Bale – Coatigan

Bale

And last but not least we have Bale, the coziest garment I think I have ever made.  It’s a two-tone coatigan worked in a mix of garter stitch and moss stitch.  The front openings are trimmed in a neat band of 1×1 rib to keep the lines of the design clean.

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The featured sample is worked with Berocco Ultra Alpaca Chunky on size 9 needles, so it’s a pretty quick knit.  Aside from shaping on the sleeves, the instructions are pretty straight forward.

Try knitting with one color for a monochromatic look, or go fun with bright colors, the options are endless.

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Camden

Camden Swatch

The next design I wanted to talk about was Camden, a cable and lace pullover featuring a wide crew neck and drop shoulders with easy stockinette stitch sleeves.  I had been playing around with different mixes of cables and lace, one mix you can see in my Bolte Cowl.  Camden has a very similar feel, but the cotton blend worsted yarn makes it a great layer for cool summer nights.

Camden

The pullover is worked flat in pieces, and seamed together after blocking, allowing for easy customization in length – make a more cropped silhouette, or 3/4 sleeves.

Color Options

I chose this light grey heather, Knit Picks’ Comfy Worsted in Finnley Heather, but it would look just as great in other colors (from left to right: Peony, Hawk, Hollyberry)

Ancon Cardigan

Ancon Swatch

I wanted to create a lightweight summer pullover and I knew that I wanted there to be stripes to keep with the nautical theme I was working towards with the collection.  As I was swatching different ideas, I found that I like the Garter stitch stripes on the wrong side of the pattern.  It took something expected and made it just a little bit cooler.

ColorChoices

The sweater is perfect for spring & summer use in Knit Picks’ CotLin.  Use the seafoam and white for a light spring look, go graphic with grey and black, or go classically neutral with cream and brown (From left to right: Sagebrush, Swan, Whisker, Black, Linen, Thicket).

Ancon In Progress

This cardigan knits up so quickly as it’s just a combination of garter stitch and stockinette stitch.  There’s minimal shaping and the 1×1 twisted rib at the hems keeps everything neat and clean.  I incorporated stockinette selvage stitches at each edge to make seaming and picking up stitches for the button band as easy as possible.

High Seas Collection – Holla Knits

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Today my mini-collection with Holla Knits finally gets to go live, and I can’t wait to share each piece with you.  The collection features a cardigan, pullover, and cozy coatigan all in a easy nautical theme.  As the week goes on, I’ll be talking more in depth about each piece, how I came up with the design, and how it went from sketch to finished piece.  I hope you all enjoy the collection, and for information about purchasing, go here!

Blocking & Buttons

I’ve been sneakily working on a side project, and the first piece of many has been knit and blocked.  All that’s left is the button band and seaming.  Above are the buttons I’ll be using.  The yarn was Spud & Chloe Sweater, and I think it was the perfect choice for the design.  It’s warm without being hot, and it will be machine washable which makes my life SO easy.

I’ve also been making great progress on my Madera design, and I should be able launch that in about 2  weeks.

Lace Weight Champs

Vogue Knitting recently launched their Spring/Summer Issue, and there are some very lovely lace patterns in there.  What really sparked my interest was the sleeve shot above.  Something about the way the lace pattern lets just a hint of skin show seemed so innocent, yet undeniably alluring.  A fuller shot revealed a great everyday cardigan – a little bit of lace, a stockinette and ribbing in all the right proportions.

The pattern calls for a tie front closure, but I would modify this to have a vertical ribbed button band, since I love cardigans that are capable of fully closing.

Another stunner was a shell featuring a lace motif with perfectly placed dropped stitches (so fun to drop a stitch on purpose!  Give this shell a try for an easy intro).  This tank has the same panel on both front & back.  If I were to knit this, I think I would only do the panel on the back.  And it could be fun to add some simple top-down short row sleeves to add a little coverage for those that like it.

And even though this cardi isn’t featured in the VK issue, I found it on Ravelry today and absolutely love it.  Worked up in Quince & Co’s Willet, its a great summer cotton sweater.  Want one that can transition easier to fall?  Try using Chickadee in Slate.

 

Madera Progress

This weekend I got to work on the Madera top I had been planning for awhile.  But after working several inches in one lace pattern, I decided I didn’t quite like the way it was turning out.  So I went back to my favorite stitch dictionary and started flipping through the pages.  I think I swatched about four other ideas before finally settling on the Vine Lace pattern above.

Now that I know how this stitch looks/behaves in this yarn, I can get started again!  Stay tuned for more progress.