October 8, 2020

New classes at VKL

I am very happy to be teaching at VKL October edition with two new classes:

• Knitting in Two Directions: The Modular Elongated Triangle Shawl (Saturday Oct 10) – The Modular Elongated Triangle (or Triangular) Shawl that will be taught in this class is knitted in two different directions! The idea is to use the Talyse pattern to demonstrate the details and techniques of this construction, which creates a very elongated triangle (Wingspan 68” / 173 cm x Center Depth 15” / 38 cm after blocking) shawl with just one skein of fingering or sock yarn! The participants will received a code for downloaing Talyse pattern for the class!

• Create with What You Have: Upcycling Your Stash! (Sunday Oct 11) – I am very excited about this creative class! Everything in your stash is very welcome on this class! It is possible that we have leftovers from previous projects, some skeins found on a thrift store, or maybe a gift from a friend! We would love it if you bring to the class different yarn weights with all kinds of fiber contents, because in this creative class we will renew the way we look at those yarns, mixing colors, fibers, textures creating macro motifs and opening a whole new world of possibilities for our stash. Concepts covered in class:

– Focus on giving info and tools to encourage the knitters to upcycle what they already have in stash; a playful way to be confident to explore creativity
– Using a few macro motifs as a template, the participants will be invited to approach colors, textures and fibers in a more freely way.
– The more crazy or tacky the yarn, the better!

September 4, 2020

Teaching at VKL September edition!

  • A woman with long brown hair and black glasses.
  • An orange sweater.

1st class: Knitting with Beads and Sequins: Why not?! Ever considered incorporating some beads or even sequins into a sweater? In this class we will explore ideas to make a unique sweater with your own twist! Participants will be taught how to work bead knitting and (if you like the idea) how to add sequins as well. Participants will receive a few charts with beading ideas (for circular yoke, for cabled fabric, cuffs, etc).

2nd class: Knitting the Petite Boxy! Class Details:
With a fitted yoke, fitted sleeves, some ease on the body, and a “kinda” cropped shape, the petite boxy is a sweater for everyone! In this class, we’ll break down and explore the steps to knit your new favorite sweater! Participants will receive a sweater pattern as a gift. The pattern will be helpful as a guide to follow the steps of the Top-down seamless circular yoke sweater.

May 1, 2020

Dandelion pullover

  • An orange-gold sweater with a lacy yoke.

Dandelion is my new design!

Dandelion is a rounded/circular yoke pullover with what I like to call a “petite boxy” shape, where the body has a certain amount of positive ease (not as much as a traditional boxy top). I must say that this “petite boxy” is one of my very favorite styles, because it dresses beautifully in any body type! The textured stitch motif at yoke and sleeves is inspired by Brazilian basketry, one of the crafts that I admire from my country.

Size Range 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) (127, 137, 147.5, 157.5) cm – XS (S,
M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Yarn
Dandelion Rosy Sport 100% organic Merino extra fine – approx. 320 m (350 yds) / per 100g skein – 3 (4, 4, 4, 5)
(5, 6, 6, 7) skeins – 1.000 (1.138, 1.248, 1.377, 1.508) (1.671, 1.802, 1.932, 2.173) yards / 915 (1.041, 1.142, 1.260, 1.379) (1.528, 1.648, 1.767, 1987) m. IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.**
Sample in #Autumn Boot.

Needles
US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 5 (3.75 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular and a set of double-pointed needles
US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 5 (3.75 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular
US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 5 (3.75 mm): 32” (80 cm) circular

Adjust needles sizes if necessary, to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers; removable marker; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch with US 5 (3.75 mm) needles after blocking.
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Chart textured stitch motif on US 5 (3.75 mm) needles after blocking

Notes
This pullover is seamless, worked in the round from the top down.
The yoke is worked circularly in textured stitch motif. Change to longer length circulars while working the yoke, when needed.
Stitch marker is positioned at the middle / center of the back.
The back neck and back hem are shaped with short rows for a better fit.
The sleeves are worked circularly from the top down.
To avoid underarm holes, the directions indicate pick up and k tbl 1 st on the row below the diagonal line formed between the body cast on sts and the sleeve sts that were on hold.