First, it comes differently and secondly than you think ... Oh yes: First, welcome to the Saturday coffee! Actually, I wanted to share with you today to welcome a few autumn impressions - colorful leaves, great light conditions, autumnal fragrance (can you also smell seasons?).
But then in London an institution has started its last journey. I'm sure you've all heard that Queen Elizabeth II passed away a few days ago at the ripe old age of 96. As a native of Hanover, living in Schleswig-Holstein, my interest in the English royal family was, so to speak, born in my cradle. And so I was actually a little affected when I read the news of her death. 70 years as head of state and head of the Anglican Church - if that's not constancy, I don't know what is.
Isn't that exactly what many of us knitters long for? Consistency and reliability? I am absolutely convinced that this is exactly why we indulge in our favorite hobby. Knitting a few rounds on the couch in the evening, drinking a hot cup of tea or a glass of wine. For me, it's exactly these rituals that are my fixed points in everyday life. Wouldn't it be a dream if we could continue these little routines even when we're over 90?
So that we do not run out of ideas until then (haha!), I have brought you today a colorful mix of knitting inspirations. Accessories, sweaters, cardigans - there is something for everyone!
Off to the mountains
...so at least in the figurative sense. The Mountain Mist Sweater from Tin Can Knits makes you want to hike over snow-covered peaks. I as a northern light would probably need an oxygen tank at all peaks with more than 100 m height, but you can have a dream.
The sweater is a pretty basic piece with an understated multicolored pattern in the round yoke.
The designer loves to take photos in the mountains. The incoming light makes nearby peaks appear dark and distant mountains apear bright. This observation she picks up again in the sweater.
So, if you want to recreate the ombré effect in a similar way, you will need four colors from one color family. Since the sweater is worked top down without seams, start with the lightest color and end with the darkest on the body and sleeves.
One bag, have everything!
I have to admit, the designs of Wool & Pine have done it to me. Therefore I would like to introduce the Whidbey Bag.
I would succinctly call the shape a "gym bag", but I'm sure there's a much fancier name for it (fashionistas to the rescue!) 😉
But names are just smoke and mirrors. We're only interested in the hard facts: Knitting or crocheting? With seams? With fleece or without?
Here are the answers: You knit the bag top down and don't have to sew anything together. You can make the I-cord by hand or you can treat yourself like me to the Knitting Mill by Prym.
Here it comes: Once again, this design is ideal to use your left overs. As a base and so that the bag has enough stability, we suggest a cotton yarn. Organic Cotton (Krea Deluxe) or Summer in Kashmir (BC Yarn) match wonderfully here.
For the color dots, you can now draw inspiration from your wool supplies. The weight is rather secondary, because you will weave in the scraps later by hand, so they are not knitted.
Hand charm for autumn
Lately, we've been suggesting socks as a little project to do on the side. The other day I noticed (also once) that mitts fulfill the same function - and you don't even have to knit a heel.
Cloudburst by Arienne Grey are hand flatterers of the delicate variety. Equipped with a fine lace pattern they accompany you through cool autumn days and always look chic.
The free pattern for Cloudburst contains one size. If you want to knit especially large or small hands, you would have to experiment a little with the number of stitches in the stockinette stitch part.
The All Around Happy Cardigan
The Douglas-Cardi by Andrea Mowry has been on my want-to-knit list for quite a while.
Why? To my taste, it has everything a cozy cardigan needs: pockets (!), V-neck, buttons, wide cuffs and, of course, stripes. All these details are fun to knit and even more so to wear out the pretty jacket.
You knit top down, without annoying sewing together. Oh yes, did I mention the overcut shoulders? Gosh, I just do not know why I haven't cast it on yet....
Here are our recommendations for suitable yarn qualities: If you are looking for the highest possible cuddle factor, it's best to go for Bergamo from Lamana. You are more into cuddly knits PLUS fleece? Then the combination of Double Sunday and Tynn Silk Mohair (both from Sandnes) is exactly your thing!
Clean lines, fine design
For me, I have newly discovered the designer Emily Greene. She writes herself that her designs are inspired by graphic patterns and her professional background (architecture).
And so the sweater Citrine Light also arrives with me: Clean lines and finely worked with a very even stitch definition. The focus here is clearly on the shoulders, which are worked from twisted stitches.
You knit from the top down, shaping the neck first with short rows. The special construction of the overcut shoulders allows you to mix different sizes of sleeves and body.
Now to the material: To be able to work these clear lines, we recommend you the pure merino yarn Cheeky Merino Joy from Rosy Green Wool.
Color meets construction
We all know and love the designs of Mette aka PetiteKnit. Often the Dane puts the focus on a particular construction or detail and keeps the rest of the knit relatively simple.
The Sycamore sweater is different. It convinces me on the one hand by its cut (saddle shoulders! I mean...). On the other hand, it is worked with a very special kind of stripes, each running from narrow to wide.
You achieve this shape with the help of short rows, which form here not only the neck, but also the stripes inside the sweater. They are also real color accents! The mottled effect is achieved by knitting different yarns and colors at the same time. And you know what? Jule has conveniently made directly a knitting kit for it!
As main color we have chosen Heavy Merino from Knitting for Olive for you. For the stripes we had to experiment a bit. For you we have tested and found extremely good a mixture of Merino (double stranded) and Soft Silk Mohair (both Knitting for Olive).
Since you are knitting the stripes with a total of three threads, you can go really colorful and choose three different colors. If you want to keep the color accents a bit more simple, but still like the mottled effect, just take one color for the two strands Merino and another color for Soft Silk Mohair.
Maschenfein x Franziska Klee
It's finally that time again! Please all get out the notebooks and note in red: From September 16 to 25, our new slot for products from our collaboration with Franziska Klee will run.
So if you have long wished for the Project bag Mona you can make this dream come true from September 16 to 25.
We always deliberately open small sales lots, because Franzi and her team make the products exclusively to order. This means that we only pass on all orders collected to Franzi after the end of the sales slot. Only after that (!) the production starts. The delivery of your order will therefore take longer than usual. But you can be sure to get a product made only for you from the best materials.
Take a look at our Inspiration and learn more about the collaboration between Maschenfein and Franziska Klee.
New - New - New
And who spotted it in the pictures above? That's right, Marisa and Franzi have come up with two new products that will be waiting for your order from September 16th. The double pointed needles bag Mira is the perfect complement to Maraour bag for interchangeable needles.
Mira offers a total of 13 different wide compartments to have your double pointed needles always ready. So that nothing falls out, a two-part flap has been added to the upper end.
You can simply roll Mira up and close it with the attached elastic band. The color of the band you choose yourself when ordering. By the way, the bag is suitable for double pointed needles of lengths of 15 cm and 20 cm.
As with all products from the collection with Franzi Klee, we also offer you here different leather colors.
Sewing needles, stitch markers - all these things like to disappear during transport. This is now an end! The pretty case Maki is ideal for storing the smallest little helpers.
It consists of two overlapping compartments held together with an elastic band in the color of your choice. Closed like this Maki fits with its slim dimensions of 6 x 8 cm into any project bag and saves you from a miserable search for your accessories.
Here, too, you have the choice between different leather colors - of course!
Instagram knitting round
Oh, that was nice again! I'm always happy when I can browse unrestrained on Instagram for this section. Your knitted works regularly ensure that my knitting list grows long and longer. I find it especially great that I become aware of designs through you, which I had not even on the screen. So also this week.
Stephanie has knitted a Sorbet Cardigan not only for herself, but also for her little daughter. She has chosen a colorful variety in Midnatssol (CaMaRose) - a great alternative to Tynn Silk Mohair (Sandnes)!
Nanni has finished her Dingley Dell Tee and meticulously noted everything to keep her Ravelry project up to date. For her version of the tee, by the way, Nanni chose Gima by Ito (double stranded). The pure cotton ribbon yarn really comes into its own in this design, I think!
In the meantime, my watch shows 19:42 and do you know what I do now? I shut down the PC, mix myself a wine spritzer and await the Maschenfein package with my new Franzi-Klee products (remember the longer processing time!). At the same time, I'm doing a few more rounds on my Lal shorts and am happy that everything is the same as always.
Have a great time!