Aug 31, 2013

Free Pattern - Hooded Top with Cable

Hooded Top with Cable Pattern.

Free Pattern for this hooded top with cable designed by Schachenmayr is available here as a printable PDF file.

Find this project on Ravelry.

Suggested yarn - Schachenmayr SMC Cotton Time.
Yarn weight - Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi).
Needle size - US 6 - 4.0 mm; US 7 - 4.5 mm; US 8 - 5.0 mm.
Hook size - 4.0 mm (G).
Yardage - 1632 - 1728 yards (1492 - 1580 m).
Available sizes - bust 86-97cm [34-38”] and 102-107 cm [40/42”].


Aug 30, 2013

Celebrities and knitwear

Knitting is becoming a popular pastime. It is a joyful, rewarding and productive craft which can relax you and make everyone around you feel cozy and happy.

Russell Crowe:

Tom Hanks:

The knitwear you produce becomes your own, unique garment, which nobody else will have! Here are some photos of different celebrities wearing knitted products.

 Emma Watson:

Gwyneth Paltrow:

Channing Tatum:

Sarah Jessica Parker:

Lana Del Rey:

Aug 29, 2013

Shawl "Little Dragons"

I designed and hand knitted this shawl a while ago. I'm planning to release the pattern but for slightly different version which I have to knit first.

To create this project I used Shibui - Staccato yarn (fingering weight, 4 ply, 70% Merino, 30% Silk) in beautiful Warm Coral color.

Approximate measurements:
78.7" x 30.7" (200 x 78 cm).

Free Pattern - Tank Top "Layout"

Free Pattern for tank top "Layout" designed by Berroco Design Team is available here as a printable PDF file.

Find this project on Ravelry.

Suggested yarn - Berrocco Pure Pima.
Yarn weight - Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi).
Needle size - US 6 - 4.0 mm.
Yardage - 805 - 1380 yards (736 - 1262 m).
Available sizes - Bust – 34(38-42-46-50-54)” Length – 21(21-22-22½ -23½-24½)”.


Aug 28, 2013

Free Pattern - Quadrat Pullover

Free Pattern for Quadrat Pullover designed by Beautia Dew is available here as a printable file.

Find this project on Ravelry.

The pattern was published in Knitty, Winter 2009.

Suggested yarn - Tahki Yarns Dove.
Yarn weight - Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi).
Needle size - US 5 - 3.75 mm; US 6 - 4.0 mm; US 7 - 4.5 mm.
Yardage - 872 - 1467 yards (797 - 1341 m).
Available sizes - XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X).


Aug 27, 2013

Free Pattern Holiday Cardigan with Eyeiet Border

Free Pattern of Holiday Cardigan with Eyeiet Border for ladies designed by Deborah Newton available here as PDF file.

Find this project on Ravelry.

The pattern was published in Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2011.

Suggested yarn - SMC Select Silk Wool.
Yarn weight - Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi).
Needle size - US8-5.0 mm.
Yardage - 917-1572 yards (839-1437 m).
Available sizes - XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL.

Free pattern "Ladies Lace Dress"

A delicate silhouette of this lace dress created by by Tanja Steinbach certainly can finish a wonderful sophisticated style. The pattern is available for free here in PDF format. Find this project on Ravelry link.

The pattern was published in "SMC Select Moments" No. 013.

Suggested yarn - SMC Select Reflect.
Yarn weight - DK / 8 ply (11 wpi).
Needle size - US6-4.0 mm; US7-4.5 mm.
Hook size - 3.5 mm(E)- 4.0 mm (G).
Yardage - 1310 - 1834 yards (1198 - 1677 m).
Available sizes - 32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50 inches.


"Friendship Cardigan" by Nazanin S. Fard from "Lace'n More" - an amazing and inspiring design which could be perfect for my new yarn Rapunzel 1Ply.

Pattern - A New Trim

Here is the design of my new trim.

Rapunzel 1Ply

Finally! I have got this amazing yarn from Henry's Attic! It's Rapunzel 1Ply. It is 100% Tussah silk, shiny, natural, undyed yarn.
I'm so surprised that on Ravelry this yarn has only 4 stashes including mine and no projects at all!
I noticed that fabric of this yarn is twisting a bit. It is just something I have to be aware of.
I'm so excited to start some nice project with it.

Aug 25, 2013

Therapeutic properties of wool

Wool has a unique ability to heal. Natural undyed wool has analgesic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Woolen products are especially recommended for people suffering from allergies, sleep disorders, arthritis, arthrosis, rheumatism, gout, osteoarthritis, orthopedic diseases, asthmatic bronchial diseases, disorders of blood circulation and muscular pain (leg cramps), as well as blood pressure disorders.

Since ancient times the valuable healing properties of wool have been well known. Roman encyclopaedist and physician Celsus described various uses of wool to treat scabrous tongue, headache and agglutinate wounds in his treatise "De Medicina".

Hippocrates suggested to place critically ill patients on the skins of animals when giving them treatment. A similar method is now used in many countries. In one hospital in the state of New York doctors observed patients with severe bedsores who were treated with lambswool for 10 months. Due to its unique properties, they noticed a significant reduction of the effects of the three factors which cause bedsores - pressure, friction and moisture. In treating bedsores, sheep's wool has been proven to significantly speed up the process of recovery.

Researchers find when babies lay directly on lambswool, their activity rate is lowered, producing a deeper, more restful sleep and promoting a faster growth rate. This is especially beneficial for premature and low birth-weight babies. Hospitals in England, Australia, and New Zealand have used lambswool pads to line their incubators for many years. Wool in nursing incubators helps to reduce the occurrence of viral and bacterial infections, especially purulent diseases of the skin.

Sheep's wool can be very beneficial for children in general. For example, if a child suffers excessive gas formation, he is restless and crying, you should put a piece of wool (or wool blanket) on his or her belly. It will warm up your baby, improve it's blood circulation and reduce pain. Research of Cambridge University has also shown that sheep's wool significantly reduces the stress of newborns who were removed from contact with the mother. Medical studies of Cambridge University have shown that lambswool pads have a soothing, swaddling effect on babies, resulting in better sleep, reduced stress, greater contentment and improved weight gain. Studies showing similar results have also been reported in the British Medical Journal, Lancet, and The Australian Medical Journal.

In Russia, people often use a well known method to fight a cold - wool rubbed with plain soap. If you get a cold, do not forget to include wool along with your preferred treatments. Wear rough wool socks on your bare feet day and night, wrap a wool scarf around your neck, cover your body with a wool blanket and you will be surprised how quickly you will feel better. Wool will stimulate acupressure points on your body, warming and at the same time massaging you. You will start sweating a lot and it's a good sign. Once you begin to sweat do not take off the wool socks and blanket, etc. By sweating your body will naturally rid itself of toxins. During this process, you should drink a lot of water and hot chamomile tea with honey(or better tea with oregano and St. John's wort). The next day you will feel a lot better - guaranteed.

Wool is valuable to fight such conditions as otitis, sinusitis and submandibular lymphadenitis. Dry patches of wool applied on the ears, on the maxillary sinuses (under the eyes on both sides of the nose) or enlarged lymph nodes under the jaw and neck, will help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Sheep's wool, along with massage and physiotherapy - the perfect remedy for rehabilitation from fractures after your cast has been removed. It promotes pain relief and a fast increase of mobility of the injured body part. Wool can greatly relieve those who suffer from sciatica as well. Wool socks are widely used to cure orthopedic diseases of the feet. Wearing wool (especially lambswool) is very useful for people suffering from diseases of the kidneys or liver.

Modern research has shown that undyed wool has the most healing properties for health. And the thicker and coarser the wool fibers or fabric, the greater the supply of vital energy. Therefore, woolen fabric is always recommended to people who are ill, debilitated, exhausted or stressed (wool clothing, wool carpets and blankets, etc.). It will give them strength and relieve the feeling of constant fatigue.

Here are a few reasons to use wool:

1. Wool breathes. Woolen pile has millions of air bubbles, which facilitate the access of oxygen to the skin. So wool can help to avoid the greenhouse effect and prevent the occurrence of inflammations or colds.

2. Wool has self-cleaning properties. The constant circulation of air in woolen products protects you from a variety of harmful microorganisms such as dust mites.

3. Wool absorbs moisture seven times faster than any other fiber, which allows your body to stay dry and warm. When absorbing moisture wool generates heat, thereby improving blood circulation.

4. The coefficient of thermal conductivity of wool is lower than that of many other textile fibers, which is why wool garments are the warmest. Wool allows the body to breathe and neutralizes toxins released by the sweat glands.

5. Natural wool varieties contain active ingredients such as lanolin, which protects woolen products from contamination by germs and bacteria during extended use. Wool does not irritate the skin and does not cause allergies.

6. Wool has high hydroscopicity, which allows it to absorb moisture equal to 33% of the fiber's volume (cotton absorbs 8%, synthetic materials 0%) and evaporate it, leaving the body dry and the skin more elastic.

7. Wool can be effectively used in normalizing blood pressure and curing sleeping disorders.

8. Wool relieves stress: the energy of wool has a calming effect. Children who are born underweight will gain weight if they sleep in a bed with a sheep's wool blanket or bed sheets.

To improve your general health it would be useful to acquire woolen clothes and accessories, pillows and cushions, rugs and bedspreads, bed sheets and mattresses. So, maybe its time to surround yourself with wool!

Recommended links:
Medical Wool Products – For Treatment of Your Medical Needs.
Celsus: De Medicina.
Benefits of Wool.
Natural Wool Fabrics in Physiotherapy

Русскоязычные источники:
В Прикарпатье людей лечат овцами.
Шерсть лечит.
Вместо пуха и перьев – овечья шерсть.
Платен М. Новый способ лечения. Собрание сочинений в четырех томах. Книгоиздательское Товарищество "Просвещение". СПб., 1908 г.

Aug 24, 2013

Shawl for Prince

I wrote this article July 24, 2013 in my LJ group ru_knitting.

Вы, дорогие рукодельницы, наверно, уже заметили, что герцог и герцогиня Кембриджские обернули своего новорожденного сына во вручную связанную шаль. По слухам, ее дизайнер - Маргарет Стоув широко известнта благодаря своей книге "Wrapped in Lace". Она так же когда-то создала шаль для принца Уильяма. Но уважаемая указала на одну статью, где сказано, что Маргарет не имеет никакого отношения к нынешней шали. Родители принца решили использовать шаль, которую связала местная рукодельница Синтия Рид из Кембриджа, по свидетельству автора этой статьи. Великобритания хранит эту очаровательную традицию. И мне кажется, что-то подобное должно было быть и в России.

Шаль для новорожденного принца 001

Шаль для новорожденного принца 005

Шаль для новорожденного принца 004

Шаль для новорожденного принца 002

Шаль для новорожденного принца 006

Шаль для новорожденного принца 003

Фото из новостной ленты

Я наконец-то я разыскала эту шаль здесь в английском онлайн-магазинчике. Это шаль для крестин от G.H. Hurt & Son. В ее описании сказано, что ценность ее возросла благодаря всем известным новостям. Выяснилось так же, что шаль связана на машине.


Вот одна из предположительных версий дизайна шали. Источник предполагает, что мотивы заимствованы из, или связаны с оренбургской традицией.

И вот для сравнения принцесса Диана с новорожденным принцем Уильямом. Шаль почти не видно, но понятно, что это совсем другая модель.



Кстати, раз уж разговор зашел об особенных шалях для особых случаев, хочу упомянуть еще одну, правда более замысловатую шаль от Нэнси Буш. Эта шаль была создана для шведского кронпринца Густава Адольфа в 1936 году, ее связала Джули Вальдман по дизайну своей дочери Матильды Мёль. Описание этой шали впервые было опубликовано в книге Knitted Lace of Estonia.


Keltmscott by Carol Sunday

Can find the pattern here or on Ravelry.

Aug 23, 2013

Pattern - Shawl "Robin's Nest"

       The design of the Robin's Nest shawl is inspired by beauty of traditional Estonian lace. The shawl has a triangular shape and is worked from top to bottom in all-over lace motif "Cube", which includes nupps - a traditional stitch for an Estonian lace design.

The pattern includes:
  • simple to follow instructions,
  • charted pattern, and
  • written pattern.
Finished measurements: 66" (168 cm) wingspan, 28.3" (72 cm) height at center spine. Can vary according to individual knitting tension.

Basic skills necessary: cast on, loose bind off, knit, purl, yarn over, k2tog, ssk, s2kpsso, nupp.

Materials: US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needle

You will also need: markers - optional, blocking accessories, darning needle.

Suggested yarn: 500 yards of Lace weight
Preferred yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Lace
Colorway: Robin's Egg

Find the pattern:

Aug 19, 2013

Pattern - Shawl "Estonian Butterflies"

The motif of my "Estonian Butterflies" shawl is based on a stitch pattern from the book "The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia" by Siiri Reimann, Aime Edasi. To knit this pattern you will have to make nupps (a lot of them!) on the wrong side of the fabric.

Yarn used: Shibui Knits - Staccato - Velvet 2017.
Fibers: 70% Merino, 30% Silk.
Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply.
Yardage: 616.9 yards, 161 grams.
Size made: 75.2" x 28" (191 x 71 cm).

The pattern includes a simple to follow chart and general instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Find projects of this pattern on Ravelry

Ready made "Estonian Butterflies" shawls for sale you can find here.

How to make a nupp using the english style of knitting.

How to make a nupp using the continental style of knitting.

Niddy Noddy

A niddy noddy is a very helpful "must have" instrument for any knitter, spinner or yarn dyer.

Here is a video with a general description of a niddy noddy.

Knitting Styles from Around the World

There are a few different styles of knitting from around the world. And it's quite amazing to see just how different they are.

First I would like to show a style of knitting I'm using. I find it more efficient and less tiring than other methods that I have tried.

Continental knitting style (picking):

Aug 17, 2013

Pattern - Shawlette "Valley of Flowers"

This is my very first design. The motif of the trim was inspired by Haapsalu lace traditions. I love nupps and think they are quite simple (if you know the right technique) and can be used to complete a perfect pattern. This shawl has a crescent shape and is worked from hem to top.

Yarn used: Shibui - Silk Cloud - Ivory.
Fibers: 60% Mohair, 40% Silk.
Yarn weight: Lace, 2Ply.
Yardage: 530 - 540 yards (485 - 494 m).
Size made: 17.7" x 70.7" (180 x 45 cm).

The pattern includes a step-by-step description, a simle to follow chart and detailed instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Find projects of this pattern on Ravelry .