechts, 3 links für eine integrierte Ferse verändert, und auch der Oberfuß wurde dann in 3 rechts, 3 links gearbeitet.
Mir gefallen sie richtig gut, nicht nur das Aussehen, sondern auch die Passform. Mittlerweile stricke ich gerade das nächste Paar und ich überlege, daraus aus ein frei verfügbares Strickmuster zum machen. Wie gefallen sie Euch?
... to lure my knitting mojo out of hiding: Have Ulli choose a yarn for a new project. When I know it's a gift for him, there's enough motivation to keep going. And as so often before, it did the trick with these socks also.
They were my car knitting project, so I kept them easy to work. Let's face it, when in the car chatting with Ulli, singing along to music and what not, there's just too much distraction for complicated patterns.
They are basically knitted completely in rib, the leg in 2/2 rib which I increased to 3/3 rib to create a hybrid fleegle heel. The 3/3 rib is continued onto the instep.
I really like how they turned out and the great fit they have. I'm already on my second pair and I'm pondering on turning them into a free pattern for everyone to enjoy. What do you think about them?