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Missimer Pullover in Knitting Plus Book

April 21, 2011

I am very excited to be part of the Knitting Plus Book with my Missimer Pullover. Composed especially for plus-sized women, it not only has 15 gorgeous patterns, but also lots of information and tips on how to make sure that your garment fits well and suits your body shape.

Chapter 1 explains how sweaters are constructed and how different measurements influence the finished fit. Chapter 2 talks about body measurements, how to choose right size and gives you tips on how to customise your garment. Lisa goes on to explore 5 basic styles of sweaters: drop-shoulder, set-in sleeve, raglan sleeve, seamless yoke and dolman sleeve. She explains what styles suit different body shapes. And there are 3 patterns for each sweater style.

My design Missimer Pullover with dolman sleeve and simple boat neck is full of style and sophistication. Large-scale all-over lace pattern is perfect for a plus-sized  garment. Shimmery linen-blend yarn gives the fabric a beautiful drape.

Missimer Pullover

Missimer Pullover by Katya Wilsher, Knitting Plus

Missimer Pullover sketch

Missimer Pullover sketch

Creating the sample of the pullover was not without a few mishaps. I took this project with me on a sailing holiday in Greece. One day, when I was knitting on deck, a rush of wind blew all my notes  into the water. My mother-in-law and I tried to fish them out of the water. We managed to rescue most of it, but unfortunately my  chart had drowned. Luckily for me, I managed to recreate the chart from my swatch.

I hope you will enjoy this book. Happy knitting, everyone!

Alice Top pattern

November 6, 2009

Good news, my new pattern is up! It is a beautiful lace top knit from top down in DK-weight yarn. The  pattern comes in two sets of sizes: 30-40 inches and 42-54 inches. You can see more photos and info here or on Ravelry.

Alice top

It was designed for the fashion show on UK Ravelry Day in June 2009, organised by Joanne Watson from British Yarn. The topic of the show was anything British. So I started to  think about British things that I like and thought about Alice in Wonderland. It is a very English book and everyone loves it. I like the cute little apron Alice wears, with its square neck and ruffles. Then there was this other Victorian thing – beautiful lace stitch, that I wanted to use in something for a long time.

Alice in Wonderland illustration by Sir John Tenniel

So that was the start. I added two more different stitches and the design was ready. Luckily for me, my design was accepted and I got the yarn support. I wanted to make the top in some summery yarn, but as it was a Everything British event, I got Bluefaced Leicester wool form bluefaced.com, as it is the type of yarn that actually originates from Britain.  It is a lovely, very soft yarn which comes from British sheep and is spun in the UK as well.

To be honest, it was my first project knit from top-down and on the round and I enjoyed it very much, so much that I don’t want to go back to flat knitting anymore unless I have to. Center lace stitch works brillianly knit in the round, as one doesn’t need to make decreases on the purl side (not my favourite thing in the world). And two other lace stitches are very simple.

Well, it took me a while to write and re-write and then ammend the pattern, but I got there.  But I couldn’t have gotten here without brilliant editing by Tana Pageler.

I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing it!


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