Category: Knits

Punkt cowl (Linyië series)

The Punkt cowl is part of the Linyië Series. The lines of the Punkt pattern embody direction, perhaps towards a Punkt (destination). How do they change the space around themselves and of other lines?

The urban style cowl can be worn over the face and also doubles as a hat – great for cool weather or simply as a fashion accessory with its striking design, whichever way it is worn.

Punkt is knitted in the round with skeinettes and consists of stretchy rib combinations, decorative cables and a moss/double-rib edging. This project is for a knitter comfortable with cables and stranding – one page of the pdf pattern is dedicated to abbreviations alone, which are used in the work!

The pattern includes two charts which are mirror images of each other consisting of intersecting lines, positioned on opposite sides of the cowl. The mirroring of the charted lines is mimicked in the cables.

The pdf pattern instructions include the charts and written instructions along with some extra notes.

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Pfade poncho (Linyië series)

A new addition to the Linyië series collection, Pfade, which means ‘paths’ in german, is a poncho designed for today’s lightly overcast late spring and early summer weather days. On Wednesday when the heat wave struck, I thought the strange weather pattern was broken and my release of this cool-weather poncho was no longer opportune and a May of yesteryear would ensue only to wake to a cool-weathered Thursday morning followed by a hot and humid evening!

Strange weather in the UK has become more and more frequent, which I heard recently coined as global weirding in an episode of Horizon. In particular spring weather has taken a turn in recent years, becoming highly variable. Pfade is for those cool weather days when you’re feeling a bit chilly on top.

Pfade is made with a variety of yarns and yarn weights and the stranding pattern is composed of three lines: a straight line which tapers off (mustard), a red curve and a green sinus wave.

The inspiration for this design came from strings. The mustard line represents the still and resting state of a string, while the red and green lines echo the first two vibrational modes of a string. Together the three create a harmonious dynamic. The mustard line tapers off to add an extra pinch of asymmetry.

Pfade can also be double wrapped and worn as a snug cowl as shown.

The Pfade poncho is knitted on circular needles, ideally about a metre long, but I managed this project on 80cm needles.

It requires increases to create the main trapezium panel which is then seamed together before a moss/drop stitch edging is added to the collar edge and the outer edge. This piece was worked from a large chart (which required sellotaping together multiple chart pages) and requires knowledge of stranding and the drop stitch. The edging is made in chunky with 8mm needles.

Without the edging, the main fabric in stockinette stitch does curl a little, but when worn the weight of the poncho smooths the fabric out. It should be noted that the colour effect at the collar edge created by the James C. Brett Monsoon DK yarn was made up from small skeins of this yarn and not by continuously knitting unbroken yarn from a skein.

Originally I had two skeins of the JCBM yarn which quickly disintegrated into skeinettes when I created the Korsett cowl, as I unravelled the skeins and picked the sections I liked the most of the mixed colour JCBM skein to make up the knitted panels, while I kept the dark brown sections of the original skein for the criss-cross lacing crochet cord.

The pdf pattern instructions include the sections of the chart on separate pages which can be assembled together with sellotape to make the pattern easier to follow and written instructions.

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Daisy rib cowl


This cowl is reversible with contrasting sides, and the pattern produces a springy fabric. It is made in super chunky wool and is a quick and easy project for the spring with a ruffly texture.

 

As an additional design feature a 4 strand braid is weaved in and can be used to hold the cowl in place by tying a bow at the front. If you don’t know how to make a 4 strand braid, there are plenty of tutorials on Youtube!

The cowl featured was knitted with Serenity Super Chunky by Wendy in yarn Morello (1709). The braid was made with 2 strands of Morello and 2 strands of Jet (1712). I particularly love the multicolour colorway of Morello as seen here.

Daisy stitch is used in this pattern which is used in daisy pattern featured in Vogue Knitting’s Stitchionary. This pattern has grooves like rib and is named the daisy rib pattern here.

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Volver cowl

This cowl was an experiment of mine with cables and double rib, but a much simpler project than the Taj mittens and I wanted to accentuate the difference between double rib and garter stitch. You can use any double knit (DK) yarn for this project, which can be made for men or women. I used an old acrylic I had in my stash.

This is a compact cowl which can be used as a neck or head-warmer. I designed this cowl using the contrasting garter and double rib stitches which naturally shape the cowl to give it a curved edge which reminds me of rolling waves. It is named after the Latin volvere meaning to roll. Here is a picture of the cowl before the ends are seamed together.

I have written the pattern in chart form, which is good practice for working off a chart if you want to try an intermediate chart before moving onto making lace for example which often involves lots of chart-reading! I knitted this cowl on circulars, which give it a slightly looser tension than on single pointed knitting needles.

This pattern includes an increase and some decreases – the knit front and back (kfb) increase as you go into the double rib section – which contrasts with the fact the fabric contracts at this point compared to the garter stitch to create the wavey edge of the cowl.

The decreases are knit two together (k2tog), purl two together (p2tog), [slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over] aka skp and a basic cable is included in the centre of the ribbed section.

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Modified Lattice Lacing

Here’s an example of a different way to lace up the Kreuze pullover from the Linyië series. This lacing is based on the lattice lacing demonstrated on Ian’s Shoelace Site. The lacing requires about 6 m of single chain cord compared to the criss-cross lacing featured in the original post.

In the diagram above, half of the lacing is indicated – the arrows show the lacing direction for half of the lacing, which starts with equal lengths of cord through the two base lacing loops. The two colours (red and yellow) for the arrows are used for the same continous cord, to make clear the overlaps at the different lacing loops. The lacing pictured does not take into account the over/under directions – this will be covered in a later update!

Happy lacing! =)

Kreuze pullover (Linyië series)


Kreuze is urban, sporty and sleek. Kreuze is a fitted pullover in the Linyië series which traverses the torso with the bold lines embodying the Linyië cross motif, which are echoed in the criss-cross lacing of the single crochet cord. The sweater is complemented with contrasting triangular pockets in moss stitch.


Kreuze is a quick knit made in a super chunky yarn, here in Wendy’s super-chunky Serenity Rembrandt colourway contrasted with the Morello colourway for the pockets. Kreuze is knitted on 8 mm needles for a compact fabric. The main panels are knitted but this pattern also includes some rudimentary crochet for edging and creating the front panel loops for lacing the single crochet cord. Seaming stitches include overcast and chain stitch.

Kreuze is shown here with criss-cross lacing, but can be laced in a a multitude of ways. For lacing options, see Ian’s Shoelace Site, for example.

Kreuze will fit a ‘medium-large’ male with ~30-36” waist, ~38-40” chest. Sizing guidelines are included in the pdf pattern. The pullover has a 38″ circumference at the base and an adaptable fitting due to the design of the front panel. Pattern alterations which involve changing the circumference are not included in the pattern, but would require major changes throughout the pattern.

The pdf pattern instructions include a chart for the stockinette/reverse stockinette Linyië cross motif and diagrams to aid construction.

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Korsett Cowl (Linyië series)

This Korsett cowl pattern of the Linyië series is mainly knitted on 8mm needles but also requires crochet for the lacing and scoubidou for the buttons. The main portion of the cowl is constructed by joining knitted corrugated lace panels adorned with a picot-edging via single crochet cords.

The cowl can be worn in a number of ways of which a few are shown here. There are no official button holes – instead the buttons can be threaded directly through the lace and so is highly adaptable.

The criss-cross lacing was previously used in the Kreuze pullover (Linyië series) and in this project contrasts directly with the strong corrugated texture of the knitted lace panels. For a guide on criss-cross lacing visit Ian’s Shoelace Site.

The corrugated runs are created using s2kp‘s (slip two, knit 1, pass the two slipped stitches over) which is a central double decrease and then purls on alternate rows.

The cowl is decorated with two buttons which are made with the scoubidou technique, which are used to join the cowl together. For more on scoubidous, visit scoubiguide.co.uk.

The pdf pattern instructions include a detailed photo tutorial for the crocheted picot-edging and the scoubidou button construction.

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free mobile cosy pattern, Labyrinthe (Linyië series)

The design for this mobile cosy is part of the Linyië series by Yi Chan. The Linyië series is a study in the form, function, aesthetics and perception of space and delimiters, which constrain and construct in duality.

The pattern pdf contains a written tutorial and a chart for the design and will fit a mobile with dimensions ~3″ by 4.5″. This project requires the stranding technique which can be found here at knittinghelp.com.

This is a free pattern available for download on ravelry.com or download now.