Violets on Stripes

Cropped tops come and go in fashion. In the fall, cropped tops were starting to make a huge comeback, but the trend faded pretty fast. Tiny little tops are still available, and they can look really cute. I think they look best layered, and that’s one of the reasons why I designed our Violets on Stripes Cardigan, a stripy cropped cardigan with flower embellishments.

Violets on Stripes is best made with soft, Aran weight yarn, that’s suitable for size 5mm / US 8 needles. Worked with a larger needle size, this little cardie is a quick project. It’s worked in stockinette with a stripe pattern, which makes it suitable for beginners, too.

Violets on Stripes is designed to be short, but it’s easy to turn it into a full-size cardigan. It’s knit from the hem up, so all you really need to do is to work the hem longer. The pattern comes with instructions on how to do this. You can also knit the cardigan with short sleeves if you prefer a lighter version for the summer.

This cropped cardigan features crochet flower embellishments. I’ve always been a huge fan of mixing knit and crochet, and this is one of the easiest ways to do it. Crochet flowers bring an interesting detail to the cardigan, and give it a fun texture. Feel free to use your imagination when embellishing the cardigan. I sprinkled flowers on one side of my cardigan, and ended up with quite many. A single arrangement on one side of the neckline would look lovely, too, and covering the entire cardigan would no doubt look outrageously cool.

Violets on Stripes features a basic button closure, and twisted rib edging and cuffs. These elements make it seem classic, while the cropped hem gives it a modern look. The tiny little cardigan loves dresses best of all. With shrug-like qualities, it offers warmth to the shoulder and arms, giving room for dresses of all kinds to show off their hems.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Violets on Stripes Cardigan as much as I enjoyed designing it! This little cardigan will be on sale along with The Pretty Basics until April 9th, so don’t forget to take advantage of the offer.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Grey In The Making

Cardigans aren’t only fun to wear. They’re fun to knit, too! I’m currently working on two new patterns for cardigans. Both are quite deep in the making, but I wanted to give you sneak peaks  of my works in process anyway. These designs will be fun to mix and match, and easy to knit up. Instead of funky details, these cardigans feature classic shapes.

Lately, I’ve developed a liking toward grey. It’s soft and neutral, and, well, let’s face it, easier to knit than black. Grey is subtle and elegant, and never goes out of style. The color dictated the style for the first cardigan. I wanted it to have classic lace and a V-shaped neckline. The yarn I chose for this cardigan is thick and heavy, and 100% cotton. This makes the finished (well, almost finished, I still need to weave in ends and sew in buttons) decadently heavy and delightfully warm.

I like raglan-sleeves best of all when it comes to cardigans. Knitting a top down raglan cardie is fun and relaxing, and the shape is comfortable to wear. For this style, I wanted something different. Most top down raglan cardigans have a round collar. With this design, I wanted to create a V-shaped neckline. This took so much brain work I had to turn to google for help. I found a blog post with instructions on the general process of knitting a V-neck for a raglan sweater. When I looked again, the post was nowhere to be found. I’m starting to think I might have dreamt it!

I wanted to work lace for the hem of the cardigan. Feather and Fan was the perfect choice for this design. It’s easy to knit, and the result is just lovely. The sleeves are free of lace, but they come with the option to work in purled stripes.

I’m not a big fan of after thought -buttonlists. I like to work them in while knitting, or not at all. This cardigan has seed stitch button lists. They’re worked in from cast on, so the’re will be no tasks waiting after cast off. When you’re done, you’re done. Well, there will be a few ends to weave in and buttons to sew, but no knitting buttonlists!

I really like the Feather and Fan Cardigan, and I’m hoping to get the pattern published soon.

The second WIP is also grey. This is actually a re-design of a cardigan pattern I made a long while back. It’s a short sleeved shrug-like cardigan which I’ve never learned to wear. A week or so ago I realized I had an ugly shawl worked with the same yarn as the shrug. I frogged it, ripped out the cardigan’s sleeves, and cast on long, stripy ones! I love working with this yarn, it’s a shame Novita discontinued it.

The re-vamped cardigan is going to have a light grey bodice, stripy sleeves and maybe a stripy border. I also want it embellished with a fall of crochet flowers. This project is so much fun I think I’m going to go work on it right now!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my grey works in process.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Wide Sleeved Cardigan

Knitting is an important part of my life. It offers a way to express my creativity, calms me down when I’m feeling agitated, and helps me feel productive even when I’m low on energy. I designed this cardigan quite a while back, but it’s still on of my favorite patterns. With simple lace and 2×2-rib, this wide sleeved cardigan is easy to knit, and super-fun to style. The cardigan has a huge collar, low neckline, and flared sleeves which are all my favorite details.

wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern, image four

The model cardigan is worked with a self-patterning yarn.

Going through Amazon, I found two yarns that would work well with this cardigan. Digging up sport-weight yarns on Amazon is more challenging than one might think. Most yarns in this category are made with knitting for babies in mind, and the color choices are quite pastel. The two I came out with come in more grown-up colors. I loved Ultra Pima by Cascade Yarns, it both sounds and looks soft and smooth. Vanna’s Glamour Yarn, however, does come with a healthy dose of glitter!

If you purchase yarn through the links below, I might earn a little extra.
Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima
Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Glamour Yarn

I really like the shape of this cardigan. It’s fun and quirky and pretty unique. The basic eyelet lace combined with rib makes the cardigan easy to knit, too. Despite the extravagant shape, this garment is worked with basic stitches and techniques. Knitting this cardigan will take a bit more time, though. It’s worked with size 3,5mm needles, so there’s a lot of stitches to move around. The result will be worth the effort, though! This cardigan is guaranteed to turn some heads.

red cardigan with large collar and bell sleeves, image two

I hope you’ll enjoy our Wide Sleeved Cardigan Knitting Pattern.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Seed Stitch Shrug

As winter draws closer, it gets chilly indoors. This time of year, I like to reach for the warmest cardigans. Being cold is a big no-no for me, and cardigans rise to my rescue each fall. Cardigans are not only my go-to garments, but also one of my favorite things to knit. I’ve used all sorts of yarns and techniques when knitting cardies, and found that I like simple designs best.They’re easy and quick to knit up, and pair up beautifully with all kinds of dresses. The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug is among the easiest cardigan patterns I’ve made. It’s worked with seed stitch and stockinette, and features a super-cute picot cast off.

seed stitch shrug, open

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug is designed for chunky yarn. It’s worked with large needles, which makes it a quick knit. I used upcycled yarn for the original design, but any kind of chunky yarn will do just as long as the gauge (4″ x 4″/ 10 cm x 10 cm = 20 rows and 15 stitches in stockinette) matches.

Leafing through Amazon, I found two yarns that would be pretty perfect for this shrug. Both are easy-care acrylics. Using acrylics to knit cardigans is a widely debated area. Acrylic yarns can be annoying to work with, but they do make a light garment that’s easy to care for. With thicker yarns, weight becomes an important factor. A heavy yarn can make, say, this cardigan a bit uncomfortable to wear. Both of the yarns I picked out seem light and soft, and they come in many color choices. If you purchase yarn through these links, I might earn a little extra.
Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn
Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick Yarn

seed stitch shrug, sleeve detail

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug is a mix between cardigan and shrug. It has shaped sleeves and back, and a round edge that doubles as the collar and front pieces. The cardigan has no closure: it’s designed to be versatile and easy to combine with various outfits. It can be closed with a pin or brooch at the neck, bust, or hem, or even worn open. The Seed Stitch Shrug will be our featured pattern (with another cardigan that I’ll post about tomorrow), and I’ll be sharing outfits based on both during the next two weeks.

seed stitch shrug, closed at neck

I hope you’ll enjoy our Seed Stitch Shrug Knitting Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Purlace

Purlace, our new gloves knitting pattern, was launched on Friday. Today, I wanted to share a bit more info about these intricate gloves. I love this pattern, and I hope you will, too!

Purlace and its sister-pattern Lovelace are this week’s featured products with Lune. I’m thinking about doing another outfit post on Friday, but today we’ll concentrate on Purlace.

I wear knit gloves, and knit gloves alone during the winter. Layers of wool keep my hands warm better than leather, and often hand-knit gloves are more unique than store-bought ones. I wanted Purlace to be beautiful but still comfortable. That’s why I chose to work them with reverse stockinette and lace. I wanted to make the outside lovely to look at, and the inside smooth against the hand. Reverse stockinette gave me just that: Purlace are super-pretty, and still soft to wear. They’ll be even softer if you use a yarn with a smooth finish. I worked the model gloves with Novita’s Nalle, and was rewarded with a nice and painful yarnburn on my finger. I would advice against using that! Leafing through amazon, I found an acrylic yarn that might be pretty perfect for this pattern. This Red Heart yarn is a bit lighter from Nalle, but the gauge is pretty close. If you purchase the yarn through the link below, I might earn a little extra.
Coats Yarn Red Heart Comfort Sport Yarn

Purlace have a lot of details. They’re embellished with cables and lace columns, and have a hidden thumb gusset.

I chose coin cables for these gloves. Both the wrist and the back of the glove bear a similar pattern. The cables on the wrist end to leave the palm smooth, but the ones on the back of the hand continue to reach the fingers.

Lace columns climb all the way to the tops of the forefinger and pinkie on both sides.

These gloves have a lot going on. That’s why I recommend using solid colors for Purlace. Self-striping yarns are beautiful, but they tend to make intricate styles a bit busy. With cables and lace, one color is better than many.

Purlace look challenging to work, and they do require a bit of knitting skills. I wouldn’t call this an overwhelming project, though. Purlace is an intermediate pattern, tops! Lace and cables aren’t that difficult if you know the basics, but the pattern requires you to know how to read charts.

I hope you’ll love our Purlace Gloves Knitting Pattern as much as I do!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Fall Looks

On Tuesday, I promised to launch The Purlace today. Here they are! I love these gloves, and can’t wait to wear them out again. Purlace along with their sister-pattern Lovelace are this week’s featured product. I also added Lune to the bunch, since it’s pretty difficult to create outfits based on gloves alone! Today, I wanted to show you a few outfits I really like to wear during the autumn. All of them feature Lune which is my second favorite scarf. It’s perfect for creating fall looks!

Out? But It’s Cold!

It’s too early for winter coats, but too cold for cardigans. I like to sort out the coat-problem with light layers and blazers. This one is my favorite one. It’s a basic H&M corduroy blazer. I got it from a flea market at least ten years ago for one €. I expected it to fall apart the next day, but it held on.

It held on long enough to “shrink in the wash a bit” so to make it more comfortable, I added a lacing in the back. I’ll feature the blazer at a later time, I promise!

For this look, I paired it with a pencil skirt, a few tops beneath, and my black and green Lune. The Purlace Gloves look fab with this style, adding a super-feminine detail to the androgynous lines. This outfit is pretty perfect for shopping and running errands in, and I really love this kinds of looks in the fall.

You can’t see the gloves that well in the outfit photo, so here’s a close-up on them!

… Chilly Indoors, Too

Wearing light layers is an easy way to stay warm. This is what I wore under the blazer!

For some reason, I have an H&M lace top in green. I’m not that nuts about the color, but it goes perfectly with my Lune. Pairing these two up was a natural choice. I wore a mesh tee under the top because it’s far too cold for spaghetti straps alone. The top combo is pretty girly. I wore them with a pencil skirt to make the outfit look more grown-up.

Lune is designed to worn around the neck. It loves to be thrown over the shoulder, and stays put really well. It can be worn as a shawl, too, though it is a bit on the narrow side.

Mmm Purple

The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress has quickly become The Dress I Love The Most. After taking photos of this look I thought “oh I’ll just leave this on to go out in later” only to realize I wore it last weekend, too… That just goes to show you how often I wear this one!

For this look, I paired The Jersey Dress with my black and purple Lune and fingerless Lovelace. I used the same yarn for both, so the scarf and gloves go perfectly together. I used to live in a really cold house, and my hands hurt all the time. To keep them warm, I wore fingerless gloves. They really did the trick. Nowadays I only “have to” be cold outside, and fingerless gloves are reserved for fall outings. The Lovelace Gloves are so pretty I often choose them.

This look is my favorite of the bunch just because it’s so comfy and features that pretty shade of purple.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our fall looks! Don’t forget, Lovelace, Purlace, and Lune are our featured products until October 2nd. They’re on sale for all VIPs, so if you want 15% off on them, go ahead and subscribe for our newsletter!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lovelace and Purlace

Temperatures have dropped drastically here in Finland. Leaves are starting to turn yellow, and it smells like frost outside. It’s not yet cold enough to switch to winter clothes, but chilly enough to dig out scarves and gloves. This time of year I go for blazers, warm scarves, and fingerless gloves. Today, I wanted to show you some of my favorites, and an upcoming pattern for super-pretty gloves!

I like accessories with little detail. Lace shawls aren’t really my thing, though they are beautiful to look at. Simple things with interesting texture are more to my personal taste. I created Lune last winter, and it quickly became my second favorite scarf. Lune’s easy to wear, stripy, and so basic it goes with almost any outfit. I love the pattern so much I made two!

Lune is a knitting pattern for a crescent shawl

The original Lune is black and green. My second one is made with black and purple stripes with Novita’s Nalle. It’s a Finnish wool blend that is available in any store and in any color and at an affordable price. It would be a really good deal, if the yarn didn’t love my forefinger so much. Two hours of knitting, and it’s dug its way inside no matter how much tape I hide it under. The yarn is warm, though, and somehow makes its way into Christmas presents. Right now I only have one ball stashed, and I’m hoping Nalle hasn’t found out where I live now.

Anyway, I used black and purple Nalle for a Lune last winter. I really like this scarf, and a long soak in fabric softener took away some of the hardness. I’d really like to know how Novita has managed to make it so rough and painful to work…

My black and purple Lune has a crochet shell edge to give it a more feminine vibe. The original version is unisex, but this one fits a lady’s wardrobe better. After casting off, I still had some purple yarn left. I divided to ball in two, and used to work fingerless Lovelace gloves.

The Lovelace pattern came out last spring. I had horrible timing in launching the pattern: Lovelace came out just when everyone wanted to start working on light cotton garments for the summer! The Lovelace pattern will be our featured product through next week along with its sister-pattern, Purlace, and Lune.

I worked the original Lovelace Gloves in an unusual color. I found a ball of yellow mystery yarn (it loved to burrow its way into my finger, so it must have been Nalle), and it wanted really badly to become a pair of intricate lace gloves. The Lovelace pattern took its sweet time to come out, but the gloves are beautiful.

After casting off Lovelace, I cast on another pair of lace gloves with the same general idea of lace columns continuing from wrist to hand to fingers. I worked these in black Nalle, and decided to wait until fall to launch the pattern. Now’s the time, and Purlace will come out on Friday!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Lovelace and Purlace patterns!

Until Friday!

Love,

Heather

Red Cotton Cardigan

Knitting has always been my way of relaxing. I hardly ever go without having at least two UFOs close by, and never watch TV without knitting. Right now, though, I am at a very strange place with knitting: I have nothing on the needles. The last project I finished was my “I’ll just work on this while I think about what to make next” -project, and… well, I cast off two nights ago. Today, I wanted to show you what I made!

I had a bit of yarn left after I finished my Tropical Breeze Shawl. I was quite uncertain as to what to do with it. There didn’t seem to be that much left, but a knitter’s instinct claimed it was enough for a cropped cotton cardigan. Bravely, I cast on. I chose a simple V-neck raglan style. I needed a basic cardigan that goes with everything.

I worked the collar, button lists and hem in seed stitch, and the rest of the cardigan in stockinette. I hadn’t made one with this particular technique before, and knitting felt like an adventure. I wondered whether it would fit, or whether it would look nice, or feel like me.

The cardigan turned out really nice. I had enough yarn for ¾ sleeves, and a cropped hem. It’s actually the exact shape I was aiming for! My red cotton cardigan has a really nice fit and the perfect length for my taste. I’m used to sleeves being overly long, so this ¾ length is strange to me. It feels nice and practical, so I’m guessing I’ll get used to it pretty soon.

For the photos, I wanted to create an outfit I actually plan on wearing. This will be perfect for going to our weekly pub quiz next winter. The pub is really chilly, and even though I don’t usually stay beyond an hour, I get frozen to the core. The cotton cardigan is light enough to wear under a coat, and will keep me warm inside.

I wore the cardigan over a mesh top and a basic spaghetti strap top, and The Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt. I added an elastic belt to the mix. The belt gives the outfit a more polished look, and serves as an eye-catcher. It’s always a smart idea to enhance the narrowest part of the body, especially when wearing long hems. The belt does just that, while hiding the basic elastic waist of the skirt.


The hems on the cardigan are of equal length, I just managed to pull it on wrong!

This outfit is also nice for stepping out on a cooler summer day. Lighter socks make the outfit less wintery, and the cotton cardigan is easy to remove if the weather grows warmer.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my new cotton cardigan.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Cabled Wristlets and Gloves

When a coat’s sleeves aren’t quite long enough, there’s only one solution.

No, it’s not called “buy a new coat”. It’s “wear long gloves”

The green coat I showed you on Tuesday sports just that issue. Me arms are pretty long, and patterns always have too short sleeves. The coat’s cute and pretty perfect for spring and fall, but it leaves my wrists feeling a bit left out. I’ve solved the problem by wearing with gloves that are a bit longer than usual, namely my Cabled Gloves.

To me, long gloves have always felt like they came straight out of a fairy-tale. Disney’s princesses wear opera gloves on their perfect night, and I associate the accessory to glamour and magic. When I first started designing knits, my initial thoughts were “yay, now I get to create all sorts of long gloves!”

The Cabled Wristlets and Gloves are, to date, my only long glove style. To tell you the truth, they’re not the most practical thing to wear with ordinary coats… With loose cape-like coats long gloves work wonderfully, though!

The Cabled Wristlets and Gloves Knitting Pattern was originally designed as a longer style. The pattern is versatile, though, and can easily be modded for a shorter version. My shortest Cabled Wristlets are made with a gray mohair-blend. Though they clash with my green coat, they go beautifully with dark outfits. As a shorter style, they’re nice to wear indoors as well. I’ve made two long pairs for myself, fingerless ones in lioness-yellow and full gloves in black, and a short version in subtle gray. I’ve also made a few pairs as presents.

Though this pattern features cables, it’s still a pretty easy pattern. Working this style requires basic skills in glove construction and basic knowledge of cabling, but I’d label it as not-too-challenging-intermediate.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Cabled Wristlets and Gloves Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

yellow cabled mitts, image two

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Lovelace

This fall, I found yellow mystery yarn in my stash. I don’t usually go for yellow, but this wool blend Spoke to me. The yarn announced its will to become a pair of cabled gloves. It had a quite loud and very demanding voice, so I set out to fulfill its dream. After a few little mishaps, the yellow yarn turned into intricate gloves knitting pattern I named Lovelace.

Most knitting patterns I create are targeted for beginners. I like to keep things simple, and to make patterns that are quick and easy to knit.

This one, though, came out a bit more demanding. I labeled it under Intermediate, but I do believe it’s border-lining Advanced… This pattern features rib, lace columns, cables, reverse stockinette, and an Indian thumb gusset with a cable worked into it. The design is full of detail, which makes the gloves remarkably pretty.

This pattern demands some skills in knitting. In addition to basic stitches, decreases and increases, you’ll need to have knowledge of cabling and glove construction. If you do know the basics of both, the pattern in itself isn’t that hard create.

Lovelace are full of intricate detail on the outside, but the inside of the gloves is smooth. I wanted them to be a pleasure to wear, both in the aesthetic and practical sense. Reverse stockinette makes cables and lace pop out, and keeps the inside of the snug-fitting gloves smooth. Though it does take a bit more effort, I do believe it’s worth it.

The Lovelace Pattern was released in February. It was test knit right after, and now it has been approved by a community of knitters. You can find it also on Ravelry along with the beautiful projects my testers created. Before seeing The Lovelace Gloves worked in pink, I never believed how much the choice of color can affect the design!

Lovelace Gloves are designed for sport weight wool blend. You can use other materials, such as merino or alpaca blends, as long as the gauge matches. These gloves might look lovely worked with cotton, too. Winter’s starting to be almost over, and more breathable materials will make these gloves nice to wear as spring draws near.

After the hassle of testing and editing was over, I was both much smarter about writing patterns for gloves, and left to wonder whether this style would work as a fingerless version. The gloves are so pretty it’s a shame to take them off when coming indoors!

I had a bit of purple yarn left over from my second Lune, and I decided to use it to test fingerless Lovelace. It took around 10 episodes of Salem to finish the project, and I was super-happy with the result! Lovelace Gloves look and feel really nice even as fingerless gloves, and I took the time to add instructions for the short style into the original pattern.

I hope you’ll like The Lovelace Pattern as much I as enjoyed creating it!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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