Refined Knits Chapter 1 – Part 2

February 7, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Here is the rest of chapter 1, more cabling fun!

Brielle

Brielle from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This design was an experiment. I love shawl collars on cardigans but wanted to make one without having to pick up a bunch of stitches. So I thought, is there a way to work the collar along with the sweater and how do you make it work with a saddle shoulder. Apparently I like complicated things. Well I figured out a way! And it was really not that hard to construct, but quite hard to write an understandable pattern. There are diagrams and explanations to help you along the way.

Swatch for Refined Knits

Here is the swatch I did to see if  like the cable arrangement. And to test the basket weave border. Which is not easiest thing to knit but it definitely adds the crowning touch.

Brielle from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

I love the main cable panels in this design, they have such historical celtic feel to them. The braided cables complement them perfectly!

Brielle from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

Brielle is constructed from the top down starting in pieces which are joined together as you knit. The back and front pieces are joined when beginning the sleeves, and the cardigan is worked in one piece from that point.

 

Elodie

Elodie from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

The design for these mitts began with the waving stitch pattern. It is so interesting how a simple combination of knits and purls can create a curious high relief stitch design.

Swatch for Refined Knits

I wanted to invoke a pretty, feminine touch to the mitts so I added a picot cast on and the little knots between garter stitch ridges.

Elodie from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

These mitts are worked flat in one piece and then seamed, leaving a hole for the thumb.

 

Ada

Ada from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

I always tell myself not to do designs with all over stitch patterns, because they are so hard to size. And then I get an idea for one that I just can not resist. I love that the cables in this design do not look like cables, they get hidden in the fabric of the sweater.

Swatch for Refined Knits

This is my swatch to figure out how to space the circles. They get closer together as you go up. I liked closer together because the cables get even more hidden.

Ada from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

And do you know what makes this sweater super cool, it is completely reversible!

Ada from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

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

Chapter is coming soon!

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Refined Knits Chapter 1 – Part 1

February 3, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Come join the adventures of knitting cables, lace and aran lace!

Cables and lace are special enough by themselves, but there is something graceful, even magical, about combining the two.

There are designs ranging from those that will challenge the experienced knitter to those wanting to learn how more about knitting lace and cables.

This is the first of six post that give a behind the scene view of the designs.Hope you enjoy reading about the inspirations, the journey from beginning to end, and  seeing some of the many, many swatches that were involved.

 

Chapter 1 Enduring Cables

Cables add interesting and structural details to garments. Useful and beautiful, even the oldest Aran patterns can be adapted to create new forms.

Willa

Willa from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This design came from a love of the classical cabled cardigan.

Swatch for Refined Knits

To plan the cable pattern I started with the large circle cable in the back. Next I made the smaller circle cable and played with different arrangements of rope cables in-between the circle cables. Finally I added the seed stitch borders to tie it all together.

Willa from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

Willa is constructed in one piece from the top down with saddle shoulders and set-in sleeves. The back and fronts are worked separately until joined with the sleeves. The shoulders are shaped using short-rows.

Willa from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

There is side bar in the book that explains how to work the charts and short rows on the fronts with this type of construction. It is helpful with several of the patterns in the book.

 

Adelaide

Adelaide from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

The idea for this scarf came out of my swatch basket. It was originally for a reversible cowl, but I decided I liked it better for a scarf.

Swatch for Refined Knits

I picked out two of the cables from the swatch and added the ruffles to make a beautiful scarf with interesting reversible cables.

Adelaide from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

 

This scarf is worked end to end in one piece.

 Idril

Idril from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

 

This cable pattern fascinates me. This simple arrangement of four stitch left and right crossed cables gives you a beautiful intricate design.

Swatch for Refined Knits

You can see from the first swatch I was just planning on using it at the neckline.

Swatch for Refined Knits

But I decided it was way too pretty only to use it up top. So I added the A-line cabled body.

Idril from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

Idril is constructed in one piece from the top down with short-row shoulder shaping. The back and fronts are worked separately until joined with the sleeves. The yoke is worked flat until the fronts are joined for working in the round.

Check back there is more to come!!

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Refined Knits coming soon!

January 28, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Refined Knits Book Cover

 

I am so excited Refined Knits will be available in stores March 2016!!

It is available for pre-order here now.

December of 2013 Kerry Bogert from Interweave emailed me about doing a book. I really could not believe it, I had never thought about doing a book. I knew it would be a lot of work and was not sure I was up it or experienced enough to do. But here we are in January of 2016 and it is almost out!

So I have been working on it for two years. What a journey it has been. I have had to get out of my box and learn all kinds of new stuff. I had to write, which I am not comfortable with, I had to learn how to do tech things on the computer, I had to learn to keep cool under crazy deadlines and now I am learning marketing. Just goes to show you, you are never too old to learn!

Come join me … “in the adventurous world of cable knitting where you can create modern garments rooted in a rich history.” And … “in the enchanting world of lace and create unique clothing that is as wearable as it is breathtaking.” These two techniques … “are thrilling to knit. But together? Nothing is more wonderful than the joining of my two favorite techniques. With Aran lace, there is no limit to creative knitting.”

I am offering a free pattern for pre-orders until March 1st. Click here and read post #1 for details.

I will be giving a behind the scene view of the designs in up coming blogs. You can read about the inspirations, the journey from beginning to end, and the many, many swatches that were involved.

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Evelyn KAL’s

January 5, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

There are KAL’s happening with Evelyn!

In The Wood House Knits group on Raverly we will be starting the KAL on January 11 and running it through March 14th. There will be a little prize for those who finish by the 14th and have a project page linked to the pattern. Don’t worry if you do not finish by that date, we will still be available for questions. If you are not able to start by the 11th just join in when you can!

In the Polka Dot Sheep group on Raverly they have already started and are having lots of fun!

Come join us!

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These lovely ladies are picking out their Polka Dot Sheep yarn for the Evelyn KAL at the Knit n Needle Yarn shop.

Information on picking a size: Since this cardigan has lots of ease in body it is best to have it fit well through the shoulders. I would suggest measuring a sweater across the back between the armholes that you like the way it fits and using that measurement to decide on a size. The bust measurement can be adjusted if needed.

There is a lot going on in the beginning of the pattern but once you get past the divide it is pretty straight forward.

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