Category Archives: KNITTING

Patterns and projects for the handknitter.

Rainbow Dye Silk: aa041400a

Rainbow Dyed Silk

An easy-to-knit pattern that uses handspun silk yarn. A Dice Block design gives a simple but effective finished edge to the stockinette stitch, knit of rainbow-dyed shimmering silk, reminiscent of mother of pearl. The Dice Block is repeated across the shoulders of the back, adding extra interest to the design. A square neckline and short, set-in sleeves make this top a delightful addition to your summer wardrobe.

The tussah silk top was Rainbow Dyed prior to handspinning.

tussah silk roving

Hand dyed silk top

This method of rainbow dyeing can be used on wool, silk, mohair or other protein-based fibeers. For this sweater project, I used 8 ounces of tussah silk top.

  • Thoroughly wet the silk top. This will allow the dye to be absorbed more readily.
  • Fill a large pot with hot water.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the dyepot and stir.
  • Add 2 – 4 oz. of fibre or yarn into the dyepot.
  • Using the end of a chopstick, dip it into the dye powder and then place the dye into the edge of the dyepot.
  • With another chopstick, dip it into another colour of dye powder and place the dye into the dyepot on the other side of the dyepot.
  • If using 3 or more colours, repeat the previous steps.
  • If dyeing more wool, place another layer of wool into the dyepot and repeat, changing the location of dye placement.
  • Allow dyepot to simmer at least 20 minutes, or until all the dye has exhausted.
  • If the dye is exhausted before you have sufficient colour, you can add more dye, by gently lifting the edge of the fibre and adding more dye. Simmer for another 20 minutes, if you have added more dye.
  • If there is still dye in the dyepot and the fibre isn’t absorbing more colour, then add a bit more vinegar.
  • When you have achieved the colour that you want, turn off the heat and allow the dyepot to cool.
  • Remove the dyed fibre from the dyepot, squeeze out excess moisture and let dry.



This was a good quality silk top, and easy to spin, but the dye process caused the fibre to be a bit sticky and more difficult to handle. A gentle teasing and pulling apart of the fibre before spinning made it easier much to spin. For really sticky silk, you can use hand cards or a drum carder.

Pull the roving apart into shorter sections, lengthwise. Feed it through the carder, a small amount at a time. As this was good quality, spinnable top to start with, all of it can be used. If some silk fibre sticks to the front roller of the carder, gently brush it off and feed it through the carder again.
dyed silk
drum carder

(Note: Although the silk sweater in the project is pink, the sample of the dyed silk is blue – I dyed more silk in order to take this photo)


I spun the silk using the smallest whorl on my spinning wheel. 20:1. Silk should be spun with a fairly tight twist. I spun this yarn as a 2 -ply at 12 tpi and 1200 ypp.

Silk Top Knitting Pattern

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Felted Kindle Case: kindle-sock

I decided that my new Kindle needs a bit of protection from bashing about in my purse. I handspun some merino roving into a single ply yarn at 8 tpi and knit this up into a sleeve, and then felted it. Here’s how.

Knitting Pattern

Cast on 48 stitches onto double point needles No. 4 UK.
Knit in the round for 50 rows, using plain knit stitch.
I also knit a rose motif design into the middle of the sleeve, to add a bit of decoration.
Knit Rose Motif
You could also knit your initials into the sleeve to personalize it.
ABC’s
Purl for the last 3 rows to give an edge finish to the sock.
I made the Kindle sleeve about an inch larger than the size of the Kindle to allow for shrinkage during felting.
Sew up the bottom of the sleeve.

Felting

I put the knitted Kindle sock into my front loading washer along with a few tea towels, and set it onto a 15 minute quick wash cycle.

felted kindle sock

After machine felting, the Kindle sleeve hadn’t felted enough yet to fit the Kindle properly, so I decided to continue the felting process by hand.


I wrapped the sock with bubble wrap and added a bit of warm water and dish soap to it, and continued to roll the felt on the kitchen counter.
I checked it frequently and rotated the sock around so that it would felt evenly.
Add some more hot water and continue felting until the wool shrinks to the size of the Kindle.

Shape it and block it to fit. Let dry.

Kindle felted sock cover

Kindle Case Patterns
More patterns for making a case for your Kindle: knitted, quilted, felted.

Kindle Craft Books
Knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, and other craft books for Kindle.

Knitting Patterns

Raglan Sweater Pattern
Seed Stitch Hat Pattern
ABC Knitting Pattern
Gaily Striped Ankle Warmers
Knitted Skirt

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Knitted Vest Patterns: knitvests

Berry Pretty Vest
The Craft Yarn Council site has a nice selection of free patterns, including this vest decorated with strawberry motifs.

2 Way Vest
This bottom portion of this vest is knit sideways. It would look lovely knit with a handspun, variegated dye yarn.

Knit Vest #4
A vintage pattern for a vest knit with worsted weight yarn.

Lion Knit Vest
Lion Brand Yarns has a free pattern for a knit vest.

Solutia Ladies Knit Vest
A lovely vest pattern from Smart Yarns.

1891 Vest
Knitting and Com has a nice selection of knitting patterns, including this vest dating to 1891.

Truman Vest
An easy to knit vest with a hood.

Men’s Knit Vests

Charley Vest
A men’s vest knit with a cable pattern.

Children’s Knit Vests

Fair Isle Vest
A pretty fair Isle vest / tank top pattern for a child.

Knitting Patterns

Raglan Sweater Pattern
Seed Stitch Hat Pattern
ABC Knitting Pattern
Gaily Striped Ankle Warmers
Knitted Skirt

Knitting Books: Vest Patterns

Knitting: A Fair Isle Vest
Fair Isle vests knitted in the round for seamless construction, with instructions for two types of casting on, corrugated rib, two-color knitting, kangaroo-pouches, shaped armholes, v-neck shaping, knitting-back backwards, machine-stitched steeks, woven shoulders, pick-up ratio for neck border, neatening and final blocking.
UK: Knitting a FairIsle Vest

Folk Vests (Folk Knitting series)
Knitted vest patterns based on the folk wear traditions of Europe (Scotland, Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and England), Asia (Nepal, Japan, and China), Africa, and the Americas.
UK: Folk Vests

Knits for Men: 20 Sweaters, Vests, and Accessories
Classic masculine styles (Nordic, cables, ribs, stripes) made modern through color and yarn selection.
UK: Knits for Men

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Knitting – ABC Chart: knit-abc

Here is a knitting chart for the capital letters of the alphabet, kniton a 5 x 7 grid.

abc knit pattern

Knitting Patterns

Kindle Sock Knitting Pattern
ABC Knitting Motif
Christmas Knitting Motifs
Sarah Lund Brown Jumper Motif
Sarah Lund White Jumper Motif
Rose Motif

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Kindle Ipad Case Patterns: kindle-case

I bought a Kindle for myself about a month ago. I have been using it a lot, throwing it into my bag as I’m headed out the door. I thought about making a case for it but haven’t found the time yet. This weekend I took out my Kindle and thought I would settle down and do a bit of reading. I was very horrified to find that my Kindle screen was broken. I haven’t dropped it, and thought I had been careful not to scratch it. The glass itself doesn’t look like it has a crack in it but the etext was garbled and unreadable.
I phoned Amazon Customer support and they were very helpful. My Kindle is being replaced and a new one will arrive tomorrow.
I think it is time to make a sleeve to protect my Kindle.

Kindle Sock Pattern
The pattern for the sock that I knit and felted to protect my new Kindle from future damage.

Kindle Craft Books
Knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, and other craft books for Kindle.

Quilted Kindle Case Cover
A how-to quilting pattern for a Kindle case.

Felted Kindle Case
This Kindle case is sewn using felt fabric.

Kindle Pocket
A handknit Kindle pocket with a cable design.

Entrelac Kindle Cozy
A pretty Kindle case knit in entrelac.

Cassie’s Kindle Cover
Handknit pattern using cotton yarn and lined with fabric.

Bear Claw Kindle
A knit Kindle case with a bearclaw pattern.

Mock Cable Kindle
Knit a Kindle sleeve with a mock cable pattern using cotton yarns.

Kindle Sweater
A Kindle sweater in plain knit.

Knitting Patterns

Kindle Sock Knitting Pattern
ABC Knitting Motif
Christmas Knitting Motifs
Sarah Lund Brown Jumper Motif
Sarah Lund White Jumper Motif
Rose Motif

Textile books for Kindle

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Knitting Pattern: Sarah Lund Brown Sweater Motif

The Killing is a Danish TV series that has recently been broadcast in the UK. The show is about a Danish police detective who is trying to solve a murder. In the show she wears a couple of beautiful handknit sweaters: A white wool sweater with a natural brown star pattern, and a brown version with a white diamond pattern. The sweaters are knit in a traditional Faroes Island technique.

Sarah Lund White Sweater
The knitting motif design for Sarah Lund’s White Jumper.

Sirri Faroese Yarn
Where to buy wool for knitting this sweater. I think this sweater would also be stunning knit with natural handspun yarns.

The Killing will be available for purchase in a DVD box set via Amazon.co.uk on April 4, 2011. The show is in Danish, with English subtitles. Series 2 and 3 have also been produced and will be airing on BBC at a later date. A US version of this series is being developed.

The Killing – Series 1

The Killing is available for purchase in a DVD box set via Amazon.co.uk. The show is in Danish, with English subtitles. Series 2 and 3 have also been produced and will be airing on BBC at a later date.

The Killing – Series 2

A US version of this series has been produced recently and is being aired on TV AMC – The Killing
The Killing Series 1 – US
The US version of The Killing will be available on DVD soon.

Here is my version of the diamond knitting motif used in this handknit sweater.

sarah lund brown sweater

Sarah Lund Red Sweater

The new season of The Killing is starting this week.
Now Sarah wears a new red sweater. Here is a link to the pattern for the new red Sarah Lund Sweater.
And a copy of the snowflake pattern.
This website is in Danish. If you use the Chrome browser, it has a feature that will translate the page to English for you.

Handspun, Handknit Jumpers

If you are looking for something a bit different, how about a Sami-style handknit sweater? These are handknit from handspun pure white merino wool, and decorated with a Sami-style handwoven band – in Sami traditional colors, of course.
Isin Sweaters

How Long Does it Take?
How long does it take to knit a jumper?

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Knitting Pattern: Sarah Lund – White Sweater Motif

If you live in the UK, you may be familiar with the TV series ‘The Killing’ (Forbrydelsen) that has been on for the past several weeks, about a Danish police detective Sarah Lund, played by Sofie Gråbøl. Besides being a very intriguing crime thriller that has me staying home on a Saturday night to watch the next episode, the handknit jumpers that Sarah has been wearing are quite beautiful.

Sarah Lund Interview
In an interview with Sofie Gråbøl by the Guardian, Sofie tells about the decision to wear the jumper. “It tells of a woman who has so much confidence in herself that she doesn’t have to use her sex to get what she wants. She’s herself….
Also I was brought up in the 70s in a very left-wing politically active scene and I wore those sweaters. To me, a sweater like that tells of a person who deep down believes in soft values, togetherness. She works in a cynical world and she is cynical herself, but the sweater says that maybe deep down there’s a longing to, I don’t know, sit around a fire with a guitar!”

Gudrun and Gudrun
If you don’t want to hand knit the sweater yourself, you can order one.

Sirri Faroese Yarn
Where to buy wool for knitting this sweater. You will need about 400 grams of Sirri yarn 3-ply undyed White and Dark Brown, Needle size 8 mm is recommended.
The jumper is knit with quite a loose stitch. But knit the jumper to fit very snugly, because the Sirri wool will stretch when you wear it.

The pullover is knit in a traditional Faroese star knitting design , using a basic raglan sleeve and crew neck sweater design.

I think that this sweater would be quite stunning if knit using natural handspun wool yarns. I may have to purchase some wool roving and spin myself some yarn.

The Killing – Series 1 DVD

The Killing is available for purchase in a DVD box set via Amazon.co.uk. The show is in Danish, with English subtitles. Series 2 and 3 have also been produced and will be airing on BBC at a later date.

The Killing – Series 2 DVD

A US version of this series has been produced recently and is being aired on TV AMC – The Killing
The Killing Series 1 – US DVD
The US version of The Killing will be available on DVD soon.

You Tube – The Killing – Forbrydelsen

 

Star Knitting Motif

Here is my version of the white sweater knitting motif

Sarah Lund Brown Sweater

In some episodes, Sarah wore a brown sweater that was similar but with a Diamond pattern rather than the Star.
Here is the Knitting pattern motif for this sweater.

Sarah Lund Brown Jumper Knitting Pattern

Raglan Sleeve Sweater Patterns

Raglan Jumper
A knitting pattern I designed that is knit from the bottom up.

Raglan Sleeve Sweater
A free sweater pattern knit from the top down.
Spindling Sweaters
A selection of sweater knitting patterns that you can purchase.
Knitware Design /Software
I find this software easy to use for designing sweaters for handwoven yarns. Knit a test swatch and the software calculates the pattern and yarn requirements.

Ravelry

Sarah Lund Jumper
A knitting project on Ravelry.

Sarah Lund Red Sweater

The new season 2 of The Killing is starting this week.
Now Sarah wears a new red sweater. Here is a link to the pattern for the new red Sarah Lund Sweater.
And a copy of the snowflake pattern.
This website is in Danish. If you use the Chrome browser, it has a feature that will translate the page to English for you.

Hand Spun Yarn

Shetland Handspun yarn
Hand Spun Shetland Knitting Yarn
I find Shetland fleece to be a bit softer and less scratchy than Gotland wool, so I prefer using it for hand knits.
Shop for my hand spun knitting yarns at Folksy. Lovely when knit as a ‘Lund’ style jumper.

Handspun, Handknit Jumpers

If you are looking for something a bit different, how about a Sami-style handknit sweater? These are handknit from handspun pure white merino wool, and decorated with a Sami-style handwoven band – in Sami traditional colors, of course.
Isin Sweaters

How Long Does it Take?
How long does it take to knit a jumper?

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