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Academia cardigan

Conceived, partly designed, and occasionally knitted on in the Palace Green Law Library at the University of Durham (UK), this cardigan is simple, elegant, and light but still warm.  The body is worked in one-piece from the bottom upwards with the raglan sleeves attached as you go along to work the almost-seamless yoke.  A ‘seam’ is created down the centre back using a short row method that is easier than it looks and surprisingly effective, as well as adding interest to the body.

Sizes: To fit bust of 30 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54”/76 86, 97, 107, 117, 127, 137 cm with approximately 3-5” of positive ease, and minimal waist shaping.

Yarn: Light fingering yarn, 1150 1300, 1450, 1600, 1800, 1950, 2100 yds/1050 1190, 1330, 1460, 1650, 1780, 1920 m including a 4” x 4” swatch.

Gauge: 21 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stocking (Stockinette) stitch after blocking.

Difficulty: Intermediate, although adventurous advanced beginners will also be able to knit it. Includes knitting in the round, I-cord, shaping and short rows. It is fully explained how to work the short rows, though, so don’t be intimidated!

Pattern is six pages in PDF format, with full instructions, colour photographs and all abbreviations defined. Instructions for all unusual techniques included.


Morstan mittens

Who says lace can’t be warm too? With the addition of a healthy dose of garter stitch, these comfy, speedily knit mittens are just the thing for a bit of selfish knitting. Instructions are also included for fingerless mitts.

Gauge: 20 sts/36 rows per 4” in stocking stitch.

Sizes: Women’s small (medium, large) – 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” / 16.5 (19, 21.5)cm hand circumference.

Finished measurements: Small (medium, large) – 6 (6.5, 7)” / 15.5 (16.5, 18)cm circumference unstretched, with approximately 1 (1, 1.5)” / 2.5 (2.5, 3.5)cm negative ease.

Yarn: DK weight yarn.  For mittens, 160 (180, 200)yds; for fingerless mitts, 130 (150, 170)yds.

Supplies: 4mm (US 6) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (double pointed needles may be used for the thumb), short length of waste yarn for holding thumb stitches, two stitch markers, tapestry/yarn needle.

November beret

November where I live is the time of year where the cold starts to set in.  It’s also usually about the time that I suddenly discover I haven’t knitted myself anything to keep myself warm over the winter holidays, and start frantically knitting hats.  Which is where the November beret comes in: quick and simple to knit with classic cables and moss stitch wedges.  It’ll be knitted before you know it – just in time to keep your ears warm before December rolls in.

Difficulty: Intermediate. Includes knitting in the round, not-too-complicated cables, left- and right- leaning decreases and knitting and purling into the same stitch.

Pattern Style: Full written instructions, with charts. Some abbreviations used, but all definitions included.

Yarn: Aran/worsted weight. Samples were knitted with Cascade 220. You shouldn’t need more than one skein.

Tools/notions: 4mm circular needles (or size required to get gauge), DPNs optional, cable needle, stitch marker. For the largest size, I recommend using a smaller needle (e.g. a 3.5mm needle) for the first five rounds to allow for a better fit.

Other notes: Knitted from the bottom up in the round. I highly recommend blocking this hat, as it really opens out the cables.

Available from Ravelry: £2.50


Luce is an over-the-elbow pair of fingerless gloves, knit from the elbow up in a fishnet lace with a plaited seam, and named after a friend of mine who can only be described as chaotically elegant.  It combines everything I love in a project: a logical, memorable pattern, a little bit of cabling and a lot of lace, a few twisted stitches and near-breakneck speed.  Shaping is created with an open lace pattern contrasted with some twisted rib, because who doesn’t love a few gauge-related tricks in their knitting?

Difficulty: Easy intermediate.  Includes knitting in the round (magic loop), yarnovers, left- and right-leaning decreases, basic cabling, ktbl.

Format: full written instructions only.  Some abbreviations used, but all definitions included.

Download Luce (free pattern)



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