Monday, May 03, 2010

She knits

I have a new favourite baby girl pattern - The Elizabeth Tunic. Not only is it a quick an easy - but not boring - knit that can be adapted in a variety of ways, but the final garment is an extremely practical and wearable item. The dress becomes a tunic top as the child grows and can be knitted in a variety of yarns for either summer or winter wear.

Hannah is modelling the 3-6 month size, knitted on Jolly Jumbuck Black Rainbow BFL Aran. Bellow is the 6-12 month size, knitted on Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 10-ply in the colourway 'Where the Wild Things Grow" dyed by Cordu of Wooltopia. It's for Sonya's daughter Georgia and will eventually make its way back to Hannah once she has outgrown it.

A third version that uses the remaining Wild Things yarn plus some purple Dream In Colour is almost finished.

And here is Georgia modelling the seamless kimono top.
Georgia will also get first wear of the Flapper Dress, made in the smallest size (1) as a test knit for designer Shannon Passmore.

Finally, a a bunny yarn winter set - hat, fingerless mitts and small moebius neck warmer made out of 175g of Ixchel Angora bunny/merino yarn.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Moebius Magic

I love knitting that gives a great deal of 'bang for the buck' - that looks a lot more complex and time-consuming to create than the reality.

Moebius shapes inherently stretch the minds of most people who encounter them. Fortunately for us knitters there is the irrepressible Cat Bordhi who has discovered a relatively simple way to cast stitches onto a circular needle to create moebius shapes.

The top scarf, knitted out of a skein of ixchel mulberry silk, is my own design - aside from Cat's clever cast-on. And it is simply a simple moss stitch, followed by a couple of knit and purl ridges and finished off with a crochet chain border (included at the last minute when I realised I had more yarn to play with than I appreciated).

The hat below is Cat's reversible lotus blossom design, with the moebius purl rib base providing a flattering 1920s-style look to a basic beanie.