Author Archives: Nicolina Lindsten

Personal Knitting

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Personal knitting is something of a luxury at the moment since I spend most of my time trying out different design ideas and working on future patterns and all that comes with it. I love it but over the past year I have only made a few things for myself. I started a pair of kaprifol sock in september I think and only just finished them, these are made from my pattern Kaprifol Socks and are my first personal pair. The other 2 pairs are saved and tucked away in case I need to re-shoot them or ever decide to go to a knitting show and need sampels in good condition. Now I finally have a pair just for myself. I knitted them in Filcolana Arwetta Classic, I wouldn’t recommend the yarn it, is splitty for a sock yarn and I did not enjoy knitting with it, but on the other hand it is not the worst sock yarn I have used either.

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I’m still in love with this design, so simple but with the cable exactly the right place, I can’t wait to wear them wheal working at the preschool, if is always amazing to see the children’s reaction.

If you want to make your self a pair the pattern is to be found it the shop.

Wristers

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Someone close to me asked if I could knit a pair of wrist warmers for her birthday and I thought long and hard to try and find a suitable pattern for her and came up with this wave pattern created by cables. I think the visual effect is very interesting and really like the end result even if I got a little bored of turning cables all the time. That boredom was quickly overcome as I have since then knit other project with cables, but more about that another time.

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I have a lovely stash of yarn that is ever growing it mostly contains single or partial skeins left overs from bigger projects and mostly from the time when I knitted 1-3 adult cardigans a month. It can be difficult to find a purpose for all these smaller quantities but wristers seemed like a perfect use of a single skein as they don’t take that much yarn. After a little digging I found this cream coloured Baby Cashmerino. It was an almost complete skein and I gambled a little and hoped that it would be sufficient. It worked I have about 70 cm left after knitting up both of these.

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Test knitting and sewing

I plan to release these as a free pattern and need test knitters, are you interested?

I’m always looking for testers, both knitters and sewers, you don’t need to be an expert to be a tester. The patterns comes in different levels (beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced). I’m so thankful for the testers I already got but as I generally send out several patterns at once and most people are interested in doing other stuff then test knitting for me all the time which is understandable. I always struggle to find testers suitable for the upcoming new and exciting pattern.

Skill levels knitting

Advanced beginner: This pattern does not teach you how to knit. It has a simple construction and uses very few techniques to be beginner friendly, it also contains more explanations then a higher level pattern as to walk you through the project even it you don’t have experience of making e.g. sweaters.

Intermediate: This pattern includes a few techniques like cables, colour work or lace but not all of them at once and it walks you through any specialty techniques like a Latvian braid or one row buttonholes but not how you knit stranded colour work.

Advanced: This patterns contains multiple techniques, long repeat lace/colour work pattern or intricate cables, lace worked from both the right and wrong side, steeks and more. They are generally more involved then the intermediate patterns but not necessarily more difficult

I choose to label my pattern from advanced beginner to advanced to try and prevent the misunderstanding that a beginner pattern teaches you how to knit, but the advanced beginner patterns more or less only contain cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase right and left, decrease right and left and yarn over for simple buttonholes. I think that it is important to remember that knitting has a lot more to do with determination then skill level. As a very new knitter you definitely could take on an advanced lace shawl or colour work steeked cardigan. Your only limitation is how determined you are to do it, steeking isn’t difficult. It can be scary and it is different then just knitting but it is not difficult, anyone can do it with a little preparation.

In order to pattern test for me you can be any of these levels. It is very valuable for me to have a new knitters perspective on the instructions for an Advanced beginner pattern. I’m currently working on a few knitting patterns and my brain is currently tuned on knitting but there are several sewing patterns waiting for the final fixes and will be out for testing this spring. I have an exciting collaboration with a eco friendly yarn shop coming up and is therefore translating into Swedish so even if you’re not comfortable with english patterns this might be something you are interested in.

Photography skills is something I really appreciate in a tester. Most important is that I need to be able to see where something went wrong from a far if you need some support, I also need to be able to see how the fit is for your size to see if the pattern needs change to improve the fit. I always aim for the pattern to be perfect before I send it out for testing but things happen on the way and sometimes adjustments are necessary. The least important reason is that I like to share testers project on the blog and I’m a bit critical when it comes to the blog. This is however the least important part since it doesn’t affect the testing of the pattern at all.

To become a docksjö pattern tester you simply fill out this form so I can add you to my tester database.

Saffran parade

I had tremendous help form my testers in creating Saffran Cardigan, there where many mistakes in the pattern in the beginning. Here are a few of the many beautiful projects made by my testers. Click the image to get more information on the testers blogpost, these people are amazing knitters and you might want to follow them.

Sustainable Friday | Washcloths

For sustainable Friday this week I have two versions of a simple washcloth that still looks nice, you could use them to do dishes or wash yourself. I always keep one in the kitchen, one in the shower and one by the sink where I wash my face in the evenings, they are perfect. This design has most likely been used by thousands of knitters before me, so this is most likely to reinvent the wheel but I have given it my own twist to make them as decorative as functional. Both of these versions also have the advantage of knitting until you have the desired size so there is no guessing of how many stitches you need to cast on to get a reasonable size.

Size: What is a good size is something of a personal preference but after trying a few different sizes I think that 20 cm by 20 cm is the most useful size.
Yarn: Use a fingering to sport weight linen, cotton, hemp, or mix of plant fibre. A heavier yarn won’t be able to dry between uses and drying quickly is what keeps it fresh between washes. Thrift stores usually have lots of forgotten crochet cotton.
Gauge: You don’t want it to be bullet-proof since you want it to dry quickly but not to loose either.

Washcloth rhombus

  • Cast on 2 stitches.
  • Make a yarn over (yo) and knit all stitches, repeat this row until you reached desired width.
  • Yo, slip one stitch as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together (k2tog), pass over the previous stitch over the 2 together, knit all stitches. Knit this row until only 4 stitches remain.
  • Yo, slip one stitch as if to knit, knit one stitch, k2tog, pass over the slipped stitch over the 2tog, pass over the next stitch over the 2tog, pass over the remaining first stitch on the needle then yo over the 2tog.
  • Crochet or knot a loop using the last loop on the needle.

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Washcloth angle

  • Cast on 3 stitches.
  • Knit 1, yo, place a marker, knit 1, yo, knit 1.
  • Knit all stitches
  • knit to marker, yo, knit 1, yo, knit to end.
  • Repeat the last two rows until you reached desired size and end with a row without increases,  bind off the stitches until you reach the marker, remove the marker and bind off the center stitch, crochet a loop using chain crochet and ending with a slip crochet in the first chain stitch. Continue to bind off the rest of the stitches.

Good luck making your everyday objects reusable and more sustainable. 

Saffran Cardigan | More Sizes

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I’m thrilled by the response that Saffran Cardigan has had and my heart skip a beat every time I see another beautiful Cardigan on Instagram. Many of you asked for more sizes and I have now with help from amazing testers managed to expand the size range to 16 sizes, spanning from newborn to early teens. I knitted up one in yellow as a late christmas gift for my little friend. I chose yellow again as matching his favourite Spot was my best chance to have him like it.

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It is knitted in Sandnes Alpakka Ull just as the others (I’m not sponsored, just really like that yarn). The bigger sizes have a few details that are a little different to the smaller sizes to make the proportions and the appearance of the sweater similar despite the size difference. I’m partial, but I love them, easy and fun to knit and just amazing to look at.

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If you already bought the pattern you should have access to the larger sizes as well by now, there was a bit of a technical issue at first but I think that it is solved.

Akleja Blanket

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I have a new pattern. It is a wonderful squishy blanket I have knitted up two samples for us and for photography purposes. They’re just wonderful and in constant use.

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The blanket is reversible and looks exactly the same on both sides to make it easier to use since it looks great without paying too much attention to it. It comes in 3 sizes so as to fit your particular needs and situation, the adorable baby in the pictures is almost 6 months and is playing with the smallest size, she was really fascinated by it and kept looking at it so focused on the stitches that she fell over.

 

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The smallest size is a baby blanket size and the largest is a home adult sized blanket but the pattern also comes with an adjustment guide so you can change it in to any size you like, the guide also has a simple equation where you put in your numbers and it gives you a yardage estimation so you know how much yarn to get even if you are free styling the size, isn’t that great?

You can find this amazing new pattern in the store.

Alpakka leggings

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I made a pair of leggings using some leftover red alpaca yarn. It was meant to be held double with the thicker alpaca I used for the red Saffran cardigan but in the end I only used the thicker alpaca and had this left over. I used Paelas Haverdags thighs pattern and made a 3 year size. They have a beautiful lace pattern going up on each leg that doesn’t show very well in the picture but they are really pretty and will be a great complement to all the sweaters in the chest with clothes for future children. The pattern features fold hems both at the waist and the ankles and I inserted clear elastic in the waist to ensure that they stay up despite running around and playing.

These are so nice I almost want to knit myself a pair of alpaca stockings, but knitting stockings for a pretty big me doesn’t sound that fun. Have you made anything like this in adult size?

Work in progress

As you probably know I’m working on a collection of baby/toddler wear, these are a few of the things I’m working on.

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The decision of focusing on baby wear came as a side track, but a love it and it will probably stay for a while. Everything is tiny, cute and there is always the challenge of making everything comfortable as well as functional. Did you know babies have really big heads and making tops go over the head without having an unhappy baby can be a bit of a challenge? The photo sections are also very interesting, if you happened to pick a good day, you have a laughing baby for a full hour of changing clothes and snapping photos, it the best day in the world. If it’s a bad day the newly ironed clothes gets vomited all over before we even get in to the shooting set up, but it is wonderful not knowing and working with what you have at the moment.

What you can see in the pictures, apart from the adorable model and child of a friend, is Akleja Blanket currently in pattern testing, Maskros T-shirt a 60’s inspired top, Tussilago Trousers adorable pleated trousers for everyday wear and Dagmar.

Hanna top

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I pattern tested for Wardrobe by me Patterns for you just before christmas and made this top, The pattern is now released and is the hanna dress but I made it shorter as a top. I made it in organic cotton jersey with 6% elastane that I got from my sister in law for my birthday. This top has a few fit issues that she should have resolved in the final pattern, the main one being that this turned out more like a maternity top then a normal sweater due to the low back and high bust for the bodice that tilt the skirt forward. It is incredibly comfortable and I love the yoke detail and will definitely use it again for other tops and dresses.

I’m thinking of putting this in storage for a future pregnancy (If we are blessed) but I have been meaning to do so for almost a month now but it is so comfortable that I just keep use it. Do you have any suggestions?

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