Rosemary & Lavender Cardigans up for testknitting!

Who doesn’t love a cardigan for chilly summer evenings or mid-season wear? Cardigans are my absolute go-to element of a daily wardrobe, so when I first came across the mohair+nettle+wool blend from onion knit, I knew they were just destined for a dedicated pattern. It is slightly on the scratchier side for those that are more sensitive, but it is the perfect fit for really keeping you warm without making you break out in sweat (my usual issues with too warm wool since I tend to be running around – a lot!).

I knit my first raglan sweater only a couple of years ago, and once I got hold of the starting rounds, I fell in love with it. It is the perfect technique for those who avoid any assembling of different parts and want to see quick progress. Yet I struggled myself with reading and understanding the first pattern I tried at that time, which made me decide to create a really accessible raglan pattern, that even beginners will manage to follow without getting lost on the way.


The Rosemary Cardigan

The Rosemary cardigan is the perfect raglan pattern for a beginning knitter, since all you need to concentrate on is the raglan set-up … and that’s about it! The rest is simple stockinette stitch, no special shaping, no buttonholes to worry about, and you’ll have made your first cardigan in no time at all.

Sizes

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

Size guide – to fit:

BUST CIRC.:

81; 86 (91; 96; 101) [106; 111; 116] cm
32; 34 (36; 38; 40) [42; 44; 46]”

Size guide – finished measurements

BUST CIRC.: 89; 94 (99; 104; 109) [114; 119; 124] cm

35.25; 37.25 (39.25; 41.25; 43.25) [45.25; 47.25; 49.25]”

Needle size

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Tension / gauge

10 x 10 cm (4 x 4”) = 20 sts x 27 rows in stockinette stitch on 4 mm needle (US 6)

Materials

1 thread sport weight yarn

Yarn used in model (size S):

ONION KNIT Mohair + Nettles + Wool (45% mohair, 30% nettle fibers, 25% wool), 145 m / 158 yards // 50 g

Main colour (1408 – blue) – 5, 5  (6, 6, 7) [7, 7, 8] skeins

Contrasting colour (1416 – yellow) – 1, 1  (1, 1, 1) [1, 1, 1] skein

MC Meters: 653; 715 (768; 819; 875) [940; 986; 1053]

CC Meters: 44, 46 (49, 51, 53) [55, 57, 59]

MC Yardage: 714; 782; 840 (896; 957; 1028) [1079; 1152]

CC Yardage: 48, 50, (54, 56, 58) [60, 62, 65]

4 stitch markers  /  stitch holder or scrap yarn  / tapestry needle 

Deadline

14 August 2020


The Lavender Cardigan

The Lavender cardigan is a project for more advanced knitters, since it requires working the delicate daisy pattern at the same time as working the raglan decreases and neckline decreases. . It is knit bottom-up, with sleeves and body joined in the round up from the armholes on. For a more refined finishing, the bindings are worked with a twisted rib.

Sizes

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

Size guide – to fit:

BUST CIRC.:

81; 86 (91; 96; 101) [106; 111; 116] cm
32; 34 (36; 38; 40) [42; 44; 46]”

Size guide – finished measurements

BUST CIRC.: 87, 92 (97, 102, 107) [112, 117, 122] cm

34.25, 36.25 (38.25, 40.25, 42.25) [44.25, 46.25, 48.25]”

Needle size

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Tension / gauge

10 x 10 cm (4 x 4”) = 20 sts x 27 rows in stockinette stitch on 4 mm needle (US 6)

Materials

1 thread sport weight yarn

Yarn used in model (size S):

ONION KNIT Mohair + Nettles + Wool (45% mohair, 30% nettle fibers, 25% wool), 145 m / 158 yards // 50 g

Main Colour (1410 – pink) – 6, 6  (6, 7, 7) [8, 8, 8] skeins

Contrasting Colour (1403 – navy blue)  – 1 skein

Meters – MC : 751, 809 (864, 907, 985) [1063, 1106, 1195]

Meters – CC: 102 107 (110, 112, 114) [117, 119, 121]

Yardage – MC: 822, 885 (943, 992, 1078) [1163, 1221, 1307]

Yardage – CC: 112, 117 (120 ,123, 125) [128, 129, 132]

4 markers  /  stitch holders or scrap yarn  / tapestry needle / 11 buttons (optional, depending on finishings) p

Deadline

14 August 2020


Be a testknitter:

Sparkles cable top

The Sparkles sleeveless cable 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 cable binding is worked first, then sewn together to form the hemline that the top is then cast onto. The yarn chosen for the model (size S) is a combination of Lana Grossa Silkhair Lusso (a mohair with some shimmer in it) and Lana Grossa Cashmere 16 fine, which gives it a more glamorous look. You can of course opt for any other combination, or a single thread of any DK or light worsted yarn (cat. 3) that fits the indicated gauge.

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

NEEDLE SIZE: Circular needle 4,5 mm (US 7), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length (or double-pointed needles for cable hem)

GAUGE: 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4″) = 21 sts x 30 rows in stockinette stitch on 4,5 mm needles (US 7)

YARN : DK or light worsted (cat. 3)  

Yarn used in model : Lana Grossa Silkhair Lusso (78% mohair, 14% silk, 4% polyamid, 4% polyester), 210 m / 25 g
Lana Grossa Cashmere 16 Fine (80% merino, 10% polyamid, 10% cashmere) 320 m / 50 g

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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