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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.

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 cpractical 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 yesterday, and I’m looking for volunteers to test it. If you’re willing to help me out, or know someone who might, let me know! Testers for this pattern are being sought on Ravelry.

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.

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Lune

Lune is a knitting pattern for a striped, crescent scarf. It’s worked in garter stitch, and has a narrow crochet border. Lune is unisex, and entirely beginner-friendly. Lune can be modded in size to work as a scarf or a shawl.

Lune is a knitting pattern for a crescent shawl

I didn’t really plan for Lune to happen. After working on The Lovelace Gloves, I wanted to knit something very simple on large needles. In a way, Lune was a comfort-knit. As rewarding it is to create something very intricate, a fast-paced project that requires very little concentration is just and only pure fun.

For me, Lune was fun to knit. The feel of the yarns was nice and fluffy, large needles made the project come together in very little time, and not having to purl or read a chart was relaxing for a change.

Lune was born on a whim. I went through my stash, and found two balls of mystery yarn in black and green. The color-combo brought Loki to my mind. I immediately knew I wanted to use the yarns on scarf, as long as possible, and easy to mix and match.

The shape of the scarf was also quickly decided. I wanted to find the easiest possible way to create a crescent scarf in order to make the pattern as beginner-friendly as possible.

I set to work, and decided Lune needed a little something-something to make it special.

Garter stitch stays flat without ribbed edges. It’s ideal for scarfs and shawls: it looks nice, has a lot of elasticity, and stays put on its own. I chose to finish Lune with a narrow crochet edge not for practical reasons, but to give it a unique look.

Working on Lune was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed every moment of it so much I’m actually thinking about casting on another one in black and purple.

I hope you’ll love The Lune Knitting Pattern, too!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Fishnet Top

Red, upcycled cotton wanted desperately to be a sweater, something light, airy, and darkly inclined. After a few moments of contemplation, I turned it into a mesh top. Naturally, the process resulted in the Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern.

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern can be made with any yarn as long as the gauge matches

Following along the lines of our previously published Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern, this pattern is androgynous and completely beginner-friendly. In my opinion, the world lacks in basic knitting patterns suitable for those just starting with the wonderful craft. I like to offer simple patterns as well to help those still increasing their knitting skills. This pattern is worked in straight lines, in the round, and is made with easy, repetitive stitch patterns.

The Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern includes sizes XS-L along with an option for a version made with ribbed neckline, hem, and cuffs. The sweater has a low, scooped neckline which makes it both trendy and comfortable to wear. The hem can be knit to any length: it can be made long, or left at a cropped line. The sleeve length is also entirely optional. The model sweater is made with long sleeves, but a short sleeved version works as well.

The model sweater is knit with upcycled cotton. This yarn choice makes the style cool for the summer. The Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern can be worked with any yarn as long as the gauge matches. It can be made with cotton, wool blend, or even acrylic. Try self-striping or self-patterning yarns for an even funkier look!

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern is worked without increases

Since the fishnet sweater is simple, it can be worn with many kinds of outfits which makes it quite versatile. I paired it with a pleated mini, but the sweater also works with jeans and long skirts. It can also be worn over a dress to bring extra warmth to cold nights.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern suits both him and her

Fishnet Gloves

Once upon a time, I had pretty basic black cotton stashed. I wanted to turn it into something simple, something easy to create. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves, and the process turned into a knitting pattern. Our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern combines fishnet with twisted rib, and is beginner-friendly.

made with cotton, these fishnet gloves are cool to wear during the summer

Knitting and crocheting are fun, productive ways to unwind. Repetive motion allows the mind to calm down, and seeing items created feels rewarding. Personally, I believe there are far too few beginner-level knitting patterns around. Simple projects are quick to master, and the satisfaction gained from being able to make something beautiful is pretty close to the best thing in the world. That’s why I like to offer knitting patterns for beginners as well.

Our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern features elements of Dark fashion. Fishnet armwarmers have been around since the birth of Punk, and still enjoy the love of those darkly inclined. Knit in black, the Fishnet Gloves make the perfect Gothic accessory. In brighter colours, the style can work for more ordinary styles as well. Try self-striping yarn for an interesting, multi-toned look. Yarns with metallic shimmer add a futuristic element to the mix, and soft pastels make gloves that even Lolis can rock.

our fishnet gloves knitting pattern is beginner-friendly

The model gloves are knit to a moderate length. Modifying the length is easy, and you can knit the rib as long or as short as you choose. These gloves are versatile in nature, and can be shaped to a knitter’s whim.

The pattern includes written instructions on how to knit the gloves, along with charts for both rib and fishnet. These gloves come in size Medium, and the pattern has tips on how to adjust the size to fit larger arms. Note, that this pattern can work for both him and her, especially for androgynous styles.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Fishnet gloves combine elements of dark fashion

Faux Cable Shrug

Shrugs are beloved items among all those darkly inclined. The offer the perfect chance to both keep warm and show off detailed garments, such as corsets. Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern is designed to be a snug fit, and it suits petite beauties best of all.

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Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern combines stockinette and mock cables. With a fitted back and shaped sleeves, this design is comfortable to wear, and a bit more challenging to work than a classic shrug. As an added design element, the shaped sleeves are knit from the shoulder down, allowing you to choose the sleeve length freely.

This design is best knit with soft yarns, such as alpaca or mohair-blend. Though it does work with acrylic yarns, natural fibers may feel nicer when worn.

I love to add a little bit of extra detail to knitting patterns. Our shrug pattern has a crochet shell edge around the border and on the cuffs. The stitches used are very basic, and the pattern has instructions on how to create the shell edge. Be warned, though: working with this shrug does require a bit of crochet skills as well!

Shrugs are often small and delicate. Knitting one can be a lot of work, though. For this reason, I’ve chosen a large needle size. With large needles, the shrug is quick to finish, and the knit fabric remains light and airy.

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Little bolero-styled shrugs are best paired with dresses that have a defined waist. Shrugs worn wonders with corsets and corset-tops, but pairing them with jeans and tank tops can create an interesting outfit as well. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination when pairing shrugs to outfits. Taking a risk can create an unexpected yet delightful combo!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

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Wide Sleeved Cardigan

Soft, red yarn turned to rib and simple lace, and the combination made way for a unique cardigan. Our Wide Sleeved Cardigan Knitting Pattern is easy to work, and a relatively quick knit. With interesting details, it’s a delight to work and wear.

wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern, image four

The model cardigan is made with a self-patterning yarn. This gave the cardigan a unique colorization. The style works with single-toned yarns as well as with self-striping products. With so many yarn options, you’re sure to be able to find your favourite. The cardigan calls for sport weight yarn, which comes in many colours and textures. The model cardigan is made with a wool-polyamide -yarn, but feel free to use cotton or alpaca instead. Whichever yarn you pick, this style will love it. Just make certain the gauge matches!

The wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern features a low-cut neckline and a large collar. This gives the knit a decadent feel. With flared sleeves and a dropped shoulder line, this cardigan is delightfully different. A cropped hem makes it easy to pair the cardigan with various outfits. It works well with short dresses, and looks fabulous paired with skinny jeans and knee-high boots. Though the cardigan in itself doesn’t bear options for alteration, you can spruce it up by pairing it with a number of versatile outfits and your favourite accessories.

The wide sleeved cardigan is worked in the flat. It combines 2×2 rib and simple lace. The alteration of two basic knit surfaces makes the pattern quick and easy to work with, and creates an interesting look. As an added detail, the sleeves have a narrow picot edge. This means you’re going to need a bit of crochet skills as well! The pattern is easy to work with, and it suits both beginners and those of us who love to knit while binging on our fav TV-shows.

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

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

red cardigan with large collar and bell sleeves, image two

The NightSky Set

A while back, I found a yarn that wanted desperately to come home with me. It was a simple, sport-weight acrylic with a touch of lurex. I bought it, took it home, and knit it in two weeks. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves and a hat to match. Since they both sparkled like starts, I called it the NightSky Set.

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

As you may have noticed, I have a lot of hair. To make life easier, I wanted a hat that can house all of that. Also, I wanted a hat that can be changed to a warmer style. Knitting up a hat that can go from slouchy beanie to regular beanie seemed a bit daunting, but with a little bit of thought, I got what I wanted.

The set is knit in seed stitch, and sprayed with a cable pattern. Together, these two surfaces create an elegant look. Since seed stitch looks the same on both sides, the set is easy to alter. The fingerless gloves have a long edge. It can be worn long for warmth, and turned down when you need to use your phone. And the beanie… thanks to invisible decreases, it can be turned inside out for easy manipulation. Wear it long when you want a slouchy beanie. When you need a regular one, flip it over, and fold the edge to show off the cable pattern. Quick, simple, and practical.

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This set has quickly become my favourite one. The sparkle of the yarn brings happiness to dark nights, and the practicality of the set is a delight. I’m super-happy to have been able to publish it before Christmas, since it has an added bonus hidden inside. The cable pattern works in fingerless gloves, and hats. And scarves! In the knitting pattern, you’ll find a chart for a scarf to complete the set.

I hope you’ll enjoy the NightSky Set -knitting pattern! It’s also available on Ravelry along with the rest of my knitting patterns.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

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Sneak Peaks

I’ve been working on quite a few new designs during the fall. Now, some of them are ready for sneak peaks!

A you may know, I like to create knit and crochet items along with sewn garments. Knitting and crocheting takes a longer time than sewing, so a lot of patience is needed when making patterns. Even a fast knitter takes more than a week to knit up a set of hat and wristlets, and a knit cardigan may take even longer to finish. Rewards are wonderful, though, and I’ve found that knitting and crocheting is a great way to unwind and relax.

A year ago, I finished a cardigan made with two light yarns, both upcycled. The cardigan quickly grew to be my favourite one, and as the nights grew dark again, I decided to turn it into a pattern. The blue cardigan was crocheted using a 5mm hook.

filet crochet cardigan made with two light yarns

The shape and feel of the cardigan appealed to me. As I’d chosen two yarns, it turned out decadently heavy.

For a fresh version to be written out as a pattern, I chose an upcycled cotton yarn, and a size 4mm hook. The cardigan is quick to make, but I lost interest in it five times in the process. As photoshoot-day crept closer, I decided to push the cardigan out. I finished it just three hours before it was time to take pictures! Trying it on for the first time after fully finishing it was nerve-wrecking, but the black cardigan proved pretty much perfect.

black filet crochet cardigan made with upcycled cotton yarn

Last for today, is a versatile set of hat and fingerless gloves. The hat and mitts are both knit with a glittery yarn, and feature seed stitch and cables. They both can be worn in two ways. Though I finished the set more than a year ago, it’s taken long to finish the process. I’m happy to let you know that the NightSky Set will be published just as soon as I put some finishing touches into the pattern.

I hope you’ll enjoy these upcoming designs!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

Seed Stitch Shrug

Seed stitch is one of my favourite knitting stitches. It’s lovely, easy to work, and very versatile. For the Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug, I paired it with stockinette, and a crochet cast-off.

As I often do, I dug up a discarded sweater from a flea market, and scavenged it for yarn. You can find my tutorial on how to do that here.

What I got after unraveling the sweater, was a multitoned chunky yarn light and soft. I wanted to knit it into something warm, something that could be worn in many ways. Versatility is a key factor in shrugs and cardigans, and with simple alterations, this shrug changes moods with you.

seed stitch shrug, open

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug calls for soft, chunky yarn. It’s worked with needlesize 7 mm – US 10.75 which makes it a quick knit. The construction is a cross between cardigan and shrug: this garment has a shaped sleeves, and a border worked in the round. The combination of seed stitch and stockinette work wonderfully with self-patterning and multitoned yarns. On a calm design, colours work to their full advantage. This shrug can even pull off stripes if you so choose: try asymmetrical stripes in bold colours, or thin ones with just two shades.

seed stitch shrug, closed at neck

The shrug has a large border. It has no closure, so it’s perfect to wear with shawl pins and brooches. The collar can be pinned in many ways: high on the neck or low at the waist. The shrug can also be worn open for a more casual look. A versatile style can be paired with all kinds of outfits. Though this shrug loves dresses, it works well with jeans, too.

seed stitch shrug, sleeve detail

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug features a crochet cast-off. In order to gain an elastic edge, I created a picot cast-off. It works both to give the shrug a detailed, feminine look, and as a practical solution for binding off. The cast-off method is time consuming, and requires knowledge of basic crochet, but the end result is well worth the labour.

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

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

seed stitch shrug, closed at hem

Cabled Wristlets and Gloves

During the winter and early autumn, I like to wear fingerless gloves to keep my ever-chilly hands warm. Fingerless gloves are both a fashion statement and a practical accessory. They compliment groomed hands, and bring a dab of colour to dark outfits. My favourite pair is long and cabled, and knit with soft mohair-blend.

The Cabled Wristlets and Gloves pattern is written for Novita’s Rose Mohair and needle size 4mm (US6). Any kind of Aran-weight yarn will do, though, just as long gauge is matched. The size will fit a small to medium sized hand. For larger sizes, add a few stitches to the rib, or use larger needles. Keep in mind, that knit fabric will give quite a lot.

yellow cabled mitts, image two

As I was knitting the first pair of cabled wristlets, winter drew close. I had two balls of Novita’s Rose stashed, and the warmer wool blend turned into full cabled gloves. The long gloves are delightfully warm paired with loose-sleeved coats and ponchos!

The knitting pattern includes both styles, fingerless and full gloves. The back of the gloves is cabled, and the inside of the wrist and palm is knit in twisted rib. This creates an interesting surface on both sides of the gloves. The length of the wrist is naturally up to the knitter: this pattern will allow you to create long wristlets, short gloves, and even full mittens.

black cabled gloves

Cables are one of the many challenges in knitting. Many knitters shy from them, claiming them too difficult or time consuming. Mastering new skills is a way of evolving, not to mention rewarding. The surface cables create is interesting, and creating a cabled knit a way to show off your skills.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Cabled Wristlets and Gloves knitting pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

yellow cabled mitts, image one