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Brevann – a summer tee…

Brevann is Norwegian for glacier water – just what this color reminds me of.

It´s knit top-down with raglan sleeves and v-neck. I´ve added two rows of simple rib (k1, p1), before the i-cord bind off. The front, back and sides have a faux seam, and the four different panels are knit in different lengths, creating a slightly asymmetric hem.

  • Pattern: My own (link to my ravelry project)
  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Luna Grey Fiber Arts, Aquila. Fingering / 4 ply, 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 397 meters / 100 grams
  • Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4

I´ve been doing a lot of sewing lately – due to a sore elbow. Too much knitting I´m afraid – and especially too much knitting using traditional 100% wool yarn, which I find harder on the arms. I probably knit too tight too… I have to do a bit of research on my knitting-technique – because giving up knitting altogether is certainly not an option. So knitting this summer-tee in this great merino/cashmere yarn was sort of a vacation for my elbow – sort of…

The great thing about sewing – compared to knitting – is speed! You can sew a lot of garments in the time it takes to knit a simple summer-tee… While the great thing about knitting – compared to sewing – is that you can knit almost anywhere, and you don´t need machinery and the same amount of specific tools…

A bit of both pleases me, and I´ve “re-discovered” my sewing-room – which has been left to collect dust and all the “bits & pieces” a home not necessarily knows where to put. So I´ve cleaned it out, and am currently in the process of finishing hibernating projects. I might give you “the tour” one day…

…and if the “thief” would most kindly tell me where my best fabric scissors are (because it´s not me…?!) …please? …pretty please?


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Sand In My Eyes…

I´ve just finished the BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie. It´s a great, slightly oversized cardigan with some elegant features like longer in the back, pockets integrated in the hem and i-cord finishing. I´m not the only one that finds this cardigan to be knitting-worthy… I´m currently among 160 others who have finished this pattern since it´s release in January (according to Ravelry). I´ve called my cardigan “Sand In My Eyes…“.

I´ve had som Plucky Sweater (dk weight) in my stash for some time and decided it was finally time to use it. I had 3 skeins of gray (Elegant Elephant) and 4 skeins of purple (Essie). I also needed a contrast color and decided on a skein of BFL sock from The Uncommon Thread in the color Golden Praline, held double.

I downloaded the pattern because I needed a project to get over the disappointment with my failing “Laneway”, and printed out all 16 pages of pattern instructions and started reading. My compliments to the designer for a great cardigan and a very detailed pattern instruction, but I suddenly found myself blind to all the schematics and numbers. I guess it´s what reading a text feels like for a dyslexic. It was like trying to decipher a tax-report with sand in your eyes …thus the name! I guess I was just a bit tired that day, but also I´m more of a free-knitter. I know how to shape a garment and don´t really need a detailed instruction. In addition I´m Norwegian and are brought up with one page knitting-instructions …ok, maybe two, with pictures.

All the leftover yarn...

All the leftover yarn…

But I decided to give it a go anyway, and I´ve more or less followed the numbers of stitches and the length for my size. I cast on each shoulder with magic cast-on, shaped the shoulders with some short-rows and continued with contiguous sleeves. I wanted gray to be my main color, and had to make the purple stripes longer to save gray yarn. I also decided not to follow the slip-stitch pattern for the hem and for the contrast color on the sleeves for the same purpose. I did the i-cord bind-off around the hem and the front using Plucky Feet, col: Medieval, held double. Not the same color as the Elegant Elephant, but close enough. My gauge was a bit off, and I found the Plucky Sweater yarn a bit hard on the hands. For some reason it contains 10 % nylon…

But I love the finished cardigan! I´ve worn it a lot already and I find the stunning details of this cardigan to make it both wearable and characteristic. So my compliments to La Maison Rililie for this design!


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Winter ♥ II…

I´ve finished my second Winter ♥. The first one I knitted for my daughter, and I just had to have one for myself. It´s the perfect slouchy, oversized, raglan, longer-in-the-back, «goes with anything» kind of sweater, and it´s an easy knit on large needles. The yarn: Drops ♥ You #3, a «thick´n thin» alpaca/wool based yarn is knit on 5 mm ( US 8) needles, and produces an interresting texture without any hazzle… Great for this kind of garment!

This will be my new favorite, – as it has been for my daughter!

I´ve got more of this yarn, and I´m thinking of a grandpa-style cardigan, following the same pattern as in the sweater. I´d have to knit it flat with a v-neck and add button-bands and pockets …I think…

I´ve got a pattern for this sweater nearly ready, and though this is a very easy knit, I wrote the pattern for an «educational» reason. I wanted to show by graph and by pictures the way to do short-rows and how to shape a neckline. This sweater is knit top-down, a great way to knit a sweater, because you can try on the garment along the way and adjust the measurements to your size.

Knitting, and in particular knitting-design, includes a ton of calculating: yardage, gauge, numbers of stitches or rows, – and how does this all go together for the different sizes…? And I have some calculating left before finishing writing this pattern.

If you´re ever in need of a engineer to calculate the next lift-off to the moon or oil-drilling project in the North-Sea, call a knitting-designer! On the top of my head; – I would recommend you to call La Maison Rililie, Veera Välimäki, Helga Isager or Lene Holme Samsøe, – or any other designer. But please, don´t call me! I´m a novise at the game, – and by the way, I´m busy 🙂


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“Plucky Everyday” now also in Norwegian…

Scroll down for Norwegian / norsk lengre nede på siden….

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

My free pattern “Plucky Everyday” was rewritten a while ago, and I´ve long wanted to translate it to Norwegian (yes; I write my patterns mainly in English, which is quite awkward, being Norwegian…) I blame Ravelry! I had to learn to knit in English to get access to all the wonderful patterns out there, and I find English / American knitting patterns to be much richer in details than the Norwegian ones, both in instructions and construction. This has “leveled” out some over the last years, but I quite often have to squeeze my brain trying to translate very common English knitting-terms to Norwegian. The terms simply does not exist in Norwegian, or; they are described in a rather difficult way… In this instance I´ve had to make up a totally new term for explaining krl and kll, an important part of the “Plucky Everyday” pattern. I hope the Norwegian readers will excuse me for this, and I also hope I haven´t missed it if there actually are a term for this…

Norsk:

Jeg har endelig fått tid til å oversette “Plucky Everyday” genser-mønsteret til norsk! Dette mønsteret ble første gang publisert på Ravelry i september 2012, og har blitt lastet ned intet mindre enn 2956 ganger siden den gang… Dette er et gratismønster, og mønsteret gir bare instruksjoner for en størrelse (M – 38/40), men kan lett gjøres mindre el. større…

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

  • Inspirasjon: Purl Bee´s: «Everyday Linen Raglan»
  • Garn: «Plucky Feet» fra Plucky Knitter, 373g. av 460 g / 1 555 m. (4 hesper)
  • Kan byttes ut med garn tilsvarende ca 338m /pr 100g. (169m / 50g)
  • Farge: «Medieval», 90% merino + 10% nylon.
  • Pinner: Rundpinne 80 cm + 40 + strømpepinner: nr: 3 + 3,5mm
  • Strikkefasthet: 22m x 36 rader = 10 cm x 10 cm
  • Teknikk: fra-toppen-og-ned, ragland, på rundpinne, sømløs
  • Størrelse: 38 – 40 (M)
  • Spesielle teknikker: midlertidig oppleggskant + øke med markeringsmaske

Mønsteret inneholder linker til de nødvendige teknikkene, og jeg har laget en bildeinstruksjon for å forklare prinsippet med å øke med markeringsmaske. På engelsk heter denne teknikken krl og kll (knitting right loop og knitting left loop). Jeg har kalt økningene ØMMH + ØMMV (øke med markeringmaske høyre, og øke med markeringsmaske venstre). Her er bildeforklaringen:

ØMMH og ØMMV

ØMMH og ØMMV

For mer informasjon om garnalternativ og modifikasjoner, se; projects/woolandgathering/plucky-everyday

Jeg har startet på en ny “Plucky Everyday” genser, denne gang i BaaRamEwe´s: “Titus” i farge kull, mest for å kunne renskrive mønsteret, -men det er jo synd å rekke opp en lekker genser i et enda lekrere garn?! …bare å strikke videre!!


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New pattern: “Gerda´s Cardigan”

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Gerda´s Cardigan, a new pattern added to ravelry.  buy now

Gerdas Jakke, samme mønster i norsk versjon.  kjøp nå

This cardigan is knit top-down in sport-weight alpaca/silk yarn from Old Maiden Aunt. The body is knit in the round by picking up stitches around the pre-knitted saddle, while you increase stitches to create the arms (my version of the contiguous-method, developed by SusieM). The cardigan has a fitted shape, and it´s most characteristic feature is the shoulder-saddle. It has a slight positive ease around the shoulders/upper arms, and no ease around bust/waist, with flattering pleats on the hips. The cardigan is knit in the round and later steeked. The pattern gives detailed instructions on steeking/reinforcing. The pattern also includes instructions for a flat version. Don´t be fooled by this cardigan´s casual look! The yarn adds drape and a luxurious subtle shine, and though the pattern construction itself is easy, certain parts of the pattern instruction calls for a reasonably experienced knitter. This cardigan will prove to be an essential garment in any wardrobe!

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large and XX Large, to fit bust cm / inch: 84/33, 90/35, 96/38, 103/40 and 110/43

Gauge: 22 st(s) x 33 rows = 10×10 cm (4 inch x 4 inch)

Yarn: Alpaca Silk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Old Maiden Aunt in color: Bitter Bug.

4,4,4,5, 5 skeins à 266 m / 290 yd / 100g.

Yarn: Alpaca Silk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Old Maiden Aunt in color: Mystery and Pumpkin Pie. 2-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-3 skeins à 266 m / 290 yd / 100g.

Yarn: BabySilk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Du Store Alpakka in color: 322 Gray and 323 Light Gray: 4-3, 4-4, 5-4, 5-5, 6-5 skeins à 133 m /145 yd / 50g.                                                          Model: HG

1470406_10151709688650876_318751612_nThis is Gerda! More of her later…