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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


I have a friend that started knitting when she realized that there are lots and lots of beautiful garments to knit and that knitting had moved on from itchy sweaters of the type you as a child was unhappy enough to get as gift from older relatives. Rather than learning to walk before se could run she flipped through all my knitting patterns and wanted to do all the pretty but very complicated patterns. Since I didn’t want so see her swearing, ripping things out over and over and eventually giving up knitting I decided to make a pattern for her.

I designed this with her and all other beginners in mind so that they could knit something pretty that looks way more complicated than it is. The pattern has only one lace knitting row in four, the rest is either knitted or purled rows. Rather than adding the edge lace after the main piece is knitted I included it in the main part so that there wouldn’t have to be any picking up of stitches or grafting. It is knitted as a straight piece so there are no increases or decreases to keep track of and there’s very little sewing to do once the knitting is done.

As long as you concentrate on that one lace knitting row, which has very easy lace stitches and could easily be learned by heart, the rest of the knitting is a mellow knit-and-talk type of knitting that is very easy indeed. That’s why it’s named the Easy Breezy Shoulder Shrug.


Sizing

Size: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4XL, 5XL). Shown in size L.
Width (arm width and back length):
28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) cm
11 (12.5, 14.25, 15.75, 17.25, 18.9, 18.9, 20.5, 22) inches.
Length from end of arm to end of arm:
60 (60, 60, 70, 70, 70, 80, 80, 80) cm
23.5 (23.5, 23.5, 27.5, 27.5, 27.5, 31.5, 31.5, 31.5) inches

About the yarn
Anny Blatt Fine Kid is a wool/mohair blend which makes it perfect for this pattern. It is smooth enough o show off the lace pattern but fuzzy enough to make the shrug both warm and cozy.

Main Yarn:     Anny Blatt Fine Kid, 280 yd/255 m per 50 g skein; 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins (total: 280-560 yd/255-510 m, 50-100g).
Colours:    AnnyBlatt Fine Kid is available in many colours. It is shown in the colour Zephir.

Needle:      6 mm/US #10 circular needle, 24-inches or longer, or size required to achieve stated gauge

Tension/Gauge: 22 sts/32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch using 3,5 mm /US #4 needles (for yarn comparisons only).
15 sts/20 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch using 6 mm /US #10 needles
17 sts/20 rows = 4″ in pattern stitch after blocking, using 6 mm/US #10 needles

Other materials: Silk ribbon, 1 cm /0.4 inches wide, 1.60 (1.65, 1.70, 1.80, 1.90, 2.00, 2.00, 205, 210) meter / 1.7 (1.8, 1.9, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.2, 2.25, 2.3) yards long.

Technique
Difficulty: Easy
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, decreasing (knit 2 together)

Pattern type
The shrug is worked in one piece from the lower back up to the neck including the arms. It is then sewn together under the arms. There are no increases or decreases in the pattern apart from the points of the lace at the arm edges.

The lace pattern is and adaptation of the well known lace known as Old Shale, Peacock or Feather and Fan and added a border that is sometimes known as Myrtle leaf. They are both patterns with easy lace stitches and there’s no shaping to remember.

Getting it!

The Easy Breezy Shoulder Shrug is available as a pdf-file for $3.50 at my Etsyshop or through  Ravelry (available without an account). The pattern has written instructions as well as a chart for the lace pattern.


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

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

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