lime-trimmed cardigan

Lime-Trimmed Cardigan

This pattern was originally published in I Like Crochet issue February 2015 as part of the “Downright darling: adorable baby patterns” chapter. In this issue, I’m presenting the Lime-Trimmed Cardigan. Photo courtesy of I like Crochet Magazine.

This pattern is now also available through La Visch Designs under the name Stip Baby Cardigan.

This little two-tone baby cardigan is a simple and elegant layering piece. Great for when the weather is still cold and a little extra warmth is much appreciated. With its eye-catching dot yoke and soft A-line shape, it is bound to become a timeless favorite

ijskristal convertible cowl/scarf

IJskristal convertible cowl/scarf by La Visch Designs

A lovely scarf in a simple and elegant lace repeat pattern, easily transformed into a cowl. Worked flat, the IJskristal Convertible Cowl/Scarf is available in one size, that can easily be made wider or longer, or both. With both written and charted directions for the lace, this convertible scarf knits up like a dream. Pair it with the IJskristal Slouchy Hat for a lovely coordinating set.


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Difficulty level

The IJskristal Convertible Cowl/Scarf is worked flat. Stitches used include knit, purl, skp, k2tog, yo and the centered double decrease sl2-k1-p2sso. The pattern is suitable for the intermediate knitter.

Sizes and Finished Measurements

One size – finished dimensions: 23 cm (9 inches) wide and 130 cm (51 inches) long, measured after blocking.

Pattern details

  • Worked flat
  • Written for a gauge of approx. 19 sts / 21 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over lace pattern, after blocking.
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 3 pages (A4 size)

Materials

  • 100 g / 320 m (350 yds) of DK weight alpaca yarn. The sample cowl/scarf features Ice Yarns Pure Alpaca (100% Alpaca; 160 m (175 yds) / 50 g). Substitute for an alpaca yarn of comparable weight for a similar result.
  • Needles in your preferred style in the following sizes (or to match gauge): Size 3.5 mm (US 4) and size 4.5 mm (US 7).
  • Yarn needle.
  • 8 stitch markers.
  • 6 size 21 mm (0.83 inch) buttons.

zoel scarf

Zoel scarf

The Zoel Scarf is a very soft and delicate scarf knit using laceweight mohair yarn. It is a great pattern to learn some basics of lace knitting or to get familiar with using this type of yarn. Because of the simple two-row lace, this pattern not only lets the yarn shine but also makes for a wonderful portable project.

Pair it with the Zoel Hat to warm up a cold day in autumn or winter.


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Skills required

Stitches used include knit, purl, yo, k2tog and the double decrease sl1-k2tog-psso. The pattern is suitable for the beginning lace knitter.

Sizes and Finished Measurements

As written, the finished measurements of this scarf are 20 cm (7 ¾ inches) wide and 130 cm (51 ¼ inches) long.

The Zoel scarf can easily be made larger by using heavier yarn and/or working more repeats of the lace pattern. This will, of course, increase the amount of yarn needed.

Pattern details

  • Worked flat
  • Written for gauge of approx. 16 sts / 20 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over lace pattern
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 2 pages (A4 size)

Materials

  • Yarn: 35 g / 192 m (209) yards) of Lana Grossa Lace Pearls [40% wool, 26% polyamide, 18% alpaca, 18% mohair, 8% glass; 137 m (149 yds) per 25 g skein]. Substitute any lace weight kid mohair/silk type yarn for a similar result.
  • Needles in your preferred style in size 4.5 mm (US 7)
  • Yarn needle
  • 6 stitch markers

designer interview: Tanja Luescher Designs – knittedinswitzerland

Thunder and Lightning by Tanja Luescher Designs
Thunder and Lightning

Today my second interview with a fellow Indie designers participating in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2014. I’m talking to Tanja Luescher from Tanja Luescher Designs, also known as knittedinswitzerland.  She joined me in the chat room of the La Visch Designs group on Ravelry:

First of all, I’m very excited to be having this interview with you and get to know one of my fellow Indie Design Gift-A-Long designers a bit better. So thank you very much for having this interview with me!

Thanks to you for interviewing me 🙂

Would you please tell me (us) a little about yourself?

I live in Switzerland with my hubby and two cats. I learned to knit in 2003, when I met my husband. We were living 600 km apart from each other, and every Sunday when he brought me to the station, and we waited for the train, he was so cold. So I decided that I wanted to learn to knit and make him gloves. Unfortunately, he almost never wears knitted things, but I knit on anyway 😀 I soon began to make up own patterns (Top Down Custom Fit Raglans, for example) to get something that fits me. In 2013 I published my first pattern 🙂

That is so romantic!

🙂 Yes… apart from the “he doesn’t wear knitted things” part 🙂

Mine also doesn’t wear my knits 🙂

They don’t know what they’re missing…

So right! When looking at your portfolio, the emphasis seems to be on lace. How did you start designing lace shawls and other accessories?

I took a two part course from Renee Leverington (GoddessKnits), Design your own Shawl and Advanced Shawl Designing. I hadn’t even knit much lace or shawls before, but I was completely hooked 🙂

For me, lace is the most beautiful thing you can create with knitting

How would you describe your design style?

Well… Lacy, I guess 🙂 I try to design things that keep me (and hopefully) others motivated, miles of stockinette would probably kill me. I love the look of a nice stockinette sweater, but I can’t knit it without adding a cable here or a little something there. 🙂

Besides (obviously) lace, what’s your favorite thing to knit? Shawls, hats…?

At the moment it’s definitely shawls, and recently I’ve fallen in love with cowls. I also love knitting socks, although I might have a little bit of Second Sock Syndrome…

Ah, the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome… I’m a victim of that too. To battle it I usually knit 2 socks at the same time. Which means that my latest pair of socks has been without top ribbing for the last 2 years 😉

LOL Yes, two at a time is one of the greatest inventions of all time 🙂

What is your favorite pattern of your own design? And why?

The shawls I made for special people in my life (my friend Eri, my MIL Margrit, my great-grandmother Betty and my friend Jolanda) are close to my heart, of course. I couldn’t choose one of them – that’s like asking which of my four-legged children I love the most. 🙂

I was wondering about the names of your patterns… Could you tell me more about the background of one of those?

Okay… In May 2013, my father-in-law died all of a sudden, and we took my mother-in-law, Margrit, to live with us because she has Alzheimer’s. She loves to see me knitting, she always says “Tanja, you’re an artist” or “Martin, you married an artist, you know?”. At that time I was knitting a Pi Shawl, and she kept telling me how beautiful she thought it was. When it was done, her birthday was just around the corner, so I named the shawl Margrit and gave her the sample for her birthday.

That is such a touching story… And I must say, the Margrit shawl is really gorgeous!

Margrit Pi Shawl by Tanja Luescher Designs
Margrit Pi Shawl

 I’m curious, what do you do in your down time besides knitting?

I love reading, sometimes I play the piano and I love to play The Sims (2 and 4) 🙂

What is your taste in books?

Many different things… The last two books I’ve read were a crime story and “Radical”, the biography of Majid Nawaz. I also love absolutely everything written by Jasper Fforde. But then I can’t say no to all the knitting novels out there, either …

I must admit I’m not familiar with these writers. I’m more of an old-school sci-fi person myself. I love me some Asimov, Vance and Niven 🙂

I’m a Trekkie deep in my heart 🙂

Old or new?

All 🙂

A true fan! 😉 Are you doing any gift knitting this year?

Yes, I’m making a blanket for my daddy and if I can somehow make the days have 48 hours I’ll also make him a few pairs of socks. 🙂

Wow, those are not small projects either! I can see where the wish for longer days comes into play.

The blanket is made from bulky yarn, fortunately. 🙂

That makes a big difference!

Oh yes 🙂 But the GAL with all its tempting patterns doesn’t really help 🙂 But it’s fun to knit from someone else’s patterns for a while.

I very much admire the various sock yarn blankets that sometimes do their rounds over Ravelry, but for me personally that just is a no-go…

I’ve made one blanket from sock yarn held double, that was okay. Unfortunately, the cats have loved it to death…

For a very long time I’m now knitting a pattern form someone else and it so relaxing… Not having to think through every step 😉

So true 🙂 Just do what the pattern says, it will be alright 🙂 Tanja Luescher Designs

International cowl by Tanja Luescher Designs
International cowl

Pick one of your own designs that you think makes the perfect gift and tell us why you think that.

I’d say International Cowl – it’s an interesting Estonian stitch pattern and a quick knit.

That is indeed a very lovely pattern. Do you intend to make it a set with (fingerless) mittens and/or a hat in the future?

Not at the moment, I have too many new ideas 🙂 But who knows…

I know the feeling!

Lovely! That’s it for my questions. Thank you very much for your time. I really enjoyed this chance to get to know a fellow designer a little bit better 🙂

Thanks, I’ve enjoyed it, too 🙂

Wonderful and thank you. Have a great evening!

Same to you, have a nice weekend 🙂 Tanja Luescher Designs Tanja Luescher Designs

designer interview: Loraine Birchall – Woolly Madly Deeply

annabella dress
Annabella Dress by Loraine Birchall

As I wrote earlier, I will be posting interviews with some of my fellow Indie designers who also participate in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2014. To read more about what this Gift-A-Long entails, click here. Today is my interview kick-off with Loraine Birchall, from Woolly Madly Deeply. She joined me in the chat room of the La Visch Designs group on Ravelry:

Hello Loraine! I’m very excited to be having this interview with you and get to know one of my fellow Indie Design Gift-A-Long designers a bit better.

It’s great to have the chance to chat you, thanks for asking me

You’re very welcome! Ready to get started?

Yes, ready when you are

Ok, first question: would you please tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a web designer in my day job and a knitwear designer in my ‘free’ time. I’ve worked in all sorts of jobs and careers over the years making anything from submarines and warships to websites and sweaters. I live in Ulverston, a few miles outside the Lake District National Park in the North of England. Born in Scotland but I don’t feel Scottish as I’ve lived in England more than anywhere else.

That is a very diverse background! If I read it correctly, your general career path has been designing related. But how did you start designing knitwear?

I’ve knitted since I was about five years old, my Grandma in Edinburgh was a sample knitter for the wool houses up there and made gorgeous fair isle and cable knits. I loved watching her. If I wasn’t watching her (or my English Great Grandma who was an avid knitter), I was meddling the garage with my Scottish Grandpa, he was an engineer and taught me how to take things to bits and put them back together, so I’ve always been fascinated with construction of any kind. I’m a curvy pear shape so nothing off the rack fits, I always had to modify to fit me, it made sense to sell the patterns I’d spent so much time on and was a natural progression after many years of making it up to fit myself.

I hated maths at school so it’s funny that I use it so much in terms of knitwear sizing patterns and also for the technology in my day job which involves lots of databases.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

It comes from everywhere, it might be a texture. Like some carved stonework or a panel of wood, bark on trees that sort of thing, but mostly the yarn tells me what it wants to be. I sit with it in my hands, swatch a bit and see what it wants me to make. Sometimes it takes a bit of ripping back but I won’t stop until I know exactly what kind of fabric it will be. I love color and texture, clever slipped stitches, mosaics etc

Other times, I think, I need some mitts and I have these two shades of yarn. Then I play with it a bit and write something up

Do you start you design process by starting playing with the yarn, or do you completely work out the design before starting knitting?

Most times I start with the yarn. Swatch, swatch and swatch until I like what I’ve got. Then I work up the design from there. I like to feel the drape of the finished fabric first, to see how it wants to lay. Does it curl or lay flat for example? Once I understand the fabric it’s easy to make that work with a shape of a cardigan or an accessory as you understand the characteristics it will give to the finished piece.

A lot of my swatches develop into hats or sleeves, I’m with Elizabeth Zimmerman in not wasting any stitch I knit lol

That is so interesting!
Some minor swatching aside I personally tend to write up the pattern before knitting it 🙂

I do it that way around if it’s for a magazine submission and there is a fixed deadline, it’s faster.

What’s your favorite thing to knit?

I love to make garments, sweaters, cardigans, large wraps. Hats and shawls too. I don’t enjoy making socks or gloves but I LOVE wearing hand knitted socks and gloves. So, sometimes I just have to get on with it. I like to wear my knits and as I’m usually cold, sweaters or jackets etc are perfect for that. Also, I have a selection of what my partner calls my ‘old lady shawls’ to wrap up in on cool nights.

Ah, those big warm wraps. My favorite too for when it’s cold!
What is your favorite pattern of your own design?

I like unusual construction, so modular knits. Aything knit on the bias or in an usual way. So, I guess my Adult Modular Cardigan or the Amazing Modular Baby Cardigan for that reason. But for something feminine with lots of details, the Rian Cardigan wins the day. I love them all for different reasons, sometimes is the yarn or the texture that excites me.

Adult Modular Cardigan Jacket
Adult Modular Cardigan Jacket

Pick one of your own designs that you think makes the perfect gift and tell us why you think that.

Oooh, that’s a tough one to answer. I love to wear hats and my Festival Hat is the favorite at the moment. It’s such a great way to use up scraps of color and make something unique. It looks really complicated but is actually so easy. It’d fit from a baby to a huge, man head and could work with lots of weights of yarns. It makes a really warm fabric. The ‘bubble wrap’ effect of the stitches makes it trap the air and keep you toasty warm. Loraine Birchall

It’s like being asked to choose your favorite of your kids lol, I feel I shouldn’t have a favorite.

I can indeed see that your Festival Hat would be great to customize and to use of scraps. I really like the colors you chose for your sample version. Those bright colors really brighten up a dreary autumn day.

Thank you, it was fun to knit. The decreases on the crown took a lot of working out lol.

festival hat
Festival Hat

Are you doing any gift knitting yourself this year?

Gift knitting: I’m making a hat for my Dad. Also, a Gansey Driving Cap by Anne Carrol Gilmour. She’s a lovely lady and her patterns are a delight to knit. I’m knitting two sweaters in the GAL, Taliesin Sweater and the Cranberry Brioche Sweater. Plus the Mom’s Favorite Color Hat, which is plaid, a great joke which made me laugh. I have to knit a cardigan for my new niece who is named after my Grandma, Lily. I knitted a Sloth toy for my son. Loraine Birchall

Lots more to do!. However, I may cheat and do the sleeves on a few cardigans on my Bond knitting machine. That’ll speed things up.

Wow, you really have quite a list of projects planned!
I’m looking forward to see your WIP’s and FO’s appear in the various GAL 2014 threads 🙂

I knit obsessively. I take my knitting to meetings (it helps me listen and focus). On the bus, when I’m being driven somewhere, to wait outside meeting rooms etc. My handbag always has emergency knitting in it. It puts the brain into an Alpha state, so it helps relax you as if you had been meditating.

Yes, I can see how all those minutes here and there are adding up…

I said I was obsessive lol :0
I treat it like a piece of work and schedule it into my day. Control freak maybe?

I see a bit of structure and order as a good counter weight for the chaos that usually accompanies the creative aspect of designing. There has to be some balance 😉

Thanks, I’m really enjoying the GAL so far, what are you knitting?

I intend to knit the lineside beanie, the Lumberjack beard-hat and have various designs going on that need samples finished. Busy!

It sounds busy but it’ll be great fun. I love the beanie and the beard-hat is great fun. I’m part way through one test knit and about to start another but my part of that knitting is all done. Loraine Birchall

It is a balancing act, if I feel like goofing off, I ask myself does it take me closer to my goal or further away? That usually gets me back on track, but I do take some time off.

Lovely! That’s it for my questions…

Thanks so much for doing this, Susanne, it’s really appreciated

You are very welcome Loraine! I really enjoy this chance to get a to know a fellow designer a bit better 🙂

It’s fantastic to chat to you, I’ve really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see your new designs when they are ready.

Wonderful and thank you. Have a great evening! Loraine Birchall

zoel hat

Zoel hat

The Zoel Hat is a very soft and delicate hat knit using lace weight mohair yarn. It is a great pattern to get familiar with using this type of yarn. Because of the simple two-row lace, this pattern not only lets the yarn shine but also makes for a wonderful portable project.

Pair it with the Zoel Scarf to warm up a cold day in autumn or winter.


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Skills required

This hat is knit in the round. Stitches used include knit, purl, yo, k2tog and the double decrease sl1-k2tog-psso. The pattern is suitable for the intermediate knitter.

Sizes and Finished Measurements

The Zoel hat is available in 3 sizes: S (M, L). In the pictures, the M sized hat is worn with 7.5 cm (3 inches) of positive ease.
Finished size at brim: 55 (60, 65) cm, 21 1⁄2 (23 1⁄2, 25 1⁄2) inches.
Length from brim to crown: 20 cm, 7 3⁄4 inches.

Pattern details

  • Bottom-up
  • Written for gauge of approx. 14 sts / 24 rounds = 10 cm (4 inches) over lace pattern
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 2 pages (A4 size)

Materials

  • 15 (16,17) g / 83 (89, 95) m (91 (98, 105) yards) of Lana Grossa Lace Pearls [40% wool, 26% polyamide, 18% alpaca, 18% mohair, 8% glass; 137 m (149 yds) per 25 g skein].
    Substitute any lace weight kid mohair/silk type yarn for a similar result.
  • Needles in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round in the following sizes (or to match gauge): Size 4 mm (US #6) and size 4.5 mm (US #7)
  • Yarn needle
  • 12 (13, 14) plain stitch markers
  • 1 differently colored end-of-round stitch marker

almost time: 2014 Indie Design Gift-A-Long

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Preparing for the holidays as only fiber folks can, with special deals from tons of indie designers in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long. And this year La Visch is one of the participating designers!

What is the Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear.
The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 2-month long KAL/CAL (Knit-A-Long/Crochet-A-Long) of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From 13 to 21 November 2014 tons of indie designers will be discounting between 4 and 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. You can read all about the details in this post on Ravelry: click!

Not a member yet of Ravelry? Join! It’s free and totally awesome.

Once you’ve got your Gift-A-Long patterns, you can join a relevant KAL/CAL in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group. For example, if you are making a shawl, join the shawl KAL/CAL to be eligible for prizes. To join, simply write a post in the KAL/CAL thread of your choice, including the pattern name you will be knitting and a link to your project page. KAL/CAL participants are eligible for lots of lovely prizes but you gotta post to win!

KAL/CALs will run from Thursday, November 13 at 8pm (US-EST) through our New Year’s Eve party, Wednesday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST). In other words: plenty of time to knock out all your holiday knitting and crocheting.
There will also be games, tons of prizes, great conversation, and a lot of fun, so pull up a chair and join!

Stay tuned, because I will also be posting interviews with some of my fellow Indie designers the upcoming weeks.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Please use #giftalong2014 to tag your social media-ing!
  • Please only share your Giftalong projects with the Gift-A-Long group

gladiool cowl

gladiool cowl

The Gladiool Cowl is a warm and colorful cowl, designed to show off the multi-colored thick-and-thin yarn. Made with store-bought or your very first handspun yarn, this cowl will brighten up your winter.
Worked in the round, this pattern features Feather and Fan lace, and stockinette. Both written and charted directions for the lace are included.

For the matching hat, click here, or get the cowl and hat together in the set!


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Skills required

The Gladiool cowl is knit in the round. Stitches used include knit, purl, yo, k2tog. The pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner.

Sizes and Finished Measurements

One size – finished dimension: 23 cm (9 inches) wide and 130 cm (51 inches) circumference, measured after blocking.
Make the cowl longer by adding more stitches in multiples of 24. This will, of course, increase the amount of yarn needed.

Pattern details

  • Written for gauge of approx. 10 sts / 14 rounds = 10 cm (4 inches) over stockinette
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 2 pages (A4 size)

Materials

  • 200 m / 218 yds of Scheepjes Verona, [50% wool, 25% acrylic; 100 m (109 yds) per 100 g skein]. Substitute any multi-colored thick and thin super bulky weight yarn for a similar result.
  • Needles in your preferred style for knitting in the round in the following size (or to match gauge): size 7 mm (US #10.75)
  • Yarn needle
  • 5 plain stitch markers
  • 1 differently colored end-of-round stitch marker

hugs and kisses set: hat and scarf

hugs and kisses set

I Like Crochet issue December 2014 contains two of my designs! As part of the Warm up to Winter chapter in this issue, I’m presenting the Hugs and Kisses Set consisting of a hat and matching scarf. Photo courtesy of I like Crochet Magazine.

Luxurious, stylish and deceptively easy. The broomstick lace-filled Hugs and Kisses Scarf and Hat set is a perfectly coordinated set. It will last you all winter long. Together the hat and scarf provide all the warm woolen hugs and kisses one can ask for in winter time.

Both the hat and scarf are also available through La Visch Designs.

gladiool hat

Gladiool hat

The Gladiool Hat is a warm and colorful hat, it is designed to show off the multi-colored thick-and-thin yarn. Made with store-bought or your very first hand spun yarn, this hat will certainly brighten up your winter.

Worked in the round from the bottom up, this pattern is available in two sizes. The hat features Feather and Fan lace, and stockinette. Both written and charted directions for the lace are, of course, included.

For the matching cowl, click here, or get the cowl and hat together in the set!


Pay what you want: (minimum €4.90)

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Skills required

The Gladiool Hat is knit in the round. Stitches used include knit, purl, yo, k2tog. Therefore, this pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner.

Sizes and Finished Measurements

To fit size: 52-55 (59.5-62.5) cm, 20.5-21.5 (23.5-24.5) inches.
Finished circumference at brim: 47 (56.5) cm, 18.5 (22) inches.
Length from brim to crown: 20 cm, 7.75 inches.

Pattern details

  • Bottom-up 
  • Written for gauge of approx. 10 sts / 14 rounds = 10 cm (4 inches) over stockinette
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 2 pages (A4 size)

Materials

  • 100 (120) m / 109 (131) yds of Scheepjes Verona, [50% wool, 25% acrylic; 100 m (109 yds) per 100 g skein]. Substitute any multi-colored thick and thin super bulky weight yarn for a similar result.
  • Needles in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round in the following sizes (or to match gauge): Size 6 mm (US 10) and size 7 mm (US 10.75)
  • Yarn needle
  • 4 (5) plain stitch markers
  • 1 differently colored end-of-round stitch marker