What seems like not that long ago I released a number of patterns that were monikered with the second names of my sisters and I. You may remember some of them; Jane/Miss Jane, Elizabeth/Lizzie, Suzanne and Anne (Annie and Annabel). This little troop was missing one sister though and in June she was finally published - which coincidently happens to be the month of said sister's birthday.
This is Maree and she has just been published in Yarn, the fabulous Australian knitting magazine.
Maree carries on from the tradition of most of the other sister patterns in that her construction is a hybrid - a flirt with deconstructing the normal construction method. In this case, Maree is a hybrid circular yoke. Instead of the yoke forming a true circle around the upper body, it forms more of a half circle and sits just a wee bit differently. For those of you who have knit Jane, it's a similar idea to that but instead of raglan shaping across the back, the yoke is shaped in a circular fashion.
The garter stitch yoke then leads into a row of eyelets that allow the wearer to create a fastening if desired. I personally prefer to wear it open, particularly over cute sundresses, but it will fasten very similarly to Jane/Miss Jane if desired.
The body of the cardigan is knit in an easy to remember lace pattern that I simply adored knitting. I really love this pattern, and it is such a relaxing stitch pattern to knit.
One of my favourite part of this pattern is the way the lace merges into the pockets, which creates almost a rippled effect across the top of the pocket. This pockets are knit as you go.
As with the majority of my patterns, this is all knit from the top down and seamlessly.
The yarn that I used for this pattern is WOOLganics Organic Merino 8ply. This particular yarn colour is one that was hand-dyed by a friend of mine, Shannon, a number of years ago. I had probably intended to knit something for Lily out of it but it ended up being mine. The sample here in the 32" size used a smidgeon under 800yard or 400 grams.
If you've not knit with WOOLganics yet, seriously get yourself onto some of this stuff! It's beautiful to knit with and even more beautiful to wear.
Like the other adult sister patterns, this one will eventually have a little sister version too - eventually, but first of all I do have to catch up on my backlog of samples that are still missing published patterns! Yikes!
Maree is currently available in the June 2015 issue of Yarn.
You can find a list of stockists here, in Australia this should include any good Local Yarn Store and Newsagent.
You can also purchase the magazine direct from Yarn's publishing group or via pocketmags.com on your Tablet or computer.
Inside the magazine you'll also find an article I've written about the Circular Yokes and their enduring appeal as well as a profile piece. Yep, there's lots of me in this magazine! And to top all that off, my pattern does indeed grace the front cover (which is very awesome, don't you think!)
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