A Tru(e)ly Silken KAL with Kristen & Konrad

The last few weeks I have been very busy with a lot of other things and so I have not had much time for shooting pictures and writing articles. But now I have finished my Solitaire for the Tru(e)ly Silken KAL with Kristen.

And I have managed to do some pics, although the weather was very wet and cold in the last weeks here in Germany.

Rainy days in Germany!

Rainy days in Germany!

Here it is the design Kristen and I have chosen for this KAL:

Solitaire

Solitaire by Martin Storey

Before I will show you some pics of the finished garment I will lose some words about the yarn I have used.

The garment is knitted using Rowan Truesilk (100% silk) a new Rowan yarn for this summer. It comes in 1 vibrant shades and I have used shade Serene 330.

The yarn has a chain construction and is a little bit stretchy. It was a delight to knit with it. It produces a fabric which is very soft and drapy and it feels cool and soft on your skin.

Here is a closeup of the knitted fabric:

Closeup Rowan Truesilk

Closeup Rowan Truesilk

As you see the finished garment has a subtle sheen and a perfect stitch definition.

This yarn is very delicate. One strand of this yarn is very thin and during knitting you may easily catch one of this thread and unluckily you have produced a little spot.

And you should always take care of your nails!

In the next picture you will see some to the spots on the sleeve.

Spots

Spots

Nevertheless this yarn is knitting up beautifully and I surely will knit another garment using this yarn.

 

At last, before I show you my finished Solitaire, I will say some words about my inspirations and modifications of this design by Martin Storey.

This time it was a real challenge to modify this garment, it is so feminine. But what makes it look feminine?

If you have a closer look to the original design, you will realize, the lace stripes forming the hem and neckband will not work for a male design. This element of the design makes the garment looking feminine. It is not the side shaping of the garment or the close fitting, the lace is the key element of the design.

This is a KAL where Kristen and I wanted to show you, how you can take a design and change it for your purpose. It should not only be a reproduction of the given design. I tried to look at the design and take the elements of it and modify it for my purpose. In this case, change it to a male garment.

The next step was easy. In this years fashion shows stripes are the main key element of the designs. If you look at the design of Martin Storey, you will see the stripes formed by the lace. But for a male design they simply are on the wrong place.  So what to do, just changing the place of the lace and extending it on the front.

This year is also the revival of mesh lace. I’m truly a child of the 80’s and I remember those mesh shirts we are were wearing then, mostly over a t-shirt or a short-sleeved shirt. The lace used in this design has a little touch of this mesh lace of the 80’s. The lace should be an eye-catcher and not overwhelming,  the lace stripes are therefore divided by stripes of plain stockinette stitch of the same wide and the sleeves and the back of the garment are knitted in plain stockinette stitch.

Because of the ktbl detail of the lace I decided at last to knit the hem and neckband in a simple * ktbl, p.

And here are my decisions in short:

  • work sleeves and back in stockinette stitch,
  • use ktbl for neckline and hems
  • use the lace pattern as main pattern on the front
  • use a top-down construction, to minimize sewing
Solitaire by knittingkonrad

Solitaire by knittingkonrad

 

Solitaire by knittingkonrad

Solitaire by knittingkonrad

 

Solitaire by knittingkonrad

Solitaire by knittingkonrad

 

Well and I skipped the flower!

Skip flower?

Skip flower?

Tomorrow the new season Autumn/Winter 2014/15 is starting and the new yarns will be in your LYS. I only say: stunning designs and lovely new yarns are waiting for you!

Don’t forget to jump over to Kristen and look what she has done with her Solitaire.

Denim – The Next Generation

Well I’m back from the UK, where I visited Holmfirth the home of Rowan Yarns and I have met some of the most inspiring and most generous people at the mill. But about this visit I will talk on another post.

Rowan Yarns has brought back the ever so famous Denim! Now under the name Original Denim!

Original Denim has the same characteristic as Rowan Denim. It shrinks in length after washing. The tension is also the same, so you are able to knit all the former patterns which are already available with this new Rowan Original Denim.

I have got a ball of this Original Denim and have played with it.

Remember my post of my Tru(e)ly Silken KAL with Kristen? Some of you have recommended I should knit cables, basket stitch and stripes in this design. Well I have taken your recommendations and knitted it with Original Denim.

Here is my swatch:

Swatch with Rowan Original Denim

Swatch with Rowan Original Denim

And no, it is not is not a cover for a hottie, but a swatch with different stitch patterns. It shows stripes, garter stitch, a basket pattern, cables and a rib. All knitted with the same amount of stitches!

The swatch is already washed. This yarn has a great stitch definition and the cable pattern and ribbing is truly amazing.

Rowan Yarns has also published a new brochure featuring the renaissance of this Denim yarn.

Denim - The Next Generation

Denim – The Next Generation

Denim – The Next Generation is featuring 7 designs by Martin Storey featuring this new yarn and shows designs for the whole family. The photos were taken at the Rowan Mill, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK and the models are friends and relatives of the Rowan team, including Martin Storey!

Breton Stripe Childrens

Breton Stripes for Children age 3 to 14 years

Breton Stripe Womens

Breton Stripe Womens

Fife  Mens

Fife Mens

Flint Guernsey Womens

Flint Guernsey Womens, shown here the cropped style

Flint Man & Leith Guernsey for Women

Flint Man, longer style & Leith Guernsey for Women

Leith Guernsey Mans

Leith Guernsey Mans

Pembroke Jacket

Pembroke Jacket

Flint Man & Leith Women

Flint Man, longer style & Leith Women

Flint (Childrens) - Penzance - Breton (Childrens, one colour)

Flint (Childrens) – Penzance – Breton (Childrens, one colour)

Sheerness Shirt Mans

Sheerness Shirt Mans

Sheerness Womens - Bretons Men

Sheerness Shirt Womens – Breton Stripes Men

Sheerness Childrens

Sheerness Shirt Childrens

Group Shot with the Kids

Group Shot with the Kids

 

 

Emergency Knitting in the UK

Today the fun in Holmfirth continues.

I have brought a WIP to the UK, which must be ready on July 3rd.

Some weeks ago a friend of mine asked me for help. Her sister will marry on July 6th and she wanted to have a shawl for her. We have had a nice evening, chatting about yarns looking on shade cards and knitting patterns she may use, because she decided she wanted to do it by herself.

Well, about 3 weeks ago she called and told me, she never ever will be ready with her knitting, because she bought the wrong colour and she is not very experienced (the bridal dress is white, but has a trimming in a different colour). She has chosen a colour that nearly matches the trimming, but after all she didn’t like it.

5 weeks for a lace shawl, ok that could be done. But, my LYS does not stock Rowan Kidsilk Haze in shade white (D***!).

Rowan Kidsilk Haze - Shade White 612

Rowan Kidsilk Haze – Shade White 612

So I had to order it online. 1 week later the yarn arrived. Meanwhile life has played a trick on me and my free time for knitting was virtually zero (D***!). 4 weeks to go!

The pattern I have chosen is from Jane Sowerbys book Victorian Lace Today. It is called Myrtle leaf shawl. I think it is the right pattern for a bride, especially because I’m adding golden beads for some further sparkle.

EBS

EBS

Yesterday I traveled to the UK to the Rowan headquarters to meet my fellow Rowan Ambassadors and to have a great time with the Rowan family.

So this EBS (Emergency Bridal Shawl), which is not really a travel knit,  is with me in the UK and hopefully will grow a little bit. Needles crossed!

EBS

EBS

2 weeks to go!

A Tru(e)ly Silken KAL with Kristen & Konrad

This is another KAL with Kristen and myself, trying to knit the same pattern in different styles. Kristen is knitting the pattern for herself and I try to change the pattern into a design a man may also wear.

Now this time we wanted to knit a pattern from the Rowan Brochure Truesilk Collection, which is featuring 15 truly silken and truly female designs by Martin Storey.

(Click to enlarge!)

This time Kristen has chosen Solitaire for this KAL. It is knitted in Rowan Truesilk (100% silk).

Solitaire

Solitaire

Boy, this is truly a silken call out, Kristen! This pattern is truly feminine! How should I change it to fit for a man?

Skip flower?

Skip flower?

Is there a way to get out? If so, please tell!

Way out?

Way out?

I appreciate Your comments and stay tuned?

SHEKNITS/HEKNITS – A KAL² with Kristen & Konrad

Today I will show you the result of this KAL² with Kristen & Konrad.

We have both knitted Trinity a design by Lisa Richardson from the Rowan Pure Linen Collection.

Here are again the changes I wanted to make.

Suggested modifications

Suggested modifications

  1. First I knitted the garment not with the recommended 4,5mm needles, I used 3mm needles to get a tighter tension.
  2. I recalculated the neckline to make it closer and skipped the side shaping.
  3. I added stripes on front and back.
  4. I only knitted short sleeves.

I already mentioned in my last post, that I really love Rowan Pure Linen. This yarn is really versatile. You can knit it with the recommended needle size and it will knit up to a relaxed looking garment or you may knit it with a tighter tension, as I did, and it will be cool and smooth next to your skin. A perfect yarn for years to come.

But lets now have a look at my finish Trinity.

Trinity by knittingkonrad

Trinity by knittingkonrad

Trinity by knittingkonrad

Trinity by knittingkonrad

Trinity by knittingkonrad

Trinity by knittingkonrad

Don’ miss to jump over to Kristen and see her Trinity.

Summertime

Summertime

Have a relaxed summertime!

 

 

 

 

SHEKNITS/HEKNITS – A KAL² with Kristen & Konrad

In my last article I have shown you how to modify a neckline. Today I want to talk a bit about the progress of this knitting and of the yarn used for this garment.

Kristen and I using Rowan Pure Linen for this KAL² and I have to say, I really love this yarn.

Rowan Pure Linen

Rowan Pure Linen

At the first look it not looking very attractive, because it looks more like a stiff rope than a smooth yarn you wanted to wear next your skin.

But soon after you have casted on this yarn and knit some rows, you will love it. Rowan Pure Linen completely changes the look and feel, soon you have it on your knitting pins. It turns on a smooth, drapy garment on your needles.

Rowan Pure Linen

Rowan Pure Linen

At the picture above you Rowan Pure Linen like it is on the skein (1 and 3 row) and between this two “unknitted” threads you see an unraveled thread. See how different it looks. The yarn gets soft and a little bit fuzzy.

You see this fuzzy appearance also in the next picture. It is a picture of one sleeve I knitted for Trinity. Have a closer look at the rib!

Sleeve for Trinity

Sleeve for Trinity

I was not able to do a picture which shows you how drapy the knitted garment really is. The fabric is heavy and is smooth to the touch. When you feel it, you know it is Pure Linen.

Body of Trinity

Body of Trinity

Don’t miss to follow my dear friend Kristen on her blog to catch up how she is knitting Trinity.

 

Knitting magazine June 2014 – A review

This issue of Knitting magazine comes with 26 romantic knits plus 5 ladies’ simple knits calling for a vintage summer.

Some Events

Yarn Review

Jeanette Sloan gets stuck into the latest yarns for summer

  • Bergère de France Bigarelle (55% organic cotton, 36% linen, 9% viscose)
  • Debbie Bliss Juliet (52% cotton, 48% acrylic)
  • Schachenmayr Sun City (50% cotton, 50% acrylic)
  • Lousia Harding Noema (75% cotton, 20% acrylic, 5% polyamide)
  • Noro Taiyo 4ply (50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% polyamide, 16% silk)
  • DesignEtte Naturino (100% wool)
  • Artesano Linen Silk (40% wool, 35% silk, 25% linen)
  • Stylecraft Stars (75% acrylic, 10% polyester, 10% metallic polyester, 5% sequins)

Knitted Fashion Gallery

Waterlily Lace Jumper by Amanda Jones

Waterlily Lace Jumper by Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones used Rico Design Essentials Cotton Lurex (97% cotton, 3% polyester) for this jumper featuring a overall lace pattern.

Blouson Lace Top by Pat Menchini

Blouson Lace Top by Pat Menchini

This Blouson Lace Top by Pat Menchini is knitted in King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK (50% cotton, 50% bamboo viscose). Shown here in shade Fuchsia 536.

Lace Pleplum Jacket by Maisie Smith

Lace Pleplum Jacket by Maisie Smith

This jacket a design by Maisie Smith is featuring a subtle lace pattern on a reverse stocking stitch ground at the peplum. The body is knitted in plain stockinette stitch. It is knitted using Debbie Bliss Mia (50% wool, 40% cotton) yarn.

Summer Cable Jumper by Martin Storey

Summer Cable Jumper by Martin Storey

Martin Storey designed this jumper with short sleeves and an intriguing cable pattern on the front. The back and sleeves are knitted in stockinette stitch. It is knitted using Rowan Yarns Wool Cotton (50% wool, 50% cotton).

Laced Bow Tee by Emma Wright

Laced Bow Tee by Emma Wright

This Bow Tee by Emma Wright is knitted in Louisa Harding’s Noema (75% cotton, 20% acrylic, 5% polyamide) and Etoile (70% cotton, 24% polyamide, 6% polyester) yarn. It is featuring an overall lace pattern, short sleeves and a bow closure at the right shoulder.

Assymetric Lacy Sweater by Natalie Warner

Asymmetric Lacy Sweater by Natalie Warner

Natalie Warner designed this asymmetric sweater using Debbie Bliss’ Rialto Lace (100% wool) and Camelot Superfine Kid Mohair (70% superfine kid mohair, 20% polyamide, 10% wool)from The Little Knitting Company.

Monroe Blouse by Cashmered

Monroe Blouse by Cashmered

Chasmered is showing this Monroe Blouse, knitted in their CashmeRED 3ply (100% cashmere) yarn.

Retro ZigZag Cable Top by Pat Menchini

Retro ZigZag Cable Top by Pat Menchini

Pat Menchini’s retro zigzag cable sleeve-less top is featuring a high neck and a single zigzag cable on front and back. It is knitted using Rico Essentials Cotton DK (100% cotton).

Faux Layered Jumper by Bergère de France

Faux Layered Jumper by Bergère de France

Using two different of their yarns Bergère de France is showing this faux layered jumper for men. It is knitted in Bergère de France Alaska (50% combed wool, 50% acrylic) and Jaspee (20% combed wool, 80% acrylic).

Knitting Accessories Gallery

Coin Purse by Jessica Biscoe

Coin Purse by Jessica Biscoe

This Coin Purse by Jessica Biscoe is knitted in Erika Knight’s British Blue Wool (100% wool) yarn.

Runner by Sarah Hazell

Runner by Sarah Hazell

Sarah Hazell’s Runner is knitted using 4 shades of Rowan Yarns Revive (36% recycled cotton, 36% recycled silk, 28% recycled viscose).

Cable Cushion by Jill Wright

Cable Cushion by Jill Wright

This cable cushion by Jill Wright is knitted in Chunky Weight yarn and is also published in ‘Take The Fear Our Of Cables‘ by Jill Wright. Published by Leisure Arts.

Lavender Sachets by Sarah Hazell

Lavender Sachets by Sarah Hazell

These Lavender Sachets by Sarah Hazell are knitted in Quince and Co.’s Finch (100% American wool) yarn.

Coat Hangers by Sarah Hazell

Coat Hangers by Sarah Hazell

The same yarn as for the Lavender Sachets is used to knit these coat hangers.

Deco Backpack by Jean Moss

Deco Backpack by Jean Moss

Unfortunately the yarn (Savannah) Jean Moss used to knit these Deco Backpack is discontinued by Rowan Yarns. But you may use Rowan Yarns Handknit Cotton as a substitute.

Knitting Children’s Gallery

Little Crocus Dress by King Cole

Little Crocus Dress by King Cole

This dress by King Cole is knitted in their Bamboo Cotton DK (50% cotton, 50% bamboo viscose) yarn.

Apricot and Apricot Beret by Martin Storey

Apricot and Apricot Beret by Martin Storey

Both designs by Martin Storey are knitted in fair isle technique using Rowan Yarns machine washable Baby Merino Silk DK (66% superwash wool, 34% silk). These patterns are originally published in Rowan Mini Collection Baby Merino Silk DK, featuring 10 designs for children aged ranging from 0-3 months to 5 years.

Shawl Collar Sweater by Bergère de France

Shawl Collar Sweater by Bergère de France

This sweater is knitted in Bergère de France’s Cabourg (30% hemp, 70% acrylic) yarn.

Little Bob Sweater by Sublime

Little Bob Sweater by Sublime

Sublime is showing this Little Bob Sweater knitted in their Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK yarn.

Frog by Susie Johns

Frog by Susie Johns

This little frog a design by Susie Johns is knitted in Patons’ Diploma Gold DK (55% wool, 25% acrylic, 20% nylon) and unfortunately discontinued Fairytale Colour 4Me DK (100% wool) yarn. This pattern is originally published in ‘Knitted Woodland Creatures’ by Susie Johns. Published by GMC Publications.

Simple Summer Knits

Diamond Jumper by Strylecraft

Diamond Jumper by Stylecraft

Featuring a lace diamond pattern, this jumper by Stylecraft is knitted in their Classique Cotton DK (100% cotton) yarn.

Jacket by Sirdar

Jacket by Sirdar

Sirdar is showing this short-sleeve jacket with a stunning front edge pattern. It is knitted using their Cotton DK yarn.

V-Neck Sweater by Bergère de France

V-Neck Sweater by Bergère de France

A classic deep v-neck sweater by Bergère de France using their tweedy Bigarelle (55% organic cotton, 36% linen, 9% viscose) yarn.

Simple Bolero by Debbie Bliss

Simple Bolero by Debbie Bliss

Debbie Bliss’ Simple Bolero is knitted in her Juliet (52% cotton, 48% acrylic) yarn.

Sailor by Sarah Hatton

Sailor by Sarah Hatton

This capped sleeve top by Sarah Hatton is knitted Rowan Yarns Softknit Cotton (92% cotton, 8% polyamide) and is originally published in the Rowan Knitting & Crocheting Magazine Summer 2014.

 

The next issue of Knitting magazine will be available on June 5, featuring the colour of summer with 20 fabulous knits.

All pictures of the patterns above are screenshots from my iPad and my purchased copy of Knitting magazine June 2014.

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