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One simply cannot have too many stripes.

Therefore, strrripes:
OK, so the challenge was and still is this: how do you start from one shoulder and wind your way down to the hem in one piece of knitting, while striping and with absolutely minimal cutting and joining of skeins? And achieving symmetry? And no finishing left to do when you’re done?


The challenge is still on for even if the Ziggurat method is now worked out and finessed in general – I have so far worked out the turns and joins for 6-row stripes (as in the blue/green cardigan above) and 4-row stripes (below) – there are other possibilities…
Each variant of striping and pullover versus cardigan works differently; the colour change has to happen in different places  – unless one likes cutting, joining, sewing. That, too, is of course possible.
(I like sewing. I like knitting. I just don’t like to sew my knitting. When I’m done knitting, I want to be done done.)

Oh, and a knitter just asked about using multiple colours, not just two. I have work to do!

p.s. The fabulous yarn for the Strrripes cardigan at the top is dyed by Ce of The Uncommon Thread. Her BFL Sock yarn has fantastic sheen and drape. It’s almost hard to believe there is no silk involved. The happy, gorgeous colours in the other cardigan are dyed by Tuulia of Knitlob’s Lair. The yarn is Väinämöinen, a 4-ply sock yarn. (The pattern is not available yet but will be.)



November 1, 2012


Koronki has finally made the transition from idea via concrete instantiation to description and is now available as a pattern for other knitters to replicate or riff on as they please.

Who knew that something that is so simple to knit would be so difficult to describe?

I’m beginning to see the point of workshops and knitting classes. Some things are just so much easier to simply demonstrate, hands-on, yarn-and-needles in hand.

The beauty of koronki, apart from its elegant line, flair, and attention to detail (she humbly said) (oh, but do see the tiny braid down the back, a braid that flares into a lace triangle) is that it is entirely seamless and knitted in one piece from the centre back down to the hem without cutting or joining new yarn except for when skeins run out. This is Åsa’s Top-Down Ziggurat Tricnique.


It’s top-down but nevertheless features shaped shoulders and a curved neckline in the back. This shaping is of course modelled on Tuulia Salmela’s wonderful Tailored Sweater Method. The Ziggurat Tricnique zigs and zags back and forth, working each shoulder in turn, but with a special way of getting from one point to the next without cutting the yarn.

Yarn: Fyberspates Faery Wings – Jeni of Fyberspates is right now offering a discount and a greater choice of gorgeous colours to choose from when you buy yarn for the pattern.

It was this yarn that inspired koronki in the first place. Faery Wings is a silk yarn with some kid mohair (and a little nylon). This mix makes for a wonderful drape and sheen with just a little (mo)hairy halo – not to be confused with ordinary mohair yarns. Faery Wings is simply much more elegant and subdued. I could knit with it all day, every day. In fact, I may be knitting with some right now…


Oh, by the way, I have recently knitted my sweatrrr design using my new technique, so when that pattern is ready to be released – with the intrepid assistance of tech editor Stephanie Boardman –  it too will feature the Top-Down Ziggurat Tricnique. And sweatrrr, which does not have a built-in collar, makes it easier to follow the pattern steps.

In the meantime I’ll design a simple baby cardigan in DK-weight yarn  – a quick knit and a small project on which to learn the Tricnique.

Sweatrrr knitted with Sanguine Gryphon Bugga:



it’s getting cold…

November 25, 2010


It’s getting cold (correction: it is cold).

Christmas and other depressi festive and gift-giving holidays are approaching fast.

Therefore: a small cashmere quickie, as in

  • instant warmth
  • incredibly quick knit — even quicker in DK or Worsted
  • Thank You — to those who have bought some of my previous patterns in my first year as part-time pattern maker-upper (see Ravelry page for details)


Oh, and it comes with matching or non-matching mitts, too.


I used 1 skein (200yds) of Posh Yarn Sophia 4ply (100% cashmere) and 4 mm needles for the cowl (3mm for the mitts).
The cowl may have to become wimple. After all, it’s only November and we already have snow. In the meantime I’m knitting a thicker version in Worsted weight (Heaven’s Hand Wool Classic from Hamilton Yarns):

a small gathering of semeles

September 13, 2010

semele shawl

semele shawl

Yarn: 2 skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply in GoldBrownSilver (silk/merino) — gorgeous, silky drape

semele shawl in Sea Silk

semele shawl in sea silk

Yarn: A single skein (400 m) of Handmaiden Sea Silk

There will be more scarflettes like this one, good quick present size — perhaps in Yarn Addict‘s Ocean Silk. And I really want to try Blue Moon Fibre Art‘s sea silk — especially in the fantastically named colourway, Pond Scum.

This can be done…

August 19, 2010

… in three days.

Alceste knit with The Yarn Yard Crannog, a lace-weight 100% merino superwash(150 g/750 m). This laaaarge shawl  (almost 3 metres long) is knit with 1 skein.

Deadlines work

The beautiful new lace yarn — Crannog in Beetroot by Natalie of The Yarn Yard — arrived on a Friday. Knitting began Friday evening. Three days later  – a (huuuuuge) shawl (it grew mightily in blocking…).

Criteria: lace or mesh pattern must have rest rows, charts must be super easy to memorize. Quick, quick decisions —  a curved shawl shape rather than a rectangle? Yes.

The construction is, yet again, a sideways shawl knit in one piece. I like these for at least two reasons.

1. No endless rows — towards the end when you might be losing faith and want to cast on for something entirely different, the rows are getting shorter and shorter and the knitting speeds up

2. You know you will have enough yarn because you simply turn when half of it is gone (or when you think the shawl is half of what it ought to be, or when you get bored — well, ideally halfway before you get so bored you want to do anything but finish)

I wouldn’t say this was a particularly interesting knit, given the repetitiveness of the pattern. But I do love the result. The 8-row lacy border worked enough as an incentive for me to keep going… one more border repeat, one more… one more. Well, that and the deadline.


Stitch pattern for the body: Barbara Walker’s version of traditional Star Rib Mesh. It repeats over 4 stitches and 4 rows, but is really a 2-row pattern that shifts sideways (purled rows on the wrong side)

Border: open, airy lace points and a faggoting column inside

Edge: picots and a simple yo column just inside it

I didn’t want any thick borders or dividing lines between the body and the edges, so the increases and decreases are worked into the first stitch “really” belonging to the faggoting column. Likewise between the column and the border.

I think I will make a stole version of the pattern as well.

Io duo trio

March 4, 2010

Out of medal contention and competition (we are, obviously, talking about knitting olympics — yes, still, weeeeks after the fact):

io glove

Io, a cousin of Callisto, was inspired by Saffron & Soot — two of Natalie’s rich, deep colours in her fingering-weight Clan.

The skeins are 65 grams — optimal for playing around with different colours. Two skeins should make 1 pair of gloves and 1 pair of fingerless mitts.

io fliptop mitt

Next up:

Top-down mitts.


Because the pattern looks best knitted in that direction. And it allows you to use up all the yarn in your skein(s).


Before you begin knitting, divide your yarn into two halves, and then knit without fear, because you know that you have enough for the second mitt. Perfect.


no medals

March 1, 2010

Oh yes, I joined both The Olympic Knitting over at The Yarn Harlottery and the Ravelympics. But then I got sidetracked and sprinted in an event I wasn’t even entered for.  So no medals for me.  But three completed projects (but out of contention). Sod the medals — medals don’t keep you warm, knitwear does (my chosen excuse).

Very happy with my new sideways, no-finishing, seamless (as in No Sewing — ok, a few stitches on one shoulder, but that’s it!) emil(ia) and the New & Improved placement of buttons (where they should have been all along). Hem and neck edging are knit as you go.



emil(ia)Y a r n : Karisma Superwash Wool (DK) — while knitting the yarn feels quite stiff and almost rough, but softens wonderfully after soaking. P a t  t e r n: emil(ia)

The main obsession otherwise is still The Yarn Yard Clan.

The Yarn Yard Saffron Clan

Will post about the latest outbreak of Clan mania later.

Pity gloves are only for winter. I may have to move somewhere where there’s perpetual winter. But I refuse to take up lugeing. Or the skeleton.

io gloveio glove