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Sunday, June 1, 2014

New pattern - Inside out sweater

I finally finished the pattern for my inside out sweater. It's knitted top down and literally turned inside out in the end so the purled side faces out.

I used this gorgeous purple silky merino yarn from Malabrigo. It has slight variations in color which goes well with the purled fabric.
I think this is the perfect sweater for spring and summer since it's light weight and not too warm.

If you're interested in the pattern you can find it HERE.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Work in progress - a new sweater pattern

I'm working on a new sweater pattern. It's not an Icelandic lopi sweater like I usually do but rather a light sweater much like the ones I've been seeing in stores lately. The inspiration actually comes from a sweater I got from H&M. I often think "I could just knit this" when I'm looking at clothes in stores. Most of the time I'm also sure I can knit a nicer sweater with no seams and from better materials like merino wool, silk blends and so on. I don't care much for acrylics though I sometimes use them.

I started test knitting my idea with a very nice yarn from King Cole, a mix of cotton and bamboo. It's very soft and drapes wonderfully.
I wanted the sweater to be an inside out sweater, i.e. I wanted the purl side to face outwards. That meant that when knitting I had to make sure to hide all ends on the knit side facing me and to made sure that all increases and decreases looked good on the purl side. That's something one usually doesn't have to worry about.

When I finally finished the sweater after some frogging and adjusting I decided it would be better to work it top down. Mostly because I didn't like the raglan decreases as much as I wanted to. So I started again. I didn't want to frog the first sweater since it's quite nice and I also wanted to try a different yarn. 
I've had 6 skeins of Malabrigo silky merino in a gorgeous plum color for ages, 5 years to be exact. But I haven't been able to decide what to make from it. So now I finally decided to make a sweater from it.

When I started the new sweater I decided to use a provisional cast on with a crochet hook. That makes the cast on look the same on both sides. I also decided to try to make this a reversible sweater. It's possible since I can twist the ends together when starting a new skein so it's invisible. I still thin I will rather use it with the purl side facing out.
At this moment I'm almost finished with the body so the sleeves remain. When I finish I will publish the pattern. I'm so excited, this yarn looks absolutely gorgeous on the purl side :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New pattern - Snowflake baby hat

I first made this hat in 2010 when my older daughter was a baby. I never wrote it down but always meant to. Recently my younger daughter started using the hat and I was reminded of how happy I am with it. So I decided to write down the pattern and publish it on Ravelry. It's made with Icelandic Kambgarn but any sports weight wool can be used.

If you like the pattern you can buy it HERE or find me on Ravelry. It's available in both English and Icelandic.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Neon baby hat

I just finished this crocheted neon hat for my daughter. Don't you just love the color???

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My video tutorials

From time to time I make some knitting tutorials. So far I've shown how to graft stitches together using kitchener stitch, how to knit two things on one needle, how I sew in ends while crocheting and how I do a purled stitch. My videos were intended for Icelandic speaking people and all have Icelandic text (no speaking) but maybe they can be useful to others as well.

Kitchener stitch

Two items on one needle

More can be found on Youtube.