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Designer Spotlight: Melody Hoffmann

I love discovering new designers, especially when their patterns are as well designed and beautiful as those of Melody Hoffmann. In Melody’s words, she is inspired by nature, minimalism, folklore, wabi-sabi and shibuj. She designs garments and accessories that are full of texture, modern and simple.

Copyright @ Melody Hoffmann (taken from Ravelry)

A friend of mine asked me to make her a very specific top, with a deep back neckline and a ribbon. When I came across Melody’s Ginkgo top it was love at first sight. The simplicity of the construction is brilliant.

My friend and I picked the DROPS Belle yarn due to its cotton, viscose, linen content. It’s perfect for this top as the resulting fabric has wonderful drape. It’s a wonderful yarn that feels great when being knitted and even better when it’s worn. I wanted my friend to get as much wear out of her top as possible, so this was the perfect choice of yarn.

There were a few moments where the endless stockinette stitch was starting to get a bit tedious, but just when it did the neckline for the front and the back came into play. And knitting became interesting again. I could have added i-cord ties to it, but my friend was keen on satin ribbon, and I think it makes the top, it’s such a luxurious addition. And doesn’t my friend look wonderful wearing it?

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Pattern:
 Ginkgo top by Melody Hoffmann.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in navy.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 6th-15th September 2018.

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FO: Tutu Top

Back in June I made my good friend Ali this gorgeous little tutu top for her long-awaited second child, a darling girl.

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It’s a pattern I first came across on Pinterest, where my friend sawed it when I pinned it. She loved the pattern so much, and in fact wanted the exact same colours for her darling girl. The pattern itself can be bought on Ravelry.

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It is a fantastically easy pattern, with some great little details added like the i-cord bind off for the neckline and the tutu skirt, which is all knit in one.

I love that little skirt and the way it really does seem like a little tutu. I guess if it needs to be a bit longer to make it more into a dress that’s also a possibility. But my friend wanted to use it as a top with leggings for her daughter.

I had a sweet mother-of-pearl button with a heart edged onto it in my button box which finished off the little top perfectly. I love that it actually looks very clean and simple, but has these sweet little extras. And my friend’s daughter looks just adorable in it. Apparently she wanted to dance away in it.

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Pattern:
 Tutu Top by Lisa Chemery.
Yarn: DROPS Big Merino in grey and plum.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 13th-15th June 2016.

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FO: Baby Tunic

My good friend from German group recently had her second child, a gorgeous little girl. She and I have been through a few things together, so I knew that I wanted to knit something special for her new arrival.

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For some reason I had a grey and yellow combination in my head, but when it actually came around to it I picked these pinks for the little tunic.

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It’s such a sweet little pattern, and can be found on Ravelry.

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I used various colours of some leftover DROPS Baby Merino.

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It knit up really quickly, even though the pattern called for 3.25mm needles.

I also knit her a pair of my version of Saartjes Bootees.

I am very pleased with the final result of both the little tunic and the booties.

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My friend’s little girl is such a cutie and she’s been wearing her outfit already, doesn’t she look darling in it?

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Dress
Pattern:
 Mae Mae Tunic by Rachael Laves.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in pink, light old pink and light purple.
Needle size: 3.25mm
Knitting time: 20th-23rd September 2015.

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Pattern:
 Booties by Saartje de Brujn.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in cerise and light pink .
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 21st September 2015.

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FO: Adult Top

My friend Amanda had a big birthday back in December, and as a gift I gave her a voucher for a knitted item. She picked this pattern and then decided on DROPS Big Delight, the Lava colourway. But after searching high and low for the yarn the only place I could order it from was from Germany, from the online shop: Lanade.

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My friend was very keen on this colour combo, and I’m glad I was able to found it, because I love how it ended up looking.

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I love the red, black and beige colours that came out in beautiful uneven stripes while knitting.

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I actually ordered way too much yarn in the end, blame it on baby brain. I didn’t realise that each skein came in 100g rather than the usual 50g.

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So, I’ve said to my friend I can knit something else for her, and she’s asked for a top for her 4-year old daughter, which is waiting on my queue.

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The pattern on the yoke came up beautifully, and it was so nice and easy.

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Overall a lovely little pattern and my friend loves wearing it, and I love a happy customer!

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FO: Cotton T-Shirt

In July 2013 I decided to make myself a cotton T-Shirt, using this DROPS pattern.

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I picked this DROPS Muskat green as that colour always looked good on me, and I really love it. Some of these pictures don’t really do the colour justice, could be the sunlight.

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It’s a great pattern, very easy to knit and I love the lace pattern on the neckline.

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However, when I had finished it and tried it on unfortunately the arms didn’t fit at all. They were way too tight. I used the right sizing for the pattern and all the measurements where right when I was finished, but they were just too tight.

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So instead I gifted it to my mum. And she loves it! Although I’ve not yet seen her wearing it.

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But I do love, love, love the lace pattern at the neckline.

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Late WIP Wednesday

I know, I know I am a day late with my WIP Wednesday. I meant to post it yesterday and I had taken the pictures for it, but I got busy seeing a friend for dinner…so didn’t have the time. I know I mentioned that I was going to be knitting something for myself, well here is a sneak preview. I am working on this cardigan for myself.

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I am LOVING the colour. I do love the pattern, but it seems to be taking me ages to finish it. It could also be because I am not getting as much time as I used to for knitting. But, I only have the second front to finish and the two sleeves, so with it being a long weekend here in the UK I might get it done.

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I also wanted to show you guys my new knitting basket that I got from a friend who moved back to Germany recently. It’s gorgeous, and her grandfather actually made it. And it means that when I have kids here during the day I can just put everything in my basket and put it high up on our shelf.

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FO: Birthday Vest

I was able to complete a birthday vest for one of Luke’s little friends: Kiran. And I managed to finish it just before his first birthday on 27th March.  I made the same vest I knitted for my nephew last year.

It’s a lovely pattern that is knitted in the round on 40cm circular needles. As I was knitting it it felt like it was really loose, and that even though I was making the two year size, exactly the same I did as last time. I’m not a big fan of knitting with circular needles that are any smaller than 60cm, it just doesn’t feel good on my hands when I’m actually knitting. And I often feel like I’m getting blisters on my little fingers…which is definitely not good.

I love the effect of the different stitch and I think the stockinette stitch makes the moss stitch look quite fancy. I changed it up a little bit and instead of knitting a rib on the arms I just knitted four rows of garter stitches, I do think it just looks a little better.

I was able to use some buttons from my stash, they are actually from my mom, and I think they finish off the little vest perfectly.

And here’s Kiran, just after waking up from a nap, in the vest. Doesn’t he look adorable?

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Birthday Vest for my Nephew

For my nephew’s first birthday on 25th August I managed to whip up a quick, and dare I say very nice little vest. It’s another great design from the guy’s at Garnstudio (I know I keep on harking on about how great they are, but they truly are!). And the patterns are always so easy and such a pleasure to knit.

I like how the double moss stitch at the top makes the entire vest a little more exciting than if it was just stockinette stitch. And I’m quite pleased with the colour, as it can be teamed with either a white top underneath, making it tres chic, and any other colour really.

Picking up the stitches for the arms was a little bit tricky, as I had to make sure there were a certain number of them. However, it does give the vest a very nice finish.

The entire vest was knitted in the round and for the first time rather than grabbing my double pointed needles I used a size 40 circular needle. It initially felt uncomfortable knitting with the needle, but I quickly got used to it, and I’m sure I’ll be using them again soon. I’m planning on making the same vest for my little man, but in a nice green (I think that’s my favourite colour for him, as I seem to always pick it for any new project for him).

I found some nice buttons in my stash and was able to finish off the vest with those. If you’re interested in the details, they’re over on Ravelry.

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Little Honey Bee

I made this little top quite a while ago, but have only been able to put it up now. It’s another pattern from my really old German knitting magazine and I’ve previously made it. The friend I made it for saw it on here and said she wanted it for her niece or nephew, in black and yellow stripes, like a little bee.
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I made a few changes to it, for example I changed how I closed up the sides, which I think makes it look really nice. Also, I decided to use some cotton yarn as the baby is due this summer, and it shouldn’t be too hot in wool!
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I’ve already given it to my friend and she really liked it, the baby should be due any day now, so we’ll see if it fits!
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And of course I’ve been able to finish it off with one of my lovely labels.

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Jumper

This jumper was made with the wool I ordered from Angel Yarn a few weeks ago. It’s worked out really well, and I think it looks really cute. The colours also go very well together.

It’s quite small as it is meant for a three months old, but still it was one of the easiest things I’ve knitted as it’s pretty straight forward to make. Again, I used a German pattern magazine that I bought a few years ago.

I also managed to find some really nice mother of pearl buttons, which suit both colours well. Overall I’m very pleased with the finished jumper.