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Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors for so many reasons, including the aesthetic ideals of her period. So when Sanguine Gryphon where asking for literary inspired patterns for their winter line, I didn’t have to look far for inspiration.

Every woman who has ever read one of Jane Austen’s books, or seen a screen play of one of them, finds themselves filled with a longing to wear some of the beautiful garments depicted in them. As knitters, our thoughts turns to flowing lace garments knotted with delicate ribbons, all in the most delightful shades of soft pink and greens, trapping that romantic feeling Austen’s words gives us. But then we sober up and start thinking: “Can I really knit a lace gown? Isn’t that very difficult? How will I ever be able to knit the garment of my dreams?”.

Fear not, Her Fit Flowed Long is not a difficult knit! It is knitted from the top down and starts at the pointed lace edging at the neck, from which stitches are picked up for the back. After the sleeves are finished, it all comes together as one piece with even the lace edgings being knitted at the same time as the rest.
There’s a lot of different stitch patterns in it, to make it grow wider within the lace pattern, but as long as you keep good track of your k2tog, yo, ssk and other lace stitches you will find yourselves at the hemline soon enough. And with very little sewing to be done, all you need to do is block it, lace in the ribbon, put on your best dress and start wearing it.

There’s lots of prejudices about lace knitting, but it’s time to take a closer look at them and, like Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, throw them away so that they will not stand in way of your dreams. Cast off your prejudices and take pride in your ability to knit a lace gown!

The pattern is available from The Sanguine Gryphon and is knitted in their lovely Skinny Bugga yarn. The colour variations and the shine of the yarn makes it perfect for this pattern.

To make sure that everyone can knit this gown I have written the pattern for sizes XS-5XL! So head over to Sanguine Gryphon for the pattern, bring out your yarn and needles and start knitting and you will soon find yourself in the company of Mr Darcy where Her Wit Flowed Long


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…

October has been one of those busy months when all editing work piles up while I’m doing the practical part of my work. Knitting, that is. Winter is coming and apart from sample knitting for patterns I am also filling up orders. There has been design work as well, since I couldn’t resist designing for chunky yarns when my LYS (local yarn shop) had a sale on some lovely solid and printed Eskimo yarn from Garnstudio/Drops.

The pattern for this and some other designs will be published in November as a line of quick knitted chunky patterns.

Today I sent in the first comments on the proof read for my pattern that will be published in Twist Collective’s Winter Issue. I am so proud over the fact that I will have a pattern in the magazine where all my favourite designers have been published! It’s the best company a knitting designer can have. I won’t give away any clues about the pattern itself so you’ll have to wait for it until the actual publishing.

Speaking of collective: I have just formed Garnkollektivet (the Yarn Collective) a knitting collective with Ewa, a very productive knitting friend of mine. You can find us at Facebook where we will publish photos of finished knitted items available to buy as well as information on how to order personalised knitwear from our designs. To start it off and to emphasize the fact that October is breast cancer awareness month here in Sweden we have created a lottery where you can win a knitted items, jewellery and hand coloured yarn. All the money from the lottery tickets will go to Rosa bandet, the Swedish collection of funds for cancer research. You can buy a lottery ticket by using the button in the side bar.

Back to editing and knitting for me. Until next time, Merry knitting!

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!

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.

Does nothing really fit your large bust, narrow waist and wide hips? Do you have the constant need to change all patterns to suit your curves?

Apart from being one of those knitters myself, I’m also surrounded by other knitters with the same sort of problems. After having added just one dart to many, where there weren’t a good place for it to begin with, I asked the knitters around me what they would think of patterns made exclusively with their body type in mind. Needless to say, they were thrilled over the idea of patterns that would fit them without any need for changes, together with styles that would actually show off their curves rather than hiding them.

But to be able to make those patterns I would need your help. Not to plan for changes, but to send me your measures so I can see what numbers you actually have compared to the standard patterns. I know that there are many differences within the curvy range itself so the more measures I get, the easier it is for me to get the sizes right for just your figure.

If you think that sizes aren’t for you, this is your chance to influence the sizes rather than having them imposed on you. Go to the Google docs form, fill it in and I’ll promise to keep all your numbers in mind when I design my line of curvy knitters. The measures needed is on the document form, together with all instructions you need to take them propery. The links below guides you to the right form, for measuring in inches or cm, where you can fill in your answers. Please feel free to spread the information about it.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you!

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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!