intermediate


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


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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 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


The Spring Flirt Skirt is a figure hugging skirt with a frilled leaf border.

The colours of the variegated yarn resembles the early spring leaves and buds with their green and brown colours. The skirt in itself is a solid  green that brings out the colour variation of the border.

Knitting this skirt should help the greenery to grow outside your window and wearing it should bring out some flirting and a love of the new greenery in you.

Sizing

XS:    waist 63 cm, hip 84 cm, hem width 75.5 cm, total length 54 cm
S:       waist 67 cm, hip 89 cm, hem width 75.5 cm, total length 57 cm
M:     waist 72 cm, hip 93 cm, hem width 80 cm, total length 60 cm
L:       waist 78 cm, hip 101 cm, hem width 84.5 cm, total length 62 cm
XL:    waist 86 cm, hip 110 cm, hem width 93 cm, total length 64 cm

The sizes are planned with a slight negative ease over the hips. Withdraw 2-4 cm/1-1.5 inches from your actual hip measurement to get your skirt size.

About the yarn

SandnesGarn Sisu is a wool/polyamide blend that will help keep the shape of the skirt. If you’re substituting this yarn remember to use a yarn with some springiness to it, like a merino wool yarn, so that it will keep its shape.

Garnstudio Drops Delight is a colour variegated yarn. If substituted remember that the colour variegation is part of the pattern.

Main Yarn:  SandnesGarn Sisu, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins
total:  200 g (200g, 250 g, 250g, 300g)
ca 640 m (640 m, 800 m, 800 m, 960 m)
Additional yarn: Garnstudio Drops Delight, 2 skeins for all sizes
total: 100 g, ca 350 m
Colours: Green (SandnesGarn Sisu, colour 9072, main yarn)
Multicoloured green with long colour reports
(Garnstudio Drops Delight, colour 08, border yarn)
Needle: 2.5 mm/US 1-2 circular needle
length: 60/80 cm (XS S/M, L, XL)
Other tools: grafting needle, 4 stitch markers
Tension/Gauge: 27 st and 40 rows = 10 cms in stockinette st
Other materials: Elastics, 2 cm/0,8 inches wide, length to suit waist size.

Technique

Difficulty: Intermediate
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, increasing, decreasing, purled increasing, purled decreasing, provisional
cast-on, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, grafting

The skirt

The skirt is knitted in the round from the border and up to the waist. The two leaf borders are knitted separately before the main part of the skirt and grafted together to form a circle. The stitches for the main part of the skirt is then picked up from the edge of the leaf borders.

The smaller leaf border is a slightly larger adaptation of a leaf border that is widely known and published, by Barbara Walker among others, and the wider border is a more fully grown version of the smaller one with the leaves being bigger and parallel to each other, specially designed for this skirt.

Getting it!

The Spring Flirt Skirt is available as a pdf-file for $6.50 at my Etsyshop or through  Ravelry (available without an account). The pattern has meassures both in cm and inches.

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

I have a friend who is a harp player and he lives in Scotland. He usually gets cold hands when he is practicing so when his girlfriend asked me to help her knit a pair of wrist warmers for him I came up with this pattern. They fit snuggly around the hand and wrist so that they won’t get caught in the strings but are still flexible enough not to hinder the movement of the fingers. The Celtic braided pattern on the back of the hand suits a Celtic harp player or any one else who can’t get enough of little cables every where.

Size and pattern
Size: Medium wrist sized woman, smaller wrist sized man
Garment size: hand width: 16 cm , wrist width: 14 cm, arm width: 16 cm, length: 22 cm (it will stretch when worn)

This pattern is made in a ca 16 cm wrist circumference size. For a smaller size subtract 4 stitches in all, by taking away 2 st before the thumb and 1 st before and 1 st after the cable pattern. For a larger size add 4 stitches in all, by adding 2 stitches before the thumb and 1 stitch before and 1 stitch after the cable pattern. Make sure that the ribbing will line up with the cable pattern when starting the ribbing.

If you wish to have a pattern with size small, medium and large together with a chart and a full written pattern for the right hand there is a pdf-file that you can download for $2 through Ravelrybuy now – or my Etsyshop.

About the yarn
The pattern uses Garnstudio’s Alpaca. It is a 100 % alpaca wool yarn and is available in a wide range of colours. Don’t worry if it comes out a bit uneven. It will look better and more even once it is blocked.

Main Yarn: – Garnstudio Drops Alpaca, 1 skein (total: 50 g, ca 180 m)
Needle : – 3 mm/ca US size 2-3 dpns
Tension/Gauge: 23 st = 10 cm

Technique
Difficulty: Intermediate
Stitches used: knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, purled increasing, purled decreasing, cables, mid project cast on, knitting in the round.

Abbreviations
st(s) – stitch(es)
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit 2 together
p2tog – Purl 2 together
skp – slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over – one stitch decreased
sl – slip one stitch

Special abbreviations
r-inc – increase one by k1 into st from previous row beneath just knitted st on right needle
l-inc – increase one by k1 into st from previous row beneath the first st on the left needle
p r-inc – increase one by p1 into st from previous row beneath just knitted st on right needle
p l-inc – increase one by p1 into st from previous row beneath the first st on the left needle
cable 4 left – put 2 st on cable needle in front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle
cable 4 right – put 2 st on cable needle to the back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle
cross 2 left – put 2 st on cable needle in front of work, p2, k2 from cable needle
cross 2 right – put 2 st on cable needle to the back of work, k2, p2 from cable needle

Hand warmers
The hand warmers are knitted in the round with decreases towards the wrist to keep them snug. The increases for the hand is done within the cable pattern on the back of the hand. Increases for the thumb is done in a wedge shape slightly to the front of the hand.

General reminders
Almost all of the even number rounds are knit over knit stitches and purl over purled stitches but be aware that there are exceptions. Read the pattern carefully.
The pattern rows start after 10 cm/4”and are numbered as row 1, etc, from there. Cable pattern stitches are written in italics. Thumb stitches is marked with (thumb).
Row count is marked with = at the end of rows.

Cast on and beginning of left hand
Cast on 48 st with main yarn. Divide between dpns and join to begin working in the round.
Knit 6 rounds of ribbing by k2, p2.
Continue with stocking st (knit all) from the next round.
Decrease 1 st in each side when the work is 2 cm long.
Repeat the decrease 4 times, after every 2 cm (at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 cm), decreasing a total of 10 sts = 38 st
Continue with pattern round 1.

Pattern rounds left hand
Row 1: k26, p6, k6 = 38 st
Row 2: k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 3: k26, p r-inc, p6, p l-inc, k6 = 40 st
Row 4: k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 5: k26, p r-inc, p4, r-inc, l-inc, p4, p l-inc, k6 = 44 st
Row 6: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 7: – k26, p r-inc, p5, r-inc, k2, l-inc, p5, p l-inc, k6 = 48 st
Row 8: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 9: – k26, p4, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, p4, k6 = 48 st
Row 10: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 11: – k26 p2, cross 2 right, p2, r-inc, l-inc, p2, cross 2 left, 2 am, k6 = 50 st
Row 12: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 13: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k2, r-inc), k7, p2, k2, p4, r-inc, k2, l-inc, p4, k2, p2, k6 = 54 st
Row 14: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 15: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k4, r-inc), k7, p2, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, p2, k6 = 56 st
Row 16: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 17: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k6, r-inc), k7, p4, cable 4 right, p4, cable 4 right, p4, k6 = 58 st
Row 18: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 19: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k8, r-inc), k7, p2, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, p2, k6 = 60 st
Row 20: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 21: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k10, r-inc), k7, p2, k2, p4, skp, k2tog, p4, k2, p2, k6 = 60 st
Row 22: – k36, p2, k2, p3, p2tog, p2tog, p3, k2, p2, k6 = 58 st
Row 23: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k12, r-inc), k7, p2, cross 2 left, p4, cross 2 right, p2, k6 = 60 st
Row 24: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 25: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k14, r-inc), k7, p4, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, p4, k6 = 62 st
Row 26: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 27: – k16, (thumb: p2, [k2, p2] 4 times), k6, p6, cable 4 right, p6, k6 = 62 st
Row 28: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 29: – k16, (thumb: p2, [k2, p2] 4 times), k6, p4, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, p4, k6 = 62 st
Row 30: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 31: – k16, p1, (thumb: cast off 16 st in pattern), p1, k6, p4, k2, p4, k2, p4, k6 = 46 st
Row 32: – k17, cast on 2, k7, p4, k2, p4, k2, p4, k6 = 48 st
Row 33: – k26, p4, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, p4, k6 = 48 st
Row 34: – k17, l-inc, k2, r-inc, k7, p6, k4, p6, k6 = 50 st
Row 35: – k28, p6, skp, k2tog, p6, k6 = 48 st
Row 36: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 37: – [p2, k2] 12 times = 48st
Row 38-40: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st = 48 st
Cast off in pattern.

Right hand
Start as for left hand but mirror image the pattern rounds of the left for the right hand.

Making up
Fasten all loose threads. Block both hand warmers and take care so that they are blocked with the same measurements.

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