Summer Sweater Knitalong – Offer Code!

luvinthemommyhood sskal

The 2013 Summer Sweater Knit Along hosted by Shannon of luvinthemommyhood started yesterday!

Shannon’s plan is to encourage us all to keep knitting through the summer months and then your sweater is ready to wear in plenty of time for winter. Brilliant! No more finishing up your cosy jumpers in April and having to wait till the following winter to wear them.

Sign up info and rules are in the Ravelry group.

To celebrate, I’m offering 10% of my ‘Maturin‘ pattern (Ravelry shop only) until 31st July! Just enter the code sskal at checkout.

Maturin

I’m probably going to keep my goals manageable for this one, and just knit something up for my baby nephew!

Follow along with everyone’s progress across all social media with the hashtag #sskal.

Happy knitting!

‘Louise’ Cardigan by Deb Hoss

I finished this cardigan back in January but partly due to the miserable extended Winter, I only got around to taking the photos recently. My mum was behind the camera on this occasion, and the lovely backdrop is the weathered wood of her studio.

Grassy Cardi by knitahedron

The pattern is ‘Louise’ by Deb Hoss and is knitted in Lang Yarns Merino 120. I made the sleeves full length instead of 3/4 as in the pattern, by just knitting two extra repeats of the diamond lace pattern before beginning the increasing. I suppose I could have made the cuffs a little narrower to compensate, but they worked out fine 🙂 .

Grassy Cardi by knitahedron

It’s the size M (40″) and is probably a bit big for me (37″ bust), despite the apparent gaping on the button band. The neckline is wide and loose and with my gauge / this yarn it’s a bit stretchy causing the shoulders to fall a bit. Looking at the pics, I could have probably adjusted the positioning of the buttons to help the band overlap better – they are sewn centrally. The pattern includes short rows in the garter buttonband to compensate for differences in gauge between it and the lace. However, with my gauge, this appears to have made the band too long and caused some puckering.

Grassy Cardi by knitahedron

I have worn it pretty much constantly from finishing it until when Spring finally broke a couple of weeks ago! It’s a fun, well written knit and the lace is simple enough to memorise and keeps things interesting. Deb has lots more similar lovelies on her site, Deb Hoss Knits.

Grassy Cardi by knitahedron

Luggala Design Process

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

Way back in November 2012, I was privileged to be included in the Twist Collective Winter 2012 issue. My design was ‘Luggala’, a long-line jumper / sweater / pullover with a lacy cowl neck and kangaroo pocket.

A few years ago when I was keen to start knitting again, but tired of unflattering, outdated patterns, I did an internet search for things like ‘modern knitting patterns’ or ‘trendy knitting patterns’ or something similarly cheesy. This was when I came across Twist and specifically, their Fall 2009 issue. And I fell in love. The ‘Bus Stop‘ story completely won my heart and it wasn’t long before Ysolda’s Vine Yoke Cardigan was on my needles. I had found an up-to-date, fashionable, beautiful source of knitting patterns! Yay!

So when I decided to give designing a go, I knew exactly where I wanted to start – Twist! Aim high, I thought! When I submitted my design proposal back in April 2012, I had never designed anything before, let alone prepare a submission. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out it had been accepted and then to finally see it in print last November.

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

(c) Jane Heller / Twist Collective

I wanted to create a cosy Winter garment that would keep the wearer warm without being to bulky or heavy. So I designed a fitted, slightly long length jumper. Raglan sleeves, because they’re may favourite and always flattering. To keep it warm and cosy, I added a cowl neck, but in lace, to keep it light and feminine.

Luggala sketch by Áine Ryan, knitahedron.com

The final touch, to make it a little bit different and fun, was the kangaroo or hoodie style pocket. I added this to have a high of casual, comfy styling, but again it’s knit in lace to keep things light and feminine.

Luggala sketch by Áine Ryan, knitahedron.comIn the submission sketch, I just drew it simply with skinny jeans / leggings, which is how Twist styled it too in the end! I’m no fashion artist and I’ll let you in on my secret tool – Fashionary templates.

I hope you like Luggala which can be bought directly from Twist Collective.

Finally, a note on the name. ‘Luggala’ is a place in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, where I spent many Summers as a child. Enjoy a few pics. Lots more on Flickr.

Luggala

Luggala

Luggala

New Pattern! ‘Maturin’ Sweater

I’ve just released a new pattern – ‘Maturin‘ – a slim-fitting, raglan sleeved, crew necked jumper / sweater for men. (Although I think it would look pretty good on women too – must try it on and take some pics!)

Maturin Sweater by Áine Ryan / knitahedron

Knit in double knitting weight yarn and in the round from the bottom up to the armholes and then flat. To add a bit of interest the raglan seams are sewn inside out to make a feature of them. They’re also highlighted with a band of garter stitches each side of the seam.

Maturin Sweater by Áine Ryan / knitahedron

The body is a little longer than men’s jumpers usually are to keep out the drafts and stop it from riding up.

Maturin Sweater by Áine Ryan / knitahedron

I this designed this specifically for my husband who owns many raglan sleeved crew necks, but they are often too small in the shoulders or too short in the body for him. Most shop bought jumpers that fit him well on the shoulders tend to be too baggy in the body for his taste.

Maturin Sweater by Áine Ryan / knitahedron

I think the fit looks modern without being super-skinny-tight.

Maturin Sweater by Áine Ryan / knitahedron

Available to download now on Ravelry!

Maturin Sweater by Áine Ryan / knitahedron

New Pattern! Trigonal Mittens and Hat

Just before Christmas, I managed to sneak out my first self-published patterns – Trigonal Hat and Mittens. Available separately or together as an e-book at a small discount.

Trigonal Hat and Mittens

The samples are knit in Holst Garn Supersoft 100% uld but any fingering weight yarn will work. In fact, they would work well as stash-busting projects for your sock yarn remnants! The mittens require only 46 m / 50 yd of each contrast colour and 81 m / 89 yd of the main color.

Trigonal Mittens

The hat requires even less of the contast colours, using just 12 m / 13 yd of each and 185 m / 202 yd of main color.

Trigonal Hat

I wanted to create a fun design using traditional stranded techniques but with a modern twist. The colourwork is inspired by current trends for geometric designs and bright, non-obvious colour combinations.

A lovely example of this is some work by Imogen Heath:

Imogen Heath – Allegro Multi

And this gorgeous embroidery by Smallest Forest:

Smallest Forest

Smallest Forest

And finally this awesome skirt by Les Pommettes, sadly no longer available.

Les Pommettes

Les Pommettes

The Trigonal Hat and Mittens patterns are available through Ravelry.

Coming soon…

Coming soon... by knitahedron
Coming soon…, a photo by knitahedron on Flickr.

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