Designer Spotlight Joan Dyer
I missed yesterday so I’m playing catch up. Our Designer Spotlight is on Joan Dyer, joandyer on Ravelry.com who is taking part in this years Indie Design Gift Along.
I won a pattern in the forums the other day and chose Madeira, my dear, by Joan Dyer, it’s a gorgeous all over lace pattern and I love the rich raspberry colour she chose for the design sample. I’d be easy to add a bit of waist and hip shaping by just changing needle sizes, larger at the hips and smaller at the waist. It has a nice clean neckline (no clutter and fancy shaping required) and the sleeves also feature the pretty lace. As always with Joan’s patterns, it’s well written, clear and clever. There are charts and written instructions with lots of hints and tips on how best to handle the lace shaping at the raglan.
If you make one sweater for work or play, this should be on your short list. It’s worked in the round with raglan shaping, that gives the best options for trying on as you knit. There’s an option for sweater length and tunic length, this’d make a great beach coverup or a teen dress for nights out (with appropriate layers underneath 🙂
Next up is the Sidestrokes Pullover, a childrens knit worked ‘sideways’ if you hadn’t guessed from the name 🙂 . Sidestrokes Pullover features a placket neck opening with a one button closure to make it both easy to pull on over the head but also for style points. It was created for Tess’ Designer Yarns. The four sizes correspond to ages 3, 6, 12, and 18 months with 4 inches (10 cm) ease. The width is easily adjusted by adding more rows, and the length by casting on additional stitches. The main body is knit sideways, the neckline and bottom edge picked up and knit circularly after the sides are seamed.
The sweater can be worked in lace weight yarn, 3 strands held together, which provides the opportunity to create a gradient that shifts color from one cuff to the other with the color changes controlled by replacing one strand at a time. The design is well suited to variegated yarns, or sock weight yarns knit to gauge for a lighter weight garment. If you use machine washable sock yarn, it’ll be clean and dry in no time. Brilliant for busy Mums and stylish for fashion conscious kids.
Our last garment for this post is called Klid, a child’s cardigan, with a stunning tree on a rev st st background. Great for young Hobbit or LOTR fans or just kids who love nature! The pattern has a cropped or hip length version (to keep them warm and toasty), is knitted in worsted weight yarn but there are notes on how to adapt for other yarn weights which is a great bonus. The body is worked flat bottom-up, with waste yarn replacing sleeves until the sweater body is completed. The sleeves are worked in the round top-down with underarm gussets (continuing from waste yarn, no pickup required). The closure can be snaps or buttons. The construction is seamless.
I couldn’t resist adding this and the sample item would match nicely to Klid (above), it’s the Ditty Bag pattern. It’s handy for cable needles, your seaming or sewing needles to stop them dropping down the side of the chair (or is that just me?). You can use any weight of yarn, any type of yarn and it’s a great project to learn about double knitting.