The Real Minimi

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The one on the left is Minimi.

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Woolly Dolly Cardigan

Woolly Dolly Cardigan Sizes 76-139.5 cm / 30-55″ — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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Woolly Dolly is a cardigan worked seamlessly from the top down. The ruched ruffles provide a feminine touch without being overly frilly. The ruffles have been carefully arranged to give the right fullness without adding extra bulk. Worked in aran weight yarn, this cardigan can be worked up quickly.

Measurements are given in both centimeters and inches.

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MATERIALS
YARN

Aran weight

Shown here: Cascade Yarns Greenland (100% Merino Superwash; 125 m/137 yds, 100 g/3.5 oz skein; Color Christmas Green #3559: 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13) skeins)

Yardage requirement: 950 (1025, 1110, 1210, 1295, 1450, 1550, 1625) m / 1040 (1120, 1215, 1325, 1415, 1585, 1695, 1775) yds, including 10% allowance

NEEDLES

5 mm (US 8) circular needle of length 80 cm (32″); adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

5 mm (US 8) needles in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round
NOTIONS

4 buttons about 2 cm / 0.875″ diameter; stitch markers; yarn needle

GAUGE

17 sts and 26 rows = 10 cm (4″) in St st, blocked.

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SIZES

To fit actual bust circumference: 76 (86.5, 94, 101.5, 109, 122, 132, 139.5) cm / 30 (34, 37, 40, 43, 48, 52, 55)”

Shown in 76 cm / 30″

Finished Measurements

Bust Circumference: 81.5 (89.5, 98, 106, 113, 125, 134.5, 141.5) cm / 32 (35.25, 38.5, 41.75, 44.5, 49.25, 53, 55.75)”

Back Length: 52 (54.5, 55.5, 56, 57, 58, 58.5, 58.5) cm / 20.5 (21.5, 21.75, 22, 22.5, 22.75, 23, 23)”

This garment is intended to be worn with 2.5-5 cm / 1-2″ positive ease. For in-between sizes or for next-to-skin wear, choose the smaller size.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Decreases, increases, knitting in the round, long-tail cast-on, picking up stitches

Woolly Dolly Cardigan Sizes 76 – 139.5 cm / 30 – 55″ — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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The discovery of written directions

I always include both written directions and charts in my patterns whenever possible even if mostly I’m a chart person. I know that there are many knitters that prefer written directions. I’m a visual learner and I find charts very intuitive and not error prone as written directions.

Until I’ve started working on the sample of a sideway cardigan (which I plan to run a mystery KAL). I actually prefer to work from the written directions. They are strict forward and I don’t have to mentally convert symbols when working on a WS row. I don’t have to remember or to check whether I should read from the right to the left or from the left to the right.

This is only true when I am confident that the directions are error-free. I guess that I would be willingly to work from written directions only if charts are also given. In case of doubts I can easily look up in the charts to understand what is going on. And you? Do you prefer written directions or charts?

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Textured Stitch

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I love textured stitch, especially when worked on variegated yarn. This is a tiny swatch made with Malabrigo Arroyo (the yarn I used for Costanza). I wanted a cardigan in linen stitch for a long time, but I don’t think that it is fun to work miles of linen stitch. If I don’t want to work it myself, probably many knitters won’t want to neither. Luckily the Irish Moss stitch turned out better in my opinion. For now I still have no idea on what to make. I already have two big projects to be finished and I really want to handknit a pair of longies for DS for this winter.

I have finally published the hat mentioned in this previous post. It is available either as an individual pattern or as an ebook.

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An unexpected design

As mentioned in the previous post, my new found interest is designing hat. I have drawn some sketches but none of my designs excite me enough to ask for yarn support.

Tonight I was finishing working on a cabled cowl in Spun Aran from Sunrise Fiber Co.. I’ve got the yarn last week and the yarn is so lovely that I just couldn’t resist but knit. It is gratifying to see the subtle color change emerges in front of my eyes. It reminds me very much of Le Fibre Nobili Mambo from Lane Cervinia that I have used for this sweater coat:

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There is something special in the structure of this yarn that I don’t know how to describe.

When I slipped this cowl over my head, something magical happened. It IS the perfect hat that I’ve been searching. By pure coincidence the size is just right. And by another coincidence I think I should have enough remnants to work also the hat. I just need to add the crown shaping to the cable pattern. I hope that you will like it as much as I do.

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My first KAL

I have joined my first KAL in the Indie Gift-A-Long 2013. I have knitted this hat:

This lovely design is Sand Bank from Polish designerJustyna Lorkowska.

Knitting this hat inspired me to design my own – Ragnatella


I have also another quick accessory pattern in this GAL:

It led to the first FO from my designs appeared in the GAL. I am looking forward to seeing more 🙂

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Gift-a-long

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Are you busy preparing your handmade gifts? All of my patterns are part of the Indie Gift-A-Long 2013. Join the GAL and get a chance to win one of the prizes! The GAL lasts two months from now through the end of year. Come join us! Happy holiday knitting!

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Knitting vs Sewing

Probably it is obvious that I like knitting better than sewing. Knitting gives me a sense of accomplishment. Mistakes in knitting can be easily corrected and knitting is so portable! Whenever I go to my MIL’s place, I bring my knitting bag with me; as DS can easily stay there for hours, I would die of boredom otherwise.

My sewing library is much bigger than my knitting library and so is my sewing stash. But I have to confess than my sewing skill is not at my expectation at all. I can draw sketch, make prototypes that look like my sketches; I can draft pattern and drape fabric on a dressform; I can make a perfectly fitted prototype. But when it comes to the actual act of putting the pieces together — sewing, I’m at loss. Most of my sewing projects end in frustration.

My latest failure is a viscose jersey dress. The bright green color is lovely, the fit and shape are perfect. I drafted the pattern based on a RTW dress. But the gusset destroyed the whole project. I should have known that I don’t have the skill to sew a gusset on a serger…

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