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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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.

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!

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

The spring is just around the corner and I am knitting cabled accessories that will keep me warm for those last chilly days and nights. With enough wool on my head and hands I know I will be able to take off the winter coat a bit earlier and with spring equinox tomorrow I just can’t wait to shed the outer layers of winter and start with the lighter garments of spring.

With that in mind I have a pattern for a pair of hand warmers that will keep the hands and wrists warm and cosy while keeping the fingers free. The Harper’s Handwarmers was originally designed for winter indoors use but will be very handy now that the winter mittens will have to come off. They are knitted in Garnstudio’s Alpaca, a fine 100 % alpaca yarn, and are thin enough to be used even for chilly summer nights or a little too cold wedding day for a spring bride.

The hand warmers are available for free here on the blog but only in one size and with written instructions only. It should be easy enough to follow but if you want to be on the safe side you can buy a pdf-file for $2 that has a chart as well as full written instructions for both hands in three sizes.

My other pattern for March is a cabled tam that unites my love for cables, hats and knitting patterns with a pagan flare. The Pentagram Tam is a tam with a cabled pentacle on the top since I just couldn’t resist the temptation of transferring the interweaving lines of the pentacle into interweaving cables.  The pattern comes in two versions with either a cabled edge or a vintage style ribbed edge. It is a challenged for the intermediate knitter since there are some complicated angels on the cables but that shouldn’t be to hard for an experienced knitter. It is knitted in Garnstudio’s Alaska, a 100 % worsted wool yarn, that comes in a wide rang of colours and shows off the cables very well.

The Pentagram Tam is available as a pdf-file for $5. 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.

Merry spring and merry knitting to you all!