If it is cold outside and rather white-grey, natural dyeing experiments with yellow are perfect. The bright lemon yellow I got from a dye bath with weld (the skein in the middle in the image above) makes the sun rise! And it is almost magic how mordanting the yellow skeins with iron water turns them into a dark shade of olive …Continue reading
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.
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!
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 …
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 …
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 …Continue reading
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 …Continue reading
Finally, finally it’s ready – the pattern for the traditional Bavarian jacket with hood I made last summer. It took much longer than expected, but now it’s ready and also has a name: Aidenried, a lovely place on the shore of the lake Ammersee, just round the corner. And now the first test knitters can beginn …Continue reading
So much nice and enthusiastic feedback! I am very happy that so many of you are happy about the offer and would like to test knit …Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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”.Continue reading