Category: Projekter

A flower tea cosy

When a serious coffee addict like me takes up drinking tea, something special is required. Only the finest Tea Cosy can be accepted. I have dreamed about the wonderful English vintage tea cosies for a very long time, over embellished, way too much and irresistible as they are.  I enjoy my version every day, when I have my cup of tea, or just as it stands there on the counter top. I have moved into a whole new category of tea drinkers.

Here is a link to the pattern. I found inspiration to the crocheted flowers in the book   100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. I have used my homedyed BFL for the cosy, and Cascade 220 for the flowers.

Edith’s Summer Cardigan

Finally – I have finished knitting the mohair cardigan for Edith. White, light as a feather, with vertical openwork pattern on the fronts. A feminine cardigan for a soon to be three toddler.

The cardigan is worked top down, with set in sleeves worked simultaneously as described by Barbara Walker. The method is closely related to raglan sleeves but in stead of increasing on both bodice and sleeves, increases are only made on the sleeve side.

The resulting sleeve shape is a trapezoid, which is close enough to the shape of an ideal set in sleeve to ensure a good fit. And the finishing is beautiful  all in all very nice, in my opinion.  I have done a review of different methods for knitting set in sleeves, including the contiguous method by Susie Myers, will share my thoughts when I get around to it.

Mink Yarn

 

A few experiments with the new mink yarn I found in China. I expect a lot from. It is 100% mink (水貂 绒) and soft and delicious. It seems like a good alternative to angora, that many knitters are allergic too, me inclusive. I have no problems with knitting in this mink yarn, so it should certainly explored further.

I have made a few swatches, and now there is a hat on the needles – is this hat weather a hat worth? I use the mink yarn together with some very soft merino wool to get a little more volume, and it seems like a perfect combination. Soft, soft, and warm. The hat is almost done.

 

New pattern: Cabrini Sweater

The pattern for the mohair sweater I have previously written about the name (Bear blouse) is now available in English. I got it back from tech edit just before Christmas and now is it on Ravelry. It a  simple and flattering design, worked in one piece from top-down. Stitched for the fitted sleeves are picked up and knit, so no sewing is necessary!

 

 

Holiday knitting has started!

We all need a pixie backpack, don’t we, especially when we approach the month of December? I’ve been using the backpack here to test various techniques that I have not been too familiar with. The lower drawstring hem is knitted in double knit, which is then worked together to form – yes, a drawstring. Then I continued in double knit, split the work, and started to knit in the round on a circular needle. Next time I will use a thinner needle for double knitting, there is quite a difference in gauge between the circular knit and double knit. The flap is also worked in double knit. I had a little trouble getting the edges of the flap neat when decreasing, and they should also preferably look the same on both sides. I will have to look more into that.

Hooded brioche scarf

A quick hooded scarf in brioche. I love to work brioche, there is a good rhythm to it and it eliminates the purl stitches. The scarf is knitted in Fritidsgarn from Sandnes on thick needles (7 mm). The thick needles are in fact far outside my comfort zone, but Fritidsgarn is very loosely spun, so it still is nice to knit with, also using thick sticks. So all in all, a nice project with one of my favorite yarns, my favorite knitting technique, and above all, quick, so DD can keep warm in this cold weather.

My mother knit a lot, but I think she never really enjoied it. She knit socks for the whole family and brioche scarves. Brioche was therefore one of the first knitting techniques I learned, and I do think the technique is well suited for beginners. However, I found it difficult to figure out how increases and decreases are done nicely in brioche, but, ah well, it’s really just until you know how. In my course of Haandarbejdets Fremme with Louise Klindt, we have also had brioche as a theme. So now I have among other things decoded how to make brioche cables, a must for my next scarf project.

Short sleeved Bear Sweater

The Bear Blouse is done! I love the way a very simple sweater construction can give such an elegant result. It is worked top down, which can be advantageous from a design point of view. The fit was perfect, and it is wonderful to be able to try on the sweater along the way, so the length can be customized. I had made all estimations in advance. That’s probably how I work best. In this case, the simple mohair sweater, which is notoriously difficult to unravel, it has certainly been an advantage. On the other hand, I am not sure that the top-down knitting will candidate as my favorite way to knit sweaters in the long run. Nice to have method in the repertoire, and fantastic that the project is finished when the knitting is done, but I don’t feel that the advantage of not having to sew together the sweater  completely outweigh the hassle of having to sit with a large project along the way. But to be honest, I don’t mind mounting anyway.

The sweater has the retro look that I love so much, and I can’t wait to wear the sweater with my new blue silk scarf when I go out for dinner tonight with my DH.

(I’ll just have to get used to my new camera, I’m not completely satisfied with the quality of the photos – but I think my beautiful model compensates for the photographer’s lack of skill.)