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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Book Review: Custom Crocheted Sweaters

I am looking through a fabulous book by Dora Ohrenstein called Custom Crochet Sweaters . This is her latest book published by Lark Crafts.


What can I say. The designs in this book take my breath away. Read this review in full >>>

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Complements Collection


You are at the next stop of the blog tour for the Complements Collection.
This collection is a product of wonderful collaboration of a prolific designer Kristin Omdahl and Bijou Basin Ranch. 
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Luxury in the box


Look what I got for my next project. Catherine Lowe's incredibly luxurious yarn came in a box wrapped in black, as you see in the photo, with a booklet on handling it (that made me nervous at first).

The color is  beautiful and very suitable for what I am going to make. I have to keep quite about the project, though. Sorry.  Yarns like this keep my excitement and motivation level way up. You know what I am going to say next, right? Well, you've guessed. I am swatching it as we speak.



The knitted fabric has absolutely perfect hand and drape. Catherine is a couture designer and she is teaching classes on finishing and designing. Her line of yarns is reflecting her wishes as a designer and I appreciate it very much.   And it is personalized. I feel very special. Thank you, Catherine.

Friday, May 18, 2012

New pattern: Milana

Milana is one of my favorite from my line of patterns. It is light and comfortable with a simple lace stitch pattern combined with a small flat cable. I love to knit seamlessly, so this design is as seamless as they come. No seams at all. The yarn is Venezia Worsted by Cascade and it is such a nice yarn to work with. It is soft but holds the shape wonderfully.

Available in 9 sizes.
Worked in the round from the bottom up and separated for back and front at armholes. Shoulders are joined by 3-needle BO method.

 






Pattern Information:


Finished Size
30 3/4 (35 3/4, 38 3/4, 43 3/4, 46, 53 3/4, 56 1/2, 58, 64 1/2)” chest circumference. The top shown measures 35 3/4".
Yarn   Shown here: Cascade Venezia Worsted (70% Merino wool, 30% Mullberry Silk; 219 yd [200m]/100 g): color # 178
Needles
3 needle sizes are used:
Size 6 (4.0 mm): 24-32" circular (cir)
Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24-32" cir and size 4 (3.5 mm): 24-32" cir
Gauge
20 sts and 30 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in Lace pattern using largest needle
22 sts and 28 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in Lace pattern using smallest needle
  
The pattern can be purchased here. Huge thank you to Irina Semenets for knitting this for me.