New – Lace Flower Circle

Here is my latest knitting pattern, the Lace Flower Circle. Following on from the Three Reversible Cloths, I wanted to design a circular dishcloth with a lace element. I also wanted it to be reversible – who doesn’t love a reversible cloth?

The pattern is worked in one piece using short rows and simple yarn overs for the lace effect around the edges. There is one short seam to sew.

The Lace Flower Circle can be knitted in any kind of yarn from fine 2-ply up to seriously chunky. It can be many things depending on the weight of yarn you choose.

Dishcloth – spa cloth – table mat – coaster – rug – throw – cat blanket.

Knitted in cotton yarn, it makes a decorative and practical dishcloth or face cloth.  Alternatively you could use 4-ply or a finer yarn to make a small delicate flower, for a beautiful addition to your dressing table.  Or why not go chunky on big needles to make a giant flower to grace your favourite armchair, or for your cat to lounge on?

1940s Vintage cardi FO

Finished Object – stripey 1940s short sleeved cardigan in 4-ply angora.

This was commissioned by a friend who does historical re-enactments, putting together a 1940s outfit.  She chose the pattern, the colours and the buttons, which saved me a lot of time as I am hopeless at putting colours together!  I love the gathering effect on the waist and sleeve cuffs, and also the fabulous pleat in the shoulders.

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1940s striped cardi pattern-1

I am so pleased with how it turned out, but…will it fit?  My friend lives quite a distance away so we have not been able to do many fittings.  The pattern only gives one size and my friend is smaller, so I reduced the number of stitches.  Then I found that the pattern didn’t make sense: with stripes it is easy to count the rows, and the pattern instructed me to knit many more rows than are visible in the photo.  So I had to rely on my stitch gauge and my friend’s measurements.

Added to which, my friend did not want the pocket flaps or the collar.  The flaps were easy to miss out.  Then for the collar I worked a simple ‘pick up & knit’, 2 rows in garter stitch, and then cast off.  For some reason this was fiendishly difficult – the first attempt was puckered so I had to re-work with a much looser tension.

The sleeves look huge and I’m now thinking I should have reduced them more.  But perhaps they look huge because the waist is drawn in – maybe it will look more balanced when it is being worn.

My friend is coming to collect at the weekend – fingers crossed for a decent fit!