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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 6.5 (8 users)

An openwork vest, when worked in a Filet Mesh stitch pattern, has a graceful, feminine drape, as gentle as afternoon summer breezes.

Its sideways construction, coupled with short-row shaping at the sides and along the front, gives the piece its swingy, A-line silhouette.

This design is one of the patterns in the Linen Collection.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Vest
Gender: Female
Size: Extra Small to 3X
Gauge: 12 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in Filet Mesh
Needles: US 6 -...

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 2.8 (6 users)

This pair of reversible scarves, suitable for him and her, are constructed with lacy zig-zag stitch patterns, each with its own knit-and-purl combination. His version has straight edges, while hers has curvaceous sides.

Each scarf pictured is knit with a single 100-g. skein of Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 3 Ply (230 m./250 yds. per 100 g. skein). His is “Rain Forest”; hers is “Sangria”.

Charts also inlclude written instructions.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 3.7 (17 users)

This is one of the designs in the Far North Collection.

This over-sized wrap is shaped like a ruana, but can also be buttoned along the sides and worn as a vest.

It is worked along the bias in two colourways of a self-striping yarn. The changing colours of the piece combine the colours of birch trees in fall with a background of earth and stone.

This design is easily adaptable to any size. It can also be worked as a rectangular scarf or shawl--if you work the back on its own, or one of the fronts.

Among the Birches gives you a chance to experiment with the colours you love most.

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 2.6 (15 users)

The Ancient Bark Moebius wrap encircles the head and shoulders in continuous movement. Easy to work, the wrap uses blocks of Basketweave Stitch interspersed with rows of Garter Stitch. After knitting is completed, the work is given a single twist and the two ends are grafted together, forming a continuous loop.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Cowl
Gender: Female
Age: Teen • Adult
Size: One Size
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Difficulty: 5.8 (45 users)

Note: Pattern recommends sport or DK yarn; however, the pattern model is knit in Handmaiden Lady Godiva, which is a lighter worsted.

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From the Summertime Collection


A dowry find from the Victorian era, this silky, loose-fitting top can make you feel as though you belong to another slower-paced era. Knit in a delicate lace pattern, in three pieces, it is joined at the shoulders with a three-needle bind off. Short rows, giving shaping at the shoulders, allow the tapered fronts to lie evenly.

Over a long-sleeved shirt, this light-as-air top serves as a vest. Over a camisole, it becomes the barest cover-up.

It is equally beautiful knit in silk, in cotton, in linen, or in a fine-quality wool.

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 3.0 (6 users)

This is the fifth and final pattern in the Opera Season II Collection. It is based on one of the women in Offenbach’s opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann).

This sweet triangular shawl reflects the delicate and translucent quality of Antonia, the fragile singer with the beautiful voice. Worked in a delicate lacy stitch pattern, it uses stepped increases along both sides to create its shape.

It can be easily sized and adapted to your preference. A top border with short rows adds further shaping so that the shawl sits easily on the shoulders.

The pattern includes instructions for two versions: a shoulderette and a full-sized shawl.

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 4.4 (14 users)

The pattern can be knit as either a scarf or shawl with fingering or sport weight yarn.

Pattern Description from website: As she waits for her lover, Mandryka, Arabella is wrapped in her airy stole with the undulating leafy design.

It is worked in two identical sections, each worked from the bottom border towards the midpoint. The side borders are self-finishing. When both sections are completed, they are grafted in the centre to form an invisible join.

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Difficulty: 3.3 (12 users)

This is Pattern No. 1 in the Suite for Short Rows

A long, curving shawl that falls like a musical cascade.

It is worked entirely on the bias in Garter Stitch with short rows throughout. Its unique construction allows it to be worn in many different ways, as a shawl, a scarf, or capelet.

Work it in one colourway or choose two contrasting colours that highlight the short row construction even more.

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Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 3.2 (32 users)

Using a simple lace stitch pattern combined with Reverse Stockinette Stitch, this sumptuous stole is worked entirely on the diagonal, giving this piece its exquisite drape.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
Size: Two versions: scarf and stole
Gauge: 16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in Lace Stitch Pattern
Needles: US 7 - 4.5 mm
Materials: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool • Cascade Yarns 220 Tweed • Posh Yarn Lisette • Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 3 ply

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Difficulty: 3.3 (8 users)

The Austria Scarf is based on stitchwork typical of Alpine countries, combining cables and lace.

Worked from the centre outwards, towards the two flared ends, the Austria Scarf is a contemporary interpretation of an age-old knitting practice.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Scarf
Size: One size
Gauge: 27 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in Cable and Lace
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Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

Pattern No. 5 in the Suite for Short Rows.

More than a “mere bagatelle”, this summer shawl is created by working short rows and increases in a strategic way. Its curving shape will insure that it will sit comfortably on your shoulders.

The ties at each end allow you to wrap and tie as you like.

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Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
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Difficulty: 3.2 (88 users)

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Mythic Forest Collection


Named for the strongly scented resin that flows within the Balsam fir, this wrap contains its own flowing movement. An elixir, with potent healing properties, Balsam bestows warmth and vigour.


Wrap your head and neck in warmth and comfort with this spiral cowl.


Knit in the round from the top down, it grows in width to embrace the neck and shoulders.

**Sizing Information:**
One size fits most.
Circumference around neck: 51 cm./20 in.
Total length: 48 cm./19 in

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 2.0 (231 users)

This pattern is part of a collection in my e-Book, Gift List, together with 9 other designs.

Worked in the round, using a single 50 g. skein of a handpainted silk and cashmere combination, this cowl will be one which you will not want to take off once you feel its softness against your skin.

This pattern also appears in the Knitting Pattern-a-Day Calendar 2010 for October 1.

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Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 3.6 (445 users)

Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate

With the magic of short rows, combined with a gently self-striping yarn, create a shawl that evokes the movement of waves along the Bermudian shore.

Follow the pattern as written to knit a scarf/shawl as pictured. Or, once you have grasped the concept of the piece’s construction, place your short row sections as you like and design a scarf that is uniquely your own.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
Gender: Female
Size: 167 cm./66 in. wide from tip to tip and 59 cm./23 in. deep
Gauge: 15 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch
Needles: US 7 - 4.5...

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Difficulty: 4.5 (2 users)

A cropped vest, worked from the top down, in a combination of textured and openwork stitches. The asymmetrical front closure makes this a unique piece.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Sweater • Cardigan
Gender: Female
Size: XS to 2X
Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in Textured plus openwork
Needles: US 10 - 6.0 mm • US 10½ - 6.5 mm
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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 4.0 (2 users)

Like the blush on a rose or a lilac, this delicate, transparent shell is the lightest of cover-ups, easily matched with a camisole or swim suit.

Perfect for hot weather knitting--and wearing.

This pattern is from my Linen Collection.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Tops • Sleeveless Top
Size: XS to 3X
Gauge: 13 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches in MermId Stitch Pattern
Needles: US 8 - 5.0 mm

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 3.0 (5 users)

This pattern is part of the All About the Yarn: Yarn Tasters’ Club--now available as an e-book.

Finished Size:
115 cm./46 in. long and 28 cm./11 in. wide

Yarn Requirements: 250 m./273 yds. of worsted weight yarn

A mesh-like stitch pattern combined with irregularly placed rows of Garter Stitch create a trailing scarf, reminiscent of bougainvillea.

Designed especially to make the most of a single skein of a luxury yarn, this design uses double yarn overs to create the open mesh-like pattern. The scarf is worked on the bias, allowing the yarn colours to be distributed in a pleasing fashion.

Add Garter Stitch rows wherever you like to create your own version of this pattern.

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Difficulty: 3.4 (18 users)

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Shawls and Scarf Collection


This handpainted scarf with its angular lines is achieved by combining a simple lace pattern with garter stitch blocks. The constantly changing direction of the pattern creates the effect of an interlocking brick façade.

Easy to work in a fingering weight merino wool, you can fashion several versions of this scarf:

  • as a neck warmer - 310 yds
  • as a full scarf (as pictured) - 700 yds
  • or as a shawl - 930 yds

Directions are given for all three variations.

Sizing Information:

Finished size:

  • Neck Warmer is 19 cm./7.5 in. wide x 130 cm./51 in. long
  • Full scarf is 28 cm./11 in. wide x 180 cm./71 in. long
  • Shawl is 434 cm./17 in. x 175 cm./69 in. long

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Difficulty: 2.4 (8 users)

This is Pattern No. 4 in the Suite for Short Rows.

Like a running passage in music, the Cadenza Cowl and Shrug is a decorative addition to any outfit.

It is essentially a long, circular piece, ruffled along one side with short row shaping. You can knit it to any length you like.

When done, simply graft the ends together to form a long cowl. Then you can wear it myriad ways: as a long, loose cowl, as a cosy neck warmer, as a shrug, or as a capelet when pulled closer and pinned at one shoulder.

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Difficulty: 2.0 (55 users)

This pattern appears in my e-book, Gift List, together with 9 other designs.

A light scarf, worked in Filet Mesh stitch pattern, which can be worn as a wrap.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
Gender: Female
Age: Adult
Size: One Size
Gauge: 12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Filet Mesh
Needles: US 8 - 5.0 mm • US 9 - 5.5 mm
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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 4.7 (6 users)

A crisp and light summer top worked in a net-like stitch pattern and accented with rows of decorative Grand Eyelet Lace stitch.

Evoking the colour of California poppies, this openwork top can be worn at the beach over a bikini, during the day with pants or a skirt, or in the evening over a camisole.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Sweater • Pullover
Gender: Female
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Difficulty: 6.0 (2 users)

Pattern No. 5 in the Latvian Fusion Sock Club and Knit-Along.

Representing the fir tree, the “needle” motif, also known as “Laima’s Sign” evokes the persevering quality of the evergreen in winter. The only colour in a bleak and snowy landscape, it symbolizes hope in the midst of despair, light in the midst of darkness.

In these socks, the bright, flame-like vibrancy of the contrast colour against a dark solid background demonstrates how light can pierce the dark night. Just like candles at mid-winter.

Worked in the classic manner from the top-down, these socks are worked with two colours per round. You can vary the colours on the motif as you like. In the sample shown...

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Difficulty: 0.0 (0 users)

Reminiscent of the caribou’s unique markings, this textured cap is worked first in the round for the brim. It is then worked back and forth in rows to accommodate the separate striping along the depth of the cap.

Work this cap in any two-colour combination to create your own unique signature piece.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Hat • Beanie, Toque
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Difficulty: 3.8 (4 users)

Pattern No. 2 in the Opera Season III Collection.

Total Length around Lower Back Border: 348 cm./139.2 in.
Depth: 62 cm./24.6 in.

Few figures in opera are as dramatic and alluring as Carmen in Bizet’s opera by the same name. Nothing less than a large, swirling, seductive shawl would suit such a temptress!

In this Carmen red rendition, the shawl is worked downwards from just a few stitches at the neck. This makes it possible to work your version to any size that suits you.

Choose your own dramatic colour to entice and charm.

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Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso

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Difficulty: 3.5 (4 users)

This is Pattern No. 3 in the Suite for Short Rows.

Skill Level: Intermediate

As in music, contrasting notes and lines, when played against each other, produce multi-dimensional effects. With the technique of short rows, this shawl produces its own unique melody.

This design is particualrly effective when worked in a self-striping yarn with long colour repeats.

Pattern includes instructions for a scarf version as well as the full-size shawl.

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Difficulty: 2.2 (17 users)

Pattern No. 3 in the Five Easy Pieces e-Book.

Worked in the colours of cranberry fields in autumn, this circular capelet highlights the swirling features of a self-striping yarn.

Worked from the top down in a spiralling stitch pattern, it can be knit until you run out of yarn. Simply add increases in ever-widening sequences as you work downwards.

Skill Level: Easy

Sizes are from Extra Small/Small to 2X/3X.

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Difficulty: 3.3 (12 users)

This is Pattern No. 2 in the Suite for Short Rows.

Skill Level: Intermediate

This shawl with flared ends is shaped like the musical symbol for increasing volume, the crescendo.

It does so with a series of short rows that add volume and drape, crating a shawl with unique shaping. The Filet Mesh Stitch Patttern defines the character of the piece.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 3.2 (5 users)

This pattern is part of the All About the Yarn: Yarn Tasters’ Club--now available as an e-book.

Finished Size:
Circumference at lower edge: 200 cm./80 in.
Circumference at neck: 54 cm./22 in.
Total length: 34 cm./13.5 in.

Yarn Requirements: 400 m./437 yds. of fingering or sport weight yarn

A lacy capelet that reflects the dappled light in a woodland glade. It makes for the lightest of cover-ups, whether over an elegant evening dress or with jeans on a Saturday.

The rippling stitch pattern makes the most of a single skein of a luxury fibre in hand-painted colours.

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Difficulty: 3.0 (1 user)

This pattern is part of the All About the Yarn: Yarn Tasters’ Club--now available as an e-book.

Finished Size:
Circumference at neck (unbuttoned):
35 cm./14 in.
Total depth: 22 cm./9 in.

Yarn Requirements: 170 m./186 yds. of fingering weight yarn

A cowl, worked in luxurious cashmere in deep, rich colours, recalls the deep woods and is soft and gentle on the skin.

It is worked from the top down, first in Mistake Stitch Rib and then finished with a lacy border. The buttons allow you to wear the cowl with the collar open or buttoned all the way.

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Difficulty: 3.3 (3 users)

Pattern No. 1 in the Desert Series.

Pattern No. 5 in Knitting Elegance 2016. It is available for individual purchase, but is free to members of Knitting Elegance 2016 as well as to those who subscribed to the Desert Series..

Choose your own floral handpainted colours to knit this openwork shawl with its decorative lace panels. Worked along the bias in a combination of Garter Stitch and lace faggotting, it offers exquisite drape and the gentlest coverage when outside temperatures soar.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Suggested yarn:
Fingering or sport weight yarn in the following amounts:
MC (Main Colour):
125 m./137 yds. (550 m./600 yds.)
CC (Contrast Colour):
200 m./219 yds. (275...

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Difficulty: 2.0 (24 users)

This pattern contains two scarf patterns, each playing with the theme of diagonal lines.

Long diagonal lace lines meet to form a diamond or half-diamond at the centre of these vibrant scarves of multicolours.

Knit from one end to the other in a Garter Stitch lace pattern, each scarf takes a single 100-gram skein of handpainted fingering-weight merino wool to create each stunning wrap of colour for your neck and shoulders.

Directions are given for both styles.

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Evoke the mood of the landscape with this felted, vessel-shaped tote bag.

Worked in the round from the base up, it includes an inside pocket and long handles that form part of the hilly motif.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Bag • Tote
Size: One size
Gauge: 18 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
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Mythic Forest Collection

Wrapped in the colours of the earth, Earth Maiden walks the woods.

Her wrap is a long, rectangular stole, laced along one side. Knit from the long edge, the pattern grows organically, highlighting the random coloration of the handpainted yarn.

Earth Maiden can wear her creation in a myriad of ways: as a shawl, as a poncho or as a wrap, with or without an I-cord closure at the front, at the back, or to the side.

The pattern contains two versions of this wrap: a full-length version (as pictured) and a shorter version.

Sizing Information:
One size fits most. Its generous dimensions are particularly flattering for those with earthy, voluptuous proportions.

Full-length wrap: 208 cm/82 in...

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Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

Included in the Far North Collection.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Yarn Requirements: 350 m./383 yds. of fingering or sport weight yarn

Reminiscent of the varied deep greens and browns of the boreal forest, this capelet with raglan-style shaping will grace the shoulders and warm the neck.

Worked from the top down in a feathery lace pattern evoking the needles of pine and spruce, this piece can be modified to include a longer cowl neck or adapted for a simple crew neck.

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Pattern No. 1 in the Latvian Fusion Sock Club and Knit-Along.

The central motif for the border of these socks is the Latvian sun symbol. This particular variation of this symbol also reminds me of a Ferris wheel, hence the name “Fairground”.

A symbol for optimism and the source for reinvigorating all life, it contains within it the joy and pleasure of a day at the fair.

These socks are worked from the top down with a stranded colourwork border, round heel and wedge toe.

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Category: Accessories • Feet/Legs

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Pattern No. 4 in the Latvian Fusion Sock Club and Knit-Along.

Yarn Requirements:
Fingering or sport weight yarn in the following amounts:
MC (Main Colour): 100 m./110 yds. (115 m./125 yds.; 130 m./142 yds.; 145 m./159 yds.;160 m./175 yds.)
CC1 (Contract Colour 1): 40 m./44 yds. (45 m./50 yds.; 52 m./57 yds.; 60 m./66 yds.; 65 m./71 yds.)
CC2 (Contrast Colour 2): 36 m./40 yds. (42 m./46 yds.; 48 m./52 yds.; 54 m./59 yds.; 60 m./66 yds.)

With fall come the brightly coloured leaves that scatter over the winter-ready ground. Here a simple “Cross” pattern, the most basic of the common Latvian motifs, is set against a somber background of dark...

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This multi-directional shawl makes the most of a handpainted yarn, especially when paired with a coordinating solid colour.

Worked in several sections, each one added seamlessly to the one before, this piece is easily adapted to any size.

Level of difficulty: Advanced Intermediate

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Pattern No. 4 in the Five Easy Pieces e-Book.

This semi-circular shawl, knit in the colours of firelight, is a vibrant, attention-getting piece.

It is worked from the top down. At graduated intervals, the stitch count is doubled to create the semi-circular shape.

It can be worked to any length you wish.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Sizes: Shawlette or Full-Sized Shawl
121 cm./48 in. (183 cm./72 in.) length at upper edge and 46 cm./18 in. (67 cm./27 in.) deep

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Pattern No. 3 in the Five--More Easy Pieces Club.

With its gentle colours, this triangular shawl echoes the subtle effect of winter’s early arrival. The pale pastel shades foreshadow the whites, pale greys, and mauve that will soon colour the landscape.

Worked from the top down in alternating sections of Garter Stitch and Bead Stitch, this piece can be adjusted to any size you like.

The openwork of the Bead Stitch makes the work grow quickly and results in a pleasureable, satisfying knit.

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Pattern No. 4 in the Five--More--Easy Pieces Club.

Like a flame in the forest, a felted set of hat and mittens can warm the hands and head in the cold of winter.

Worked in an aran-weight 100% wool yarn, each piece works up quickly in a chevron stitch pattern. After washing in hot water and shrinking to your desired dimensions, each piece will be ready to wear once it has dried thoroughly.

Work the hat or mittens as separate projects, perfect for gift giving. Or gift yourself with your own set, worked in your favaourite colours.

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Categories: Accessories • Hands • Mittens

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An airy, summer shawl worked in a linen and silk blend yarn. The trapezoidal shape, matched with a pair of easy lace stitches using double yarn overs, makes this a light and easy piece to wear in different ways.

This pattern is part of the Linen Collection.

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Movement is everywhere, unending. The oblique lines of twisted stitches on this cotton top keep moving in a constant direction.

It is knit back and forth for both the front and back. The stitches for the collar are picked up around the neck and knit in the continuing flowing pattern. The lines do not stop until they reach the end of the high-necked collar. There, a few pearl buttons close the collar at the back of the neck.

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The France Scarf is part of the International Year of the Scarf Club.

A sensuous scarf or poncho as rich and delicious as its namesake, the French brioche pastry.

It is worked in the intriguing Brioche Stitch, with a solid colour for one side and a series of different colours for the stripes that show through as alluring shadows.

This design allows for endless adaptation and is suitable for men, too.

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It is worked in three separate pieces: one for the Back and one for each of the Fronts. There is a minimum of shaping or seaming and all facings are self-finishing.

A classic piece that can be worn open, closed with a pin, or belted.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Vest
Size: Extra Small to 4X
Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Lace stitch
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Worked from one end to the other in an easy-to-remember lacy stitch pattern, the Greece Scarf is perfect for take-along, summer knitting. A rhythmic, gentle knit, it is made even more pleasurable when worked in a self-striping yarn, reflecting the colours of the sea.

Pattern includes instructions for two versions: as a scarf (as pictured) or as a full-sized shawl.

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Pattern No. 2 in the Five Easy Pieces e-Book.

This lacy scarf, worked from one end to the other, has an easy chevron stitch patterrn. The short colour repeats in the self-striping yarn result in a many-striped scarf.

The boders at each end incorporate rows of wrapped stitches to add some more decorative detail.

This pattern is easily adaptable to many versions and sizes.

Skill Level: Easy

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Scarf
Size: one size
Gauge: 20 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in Chevron Lace
Needles: US 7 - 4.5 mm
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Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Contemplate city life, as it passes through the courtyard. You will be comfortably, but elegantly, dressed in this lacy vest with its intriguing pattern of double yarn overs.

Make yours cropped or long. Then wear it over a summer T-shirt or a graceful, long-sleeved blouse for an evening out.

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Included in City Collection

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Finished Sizes:
Two Sizes: Extra Small-Medium and Large-Extra Large
Full-Size Capelet:
Circumference at neck: 50 cm./20 in. (60 cm./24 in.)
Circumference at base: 300 cm./120 in. (360 cm./144 in.)
Length: 33 cm./13 in.

Shoulder Capelet:
Circumference at neck: 50 cm./20 in. (60 cm./24 in.
Circumference at base: 250 cm./100 in. (300 cm./120 in.)
Length: 24 cm./9.5 in.

This feminine, circular capelet, worked in a decorative lacy stitch, is all you need when you take a leisurely stroll through the garden.

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Not quite a poncho, not quite a sweater, this hybrid works as both. easy to pull over your head and slip on, it is perfect knitwear for cooler days.

Worked in a simple geometric shape, this design uses wide ribs that flow into the Basketweave Stitch Pattern of the main body. Short rows shape the shoulders and a 3-needle bind-off joins the front to the back so that seaming is kept to a minimum.

The sample pictured is knit with two strands of Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 3-ply held together throughout. The colours pictured are “Burnt Sienna” and “Amber”.

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An openwork scarf, knit in a version of the Grand Eyelet Lace stitch pattern, adds grace and elegance to any outfit.

It can be worked in any yarn--in virtually any weight--that you wish. But when knit in linen, it has lightness while retaining both drape and structure.

It can also be easily adjusted for any size you like.

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Using colour, texture and form, the Indonesia scarf evokes the beautiful terraced rice fields of Indonesia. The interlocking stitch pattern of the main section recalls green layers over the expanse of a field, while the ruffled edging, with its pronounced knit-stitch ridges, isolates the individual rice stalks.

The main section is worked first in one piece and can serve as a scarf in its own right, without the edging. The ruffled edging, in the Accordion Pleat Stitch, is picked up and knit along each long side for that added touch of interest as it frames the face.

Skill Level: Intermediate

The pattern includes instructions for two versions: as a scarf (as pictured) and as a full-sized shawl.

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An ultra-feminine capelet to grace the shoulders of an evening.

Evoking the romanticism of Gounod’s opera Romeo et Juliette, this lacy capelet is worked in two layers that are joined at the top with a folded hem. It is offered in a wide range of sizes from Extra Small to 4X.

This piece can also be worn as a scarf.

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Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
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A felted messenger bag with the gradual unique striping sequence of Kauni Effekt yarn.

You can also use any other self-striping yarn in wool that can be felted to create this one-of-a-kind, practical accessory. or choose your own colours and work your own signature satchel.

Worked in three separate pieces that are then sewn together and felted in the washing machine. A fun project!

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This pattern is part of the International Year of the Scarf Club.

Create your own collar with the beaded look of African jewellery.
Worked in the round, the Kenya cowl uses a single 100 g. skein of an artisan wool/silk blend.

It can be adjusted to your desired length.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Cowl
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Gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Textured Pattern Stitch
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This wrap, evoking the mystery of the forest, is knit in a continuous flow of bias knitting in Garter Stitch until the collar and border are added at the end. Enhanced by the natural striping of a handpainted yarn, it drapes in different directions, when worn in different ways.

It can be worn as a shawl or, when sewn together, as a large cape or poncho.

Instructions include short-row shaping.

Yarn note:

Pattern calls for handpainted, double knitting, medium weight (1100 m./1200 yds.) Photo sample knit in Fleece Artist 100% Silk.
The blue/brown striped version is knit in Kauni Effekt yarn (colour EH).

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Mythic Forest Collection

Ripples of water, gently lapping the shore, the undulating lines of this wrap cascade along its full length. Echoing the mood of lake and forest, it bestows peace and serenity on you as you wear it.

Knit from its lower edge to the neckline, with a self-finishing border, this capelet works up easily. Knit it in the calming colours of your choice.

Instructions:

Charted and Handwritten

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Pattern No. 2 in the Latvian Fusion Sock Club and Knit-Along.

The zigzag lines of the wavy Latvian stitch pattern known as “Mara” is one of the most ancient of geometric designs, found on Stone Age ceramics and the earliest weavings.

Here it is used with a yarn of varying mauve hues to suggest a basket design, a basket filled with blooms of lavender.

Use a self-striping yarn for the contrast colour and you will also achieve a sock with bands of varying colours. Or change the colours yourself as you work each pattern band.

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Pattern No. 3 in the Latvian Fusion Sock Club and Knit-Along.

These elegant lace socks, worked in a white, natural yarn, are typical of socks worn by Latvian maidens when wearing their traditional costumes.

The lace motif is a variation of the “Broom” symbol, representing the fir and pine needle. It is associated with the mythical figure “Laima” and is considered a symbol of fertility, long life, and health.

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Pattern No. 3 in the Opera Season III Collection.

Finished Size:
Width along Upper Edge: 142 cm./57.1 in. (161 cm./64.4 in.; 188 cm./75.5 in.)
Depth: 36 cm./14.6 in. (41 cm./16.6 in.; 51 cm./20.6 in.)

Yarn Requirements:
Double knitting or light worsted weight yarn in the following amounts:
Main Colour (MC)--Ivory:
350 m./383 yds. (450 m./492 yds.;
675 m./700 yds.)
Contrasting Colour (CC)—Salt Spray:
27 m./28 yds.(35 m./38 yds.; 55 m./60 yds.)

It is her birthday and Countess Madeleine is celebrating it at her chateau near Paris. In Richard Strauss’ final opera, Capriccio, Madeleine listens as her prospective lovers...

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Size: One size fits most

Width from tip to tip (measured along the actual shape of the wrap): 168 cm./66 in.

Length at centre back: 41 cm./16 in.

Level: Intermediate

Suggested Yarn: 650 m./711 yds. of double knitting or light worsted weight yarn

Needles 3.25 mm. (US 3) circular needle, at least 80 cm./32 in. long and 6.0 mm. (US 10) circular needle, at least 80 cm./32 in. long

Gauge: 18 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm./4 in. square when knit in Stockinette Stitch

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Yarn Requirements: Double knitting or light worsted weight yarn in the following amounts:
Main Colour (MC): Ivory: 450 m./494 yds.
Contrast Colour 1 (CC1): Red Fox: 220 m./240 yds.
Contrast Colour 2 (CC2): Pewter: 210 m./230 yds.

The Marion Bridge cowl celebrates the rustic beauty of Marion Bridge in Nova Scotia with its natural colours and simple geometry.

Knit in the round as a long tube, it is grafted together with Kitchener Stitch, either as a simple loop or a Moebius. The variation of colours in the handpainted yarn creates a fabric with changing moods.

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A lavish, sumptuous shawl, based on the character of the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier. It can be worn as a neck wrap or a capelet.

It is worked from the long scalloped lower edge up to the picot edge at the neck. The upper border can be folded forward, forming a collar.

The pattern also includes an Alternate Version as a rectangular scarf, with a different configuration of the stitch pattern.

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At home on the beach, the Mermaid can be seen sporting among the waves.

When a light cover-up is needed, she wears her beach poncho. The intriguing openwork stitch pattern reflects the fluid transparency of her watery home.

Worked in two identical rectangles which are then sewn together to create the poncho, this is a satisfying and quick-to-accomplish knit.

From beach to patio, the Mermaid can transform into evening wear. Here the laced seam is worn behind the shoulder, giving the poncho a different shape and style.

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This is a two-pattern, 24-page e-book, Short Rowing Across the Atlantic, with one pattern by Ilga Leja, the other by Jane Thornley: two patterns, two designers, one inspiration.

The Mid-Atlantic shawl (by Ilga Leja) reflects the dark and brooding waves of the deep ocean.

It uses a short row construction to highlight the contrasting movement of ocean currents. At the same time a short row ruffle along both sides, together with the rippling stitch pattern, contributes to the sea-like impression.

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These leg warmers play with the colours of the sun in a northern sky. They can also double as knitted sleeves or a neat cowl.

Worked in the round in the the Fair-Isle technique of stranded colourwork, these leg warmers provide a lot of opportunity for experimenting with colour. Add different colours for each row of “suns” or work them all in a single contrasting colour for a polka-dot effect.

This pattern is part of the Far North Collection.

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This pattern is the first to be released in the Opera Season II Collection.

Mimi is a shawl with a unique construction, but with a 19th century look, evoking the romance of the opera “La Boheme”.

It is worked in several sections, each with its own features. It ends with a lacy, knitted-on edging for the lower border.

It is shown here in two contrasting colours, a handpainted colour for the main section and a solid colour for the borders. You have the choice to add more colours, as you desire.

The pattern includes two versions of this piece: as a shawlette (as pictured) and as a full-size shawl.

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A close-fitting ribbed jacket with a wide, flared collar.

Wear the collar buttoned or unbuttoned for two different looks.
The sleeves are worked downward from the armhole, allowing you to adjust to your desired length.

Worked in an aran weight yarn, this jacket will give you the warmth you need together with the styling you enjoy.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

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A vibrant scarf worked in a multi-directional, modular method. It is worked outwards from a central diamond, ending in a decorative diamond motif at each end.

The two-colour graduated striping is achieved by the use of a yarn with long, gradual colour repeats. Detailed instructions for how to work with this yarn to create the two-colour effect are given in the pattern.

Directions are included for two versions of this design: as a scarf and as a shawl.

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A study in flirtation, this lacy shawl with ruffled sides can be worn in many ways. As a long stole, or capelet with a ruffled collar or as a shrug.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
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Age: Adult
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Gauge: 25 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches in Pattern Stitch
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A colourful jacket worked sideways in two halves that are then grafted together at the Centre Back. The undulating Feather and Fan Stitch pattern creates a playful dance of vibrant colours, evoking the “Northern Lights”.

Work it in dramatic colours (as shown) or choose a more muted palette for your own unique version.

The pattern is part of the Far North Collection.

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The Norway scarf is a scarf/cowl combination worked in the round, in two colours, using the Fair Isle technique. It is essentially a long tube that is grafted together to form a Moebius ring. It may then be worn in several different ways.

The geometric graphics of this design lend themselves to many different interpretation: through the use of different colours and different distribution of the motifs.

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This neck and shoulder wrap is ideal for those days--and nights--that are getting just a little cooler. Worked in the round in a Garter Stitch Rib pattern, this jaunty cowl makes use of bobbles along the edges. Together with the unpredictability of a handpainted yarn, they make this a one-of-a-kind piece.

The sample pictured is knit using one skein of Lucy Neatby’s Cat’s Pajamas in “Fiery Fuchsia”.

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Here is a light cover-up that doubles as a shawl and a vest.

Worked sideways to the armholes, then across the back and across to the opposite front, this shawl/vest opens up a myriad opportunities to experiment with colour and stitch combinations.

This pattern was first introduced at the Port of Stitches Week-End Knitting Retreat in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 27-30 July 2012.

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Simple to work in alternating patterns of Seed Stitch and Wrapped stitches, this ocean-coloured wrap is worked in one piece, then sewn along one side. There is just enough shaping so that the wrap sits comfortably on your shoulders when you wear it for your walks along the shore. A long fringed edge adds drama.

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Pattern No. 1 in the Five--More--Easy Pieces Club.

This oval-shaped scarf, big enough to serve as a shawl, is worked sideways in a self-striping yarn. The changing colours of the yarn create visual interest and make this a fun pattern to knit.

Along all edges of the scarf, short rows create a gentle ruffle.

Wear this piece as a shawl or pin the two end to form sleeves and wear as a shrug.

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A brightly coloured scarf to honour the textile traditions of Peru.

Using a variation of the Ruching Stitch, the Peru Scarf is constructed like a column, with narrow and wider sections. The handpainted yarn of the wide sections contrasts with the solid-coloured narrow bands.

Detailed instructions for making the pompoms are included.

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Like the aperitif it is named for, this scarf is all delicate froth and sweetness. Knit in one piece from one end to the other, it is easy and fun to work. The two side borders are picked up and knit in a self-curling Reverse Stockinette Stitch. Each corner is finished with a long, elegant tassel.

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Size: One Size
Gauge: 20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch
Needles: US 6 - 4.0 mm

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Level of Difficulty: Advanced Intermediate

While you wait for the ferry or as you stroll along the waterfront, you will want to wear this long tunic vest for its colour and zest.
The Indian Cross stitch is the decorative motif, making the most of a handpainted yarn when paired with a coordinating solid colour. A deep back vent as well as side vents give ease of movement and flair.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Vest
Gender: Female
Age: Adult
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Difficulty: 4.9 (37 users)

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Beach Collection


The Queen of the Waves, her shawl a sail to the wind, pays homage to the universal current of life.

In the tradition of Faroese shawls, it is worked from the bottom edge. Its central gusset is then shaped at the neck to give the shawl a structure that allows it to sit easily on the shoulders.

The pattern contains two versions of this shawl : a shoulder shawl or a full-size shawl (as pictured)

Sizing Information:


Shoulder Shawl:


172 cm./68 in. wing span; 67 cm./26.5 in. centre back length

Full-Size Shawl :
214 cm./84 in. wing span; 84 cm./33 in. centre back length

**Materials:**

  • 700 m./766 yds. for shoulder shawl
  • 840 m./920 yds. for full-size...

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Designed by Ilga Leja
Difficulty: 2.8 (5 users)

This fluid cape, worked in the round in a gently rippling stitch pattern, is reminiscent of the Rhinemaidens in Richard Wagner’s opera, Das Rheingold.

It is shaped with decreases along a central back spine. This construction results in the back section being somewhat longer, creating an interesting line to the piece. It can be work with the central spine at the back, across one shoulder, or in the front.

Instructions include charts and written directions for each of the charts as well. Three sizes are included: Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, and 1X-3X.

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Difficulty: 1.0 (2 users)

This pattern is included in my e-book, Gift List: 10 Knitted Gifts for Every Occasion.

What better way to add warmth when the weather cools than with a ribbed neck warmer? Choose a favourite colour and cast on to work a ribbed tube that increases in width to cover the shoulders, too.

This style is suitable for men, women, and children. Just cast on fewer stitches if making this for a child.

Craft: Knitting
Categories: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Cowl • Accessories • Neck/Torso

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Difficulty: 4.0 (2 users)

Evoking the rushing waters of a river filled with melted snow in spring, this lace vest begins with an wavy lace stitch pattern along the bottom third.

The remainder of the piece is worked in a simple chevron lace with ribbed borders and collar. Short rows help to shape the shoulders.

Worked in a lightweight yarn, this vest works as a trans-seasonal garment, perfect for different times of the year.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Vest
Size: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X,...

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Pattern No. 6 in the River Seasons Collection.

A long cardi-wrap, embossed with the flowing textures of river waters, epitomizes the river in constant motion.

Worked in a combination of ribbing and lace, the stitch pattern creates a fully reversible wrap. Short row shaping at the sides allows for extra fabric at the hips.

Wear it with either side showing. No finishing is required, other than a gentle block to even out the stitches.

Prefer a shawl? Omit the armholes and continue to work in the established pattern to your desired dimensions.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Suggested Yarn: Double knitting or light worsted weight yarn in the following amounts:

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Pattern No. 1 in the River Seasons Collection.

Evoke the river in winter with this capelet in muted shades of greys to blues, with a hint of winter berries along its banks.

Worked from the bottom up in a bulky weight yarn, this capelet is knit quickly in a chevron stitch pattern. The side slit allows for freedom of movement while still wrapping the body for comfort and warmth.

Wear the capelet over a jacket or heavy woolen sweater—with the vent at the side or to the front or back--and you will be ready to walk the winter path along the river’s edge

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Pattern No. 5 in the River Seasons Collection.

A shawl with long tapered ends that can be wrapped around the body. This piece is subtly shaped with spaced short rows along its length so that it curves around the body.

The completely reversible stitch pattern, evoking the flow of river waters, allows the piece to be worn with either side facing out. Each side is a different pattern, giving you two-shawls-in-one.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso

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Difficulty: 6.5 (2 users)

Pattern No. 2 in the River Seasons Collection

Sinuous cables down the centre Front and Back of this A-line sweater vest evoke the movement of river waters while the Honeycomb Cables along the sides line the stony riverbed.

Worked downwards in one piece, the Riverbed tunic can be worked to any length you desire. Short rows provide subtle shaping at the neckline and sleeve caps. When done, it requires only minimal seaming along the side seams.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Sweater

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Difficulty: 3.3 (3 users)

Pattern No. 4 in the Opera Season III Collection.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Sizes: XS/S; M/L; 1X/2X; 3X
Circumference: 91 cm./36.3 in. (112 cm./44.7 in.;
133 cm./53 in.; 146 cm./58.6 in.)
Depth: 34 cm./13.6 in. (45 cm./17.9 in.;
55 cm./22.1 in.; 55 cm./22.1 in.)

Yarn Requirements: Fingering or sport weight yarn in the following amounts:
Main Colour (MC): 350 m./383 yds. (550 m./601 yds.; 825 m./902 yds.; 900 m./985 yds.)
Contrast Colour (CC): 22 m./24 yds. (35 m./38 yds.; 55 m./ 60 yds.; 55 m./60 yds.)

The lovely Rosina in Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville is the object of desire and intrigue between two men who struggle to gain her hand. In this opera of subterfuge and disguises, Rosina remains the central character, radiating beauty and independent...

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Pattern No. 5 in Opera Season III Collection.

Yarn Requirements:
645 m./705 yds. (875 m./957 yds.;
1065 m./1165 yds.) of fingering or sport weight yarn

Finished Sizes: Extra Small/Small; Medium/Large; 1X/2X
Length of Sleeve from Centre Back Neck to Cuff: 68 cm./27.2 in. (73 cm./29.2 in.;
78 cm./31 in.)
Total Depth at Centre Back (excluding Collar): 38 cm./15.2 in. (46 cm./18.5 in.; 55 cm./21.9 in.)

Named for the water nymph in Antonin Dvořák’s opera, Rusalka, this lacy shrug reflects the fluid peacefulness of her watery world.

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Difficulty: 3.0 (10 users)

A shawl or scarf in an undulating stitch pattern, calling forth the sand dunes of the Sahara desert.

The easy-to-memorize stitch pattern is reversible (different on each side). Worked in a classic wool yarn, this shawl is adaptable to any size. It can be made as a scarf or shawl in the dimensions you want.

Choose a favourite yarn. Then sit back and contemplate the mystery of the desert as you work on your Sahara.

Craft: Knitting
Categories: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Scarf • Accessories • Neck/Torso

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Difficulty: 2.0 (5 users)

The Scotland scarf borrows from the bold colours of Scottish tartans and is a template for creative colour expression of all kinds.

It is worked in one piece from one end to the other in a reversible knit-and-purl stitch combination. It can be worked to any size you wish--in any colour combination you prefer. The two long sides are then picked up and worked in Reverse Stockinette Stitch to form narrow borders.

A versatile design, suitable for men and children, too.

The pattern includes two versions: the scarf (as pictured) and a shawl version.

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Difficulty: 4.5 (33 users)

A light, airy shirt for the beach, worked in a light, fingering weight yarn.

The Sea Urchin summer top is worked sideways in the Wave Pattern Stitch. The final step is the lower border which is picked up and knit downward to your chosen length.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Sweater • Pullover
Gender: Female
Age: Adult
Size: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X
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Pattern No. 2 in the Five--More--Easy Pieces Club.

This rectangular scarf is worked in a reversible stitch pattern in one piece from one end to the other. The border is worked at the beginning and then repeated at the end after the main body has been completed.

Choose a gradually modulating self-striping yarn in dark, mysterious colours to knit your own version of this sultry scarf. This pattern is ideal for a single skein of yarn.

Large enough to work as a shawl, this piece can work with a pair of jeans or as part of an evening ensemble.

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Difficulty: 4.7 (3 users)

Mimicking the rugged angles of the shore, the piece is constructed in panels of Garter Stitch interspersed with wrapped stitches. Each panel is worked in different directions with the bottom borders, front bands, and collar in Seed Stitch, added at the end.

Finished Bust 42, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60”
Finished Length 27.5, 29, 29, 30.5, 33.5, 33.5”

Craft: Knitting
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Always in motion, the surface of the sea ripples and curls - using a handpainted yarn’s own movement and variations, the Skin of the Sea reflects the ever-changing nature of the ocean.

It is worked sideways in a combination of eyelet rows and Indian Cross Stitch. To finish the garment, the bottom border, front bands and collar are picked up and knit at the end.

Shown in Fleece Artist’s Silk Stream (50% wool, 30% silk, 20% nylon, 600 m. per 250 g skein), colour: “Sea Foam”, size Small.

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Difficulty: 1.0 (2 users)

Level of Difficulty: Easy

An ingenious reversible stitch pattern scatters the colours in a handpainted yarn while creating a decoration to frame the face and neck.

Worked from the top down, you can adjust the length of the neck section to your desired length. Then the cowl is split and worked flat to create the shoulder section.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Cowl
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Difficulty: 0.0 (0 users)

I am having fun knitting socks for gifts this holiday season. What not join me?

I am currently knitting a pair with some simple Fair Isle patterns, using three colours. Only two colours are worked on any given round.

Written in four sizes, these would be suitable for a woman or a man, depending on your colour choices.
Foot circumference: 18 cm./7 in. (20 cm./8 in.; 23 cm./9 in.; 24 cm./9.4 in.)

Done before the holidays! Here is the timeline for release of the four pattern clues:

Friday, 04 Dec. 2015
Monday, 07 Dec. 2015
Wednesday, 09 Dec. 2015
Friday, 11 Dec. 2015

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This is Pattern No. 6 in the Suite for Short Rows.

This circular shawl doubles as a cape and is formed entirely with short rows.

A subtly-coloured handpainted yarn works well with the short-row segments that form a spiral around the centre point along the back.

Generous and graceful, this piece can be worn pinned or draped casually over the shoulder.

Craft: Knitting
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Difficulty: 4.7 (6 users)

This pattern is part of the All About the Yarn: Yarn Tasters’ Club--now available as an e-book.

Finished Size: One size fits most.
Length along top edge: 147 cm./58 in.
Depth at Centre: 55 cm./21.6 in.

Yarn Requirements: 500 m./546 yds. of fingering or sport weight

This shawl, in icy blue, with its rapidly moving lace pattern, evokes the flow of brooks and rivulets as the spring snows begin to melt.

The shallow, rounded shaping of the shawl with its long tails is achieved by working increases along both sides every row. The overall zigzag lace stitch pattern is worked with yarn overs in every row against a Garter Stitch ground. As a...

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Difficulty: 4.1 (9 users)

This shawlette was designed to celebrate the third anniversary of the Tinsmith’s Wife Yarn Shop in Comfort, Texas.

With its turquoise colour and delicate lace patterning, this piece is reminiscent of the elaborate necklaces typical of Native American jewellery. Just like its source of inspiration, it uses an image commonly found in Native American jewellery, the squash blossom.

It is a half-rectangle with a circular neckline, so it works both as a capelet or a small shawl/scarf. Pin it closed or throw it over one shoulder. You can even tie it in front for yet another look.

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Difficulty: 4.6 (13 users)

This pattern is part of the Linen Collection.

An elegant example of how bias knitting can create a luxurious shawl with exquisite drape.

Begin with a few stitches and, using the magic of strategically placed increases and decreases, you will feel that you are knitting straw into gold.

Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
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Size: one size
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