Introducing Gia

July 5, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Gia by Jennifer Wood

In wanting to expand on the design aspect of braided cables moving into single rope cables that I used in Evelyn, I designed a pullover.

Gia by Jennifer Wood

 

I used the braided cables at the neck line and added some eyelet lace to keep the neck band from being too stiff.

Gia by Jennifer Wood

I then added the eyelet lace in between the single cables in the body to make the body more fluid and lighter. And of course to add a pretty detail.

Gia by Jennifer Wood

Gia is little cute name that means God’s gracious gift. It was certainly a gift to figure out the design and hopefully will be a gift to your wearable knits! This tunic style pullover that is fun and easy wearing is sure to be one that gets worn a lot!

Gia by Jennifer Wood

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Chapter 3 – Part 2

April 8, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Billie

Billie from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

I think this hat turned out so fun! I love the way it finishes in the rounded point! However it had a not so good beginning.

Swatch for Refined Knits

This one actually started out as a cardigan and was almost pitched. I just could not get happy with the swatch and was ready to throw out the idea and then my editor told me we needed a hat.

Swatch for Refined Knits

Um, would this work for a hat? I played around with the stitch pattern and came up the the idea of starting the design with mostly lace that would slowly shift into cables.

Billie from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This hat is worked in the round from the brim up.

Estee

Estee from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This was a fun and easy design to put together. It is always good to have these among the more labor intense designs. Gives you a little breather. Likewise it is good to have a more simple knit mixed in with the more complicated patterns.

Swatch for Refined Knits

I think it is delightful that you can mix a few simple patterns like seed stitch, an easy lace stitch and a four stitch cable to form a charming pattern for a design.

Estee from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

Estee is worked in the round. The size is adjustable.

Maisie

Maisie from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This is another swatch that I pulled out of my basket. I put the rib stitch and cable and lace pattern together several years ago for a pullover design, but was never completely satisfied with it.

Swatch for Refined Knits

When I was putting the designs for this book together I pulled it out again. Then I came up with the idea of using it for a rounded yoke that started with the rib stitch and slowly moved into the cable and lace pattern.

Maisie from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This rounded yoke cardigan is knitted in one piece from the top down with raglan increases to shape the bodice.

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Introducing Winterberry

March 21, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Winterberry by Wood House Knits

 

I love the stark beauty of the bare branches against the winter sky or their shadows on a moonlight winter walk.

Winterberry by Wood House Knits

Winterberry

The berries and dried flowers are hanging on with a dogged determination during the winter winds.

Winterberry by Wood House Knits

It reminds me that beauty and grace can still be found in the bleak of winter or in the dark times in out lives.

Winterberry by Wood House Knits

That is what inspired the cable pattern in Winterberry that wraps around the yoke then spreads across the front.

Winterberry by Wood House Knits

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Refined Knits Chapter 3 Part 1

March 4, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Chapter 3 Elegant Lace

“Alone, cable knitting and lace patterns are thrilling to knit. But together? Nothing is more wonderful than the joining of my two favorite techniques.” (Refined Knits )

Corrine

Corrine from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

Oh, this one is just too pretty. It may be my most favorite!

Swatch for Refined Knits

The original stitch pattern was an all over pattern worked in a lace weight. Here is my swatch to see how the design looked with my modifications and how it looked as a stand alone design.

Swatch for Refined Knits

My first thought was just to do one oval on the front and just three on the back. but I decided the pattern was way too pretty not to do more ovals. So I added three more to the back and two more to the front. It made for a delightfully elegant pullover!

Corrine from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

I love the way the lace melts into the cables that are carried down the sweater. So lovely and fun!

Corrine from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This pullover is a compound raglan constructed in one piece from the top down.

Keavy

Keavy from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

I have had my eye on this stitch pattern for a long time, there is just something pretty and sweet about it. And the name Lover’s Knot, how can you not like it. I decided it was time to use it and that it would be perfect for an Aran type sweater.

Swatch for Refined Knits

This design came together rather quickly. I knew that I wanted to use the stitch pattern down the front and back, but knew it needed something to frame it, ribbing worked perfect. Thus the soft diamond like shape of the stitch pattern shines out by the vertical lines of the rib stitch. Mix the that with a rustic tweed yarn and you get a simple, feminine version of an Aran pullover.

Keavy from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

Keavy is constructed in one piece from the top down with set-in sleeves. The fronts and back are worked separately until the sleeves are started. The top of the sweater is worked flat until the fronts are joined and then it is worked in the round.

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