5/10/2021

Mystery awaits

For the past three years, August has been the time for my mystery shawl knit-a-long and this year is no different. This year's shawl is called Kajo which in Finnish means the first rays of sun peeking in the horizon. ⁠


Kajo is a playful shawl but I can’t really tell you more at this point as it is a mystery. The pattern comes with helpful guides on how much yarn you should have left after certain points and schematics to show the direction each section is worked in.

The clues will be released as follows:


1st clue, August 6th
2nd clue, August 7th
3rd clue, August 8th
4th clue, August 9th
5th clue, August 11th
6th clue, August 13th
7th clue, August 15th
8th clue, August 18th
9th clue, August 21st
10th clue, August 25th
11th clue, August 29th
12th clue, September 3rd


Now, if the MKAL kicks off in August then why am I talking about it already in May? A big part of the fun of a shawl MKAL for me is to set up a collaboration with a talented dyer to offer you beautiful yarn kits dyed especially for the shawl. The kits have been popular and we usually run out of a certain kit quickly but it's always so difficult to try and guess which one is going the be your favorite each time. So this year, we're doing things a bit differently: we are going to set up pre-orders so we will be able to offer more of the popular kits. There will still be an upper limit to how many kits can be dyed but this will help us to adjust things a bit and offer more of the most popular kits. 

The pre-orders for the Kajo MKAL yarn kits will go live in my web shop on Thursday May 13th at 8 pm Helsinki time (GMT+3). And before that, on Thursday at 4 pm Helsinki time, I'll do an IG live with this year's dyer where we will chat about the dyeing process and show you the yarn kits. I'm so excited for it all! I hope you'll join us for the live.

Anyone ordering a kit will receive the MKAL pattern for free. The kits will be shipped in early July and the first clue for the shawl will be released on August 6th. A little tip for everyone living outside of Finland: the shipping costs to most countries are the same up to 3 kg so if you haven't ordered Strands of Joy or 52 Weeks of Shawls yet, this would be a great time to do so. We've also finally got the shipping costs a bit lower when shipping abroad.

Of course, you can join the MKAL with stash yarn as well. This year, you will need three skeins of fingering weight yarn. Colors 1 and 2 should be a fade from light to dark and color 3 a pop color with good contrast to the first two. As many people are unable to use Ravelry, this year the MKAL pattern is also available on PayHip. I was very happy to find a way to send out update message to customers over there too so you should be receiving an email about each clue as they're updated no matter where you buy the pattern from.

You can find Kajo on Ravelry and PayHip.


4/25/2021

Intertwined

Most of the time, I crave for challenges in my knitting and when it comes to yarn, untreated woolly wool is my favorite. But sometimes, you long for something simple and good old merino. That's what happened with this pullover.


What: Intertwined (Rav link) / Own pattern
How: Circular needles 3.5 and 3.75 mm
From: WalkCollection Merino Sport, 315 g

Intertwined sweater got its name from the cables winding down from shoulders to cuffs. They get their fun texture from garter stitch.



The sweater is relaxed and boxy. It's got long sleeves and no waist shaping. 


The cables get to truly shine as the sweater is worn with the purl side out. But fear not! All in-the-round parts are worked on the WS with just endless knitted stitches so no need to worry about purling.



The sweater starts with working two shoulder straps that you then pick up stitches from to work the back and front separately until you reach the undearm. From then on, the work is joined in the round.



My favorite thing about the design is how even though the body and sleeves are worked in different directions (as usual), the cables run seamlessly down from shoulders to sleeves.


As always, you can find the pattern on all my platforms: RavelryPayHip, and Lovecrafts. And I'm happy to tell you that it's time for my Spring Sale! Right now on Rav and PayHip, you can get Intertwined and ALL my self-published patterns for 25% discount with the code SPRING2021. The code is valid for the next two weeks, all the way to Sunday May 9th.

4/10/2021

Lohtu

Today, I've finally got to publish this little cardigan pattern I know many have been waiting ever since autumn.



What: Lohtu / Own pattern
How: Circular needles 3.0 and 3.75 mm
From: Kässäkerho Pom Pom Suoma Single, 330 g

Quite often, especially on social media, knitting is presented as a happy-go-lucky hobby where everything is always relaxing and wonderful. But wool has another side to it: it can soak in your sorrows and carry them for you, making the burden just a little lighter for you. You can knit memories into your projects and they will forever hold the tears shed while knitting them (and happy memories too, of course).



Not all knit designs have been inspired by rainbows and unicorns. This cardigan was born out of the necessity to have a soft woolly armour between myself and life. I'm sure many of you can relate to the feeling of having the crappiest day and walking into a yarn shop with the idea of buying some comfort yarn. Last summer, we visited Kässäkerho Pom Pom in Kuopio and I was in dire need of comfort yarn. I knew that only airy and fluffy Finnsheep would do the trick so I walked out with a handful of Suoma Single that I knitted into this Lohtu cardigan. The name lohtu means comfort or solace in Finnish.



Lohtu is a wonderful warm but airy and light cardigan. It has a round yoke and most of the cardigan is two-color brioche. Only the neckband, button bands and cuffs are garter stitch.


The shaping of this cardigan is so simple: the short row shaping for the back of the neck is done during the garter stitch neckband and all other shaping is done during the yoke with really simple brioche increases.


The sleeves are long and wide. All sleeve shaping is done with gathering the sleeves just before the garter stitch cuffs. The body is straight with no shaping. The body is bound off using Italian bind-off. If you're unfamiliar with the technique, I have a tutorial video on my profile highlights on IG.


Lohtu is a special cardigan since if you weave in your ends carefully, this is actually reversible. You could wear it either way if you sew buttons on both sides. And as it's two-color brioche, the wrong side and right side are different colors!



I've been waiting a long time to publish this pattern because the pandemic has messed with base yarn production around the world and we've been waiting for Kässäkerho Pom Pom to get more Suoma Single. But today, I've finally released the pattern for Lohtu and Pom Pom is having a Suoma Single update in their webshop! Use the code COMFORT to get Lohtu pattern with 15% discount until April 18th. The code works on both Ravelry and PayHip. You can find the pattern on Lovecrafts too.

3/15/2021

Oras

If you thought I had enough of colorwork as Strands of Joy was published you were wrong.


What: Oras / Own pattern
How: Circular needles 3.0 and 3.25 mm
From: Wetterhoff Sivilla, 226 g

Stranded knitting is the type of thing that once you're hooked, you're hooked for good. So there will be plenty of new colorwork designs coming up right now and in the future.


At the end of summer, I finally got to visit Wetterhoff house in Hämeenlinna and I promised to design something for their lovely wool silk blend, Sivilla. Let me present, Oras.



This is the cutest little sweater worked seamlessly top down, as always. The design has a round yoke, close-fitting sleeves and a cropped hem with no waist shaping - my favorite kind of sweater.


Oras is adorned with sweet little sprouts and flowers all over. The sweater is worked in two colors and since it's all-over colorwork with no long floats, I'd say this is pretty beginner friendly when it comes to stranded knitting. The all-over colorwork makes it easy to keep gauge and I find this to be a relaxing knit.



I made my sample in Sivilla with two colors but you can check out my wonderful test knitters on Instagram as they've worked some stunning multi-color versions too.


The pattern comes with sizes XS-5XL with finished bust circumference of 34.75-66.75''. You can find the pattern on all my platforms: RavelryPayHip and Lovecrafts. On Rav and PayHip, you can use the code SPRINGTIME to get 15% discount until the end of the week. 

2/26/2021

Taimi

Last but not least is a kid's sweater called Taimi.


What: Taimi / Own pattern
How: Circular needle 3.75 mm
From: John Arbon Textiles Yarnadelic, 216 g

Taimi is a simple kid's sweater with adorable leaf colorwrok on the yoke. The sweater has long sleeves and little leaves on the cuffs just before the ribbing.


You don't need to look twice to realize this is a kid's version of the Lehto pullover. You can use these two pattern to make cute matching mini-me sets - and you could make Lehto for dad too as the design is very unisex.


Taimi is graded from 6 months all the way to 12 years. The smaller sizes are every 6 months and the bigger ones every two year.


This is my very first kid's design and grading it was a similar learning process as the men's sweaters in the book. The biggest challenge was to find all the measurements I needed. I had to combine lots of different size tables to get everything and then based on test knitters' feedback, I adjusted those further. It was a bit of a challenge but now it's all done and all the sizes should fit very nicely. I also really like that you can make this for a boy or a girl, it would suit either.

The book sample is size 6YO photographed on a 6YO.


The whole book project suddenly became very real when one night, I opened my own copy and casted on for a wee Taimi for my baby due in autumn, using my own pattern from my own book. There might have been a tear or two in the corner of my eye.


You can find all the info on the design below. Most of the photos were taken by Laine for the book and the last ones showing a wee sweater in size 6MO, I took myself.

Size

6MO-12MO-18MO [2YO-4YO-6YO] 8YO-10YO-12YO

Finished measurements

Chest and waist circumference: 18-20-21.25 [25-26.75-28.25] 30-32.25-34.25’’ / 45-50-53.5 [62.5-66.5-71] 75-81-86 cm

Yarn

John Arbon Textiles Yarnadelic (100% Falkland’s corridale, 333 m / 100 g), or other sport weight yarn. Shown in colors The Beautiful Ones (MC) and Harmonium (CC).

1-1-1 [2-2-2] 3-3-3 skeins of MC and 1 skein of CC.

Yardage

MC: 260-315-360 [430-580-700] 795-865-945 yrds / 240-285-330 [390-530-640] 725-790-860 m,

CC: 40-50-55 [65-80-90] 145-160-175 yrds / 35-45-50 [60-70-80] 130-145-160 m.

Needles

US 5 (3.75 mm) – 16/24/32’’ / 40/60/80 cm long circular needle (the optimal length depends on the size you’re working) and dpns if you prefer to work the sleeves with them. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the right gauge.

Gauge

24 sts x 29 rnds = 4x4’’ / 10x10 cm in stockinette stitch and color work, worked in the round (after blocking).

Other

4 stitch markers, tapestry needle.


2/25/2021

Weightless

Only two more designs to share with you! First up, Weightless.


What: Weightless / Own pattern
How: Circular needle 3.25 mm
From: Ocean by the Sea Quill + Frida Fuchs Mini Füchse Sock, 228 + 34 g

Weightless is a sweater that is worked top-down, seamlessly. It has a loose round yoke with a delicate feather pattern.


The sweater has long sleeves and the body is straight with no waist shaping.


The neckline, cuffs and hem are worked in garter stitch.


This was one of the last designs I worked for Strands of Joy. I wanted it to be light and delicate while keeping it really simple.


While the finished yoke can look complicated it's worked with just two colors and there are no long floats, making this ideal for a beginner colorwork knitter. And keep in mind, you don't have to work the whole thing at once, one round at a time is enough.


The sweater has no shaping after the yoke (expect for sleeve decreases) which also makes this really beginner-friendly.


Weightless is loose and easy to wear. The garter stitch edges give it a little something extra.


The yarn I chose for this design is light fingering. It makes this a light-weight sweater and really comfortable to wear. The main color is lovely yarn that's all plant-dyed.


You can find all the info on the design below. Some of the photos were taken by Laine for the book and some we snapped ourselves. I think it's great to show the same sample on different size people. This and all the other women's garments in the book were worked in my size, M2.

Size

XXS-XS-S-M1 [M2-L1-L2-XL] 2XL-3XL-4XL-5XL

This sweater is meant to be worn with positive ease. Choose a size with approx. 6’’ / 15 cm positive ease at bust circumference.

Finished measurements

Bust, waist and hip circumference: 36.5-38.75-40.5-42.75 [45.25-46.75-49.75-52.5] 57.75-60-64.5-69.75’’ / 91.5-97-101.5-107 [113-117-124.5-131.5] 144.5-150-161.5-174.5 cm

Yarn

Ocean by the Sea Quill (100% Falkland, 495 m / 100 g) and Frida Fuchs Mini Füchse Sock (75% BFL, 25% nylon, 85 m / 20 g), or other light fingering weight yarn. Shown in colors Pearla (MC) and Schiefer (CC).

2-3-3-3 [3-3-3-3] 4-4-4-5 skeins of MC and 2-2-2-2 [3-3-3-3] 3-4-4-5 mini skeins of CC.

Yardage

MC: 1060-1135-1200-1260 [1355-1420-1480-1605] 1790-1895-2090-2300 yrds / 970-1035-1100-1150 [1240-1295-1350-1465] 1635-1735-1910-2105 m,

CC: 145-155-165-180 [190-205-205-230] 270-290-320-370 yrds / 130-140-150-165 [175-190-190-210] 250-265-295-340 m.

Needles

US 2½ (3.0 mm) and US 3 (3.25 mm) - 40’’ / 100 cm long circular needles and dpns in the larger size if you prefer to work the sleeves with them. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the right gauge.

Gauge

28 sts x 35 rnds = 4x4’’ / 10x10 cm in stockinette stitch, worked in the round on the bigger needle (after blocking).

Other

4 stitch markers, tapestry needle.


2/24/2021

Woodland

Finally, we get to the crown jewl of the book Woodland.


What: Woodland / Own pattern
How: Circular needles 3.0 and 3.25 mm
From: G-uld New Zealandsk Lammeull, 298 g

Woodland is a light-weight cardigan with an echanted forest on the hem.


This oversized cardigan is worked in the round, seamlessly and top-down. It has long sleeves and a boxy hem with no waist shaping.


The shoulders are shaped with short rows and since the hem is cropped, the pattern comes with instructions for an optional bust dart.


As said, the cardigan is worked in the round and steeked, i.e., cut open once finished. You can easily modify this into a pullover by omitting the steek stitches. I also recommend to move the beginning of the chart to the side of pullover.


I love all the little details in this design. My favorite thing is the buttonbands which are worked as steek sandwiches. Usually, steeking happens such that you first pick up and work the button bands, then reinforce the steek either with crochet or a sewing machine and then, cut the cardigan open. Finally, you would stitch the raw edges into place on the wrong side.



With a steek sandwich, the raw edges are completely hidden. You will first reinforce the steek, cut the cardigan open, and then pick up stitches from both RS and WS and work the sandwich that will hide the raw edge inside it. In Woodland, the button bands and the neckline are finished off with an i-cord bind-off which is also used to work the buttonholes.


The button bands and bind off are worked with the contrast color which really brightens up the cardigan.



This is a fun project because the best part, which is obviously the colorwork, happens at the very end. The hem has a sweet little forest on it, complete with trees and little woodland creatures. There are deer, a bear, birds, a bunny and a squirrel. Where the colorwork starts depends a bit on the size you're working. The design comes with a really wide colorwork chart and you can find it in a separate pocket at the back of the book.


You can find all the info on the design below and start planning on your own enchanted forest. Some of the photos were taken by Laine for the book and some we snapped ourselves.

Size

XXS-XS-S-M1 [M2-L1-L2-XL] 2XL-3XL-4XL-5XL

This cardigan is meant to be worn with positive ease. Choose a size with approx. 8’’ / 20 cm positive ease at bust circumference.

Finished measurements

Bust and waist circumference: 38.75-40.75-42.75-45.25 [46.75-48.75-51.25-54.75] 59.25-62-66-71.25’’ / 96.5-101.5-106.5-113.5 [116.5-121.5-128.5-136.5] 148.5-155-165-178.5 cm

Yarn

G-uld New Zealandsk Lammeuld (100% non-superwash wool, 2-ply, 450 m / 100 g), or other light fingering weight yarn. Shown in colors Ufarvet - NZLg2 (MC) and Lyng (CC).

2-2-2-3 [3-3-3-3] 3-4-4-4 skeins of MC, 1-1-1-1 [1-1-1-1] 1-1-2-2 skeins of CC.

Yardage

MC: 840-900-960-1005 [1080-1130-1200-1310] 1455-1570-1770-1910 yrds / 765-820-880-920 [990-1035-1095-1195] 1330-1435-1620-1750 m,

CC: 265-280-290-310 [320-335-350-375] 405-425-455-490 yrds / 275-285-300-320 [330-345-360-385] 420-440-470-505 m.

Needles

US 2½ (3.0 mm) and US 3 (3.25 mm) - 40’’ / 100 cm long circular needles and dpns in the smaller size if you prefer to work the sleeves with them. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the right gauge.

Gauge

24 sts x 32 rnds = 4x4’’ / 10x10 cm in colorwork, worked in the round on the bigger needles (after blocking).

24 sts x 35 rnds = 4x4’’ / 10x10 cm in stockinette stitch worked in the round on the smaller needles (after blocking).

Other

4 stitch markers, scrap yarn, E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook, tapestry needle, 7-8 buttons (0.5’’ / 1.4 cm diameter), 2 spare circular needles in the smaller size, or smaller than that.