I used some Debbie Bliss BFL Aran to knit my sample version of the Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern, but any heavy Worsted or Aran weight yarn should be fine as long you as you get the right tension/gauge.
The Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern is worked in garter stitch, with iCord edgings and some short row side panels (for the optional Aline shaping). It’s an easy knit and I’ve included photos of the stages and a diagram showing the joins, pick up edges and direction of knitting for each section. You can choose to have visible joins (on the outside of the fabric which look decorative), or hidden joins (worked on the WS of the fabric and which are hidden inside the garment).
Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern showing the back and first two front pieces with joins visible on the RS of the fabric for a decorative effect.
As always I’d like to thank my incredible test knitters, they are: Mirella, JHankie, CarleneRuns, CoonPrairie and GreatMinds and I hope you like their photos and Carlene’s modifications.
Carlene altered the side panels of her Aline Modular Cardigan pattern sample to be symmetrical, which worked well with her self striping yarn and adapted sizing to make the lower body slightly larger than the upper body. It looks fabulous on her and I love the colours. She also raised the neckline, I’ve added information on how you can do that if you too live in a cooler climate.
If you don’t know Carlene, give her a cheer on Facebook. She’s been growing her hair very long and donated it recently to raise funds for her local Children’s Hospital, read more here.
Mirella in her Aline Modular Cardigan pattern sample
The gorgeous Mirella, modelling her sample knit of the Aline Modular Cardigan pattern in a cool green.
This particular cardigan was a labour of love, I had to think long and hard aout how best to use the decorative joins on the outside of the garment. It took a while to write the descriptions for each of the joins and as I wrote each, I knitted each one again to make sure it was correct.
My testers of the Modular Aline Cardigan pattern have been amazing and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work, dedication and attention to detail.
Do I need to add the icord edge to the garment?
Yes, I think it’s important to finish it with the icord edging. It’s the detail that takes it from a simple cardigan to a professionally finished piece.
It’s not hard to do. I’ve included written instructions and links to various video tutorials which show how to knit an icord edge.
Do I need to add buttons to my Aline Modular Cardigan?
I added buttons to mine because I like to wear it fastened on cold days, but if you live in a warmer climate, then leave them off. I don’t fasten mine as much these days, I’m in the realms of hot flushes/flashes and can go from comfortable to boiled in oil in seconds. I’m sure some of you can relate 🙂
Can I add pockets to my garment?
I suggest adding Afterthought Pockets which are very easy to do. There are a few methods, one using waste yarn. The other to cut the fabric afterwards, pick up stitches and knit the pocket edgings.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Slipper and Bootie Favourites
Today, I thought we’d have a look at some of the awesome Slipper Patterns available in the Indie Design Gift Along this year. I’ve picked designs from the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 that caught my eye, had interesting stitch patterns, techniques, were quick or just simply too cute that I had to include them.
I’m actually making these for myself, I’m using some Stylecraft Special Aran in silver grey and cloud blue for the sole/trim. They are super warm and I’m half way through the right slipper, having made the left one.
I’ve made an exception with this pair of adorable slippers to show you two photos, why? Well, the bottom image shows a tiny version made with 4ply/fingering weight yarn and it makes a perfect baby size bootie OR the most adorable Christmas Decoration!
I’ve made these, originally for myself but within hours of being finished, my Mum had tried them on, claimed they fit her better than me and disappeared into the sunset with my new slippers. They’re made with super bulky yarn and very quick, I think the smallest size took me around 45 mins a slipper.
Yeti Slipper Socks are a quick knit in super bulky yarn. The colour pattern is achieved with a simple slipped stitch technique so that only one colour is used at a time. Great for using up odds and ends of stash.
What girl doesn’t want a pair of Ruby Slippers? A quick and easy knit, great or using up small amounts of yarn or those variegated skeins you have kicking about. Carolyn is a Mod in the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 event.
I couldn’t resist adding this cute pair of knitted slippers, partly because I love the name Betty and also because the cable and garter pattern on these will be a) cozy and b) stylish. They’ll make an awesome gift. As with all the patterns, you can find them on Ravelry.com and in the Indie Design Gift Along Group.
I’m working on a Magnus for Maxwell my cousin’s little boy. The pattern Magnus is by Jenny Wiebe. I’m using some James C Brett Marble Chunky in grey. I’ve picked a machine wash yarn as both my cousin and her husband work full time and what parent has time to hand wish little clothes?
The finished Magnus for Maxwell is a cute hooded cardigan and sized from newborn to 8 years. I’m making the 2 yr size with longer arms and body because both of Max’s parents are tall, his Dad especially.
It features ribbing, a textured pattern and is worked top down, starting with the hood and so far, it’s been a really enjoyable and quick knit. The texture pattern is charted and written and she explains how to incorporate that pattern and keep it correct as you increase for the raglans.
I’m just about at the end of the raglan increases and ready to separate sleeves from the body. I’ll probably work the sleeves flat, because that’s faster for me and will add an extra couple of stitches for the seam. I haven’t had a mooch through the button stash yet to find the perfect buttons or toggles but I’ll post photos when I choose.
This’ll be a Christmas gift and it’s good having a deadline to work to. Edited to show finished item with some bright teal buttons.
There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.
I wanted to focus on shawls today, there is so much to choose from, but here are a few that caught my eye as I was helping to assemble the giant sale bundle of over 6000 patterns.
First up is this designer by Peggy Jean Kaylor, I know PJ very well and she’s created this in both shawl and shawlette versions, I’ll only show one but you can easily find the other, click on the image to go to the pattern page.
I’ve shown a close up of this one, it’d be fabulous for all the trendy speckled yarns in the shops and available from Indie Dyers at the moment and I love the pretty stitch pattern, isn’t it lovely? Click on the name of the pattern or on the image to visit the page. Marcela used 3ply/light fingering yarn but I think I’d use 4ply/fingering weight from my stash, this really is a beautiful shawl and in these colours, would be perfect for Summer.
This one is crochet, but it’s hard to tell from the photo and I just love purple, so how could I resist this? The shawl features a gorgeous zigzig pattern, achieved with chains, shells and simple stitches, nothing too taxing and it’s easy to see if you’ve gone wrong very quickly.
I’ve included this one, partly because I love the colours and simplicity of this one, great for a shawl beginner but also because it’s a good one for those self striping yarns you don’t know what do with, or using up scrap yarn and making a magic yarn ball.
I love Amy’s designs and have made her Beeswax Hat in a previous Gift Along, but this shawl, inspired by a waterfall near to Amy’s home, really stands out for me. It has lace, angles, texture and a real sense of movement.
This is a simple and quick knit, great way to use up stash, play with colour and get used to shaping a shawl. It is easy, but it’s not boring, a great knit for tv watching where you want to keep up with the plot and not lose your place in your knitting.
I had to include a rainbow somewhere and as a Sci Fi fan, to have rainbows in space was a fab combo. I love the twinkly stars and the rainbow colours. I think I’ll make this one with an Autumn coloured rainbow and an inky purple for the starry sky.
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