Springy Things

The weather was beautiful this long weekend – mild and sunny! On Saturday we took a walk down at Woodbine Beach, where they were setting up for Winter Stations.

I’m sure winter weather will be back with a vengeance soon, but for now I’m enjoying the sunshine! I have a bunch of new knitting patterns out for spring, too.

With Swans Island, two light-as-air sweaters knit with their beautiful lace weight merino silk.

Ashland is a simple boxy pullover with a slipped-stitch mock cable on the sleeves. The body is knit in the round to the underarm then split for the front and back; the sleeves are worked in the round as well. Special thanks to Denny for knitting the sample!

Buy, fave, and queue Ashland on Ravelry!

Pembroke is a seamed cardigan with a slightly A-line shape and twisted rib details, including this back neck triangle!

Buy, fave, and queue Pembroke on Ravelry

With Louet I have three tops worked in their classic Euroflax linen.

Delphinium is a sleeveless top with garter stitch gussets for a nicely swingy shape. Worked seamlessly in the round.

Buy, fave, and queue Delphinium on Ravelry

Violeta features a bias-knit asymmetrical hem and longer length. Another knit-by-Denny sample ;)

Buy, fave, and queue Violeta on Ravelry

Cardo is my favourite of these three designs, I think! Worked in 2 identical pieces from side to side – you cast on for half a sleeve, work across the body, then the second sleeve. The body is seamed along the shoulders, sleeves and body sides. The centre front and back feature a set of tucks created with short rows.

Buy, fave, and queue Cardo on Ravelry

What’s in your spring knitting queue?

all-knit wardrobe

I’m way behind in my blogging! I’ve got so much stuff going on lately, it’s tough to get to it. But soldier on I shall.

cashmere undershirt

In my quest for an all-knit wardrobe, here’s an undershirt. Out of Habu 2/26 cashmere. The yarn’s dang thin, so I’m knitting with it double-stranded on 4mm needles for a light, airy fabric.

I’m up to the straps, so theoretically there is very little knitting left – but it involves things like measuring and putting things on holders and stuff. So it’s been a bit neglected. Plus, it was really mild the last few days so a very warm undershirt is not really needed!

But it’s getting about that time – snow was forecast for today, and the temperature’s getting seasonal. And I really want to get this off the needles. I have way too many projects going. Let’s not even talk about the Xmas presents!

For those waiting for the Rayne (noro wrap) pattern, I’m doing photos today. No matter what. So the whole thing should be ready this weekend.

FP (finished pattern): Clara Tank

Here’s a little something I’ve been working up in lettuce knit’s own line of hand-dyed yarns – dyed by me! This one uses a light cotton tape that comes in huge skeins.

Clara Tank

Clara Tank
This easy and fast-knitting tank is knit entirely in the round with no seams whatsoever! A fun lace edging lends impact to the simple and flattering shape, and frames the neck along front and back edges.

Bust: 30 [32, 34, 36, 38, 42, 46, 50] inches

lettuce knit hand-dyed cotton tape [100% cotton, 475 yards/225 g]
1 [1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
(approx. 370 [405, 470, 505, 575, 695, 760, 890] yards of heavy worsted weight yarn)
6.5 mm 24” or 36” circular needle
Spare needle for binding off
Stitch markers

16 sts and 21 rows = 4” square in stockinette stitch

Pattern available from lettuce knit via email to info@lettuceknit.com for $7 CDN (plus $3 shipping to the US and $2 to Canada), or give us a call at 416-203-9970 between 11-6 EDT.

Here’s a couple photos of the currently available colours.

Cotton Tape Colours

Terracotta, blush, mango, fuschia (same colour as sample)

Cotton Tape colours

slate grey, purple, light olive

Each skein is 225 grams and 475 yards, and is $34 CDN.

It was a really fun knit, fast, and very satisfying. The upper body (ie. straps) is not really shaped, instead the straps are knit almost straight up to the shoulder, which gives a v-neck and a slight cap sleeve.