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FO: Arlo Cardigan

This one is a gem. I have made this cardigan a few times already, but I love when the intricate pattern is coupled with a sophisticated grey. It just looks smart!

It’s a pretty genius pattern by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed. Not only does it call for tubular cast ons to make the hem and the sleeves look very polished, those cables are to die for!

Pretty special this construction, don’t you think? I love collection the team at Brooklyn Tweed comes out with, they always have that special something!

And you know what makes me even happier? A warm and happy recipient!

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Finished Knit: The Coolest Men’s Jumper

Yes, I also knit men’s things…especially when I am tasked with making a bright and colourful jumper for my good friend’s husband. This is one from the archives too, from 2015 to be exact. And funnily enough I was making this when I was pregnant with Max and two days after I gave birth to him (at home in the pool – best experience of my life), I was itching to get back to knitting because of this jumper!

And isn’t it absolutely fabulous? Yes, you read right, it was for a man! I remember knitting this and having soooo much fun with the colours and that colourwork for the yoke. It just made me very, very happy!

I used a DROPS Design pattern, but looking back on the pictures I believe I changed up the colourwork a little bit. I often speak about my love for DROPS Design. I love their patterns, they always are true to size (and psst, don’t tell anyone, but I don’t always do a tension square). I also love the DROPS yarn range, as they are wonderful to work with and have a huge range of different fibre combinations and amazingly fibrant colours.

That pink though, isn’t it fantastic? And the other colours in combination. I adore it! My friend’s husband looks pretty happy with it too!

Fuzzy picture I know, but it still shows the jumper in all it’s glory!

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Pattern:
Ivalo by DROPS Design
Yarn: DROPS Muskat
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 5th March –14th April 2015

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Finished Object: Jumper for my Boy

As most of you will know, I love knitting for friends, family and myself. But most of all, I absolutely LOVE knitting for my two boys. It makes me so happy that even though we now live in Australia I still get to knit for both of them! Just today my eldest has asked me to make him another jumper for the Australian Winter. Now that is the best praise and thanks I could ever ask for! So, I want to show you a jumper I made for him in 2014.

I loved making this for my son. It’s such a simple, but straightforward pattern. From the guys at Drops Design. I used very similar colourways of DROPS Fabel yarn, so the pattern isn’t necessarily as obvious as it could have been with more contrasting colours. But I still love it!

It’s a lovely jumper for in between seasons, as it’s light enough to just put on over a T-Shirt. I was sure that my youngest had worn it many times, but I only managed to find one picture of him wearing it…check it out at the end of this post. However, would you look at my sweet boy, this makes me beyond happy!

STATS
Pattern:
 Hello Stripes by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Fabel.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 6th September 2013 – 4th January 2014.

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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?

STATS
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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TBT: Gramps Cardigan

I know, it’s been a while… Life and knitting took over.

Some of you may remember I made my eldest a gorgeous little cotton cardigan, blogged here.

 

He wore it a lot and it’s a favourite of mine. How lucky was I to dress his little brother in it a few years later. Isn’t he just the cutest? Makes me all broody just looking at these these two boys of mine.

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Winter is coming!

Before I moved to Australia I never thought big, thick, woolly jumpers would be needed. Oh how wrong I was! A good friend of mine also knows this (she is also originally German) and she asked me to knit her an Aran jumper. Oh what fun I had with this wonderful piece of knitting. I used the I Heart Aran pattern available on Ravelry from Tanis Lavallee, an absolutely stunning design. Everything about this jumper spoke to me and my friend, we only changed up the stockinette stitch with moss stitch.

Knitting this jumper didn’t go entirely smoothly, as the first time the entire jumper came out too big (even after comparing measurements) and the second time the sleeves were too long. I think it has something to do with my change from stockinette stitch to moss stitch. Or the use of DROPS Nepal instead of the Tanis Fiber yarn the pattern calls for.

Even with the hiccups in the process of this knitting project, I loved it. I loved the colour my friend picked, I loved knitting it and I loved the photos she sent me wearing it.

Aren’t they special? My friend, her jumper and the sea…just gorgeous!

STATS
Pattern:
 I Heart Aran by Tanis Lavellee.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in light grey.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 12th – 28th July 2017.