Summer is my favorite time to knit: more free time and the opportunity to do small, delicious, masterpieces with the finest and softest fingering yarns.
This summer, I was lucky enough to use this amazing cashmere blend yarn. I am grateful to The Plucky Knitter for the opportunity of this collaboration and for the discovery of Bello!
Bello have a very high percentage of cashmere (45%!!) and a smooth texture, that knit up heavenly with large needles and loose gauge.
To celebrate this amazing yarn I wanted to do something very feminine and romantic: soft lines and airy fabric to be worn on the beach over a bikini or in the summer nights over a dress or the favorite pair of jeans.
Antoinette is a cropped, seamless little cardigan mostly worked flat from the top down, with a very loose gauge. The design features peplum shaping, short raglan sleeves and an easy and fun twisted cable motif (without cable needle) for the yoke. The edges are worked simultaneously in broken rib and button and button hole bands are picked up and bound off with i-cords.
And I'm very glad to announce that Antoinette is chosen for the summer sweater KAL hosted in my Ravelry Group. Join the fun to the Knit-A-Long!
Antoinette is 50% discounted until Sunday at midnight (Rome Time) using "ANTOKAL" coupon code!
The KAL will run from July 1st to September 1st, 2015. All info here.
Everyone can participate at anytime and win lots of free patterns! See you there!
In my search for yarns of European origin, I came across Ulysse.
De Rerum Natura is a French brand that uses local Merino wool. The yarn is amazingly soft next to the skin and incredibly pleasant to work! The carding process allow to create very natural melange shades and vivid patterned colours. You can see the full colour range here
In the meantime, I'm experiencing the traditional fair isle style thanks to this great book that I received from Santa this Christmas.
The books is full of useful tricks and interesting motifs!
I was inspired by the geometric motifs traditionally used for socks, including these lines in a very feminine shape with low contrast colours.
I just added to the ingredients: joy!
Yvette is worked top down, totally seamlessly. As always, I modified the traditional circular yoke to achieve a perfect shaping. The result is a comfortable cardigan, suitable in every occasion, designed to be worn!
Yvette is available with a 25% discount until Sunday, June 14th at midnight (Rome Time). Discount applied at the checkout. No coupon code needed.
Hello, I'm Ela.
I live with my family in northern Italy, in a small village near Pavia.
I'm a mom of one wonderful teen daughter and two terrific dogs, a happy wife, an independent knitwear designer, a yarn maniac and an amateur chef.