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Sunday, May 15, 2011

ORMOND is in the Spring/Summer 2011 fabulous issue of Twist Collective

Before I tell you about my design, I want to say that I am so honored to have my design included in the Twist Collective's Spring/Summer of 2011 issue. There are so many incredibly talented designers whose work is featured in this issue, that I cannot even choose which pattern is my favorite. I recommend that you also read about the work behind the scene to appreciate all these fabulous people who make Twist Collective so appealing to us all. I am always in awe when the new issue comes out with amazing photography and stories.

The story of Ormond began a few months ago when my husband and I visited our friends in Ormond Beach, Florida. It is a beautiful and very inspirational place. We love the ocean and our friends' condominium is right on a beach. You can see the ocean from their balcony or windows. If you want to get to the beach, you have to walk about 2 seconds there. Seriously, I have never stayed that close to the ocean in my life.

It was such a serene place where you can be one-on-one with nature and deep in your thoughts. Very quickly it became a place within me to which I could come back and find peace in the midst of the most difficult and stressful time of deadlines and exam grading.
When the time came to submit for the next issue of Twist Collective, I searched through my stash of new yarns that I brought from TNNA. One that caught my eye was Belle Organic by Amy Butler for Rowan yarns.

It is soft and delicious. I knew right away that the garment from this yarn has to be something that I can wear in Ormond Beach on a warm but breezy day. I thought that a cardigan will be very suitable for that. If it would get too warm, I could take it off. I did not want to make it too warm, so I chose a simple lace pattern that is called Rick Rack lace pattern. It reminds me of little waves, or traces of footwork in the sand. It also made sense to combine it with 2x2 rib for the front band.
A seamless construction is always my choice, if possible. Call me a lazy knitter, but I do love to knit with minimal seamwork at the end. Even sleeves are constructed in the round. With all these considerations, I sent my submission for this jacket among some other ideas in.

I was very happy when this particular project was chosen out of my submitted sketches. When I started to work on this design I knew that it was so right for me to do. The yarn was doing everything I wanted it to do.
The waist was shaped by twice switching the needle size. This is something you can say is almost my signature for such pieces. I do not want to disturb the stitch pattern and working on a smaller needle just does the job of bringing the waistline in. Of course, it is not always suitable, so do not take it as the advise to make it every time. The sleeves are worked in the round and are set-in. That is where I could not avoid making seams. Another place for a seam is the back of neck. But that is it. The cardigan is done from the beginning to the end including the front band altogether. I guarantee that if you will work on this design, it will be a pleasant experience for you.
Some projects are already showing up on
This is one fully done Ormond that Claudia who lives in Germany made in purple.

I love how it fits her. Great job, Claudia. You can see her Ormond from different angles on her project page. I can't wait to see more projects.
Here is some information about the pattern:
Finished measurements:
Bust: 33 ½ (36 ¼, 38 ¾, 41 ¼, 43 ¾, 46 ½, 49, 51 ½, 54, 56 ¾)” / 85 (92, 98.5, 105, 111, 118, 124.5, 131, 137, 144) cm
Gauge: 25 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Rickrack Lace using size 6 US / 4 mm circular needle, slightly stretched.
For more of a scoop on this pattern, please go to the Twist Collective site.

Note: All photographs of Ormond worn by a model are courtesy of Twist Collective.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Last Day to Win a Free Book

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Interview with Kristi Porter

Kristi Porter is a designer, author, and a technical editor. She authored 4 books and contributed her other designs to many books, magazines and online magazine Knitty. Her style is saying simple chic, comfort, casual.
Her designs are popular and we can see why. It is what most of us like to wear. Kristi lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters in a beautiful spot in CA. When you look at the photos of her designs you see that her family is very involved in her life as a designer. The rest of the interview is here.

My two new designs for MORE KNITTING IN THE SUN

Today is my turn to brag about the two designs I contributed to this lovely book.

This is a collection of 32 designs for kids. Beautiful photography, cutest kids and abundance of great designs. Kristi Porter (read her interview on The Designer's Studio) has asked all of the designers to name their designs after a favorite fictional character from a children's book or a fairy tale. Since I lived in Russia as a child, my favorite characters have Russian names.

(In Russian N is soft in this case, so it is read like Masheñka)
This name is used in quite a few Russian fairy tales. One of them is a Russian version of Goldyilocks. Naturally I loved her and she is a part of my childhood.
This is a contemporary look of Masheñka as I see it.

Information about the pattern:

Difficulty: (Intermediate)
Skills Used: basic increasing and decreasing, lace knitting, crocheting

SIZE 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
The sample is shown in size 4.


[MC] Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (55% wool, 33% microfiber, 12 % cashmere; 125 m per 50g skein); color: white # 100; 4 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins

[CC] Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (55% wool, 33% microfiber, 12 % cashmere; 125 m per 50g skein); color: pink # 014; 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins

24-inch US 4/3.5 mm circular needle

US E-4/3.5 mm crochet hook


25 sts/ 34 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch (after blocking)

27sts/ 28rows = 4” in Vine Lace (after blocking)


This design was named after my favorite character of one of the books I liked when I was about 10 years old. This girl was at a children's summer camp and was very outgoing and clever.
This design is an open work cardigan that combines two lace patterns. One is a vertical pattern and the other one is resulting on a bias. I switched the second pattern's direction at the centers of front and back to produce a V-lines. This made the cardigan look very interesting. I can see this design made out of many different yarns and colors.
Difficulty: (Intermediate to Advanced)

Information about the pattern:

Skills Used: Lace knitting, chart reading, decreasing in lace pattern.

SIZE 2 (4, 8, 10, 12)

Chest circumference: 21 (23, 26.5, 28, 30) inches
Length: 7.5 (8.5, 11, 12, 13) inches
The sample is shown in size 10.

Berocco Vintage (50% Acrylic
40% Wool, 10% Nylon; 217 yds/198 m per 3.5 oz/ 100g skein); color: Misty # 5113; 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) skeins

24-29 inch US 6/4.0 mm circular needle

22 sts / 32 rows = 4" in Rickrack Lace (after blocking)