This is Plectrude (a free pattern on Ravelry) Karla is kindly modelling for me.
Plectrude is knit with Zealana Special Edition Air. Air is a blend of cashmere, brushtail possum down and silk and the Special Edition has been dyed by Canadian Koigu.
The scarf used just one skein with some left over and it is so, so soft.
Knitting this winter spring was all about my Sheep Cardigan. This was a long process as the designing and swatching took a lot of time. The swatch on the left is the gauge swatch and from this I decided I wanted the firm tension that the 3.25mm needle gave me.
The swatch on the right was where I practiced everything from which kind of hem I wanted to use, getting the hang of the twisted stitch pattern (you have to purl through the back loop on the purl side), and how to do the magic buttonholes.
The sheep travel from the elbow of the right arm, into the right pocket, out the left pocket and under my left arm
The twisted stitch pattern is called Quintuple Double Band from Twisted-Stitch Knitting by Maria Erlacher. As it travelled up the back it separates with the aim it should meet the front patterns at the shoulders.
Decreasing for the neck shaping was done on before the twisted stitch so the pattern could continue. The button band was picked up and knit in stocking stitch with two rows of purl on the right side to give a smooth folded edge.
My buttons were designed by 2 Good Claymates and they are a perfect match.
We are knitting purple hats again this year. If you have any purple yarn in your stash this is the time to use it up.
All the hats are send to BC Children’s Hospital where they are distributed to BC Hospitals and Health Care Units where they are given to new parents to remind them that crying is usually normal and please don’t shake the baby.
If you would like more information the web sites are
Completed hats can be brought to the store before the end of September and we will arrange to have them delivered to BC Children’s Hospital.
Why gauge is important!
Karen used the same pattern to knit all three sweaters. The gauge on the pattern (Cabin Fever Take if from the Top) is 18sts to 4ins. Her first sweater (the brown one) knit in Fashion Aran was the correct tension. Karen liked the sweater so much she wanted one for herself but the smallest size is 42ins and Karen is not 42sts. By using the Cascade 220 (in purple) with a gauge of 20sts to 4ins she made the sweater smaller than the pattern size but just the right size for her. Her third sweater was knit with Hempton - hempton has a gauge of 22sts to 4ins. This time, because she had a lot more stitches to her 4ins, Karen had to use the finished size of 46ins. As you can see it fits her perfectly.
This is why gauge is important!
Close ups of the cardigan
Left pocket sheep, pocket edge has an I-cord finish
Sleeve seam with increases worked 2 stitches from edges
Magic buttons holes, the twisted stitches pattern worked 2 stitches from edge
The public and private side of the button bands and pattern