Spring Shrug Cocoon

Spring Shrug Cocoon

Back view in pattern above

I saw these really cute photos of the front and back of a hand knit cardigan and thought I would see if I could figure out how to make it by the photos.  This has no shaping as I knit the pieces, but is just 2 rectangles with a band sewn on the front and around the neck.  So simple and so much fun because the shaping is all done in how it is folded and sewn! I made this on the standard gauge machine because I wanted it to be as lightweight and Spring-like as possible, since it is short sleeved. Well…the sleeves come to the elbow, which is hard to see by the photo. I did a thread lace stitch pattern and used 2 ends of cone serger thread for the second yarn that was an identical match in color to the Tamm Estillo main yarn. I wrote the pattern from small to 2X, and since it is a loose-fitting shrug I only needed 3 sizes. The pattern is above in the drop-down menus. You can make this on any machine, using any yarn and any stitch pattern. How easy is that! But, it does require a carefully measured tension swatch, but you all are experts at that! 🙂  And if not, there is a tutorial for each gauge of machine in the drop down menu. I home-school my grandson for a history class and I need to write an end of year review. So…no more knitting until that is written! 🙂

Aquamarine Waterfall Cardigan

Aquamarine Waterfall Cardigan

 

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More views are with the pattern

I have been working on a waterfall front cardigan and decided to write the pattern up in several sizes. It is knit on the standard gauge with a one row tuck pattern in a light yarn. I like the one row tuck because it makes a lighter fabric than 2 row tuck and a lighter fabric is much better for draping on the waterfall. The hem is faux garter stitch and I edged the fronts and neck with a row of single crochet, but a very narrow knitted edge would work, as well. The pattern is above in the drop down menus. 🙂

Knit Leader Knock-Off Cardi

Knit Leader Knock-Off Cardi

redyellow sweaters

I finally finished my knit leader sweater that I copied from the ready made sweater. You know…life gets in the way. 🙂  I was happy with the results.The “see-through” quality of the original  is not quite as obvious on the yellow one – partly because it is a lighter shade – but it is an open-weave, lightweight, summer cardi for sure. And I love the summery yellow.  I encourage those of you with charting devices like a knit leader to dig them out and use them.  If you need some tutorials, just check above for drop down menus above the title. 🙂

Creating Your Own Knit Designs

Creating Your Own Knit Designs

pin cush

I love to use the knit leader for my Brother knitting machine! It gives me the freedom to knit whatever I want with whatever yarn I happen to have.  I can use purchased garment patterns and draw around them or I can just copy a favorite garment I already own and make another one with different yarn and a different color. I can make any changes I would like – such as size, sleeve length or stitch design. So much design freedom! I can knock off a great design or create my own. Oh…the possibilities! In the Machine Knit Techniques section above I have a tutorial on how to make your own pattern from a garment you already own and like the fit. After you have your pattern pieces made, you can also view the tutorial on making your own tension swatch, if you need a refresher course, so you can make your garment in your yarn at your chosen tension. Then, there is also a tutorial on how to use the knit leader, if you need that. Stay tuned to see the cardigan I am going to knit by copying the red cardigan in the tutorial.  I encourage you to use your knit leader (or Studio equivalent) to create something great for yourself or someone you love! 🙂