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Interweave Fall 2015

Did any one notice that the new Interweave Knits (Fall 2015) came out this week?

Interweave Knits Fall 2015 Digital Edition (affiliate link)

I’ve got 2 sweaters in this issue:

First is Dee Sweater

This is knit using one of my favourite yarns, Blue Moon Fibers Targhee (also used for my Landscape Waves last year). This sweater is knit from the top down, starting with the waffle stitch saddle shoulders. From there the front and back were knit from each side and joined in the round for the body. The body is knit in one piece to the hem where it is split for front and back and worked in waffle stitch. If you wanted a longer sweater it would be fairly easy to work more length here.
Afterwards the sleeves are knit using short rows to shape the sleeve caps from the top down. The waffle stitch panel continues right from top where the saddle stitches are still live.

My second sweater is the Paddock Cardigan

This cardigan uses Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair, I used this for the first time in my Short Row Knits book (you’ll see that sweater soon!) This yarn has nice body to it and is delightfully soft and enjoyable to work with.

This sweater is knit in one piece from the bottom up and uses raglan shoulder shaping. The cables used are a zig-zag infinite cable that runs around the hem and has a central cable at the top of the back.

There are some beautiful knits in this issue…Romi’s shawl (Squall Line) is a special favourite of mine!

 

Capitoline

Welcome to the next in my Dovestone Hills patterns; Capitoline (view on ravelry here). Remember that today is the last day that you can use the coupon code DOVESTONE (either free euro shipping or 20% ravelry sale).

This sweater is knit completely from side to side. You begin at one side of the front, casting on all of the stitches for the complete yoke and body. From there you work from side-to-side, working short rows at the yoke so that the yoke is the correct size.

When you reach the sleeves you cast on the sleeves stitches provisionally, work the bottom of the sleeve then the sleeve and yoke are worked together. When the sleeve is finished you graft the start and end of the sleeve together for an invisible seam. For anyone who hates grafting a standard seam will work just fine as well!

When the sleeve is finished we go back and work the side of the body under the sleeve. this is worked using a simple lace stitch with short rows to create an a-line shape at the side of the body.

Now we make our way around the back of the body, again with short row yoke shaping. We work the second sleeve the same way as the first and finally we finish at the other side of the front. And magic, you’ve got a cardigan :-)

Caelius

The Caelius sweater from Dovestone Hills, travelled a lot with me; it started on the plane ride to Denver…then it made it to TNNA in Phoenix (being knit on the show floor) and finally it came home to Ireland.

I wanted this sweater to be a nice fast knit that was super wearable. It’s got a few key features that I love in an everyday sweater; a warm, easy to wear neckline, a long body with enough room that I can wear layers underneath but enough shape that it was flattering to wear.

The sweater begins with the neckline, you can knit it for as long or short as you like. It’s allowed to fold down into a cowl shape.

The yoke is shaped using raglan shoulder shaping that is worked on either side of double yarnover seam lines. These yarnovers continue into the body where the a-line shaping happens between them.

All the edges are designed to be allowed to casually roll so it ‘s easy to modify for your own length, adding or removing length for the sleeves and body.

I’m actually knitting a version for myself in green (Chevin) and grey (Coal) and I think I might add a little length for a super long body….if I ever get knitting time for me again!

Aventine

Aventine

Let’s take a look at the first pattern from Dovestone Hills, Aventine. This pattern idea started as a gift. Blue Moon Fibers sent me yarn a couple of years ago, a worsted weight ‘Worthy’ . This yarn in the heavier weight wasn’t made as a commercial yarn so I couldn’t use it for a published pattern. It was so wonderfully soft though that I thought it’d be beautiful to make a gift for my mother who adores green.

I began playing with ideas; I never like doing things the ordinary way (top down simple shawl!) so I began this from the bottom. I started with a standard shawl tab, with standard triangular shawl increases at the center and sides. But then when each diagonal of the shawl was as long as I wanted I separated them. From there I began knitting each shawl side separately; first straight and then angled to decrease. I also added a few buttonholes at the very end to allow the shawl to be wrapped around the front and buttoned at the back. (A common complaint of mine with shawls – it’s hard to hold them in place!).

Just because this shawl is buttoned though doesn’t stop you from using it as a standard wrap or scarf, its happy to do whatever you ask :-)

Baa Ram Ewe knit the second version in Dovestone that was a perfect match for my wrap!

Dovestone Hills

The time has come to share my Baa Ram Ewe collaboration with you – last August they told me about a brand new yarn, Dovestone DK, that they were producing and asking if I’d like to do a pattern collection to go with it. Needless to say I jumped at the chance; a great company plus a wonderful new woolly Yorkshire yarn. What’s not to like?
I wasn’t disappointed, I had so much fun with the yarn; it’s bouncy and rustic but not rough. The official yarn launch is in August (come book your place for the launch and my class!) but the yarn can be pre-ordered already.

So I welcome you to Dovestone Hills.

Dovestone Knits

There are 3 different ways to purchase. Plus a few early bird discounts for you special people!

If you want digital only you can purchase in Euro. With code DOVESTONE get 20% off. add to cart
For dollar purchases of the digital/print package get 20% off book cost also with DOVESTONE. add to cart

If you want a signed copy (with a digital code also) you can buy in Euro directly from me here. With code DOVESTONE you’ll have free shipping.

Note: These codes are valid until the end of July only.

I’ve recently joined (well actually started using!) Instagram and it’s a lovely way to start sharing a new project. You can find me here as feller.carol.
Over the coming days I’m going to share each of the projects individually with you but for now here’s a glance at all 7 in one go.

Baa Ram Ewe

I’m a little disconnected at the moment, we’re on a long (working..great photos!) holiday in Costa Rica….I’ve been trying zip wiring for the first time and was very surprised to actually enjoy it!

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I wanted to tell you about a very exciting August I’m going to have with Baa Ram Ewe in Yorkshire.

Baa Ram Ewe have let the cat out of the bag, they are releasing a brand new yarn, Dovestone DK next month that’s currently on pre-sale.

dovestone

and I’ll have a pattern collection to go along with the new yarn!

Dovestone KnitsYou are going to just love this yarn, it’s both rustic and soft at the same time. Just a dream to knit with and the colours aren’t half bad either :-) In about 2 weeks when I get back from holidays I’ll release the booklet in both digital and print format but if you’re lucky I’ll get around to putting a few little peeks at the patterns up along the way….here are a few to get you started:

Dovestone Knits

For anyone close enough to Baa Ram Ewe I’m going to be there in August for the new season launch.

To take a class on Seamless Knits with me you can register here.

If you want to attend the new season launch come register here.

I can’t wait to share these new patterns and yarn with you!

Feamainn Shawl – Final IYC 2015 pattern

Well the final pattern of the Irish Yarn Club has been released – Feamainn Shawl. This was a pleasure to knit, the colours made me so happy :-)

Feamainn

(Club can still be purchased pattern only).

I am not usually a big lace weight knitter, when it’s very fine I find that my small finger starts cramping from holding the tension in the yarn. However for the Yarn Club I wanted to find a yarn with more yardage for a larger project and lace was the only way to do that. The Hedgehog Fibres Silk/Merino lace was a little heavier as laceweight goes. This make a big difference to me, it felt very comfortable to work with, no finger cramping!

feamainn

The colours of the yarn swim between blues and greens and are rich and vibrant. It felt like a deep rich sea colour so the lace pattern I used has echoes of waves and seaweed. It starts at the top with a garter stitch tab, working down in a standard triangular lace shape but with a lace spine that runs the full length. It flows from st st into linear lace and finishing with a wider lace edging.

feamainn

If you only want a single pattern from the Yarn Club then next month they will be released individually.

New patterns plus surprises

This blog post is really almost a little news roundup. I’m busy in the planning stages for my trip to TNNA at Columbus next week. This is equal parts work and fun; I get to meet all my friends, fondle new yarns while at the same time selling my patterns to yarn stores. This year I’m extending my autumn/fall KAL to yarn stores. If you’re a yarn store (or if you’ve got one close to you that might be interested) you can register your interest with the newsletter here.

Barkentine

My first pattern with Yarn Stories, Barkentine, was released this week. You may notice that this season I’m just loving loose, drop shoulder lace tops. They just seem the perfect seasonal addition to the wardrobe at them moment! The lace running up the side of Barkentine was designed to echo the sea, for all your maritime adventures :-)

The KAL for Spritz Stripes is moving along very quickly – we’re already on clue 3! Many of the knitters were just astonished when they realised how much the lace grows in this sweater….watch them transform from crop tops to full length sweaters :-) These before and after photos are well worth a look.

Now for the surprise. I just released Rakuda which uses a very distinctive yarn, Cole. I would love to see a couple of versions of this in different yarns (or different colors of Cole if you’ve got some available). Leave a comment below telling me what size you’ll knit and what yarn you’ve got that will work for the pattern….. details of the pattern below. Please don’t enter if you don’t have time in the coming month to knit it!

Leave a comment by Saturday 23 May and I’ll pick 3 winners who get a copy of the pattern.

SIZE
To Fit Actual Bust Circumference up to:
31.5 (35.5, 37.5, 40, 44, 46, 48.5, 52.5, 54.5)” / 80 (90, 95.5, 101.5, 112, 117, 123, 133.5, 138.5) cm.
5-7” / 12.5 – 18 cm positive ease recommended.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust Circumference:
36.5 (40.5, 42.5, 45, 49, 51, 53.5, 57.5, 59.5)” / 92.5 (103, 108, 114.5, 124.5, 129.5, 136, 146, 151) cm.
Size 40.5” / 103 cm modelled with 5”/ 12.5 cm positive ease.
Length: 25 (26, 26.25, 26.5, 27.75, 28.25, 28.75, 30, 30.75)” / 63.5 (66, 66.5, 67.5, 70.5, 72, 73, 76, 78) cm.

MATERIALS
Yarn

Anzula Luxury Fibers ‘Cole’
100% Superwash Merino; 180 yds /164 m per 3.5 oz /100 g skein); Color: Pewter; 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins

Needles & Notions
2 US size 8 / 5 mm circular needles, 40”/ 100 cm long
2 US size 10.5 / 7 mm circular needles, 40”/ 100 cm long
Set of US size 8 / 5 mm dpns (if not using magic loop for sleeves)
Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.
Tapestry needle, stitch markers, stitch holder, one 1.25” / 3 cm diameter button.

Gauge
16 sts and 21 rows = 4”/10cm in St St with smaller needle
16 sts and 30 rows = 4”/10cm in Garter Stitch with smaller needle
15 sts and 18 rows = 4”/10cm in Over-Sized Lace

 

New summer lace cardigan

Rakuda

When I went to TNNA last December Anzula asked if I’d like to pick a yarn to design with and Rakuda is the finished product.  They have got some very delicious yarns so it was a difficult choice. One of their newer yarns, Cole, jumped out at me. It was a little unusual, an aran weight yarn that is 70% silk and 30% camel. Instead of having a smooth, shiny feel as a lot of silk blends this was a more rustic, slubby version of silk with that delicious silk smell. It was such a distinctive yarn it really called to me.

As I started swatching I realised that the heavy qualities of silk really needed an open pattern that allowed it to drape. When I tried it with this large over-sized lace I loved how it looked and felt; both heavy and open at the same time! However I wanted to make sure that it still held it’s shape so I used garter stitch to anchor the cardigan together.

It ended up creating a cardigan that’s super fast to knit but very wearable for in-between weather. It is knit flat from the bottom up in one piece, German short rows shape the garter stitch shoulder slopes. Sleeves are worked in the round from the top down once the body is complete.

When choosing a size to knit for this cardigan several inches of positive ease are a good idea. The cardigan is naturally draped so a few inches of positive ease helps that happen. The size pictured is the 40.5″ finished size which has around 6″ positive ease.

Here are all the available sizes for Rakuda – you can see that I’ve give recommendations for the size (to fit bust is the size of your own bust) with the actual dimensions of the finished cardigan below that.
To Fit Actual Bust Circumference up to:
31.5 (35.5, 37.5, 40, 44, 46, 48.5, 52.5, 54.5)” / 80 (90, 95.5, 101.5, 112, 117, 123, 133.5, 138.5) cm.
5-7” / 12.5 – 18 cm positive ease recommended.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust Circumference:
36.5 (40.5, 42.5, 45, 49, 51, 53.5, 57.5, 59.5)” / 92.5 (103, 108, 114.5, 124.5, 129.5, 136, 146, 151) cm.
Size 40.5” / 103 cm modelled with 5”/ 12.5 cm positive ease.
Length: 25 (26, 26.25, 26.5, 27.75, 28.25, 28.75, 30, 30.75)” / 63.5 (66, 66.5, 67.5, 70.5, 72, 73, 76, 78) cm.

Dragon Flames is released!

So my Dragon Flames cardigan is finished and has been released!

Dragon Flames

If you’ve been following along on my blog gradient adventure you have already watched the creation process. Last week my husband brought the cardigan with him to Florida when visiting family and his sister kindly modeled it for us! I think Florida was the perfect spot for this cardigan, the bright oranges and rusts just come to life with the the bright tropical colors.

Dragon Flames

I don’t know what plant this was in the garden but the color is just perfect with the cardigan!

Dragon Flames

Dragonfly fibers have put a few kits together for this cardigan in a variety of colors. One of my favorites is the Cheshire Cat gradient…

cheshire

Or maybe Siberian Iris?

If you don’t have any gradient yarn available I think that a variegated yarn or a self-striping yarn worked from the middle out would be amazing! What color would you like to do your version in?

If you’re going to the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival you can see the original sample in person at the Dragonfly Fibers stand and I think they may have a few kits with them!