The tam is made from four colors of yarn, but never more than two in a round, as is customary in traditional Fair Isle knitting. It is comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area in which the top part of the tam is created.
Featured Techniques: Double Cast-On, Tubular Ribbing, Working with a yarn in each hand, Traditional border and tam wheel patterns, The center double decrease, I-cord finish.
Yarn: sport weight
Sizes: 18”, 20”, 22”, 24” (toddler through adult)
Category: Accessories • Hat • Beret,...
This dress is knitted in the style of the British gansey. It begins with a split garter stitch welt at the bottom hem, knitted flat. Once the welts develop into side vents, the work is joined in the round. The skirt is worked circularly with gentle decreases to the hip, then decreased a bit more to the waist. At the waist, the body is slightly increased and the patterning begins, including the underarm gussets. The body is split into halves at the armhole and the front and back are knitted flat. The shoulders are joined with neck gussets, and the...
Set of patterns includes: Hat, Mittens and Scarf worked in matching Cabled Rib. Scarf uses 440 yds,. hat and mittens each use about 220 yds.
Traditionalist and ardent scholar Brown-Reinsel: “Made primarily of a cabled rib in the round, the pieces are enhanced by a cabled medallion which proclaims one’s knitting prowess. The scarf is knitted circularly in two pieces which are joined in the center; two options for finishing the ends are included.”
This design first appeared in a Classic Elite Yarns booklet in 2002.
This garment is knitted in Aran-weight yarn from the top down and features saddle shoulders and square armholes, Aran motifs and a deep skirt, as the traditional Aran ribbing is called. The cuffs fit loosely in keeping with the early Arans. The pattern has been updated to more user-friendly charts (June 2016).
Recommended for experienced knitters.
A discussion of avoiding cable splay.
Additional Needle Information US7(4.5mm) circular needles 16”/40cm & 32”/60cm are required.
Dress to fit child 1- 6 years. Worked from the hem.
Intermediate. Three sizes. This little girl’s dress won first place in the Design Competition at the 1987 TKGA National Convention and was featured on the cover of Cast-on Magazine.
The skirt is knitted circularly up to the armholes, the shirred bodice is knitted flat, and the puffed sleeves are picked up and knitted down. It occurs to me now that ganseys are knitted the same way and I carried that construction method over into this dress without even thinking about it! The picot hem and I-cord cast-off at the cuffs and neck add to the daintiness of this garment.
“This Gansey Cardigan is worked flat (back and forth) for the entire body, but circularly for the sleeves. The neckband and button bands are picked up. The neck, cuffs, and bottom feature rolled edges. Underarm gussets add freedom of movement to the garment-- and they’re fun to knit too! In the Gansey tradition, most of the motifs are knit/purl combinations, with a couple of cables thrown in.”
Sanquhar Gloves have captivated the Scottish and non-Scottish alike since the late 1800’s when they were first created. These gloves were favored for riding and driving horses, playing the sport of curling, and looking smart as well! Several classic patterns have survived, most notably the Duke and Prince of Wales patterns.
The mathematics of Sanquhar Gloves is always the same. The construction is unalterable, so that the only way to create different sizes is to change the gauge, or the number of stitches within the little boxes. To preserve the motifs, this pattern is sized by changing needle sizes, from size 0000 to size 1 (1.25 to 2.25 mm).
Featured Techniques: The Double Cast-On, Avoiding the Color Crescent with Purls, The Salt and Pepper Cuff, The Thumb Gusset, Tips on...
This pattern is written for seamless construction: circular up to the armholes, with sleeves picked up and knitted down to the cuffs. The pattern is also available by emailing Knitters Treat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Category: Clothing • Sweater • Pullover
Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
Needles: US 7 - 4.5...
Brand-new patterns from Brown-Reinsel are too rare, which is why we’re especially celebrating this one. Rich in traditional elements-- as usual-- it’s also a gorgeous little contemporary set which couldn’t be more on trend. It’s ethnic, it’s fresh, it’s small and a popular style, and it’s worked in Aran-weight (12 ply, or about 18 sts to 4”/10cm in st st with a 5mm/US8 needle) yarn for comparative speed. This is a terrific way to introduce yourself to tvaandsstickning (two-end or twined...
Drawstring Bag worked in Fair Isle Stranded Knitting.
Featured Techniques: Working with purl garter stitch, working with two yarns in the left hand, yarn dominance, simple two-color designs and complex two-color designs (right side and wrong side), corrugated ribbing (on the right side and the wrong side), twisting a cord. Lots of photos accompany the directions.
Yarn: I used Rauma Strikkegarn, but any firm DK weight yarn will work.
Size: One size, approximately 11” (28 cm) wide, 3.5” (9 cm) deep, and 11.5” (29 cm) tall.
Socks are worked in the round in two or five colors. Techniques included in the pattern booklet are: The Double Cast-On, Working with a Color in Each Hand, Corrugated Ribbing Heel Pattern, The Dutch Heel, The Wide Toe, Kitchener Stitch. Charts are included.
Based on motifs and the classic scalloped edge seen in Latvian mittens, this modified drop-shoulder sweater is knitted in the round with steeks worked for the armholes and neck. The steeks are machine-stitched and
cut, and the sleeves have a facing to hide most of the cut edges. (You can watch my how-to video (http://tinyurl.com/steeks1). The lower motif on the sleeves and body use three colors in a round for only six rounds with the remainder worked in two colors per round. Knitted in Green Mountain Spinnery’s Weekend Wool , or other heavy worsted weight yarn, this is a quick and...
Women’s medium, in two lengths; anklet or mid-calf. This solid color sock begins with the classic Channel Island Cast-On. Starfish, diagonal lines, and vertical motifs meet at the baby cable on the back seam. The heel flap is constructed with the slip stitch pattern for longer wear.
The gauge is 7 stitches/inch. Guernsey or firm sport weight yarn recommended. This pattern is recommended for intermediate knitters.
The Channel Island Cast-On, German Heel Turning Theory, Kitchener Stitch.
Helix Knitting is an interesting technique involving stripes of single rows, worked circularly. Knitting stripes circularly in the normal manner–one round of one color, then one round of another color– creates a jog, “steps” in the stripes, where they don’t meet up cleanly at the beginning of the round. This disturbs some people and certain techniques have been devised to avoid the jog.
Helix knitting takes a different approach, for each color stripe is on its own path. This is possible because circular knitting is actually a spiral, not a circle, and by staggering the starting point of the different colors used, each color will wind its way around the knitting unimpeded by the other colors. It is an easy technique with just a few details to be adhered to, as is explained in...
This pattern is designed for intermediate knitters who love Arans, but also love circular knitting.
This Aran is knitted in the round up to the armhole, then is split so that the Front and Back can be worked separately. The sleeves are also worked in the round up to the armhole, where they are joined to the body by working a variation of the knitted (or “Three Needle”) Bind-Off. Saddle shoulders are created by binding off the Front and Back shoulder stitches as the saddle is being knitted. The live stitches at the neck are picked up and the neck band is completed. Voila! No seams to sew! This pattern contains both written out directions for the motifs, as well as...
The knitter who completes these mitts will have explored the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves:
a scalloped cuff
the herringbone braid
many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid
A choice of two- or three-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the glove as well as the gussetless thumb. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids.
Pattern in Knitting Traditions Winter 2011 is titled: “A...
Class Project: Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with dp needles)
The beautiful mittens of Latvia will be studied in this class and a child’s mitten will be knitted to learn the following techniques: A choice of the fringed cuff or scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid, the waste-yarn thumb, and round tip shaping.
A variety of traditional motifs are incorporated in the main body of the mitten, and reading from the chart will be covered. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two...
Knitted flat from the top down, this Aran Cardigan features deeply sculptured cables, saddle shoulders, and square armholes. The cabled buttonhole-band includes lovely buttonholes. The neckband, cuffs, and bottom skirt feature snake cables as well. Most wrong side rows are worked by knitting the knits and purling the purls. All the motifs in this design are made of two-stitches-wide cables.
The pattern includes a list of abbreviations, photo how-to on Cable Cast-on and Bound Off Braid onto knitting. There are 5 sizes included in the pattern. IN addition to the gauge stated, there are two other gauges listed in the pattern, based...
Description: These Lovikka mittens are cushiony, being made of two strands of yarn and then fulled (felted)! After fulling to the desired size, the mitten is brushed, inside and out, for warmth and coziness, with optional embroidery and braid on the cuff for a traditional look.
Yarn: Two 100-g skeins of Creskeld Aran Wensleydale or Masham Wool (133 yards per skein) OR any heavy worsted weight that is hairy.
Needles: One set of five double-pointed needles, size U.S. 10 (6-mm)
“A Color Twined Knitting primer,” says Brown-Reinsel. “Using a strand from each end of a center pull ball of yarn (wound of either one or two colors of yarn), creates a fabric that has great warmth, strength, and durability, and elasticity. This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenacious knitter with ease, moderate speed, and lovely garments. This classic Swedish motif was knitted in both men’s and women’s garments in the area of Hälsingland.” An encyclopedic pattern, as is wonderfully usual with this designer, with every size’s colourwork...
These mittens follow the classic style of the two-color Selbu mittens of nineteenth-century Norway: a corrugated ribbing, large star motif (known in Norway as an “eight blade rose,” pointed tips, designated seam stitches, and a different small motif worked on the palm, thumb gussets, and thumb; The many colors used in this pair give the mittens the rich look of tapestry, yet only the background colors change during knitting.
This wonderful cap is an original design by my friend John Crane, who was inspired by my North Halland Sweater workshop. He says this pattern is “in honor of Beth Brown-Reinsel for bringing historical knitted garments to life for our generation of knitters.” He is so kind!
The hat is knitted in the round, beginning with the band, which features the stranded North Halland motif and a lining which hides the stranding! The crown is then worked, and the visor is picked up from the band. A plastic piece can be inserted into the visor to stiffen it. A template for the visor is included in the pattern.
Three sizes. Inspired by the 19th century Norwegian Fana Cardigan, the traditional star, band and checkerboard motifs make this sock fun to knit in four sizes. The stockinette stitch heel flap is knitted in a checkerboard pattern, with a round heel and toe. The gauge is 8 stitches/inch in 2 color stockinette stitch. Guernsey or firm sport weight yarn recommended. Cream and navy or your choice of colors.
Featured Techniques: Two-Color Three-Strand Cast-On, Knitting with a color in each hand, Multi-color Continental Knitting, Round Heel theory, Round Toe. Yarn: Guernsey yarn or other smooth sport weight Sizes: Small, Medium, Large (child through medium woman), Extra Large (man)
Inspired by the 19th century Norwegian Lusekofte, the traditional geometric patterning and lus (lice) motifs make this sock fun to knit. The stockinette stitch heel flap is knitted with a Norwegian Star pattern, and has a Band Heel, which requires no instep gusset, and a Wide Toe. The gauge is 8 stitches/inch in 2 color stockinette stitch for three sizes. Notes are given for another three sizes, in between, knitted at 7 stitches/inch. Guernsey or firm sport weight yarn recommended. Traditionally knitted in black and cream. This pattern is recommended for intermediate knitters.
Double Cast-on, Knitting with a color in each hand,...
The Saami people live in the northern most areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia and are the nomadic indigenous people of Scandinavia. Their folk costumes are made of bright colors and their knitted mittens, worn on special occasions, follow this tradition. These mittens begin with a traditional three-color braided cast-on and are worked in bands of patterning made of 2 and 3 colors within a round. The thumb is without a gusset and the tip is made pointed in the classic way. The pattern includes how-to photos for the cast-on and for opening the thumb hole as well as charts.
Optional: 1 set dpns size US 2 (2.75mm) for sections using three...
The design for these Latvian Finglerless Mitts was inspired by the book Latviesu Rakstainie Cimdi by Mirzda Slava, and contains several traditional techniques and motifs: the scalloped cuff, the Split Herringbone Braid, the afterthought thumb-hole, the purl ridges, a picot hem at the top, and classic Latvian motifs.
You can make a larger size by using worsted weight and size 6 dpn.
You only need 80 yards for the white yarn, and 40 yards of each of the other colors.
Materials • Brown Sheep Nature Spun, 100% wool yarn, sport weight (worsted weight): 1 skein each of #730 Natural (Main Color-MC), #308 Sunburst gold (Contrasting Color1-CC1), #N24 Evergreen...
Knit these fun scarves in cotton for summer! Three patterns are included: Fringed, Beaded Scarf (left), Syncopated Brioche Scarf (center), and Tubular, Tasselled Scarf (right). The gauge is 5-6 stitches/inch.
Featured Techniques: Purse Stitch, Syncopated Brioche Stitch, Knitted Fobs, and Wound Tassels. Yarn: DK weight cotton
I love to design with motifs from long ago and to knit in a high gauge for lots of detail. This mitten and hat set was inspired by a sweater from Sunnhordaland, Norway, knitted in the 19th century. I first saw this sweater in the book Nordic Knitting by Susanne Pagoldh, Interweave Press, 1991. I love the two types of stars, which the Norwegians call “eight-petaled roses”. Although I chose Swedish colors for this pair of mittens, I think the design would look lovely in any number of color combinations. I added a facing for the cuffs and the brim of the hat to increase warmth and longevity. This is created with a provisional cast-on and a picot turning-edge for a...
This gansey is Beth’s interpretation of a Scottish Eriskay gansey from Rae Compton’s book, The Complete Book of Traditional Guernsey and Jersey Knitting.
The Channel Island Cast-On
Garter Stitch Alphabet for Initials
The Perpendicular Shoulder Join
Shoulder Strap Neck Gussets
Optional Short Row Shaping
Note from Beth…I highly recommend this sweater be knitted in Frangipani Guernsey yarn, or one of the other traditional Guernsey yarns. The result is more traditional, the motifs will be clear and crisp and the sweater will last a lifetime!
Description: Sized for small and large children, women, and men. These black and red socks are reminiscent of the Swedish Ullared sweater of the late 1800’s. The ribbing, heel, and toe are solid while the body of the sock is patterned in the Dotted Diamond motif. Guernsey or firm sport weight yarn recommended. In red and black or navy, or your choice of colors. Recommended for intermediate knitters.
Two Color Swedish Cast-On, Striped ribbing theory, Knitting with a color in each hand, The Auto Heel, Star Toe.
This Cowichan-style cardigan features pockets and traditional construction: the back and fronts are knitted all in one piece up to the armholes, then split. The shoulders are joined with an unusual technique (shown with photos) and the V-neck grows into the shawl collar. The sleeve caps are shaped with short rows, then they are joined circularly and knitted to the cuff in the round. There are 6 sizes in this pattern and three colors in the garment.
I have included photos and explanations of the techniques, and I have a video of the shoulder join on my YouTube Channel: . In addition, there is a schematic,...
These Twined Knitted (or Two-End) Gloves are made with the Swedish technique Tvåändsstickning, which developed in Sweden around the 17th century in the Dalarna region. By utilizing a yarn from each end of the ball and using the yarns to work alternate stitches, a thick, warm fabric with embossed motifs can be made. The Swedish knitters used Z-plied yarns; yarns spun in an S direction, then plied together in a Z direction, so that when worked in twined knitting, the yarns would open up and soften, rather than get harder and more twisted. I recommend Black Water Abbey yarns for this project (they are Z-plied) although...
These mitts are made using the Swedish technique of tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting.
The mitt is worked circularly on double-pointed needles and includes many techniques: a twined knitting cast-on, reading and working from a chart, the “O” stitch, Chain Path, Purl Deep Stitch, an asymmetrical thumb gusset, and traditional motifs.
For information on Beth’s teaching schedule, see http://www.knittingtraditions.com/workshops/calendar/
Experienced. Practice your twined knitting while making these mittens! This Scandinavian technique alternates two strands of yarn, using each end of a ball. Choose from two mitten and thumb shaping techniques, and two motifs for the back of the hand. Gauge: 6 1/2 stitches/inch.
Featured Techniques: How to Twine Knit, A 2-Color Twined Knit Cast-on, The “O” Stitch, The Chain, Twined Increasing for Thumb.
Six sizes. Channel Island Cast-on with 1 x 1 rib, seam stitches, bisected reverse stockinette stitch underarm gussets, neck gussets and rolled collar. A circularly knit, horizontally patterned gansey. The gauge is 6 stitches/ inch.
Featured Techniques: Channel Island Cast-on, Underarm Gussets, Knitted Bound-off Shoulders, Inverted Triangular Neck Gussets.
Yarn: Guernsey yarn or other smooth sport weight Finished Sizes: 34”, 38”, 42”, 46”, 50”, 54”
ERRATA: If you have the first printing of Knitting Ganseys, please note this change on page 136:
Shoulder join and inverted triangular gusset: Put 25 (29, 33, 37, 41, 45) sts from the front right shoulder onto a needle.
This correction has been incorporated into the stand-alone pattern and subsequent printings of Knitting...
I have been fascinated by the lovely Scottish tradition of Sanquhar gloves since I first saw a photograph of them. Drawn to their apparent complexity, I was happily surprised at the simple logic of their construction. Due to their fixed layout, these gloves are best knitted in different sizes by changing the needle and yarn size. I could not resist playing with the squares, while leaving the basic architecture alone. Now that I live in Vermont and winter is always around the corner, I chose little pine trees and snowflakes to grace my gloves that will keep me warm in beautiful, but frigid, New...
Double mittens!! Well, two mittens in one. Learn the provisional cast-on (or an easier alternative), and knit a mitten with a palm thumb, then pick up and knit another mitten in the other direction to stuff inside the first for thick, cozy warmth! These mittens are shaped with optional short rows to conform to the hand’s natural curve. In 6 sizes for children up to men.
Gauge: 4.25 and 4.75 stitches/inch.
Featured Techniques: Provisional Cast-On (in two ways), Twisted Ribbing, Palm thumb shaping, Short rows and wrapping, Round Mitten Tip.
Yarn: worsted weight or heavy worsted weight Sizes: Toddler, Medium Child, Large Child/Small Woman, Medium Woman, Large Woman/Small Man, Large Man
Sized Toddler to Adult Large with 2 heel variations. Top Down.
from the website:
Easy. These socks are knitted in one solid color Aran weight or heavy worsted weight yarn. The leg is ribbed, and there is a choice of using either the “Auto” heel or the Dutch heel. The toe uses wedge construction. The gauge is 5 stitches/inch. This pattern offers six sizes, from toddlers to men. Three variations are also included in the booklet for Cabled Yummy Socks, Striped Yummy Socks, and Contrasting Heel and Toe Yummy Socks.
Featured Techniques: Stripes in Ribbing, The Auto Heel, The Dutch Heel, The Wedge Toe, Kitchener Stitch.
Experienced. This pattern includes three sizes and can be worked in Guernsey yarn for a heavy sock or twined knitting yarn (fingering weight) for a lighter sock. The heel construction is very similar to conventional heel construction.
Featured Techniques: Twined Knitting Basics, A Twined Knitting Cast-On, The Dutch Heel Shaping, The Wide Toe, Kitchener Stitch.
Yarn: twined knitting yarn (fingering weight) or Guernsey yarn Sizes: Child (small), Woman (medium), Man (large)