accessories


The Winter issue of Twist Collective came up today and in it is my Let it snow pattern. It is so nice to finally see it in print! I was also very happy to see that they have used my design for the news letter picture.  The picture below is taken by Mårten Ivert and is from the magazine.

The pattern features a snowflake cable motif together with i-cord edgings to give the hat and mittens a more finished look. I hope that many of you are as happy with this design as I am! A quick look at the Ravelry activity for the few hours it’s been up tells me you are…


This is the discreet version of my more symbol obvious Pentagram tam. The cap has a cabled pentacle hidden between the ribbings of this classical style men’s hat. With a fold up it becomes a watch man cap and without the fold it will be discreetly cabled men’s hat with a sign for those who knows how to look for it.

Style and sizing
Hat with folded edge: One size.
Hat without folded edge: small 52 cm / 20 ½”, (medium: 55 cm / 21 ¾”, large: 58 cm / 22 ¾”)
The hat with folded edge  ribbing takes just under 2 skeins of Alaska. For a longer rib or if you need to be on the safe side of the amount used get 3 skeins.

About the yarn
The pattern uses Garnstudio’s Alaska. It is a pure wool worsted yarn that is available in many colours. It has a rather smooth texture that shows off the cables in a good way. Any woollen yarn with similar structure and the same tension/gauge should work fine.

Main Yarn:              Garnstudio Alaska, 2 skeins (total: 100 g, ca 150 m)
Needles:                    5 mm/US 8 circular needle 40 cm / 16” and dpns
Other tools:             cable needle, darning needle
Tension/Gauge: 17 st = 10 cm in stockinette stitch.

Technique
Difficulty: Intermediate
Stitches used: knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, purled decreasing, cables

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The most beautiful part of the autumn is here and I have even had the pleasure of seeing some leaves in their new splendid colours. Autumn has always been my knitting season above all others and this year is no exception. I am currently doing the last knitting for my exhibition, that will open October 2, and in two weeks I’m leaving home for a week of building and hanging of all the knitted objects. I will also translate many of my pattern so you Swedish knitters out there can look forward to patterns in your native language. Apart from actually visiting the exhibition, that is.

For the rest of you it is time to accessorize. Today I will publish a pattern for a men’s hat, the Pentacle Cap, which shows a discreetly cabled pentacle on top of a ribbed hat. This might be the one for those of you not brave enough to carry the full pentagram on the top of your head.

Colder days mean colder floors so the feet will have get warm too, and they will through the Little Luxuries pattern, giving three different variations of a mohair and wool blended slipper, including bows and beads. I was taking the pictures this week, together with my excellent photographer Patrik Petroff (who has taken all the pattern pictures with me in them) so it won’t be a long wait for that pattern now. For those of you who aren’t frilly enough for that sort of embellishment the Sneaker Slipper is also coming up with its recognisable three stripes decoration which brings outdoors sport to indoors floors.

A scarf pattern is also coming up, after all what is autumn without scarves? This one will use those pretty art yarns, that you so often bring home without knowing what to do with them. Having done that myself so many times I had to design something for them. I’m using Napoli for my scarf but you could easily use Noro Silk Garden or any other of those beautiful, but expensive, colour variegated yarns. So start going through those bins of left over skeins and I’ll promise you there will be a pattern for them before the end of September.

I must off course design a shawl pattern for autumn, as well, so when a knitting friend of mine recently celebrated her birthday I took the chance of designing something for her as  gift. I had wanted to make a sea shawl for a long time and her love of the sea matched my shawl idea perfectly. It is knitted in domino knitting, or modular knitting, as you might call it, and has a sea shell/waves of the sea motif that uses the colour variations of a blue-grey-white yarn that will bring out thoughts of a stormy sea with foamy waves in various shades of blue and grey. I’m waiting for the sample – I will not knit this one myself – but once that is done it will be published.

As usual I have also taken part in a challenge in Project Yarnway on Ravelry. The theme for August was “back to school” which made me think of hauling around a laptop and that I needed to have a knitted cover for mine. So here is my laptop cover with i-cord edgings; the i-case. It is felted and the pattern will include instructions for both felting and keeping it to the correct size.

There you have seven patterns to look forward too, and above that there will be a pattern of mine in the upcoming Winter issue of Twist Collective Magazine. It was one of those secret submissions I have been working on this summer and I hope you’ll like it once it is published. It is very much in line what I usually design but that is all I can tell you for now. The rest is still a secret…

In case you think I cannot count: the seventh pattern will be a surprise!

Happy accessorizing!

The Carry on, cover up is a shawl, scarf and shrug, all in one piece of knitting. The sides of the shawl can be buttoned together where ever one wishes, trough paired buttons that can be removed when used a shawl. It is the perfect travel garment that will give you a warming scarf, shawl or a light cover up in the form of a shrug, when only packing a few items for a quick get-away.

The pattern is easy and even though there are increases (actually just skipped over decreases) and decreases to keep track of, it will be a walk in the park to knit. The extended pattern instructions include both written instructions, charts and a working order listing complete with row and stitch counts for all three sizes. A perfect easy knitting project for travelling both during and after knitting.

Sizing

Size: XS/S (M/L, XL/XXL)
End width: 29 (29, 29) cm, 11.25 (11.25, 11.25) inches
Middle width: 32 (35, 38) cm, 12.5 (13.75, 15) inches
Length: 150 (155, 160) cm, 59 (61, 63) inches
The shawl will stretch slightly lengthwise when worn as a shrug.

About the yarn

Marks & Kattens Fame trend is a colour variegated yarn with long colour reports. Look at both ends of your skeins before you start knitting so that you can decide which ends that match the best to make sure that the join in of the new skein will follow the colour changes.

Main Yarn:  Marks och Kattens Fame trend, 2 skeins (total: 200 g, ca 840 m)
Additional yarn:   Garnstudio Drops Alpaca, 1 skein (or other alpaca yarn, ca10 g/35 m is used for the pattern)
Colours:   Multicoloured yarn with long colour reports (Marks & Kattens Fame trend)
Purple or other matching colour (Garnstudio Drops Alpaca, edge yarn)
Other materials:   32 buttons with hanks, size 13 mm/0.5”
Needle:   4 mm/US 6 or size required to achieve stated gauge (main yarn).
3.5 mm/US 4 or size required to achieve stated gauge (additional yarn).
Tension/Gauge: 24 st = 10 cm/4” in stockinette using main yarn (needle 4 mm/US 6).
24 st= 10 cm/4” in pattern B using main yarn (needle 4 mm/US 6).
22 st = 10 cm/4” in garter stitch using additional yarn (needle 3.5 mm /US 4).

Technique

Difficulty: Easy
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, decreasing, double decreasing

Getting it!

The pattern for the Carry on, over up is available as a pdf-file for $5 at my Etsyshop or through  Ravelry (available without an account). It has instructions for both cabled and ribbed edge in three sizes. The pattern has written instructions a well as a chart for the cables.

Ravelry – pattern listing with option to buy and download
Etsy – buy trough my store

We are half way through august all ready and autumn is just around the corner with its colour changes, crispy clear days and the return of wool knitting. I really love knitting in the autumn, and when ever I have in years past slipped away from the web of knitting it is always the coming of autumn that has brought me back again. This year I am working on patterns with lots of colours that will pick up both leaves and sky and join them together in this best of knitting seasons. I promise you that there will be wool and bright colours in patterns to come.

But before that we still have the last days of summer knitting and, as promised, I am now publishing my travel shawl the Carry on, Cover up shawl, scarf and shrug all-in-one in time for the last days of summer and the first needs of scarves and shrugs. It is an easy knit so it is also a perfect travel knitting for these last vacation days. The pattern was my entry in the Project Yarnway challenge for the month of June and I seem to be doing well because I won with that pattern, my second win in a row!

Speaking of Project Yarnway, I can give you a sneak peek at an upcoming pattern, that was last month’s entry for me: the Little Luxuries slippers. They are meant to both cover the need for slippers when the floors starts to get cold as well as add a little bit of luxury when curling up in the colder months to come. They are also a perfect last minute gift since the pattern will have individual sizes, so no need to try them on the unknowing gift receiver, and they are a really quick knit. I timed my last pair to four hours, from cast on to the tying of the bow, so when in need you can always knit a pair of slippers this winter.

Apart from that I have the great pleasure to tell you that in a month and a half there will be an exhibition of my knitted design at Tändsticksmusseet (the Match Museum) in Jönköping, Sweden, where I grew up. It will open on October 2, and last until the end of the year. So apart from the pattern workings I am now knitting day and night to get all the special pieces ready for the exhibition. If you are close by I hope you will come and see my things! Look for updates on times and links to the museums web page ahead.

Until next time I wish you all very wooly autumn.

The Wedding Bells Shawl brings together three wedding symbols in its lace pattern. Each end is decorated with hearts and bells while the main part of the shawl is made up of a diamond pattern bringing in mind the wedding ring.

Knitted up in the sheerest of lace yarns, Kidsilk, it gives the bride an airy wrap that will still reveal the wedding dress underneath. While it is like a dream in bridal whites it is equally good looking in matching colours for the bridesmaids. The Kidsilk yarns comes in an large range of colours so everyone could be sure to find the perfect match for their dress.

Sizing
One size: 60 x 150 cm/23.5” x 59”

About the yarn

Suggested yarn is any of the ones listed or similar kidsilk lace yarn. The pictured shawl is knitted in Kido Lame.

Yarn alternative 1:      Løve Garn Kido Lame, 4 skeins (total: 100 g, ca 840 m)
Yarn alternative 2:      Rowan Kidsilk Haze, 4 skeins (total: 100 g, ca 836 m)
Yarn alternative 3:      Drops Kidsilk, 4 skeins (total: 100 g, ca 796 m)
Yarn alternative 4:      Permin Angel, 4 skeins (total: 100 g, ca 836 m)
Needle:                              5 mm/US 8 type
Tension/Gauge: 17 st = 10 cm in stockinette stitch.

Technique
Difficulty: Intermediate
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, decreasing, one stranded cast-on, grafting

Getting it!

The pattern for the Wedding Bells Shawl is available as a pdf-file for $3.50 at my Etsyshop or through  Ravelry (available without an account). It has instructions for both cabled and ribbed edge in three sizes. The pattern has written instructions a well as a chart for the cables.

Ravelry – pattern listing with option to buy and download
Etsy – buy trough my store


In an hour or so June is over and if you’re following my pattern publishing you might think by now that I have taken an early summer vacation from knitting and designing. Believe me when I’m saying that you couldn’t be farther from the truth. I have done very little but planned, swatched, designed and knitted this month. The only thing I haven’t been able to fit in is doing the final pattern editing for publication. But that will change very soon and here’s a heads up on what to expect in the near future.

I am currently taking part in a design competition on Ravelry, called Project Yarnway. It is based on the Project Runway format and has monthly challenges on different themes. The theme for May was Learning Curve and for that we needed to learn a technique that we hadn’t mastered before and design an object that would be appropriate for someone new to the technique. With a lifetime of knitting and crocheting behind me I had a hard time finding anything that I hadn’t done many times before but eventually settled for double knitting which I had never tried. I designed a jewel bag to use while travelling and used the particular properties of the technique to create a padded bag with two pockets. To my great happiness I won the professional category with it! So now I have decided to publish the pattern together with other knitted travel cases in the same technique.

This month challenge was Escape to Nowhere. For that we had to create a design for a fabulous getaway. I made a versatile shawl, thin enough to double as a scarf, and with the extra option of buttoning up the edges to create a long sleeved shrug. At least one shawl is always in my bag (and another one is probably on me) when I travel so this was the perfect object for me.

A line of yarn overs at each edge creates the buttonholes. This, together with the loose pairs of buttons makes for a very flexible choice in the buttoning up of the shawl. It is knitted in a colour variegated yarn that brings out the waves in the pattern.

I had all ready planned to publish the pattern so when a girl in my knitting group asked for it I decided to move it up in the queue. Since it is a shrug as well as a shawl it will be written in three sizes and as soon as I have worked out the numbers it will be published.

June is also a popular month for weddings and this year my family joined in the tradition. My stepsister got married and I took that as a great excuse to design and knit a wedding shawl appropriate both for the bride, who might need a bit more cover up in the church, as well as for bridesmaids and guests.

I made it in a soft white colour laced through with a golden thread which added a bit of sparkle. The white kid mohair yarn makes it perfect for a bride but I can also easily imagine it in a colour matching the colour of the dress one is wearing since the colour choices in kidsilk yarns is almost endless.

More pictures as well as the pattern itself will be here soon!

Last but not least I have also, after a request, started working through a design I made last winter. At the time I was obsessed with slippers since every where I went the floors seemed too cold to wear nothing but socks. I wasn’t the only one in the family that was suffering and to be able to help the male parts of the family I designed a Sneaker Slipper that took its look from the famous design with the side stripes.

A friend spotted them on Ravelry and asked me to publish the pattern. It takes some counting, since I want them to have individual sizes rather than just stretch like a sock, but I will eventually get around to that as well.

I have since the long winter months discovered that slippers are a great summer wear when the windows are open and there’s a breeze on the floor boards that chills your feet even in warmer weather. And before we know it autumn knitting will be here so what better to do than to gear up with a couple of balls of yarn and a slipper pattern so that your feet will be warm in the colder months to come?

Apart from all this I have also sent in submissions to pattern publishing – of which I can’t tell you anything until it’s published but count on some nice winter patterns to come! – and there’s another deadline for that coming up in the midst of July so bear with me if I’m a bit slow in producing the actual patterns right now. I promise to make it up to you with plenty of knitting to do once the fall season is in sight.

Until then, happy summer knitting!

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