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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Refined Knits Chapter 2 – Part 2

February 18, 2016 by Jennifer Wood

Anwen

Anwen from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

 

This is another design that came from a swatch that I had worked on several years ago. I thought it was just too pretty to leave in my swatch basket.

Swatch for Refined Knits

I did a few adjustments to make the math work and figured out how to join the two pieces and ended up with an ethereal beauty! This shawl is a study of how different arrangements of decreases and yarn overs in different ways leads to unique lace patterns.

Anwen from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

I was so excited about how the center of this shawl turned out. I love the mirrored ripples made by the grafting of the two halves. Definitely worth the pain of Kitchener stitch. Anwen is made in two pieces worked from the ends, then invisibly seamed at the center with Kitchener stitch.

 

Camelia

Camelia from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This one is definitely one of my favorites! I have always had a thing for pinecones, their simple beauty warms my heart. I use them all the time in decorating to add an inviting, earthy, cozy feel to a space. The pinecone appearance of this stitch pattern is what drew me to it.

Swatch for Refined Knits

I found this stitch pattern in a Japanese stitch dictionary, played with it some and pulled out the center to place it between the pinecones to balance the design.

Camelia from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

I love cropped cardigans, they are perfect for wearing with dresses. This one with its lovely yoke and a touch of pattern at the band makes for a pretty and practical cardigan.

Camelia from Refined Knits by Jennifer Wood

This cropped, rounded yoke cardigan is constructed in one piece from the top down.

Dywn

Dywn from Refined Knits

This one went through a few metamorphoses to get it right. At first I tried the wavy design bordering a different center design, not good. The two stitch patterns were competing with each other. Then I tried a different arrangement of the repeats, once again no good.

Swatch for Refined Knits

Then I tried the currant arrangement, third time was the charm!  This is one of those that the finished results far passed my expectations. If you want a scarf you can just work the center of the chart with the garter edges like the swatch above.

Dywn from Refined Knits

I love the how the decreases make the raised wavy pattern. It always amazes me how yarn overs and decreases can make so many different intricate patterns. This shawl is worked in one piece from end to end.

There is more to come!!

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