New Take on a Favorite Lace Knit Scarf Pattern

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I recently started work on a custom order for one of my favorite scarf patterns. You can see a photo of the original below, in a dark blue – the name of the design is Garden at Midnight.
Garden at MidnightThe request, from a customer of mine, was for the scarf to be done in a yarn of the same weight (lace) in a deep gold.  Here’s the work in progress:
Garden at Midnight GoldThe yarn is a luxurious blend of silk (45%) and merino wool (55%), by Fyberspates. It’s called Scrumptious Lace and the color is #502, gold.

If you’d like to give this pattern a try, it’s available on my Ravelry page.

If you’d like to custom order a scarf, shawl, or wrap from any of my other patterns (from my Ravelry page), just let me know.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Man’s Cardi Jacket Finished: One More to Knit!

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The first of two man’s cardigan jackets is finally done and here’s a photo. I’m quite pleased with the result.

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As you can see from the photo below, Boon, the recipient, seems to be pleased with the result as well!

Mans Cardi Jacket Finished WT 1

One last tip on finishing:
Sewing on buttons
http://www.sewdaily.com/how-to-sew/buttonholes/tips-for-sewing-buttons-on-handknits

The next cardigan is for me, and so far I’ve knit only a few inches of the back ribbing and body.  I won’t be boring you with a chronicle of the progress, but will probably post a photo of the finished product – months from now.Mans Cardi Jacket 2
Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Man’s Cardigan Finishing: Buttonhole Band, Set-in Sleeves, Side and Sleeve Seaming

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Almost there! The photo above shows all the pieces of the garment in place. The buttonhole band has been knitted on, with buttonholes worked along the band, the sleeves have been set in, and the sleeve seams have been sewn. In addition, the left side seam is finished.

TMKC1Here’s a bit more detail of the buttonhole band and a finished sleeve.

TMKC2Side seam (just above pocket band) is nearly invisible.

So, the last two items of finishing left are sewing the right side seam and sewing on the buttons. You’ll get to see the completed cardi jacket next week!

Some sources I found useful:
1. Set in sleeve and seam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urOn3DSHBlc
2. Starting the seam
http://whitehorsedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-figure-8-join.html
3. Seaming vertical edges
https://www.woolandthegang.com/how-to/knit/vertical-invisible-seaming#

Thanks for following along on this and for being patient. Final photos of cardigan/jacket number one next week.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Man’s Cardigan Finishing: Front Button Band

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I’m back from my travels and have completed another step in the finishing phase of cardigan #1: picking up and knitting a front button band. Here are a couple of photos of how the garment’s progressing.

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The threads are place markers for the buttons and will also be used as guides for buttonhole spacing on the front buttonhole band.

I’m pleased with how this turned out, as it’s not as straightforward as doing shoulder seaming. There are not the same number of rows as stitches to be picked up, so some planning is required.

Here’s a link to an expert’s advice on how to pick up and knit stitches from a vertical edge – such as the front of a cardigan:

http://www.arendaholladay.com/2013/07/picking-up-stitches-on-vertical-edge.html
You’ll find a helpful video link on this page as well.

Did you know…?
In Scandinavian knitting, needle sizes include full and half-sizes only, such as 3.0mm, 3.5mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, etc. There are no .25 or .75 sizes available (such as 2.75mm, 3.25mm, etc). I found this to be true in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden at the yarn shops I visited and from the owners of the shops.

Here are a few more shots of yarn shops, signs, and windows in Sweden and Norway.

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That’s it for this week – time to get back to the cardigan.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

A Stop for Needles and Yarn in Oslo

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I had to stop at this shop in Oslo for some knitting supplies for a Master Hand Knitting Level 2 project – a man’s vest in a light-colored medium weight wool.

Oslo yarn shop

I’m on a week-long trip to Scandinavia to escape the heat and rain in Thailand and to visit a part of the world that I haven’t been to before.

Yesterday was Copenhagen, today Oslo, tomorrow northern Norway, then Bergen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and then back home.

I’ll be finishing my work on cardigan no.1 when I return next week!

Happy Knitting
MikeH

Finishing the Man’s Cardigan Jacket: Lots to Do

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Assembly required for the first cardigan jacket!

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As you can see the basics are completed and I’ve started on the finishing aspect. The shoulders are seamed, the pockets attached to the inside of the fronts, and the stitches picked up and knit for the pocket bands.

BCW2 Shoulder seam

BCW3  Pocket band

Next (and I’m working on it now) is the collar, which is 5 inches/12 cm of k1p1 ribbing. Then picking up and knitting the front bands (and the dreaded buttonholes), setting in the sleeves, and seaming the sleeves and sides.

It almost seems like finishing takes longer than knitting the cardigan itself – and with procrastination, that’s probably true.

A couple of points that I thought I’d mention and that might come in useful if you’re planning to knit your first seamed cardigan:

1. Shoulder seams: Here’s a useful technique for seaming a shoulder invisibly in stockinette stitch

Tuesday Tip: Seaming Knitted Shoulders


2. Picking up stitches for pocket band: Picking up stitches vertically is a bit different. I  found this post to be useful
http://www.arendaholladay.com/2013/07/picking-up-stitches-on-vertical-edge.html

I’m heading to Scandinavia this weekend for a holiday and to escape the heat and rain of Thailand! I’ll also be on the lookout for anything of knitting interest, and will share whatever I find with you here.

Happy knitting!
MikeH

Man’s Cardi Jacket: On the Final Sleeve!

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Progress on the first cardigan jacket:

The right side is finished and blocked, and the first sleeve is finished, but not yet blocked. I’ve cast on for the final sleeve, and expect to have that finished by next week.

Here’s a photo of the right front – placed on top of the back and next to the left front.

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The sleeves call for increases after the the cuff ribbing, and they’re worked on both the right and wrong sides of the sleeve. I chose the KFB and PFB (knit front and back; purl front and back) methods, and placed the increases inside the selvedge stitch at each end of the rows.

The sleeves also call for decreases as the sleeve cap is shaped. These are done only on the right side rows. I chose to use SSK (slip, slip, knit) at the right edge, as it’s a left-leaning decrease that follows the edge of the fabric. At the left edge, I chose to use a K2tog (knit 2 together), as it’s a right-leaning decrease that follows the edge of the fabric at that edge.

Again, the decreases are worked inside the selvedge stitches at each end of the rows.

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Here’s a photo of what I’ve done so far:

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After I finish the second sleeve and block both sleeves, the next (final!) stage I’ll be working on is finishing .

Finishing involves seaming and creating the pocket bands, collar, and front bands. This is all new to me and it’s become clear that the quality of the finishing will make or break this project!

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Special Offer: Dayflowers and Honeybees Lace Knit Shawl – Price Reduced

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PRICED ORIGINALLY AT USD 127.50!

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Now available at just USD 80.00 plus reasonable standard air postage, my Dayflowers and Honeybees Lace Knit Shawl is the perfect summer evening accessory.

DH2aThis rectangular-shaped wrap features a central panel of a dayflower stitch pattern surrounded by mermaid mesh lace and running edges of a honeybee pattern.

At one end of the shawl you’ll find a final section of Shetland lace diamonds as a bit of a surprise.
DH3aThis was knit in 100 percent merino wool, in purple. Note that the first image that appears above is the truest representation of the color.

The full-sized wrap measures 68in long x 20 in wide (172 x 50 cm).

Send me a message if you’re interested!

Next week I’ll have the right front of the man’s cardi jacket to show you.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Knitted Man’s Cardigan Jacket: Update, Part 2

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My adventure in knitting a man’s cardigan jacket continues this week after a pause last week to introduce my newest wrap: East and West: Lotuses and Roses. I was also finishing up work on another design submission that has been purchased by a yarn company. That makes 2 of them!

Here’s my progress on the man’s cardigan jacket so far:

1. The back is finished and blocked. The stitch patterns tend to pull in so it was especially important to use a wet blocking technique to ensure that the piece met the specified measurements. Here’s a photo.

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2. The pattern called for knitting the left front next, so that’s what I did. Here’s a photo of it finished and blocked – and this time I double-checked by consulting the specified measurements and also matching the piece against the back.

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And here’s the left front placed on top of the back, and you can see how nicely they match up!

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3. Notice the vertical opening in the lower right of the photo above. This is the pocket opening, and the design calls for knitting the lining as part of working the left front. Here’s a photo that shows the pocket lining.

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So, now I’ve cast on the stitches for the right front, and I’ve progressed as far as the pocket opening.

I’ll share my progress next week, although there may not be a lot to share as I’m preparing the pattern and sample accessory for the yarn company that purchased my first design.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

East and West: Lotuses and Roses Rectangular Lace Knit Wrap

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I haven’t stopped working on my cardigan jacket, but wanted to use this week’s post to let you know about my newest lace knit wrap pattern – because I like it so much!

The cardigan jacket is coming along nicely The back is finished and blocked and the left front is nearly done, so by next week I’ll have lots more to show.

East and West: Lotuses and Roses

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I’ve lived in Thailand for quite some time now, making frequent visits to Europe and the US, and feel that my life has become of blend of western and eastern cultures. With this lace knit wrap design I wanted to celebrate that blend, combining elements of both cultures, and chose lotus and rose flower stitch patterns to achieve this.

In addition to the lotuses and roses, the design incorporates an open-work lace edging along the sides and Japanese feather stitch panels between the rose panels. The feather stitch pattern was added to create a series of undulating lines along the length of the wrap.

In all there are 9 columns of lace stitches, representing 4 different stitch patterns.

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At the end of the main body of the wrap I have included a section that features three rows of flowers –rose, lotus, rose.

EW4I knit this in 3 skeins (950 yards or a bit less than 900 meters) of a lace weight blend of merino and silk.

Measurements:
16×56 inches/40.75×142.25cm

Pattern available here.
Wrap available here.

More on the cardigan jacket(s) next week.
Happy Knitting!
MikeH

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