Knitting

Creating

3 March 2012 · 3 comments in Knitting,Weaving

Knitting projects

Weaving projects

Gramps

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I promised myself I’d create more. I started this blog to document my knitting, but it’s been very quiet the last couple of years, mostly because I haven’t been knitting much. This year, I want to put a change to that, but I also want to do other crafts. So far, I’ve done pretty well. I’ve made progress on multiple sweaters and socks for myself, woven a few scarves for gifts and knit this adorable baby cardigan for a friend’s baby (it even has elbow patches!) I’m hoping to add some sewing to the list soon. Here’s to a creative 2012!

Autumn Leaves

14 January 2012 · 5 comments in Knitting

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves by Jared Flood, knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Embers

When we were in Seattle, my friends took us to Bainbridge Island where we visited Churchmouse Yarns. I fell in love with the sample for Jared Flood’s Autumn Leaves even though it’s not exactly the most appropriate accessory for Melbourne’s mild winters. I debated knitting it in one of the other colours, but in the end I couldn’t resist that gorgeous orange.

God Jul!

18 December 2011 · 0 comments in Knitting

GOD JUL

I’m sure you’d almost forgotten that I actually have a few patterns for sale. Anyway, from now until the end of the year, take 25% off all purchases in my Ravelry store with code GODJUL.

Neko

6 August 2011 · 4 comments in Knitting

I didn’t mean to disappear for a month and a half, but sometimes that’s what happens. I’m back now, with some exciting news I’ve been dying to share for months. As you may have noticed, I have a pattern in the (gorgeous) new issue of Twist Collective.

It’s called Neko and is a cabled shift dress knit from the beautiful O-Wool Classic. I loved putting together this pattern as it’s a bit different from my other designs and I’m really proud of how it turned out. I was also pleased to see the great styling and how perfectly it fits the adorable model.

I’ll probably be writing more about Neko later on, but for now, I hope you check out the new issue of Twist.

{Photograph by Jane Heller for Twist Collective}

After lots of work, my latest sweater pattern, Josefin is finally available for purchase.

Josefin

Josefin is a simple pullover knit from the beautiful MadelineToash Pashmina (shown in Trodden). It’s got a versatile shape, dart shaping and slight scoopneck, which makes it flattering on most body types. But it’s the elegant details that really make this pattern: eyelet and garter trims, pleats and subtle puffed sleeves. I’m really proud of this pattern and I hope you love it too.

Josefin!

And now for some technical details: Josefin is knit from the bottom up with top-down set-in sleeves. I love this construction method since it has all the benefits of seamless knits with the structural advantages of a seamed sweater. The nit-picky details, like yardage and needle specifications are all available on Ravelry.

Josefin!

Josefin is now available to purchase on Ravelry for US$6. In addition, I’m currently running a promotion, where you get $2 off with purchase of any two of my sweater patterns. Past purchases are eligible, so if you’ve already purchased one of my other sweaters and buy Josefin today, you still get the discount. The code is HOORAY.

Man socks

21 February 2011 · 1 comment in Knitting

So far, I’m actually following though on my resolution to knit more socks in 2011. James has just spent four weeks in China for work, so when he got back yesterday, I surprised him with with handknit socks as a belated Valentine’s day gift.

Man socks!
Stockinette socks knit from Have You Any Wool Luxe Sock in Graphite.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any suitably masculine yarn, so I wasn’t able to reduce my sock stash. I ended up with some HYAW merino cashmere blend which was wonderfully soft to work with. I also love the way the plain stockinette shows off the subtle variegation. The other details are pretty boring: heel flaps, extra long 2×2 cuffs and a basic toe. But the socks fit perfectly and I know they’ll get worn a ton. Gift success!

Socks

23 January 2011 · 4 comments in Knitting

I’ve had a long love affair with handknit socks. I’ve knit a few dozen pairs, both elaborately patterned and plain, but in the last couple of years, my enthusiasm for making handknit socks seems to have waned. For example, these socks were finished a couple of months ago, but I have no idea when I started them.

Handspun socks!
Handspun socks knit from theytoldmesew Handspun in Mount Vernon Bliss

Now that they’re finally done and photographed though, I love them. While all handknit socks are special, handspun socks are a particular treat. These are just standard top-down 64-stitch socks with my usual heel flap and toe, but the yarn makes them far from boring. They’re fraternal, but I think that’s part of the beauty of handspun yarn.

Handspun socks!

Some friends of mine have mentioned making socks a priority in 2011 and digging up some of our precious skeins to make basic stockinette socks. Since I’m not sure I have the energy for intricate Cookie A socks right now, I think that sounds like an excellent idea. After all, I have plenty of gorgeous sock yarn to choose from!

Sock stash

Emelie part 2

16 January 2011 · 4 comments in Knitting

About a year and a half ago, my mum asked me to knit her a cardigan. I’d already knit her one for Christmas the year before, but she wanted something that was lighter and more suitable for Singapore weather. And she wanted it in red. In secret, I started working on a Kim Hargreaves pattern, Evie, and I finished in just in time for Christmas 2009. Unfortunately, it ended up being too big. I promised her I would revisit the cardigan and reknit it in a smaller size, but I never got around to it.

Emelie for my mum
Emelie knit from Hermosa Fiber Company Fingering MCN in Paprika {more}

Then when my mum visited me in August, I showed her Emelie and she asked if I would knit her one as well. She liked the idea of having a cardigan I had not only knit, but also designed, and of course I was thrilled. I picked out a new red yarn, the absolutely stunning Paprika shade from new indie dyer Hermosa Fiber Company and set to work.

Emelie for my mum

This time around, I knit the longest length to suit my mum’s tall frame. Since the MCN fingering is a little bit lighter than the Jitterbug I used in the original pattern, I also knit at a slightly smaller gauge and went up a size to compensate. The result is a flattering cardigan that fits my mum perfectly. It’s the right length and size, and even the set-in sleeve caps look made for her.

Emelie for my mum

Overall, it’s probably one of my favourite garments I’ve knit so far. I really loved working on this cardigan for my mum and I hope she loves wearing it. If you’re interested in the pattern, it’s available on Ravelry for US$6.

Emelie for my mum

Jeanie

28 November 2010 · 3 comments in Knitting

To celebrate the release of Jeanie and the upcoming holidays, all my patterns are 20% on Ravelry with coupon code PEPPARKAKA!

I’ve knit a lot of socks in my knitting days, and I’ve always wanted to design a sock pattern myself. So, this is Jeanie!

Jeanette's socks!

Jeanie, knit from MadelineTosh tosh sock in Sequoia
These socks were knit for and named after my friend Jeanette. I really love how they turned out. I started off mapping out cables on graph paper. I changed my mind a couple of times before I settled on this pattern of interlocking cables that flow seamlessly from the cuff into the lattice heel flap and simple ribbed foot.

Jeanette's socks!

I love elegant details in knitting, so when knitting Jeanie, I strove to make sure the lines of the cables are never interrupted, including at the toe, and the junction of the leg, heel flap and instep. This means shifting the stitches around on the needle a few times, but the end product is well worth it to me.

Jeanie!

My favourite part is probably the cable heel flap. Does it get any better than an intricately cabled heel?

Jeanette's socks!

Jeanie is available to purchase for $5.

More details on Ravelry.

Lumberjack chic

26 October 2010 · 2 comments in Knitting

Here’s another long overdue FO. Remember my snowflake vest?

Lumberjack chic

Well, I finished it, and I love it. I knit it as close to the original as possible, except for making the snowflakes slightly smaller and using worsted weight yarn rather than what looks like bulky in the original pictures.

Lumberjack chic

The Cascade 220 I chose for the project worked perfectly for this project. The yarn is woolly, but still reasonably soft, and the colourwork looks nice and crisp in the lovely solid colours.

Detail

However, the colourwork didn’t work out quite expected. I was planning to do stranded colourwork, but I completely forgot about things like floats. Since I wasn’t up for perfecting my non-existant intarsia skills, i ended up doing the whole thing using duplicate stitch. It wasn’t the most elegant method, but it worked out really well.

Detail

While I love the pockets, I think my favourite details is the squishy garter collar. I improvised this after studying the pictures of the original, and I think I may borrow it for future designs.

Lumberjack chic

The only thing that didn’t work out really well is the zipper. It’s slightly too long, which makes it bunch up when I zip it up and hang lower in the front when I leave it open. It’s not the end of the world, but if I work up the energy, I may repace it at some point.

Lumberjack chic

Overall though, I’m very happy with this project. Although I came up with my own pattern for this vest, I won’t be publishing a pattern since it’s not really my design. I think I’ve picture-spammed you all enough, but as always there’s more on Ravelry.