形 | KEI COLLECTION

Shikakkei Front Hero

形 | Kei : Japanese for shape.

The Kei Collection is a sophisticated knitwear collection and comprises three designs
exploring the sumptuous Woolfolk Tynd yarn with refined details and elegant fit.
The drawstring details provide subtle styling adjustments with a modern twist.

Shikakkei Drawstring Detail
Shikakkei Cuff Detail

THE SWEATER
四角形 | Shikakkei (with a stylish SQUARE neck detail), as seen above.
A top down sweater with deep raglan sleeves and a square neck that I just love to wear!
The Woolfolk SNO is sumptuous on the body, the reverse stocking stitch adds to the softer aesthetic
whilst the refined sleeve cuff and drawstring hip detail take this to another level.
I seriously adore this piece and am quite smug with myself whenever I wear it.
(Shh. Don’t let anyone know that last bit, ok?)

By the way, you can freely substitute Woolfolk Tynd for SNO as they are the same yarn:
Tynd is 2 plys of the same colour; SNO is 2 plys of 2 different colours.

Enkei Front Hero
Enkei Back Hero Detail
THE CARDIGAN
円形 | Enkei (with a cinched CIRCLE back detail)
The drawstring feature on this sophisticated top down cardigan became
the consistent thread to tie the entire collection together. (Yes, bad pun but true!)
The slim fit sleeves hold the unique shape and drape of the cardigan on the shoulders
whilst the cinched back shaping creates a stylish statement behind-the-play.

Rokkakkei Cowl Side 1
Rokkakkei Hat Hero

THE COWL AND THE HAT
六角形 | Shikakkei (with a cosy HEXAGON stitch detail)
A main aim with this cowl design was to create a beautiful design with ONE SKEIN only.
My other design intentions was to make it super warm,
apply a drawstring for styling options and an extra snug cinch if needed and unisex.
As I designed the Cowl, I then thought – wow – this would make such a great hat…
Et voila! Two design options in the one pattern! Hooray!
Both designs use just one skein of either Woolfolk Tynd or Sno (aside from the largest size of hat).

AND Sunspun Fine Yarns are hosting a Collection Launch on Friday, 8th and Saturday 9th of July.
The lovely Sunspun is offering a 10% discount on pattern + Woolfolk Tynd for these 2 days.
I will be instore on Saturday between 11.30am and 3.30pm to help you with fit and yarn selections.
If you’d like more information – do subscribe to the Sunspun Newsletter or contact the shop directly.
I hope to see you there!

楽 | RAKU

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Above: Model A Top
Tsumugi Tunic 1
Above: Model B Tunic

RAKU: Japanese (Romanji) for (n) ease, comfort.
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I have been itching to use Habu Textiles Tsumugi Silk again and
I simply adore this incredibly comfortable result.

The design is worked in Reverse Stocking Stitch with 2 threads held together.
However, this is knit on the Wrong Side in Stocking Stitch, quick sticks.
The hem is provisionally cast on in the round,
then folded with the cast on made live and knitted in for a truly professional finish.

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Above: Model A Top
Tsumugi Tunic 2
Above: Model B Tunic

Side shaping to the waist creates a flattering A line and further shaping to the underarms.
At this point, you will separate and work the rest of the garment flat, back and forth.
The shoulders are shaped with short rows to form cap sleeves with a grafted shoulder seam.
The neckline and armholes are completed with an I-cord edging for a sharp, tailored result.

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Above: Model B Tunic

It really is like slipping on your softest tshirt that you’ve loved forever.
It is light, airy and just perfect over your favourite jeans.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
Ravelry Pattern link here.

TRUNK SHOW | MARCH 2016

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Thrilled to announce a Trunk Show at my Local Yarn Store:
Sunspun Fine Yarns is hosting a Trunk Show of my knitwear designs!
It starts next Friday, 4 March and will run until the following Friday, 11 March.
I’d love to see you in-store on Saturday, 5 March between 11am and 2pm
when I will be there to help you with garment + yarn selection.

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As part of the event, I will also be teaching a knitting class.
Come along to make yourself a Sevencircle Neckpiece.
Give the shop a call to make a booking for this fun 3 hour class
scheduled for Wednesday, 9 March at 6.15pm.

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I look forward to meeting you there but in the meantime,
enjoy a bit of a laugh at my interview on Sunspun’s Blog today!

並木 | NAMIKI

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Namiki A red 1
Namiki 206 red
Above: Model A (Woolfolk Tynd; Colour 9)

並木 NAMIKI: Japanese (Romanji) for (n) row of trees, roadside tree.
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This design stemmed from Kozue, a scarf with a ‘Treetops’ feature worked across the row.
The trick with this new design, is those ‘Treetops’ vary in height
creating the visual effect of a row of trees, diminishing into the distance.

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Namiki 119 red
Above: Model B (Blue Sky Alpacas Royal; Colour Natural/Alabaster)

I originally knit the Alpaca version of this travelling in Europe 18 months ago.
At the time, I loved the lineal structure of the birch forests in central Italy;
so very different to my Australian landscape.

As I recently reknit my design using the beautiful Woolfolk
I recalled those diminishing lines of trees whizzing past my window.
A perfect fit with this developed treetop motif.

Now, I am not going to pretend this is an easy knit.
Those wretched YO’s are indeed painfully slow to work across the length of the design.
But, for me at least, it was worth it for the end result – I adore the asymmetry of it.

So, if you loved Kozue, you will be ready for the challenge and elegant beauty of Namiki.

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And please meet our new pup! Zali is a Red Kelpie and 13 weeks young.
She is providing endless hours of amusement.
And photo bombing opportunities.

COLUMBA’S HAT

Columba's Hat

I had the need recently for a quick baby hat for a friend’s beautiful newborn son.
Driving past a new-to-me yarn store,
I ducked in to find an abundant display of the ever versatile and oh-so-soft Baby Cashmerino.
I quickly pulled together a sweet little hat, using this classic stripe.

Got a baby,or two to knit for?
2 balls of yarn should get you 2 hats but to be safe,
I suggest you alternate the Main Colour/Contrast Colour arrangement to ensure you have enough.
[My hat used 25grams of the Denim and 20grams of the Slate.]

COLUMBA’S HAT
Size

One Size (to suit 3-6 month old approx.)
Finished hat size: 15in / 38cm head circumference

Yarn
Main Colour
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Colorway 340027 Denim (Blue)
Contrast Colour
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Colorway 340009 Slate (Grey)
Or
2 balls of other 5 ply/Sport yarn.

Needle
3.25 mm (US3) 16in / 40cm circular needle and/or set of double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge
25 stitches and 34 rows in 4in / 10cm, washed and blocked

HAT
Brim

Cast On 96 stitches with Main Colour.
Join in the round and place marker.
Work 15 rounds, slip marker as you go.

Stripe Pattern
Change to Contrast Colour.
Work 8 rounds, slip marker as you go.
Change to Main Colour.
Work 8 rounds, slip marker as you go.
Repeat last 16 rounds until work measures 15cm.

Crown Shaping
Note: you might prefer to use double-pointed needles through this section.
Decrease Round 1: #Knit 10 stitches, ssk; repeat from # to end of round. 8 stitches decreased.
Work 2 rounds as established, slip marker as you go.
Decrease Round 2: #Knit 9 stitches, ssk; repeat from # to end of round. 8 stitches decreased.
Work 2 rounds as established, slip marker as you go.
Decrease Round 3: #Knit 8 stitches, ssk; repeat from # to end of round. 8 stitches decreased.
Work 1 round as established, slip marker as you go.
Repeat last 2 rounds until 8 stitches remain, knitting 1 less stitch each round before ssk ie knit 7 stitches, then knit 6, then knit 5, etc.; slip marker as you go.

Top Knot
Work 8 stitches in established Stripe Pattern until tail measures 15cm or 2 rounds before end of current stripe, remove marker.
Next round: ssk, k2tog, ssk, k2tog. 4 stitches decreased.
Break yarn with 20 cm tail.
Thread yarn through remaining 4 stitches.

Weave in ends.

ELEMENT

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ELEMENT
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I’m thrilled to share this new design release with you!
Part of the inspiring Wool People 9 Collection for Brooklyn Tweed,
this sweater is whisper light and airy.

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Given the Summer release in the Northern Hemisphere,
the lighter weight Loft yarn is knit large.
This contributes to extra drape and a bouncy knitted fabric.

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The body is worked from the bottom up,
with subtle hem shaping created via short rows in the lacework section.
Yep. Lace. A first for me!

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And that neckline?
I’m completely loving it.
I have an undeniable urge to apply it to every new knitted sweater I can think of.

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A very special thank you to my friend and sample knitter, Marian.
I was working my way through the short row lace hem section when this happened.
Truly, this design would not be in WP9 without her capable hands.

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Photo Credits: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

旅行 | Ryokō

A 1
Above: Model A

旅行 | Ryokō : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) travel.
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I knitted this design while travelling for 3 months with my family last year.
I carefully packed the pre-wound yarn in my suitcase
[self-talking down the self-harm on the 2 occasions our bags went missing in transit];
managing technology failures, resorting to the printed copy I fortuitously took along
[the backup plan for the backup plan].
Vivid recollections of car-knitting down the west coast of France
with “Aussie Ken” on the SatNav issuing instructions. Classic.

But hey, all’s well that ends well, right?!

A 2
Above: Model A rear view with back vent detail

My design process thoughts included:
I wanted a Mega Cowl Sweater.
Yep, that’s it.
And also the working name for this design. Very fancy, I know.

A 3
Above: Model A Mega Cowl

To develop it a little more,
I also thought it would be good if I could wear it under a jacket
(which suggested a longer body and some fine yarn),
a design that was effortlessly stylish without needing accessories,
and, of course, it should be tailored and fit really well.

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Above: Model A worn with jacket. See – it works…

I particularly love the colour change at the narrowest point (the waist)
worked with the back vent overlap detail in Model A.
This adds to the visual effect of narrowing the waist more.
The longer length at the back covers your butt
(if that is something you want/need/desire/prefer)
without looking like you are wearing your dad’s ginormous musty old sweater.
And the yarn held double is knit on large needles for drape and knitspeed.
You like that? Knitspeed. Important knitting quantum.

B 1
Above: Model B

And of course, then I thought, hey, I need this top without the ‘mega cowl’.
Voila. Model B.
I think this then works as more of a trans-season top.
I’d like to wear this with some linen pants.
And slides.

I say “I’d like to” because our summer has disappeared before it barely arrived here in Melbourne…
As you can see from the photos. Hello dodging the passing rain showers between shots.

Rav Link: here.

FRACTURES ARE CONTAGIOUS

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Did you know that fractures are contagious?
Our family are proposing a new scientific theorem.

The night before school started for the year,
yes, the VERY NIGHT BEFORE,
my son was hit with a cricket ball on his right hand.
Not intentionally, just a deflected ball from an adjacent cricket net.

Unbelieveable. This injury is also known as a Boxer’s Fracture.
Or a Bar Room Fracture(!!!). [Ironic for the most gentle person I know.]
He has broken the 5th metacarpal in his right hand.
Yes, of course, he is right handed.

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But on the upside: MY CAST IS OFF!
Just in time for perhaps the hottest week this Summer.
I can finally S W I M. And shower without a plastic bag.
Oh, the sheer joy of it.

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I don’t remember this part from the last time I broke the same wrist
[when I flew over the handlebars head of a horse in Grade 3]
but I will definitely need some rehab to regain full wrist mobility + strength.

However, I managed to knit a swatch last night. So things are on the up!
Although, you probably won’t want to hang out with us much at the moment,
in case you catch a nasty fracture.

Signing off for now,
The House Of Fractures.

Or we can make it sound somewhat fancy:
La Chambre des Fractures

A KNITTER’S WORST NIGHTMARE

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It’s always a hectic end of year scenario for me
and this year proved no different.
Dreams of a handmade Christmas fall by the wayside
with work deadlines steamrolling all things!

On Boxing Day my family and I flew to Sydney
to spend 9 days beachside in Manly.
Ahhhhhhhhh. Sun, sand and surf.

And then BAM this happened…

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On Day 3.
A partial obtuse fracture through my left radius.
AKA a broken wrist.
From a slip on a rock in knee deep water.
(I feel ancient just saying that –
hello, elderly woman with osteoporosis.)

Not sure just how long I will be in plaster
but it is an epic disaster in my books:
no knitting,
no swimming,
no exercising (it hurts to walk let alone run!),
no work,
one handed typing of this blog post…
[this list goes on and on.]

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So. Roll on 2015.
It is surely only going to get better from here!!

I do hope you had a beautiful Christmas
and best wishes for a creative + rewarding 2015.

男滝 | ODAKI

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Above: Model B (Swans Island Organic Washable DK)

男滝 | ODAKI : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) greater waterfall (of the two)
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A super stylish top down seamless cardigan made with DK weight yarn.
The feature waterfall fronts cascade around the waist and hip
to provide beautiful drape and shape across the back.

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Above: Model A (Plucky Sweater DK)

This new cardigan design is the Big Girl’s Version of Medaki:
worked in DK/8ply yarns from two excellent yarn companies that I have long wanted to work with!
Model A uses The Plucky Knitter’s Plucky Sweater yarn that REALLY IS as good as the hype.
Model B uses Swans Island Organic Washable DK yarn – gorgeous handle + stitch definition.

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Above: Model B (Swans Island) at top, Model A (The Plucky Knitter) below.

This is a completely seamless top down raglan cardigan with shaping to the back.
I-cord bind-off neckband is worked before picking up stitches around the body
to create the fronts and shaped back with feature Fluted Slipstitch.

The pattern provides full details with schematic for the two Models shown here:
Model A (shown in the grey yarn) has elbow-length sleeves with a moderate front;
whilst Model B (the aqua yarn) has long sleeves with a more dramatic draped front.