Finally finished – Cadence

November 17, 2011

Oh, I love this. I used Wendy Norse Chunky (a journalist’s freebie, and actually rather nice for an acrylic blend). It’s a super-fast knit, top down and mindless. Love it!

Photo taken by the Tarr Steps, an Iron Age bridge on Exmoor. I got very excited at this (being something of an archaeology geek) and skipped cheerily across them several times, until I noticed a man on the opposite riverbank waiting for me to clear off so he could take a photo of the bridge. Whoops!


Oh, how I love this pattern.

Knitted using yarn doubled on 5.5mm needles.
I adore this, the fit is perfect.

(Excuse the gratuitous boob shot – I just wanted to show off my owls! No, that is not a euphemism)
Mods: Smaller gauge – at least 3-4 more sts per inch than stated in the pattern
Elbow-length sleeves
Moved the back increases to the sides, while keeping the back decreases as set in the pattern – this gave me a much better fit.
Overall I’m very pleased with this – I wear it all the time and it always gets lots of compliments.

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Little Green

May 22, 2011

OK, so maybe I love Joni Mitchell a bit too much and need to stop referencing her lyrics in everyday life….

Fangirl or not, I am seriously pleased with this one. The pattern is being tech edited right this second and should be available some time next week – I know quite a few people have been waiting for this one, so thank you for your patience!

The back and front are knitted seperately  – although you could easily make this entirely in the round, and if/when I do a rerun I’ll probably do so. The yarn is a yummy, chunky Cascade purchased in New York yonks ago.

What a lovely colour this is. I picked the name because of the colour, and because this is one of my Joni favourites…wistful melacholy (to quote Bill Bailey) is what I’m all about when it comes to female singer-songwriters. And knitwear, obviously.

The pattern had just been released, buy your copy today for £5 –

This lovely lady is not only one of my favourite designers for inspiration, but is also arguably one of the most gorgeous out there, which means everything she makes looks amazing on her. I made this version of her lovely Camden sweater in a frenetic week post-exams when I wanted to do something, anything with my brain other than memorise humanistic approaches to personality theory until my eyes bled (that was the previous week’s activity).

The yarn is Rowan Silk Wool DK in Clay, which I bought by the armful in the John Lewis January sale. I have a few balls of purple and green left over, and am still to put them to use. A two-tonal sweater? A couple of berets? A lace scarf? Who can say?

The original design had a high neck but I fancied branching out a bit and did a kind of hybrid notched/scooped v-neck. I think it works really well.

This is my first attempt at bobbles – I love them! So easy to work and a nice alternative to cables. I love Ashley’s modern design and the downward v-shaped design would be flattering on anyone. If I made this again I’d make it a little bigger – I knitted to a slightly tigher gauge than suggested. However, it will be blocked into submission until it’s long enough not to ride up.

This is a speedy knit by my standards – I started the back on 3rd January in New York, finished it by the time I hit UK soil, and wizzed through the front and yoke in a week.

This is a lovely top-down raglan with the world’s easiest cables which I borrowed from Mary Weaver’s fantastic Dahlia (Knitty Winter 2007). I like my sweaters tight, so I created my own pattern with body-hugging cables and a pretty contrasting white edging on sleeves and neckline. I took some basics from the original, as I loved the diagonal cables and the shape of the neckline, but otherwise modified the pattern pretty radically as I went along, taking out the whole empire-style ‘skirt’ (which always makes me look about 4 months pregnant – not a good look), adding contrasting edging, and shifting the neckline up a notch.

This sweater was mostly knitted while travelling round Vietnam in spring 2009. Everytime I wear it, I remember my first night in Ho Chi Minh City, clutching my knitting bag between my knees as I rode a motorbike taxi for the first time and the sheer adrenalin of speed and noise and nighttime city buzz rocketed through me.

One downside to this sweater is that, to be honest, red isn’t really my colour. I’m considering knitting the design again in a more flattering shade – green perhaps?

This was made from a nicely coloured (heathery purple, hence the name) but otherwise vile acrylic yarn which I bought in bulk while penniless in my first year at university.

Yes, another of those naff 'no one's home so I'll have to take it myself in the mirror' photos

It’s a bit worn and torn now, but I still wear it when it’s cold, I’m not seeing anyone all day, and I need love in sweater form. It was a bottom-up raglan which I cast on without really knowing what it was going to end up as, and then worked out myself. I think it worked out pretty well though. The lower body is a little loose in gauge – I changed needles at the yoke and the fit is much better here. I frequently need to reduce needle size more than I think, partly because I am a loose-ish knitter but mostly because I love the thick, velvety feel of a tightly knitted fabric.

This, incidentally, was my first attempt at designing – an entirely maths-free process involving a lot of ‘will this work? Let’s find out….’

Fortunately, I can live with ripping back. It’s how a girl learns!

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