Summer Bubbles top

The sleeveless Summer Bubbles top is worked in one piece from the bottom up until the armhole shaping, at which point the front and back are knit separately. The colours chosen for the hem as well as the neckline and armholes are up to you. You can alternate them as shown in the picture, or opt for a more simple unicoloured design. The yarn used for the model (size S) is Cashair from Lana Grossa, a cotton-nylon-cashmere blend which comes in a large range of fun colours, but any Sport, light worsted or 5-ply yarn will do (cat. 2-3).

SIZES: XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL]

NEEDLE SIZE:

  • Circular needle 3 mm (US 2.5), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length
  • Circular needle 3,5 mm (US 4), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length
  • Circular needle 3 mm (US 2.5), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needle

GAUGE: 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4″) = 26 sts x 36 rows in stockinette stitch on 3,5 mm needles (US 4)

YARN: Sport, light worsted or 5-ply yarn (cat. 2-3)

Yarn used in model: Lana Grossa Cashair (60% cotton, 30% nylon, 10% cashmere, 50g / 225 m per skein

The Roxy sweater

The Roxy sweater is a very comfortable knitted pullover with an elegant V-neck on the backside which goes perfectly with a simple pair of jeans for a casual but special day-to-day wear. It is knit in one piece, top down, with raglan technique and big balloon sleeves. Use soft worsted yarn (cat.4), for example baby llama wool or an alpaca blend. The front piece is shorter than the back and reaches right above the hip line, but feel free to try it on as you knit to get the best fit for your body and the length you desire.

SIZES: XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL]

NEEDLE SIZE:

  • circular needle 4,5 mm (US 7), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length
  • circular needle 4,5 mm (US 7), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles 4,5 mm (US 7)
  • circular needle 3,5 mm (US 4), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles 3,5 mm (US 4)
  • optional: crochet needle 4 – 4,5 mm (US G6 – 7)

GAUGE: 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4″) = 17 sts x 27 rows in stockinette stitch on 4,5 mm needle (US 7)

YARN: worsted yarn (cat. 4)

Yarn used in model: Stargazer Brushed from Juniper Moon Farm, extrafine baby llama (85% baby llama // 15% nylon // 260m / 100g) – Colour: ARTEMIS

The Roxy sweater

I finally made it! My very first knitting pattern is online and what a loooong road it has been…

Ok, so I guess I started into this project, as usual, slightly overoptimistic without a clue as to how many mountains I’d have to surmount to get it done. First, there was the actual pattern writing, then the search for test knitters, the editing phase and now that it’s all done… I find it hard to believe that it took me about 6 months to go through the steps!

But here we are, and with the help of superkind and superefficient knitting design editor Maggie from Midnight Purl, as well as a few kind spirits that helped me in the translations, the pattern is now available on my Ravelry site in English, Danish, German and French.

It is knit top down in worsted yarn, which makes it actually quite a quick knit. Once you’ve made it through the raglan increases, it’s a breeze and a perfect TVknit, which is always a winner for me. My first knit in the picture above is made with baby alpacca wool from Juniper Moon, and my second try was made with Malou light from Lang Yarns, which was also super nice and soft to knit, so I’d definitely recommend both.

How do you eat an elephant?

How do you eat an elephant?

You might know this phrase, which I heard for the first time a year or so ago, while listening to one of the many audiobooks in my list, destined to make me a more organized, a happier me.

The answer to the question? One bite at a time.

This thought has been with me now for a few months, since I first started really diving into the project of writing my own knitting patterns. I’ve been a knitter for all my life, learned to knit when I was probably about 8, knit my first sweater shortly after, and my first really challenging norwegian patterned sweater a few years later. There have been on and off periods in life, where, just as with reading or anything else that isn’t absolutely necessary for you to get through the day.

As your children grow older, as your get more settled in your job, and as your life seems to gain some sort of semblance of control, you also get a little wiser. Or maybe, just get actually the time to sit down, have a coffee, and let your thoughts wander. (We’re talking about a 10-minute time frame here, don’t think I’ve got more than that before anyone comes jumping into the scene with some crucial question or need, or before having to drive someone somewhere, check up on homework, get on with laundry, … )

You start thinking more about the “what’s next?” And that is a really good thing, at least, if you allow your mind to wander.

What my wandering mind told me, or made me realise, was that the things that make me really happy are crazy huge projects, making up patterns, putting some fixed idea that popped up during the night down on paper, scribbling, writing, and getting all pumped up about the idea of what the imagined sweater or accessory might look like. And the thing is, just as with writing, reading, listening to music, or any other creative activity, once you start, you just can’t stop. You set off an avalanche of more ideas, more projects.

For all these years, I’ve been shoving these ideas back in place, because there really just wasn’t any time or energy for it, and what the hell would I do next? I wasn’t a wonder-knitter, I didn’t know all the world’s patterns and techniques, I was just me. And this is where the elephant comes into play.

So I decided to go with the gut feeling, and to start doing one of the things I love, knitting, creating, imaging, being a bit crazy and illusory, and in the end, enjoying myself tremendously in the process. Setting up this place here is one of the tiny bites to get that elephant down. Having one dedicated notebook with my first pattern and test knitting it with real, good quality wool is another bite. Then doing the whole thing again, the third bite.

Will I manage to eat the entire elephant? No clue. Does it matter? Probably not. Am I having fun? Oh yes!

So, please join me on my very slow and steady snail-paced journey, who knows, maybe you’ll discover a little something for yourself. 

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