Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2010

I'm sorry for the once-again long break in my posts. I've been long back from the Czech Republic, of course. I came back late August and have been busy ever since.  While on the summer break, I had a great time and traveled quite a bit. I visited not only my native Brno, but went to visit my very good friend near Pelhrimov, went to Olomouc, visited a friend in Prague and my cousin in Karlovy Vary. I really love showing my girls where their roots are coming from now when they are older. They speak Czech fluently, so they easily fit in. It's fun to show them places that they only know from movies or books.  Though, let me save more details from the trip for a later post.

I just wanted to quickly drop in to say that you can see two of my latest designs in the Holiday 2010 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine.  I just learned from Ravelry, that the same magazine is also published as a Designer Knitting magazine for European market. Hmm, interesting. Here are the designs:

Bow Neck Cardigan
Yarn: Bergère de France Eclair
: 23 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in start stitch patt
: US 7 - 4.5 mm
:  800 - 1380 yards (732 - 1262 m)
:  XS - L 
Photo by Paul Amato.
This cardigan is worked top-down cardigan, in a virtually no-sew construction. The construction allows for easy modifications. Any knitter can be easily adjust the sleeve length to long sleeve or longer length if desired.   
Vine Lace Scarf
Gauge:  32 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches in over chart lace pattern
:  US 3 - 3.25 mm
Size:  6" x 83" 
Photo by Paul Amato.

This scarf is worked in a vine lace pattern that  shows very nicely in the Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply yarn. I very much enjoyed working with it. It is very soft and gives beautiful stitch definition.

The scarf is worked in two pieces that are joined with 3-needle bind-off at the center. It is worked that way so that the lace pattern shows in the same direction for both halves. This construction also makes it for a faster knit if you work both halves at the same time. I like to knit that way because you have both halves finished at the same and both halves have the exact same length achieved without any measuring,  counting rows or pattern repeats to check the lengths.

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