Knit for my youngest as a Christmas present 🙂
Yarn: Woolfolk Flette Bulky – 5 skeins (131 yds/ea) in color FB02
Needles: US 11s
Size: 3Pin It
This was my third version of this pattern – I love how it creates garments that look so different, just by changing yarns!
Yarn: Tot le Matin:
Tot MCN (70% SW merino / 29% silk / 10% cashmere) – 1 skein (437 yds/ea) in colors Anna, Perle, and Quimper
Tot Kidsilk (72% kid mohair / 28% silk) – 1 skein (431 yds/ea) in colors Anna, Perle, and Quimper
Needles: US 6s
I created the subtle striping effect by alternating using the Tot MSC, single-stranded, the Tot MSC and Kidsilk double-stranded, and the Tot Kidsilk double-stranded. This yarn is unbelievably soft and light – it’s like wearing a cloud 🙂 I love the colors, and how the stripes run vertically (and diagonally, when buttoned across the front).
Pattern: Niamh by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock 4ply – 4 skeins in color Violets
Needles: US 3s
Size: M1 (37.75″)
I picked a smaller size because I was getting a little bigger gauge, and I was hoping for an oversized pullover. In retrospect, I wish I had stuck with my usual size (M2) – the pullover fits me perfectly, but it’s not the slightly oversized, baggy look I was hoping for.Pin It
A different variation on my Candy Stripe Cardigan pattern, perfect for showing off the natural hues of A Verb For Keeping Warm’s beautiful Gather yarn.
Pattern: Candy Stripe Cardigan
Yarn: A Verb for Keeping Warm Gather (75% Rambouillet / 25% alpaca) (sport weight, 200 yds / 50 g per skein):
— MC Quartz (5 skeins)
— CC Doe (1 skein)
— CC Smoke (1 skein)
— CC Lighthouse (1 skein)
Needles: US 6s
I used broken rib on the cuffs and increased the buttonband ribbing to 2″, but otherwise made no modifications. This yarn is wonderful when knitted up, light and bouncy but warm 🙂Pin It
I love this hat pattern (although I feel a little silly modeling it in the middle of the summer!)
Pattern: Oslo Hat
Yarn: Polka Dot Sheep Iron Horse (75% merino / 25% mulberry silk) – 1 skein (438 yds) in color Fathom
I love this yarn – good structure and bounce, but still soft and silky. The color is deeply saturated, with just a little bit of shine. Because it’s fingering weight, I knit double-stranded. I ran out of yarn before I even began the top shaping, so I finished it up much more quickly than the pattern called for, completing all of the decreases in just a few rounds. I love how it turned out, but I’d also like to finish off the pattern as written (next time I find two skeins of fingering weight yarn that I can’t resist!)
Needles: US 3s (16″ circulars and DPNs)Pin It
This is my second sweater pattern in By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 9. It is a beautiful way to use rustic, woolly yarn in natural colors, and perfect for a summer afternoon out boating on the water!
Pattern: Mahone Bay Pullover
Yarn: HW WoolWorks Downeast Woolly – MC Natural Grey (5 skeins) and CC Natural White (1 skein) (200 yds of worsted weight yarn per skein)
Needles: US 8s and US 7s (ribbing)
Size: MPin It
The name was inspired by my oldest daughter, who took one look at the soft, lovely color and commented that it was the iconic color for bridesmaids’ dresses 🙂 Knit double-stranded with a yarn comprised of baby alpaca, silk, and cashmere, it’s no wonder that this is just about the softest, yummiest thing I’ve ever worn around my neck!
I love this stitch pattern both front and back, which makes the cowl completely reversible.
Yarn: Bleu Poussiere Noble (70% baby alpaca / 20% silk / 10% cashmere) – 2 skeins (400m/ea) in color Amulette, naturally dyed with madder and hibiscus
Needles: US 4s 16″
Notes: Knit with yarn held double-stranded throughout.
Cast on 136 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Garter stitch (knit one round, then purl one round) for 9 rounds total.
Begin four-round stitch pattern:
R4: *Sl 1 purl wise to cable needle and hold in front of work, k2, slip st from cable needle to RH needle, k1. Rep. from * to end of round.
Work until ” from cast-on. Starting with a purl round, work in garter stitch for 9 rounds. Bind off loosely knit-wise.
I think of this top more as a popover than a sweater, because of it’s shape and because I think it looks so much better with a longer tank top underneath. I was inspired by the designer’s images and volunteered to test knit; the pattern is lovely, but I’m not sure it’s the best shape or fit for me. Right now, these short boxy tops are really “in” and you see them all over knitwear designers’ pages, but I think I’m too short and boxy myself to wear them well!
Pattern: Dune by Eri Shimizu
Yarn: Mythica Fibers (100% rustic silk) – 2 skeins (470 yds/ea) in color Je Te Veux (I ran out when finishing the sleeve and neck edges, but I could have left them unfinished, or I could have kept the top its original length, instead of lengthening it by an inch or so).
Needles: US 5sPin It
I had hoped to get the perfect soft pink by combining two strands of Purl Soho’s Cattail Silk, but instead the two colors just muddied each other . . . I’m happy with how the yarn knit up as a tee, and the rustic silk makes it wearable in warm weather, but I’m disappointed in the color.
Pattern: Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond (modified sleeve by knitting for 1.5″ and then .75″ of ribbing)
Yarn: Purl Soho Cattail Silk (100% silk) – 2 skeins (470 yds/ea) in colors Porcelain White and Cherry Blossom, knit double-stranded (unfortunately, I needed only a very little of the second skeins, so now I have a lot of leftover yarn from this project!)
Needles: US 4s
Size: 36″ (this size would typically give me zero positive ease, but likely my gauge is a little on the large size, so this probably comes out more like 38″Pin It
My second go-round knitting one of my new patterns from By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 9. This time, I wanted a completely different look, so instead of a rustic, “sheepy” yarn, I used fingering weight, knit at a fairly open gauge, double-stranded with mohair. The result is a soft, warm yet light pullover that drapes beautifully and looks like a soft spring morning 🙂
Pattern: Mahone Bay Pullover
Yarn: The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock 4-ply (80% super wash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 2 1/2 skeins (383 yds/ea) in color Smitten, knit double-stranded with La Bien Aimee Mohair Silk (70% mohair / 30% silk) – 1 1/2 skeins (547 yds/ea) in color Bois de Rose
Needles: US 8s and 7s (ribbing)
Notes: I used a small bit of stash yarn for the CC (unlike the original, I knit the ribbing in MC and used CC only for the garter bump accent).
Pattern: Lunenberg Cardigan – my design, published in By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 9
Yarn: The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock 4-ply (80% super wash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 4 skeins (383 yds/ea) in color Favourite Jeans
Needles: US 4s and 3s (ribbing)Pin It
Another summerweight mohair shawl from By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 9, this one is knit by alternating lace weight merino (held double stranded) and adding in a strand of lace weight merino/silk (for a total of three strands).
Pattern: Just Peachy triangular asymmetrical shawl
Needles: US 7s
Yarn: HW Woolworks merino lace (1 skein/ea of dark and light peach) and mohair/silk (1 skein in light peach)
For this second version, I used a single strand of fingering weight merino/silk instead of two strands of lace weight:
In this third version, I used the same pattern, but without double and triple-stranding — all yarn is held just single stranded – and I changed colors as I worked through the pattern.
Yarns: Chmurka Goat on the Boat – 1 skein/ea in colors Mahogany, Old Letter, Sealing Wax, and Attic
Finally, this fourth version is single-color, single-strand – beautifully simple, it showcases the yarn and let’s the pattern’s texture shine:
Yarns: Hinterland Dusk – 2 skeins in color Ash
Needles: US 5s
Two new shawls, designed for By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 9 – both use a combination of mohair/silk and fingering weight yarns to create a soft, beautiful fiber that is both light and warm. I love how mixing different yarns in the same color family results in a color that has so much layering and depth to it!
Pattern: Sea Glass rectangular lace wrap
Yarn: HW WoolWorks mohair silk and mighty fine sock (held doubled)
Needles: US 8s
Pattern: Morning Mist arched shawl
Yarn: HW WoolWorks mohair/silk and merino lace (held doubled)
Needles: US 10sPin It
This is one of my patterns from the newest issue of By Hand Serial: Lookbook No. 9. I think it might be my favorite – it is, in my opinion, the perfect wear-anywhere, wear-with-everything, three-season cardigan! Knit in fingering weight yarn, it can take on just about any look you want, showcase any yarn you love, and it’s never too heavy or bulky. I already have a second one on my needles 🙂
Yarn: HW Woolworks Hand Dyed Merino (or any fingering weight yarn) – 4 skeins (365 yds/ea)
Needles: US 4s (and US 3s for ribbing)Pin It
This yarn came to me all the way from Poland – it is created in small batches by a talented dyer named Marzena Kolaczek. Her saturated tonal colors are stunning, and I love how they look so beautiful together, they almost glow! This yarn base is a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk – the result is the perfect drape and incredible softness. This piece has become my new favorite go-to shawl, just because it feels so good around my neck and it was so much fun to knit up all of the different colors.
Chmurka Goat on the Boat (70% superwash merino/20% silk/10% cashmere, 437 yds per 100 g) 1 skein each of five colors (I used Sunny Honey, Valadilene, Cogs, Patina, and Foggy Night)
US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, tapestry needle
18 sts and 25 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch, blocked
Hold yarn double-stranded throughout. Scarf is knit on the bias from one short end to the other, with large stripes separated by one garter stitch ridge. Scarf begins and ends with K3, P2 ribbing.
Using C1, CO 108 sts.
Row 1 (RS): (K3, p2) to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2 (WS): K3, (k2, p3) to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: K3, kfb, cont ribbing pattern as established to last 5 its, k2tog, k3.
Row 4: K3, cont ribbing pattern to last 3 sts, k3.
Rep rows 3 and 4 until scarf measures 2” from CO edge, ending with a WS row.
Row 1 (RS): K3, kfb, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3.
Row 2 (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Rep rows 1 and 2 for a total of 30 rows.
Next knit two rows in garter stitch, continuing the increases and decreases:
Row 1 (RS): K3, kfb, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3.
Row 2 (WS): K3, k to last 3 sts, k3.
Cut C1 and change to C2.
Rep Body section in C2, work Garter rows, then change to C3.
Rep Body section in C3, work Garter rows, then change to C4.
Rep Body section in C4, work Garter rows, then change to C5.
Rep Body section in C5, work Garter rows, then change to C1.
Rep the same sequence with all 5 colors.
After completing the second C5 section, continue with C5 and rep Ribbing section.
BO all sts in pattern.
Block scarf to measurements.
BO bind off
CC contrast color
CO cast on
kfb knit into the front and back of the same stitch
RS right side
St st stockinette stitch
WS wrong side
I love how this one came out – so soft and snuggly, what a warm and wonderful cardigan! I think it’s likely that the yarn is going to pill – it’s not spun very tightly – but I’m going to enjoy it as long as it lasts 🙂
Yarn: La Bien Aimee Merino Aran (100% superwash merino) – 8 skeins (181 yds/ea) in color Yellow Brick Road
Needles: US 6s
This was definitely not a quick knit – the all-over textured pattern takes more time, but it’s not a difficult stitch, and it’s fun to see how it develops.