The ideas behind this top percolated in my head for quite some time before I was able to figure out exactly what I wanted out of it and I’m so glad I didn’t rush the process! Let me introduce you to my latest pattern: the Clover Blossom Top!
The construction of this top is unique – you cast on at the lower back and knit up and over the front. Then you block it to dimensions, seam a little bit and pick up stitches around the bottom hem.
I love the stitch pattern for this top too – simple and easy to follow (both charted and written instructions) but the impact is a bit boho and a bit graphic. To be honest, sometimes I wear this ponchette as a cowl! Gotta love multipurpose knits, amirite?
I want to say a huge thanks to my sample knitter Linda and my test knitters Kristen & Juliet!
After all that heartbreak and hassle (and fire), this sweater is finished and its beautiful. I think the open front is going to take a little getting used to because all of my other cardigans (store-bought and hand-made) close in the front but I do love the way this one looks.
I love the color (I don’t know if I told you) and I love the lacy pattern and the solid rib edgings provide a good foundation for the rest of the pretty thing.
I did make quite a few mods:
made the size M with extra stitches that I had hoped would give me more front coverage – that didn’t quite work, I think my gauge swatch lied or something
I worked the front band ribbing before the sleeves because I was worried I’d run out of yarn (that didn’t even come close to happening, I have tons of yarn left)
I added more pattern repeats to the back to make sure it was long enough since it looked a tad short after my first attempt.
Have you finished anything lately? Epic projects? Quick knits? doesn’t it feel good to have things finished?!
This week we’re back to the orange sweater! The first attempt at a sleeve was turning out way too big so I’ve ripped and re-cast on for it and it’s moving along, albeit slowly. I’m finding myself less and less attracted to the idea of knitting with dpns right now but I really want this sweater to be finished! Anyone wanna knit ’em for me? Just two little ol’ sleeves?
But it wasn’t my fault! My momma came to visit over the weekend and wanted to make this super cute bag pattern and I liked it too and we just so happened to “accidentally” pick up the yarn and the thing pretty much cast on itself.
Back to the orange cardi! This one is taking a while but I knew it would and I’m totally ok with it, I haven’t been monogamous with this project either so that adds to the delay. I do have a self-imposed deadline now though – my momma is coming to visit weekend after next and I want to be able to wear it while she’s here! It shouldn’t be all that hard, right?
I mean, all I have left is the sleeves and those are only over 64 stitches (I’m making the size large sleeves because I don’t want them to be too tight over my, uh, “guns”) and after knitting the body one and half times and then picking approximately 1 billion stitches for the front band, 64 stitches should be a breeze! Even if I have to do 64 stitches twice, and then sew them into the armholes…
After ripping out the back and “fronts” that I showed you last week, progress has been made on the sweater and I’m happy with it.
In that picture above you can kind of see the spot that I ripped back to and how much I’ve added – the blocking goes from neat and tidy to a little crunchy with the re-worked yarn haha! Soon (probably today) I’ll do the back and “fronts” again then we’ll really be on our way!
Another seekrit revealed! Today I’ve released the Drift Cardigan.
With an easy-to-memorize and fun-to-work lace motif being highlighted on the fronts and back, this is more than your basic raglan sweater. Dropped stitch details accent the lace and keep the cardigan squarely in the Spring and Summer seasons. The boat neck gives it a bit of extra sophistication and the shape gives a lot of options for ways to wear it!
This sweater is knit from the top down with raglan sleeves, so there are no seams to sew and just a few ends to weave in!
You can download it directly from Ravelry, Craftsy or Etsy and get started on your own version!
I’ve been teasing you with pictures of this for a little while now, and I’m happy to say that today’s the day! Emily from LMS Studio Arts and I have worked together in the past and she’s so much fun to collaborate with!
The Spring Crinkle Slouch was designed using some 50% Superwash Corriedale/50% Nylon yarn from LMS Studio Arts dyed in the Giddy Gherkin colorway. I *love* this yarn. I love this colorway. I love that it’s mostly a solid with little tonal effects to it and specks of blue throughout.
I love that the stitches are so well defined on two fairly different needle sizes. I love that it has some grip and won’t fall off my head from being too smooth. I love that it shows off the ribbing and the lace texture equally beautifully.
The pattern is now available on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.
What better way to end the week than to release a free pattern? I’ve been sitting on this one for a while waiting for the right day to take photos so you can all see the slouch in it’s proper glory and now, it’s yours! Find it for free *until Monday, June 18*, on Ravelry here. On Monday the price will go up to only $2.99.
A perfect Spring, Summer and Fall hat, the lacy texture mixed with the alpaca fibers keeps it warm and light. The pattern is a simple repeat and would be good for a beginner looking for something slightly more adventurous but not intimidating. The resulting drape and slouch keep it modern and fashionable while also functional and practical.
Finished Measurements: to fit head circumferences 20-23”