classic cables

You can’t beat the appeal of a classic cable in a classic vintage style, v neck vest. It just never goes out of style! Using the beautifully light and warm Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino it’s a match made in heaven. This lovely cable stitch even has tiny little cables within the larger ones, so there’s the chunky look of the larger cable, with more details to delight, on a closer viewing!

Churchill Island Vest

Churchill Island is an historic island, connected to Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia. The historic house and farm buildings still remain, along with animals including the gorgeous Highland Cows. I can imagine residents of the island wearing a vest like this to go about their daily tasks in years gone by.

The vest is easy to wear, easy to move in, warm and light.

A fitted, cable and twist stitch patterned, hip bone length vest with a V neck and some shaping from waist to bust, in Merino, using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino which Sunspun Yarns currently stock in a lovely range of 29 colours. There’s bound to be a colour that takes your fancy in subdued earthy tones, or something to make more of a splash.

Size inclusive, this is available for sizes 29 inch to 57 inch bust.

It needs 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins of 382 yards each.

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for $6.00 USD.

find the power in softness

Softness has power. I’m excited that I’ve been able to release my latest pattern! It’s the lovely, lacy, Soft Power Vest. Feel powerful in your vintage style, timeless classic vest, like our can-do predecessors.

Soft Power Vest

You’ll be ready for action in this vest, that also has the softness of merino yarn, and lace patterning.

A fitted, lace patterned, hip bone length vest with a V neck and some shaping from waist to bust, in Superfine Merino, using Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino which comes in 24 beautiful colours.

It’s a great weight to provide some extra warmth over a shirt, and maybe under a jacket. The eye-catching lace pattern is great to look at and fun to knit.

Size inclusive, this is available for sizes 29 inch to 57 inch bust.

Uses 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls of 145 yards each.

Acknowledge your power, and knit the Soft Power Vest.

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for an introductory low price of $4.55 USD.

Two new vest patterns available

The knitting patterns for two of my new lovely, timeless, vintage style vest patterns are now available!

First is the Everything Crossed Vest pattern.

Everything Crossed Vest

We’re hoping for good luck for the future and have “Everything Crossed”!

A fitted, slip stitch, hip bone length vest with a V neck and some shaping from waist to bust, in pure wool, using Cascade 220 Heathers yarn.

This stitch pattern makes a lovely thick warm fabric.

This is my version of vintage style, with increasing happening from the waist to the bust.

In an earthy tone, this makes a great wardrobe staple, or go for a more eye-catching colour and make it a feature piece.

Size inclusive, this is available for sizes 29 inch to 57 inch bust.

Uses 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of 220 yards each.

Keep everything crossed with me, and knit the Everything Crossed Vest.

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for $6.80 USD.

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The next and most recent pattern is the Yarra Road Vest.

Yarra Road Vest

I have the absolute luck to be able to use the gorgeous Yarra Road to avoid school traffic on my way to work, not only avoiding horrible traffic jams, but also getting a calming, beautiful rural drive. Winter drives along this road have been the inspiration for the Yarra Road Vest.

A fitted, slip stitch rib, hip bone length vest with a V neck and some shaping from waist to bust, in a cotton blend, the beautifully soft Juniper Moon Farm Cumulus. Cabling completes the slip stitch pattern on every 6th row.

Size inclusive, this is available in 8 sizes from 29 inch to 57 inch bust.

  • Grey 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) skeins
  • Pearl 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins
  • Blue 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins

This is my version of vintage style, with increasing happening from the waist to the bust.

Mine is grey clouds in amongst the white in a blue sky. Or go for something really bright!

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for $6.50 USD.

The Humanise Throw Rug, for when you’re feeling not quite human

I have a new knitting pattern available! It’s for my new lovely, comforting Humanise Throw Rug  classically styled, in a timeless cables and lace stitch pattern.

After a hectic day of too much to do, and being pulled in multiple directions, do you feel not quite human? Snuggle under the Humanise Throw Rug to humanise yourself again.

The simple, but effective stitch pattern is therapeutic to knit, and lovely to rest under.

It’s done in a classic cables and lace style, and is worked flat, in one piece for faster knitting and minimal finishing.  I’ve worked it in FibraNatura Cottonwood,  which comes in a massive array of colours. I’ve chosen beige, which is great for matching with other home decor, but any colour which complements or contrasts with your decor would work.  The throw rug finished size is 102cm (40 in) x 77cm (30.5 in).

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for $3.50 USD.

A new lovely timeless knitting pattern

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The West-Northwest Pullover can now been seen on the Pullovers and Cardigans page.

It was one of those designs where I was wondering, “Am I crazy to be doing this?”.  For some reason, these always end up to be my favourites.  It’s worked in a 4ply/Fingering yarn and covered in small rib, cables and twist stitches, hence my doubts about my own state of mind.  And of course a collar, which is so simple but transforms it to another level.  The outcome is so worth it.  I love the vintage look that I ended up with!

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Beatles Pullover is go.

The Beatles Pullover I referred to in my last post is now complete.  Here it is!  It turned out really well and is well liked.  There’s just a line visible between the L and the E where I’ve caught the floats.  I’ve obviously got some learning to do on how to avoid that happening.  Suggestions?  Comments?

Beatles Pullover
Beatles Pullover

The lace vest I’m working on is coming along nicely.  I’ve just finished the back and have started on the front.

I’ve also had a design appear in Issue 30 of Yarn Magazine. Yay!  It’s my Hayley Ear Flap Hat.  It’s a quick and cute big needle knit.  Keep your head warm this winter! 🙂

 

Hayley Ear Flap Hat
Hayley Ear Flap Hat

 

In The Sky With Diamonds Pullover pattern now available

The pattern for my new In The Sky With Diamonds Pullover is now available.
It’s a fitted, textured pullover with cabled and bobble sleeves and a Cowl collar, in alpaca and merino.
The length is to around the hip bone. The pullover is shaped from the waist to the bust.
The yarn used is Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted.  The colour I’ve used here is Impossiblue – TW12.  It’s a gorgeous soft warm yarn.  I’m so looking forward to wearing this pullover.  My aim of designing a pullover with a cowl collar has been acheived.  I love collars.

In The Sky With Diamonds
In The Sky With Diamonds

In The Sky With Diamonds Pullover

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted or any other 10ply/Worsted yarn. 100gm balls, 199m (218 yds)
Gauge:22.5 stitches and 30.5 rows = 4 inches in Raspberry Stitch
Needle Size: 4.5mm
Meterage: 1367 – 3565 yards (1250 – 3260 m)
Sizes Available: 74 (84, 94, 104, 114)cm  29¼  (33, 37, 41, 45) in
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 6.25

Idiosyncrasy Pullover pattern available

My pattern for the Idiosycrasy Pullover has been available on Ravelry for a couple of months now, and I’m finally getting around to showing it here!

This is a beautifully warm and light lace pullover.

It’s a fitted, lace pullover with a Turtleneck Collar, in wool and cashmere. The yarn used here is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

Idiosyncrasy Pullover
Idiosyncrasy Pullover

Idiosyncrasy Pullover

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran or any other 10ply/Aran yarn. 50gm balls, 91m (100 yds)
Gauge:20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Small Fern Pattern
Needle Size: 5.00mm, 5.50mm and 6.00mm
Meterage: 910 – 1274 yards (832 – 1165 m)
Sizes Available: 74 (84, 94, 104, 114)cm  29¼  (33, 37, 41, 45) in
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 7.00

Fayre Cushion Cover pattern now available

The pattern for my Fayre Cushion Cover is now available.

A fresh, colourful cushion cover, knitted in cotton in a simple lace stitch. The cushion cover is worked in one piece, then folded over and seamed at the sides.  Whether worked in bold, contrasting colours or neutral, graduating shades, this will make a beautiful addition to your decor. The yarn used here is Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK cotton.

Fayre Cushion Cover

Fayre Cushion Cover

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton or any other 8ply/DK yarn. 50gm balls, 110m (109 yds)
 
Gauge:25 stitches = 10 cm (4 in) in Alternating Eyelet Stitch 
 
Needle Size: 3.75mm
Meterage: 400m (436 yards)  – 1 ball of each colour
Notions: 9 snap fasteners required
Sizes Available: To fit cushion 36cm x 36cm (14in x 14in) 
 
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.30 

Lace Front Cowl Pattern now available

The Lace Front Cowl that was first published in Yarn magazine in June 2011 is now available to purchase.

This is a softly draping, light cotton cowl, with a lace panel at the front.  It is worked from the bottom up with needles progressively changed down to provide shaping.   The yarn I’ve used is Heirloom Cotton 8 ply

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Lace Front Cowl
Knitting Pattern
 
Yarn Suggested: Heirloom Cotton 8 ply or any other 8ply/DK cotton yarn. 50gm balls, 119m (130 yds)
 
Gauge:20 stitches = 10 cm (4 in) in Stocking/Stockinette Stitch 
 
Needle Size: 4mm 40cm(16 in) circular needle, 3.75mm 40cm(16 in) circular needle, 3.25mm 40cm(16 in) circular needle
Meterage: 240m (262 yards)
Sizes Available: 70cm (27.5 inches) around, 28cm (11 inches) long.
 
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.00