Monthly Archives: July 2009

Trellis and Vine Pullover


I’m very excited to have my first pattern published in Interweave Press Fall 2009 –‘Trellis and Vine Pullover’.  I knit this last spring from the most wonderfully soft Alpaca, ‘Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist‘.  This would also be great knit in any yarn with a smooth drapy texture, maybe a silk blend.  It’s knit from the top down so it is very easy to add length to any part of the body if you want to, or to the sleeves.  There is gentle waist shaping which can also be added to or taken away from as your body needs.  I think that 0-2 inches of postive ease would be good with this sweater, on the manequin below it is shown with 0 inches of ease.  The neck is shown with one repeat of the lace, but if you wanted a higher turtleneck it can easily ba achieved by working an extra repeat of the lace pattern.  Have fun knitting it!

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I’ve knit a version of this for myself also in a baby blue Louisa Harding Kashmir DK.  The gauge of this was a little tighter than the pattern so I’ve got a formfitted version of the sweater, I need to block it still but I’ll post some photos in the next few days once it’s done.


My new cardigan is now available to buy. However it has a name change and will now be called ‘Trilo’.  I realised when I went to Ravelry that there were far too many Ripleys and no one would ever find it!


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Difficulty: Intermediate

If the standard construction of sweaters has left you bored, here is a cardigan with a difference! The back and sleeves are knit first, then the front and yoke are picked up and knit as one piece. This creates a cozy cardigan with a horizontal lace rib that flows seamlessly and leaves you with very little finishing work. A luxurious shawl collar gives it the perfect finish.


To fit actual bust circumference up to: 30 [33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 47, 50] inches

3 inches of positive ease are recommended.

Navy version modelled with 3 inches postive ease, pink and green version modelled with 1 inch postive ease.

When I started this cardigan I wanted to figure out if I could knit the front panels and the yoke of a cardigan together. It worked really well, the back and sleeves are knit first. The you work the front and the yoke decreasing along raglan seams.
It fits well, is fun to knit and looks good on. What more could you ask for in a cardigan!

Still working on that cardigan

Ok, so I think that I’ll have that pdf finished in the next few days. The cardigan will be called ‘Ripley’…see if you can figure out why! Here are a few photos until you can get the final pdf.
This cardigan started out as an idea that I test out on a mini-cardigan to see if you could make the front for a cardigan and collar all one piece.



I really liked the end effect so went on to try it in an adult size with Elann Incense in Navy and this was the result.

Ripley in Navy Elann Incense

Trilo in Navy Elann Incense

Now I love this cardigan so much that I wanted to see what it would look like in different yarns, Sue worked a pink version in Manos del Uraguay, very pretty don’t you think?

Ripley, Pink Manos del Uraguay

Trilo, Pink Manos del Uraguay

Finally a few weeks ago I finished an Olive version with Fyberspates Scrumptious kindly donated by Jen. This yarn creates a super lightweight cardigan that just floats.
I enjoyed knitting the second version as much as the first (very unusual for me!), it has a good mixture between fast easy knitting with some interest thrown in so you don’t get bored. I think the Olive version was knit in less than two weeks!

Ripley, Fyberspates Olive Scrumptious

Trilo, Fyberspates Olive Scrumptious

I’ll leave you with a detail of the shoulder decreases from Sue’s pink version.

Ripley shoulder detail

Trilo shoulder detail

New pattern soon..pre-holiday?

I have a pattern to release in the next few weeks and I’ve been trying to decide if it should be before or after my holiday.
This pattern has an interesting history, it started out as a experiment. I wanted to know if I could knit an entire front of a cardigan with the yoke and collar in one piece. I started with a tiny doll version and discovered that it would work. From there I did another miniature version to test out some stitch patterns and yarn. Finally settling on some wool/silk blends I knit my first version in navy out of Elann Incense (wool/silk/bamboo). The second version was knit by my friend Sue in Pink from Manos del Uraguay, and was so very pretty. Just in case this wasn’t enough, when over at Ravelry day UK I spied Fyberspates Scrumptious.  For anyone who hasn’t seen this yarn in person, it lives up to it’s name.  And so a third version in Olive was made, and was just finished last week.  So between the three we have many photo options, all very colorful!