Friday, June 10, 2016

Fingerless Mitts and Revamped Hourglass Hat Coming Soon!

A brand new pattern for fingerless mittens is currently being tested and will likely be released within the next week. It has a subtle, but nice ridge rib stitch pattern that would work well in a solid or not too busy semisolid yarn (my yarn choice unfortunately does not show off the structured pattern very well). I've named these mitts Down to Earth Mitts, partly inspired by the yarn I used for my prototype which is called Earthsea and partly because they look rather down to earth to me. The pattern is straight forward, and these knits up quickly. The construction is seamless, bottom up with thumb gusset and the whole mitten is in rib pattern making them very stretchy and adaptable. I've made 3 sizes, women's S, M and L. 

Down to Earth Fingerless Mitts, Size S
Yarny details: Mosaic Moon Laurel DK (100% SW Merino),
Earthsea semi-solid

Secondly, I'm working on an improved version of my Hourglass Winter Hat. This one is also going through testing at the moment and should be ready for re-release in 2 weeks time. I've added two smaller sizes and the smallest one (Toddler) includes instructions for making ear flaps and ties. Super happy with my prototype for this one, almost wish I lived somewhere cold and had a child small enough to wear it. 

Yarny details: Mosaic Moon Mimosa Worsted 
(50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Silk), Sherlocked semi-solid

That's all for now, HAPPY KNITTING!

~ Cecilie

Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Pattern: Sporty Cardigan for Boys and Girls

Today I'm excited to announce that I have release my first "big" knitting pattern. 

The Sporty Cardigan for Boys and Girls comes in 10 sizes from newborn through to 12 years. The cardigan is designed with active kids in mind and it is slightly over-sized to allow for growing room. The cardigan is designed for sport weight yarn, but at closer to a DK gauge (several of my pattern testers successfully knitted it in DK weight yarn). 

I designed the cardigan because I wanted to make a light weight sweater for my daughter to wear when in cool air conditioned environments, like the theater or cinema. I couldn't find a pattern I really loved so ended up making my own. I started working on this in February and finally issued it today, pattern design can be a bit of a lengthy process and the pattern editing can be a wee bit tedious. Very very happy to finally be done with this one!

Here are some photos from a little photo shoot I had with my daughter in the garden yesterday. This is a 6 year size shown on a slim 5 year old. I expect it to fit for a couple of years. 

I also made a 3 month size version for my best friends new baby boy, including a matching bonnet. The bonnet pattern can be found here, it comes in sizes newborn to 4 years. 

Sporty Cardigan and Sporty Pixie Bonnet
The Sporty Cardigan pattern can be found in both my Ravelry Store and my Etsy Store

Yarny details for the knitting nerds and yarn addicts:

The pink cardi is knitted in three different hand dyed semi-solids by the super talented indie dyer at Mosaic Moon. Laurel Sport is a super soft superwash merino yarns, one of my go to yarns. The names of these semi's are Cadence (MY Little Pony inspiration), Flora Navy (actually a trim for the Flora colorway) and Exhale (which I believe was a club yarn in Mosaic Moon's monthly semi-solid club).

Exhale, Flora Navy and Cadence by Mosaic Moon
The blue baby cardi is also knitted in Mosaic Moon yarn, Meadowsweet Sport. Another one of my favourite yarns, 100% non-superwash rambouillet wool. It's got a rustic look, a cottony feel, soft and sturdy. The colorway is called Impossibe Girl and the matching semi-solid is called Mists of London, colorway and semi inspired by the Dr. Who TV-show. 

Impossible Girl colorway, Mists of London blue and Emerald green by Mosaic Moon
That's all for now.


~ Cecilie