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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

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Vectors

As you may remember, it was my Birthday a while back. I wasn’t really expecting presents, but I got something beautiful anyway. I have a few friends who knit. One of them also dyes yarn. She has a small Etsy-shop called Petrichor Yarns, and she brought me a lovely skein of merino-bamboo-blend. The shade is called Witch Hunt, and I thoroughly love it! This particular shade of red goes perfectly with a coat I just made. I already have plans for this yarn, but there’s something else I need to finish first.

You see, I got some more yarn, too. Two skeins of some seriously wild merino silk.

Yarn speaks to me sometimes, and these two announced their desire the moment I saw them. They claimed to want to be together forever, and become a vortex scarf.

I said OK, that’s all well and good, but you’ll have to wait until I finish my cardigan.

The yarns would have none of that, and I had to cast on three days later.

The two skeins have a matching shade of pink. I don’t usually go for crazy color-combos, but I had to make an exception with these two. The colors go together beautifully, though I was a bit hesitant about it.

I’ve been wanting to knit a vortex scarf for quite a while now. I haven’t gotten around to it, since I’ve been working on multiple projects at once, and haven’t found The Perfect Yarn for a vortex scarf. Until I saw these two, that is. As I cast on, I thought I’d get a little neck warmer out of these. There was only 800 meters of yarn with the two skeins combined. I started knitting, and the scarf grew and grew and grew. At one point, I thought I’d never run out of yarn!

Of course I finally found an end to both yarns. By then, the scarf had grown to a shawlette. It has a wing span of over 160 cm, but it is quite narrow. It’s pretty perfect to wear around the neck in this size. Since it’s worked in a vortex-shape, it’s easy to continue knitting until it reaches a full-shawl width.

As a finishing touch, I decided to work a simple crochet edge to the scarf.

I was kind of hoping to show you the fully finished scarf today, but I ran out of time. I’ll write the scarf out as a pattern soon. At this point, I call it The Pretty Basic Vortex Scarf, but the name will hopefully change into something nicer.

After finishing this one, I’ll get to start working on the Witch Hunt, and another shawl pattern!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this week’s I (almost) Made This! -post.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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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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Stripy Wrist Warmers

In the world of crafting, left-over yarn is a rule. It’s always around, and sometimes, it’s difficult to find a use for little balls and skeins. As I was given an opportunity to write a guest post for Craftic, I chose to create these cute, stripy wrist warmers to share. The wrist warmers require basic skills in both knitting and crocheting. Stitches used are very simple, so I would label this as a beginner level project. 

stripy wrist warmers worked in black and purple

Materials

  • sport weight yarn in two tones. The amount of yarn needed depends on how long you wish to make the wrist warmers. For the black and purple ones, I worked 10 contrast colored stripes and used 50 grams (142 yards) of yarn in total.

  • double-pointed needles size 3,5mm/US 4

  • crochet hook size 3,5mm/US 4 and 4mm/US 6

  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Notes

The wristwarmers come in three sizes, S (M), and L. Size S suits an arm of 20 cm/ 7.8 inches in diameter, size M 22 cm/ 8.6 inches, and size L 24 cm/ 9.45 inches. Gauge (taken from a wristwarmer while it’s worn) is 18 stitches and 24 rows in a 5 cm x 5 cm / 2” x 2” square.

Abbreviations

K – knit

P – purl

DC – double crochet

* * – repeat

Pattern

Cast on 40 (44) 48 stitches on DPNs with black yarn, divide them eavenly, and join to knit in the round. The wristwarmers are worked in *K2, P2* -rib up until the crochet cuff.

Counting in the foundation row, work four rows of rib with black yarn. Switch to purple, and work two rows. Alternating the stripe pattern of *four rows in black, two rows in purple*, work in the round until the wristwarmer is approx 15cm/ 6 inches long. Finish with a black stripe.

Switch to the smaller crochet hook. From the beginning of the first row, pick up two stitches onto your hook. Crochet them together with a slip stitch, and chain four. In between of the two stitches you just crocheted together, double crochet.

DC the next two stitches together, chain two, and DC in between the two stitches crocheted together. Continue like this through the row.

Switch to hook size 4mm/ US 6.

Row 1: Into each arch formed by two chain stitches, DC three times.

Row 2-5: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC twice. *DC three times into the middle stitch of the next group.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Row 6: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC four times. Single crochet in between groups. *DC five times into the middle stitch of the next group, single crochet in between groups.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Cast off, and weave in ends.

stripy wrist warmers worked in double rib and crochet lace

 I hope you’ll enjoy The Stripy Wrist Warmers Knit/Crochet Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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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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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

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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

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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

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