Monthly Archives: March 2010

Mendel

I’ve just put the finishing touches to my new pattern- Mendel.

I knit this top for my sister last year as a Christmas present.  As a non-knitter she can sometimes be a little harder to please but she just loves this top, the drape, fabric and how flattering and lightweight it is.  This final design was a long time coming, I begin with the initial idea of gently draping and gathered fabric with a Roman aesthetic.  I wanted to knit it entirely in one piece so it took several attempts to figure out how to create this neckline with a drape at the front without having to resort to sewing in a central panel.

Mendel $5.95

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Difficulty: Intermediate

Description

Simplicity and elegance are key in this understated top.  Drama is created using an open draped neckline and ruched hemlines.

This top is knit as a lightweight material from fingering weight yarn that has been knit with a loose gauge.  This creates a flattering and stretchy material.  Knit in the round from the bottom up, the ruches and hem are created as you knit.  When the body is finished sleeves are picked up and knit down from the armhole leaving you with minimal finishing when the knitting is done.

SIZE

Bust size: 30-32 [32-34, 34-36, 36-38, 38-40, 40-42 / 42-44, 44-46, 46-48, 48-50, 50-52, 52-54] inches

0-2 inches negative ease recommended.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest : 30 [32, 34, 35.75, 38, 40 / 42, 43.75, 46, 48, 50, 52.25] inches

Length: 23 [23.75, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5 / 26, 26.25, 26.75, 27, 27.75, 27.75] inches

Size 34 inches modelled with 1 inch negative ease.

MATERIALS

Cascade Yarns ‘Heritage’: (75% Merino Superwash / 25% Nylon; 437yds/400m per 100g skein); Color: Turqoise (5626); 3 [3, 3, 4, 4, 4 / 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5] skeins

1 US 5/3.75mm circular needle, 24-inch length or longer for bigger sizes.

1 US 4/3.5mm circular needle, 24-inch length or longer for bigger sizes.

US 5/3.75mm double pointed needles.

US 4/3.5mm double pointed needles.

Tapestry needle; stitch markers; waste yarn, small crochet hook.

GAUGE

26 sts/36 rows = 4″/10cm in stockinette stitch on US 5/3.75mm needles

Techniques used and described:

Provisional Cast-on
Left and right leaning increases
Short Rows
3-needle Bind off

Spring Wardrobe

It’s that time of year again, it’s getting brighter, sunnier and it feels like Spring.  Every spring (and Autumn/Fall) I get the sudden urge to go clothes shopping.  I’m not a big shopper but the is something about the change of season that gets me itching to overhaul my wardrobe.

There seems to be some huge variations in trends at the moment, one that I can do without is the frilly dresses with very fine flower prints…although with denim they can be ok (but I feel a bit like a throwback to my teenage years!)

Also reminiscent of my younger years is this year’s nautical trend.  Most noticeably in stripes, primarily in navy and white or red and white.  If I dig hard enough I’m sure I’ve still got one of these from when I’m 14!

Once designer who always seems to be bang on trend is Olga Buraya-Kefelian (her blog is here).  She has recently finished a book Ori ami Knits which has some beautiful, wearable knits.  And as a bonus the photography is so beautiful that they are pleasure to look at.  The skirt shown below Airfoil Skirt has got some great over sized pockets that can be worn in several different ways. I seem to be seeing large skirt/cardigan/dress pockets in a lot of places lately and I like that look.

We’ve got a cutie staying with us

Normally in our house we just have one dog Kenny…given how large he is that is more than enough. The boys adore him so much, he is regularly used as a cushion/piece of furniture for reading on. Apparently he seems to enjoy this, I think he likes all the attention.

Over the last few weeks my brother has been traveling a lot. His dog Molly has been here for about a month now and they are so cute together. It is fun to go out a feed two little black heads in the morning. I think we’ll all miss her when she goes home.

Kenny

Kenny

Molly

Molly

This picture of the dogs playing in our local woods is from last year.  A couple of weeks go we went down there to go for a walk but couldn’t get in.  The woods is accessed by a wooden bridge but it was washed away by the floods this winter.  I really hope that it gets rebuild, they are just perfect for Sunday walks and only 10 minutes drive from our house.

More donations and a sneak peak

I wanted to thank anyone who bought Captiva Wrap over the last few weeks , donations from the sales came to $154 which I was very happy to send to MSF this morning.  I am very glad to be able to send a little more.

I seem to be juggling a lot of different projects at the moment, all at different stages.  I send off another secret project last week, however I think I might start a new version of it for myself with some cascade eco + I have here from last year.  It is a lovely deep purple, it would be wonderful for everyday wear but I think too dark to photograph well.  I wish I got more time to knit for myself, I am almost afraid to wear anything I do finish on the off chance that I might need it for display!  I think that it’s about time my knits got a bit more wearing.

Before Christmas I finished a lightweight sweater for my sister.  She recently returned to office work and was looking for a stylish lightweight top for everyday wear.  I know that she loves turquoise and I found the most perfect shade of Turquoise in Cascade Heritage sock yarn.

I know it is knit in sock yarn…BUT it is at a loose gauge (for lovely stretch and drape) and the 36 inch size takes just under 3 skeins.  Not a bad price for a new sweater!

It is knit in one piece (body knit from the hem up), with set-in sleeves knit from the top down in the round after the body if finished.  Lots of fun and not too complex so a good one for knitting on the go.

It will be a couple more weeks before we finish the final layout but it has been tech edited so it is getting close to being ready to release.