Monthly Archives: May 2010

Adrift KAL

For anyone who has been planning on starting Adrift soon you may be interested in joining our KAL (knit along) at my Stolen Stitches group on Ravelry.  It is officially starting tomorrow on June 1st (with a few getting an early head start)!  I’ll be popping in to check posts daily (if possible) so between me and all the support from fellow knitters it should be a big help in getting the cardigan finished in time to use this summer!

Knit Camp 2010- Class preview

Cross posted with Knit Camp 2010.
Last week when Jo Watson said that she was setting up a new blog for Knit Camp I though it was a great idea and volunteered to contribute to it.

For anyone who doesn’t know me, I am a knitwear designer living in Ireland and will be one of the tutors at Knit camp in August. I self-publish my work and I have contributed to several magazines and books (Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Yarn Forward, Knitty, Knotions and the book ‘Knitting in the Sun’). If you’re interested in finding out a little more about me you can visit my blog Stolen Stitches and also see an recent interview I did for a Dublin knitting shop This is Knit.

In this post I though I’d talk a little about one of the classes I’ll be running on Thursday 12th August ‘Shaping up your Traditional Knits‘. This will be an all day class aimed at experienced knitters who are able to knit cables but who what to learn how to modify a traditional pattern to fit them.

The idea for this class came from my own love of traditional cable stitches. I love digging through old patterns to see how different stitch patterns are combined. However the standard square unshaped pieces with drop shoulder construction is unappealing to me. I like waist shaping, fitted shoulders and ideally seamless knits. As a designer I have the experience to modify patterns myself and I wanted this full day class to give experienced knitters the knowledge and confidence to do that also. Please note that this is not a design class, it is to step you through the process of modify the pattern.

How will the class work?
As knitters I think we are practical and hands-on so this class will work around a pattern. I will provide a very basic cabled pattern that we will modify. If you have a pattern that you would like to work on in the class you are welcome to bring your own also.

What will you learn?
I will be focusing on a number of different areas to modify in this class which will include:

1. Seamless Knitting
For all of you knitters out there who love to knit seamless garments I will work with you to help convert a flat pattern to a seamless one.

2. Waist Shaping
If you would rather a little waist shaping in your knits we’ll work out some ways of incorporating waist shaping into your garment. Where is the easiest place to add it? How will it effect the overall garment?
When you are working a more fitted garment gauge is critical, so we’ll be looking at the best way of measuring gauge and calculating size for a heavily patterned garment.

3. Shoulder Shaping
If drop shoulders aren’t really you’re thing we’ll take a look at how they can be converted to a set-in sleeves. I will also work through how to work a set-in sleeve from the top down. You’ll be amazed how easy it is!

Hopefully that will give you an idea of how this unique class will work, if it sounds like something you’ve been waiting for please come and sign up!

This is Knit and pretty st markers

I had a wonderful time yesterday in the Lace workshop at This Is Knit.  Lisa and Jacqui are quite possibly the most perfect hosts, welcoming and ultra organised.  Many, many thanks.

Unfortunately I was carrying so much stuff with me yesterday I managed to forget my camera so I don’t have any pictures of the day to post.  What I do have however is a picture of the wonderful stitch markers that Karen of Chocolate Bunni Crafts made just for the workshop.  They are just so cute!  I even got to go for sushi with Karen (and Karen!) afterwards, a rare treat.

chocolate bunni markers

I was so impressed with what a great bunch of knitters were there, they all just went flying through the shawls.  Everyone working on the Captiva Wrap got a full pattern repeat finished during the class!

Thank you again everyone.

Adrift KAL

There has been a lot of interest in my newest pattern Adrift.  I’ve suggested a KAL (knit-a-long) on my Stolen Stitches group on Ravelry so if you are knitting this cardigan and want some company for all that st st come join us!  Right now knitters are just getting started with yarn choices and swatching so your ideas and suggestions are very welcome.  Some knitters are finishing other projects and waiting for yarn to arrive so they aren’t planning on starting until June,  maybe that would suit you?

I’ve not had much experience with a KAL  before so I’m just figuring out how this works as I go along.  If you have any suggests I’m very open to ideas.

Teacup Pinafore

In the last few weeks my latest design has come out in Interweave Knits Summer.  This is the Teacup Pinafore.

With this pinafore (would also make a great sundress) I wanted to capture a classic, girly feel.  A little bit vintage and very comfortable to wear.

The original swatch I created was in Tahki Cotton Classic, I quite like the white (but probably not too practical!)

As with most of my designs this is seamless and it is knit from the bottom up.  The picot edging at the bottom is created using a knitting in hem for a nice smooth finish.  My favorite detail of the dress is the button band.  It is knit in one piece with folded over tabs (using a slip stitch folding stitch) to give a nice stability to the dress.  You can see it in a little more detail here, sorry about the unmodeled shots though as there are only boys in my house they wouldn’t much appreciate modeling this!

This version of the pinafore has picot bind offs at both the armholes and the neckline for a femine touch.  I would love to see a simplified version of this pattern for a little girl who didn’t like frills.  Using the basic shaping if the edging detail and the final picot edging at the bind off was removed it would make a wonderful simple sundress.  Perhaps even with some bright striping in the skirt?

Looking forward to seeing some variations knitted of this!



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For those cool evenings this soft, airy, elegant draped cardigan will keep you warmed and stylish. Knit from the top down, this cardigan has long front panels which are designed to either hang down forming a cascading front or be pinned across the front like a shawl.

Sample is shown knit with short sleeves but directions are also given in the pattern for 3/4 length sleeves.
To find the correct size to fit, measure across your high bust line (approximately under your armpits) and use this as your size guide. Due to the stretchy nature of the fabric you should use this actual measurement; if you are between sizes knit the smaller size.
To fit bust: 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)” / 76 (84, 91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137.5) cm
Length: 17.25 (17.5, 18, 18.25, 18.5, 18.75, 19, 20, 20.5)/44 (44.5, 45.5, 46.5, 47, 47.5, 48.5, 51, 52) cm.

Malabrigo Lace (100% Baby Merino wool; 470 yds/430m per 50g skein); /Color: Glazed Carrot, 16;
Short Sleeves: 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins.
¾ length Sleeves:  3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins.

1 set US 6/4mm dpns (if magic loop not used for sleeves)
1 US 6/4mm circular needle, 40”/100cm length (or longer for larger cardigan size)
Tapestry needle; stitch markers; waste yarn.

25 sts/38 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in st st blocked.

Sneak peak..

In between various deadline projects I’ve managed to finish a self-published pattern.  For several months now I’ve had a small bag of  Malabrigo Lace sitting on the corner of my desk.  I’ve been very patient but I eventually managed to get chance to start knitting with it.  This little cardigan became my go everywhere project….it came out on knit night, sat in the car between school runs and has been on a few car journeys!

I wanted to create a wearable and versatile cardigan that would be light enough for a summer evening and small enough to be folded into a handbag when it wasn’t needed.  I knit the lace weight yarn at a loose gauge for a lightweight fabric that would drape really well.  Malabrigo lace yarn after blocking ‘blooms’ really well so that the stitches fill in nicely.

I think I’ve ended up with a cardigan that is simple but still has a certain elegance to it.  Knit from the top down in one piece with modified raglan shoulder shaping.  The front drape is knitted with the piece so all you need to finish when the body is done are the sleeves.  I have shown this sample with short sleeves but instructions will also be given in the pattern for 3/4 length sleeves.

I would love to see a version of this cardigan knit with 3/4 length sleeves, if you would like to be the first to knit the longer sleeved version I’ll send the pattern to you.  So first 2 responses in the comments will get a free copy of the pattern.