This sack-like dress was a marathon to knit and a dye lot challenge. The enjoyment of working with the beautiful Tinde (cable section) along with a focused effort to combine a mixture of dye lots into the sleeve portion to create beautiful subtle stripes, makes this garment a special work of art.

Pattern: Gyro

Designer: Linda Marveng

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Tinde Pelsullgarn, Rowan Felted Tweed

Photo Location: along the Niagara River

Elements of Design: “Gyro is an oversized dress with bat sleeves knitted in two yarn thicknesses and colours. The center cable panel crowns the dress and ends in a wide neck with an I-cord bind off. Gyro is an old Norwegian female name, well suited to this dress or tunic made in pieces and sewn or crochet together with a garter stitch sleeve band.” Linda Marveng

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This pattern was first published in Vogue Knitting in the Fall of 1991. It was then re-published in the magazine’s 25th anniversary year, Fall of 2007. I loved the bold contrasting colors when I first saw it and loved it all over again when it re-surfaced. When I saw The Missoni Challenge 2018 offered on Ravelry, it was game on and having a pretty healthy remnant stash of DK weight only added to the impetus. I am highlighting the band in particular due to its tricky installation as well as appreciating its dramatic impact to the design of the garment.

  • Pattern: Vogue Knitting Fall 1991, Vogue Knitting Fall 2007
  • Designer: Missoni
  • Yarn: variety of fibers with common DK weight
  • Photo Location: University of Buffalo, Amherst Campus
  • Elements of Design: oversized hooded cardigan jacket with bold geometric pattern using knitting skills of intarsia (color block with bobbins) with fair isle banding. Sewing skills needed for pockets, hems and band linings.

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Modern V

I love pink. This varsity jacket holds a special place in my heart as every step of this project was done at least twice including yarn choice and zipper installation, a testimony and mantra I say to people, “Ripping out is still knitting, only to make better.”

  • Pattern: Lion Brand Yarn Website Patterns
  • Designer: Vladimir Teriohkin
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Romance, Pink Satin
  • Photo Location: Albright Knox Art Gallery
  • Elements of Design: varsity-style jacket with zipper, straight stitch, holding bulky yarn together with fur for body

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This dress is certainly not challenging in its shaping as it really has none, nor challenging in the skills it requires, intarsia and stranded, once you have your color scheme chosen, it truly knits right along. However, it shouts determination to knit the amount of fabric needed for a knee-length dress. Knowing I would have a lovely classic in the end helped me to accomplish this beautiful look.

  • Pattern: Vogue Knitting Winter 2007/2008
  • Designer: Brandon Mably
  • Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK
  • Photo Location: City of Tonawanda Historical Building
  • Elements of Design: grid mosaic using color block intarsia knitting (bobbins) and stranded knitting (in the outlining of the squares), knee-length dress

CK Cabled Suit

I knitted this long before Ravelry and long before I began my website. I still remember pining over this pattern long before I finally had the courage to take it on. Courage, you ask? Just look at all the fabric . . . all in cables . . . oversized cardigan. . . . complete with a skirt. I remember going to a local yarn shop and asking for help in finding a substitute yarn that would work as, in those days, it was pretty near impossible to get a hold of the yarn that the pattern actually used. I was young when I began this, with a young family, and employed. I remember knitting this in chunks over years of time. Somehow, I knew the time and determination to complete this two-piecer would pay off. This suit has walked the runway at Vogue Knitting Live as well as continues to hold longevity in style as well as condition therefore finds itself as a perfect winter mainstay to this day.

  • Pattern Resource: Vogue Knitting Fall/Winter 1987
  • Designer: Calvin Klein
  • Yarn: Karen M Luxury, Naturally DK 50% wool, 50% goat hair
  • Photo Location: Buffalo History Museum
  • Elements of Design: cable, collared, oversized cardigan, short straight skirt

Fair Isle Whimsy

This fair isle coat called to me as it provided an opportunity to utilize my scrap stash of worsted weight. Using my stash of scrap is becoming increasingly enjoyable to me. This particular project allowed leftovers from eight different projects to be used up. Pretty much each row called for 2 colors so in preparing the color scheme for this, I paired, then re-paired, again and again to see what color combinations I would like best in the various fair isle stripes. I had just enough of the same yarn for the garter stitch borders and I will admit, I was pretty lucky there.

  • Pattern: Vogue Knitting, Fall 2013
  • Designer: Yoko Hatta (風工房)
  • Yarn: scraps of worsted weight
  • Photo location: in front of a near by school. The beautiful blossoming cherry tree caught our attention.
  • Elements of design: fair isle, cardigan coat

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Blue Skies Trench

I love knitting coats, this one is done with two shades of solid blue, knitted using the linen stitch which is achieved with slip stitches. I love the edged pockets, front, collar, and sleeve bands in the darker blue hue. This project is 100% acrylic. Due to the nature of the shape of the coat being narrow at the hem, the acrylic works. Due to the acrylic, the coat is feather-light to wear for Spring. A real ‘feather in its cap’ is when the weather changes, it is easy to drape over your arm. So, this garment is an example that fiber of all kinds can work if paired with the right pattern.

  • Pattern: Vogue Knitting Online Store
  • Designer: Wilma Peers
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Jiffy Solid
  • Photo Location: Niagara River
  • Elements of Design: linen stitch, knee-length coat

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Hoodie Glam

The loops were made individually by wrapping yarn around the thumb several times and securing a knot before moving on to the next stitch.  This took months to complete. The most challenging aspect of this project was that you could not rip out the knitting. Once those knotted loops were created, the fabric was permanent. Then, there was the evenness aspect of similar sized loops. I ended up cutting out one section thus wasting the yarn due to this. This ‘hoodie glam’ as I call it was asked to walk the runway for Vogue Knitting Live.

  • Pattern: Vogue Knitting, Fall 2012
  • Designer: Jeannie Chin
  • Yarn: Cascade Yarns Kid Seta, DK
  • Photo Location: Niagara River and I love the way the River’s white peaks compliment the delicacies of the grey loops
  • Elements of Design: manipulation of the yarn in a contemporary way, hood, 3/4 length sleeve

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