Waves cardigan with lace pattern

Waves – A tried and tested cardigan

A cardigan that you can wear (almost) all year round? “Wellen” definitely! Well, January and February were too cold, but apart from that I wore this cardigan all the time for almost a year now. I wanted to use a traditional wool like Wendelstein Schafwolle in a different way and used thicker needles and a lace pattern … And it worked well! The lace pattern gives the hem and the sleeves pretty curved edges and the jacket looks airy enough to be pulled over even in summer when it is cool which happens quite often here in Bavaria … Merino wool retains its good properties: it is warm, soft and extremely robust. I took the photos now, after one year of continuous use. Over dresses, with jeans, long or short sleeves underneath – it looks always great.

Cardigan "Wellen", handgestrickt

I especially like the solution for the eding. After various attempts to add an edging did not turn out as I wanted, I wore “Wellen” without one for a while. And I noticed that I didn’t need anything buttons or so to close the cardigan. I would only like to be able to close the jacket loosely from time to time. One day, the idea was there: to knit a few rows of garter stitch onto the V-neck area and continue the ends a bit longer to form ties. A playful and at the same time practical little detail that makes the jacket perfect for me!

Detail aus Cardigan "Wellen"

Below the v-neck, chain stitch edges remain unfinished. During the winter, I knitted a second version, using a darker colour, an aubergine shade I like very much. But I noticed: lighter colours are better, with the dark shade the pattern is not showing that well. This jacket is clearly less in use …

Strickjacke "Wellen" aubergine

Right now I am thinking about turning it into a pattern. As the calculating of different sizes is always a big project, I have to admit that I am not so very motivated … But that could change, if I should get lots of enthusiastic feedback! I am looking forward to many comments …

Machine for spinning wool

Wendelstein wool: a trip to Litzldorf

To… where? Litzldorf is a small village in Bavaria on the foothills of the alps near Miesbach – and of course I went there because of wool, more precisely because of the “Wendelstein Schafwolle” of Schafwollspinnerei Höfer. I had been looking for a yarn for a nice and hardwearing jacket to wear out of doors for quite some time, but hadn’t been able to find a suitable traditional yarn yet …

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Traditional Bavarian jacket with hood

Traditional Bavarian jacket meets Hoodie

I’ve wanted a hard-wearing and beautiful knitted jacket to wear out of doors for a long time. Knitted in garter stitch, like the traditional Bavarian jackets, but designed to be worn every day, in the countryside and in the city, not only for the Oktoberfest. I finally found the right yarn (more about Wendelstein wool here), so I only had to knit …

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Traditional Bavarian jacket: grafting hood together tutorial

How does the hood of the traditional Bavarian jacket Aidenried get a nice shape, and a perfect finish? Decreases make sure the hood fits well, and then the last stitches on the needles are connected invisibly by grafting them together. This photo tutorial shows how …

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Traditional Bavarian jacket Aidenried: test-knits

More hooded jackets: children’s versions and test knits

The children’s jacket is done – and it fits! The sleeves are still a bit too long, but better than too short … And then I have incredibly fast test knitters: the first three knitters have finished theirs and kindly sent me photos.

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Pattern for Traditional Bavarian Knitted Jacket with Hood

Hooded Bavarian Jacket “Aidenried”: the pattern is available!

It’s autumn, time to get the needles out again – and maybe to knit a traditional Bavarian jacket with a hood … ? For all of you who have been waiting for a while: Thank you for your patience, here it is finally, the pattern for the traditional-jacket-meets-hoodie-cardi, which is now officially called “Aidenried”.

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Ribbed hat with Pompom: free pattern

Good for North Wind – free pattern for a cozy hat

Simple knitting projects that can be knitted anytime and anywhere are just great. On the train, in a Café, or while watching a movie: “Good for North Wind” is a quick knit, so it is easy to make several in your favourite colours and for family and friends. Due to the super elastic rib pattern the hat adapts to any (adult) head size and keeps you warm, no matter how windy it is. The brim can be worn folded over or turned down and allows you to adjust the fit of “Good for North Wind”.

Knitted hats with Pompom: free pattern

The Pompom of course can be made to match the hat’s colour, or you can use a contrasting wool. It would also look good if you had a variety of leftover yarns in various colours and use them in one pompom. Or you plan several hats and each one gets a different colored pompom! A 100 g skein of the two-ply Wendelstein wool is enough for one hat and a matching pompom.

100 g Wendelstein Schafwolle 2fädig
1 set of double-pointed needles no. 3,5
Pompom maker with 7 cm diameter

2 x 2 rib: *purl 2, knit 2, repeat from * to end of round
GAUGE: 20 stitches x 30 rows, slightly stretched horizontally = 10 cm

INSTRUCTION Cast on 100 stitches and distribute over four needles. Close round, place Marker at beginning of round an knit 22 cm in rib pattern.

1st decrease round:* purl 1, knit 2 stitches together knitwise, knit 1, repeat from * to end of round.
2nd decrease round: *knit 2 stitches together knitwise, knit 1, repeat from * to end of round.
3rd decrease round: knit 1, *knit 2 stitches together knitwise. Repeat from * to end of round until 1 stitch is left. Knit this stitch together knitwise with the first stitch of the next round. (25 stitches).
4th decrease round: *knit 2 stitches together knitwise, repeat from * until 1 stitch is left. Knit this stitch together with the 1st stitch of the next round (12 stitches).

Cut the thread, leaving a 15 cm tail, pull through each of the remaining stitches and darn it in well. Make pompom sew it onto hat. Or just fasten it on the inside with a knot you can undo again, then the pompom can be removed for washing. As always with the Wendelstein wool: after washing (wool washing cycle or hand washing with wool detergent, 30 degrees) the yarn becomes even softer anf fleece-linke. More information about the traditional Bavarian wool produced locally in a family-run business here. Have fun making “Good for North Wind!

Knitted ribbed hat: free pattern