Winning prizes is so much fun!

Have you thought about joining us in Aiflow Non-Mystery Kal? It will be so much fun! Well, I hope so :-) Clue 1 is going to be released today so the real knitting is about to begin very soon, but before I click “update”, I’d love to present to you our great prize donors.

Elena Nodel aka Anadiomena

Elena, who is my dear friend, can be called a Renaissance woman. She designs fantastic knitwear for children (not only for girls!) and adults. But that is not all, some time ago she started dyeing her own yarn, thus creating Colour Adventures brand. Her yarns are truly amazing and the color options she offers seem to be endless. Please check out her Etsy store.

The wonderful color of Airflow has been created by Elena herself (colorway Rust). If you would like to make the cardigan with yarn dyed by Elena, feel free to use the 15%-off coupon code which you will find in your libraries. The code can be used in her Etsy store once and it expires on 16th July.

One of the winners of Airflow Non-Mystery KAL will receive a skein of Colour Adventures yarn generously donated by Elena Nodel Anadiomena – the winner gets to pick the base and color.

Red Riding Hood Yarns

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Hannah Gordon, who is better known as Little Miss Red, is also offering a yarn prize during Airflow Non-Mystery Kal. She started knitting 4 years ago when her second son was a baby and once she started she couldn’t stop! Her love and passion for all things yarn was born and naturally led to dyeing her own yarn, then onto dyeing for friends, and in no time Red Riding Hood Yarns was born! Check out her FB page or website for stockings or yarn clubs.

Isabell Kraemer aka Lilalu

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Isa’s designs are very popular among knitters. They are simple, casual, versatile and so enjoyable to make. Isabell, aka Lilalu, is also generously offering her patterns as a prize in the Kal. Please do visit her designer page to admire her work. I bet you will not be able to stop queueing all of them :-)

Monika Sirma aka mdcim

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Monika Sirma, who has been my friend since the first dress I made for my daughter (designed by Monika of course), is also generously donating her patterns. She loves simple lines, sleek and modern designs with a small twist to make them unique. She believes each piece should show itself, that it was worth to create it, something special to look at, to be a heritage piece maybe. She loves perfection in every detail and she hopes her patterns illuminate that as well, making the process as enjoyable as possible. I can only recommend visiting her designer page!

Georgie Hallam aka tiKKi

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I did make a couple of designs by tiKKi for my kids and they were a pure pleasure to work with, but that does not mean Georgie designs only for kids. Take a look at her website to see all the beautiful sweaters, vests and accessories for everyone! She loves simple clean lines, seamless knits, bold colours, beautiful yarn and the quick thrill of creating kids knits.

Jenn Emerson

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New to the designing world, but full of fresh ideas, Jenn Emerson is also one of our prize donors. Her designs are colorful, beautiful and easy to make. Check out Jenn’s designer page to admire her work!

Lady in Yarn

LadyInYarn-logoEla, just like me, designs from Poland. I must say I’m really impressed with her Brioche stitch creations and each piece she makes is a true piece of art. Do visit her designer page! One of these designs may be gifted to you as a prize!

Fastenation Studio

Buttons! Who doesn’t love buttons? Well, I sure do. I love when they can be custom-made to match the yarn, stitch pattern or the knitter’s imagination. And this is what Hannah does. She created buttons especially for my son’s Carabe Kid and now she can make them for you. Do visit her Etsy store to see what prize I’m talking about :-)

Magic Loop

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Magic Loop is a LYS located in Warsaw and run by two yarn aficionados, Aga and Tomek. They offer a wide range of  Malabrigo, Holst and most importantly,  lovely Filcolana. They will be offering Eucalan to the prize winners to make sure your knits get proper care :-) Do visit their store to check the fabulous offer of yarn!

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So?  What do you think? I must say I’d love to participate myself to receive at least one of these prizes :-) And I’m so grateful for such generous friends!

What about a prize from me? I will offer prizes too, don’t worry! It might just take a little bit of time till I show you what exactly I have planned for you (apart from patterns, of course!) so let’s consider this a surprize :-)

Happy knitting everyone!

Airflow Non-Mystery KAL

I don’t know about you but I get distracted very easily when working all the time in Stockinette stitch. At the same time I really love Stockinette stitch designs. They are like blank canvas allowing you to create anything your imagination wants you to and at the same time they look both so elegant and casual. When I cast on for Rusty I wanted a really simple Stockinette stitch cardigan that would go well with actually everything in my closet. Here’s Airflow…

The sweater is light, airy, perfect for the chilly summer we are having at the moment. Additionally, the design should work really well with solids as well as tonal or even variegated yarns. But that’s not all… Initially this design is available as a Non-Mystery Knit-A-Long. What does that mean? “Non-mystery” means you know what you will be making (it should be easier for you to customize if you wish to), but the instructions will be chopped into 5 clues. That should give you more motivation to finish a sweater – small goals that can really be accomplished.

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Do you need a lightweight summer cardigan?
Do you need a cardigan that goes well with a dress and jeans?
Are you easily distracted when working in Stockinette all the time and need motivation?
Do you like knitting in company?
Would you like to try making your first contiguous sweater?
If so, this KAL is for you!

Please join us during Airflow Non-Mystery KAL in Lete’s Knits group!

The Non-Mystery KAL will begin on June 23rd. On that day you will receive the first clue.
The instructions are divided into 5 short clues which will be sent to you on the following days:
Clue 1 – 23rd June
Clue 2 – 30th June
Clue 3 – 9th July
Clue 4 – 19th July
Clue 5 – 31st July
On Aug 10th the pattern will be updated once more – this time all clues will be replaced with one complete file and the KAL will officially end.

The design is available at a discount until the end of June. On July 1st it will be available at a regular price – $6.25.

Do join us! There will be lots of really nice prizes!

Pics by Marcin Duda.

Mousie – a free pattern

This design was totally unexpected. Soon after I finished Three Braids I looked at the huge 115g ball of Arroyo sitting on my desk. It just had to be this cardigan for my little girl. Here’s Mousie.
This version is in one size only and it’s free for you to enjoy! Unfortunately I haven’t written down a word while knitting, so this is what I remember doing. Happy knitting!

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Mousie is a seamless cardigan for girls worked from top to bottom.

Size: 2 years.
To fit chest: 53-55 cm /21-22″.
Finished chest: 58 cm / 23.25″.
Length from back neck: 35 cm / 14″.

Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo (100 g, 306 m / 335 y, 100% merino) or any other sport weight yarn which gives you correct gauge.
Approx yardage: 350-380 m / 380-400 y.

Needles:
US 5 / 3.75 mm (80 cm / 32″, or dpns – optional for sleeves) or appropriate size to get gauge.
US 4 / 3.5 mm (80 cm / 32″) or one size smaller than main needles.
US 3 / 3.25 mm (80 cm / 32″, or dpns – optional for sleeves) or two sizes smaller than main needles.

Other: waste yarn or stitch holder, 4 stitch markers, 4 small buttons, tapestry needle.

Gauge (after blocking):
23 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm / 4″ in Dotted Stitch with larger size needle.
Take time to save time – check your gauge.

Notes: The cardigan is worked flat from top to bottom and is completely seamless. You will begin by CO sts for neck opening. After setting up raglan markers you will increase sts in every RS row, thus creating the yoke. Once you reach the armholes, you will divide the yoke for body and sleeves. Shortly after the split, you will create a tunnel for an I-cord string. From then on the body will be worked even until you reach bottom hem. All hems are worked in Garter stitch, while the body and sleeves are worked in a very simple Dotted stitch. The sleeves are worked in the round and finish with Garter hems as well. At the end you will make I-cord string to tie the cardigan.


Dotted Stitch – worked flat over a multiple of 4 sts + 3 sts.
Row 1 (RS): k1 , *k2, p1, k1*, repeat to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 2 and 3 (WS): purl across.
Row 4 (RS): k1, *p1, k3*, repeat to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
When worked in the round, Rounds 2 and 4 should be knit around. It’s worked over a multiple of 4 sts then.

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INSTRUCTIONS

YOKE
Beginning at the neck edge, using smaller size needle, US 3 / 3.25 mm, CO 79 sts.
Knit 5 rows.
Next row (RS) – making 1st buttonhole: k until last 5 sts, ssk, yo, k3. From now make 3 more buttonholes in every 14th row (there should be 7 Garter ridges between them).
Knit 3 rows.
Next row – set-up raglan markers and increase sleeves (RS): k4, kfb (front band), k12, pm, k2, kfb x6, k2, pm, k25, pm, k2, kfb x6, k2, pm, k12, kfb, k4 (front band) (14 sts increased) = 93 sts.
Change to larger size needle, US 5 / 3.75 mm.
Next row (WS): k6, p to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 1 – shape raglan and begin Dotted St (RS): k6 (front band), k1, *k2, p1, k1*, repeat to 3 sts before m, k2, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, *k2, p1, k1*, repeat to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, *k2, p1, k1*, repeat to last 4 sts, k2, p1, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, *k2, p1, k1*, repeat to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, k1, *k2, p1, k1*, repeat to last 8 sts, k2, k6 (front band) (8 sts increased) = 101 sts.
Row 2 (WS): k6, p to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 3 – shape raglan and continue Dotted St (RS): k6 (front band), k1, *p1, k3*, repeat to 4 sts before m, p1, k2, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, k1, *p1, k3*, repeat to 2 sts before m, p1, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, k1, *p1, k3*, repeat to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, k1, *p1, k3*, repeat to 2 sts before m, p1, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L, k2, *p1, k3*, repeat to last 8 sts, p1, k1, k6 (front band) (8 sts increased) = 109 sts.
Repeat the last 2 rows as established 15 more times, then work WS row once more. Please remember that on each side of every raglan marker there are k1’s, which will never become a part of Dotted Stitch – they create raglan seams. The remaining sts should be worked in Dotted Stitch, thus use m1R or m1L if you need to create a knit stitch, and m1P if you need to make a purl stitch (the dot).
You should have: 35 sts for each front, 50 sts for each sleeve and 59 sts for back = 229 sts total.
Please remember about making buttonholes! They should be worked in the following way now (RS): work in pattern until last 6 sts, k1, ssk, yo, k3.

DIVIDE FOR BODY AND SLEEVES
Next row (RS): work in pattern until m, remove m, transfer 50 sts to waste yarn, CO 2 sts, remove m, work in pattern across back until next m, transfer 50 sts to waste yarn, CO 2 sts, work in pattern until the end. You should have 133 sts for body and 50 sts for each sleeve.
Next row (WS and all WS rows): k6, purl across to last 6 sts, k6.
Next row (RS and all RS rows): k6, work in Dotted Stitch to last 6 sts, k6. Make sure to incorporate underram sts into Dotted st.
Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times, finishing with RS row.

TUNNEL FOR I-CORD
Next row (WS): knit across.
Next row (RS): k6, sl1 wyb, k to last 6 sts, turn.
Next row (WS): sl1 wyf, purl to last 6 sts, turn.
Work @ rows in Stockinette st across all non-band sts. Break yarn.
Now, slip the 6 sts from left front band back to LH needle, and using smaller size neeedle, US 4 / 3.5 mm, work as follows: k6, pick up and knit 121 sts through the purl bumps at the bottom of the previous 4 rows (the bottom of tunnel on WS side), k6.
Next row (WS): k6, p to last 6 sts, k6.
Next row (RS): knit across.
Next row (WS): k6, p to last 6 sts, k6.
Now, you will join the tunnel as follows:  k6, place both LH needles close to each other and knit 121 sts by working from both needles at the same time, k6.
Next row (WS): knit across.

SKIRT
Using the same needle, US 4 / 3.5 mm, work as follows (RS): k6 (front band), k14, kfb x4, k41, kfb x4 k1, kfb x4, k41, kfb x4, k14, k6 (front band) (16 sts increased) = 155 sts.
Change to larger size needle, US 5 / 3.75 mm.
Next row (WS and all WS rows): k6, purl across to last 6 sts, k6.
Next row – resume Dotted st (RS): k6, k1, *k2, p1, k1* repeat to last 8 sts, k2, k6.
Work as established until skirt measures about 16 cm / 6.5″, finishing with RS row.
In the next row (WS) change to smaller size needle, US 3 / 3.25 mm, and knit 8 rows. BO knitwise on WS.

SLEEVES
Transfer 48 sts from waste yarn to bigger size dpns, US 5 / 3.75 mm, and pick up and knit 4 sts for underarm, placing marker in the middle of the picked-up sts. You should have 52 sts.
Work 4 rnds even, making sure to incorporate the underarm created sts into Dotted Stitch.
Decrease rnd: work 19 sts in Dotted St, k2tog x 4, ssk x4, work in Dotted st to end =  44 sts.
Change to smaller size needle, US 3 / 3.25 mm.
Next rnd: purl around.
Next rnd: knit around.
Repeat last 2 rnds once more.
In the next rnd BO all sts purwise, fairly loosely or with a bigger size needle.
Repeat for other sleeve.

I-CORD
Using larger dpns, US 5 / 3.75 mm, CO 3 sts and begin working  as follows: *k3, do not turn work, slide sts to other end of needle*, repeat always keeping RS facing and pulling working yarn snugly across back of work at the beginning of each round. Work even until I-Cord measures about 90-100 cm / 36-40″. BO as follows: sl1 st, k2tog, psso.

FINISHING
Weave in loose ends. Sew buttons in the correct position. Block the cardigan ligthly.
When it’s dry, insert the I-cord into the tunnel using a safety pin. Enjoy!

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Pattern is for personal use only. Please respect designer’s copyright.