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What the Heart Wants

I started working on this collection in spring. First my needles got occupied with lace. Wonderful leafy lace that was going to ornament my back. All the leaves made in a silky blend by Malabrigo caressed my fingers and I was deeply sad I had to wait for the rest of the designs (and for the photoshoot) to actually wear the pullover. Silky Merino is such a wonderful yarn! So soft and light, with fabulous stitch definition. It’s true what others say about its delicate nature and tendency to pill but I don’t really care – this sweater is so gorgeous to wear that it deserves a lot of extra care to keep it in a nice shape.

Then I cast on for the sock weight shawl. A shawl that would combine my two loves: an old one – green and a new one -purple. It took me a long time to make it, but I was really relaxed about it and didn’t hurry. It was created somewhere between all the other design and is far from its initial sketch (does that often happen to you that your FO gets its own life and totally ignores the design plan?). I haven’t made a multicolored shawls before, but it’s over! Making them is so much fun and if you have a lot of single skeins they allow you to be really creative.

Shortly before going to Unwind Brighton I made the pink Rios sweater… and frogged it completely. My family was shocked when they saw me sitting on the floor in the middle of pink “noodles”. Oh well… I bet it happens to everyone. But I was not sad as I knew V2 would be a lot better. And it is!

The last design travelled with me to Brighton. Whenever we sat down in a pub, in the marketplace or during the football match I knitted the dark red cardi. Back then it looked like an incomplete raglan – just the back and the sleeves – and the remaining fronts were made after coming back home. I’m so happy with this cardi as it filled the gap in my closet perfectly. There are so many open-front draped cardigans out there but whenever I planned to make one I just got frustrated with the neverending rows. No such thing in here as the fronts are knitted sideways! Fast, easy and so much fun. Now I think I need a similar one with cables instead of lace :-)

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All these designs were put in a small ebook called “What the Heart Wants” and I made them for Malabrigo as a part of their Freelance Pattern Project they issue every month. We got really excited with this one and created a small site for the collection and a look book. Hope you enjoy flicking through it :-)

Ahh, btw, there will be a KAL with all the designs from the collection in my Ravelry group! More details in a day or two!

Happy knitting,

Carabe Kid

The idea for this sweater came from testers, I think, and it turned out to be a perfect cardigan in my son’s kindergarten wardrobe. It’s fairly light, as it’s made in DK yarn, colorful and approved by Wojtek. I bet a lot of moms will agree with me that once your child turns 3, they have a lot to say about what they will or will not wear. Thankfully this sweater gives them a chance to be picky and choose their favorite color combination, from a very simple one to even rainbow spectrum, thus making the design unisex.

The cardigan has the same construction as adult Carabe, which means it’s a contiguous top-down sweater with a shawl collar.

As usual there’s an intruductory promotion :-)

Until 12th June the design is 15% off. No code needed, the discount should apply at the checkout.

Also if you have already purchased Carabe, or if you purchase both designs now, you will get 30% discount with code CARABEPAIR. The discount expires on June 12th.

Happy knitting!

DSC_0836P.S. Photos by Marcin Duda.

Forever More

I have a soft spot for blues. Light, dark, with slight hints of gray or white, I love them all. Yet I’ve never imagined I could touch a real dazzling blue!

When Sundara and I decided to work together I was really excited – her yarn looked so wonderful, the colorways so rich and beautiful, “that will be something great”, I thought. And then she proposed the colorway I’d be working with – Cobalt Over Meditarranean.  That was dazzling blue! Genuine dazzling blue! The moment I took out the skeins from the parcel  I was blown away. That color was unreal. So deep, saturated, inspirational. Then I started thinking what could match with this beauty. I wanted the yarn needed to shine. No fancy stitches, no complicated lace or cables, nothing of that sort. So I CO and did what the yarn wanted me to do – I knit a simple shawl.

The shawl is worked sideways, beginning at the left wing picot edge, continuing throughout the shawl body and finishing at right wing picot edge. There are 4 pattern stitches throughout the whole shawl body: easily memorized lace edging, a simple braid cable, good old friend Garter stitch and, like a cherry on top, I-cord edge. The crescent shape of the shawl is achieved by the use of simple increases and decreases located in Garter section, as well as a few short rows nicely hidden in the pattern stitches.

I made mine using three skeins of Sundara Yarn Silky Merino with about 40g left, which means you shouldn’t get a headache over playing yardage chicken. Three skeins allowed me to make a really big shawl, perfect to wrap around my shoulders and the fairly loose gauge resulted in a wonderful drape.

Why “Forever More” you might ask? This is the title of a song by Moloko, my great music love. Music has always been there with me in many important moments of my life. Sometimes it was connected with a person. A friend, a lover or a relative. Sometimes it was connected with a place. It was there, in the background, a beautiful witness to all those precious moments that you want to keep within yourself for a long time. And then when you hear the first notes of a familiar melody all comes rushing back to you…

Such is this shawl – a vast ocean of knits with distinct themes floating by that witness the magic of your life, your emotions, your joys. And when you think that one day all may fade away from your memory, just wrap yourself snugly in the shawl, feel the gorgeous drape and texture, close your eyes and get carried away…
To keep every memory forever…
And more…

Photo credits belong to talented Marcin Duda

Happy knitting everyone!
xoxo Justyna