Many things happened this year and I have neglected my blog and my knitting work.
In the last year I turned 40, I faced a difficult moving, my father got sick and spent a lot of time in the hospital and for 6 months I did not have a real home.
BUT hey... I'm back!
Finally we have realized our dream: a house in the countryside, a slow life full of little things we love. We worked hard to reach this goal!
My purpose for this year will be to spend special attention to my work and do not have deadlines.
I want to resume spinning and dyeing yarn, reviewing some of my designs in a different key, knitting for me some patterns by other designers that I love.
So... there will be many news ... stay tuned!
For now, happy new year to all...
A few years ago, I came across five little sample skeins of Silk Blend Fino: a lush blend of merino and silk hand spun and hand dyed by Manos del Uruguay.
I instantly fell in love with the warm shades of orange and gold, the delicious texture and the amazing softness of this light fingering weight yarn.
It was a joy knitting this very easy shawlette with a such wonderful yarn!
I want sharing this glee with all of you, hoping that you will have fun to knit your own Serenata with your favourite yarn... I'm looking forward to see your colour and yarn choice!
Serenata is an asymmetrical triangular-shaped shawlette worked sideways.The easy lace pattern is perfect to highlight semisolid, variegated and gradient yarns.
Finished measurements (easily customizable): 57½ inches/146 cm wingspan; 37¾ inches/96 cm along BO edge (after blocking).
♡ Approx. 480-580 yards/440-530 meters of heavy lace/fingering weight yarn.
♡ US6/4mm needles or different size to obtain gauge.
♡ darning needle.
Gauge (after blocking): 19 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in lace pattern.
Different gauge will give different finished measurements.
Lace pattern for swatching (multiple of 4 sts plus 2):
Row 1 (RS): *k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 (WS): purl.
CO = cast on
BO = bind off
k = knit
kfb = knit into the front and back of the same stitch
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
p = purl
RS = right side
st/sts = stitch/stitches
WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over
CO 3 sts.
Row 1 (WS): k1, kfb, k1. 4 sts.
Row 2 (RS): k2, kfb, k1. 5 sts
Row 3 (WS): k5.
Row 4 (RS): k3, yo, k2. 6 sts.
Row 5 (WS): k2, k1-p1 into the yo, p1, k2. 7 sts.
Row 6 (RS): k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2. 8 sts.
Row 7 (WS): k2, k1-p1 into the yo, p to last 2 sts, k2. 9 sts.
Row 8 (RS): k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2. 10 sts.
Row 9 (WS): as Row 7. 11 sts.
Body of the shawl
Row 1 (RS): *k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k1, yo, k2. 12 sts.
Row 2 (WS): k2, k1-p1 into the yo, p to last 2 sts, k2. 13 sts.
Row 3 (RS): *k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k3, yo, k2. 14 sts.
Row 4 (WS): as Row 2. 15 sts.
Work Rows 1-4 for 16 more times. 79 sts.
Row 1 (RS): BO 8 sts, k1, k2tog, yo, *k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k1, yo, k2. 72 sts.
Row 2 and all even numbered rows (WS): k2, k1-p1 into the yo, p to last 2 sts, k2. 73 sts.
Row 3 (RS): *k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k3, yo, k2. 74 sts.
Row 5 (RS): *k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k1, yo, k2. 76 sts.
Row 7 (RS): as Row 3. 78 sts.
Rows 9-20 : work Rows 5-8 for 3 times. 91 sts.
Work Rows 1-20 for 7 more times. 175 sts.
Note for customizing: you can get a smaller or larger shawl by repeating the 20 Rows above less or more times.
Work Rows 5-7 once more. 178 sts.
Row 1 (WS): k2, k1-p1 into the yo, k to end. 179 sts.
Row 2 (RS): k to last 2 sts, yo, k2. 180 sts.
Work Rows 1-2 one more time, then repeat Row 1 once. 183 sts.
Picot BO (see this article on Knitty) : CO 2 sts, BO 12 sts; repeat from * to last 13 sts, CO 2 sts, BO all remaining sts.
Soak and block (see this article on Knitty) the shawl by pinning the top edge straight and pinning out the "crests" along the bottom edge. Weave in ends.
Sadly this is the last post celebrating the participants of Gift-A-Long 2016.
This last week has been rich in finished projects, I found for you some amazing ideas...
I'm very glad introducing my new Sweater Club!
What is the Club?
The Modish Mystery Sweater Club is an annual subscription for 4 brand new sweater patterns during 2017.
How does it work?
The Club includes 4 Mystery Knit-A-Long (MKAL), one for each season.
Each pattern will be delivered in four parts (Clues). The first Clue (intro) will contain general info for swatching, yarn shopping and stash diving and will be available 2-3 weeks before the second Clue to start knitting all together!
With Clues 2, 3 and 4 you will also receive a coupon code with an exclusive promotion for you. The promotion will be valid during the week following the Clue publication.
Each Clue will be delivered via Ravelry as pattern update and will be available as individual download and as eBook with a special price (you must be logged into Ravelry to download the updates).
The sweaters included in the Club may be pullovers, cardigans, tops and related in different yarn weights (indicatively in a range between lace-aran weight yarns).
All the sweaters in the Club are quite simple to do, highly customizable and easy to wear.
Each sweater will be available in at least 7 sizes (XS to 3XL) to fit bust 28-30"/71-76cm to 52-54"/132-137cm.
Releases (without photos) will be available in January, April, July and October 2017. Each full pattern will be updated approx. 2 months after the release of the last Clue.
For those who would like to join the MKALs, there will be news, spoilers and pattern support in my Ravelry Group.
Jan 2017- winter sweater MKAL - Snowbound MKAL already available also as individual pattern.
Apr 2017- spring sweater MKAL
July 2017- summer sweater MKAL
Oct 2017- fall sweater MKAL
The subscription is now open and available on my website and my Ravelry store.
I hope to see you on Modish People Group!
Third post celebrating the participants of Gift-A-Long 2016!
This week was full of amazing projects, look for yourself...
Welcome to the second post celebrating the participants of Gift-A-Long 2016: YOU!
This week has been rich in new projects, look what I found for you...
Join the fun with us!
See you the next week,
As promised, I picked for you some amazing Gift-A-Long WIPs and FOs from GAL participants.
I love browsing your projects on Ravelry! Let's look what I found!
Join us and share the love!
See you the next week with other masterpieces.
I'm glad to be part of Indie Gift-A-Long again!
Indie Gift-A-Long (GAL) is a multi-designer promotion during the "holiday gifts" period.
From Nov 22-30 use "giftalong2016" coupon code and get 25% off over 5000 patterns from 335 Indipendent Designers around the world (see the full list here)!
There will be tons of prizes, games and LOTS of KAL/CAL from 8pm November 22 through December 31 at midnight!
All events will run on US-EST time, here is a link to a world clock time converter so you can all keep track of how that related to the time where you are: click here
Join us here!
My gift to you is a 25% discount on the patterns included in this bundle.
Stay in touch! Every week, during the Gift-A-Long period, I'll pick for you some cool patterns, amazing WIPs and FOs and yummy yarn pictures! Keep an eye on the Modish blog and @ModishPeople on facebook #GAL2016 #giftalong2016.
I have just published the fifth sweater included in the Ultimate Modish Sweater Club: Blind Date pullover.
To thank you all for love and kind messages received in these days, I decided to start a Blind Date KAL on my Ravelry Group.
I would be happy to see you there! Come and join the fun!
You know, patterns included in the Club are usually only available as part of "The Ultimate Modish Sweater Club" and will be sold individually on September 2016.
BUT this time I will make an exception!
Blind Date will be available as a single download at a special price in a very exceptional case until Sunday June 19th, when it will be again only available as part of the Club.
The price for the single pattern shown on Ravelry is already discounted (no coupon code needed!).
The KAL starts on June 19th and ends on September 18th, 2016. See all info here.
Blind Date is a fitted pullover mostly worked in the round from the top down, with narrow elbow sleeves. The pullover features an easy lace motif on the sides, dramatic waist shaping and lace ruffles for the sleeve edging.
Knit it in a bold colour for an eye-catching result!
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Finished chest circumference: 30 (32¼, 36½, 40, 44, 48, 52¼) inches/76 (82, 92.5, 101, 111.5, 122, 132.5) cm.
The sweater is intended to be worn with a little bit of negative ease at the chest. Please choose a size with 0-2 inches/0-5 cm of negative ease compared to your actual measurements.
Sample shown in size XS on a 32 inch/81 cm bust.
♡ Yarn A: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% merino 30% silk; 150 yards/137 meters per 50 gr) shown in Caribbean;
5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins; or approx. 720 (850, 980, 1100, 1240, 1400, 1550) yards/660 (780, 900, 1005, 1135, 1280, 1420) meters of DK weight yarn.
♡ Yarn B: Malabrigo Yarn Lace (100% merino; 470 yards/430 meters per 50 gr) shown in Fucsia;
1 skein; or approx. 75 (80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 170) yards/70 (75, 90, 110, 130, 150, 155) meters of laceweight yarn (for sleeve ruffles).
♡ 36” /90cm or longer US5/3.75mm circular needle.
♡ 36” /90cm or longer US7/4.5mm circular needle or different size to obtain gauge.
♡ US7/4.5mm DPNs (optional, for sleeves).
♡ US5/3.75mm DPNs (optional, for sleeves).
♡ 6 stitch markers (4 in colour A, 2 in colour B).
♡ waste yarn or stitch holders.
♡ darning needle.
Gauge after blocking :19 sts & 28 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stst on larger size needle with Yarn A.
Skill Level: Intermediate
FAQs and infohere.
See you there?
Spring/Summer cardigans are my favourite pieces and are very simple to customize!
Did you saw Keystone in the latest edition of Twist Collective? I think it's one of the most wearable patterns that I design!
1. The easiest thing to change is the sleeve length. I love to wear 3/4 or elbow sleeves.
An elbow sleeve will make your sweater not only lighter, but also incredibly stylish, with a pinch of retro flavor.
2. A crew neck can become a wide neckline!
Are you allergic to short rows and/or do you like a wider neckline?
Using the middle size needle, cast on the number of stitches that you find after the first increase Row and directly work the Yoke Chart (skipping ribbing and short row section). Then follow the pattern as written! It's done!
3. Steek it!
If you are afraid about a purling overdose, you may work your Keystone in the round and then steek. There are lots of resources for steeking online (you can also search directly on Twist Collective blog)
4. Customize buttons/buttonhole band
For my Keystone cardi I used big square buttons. You can easily adapt your buttonhole band with smaller holes for tiny buttons. If you want, you may add more holes to have a lovely band, full of very little buttons or maybe use magnetic buttons/clasps for an invisible closure.
I'm looking forward to see YOUR Keystone!
- all pictures © Fanny Lafontaine-Jacob -
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.