Archive for the ‘Patterns – Pullovers’ Category

All Seasons Bramble Berry Released

June 9, 2009

Bramble Berry All Seasons_ThumbnailThe last few years at TNNA I have heard comments from the warmer states along the lines of “the designs are lovely but they would be too warm here”. So I am beginning to offer the worsted weight designs in a lighter weight version, beginning with Bramble Berry. Bramble Berry has always been a popular design so it seemed  to be a good choice to start with.

Skacel generously provided yarn support which I appreciate immensely. It has been an expensive month with the different garments coming due that were test knit, and then designs needing tech edited. I don’t even want to think about it.

At any rate, here is a picture of Bramble Berry in Merino Cotton 90 by Schulana, a Merino Cotton distributed by Skacel. It is a wonderful yarn, lighter in weight and also the fiber content makes it friendlier for warmer climates as well.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

Design Discussion: LaMancha

September 25, 2007

LaManchaThis pullover is a ladies pullover, and is knit with worsted weight yarn. Chest measurements are as most of my other patterns, 40 (44, 48, 52, 56) inches. This particular design feature the Channel Island cast on, and has saddle shoulders. The design was inspired by one of the breeds of Dairy Goats we have at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.  Our local zoo is ranked among the top 10 in the nation and we enjoy going at least once a season. 

One of my favorite areas in our zoo is the Indiana Family Farm. It has an area that used to be called the petting zoo. Although the name is different, the animals are the same. The goats are highly inquisitive, sometimes obtrusive, and just a lot of fun. You have to watch anything loose and dangling though, as it is likely to end up in their mouth.

Typically, even when the rest of their bodies are still, their tail is moving. Their tails are often held stiffly at attention, with a bit of a curve in them, and they swish back and forth,back and forth.

The LaMancha goat also has small nubby ears. This is a distinguishing characteristic of this goat, and I wanted to bring that into the design. I felt the Channel Island cast-on was a good choice for the cast on as adds a layer of detail as well as reflects the inspiration fo the design.Three Little Goats

I also chose to use panels of garter stitch in the design. There are those who turn up their noses to garter stitch, feeling it is too common or plain, but I really like to use it.

In this case, it is reflective of the feel of the inspiration of the design in an emotional or intellectual sense.

Imagination is a powerful part of design. I wanted something that reflected the very utilitarian nature of the inspiration. The farm, dairy goats, things common and simple. Garter stitch is perfect for this, and it also added a textural contrast to the eyelet zig zag. The columns of garter stitch are strongly vertical while having a horizontal texture, so the more formal or lofty feel you can get from strong vertical lines is balanced by the horizontal lines of the stitch pattern.

The eyelet zig zag is also representative of a portion of the body of the goat. I feel their tails are a lot of fun and so expressive. The eyelet zig zag makes me think of their tails swishing back and forth. The diagonal lines of this stitch pattern balance nicely with the vertical and horizontal lines. Lastly, I felt the garment needed just a little more detail to round out the design.

I don’t know if you can see it in the photo or not, but it has a saddle shoulder. For those who may not know what a saddle shoulder is, it is a portion that extends up from the sleeve across the top of the shoulder. It is used in Gansey and Aran knitting, but in this case it was another detail that made the design a bit more special.

Since I was dealing with fairly simple stitch patterns, I wanted to have details that were not so simple or run of the mill. That is why the Channel Island cast on is so important to the success of this design, as is the saddle shoulder. It will not be at my vendors quite yet, as the pattern is at the tech editor right now. If all goes well, Black Water Abbey will be introducing it at Stitches East. Up North Fiber Art Supply, my American Distributor, has already placed their order. So it will be available in the shops soon.

WooHoo! I finally have a new design that is out. This is the first new pattern leaflet since I had my accident a year ago this past March. It feels so good to be productive.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

Design Discussion: Red Rocks

November 12, 2006

Red RocksThis Aran style sweater is knit out of Black Water Abbey 2-ply Worsted Weight in Rust. Finished chest measurements are 40, 44,048, 52, &56 inches. It was designed with 4 inches of ease, and is a unisex garment.

This particular design is the first one that I did with Black Water Abbey, and is one that I did for my husband Ed. He loves the color red, and when I decided to do a sweater for him I wanted it to be a little different.

I decided to use some traditional Aran stitch patterns, and chose a hot spicy Red after some of the stitch patterns made me think of rocks and Cacti.

In choosing something that has a strong regional identity as inspiration, an important element is color. This particular design would not have such a strong Southwestern feel if it did not have colors that suggested the Southwest. If I had chosen Burgundy, for example, it would have a completely different feel. So combined with the unusual color and stitch patterns that are either not used frequently (or not frequently together) gives this sweater the feel that it has…a little unexpected, a little unusual, a little exotic.

Men tend to prefer ribbing at the bottom of their garments, and this one has ribbing too but the stitch patterns flow into the ribbing. This is a much better treatment design wise, as it leads the eye into the stitch pattern than abruptly stopping it where the stitch patterns begin.

This pattern is carried by most of my vendors.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene

Design Discussion: Brambleberry

November 8, 2006

Bramble BerryThis ladies pullover is knit without your traditional type of edging out of Black Water Abbey Worsted Weight. Finished chest measurements are 40, 44, 48, 52, 56 inches. It has an average ease, and finished garment length is 23.5, 24, 24.5, 25, 25.5 inches. It is a feminine design which is very flattering, with it’s strong vertical lines.

This particular design was inspired by a patch of wild berries in my yard. We live on a little over 2 acres, in a house just over 100 years old. There are lots of trees – including walnut trees, crab apple, elderberry, and others. It is a good natural habitat for animals. In the spring we have lots of birds, who love the berries in the patch and the trees. I always know spring is here when I hear them all singing. And they stay, too, until it is time for them to leave for Winter.

I wanted to bring the berry patch into cold weather sweater, so I focused on color and stitch pattern to give the design the feel that I wanted.

Pink Heather was the perfect color, as it made me think of the berries. Next, since I was working in worsted weight, I knew that I would be using cables for the stitch patterns. If I were working in a lighter weight wool or a plant fiber, I would have chosen lace to create line. I had cables in mind, too, just from looking at the patch of arching canes. Very fluid and strong lines that would be well suggested in cables.

With that in mind I found the perfect stitch pattern. One of the reasons I think this design is successful in representing the feel that I wanted it to, is because I did not simply repeat the chosen stitch pattern over the whole garment. By working a small portion of the repeat over the bottom part of the sweater the long vertical lines are formed, which is repeated on the sleeves. On the yoke the whole stitch pattern is worked which gives the feel of the canes crossing back and forth. In the berry patch itself, that movement is a long, graceful arc. So even with the simple cable crossings which occur more frequently, the overall movement in the stitch pattern is more widely diagonal, as the eye follows not just the individual cable crossings, but the blocks of cable crossings, as they begin at the bottom edge and arc over the yoke, ending at the shoulders.

I chose not to put any edging at hem and sleeve cuffs. I had the design go right into the stitch pattern so that the detail would gradually build, drawing the eye up to the top of the garment and near the face of the wearer.

It is one of my favorites and is carried by most of my vendors. It works well in any number of worsted weight yarns and colors. As always feel free to choose what you love when working the design.
Peace and Knitting, JoLene


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