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Doesn’t this look cool?  I designed this wacky jacket myself with Elann’s Peruvian Cuzco.


I knitted this on size 13 needles for the body in garter stitch and then a 1×1 rib on size 11. Cuzco is an amazingly soft alpaca yarn that is like knitting a fluffy cloud.  This knitted up pretty quickly and can be worn either as a longer jacket with a short collar or shorter jacket with a long collar. 


If you’re interested in the pattern, leave a comment.


By the way, this picture is a sneak peak for something coming soon!

Free Knitting Pattern: Wire Knit Crystal Choker

Wire knitted with Crystal Beads


 It is knitted with 26 gauge gold filled wire and 5 different kinds of Swavorski crystals.  It was knitted on a size 4 bamboo needle across 3 stitches using garter stitch.  I purl when knitting with wire instead of knit as it is much easier to wrap the wire around the needle with purling.


The pattern is fairly simple:
On 26 gauge (half soft) gold filled wire, String (1 4mm aqua drop, 1 4mm clear bicone, 1 4mm aqua bicone ) 19x
This gets you just short of half way. At this point switch to larger drops – (
1 8mm drop or other medium flat drop, 1 4mm clear bicone, 1 4mm aqua bicone, 1 4mm aqua drop, 1 4mm clear bicone, 1 4mm aqua bicone) 2x
(1 8mm drop or other medium flat drop, 1 4mm clear bicone, 1 4mm aqua bicone) 1x
1 8mm drop or other medium flat drop, 1 4mm clear bicone, 1 4mm aqua bicone, 1 4mm aqua drop, 1 4mm clear bicone, 1 4mm aqua bicone) 2x
(1 4mm aqua drop, 1 4mm clear bicone, 1 4mm aqua bicone ) 19x


Cast on 3 stitches, purl for about 5 rows plain (this will be where you will attach the clasp)
next row,purl one stitch bring up a bead (4mm aqua bicone) then purl the next stitches, bring up a bead, purl the last stitch.
As you turn, bring up the drop, purl all 3 stitches
Repeat until all beads are gone.

Purl 5 rows.

Attach to a clasp. You can use a cuff or cone on the ends to create an attractive end.

Knitting with Ribbon is very Cool!


I started knitting with Ribbon this year also.

Here are two summer tops which I made from Ribbon

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The sleeveless top is my own design made with nylon Crystal Palace Deco Stardust Ribbon in Aqua. This project was a nightmare.  I did not wash my swatch before knitting the tank and it shrunk during my first day wearing it to the office.  I had no idea that it would shrink when wet.  Glad that I was wearing a jacket!  Any way, I picked up along the bottom and added 3 rows of Garter Stitch and a few sections of Drop Stitch and I think it still looks pretty good…

 

 

 

 

IMG_0079This other top, is made with cotton Schachenmayr Nomotta Scaletta from Inspiration 75.  The pattern is actually designed for long sleeve, however, I wanted to wear it under  a jacket for the office.  This Cotton Railroad ribbon is really soft and currently discontinued.  I bought a ton of it in 3 different colors from Elann.com a while ago. 

 

 

 

 

 

I have aquired lots of ribbon yarns in my stash and I have been frustrated with how few good books are out there with Garment patterns for ribbon yarns.  Usually I see poncho, shawls and bag patterns.  Ribbon Knits by Judi Alweil has some nice sweaters I might actually feel confortable wearing to the office!  Other patterns for Colinette Giotto are nice also.