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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!

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

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FO: Adult Cardigan

Back in February of last year a friend asked me to knit her a cardigan that she saw me share on here.

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I had also knit this for another good friend, and I still need to blog about that here too. Unlike the other two versions, this one had long sleeves.

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It’s funny, black never photographs very well, but it actually looks really nice.

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This is actually a lovely pattern as it’s very classic and won’t really go out of fashion. the nice touches of the double moss stitch for the front and collar and the cuffs of the sleeves makes it extra special.

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And as it calls for 5mm needles it actually knits up really quickly, even though it’s in adult size.

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I also think it’s lovely and warm as it’s knitted with 100% wool from DROPS Design.

AS 6My finishing techniques are getting better and better, even though I’m not a huge fan of sewing up, I have taught myself how to finish seams so they look very professional.

 Silver Haze by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in black.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 22nd-28th February 2015.

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FO: Flower Cardigan

My niece had her first day of school back in August, which came round so fast. I remember the day my brother told me that he and his then girlfriend were expecting my niece about 7 years ago. It is the day that I started knitting again properly and it is since then that I’ve learned loads of new skills. So also this new pattern.

It’s an amazing pattern, which is made even more special by the detail on the back of this gorgeous flower.

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It’s the first time that I’ve knitted like this, from the centre of the flower at the back. Initially the construction sounded quite difficult, but it was actually surprisingly easy to knit, particularly as it provides such a fabulous result.

I also used a new to me DROPS yarn, DROPS Belle, which is a Cotton, Viscose and Linen combination that’s actually amazingly soft and lovely to knit with.

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My sister-in-law picked the colour and while we had some trouble finding the right buttons for a while, we finally managed to find these lovely red flower buttons at TextileGarden which match this cardigan perfectly.

CG 93Another first for me also was this I-cord bind-off, which was such a lovely little detail to add here.

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I put the cardigan into this little box for my niece, who absolutely loved it. It matched her first-day-of-school-dress perfectly, but it was a really hot day in August, so she didn’t really wear it for long. Also, I am unable to show you pictures as per request from my brother and his wife.

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Flower Cardigan by Ewelina Murach.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in cherry.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 13th June – 17th July 2015.

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FO: Seventies Baby Cardigan (with both my boys)

In May 2011 I knitted Luke a cotton cardigan in a 70s style.

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It’s another DROPS Design pattern, which was a nice knit, that I used some DROPS Safran leftovers for.

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The buttons were from my stash, if I remember right my mum gave them to me from a box that she found where she lived in what used to be East Germany. They look great, by they are very impractical.

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The addition of the little collar is so sweet, it makes the cardigan really special I think.

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At first I wasn’t sure about the colours, especially the brown, but I actually think it looks really good.

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And the orange rib at the bottom and the sleeves gives it some added pope of colour. I don’t think I need to say anything else, so here’s Luke wearing his cardigan, in June 2011 when he was four months old.

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And Max wore this cardigan too in May this year at 2 months.

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Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in dark brown, beige, light brown and orange.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: May 2011.

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FO: Girly Cable Cardigan

A very good friend of mine from school just had a little girl, her third child, after two boys. So, I got started straight away on a cardigan and bonnet combo for her. So, initially here’s the cardigan.

Yes, you probably guessed it, it is another DROPS pattern.  And I think it might become a favourite. It’s really easy and quick to knit, as it calls for DROPS Merino Extra Fine. Even though its name suggests fine, i.e. thin, it’s actually quite thick and knits up really quickly. The other thing I love about the pattern is the fact that there was hardly any sewing to do.

I did change it slightly and instead of knitting the sleeves on double pointed needles I knitted them back and forth. I started knitting them on DPS, but the sleeve just seemed too tight and due to the thickness of the yarn the stitch between the needles looked quite loose. So, that meant that there was  a little bit more of sewing up to do on the sleeves, but apart from that no other sewing up.

The cables on the front next to the button band were really easy and look really nice. They just tie the front together very nicely. The cables at the top added to the raglan and lead nicely to the neck and the collar.

I added a picot border to finish off the cardigan. At one point I was thinking about a contrast border, but as I wanted to get this posted off to my friend I stuck with the red I had so that I could finish it quickly.

The buttons are from TextileGarden and I’m glad that I finally had the right number for one of my pieces. Normally the patterns I knit call for 3, 4 or 5 buttons, never 6. So this was perfect.

My friend received the package and she loved the cardigan. I also knitted a bonnet for her, but I’ll blog about it later this week. I will visit my friend later this month and then hope to meet her little girl. I think it’ll be a little while before the cardigan will fit, but that’s because I did knit it in a bigger size. So, you might have to wait to see a FO on a baby.