Navigator is the 4th sweater included in my sweater Club and it's one of my favourite cardigans ever!
The "Fair Isle" is one of my favourite techniques because it's pretty easy to do yet effective to wear. I said pretty easy because you have a stockinette/stocking stitch base and usually two colours to use at the same time.
Fair Isle it's fun to knit both flat and in the round.
Initially, I thought of "Navigator" as a traditional stranded colourwork only across the yoke. But I soon realized that it was too funny to stop working in those colours!
This was as well the first time that I loved to knit the sleeves!
I recently discovered the 9.5"/23cm Kinki Amibari (KA) asymmetric circular needles.
Absolutely, I LOVE them!
Working in the round the small circumferences has always been my problem: dpns or magic loop? Two circular needles together? I was never satisfied.
Now I finally can work the sleeves without problems and without affect the gauge.
If you're not happy with the other methods,I recommend trying these needles!
I almost forgot an important thing!
May is the Madelinetosh's month. You can find all info about KALs/events/sales on Madelinetosh Lovers Group on Ravelry.
I love Tosh yarns, although unfortunately here in Italy it is not easy to find all the bases or the colors that I would like...
To celebrate Madelinetosh May (MadMay) I offer a 25% discount of all my self published patterns during the entire month of April using "madmay" coupon code.
Psst... the coupon is valid also for the eBooks, including The Ultimate Modish Sweater Club.
What to say? Happy knitting!
I was lucky enough to work with Valentina Consalvi from SnailYarn again.
We have cooperated to create a brand new kit (yarn + sweater pattern) that will be available at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016 (18th-19th March).
For Swift pullover we have chosen to use BFL DK, a very soft and round yarn base in a bright, stunning new colour: Punch!
Isn't it perfect for your springtime?
For those who can't go in person to Edinburgh, but will be there in spirit (like me!), Swift is already available as Ravelry download with a special 25% discount valid until Thursday 17th March at midnight (Rome time). No coupon code needed!
I hope you enjoy!
Well, this is the third year that I join in Mal March!
What's Mal March? Malabrigo March is a big event in Malabrigo Junkies Ravelry Group. There are lots of KALs/CALs, competitions, prizes and discount from yarn shops and indie designers. Basically, it's like Christmas!!
I’m offering 25% off all of my self published patterns using ”MM16” coupon code.
Sale includes single patterns and eBooks and the coupon code is valid until March 10 at midnight (Rome time).
Since this year there are not official sweaters KAL in the Junkies Group, I will start an unofficial Mal March KAL!
By request, the pattern chosen for the knit-a-long is Ultraviolet.
Ultraviolet is a fitted pullover seamlessly worked in the round from the top down, with narrow ¾ sleeves. The pullover features a lovely diamond motif on the front, plain fabric for body and sleeves and a very feminine darted waist shaping.
The original version is part of my "A study in Single" eBook and is worked in Rastita, but it can be knitted in Arroyo or in any sport/dk weight yarn too!
Sizes available: XS (S, M, L, 1XL, 2XL, 3XL)
This is the month that precedes spring and that makes me think of large, airy sweaters in lightweight fabric to wear over a t-shirt.
In this crazy winter, I can already see the daisies in the meadow below my window and I can almost feel the sweet fragrance of sun-dried grass!
Pepita reminds me that feeling...
Pepita is the third sweater included in The Ultimate Modish Sweater Club, designer for your spingtime!
Pepita is an oversized, v-neck pullover mostly worked in the round, from the top down.
The pattern features an easy but effective cable and lace panel for the shoulders, narrow ribbed sleeves, deep v-neck and a curved bottom.
Available in sizes: XXS (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Finished chest circumference: 34¼ (38½, 42¼, 45½, 50, 54½, 57½) inches/87 (98, 107, 115.5, 127, 138, 146.5) cm.
The pullover is intended to be worn with 6-8 inches/15-20 cm of positive ease at the chest.
Sample shown in size XS on a 32 inch/81 cm bust.
For my sample, I used Arroyo by Malabrigo in Escorias.
Arroyo is one of my favourite yarns: very versatile, incredibly elastic and available in stunning variegated colours too!
Pepita is currently only available as part of The Ultimate Modish Sweater Club on Ravelry.
What is the Club? Read here.
I'm so happy to finally show my new Liberty loop in collaboration with Quince and Co.!
Liberty is part of Quince and Co. Scarves, Etc 5: a stunning collection of fashion accessories to make your winter warm and full of colour.
You can find the e-book on Ravelry and on Quince and Co. website.
I like to be inspired by nature when I think about a new design. Liberty comes from a fusion between two elements that I love: a sophisticated lace leaf-like pattern and a strong garter stitch. The result is rich and full of texture, perfect to exploit both delicate shades and bold colors. The stitch pattern is simpler than it seems, very quick to do but spirited...just as I prefer!
Liberty is designed for Quince and Co. Osprey, a delightful Aran weight pure wool yarn shown in Barolo. It was a huge pleasure to work with this yarn, so lofty and easy to work.
I'm looking forward to see your colour choices!
Pictures © Pam Allen.
This is my first MKAL (mystery knit-a-long)!
I’m so excited!
The pattern will be 50% off until January 22, when the Clue 1 will be released. The discount will be applied automatically by putting the pattern in your Ravelry cart.
This mystery shawl is inspired by my most popular pattern Dirty Martini.
The pattern will be released in four parts; the intro (already available) will contain general info for swatching and stash diving.
Each Clue will contain two options: the original version in 2 colours and the stash busting version in 3 or more colours.
Intro: Sunday, January 10 2016 (general info).
Clue 1: Friday, January 22 2016 (section 1).
Clue 2: Friday, January 29 2016 (section 2).
Clue 3: Friday, February 5 2016 (section 3 and finishing).
With each Clue you will receive also a little surprise: a coupon code with an exclusive prize for you.
The clues will remain available for single download until February 14, when the clues will be replaced with a full version of the pattern (with pictures).
Read FAQs here on my Ravelry Group. I hope to see you there!
Here we are! I wish a year full of knitting to all my friends!
I did a list of my good purposes for 2016:
1. Knit down my stash or give it away. I absolutely have to use the huge stash of yarns that I have stored in the past years. It includes tons of handspun, tons of gorgeous hand dyed yarns and again tons of leftovers. Shame on me!
It means more stash buster patterns, starting using these two delightful skeins of Malabrigo Rios that I received almost a year ago (shame-shame-shame)...
2. Be a more social person. I received a fantastic tablet (the Modish Tab!) as Christmas gift and I'm not afraid to use it!
I'm increasing my social network presence and I announce that any my calls for testers will be posted on socials (no more earburns via Ravelry). I think this is a fairer method of acting, so I can give everyone the opportunity to participate!
I already started and I will continue the next week with my Cheshire Cat Scarf.
3. Since I am a proud Italian, I finally decided to translate all my patterns into Italian by the end of 2016.
I started with my new design: Incrocio, that will be available in mid-January.
It was time! I know it might sound weird, but I'll have to study every technical term in my language (again, shame on me!).
That is my mission for the next months.
To conclude this year's experience around designers' world, I'm happy to talk about this amazing Danish Designer: Dieuwke. Her designs are fresh and full of creativity!
Above: Brighton Beach.
From her Ravelry page: "For those who’ve been wondering: My first name is pronounced [ˈdjugə] (using the International Phonetic Alphabet) - like in “juke(box)” but with an “uh” at the end; “juke-uh”.
It’s an originally Frisian name, and not at all common, so I’ve grown used to spelling it at least once a day. I react to everything that sounds even remotely like it, and I don’t take offence with misspellings and mispronounciations :)"
Where to find Dieuwke:
You can see her designs on Ravelry, meet her on Knitter's Kitchen Ravelry Group, read her blog, buy her yarns on Etsy and follow @Knitter's Kitchen facebook page!
Above: Feather & Fan-tastic, below: Starstruck. All pictures © Dieuwke van Mulligen.
Thank you Dieuwke, we love you!!
Thank you everyone for the support, the affection and the kindness in this past year together!
I have a little present for you:
See you in 2016 with lots of new stuff!
I'm very glad to talk about Gabrielle: she is simply adorable and her designs are wearable simplicity. What's better?
Above: Blueberry Fields Cardigan
She says: I’m splitting my time between my designing activities and my career as a freelance Web Developer. It’s great to be a freelancer, as it gives me the freedom to decide what are my priorities. Designing, knitting and chatting with knitters is one of my everyday priority, thanks to my very understanding boss, who doesn’t care so much about what I do as long as she gets her kibbles and her daily dog park visit.
Gabrielle's future plans: As future plans, I have a sketchbook full of ideas that are just waiting for the right time and the right yarn. I also have a Fair Isle crush right now so my next designs should be colorful!
Above: Grain of Sand Sweater; below: Storm Shawl.
Where to find Gabrielle:
You can see her designs on Ravelry, meet her on Gabrielle Knits Ravelry Group, read her blog and follow @GabrielleVezinaDesigns on facebook.
Thank you Gabrielle, you are amazing!
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.