It’s a swoncho: A sweater-poncho hybrid that we have been seeing a lot in the knitting world
lately. Wide and flowy like a poncho, but with sleeves that makes it very wearable: It won’t come
off or be in the way when you are going about your daily business. But “Concrete Flower” is so
much more than a swoncho: It is sufficiently light to be worn as a cowl or a shawl, depending on
whether you use the sleeves for your arms or not. My sample was knit out of 80 g of a 100-g-ball of
a beautiful Alpaca-silk-blend. The open sides make it wearable for larger sizes, and you can adapt
the pattern to your own needs: change the width and length of the sleeves as well as the depth and
width of the neck opening, limited only by the amount of yarn you have.
Extra fluffy and soft – and with long, amazing color changes! This yarn is truly special: It has a core of pure silk and long, super fine Alpaca fibres that produce a beautiful and warm halo, and all of it is dyed in stunning gradient colors. Using 4-5 mm knitting needles, you will knit up shawls, cowls and sweaters fairly quickly, and the results will be superlight but still warm, as alpaca fibres are true wonders of keeping warmth near your body. A pure natural fiber yarn with 30% silk and 70% alpaca – light as a feather and fun to knit with!
For the fourth project of Strickmich! Club 2021, 100 g of this yarn (4 balls) was used.
Color changing yarn in fascinating shades: That's what southern German yarn maker Schoppel is famous for. And with "Lace Flower" they really have outdone themselves: A mulesing-free, fine Merino fiber was spun into a shimmering one-ply that really makes the colors shine. And with 1200 m per flower, you will get enough yardage to make a big Lapislazuli or Smooth Sailor. And it's superwash! Perfect, right?The sample "Nuvem" in our book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions" was made out of one Schoppel Lace Flower, colorway "Blasser Schimmer".
Addi Circulars with 80 cm (32 in) length and extra sharp tips are ideally suited for most of Martina Behm's designs. These needles are great quality "Made in Germany", and they make even the most complicated lace pattern a pleasure to knit. The needle sizes are printed on the cable (metric and US). Addi lace needle tips are made from shiny brass and nickel-free.
Elastic ring stitch markers in a useful aluminum tin with a screw cap. The stitch markers are put on the needles between the stitches, e. g. in my patterns Jasminde, Nuvem, Viajante and Knit Your Love.
Diameter: 10 mm, suitable for knitting needles up to 8 mm - Content: 20 piecesDiameter: 6 mm, suitable for knitting needles up to 4 mm - Content: 25 pieces
They are made of silicone and free of chemical softeners.
Strickmich! Big Bowl is the more voluminous version of her little sister, the Strickmich! Bowl Accessory bag: Open it up and it will expand to a useful bowl that holds your yarn balls when knitting. Sturdy cotton with a wool felt bottom protects your precious yarn, and knitting from it is a breeze. When you close it, you can carry it with the attached sling. Strickmich! Big Bowl holds 250 to 350 g yarn (on the ball or knitted) plus your needles.The smaller version (Strickmich! Bowl – accessory bag) is suitable for knitting accessories or small projects with up to 100 g yarn.The yarn and decoration in the pictures are not included.Strickmich! Big Bowl is sewn by Manomama in Augsburg, Germany after an idea by knitwear designer Martina Behm: Sturdy organic cotton fabric that will hold its shape and a reinforced bowl bottom with wool felt from German sheep who live in the Black Forest. The contrast-color zipper looks great with the Strickmich! logo tag and is made in Germany as well. Manomama is a project by Sina Trinkwalder, who established Manomama in the old textile hub Augsburg in Bavaria, employing people who find it hard to find work otherwise. Fair pay and good working conditions are an essential part of the project. Materials100% organic cotton from Tanzania, woven in Northrine-Westphalia, Germany, GOTS certifiedWool felt from sheep from the Black Forest, GermanyZipper made in GermanyMeasurementsDiameter upper edge ca. 30 cmDiameter bottom 18 cmHeight of Edge approx. 13 cmLength when closed approx. 37 cmWidth when closed approx. 17 cm
This pattern is available in English as a PDF, but not in print. Please choose "English" and "Download Pattern" to buy this pattern.
A soft and cozy wrap cardigan in a beautiful mulesing-free merino yarn in a favorite color – every knitter needs one! Wrap & Warm is worked seamlessly in the round from the sleeves to the collar and can be adapted to your size and preferences during the knitting: the width of the cuffs, the length of the sleeves, the width and length of the cardi and the dimensions of the collar can all be adapted while you are working on it. You decide! If you work the edges in different widths as suggested, you will get two different looks depending on which one is worn at the neck side. Use a shawl pin to close it if you prefer. It’s easy to knit, relaxing to wear and just a cozy new favorite piece.
Materials: Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy
Size S: approx. 350 g (4 skeins)Size M (as shown in the sample): ca. 400 g (4-5 skeins)Size L: approx. 550 g (5-6 skeins)Size XL: approx. 700 g (7-8 skeins)
4 stitch markers2 circular knitting needles, 3.75 - 4 mm (US 5-6), length 80 cm (32 inches) or more
Summer is close – and a typical sight around here are pretty deep red poppy flowers showing their friendly faces. But even in warmer temperatures, a little woolen something to keep your neck warm might be nice: “Poppy Project” is a modular cowl with two additional openings and multiple wearing options – you might even wear it as a little shoulder warmer. Knit entirely in garter stitch without any seams, it’s a perfect project to relax, have a good time and chat – online or offline – with your favorite knitter friends.
The sample in the pictures was knit with one skein (150 g) of Alte Künste Big Merino. It doubles as a shrug up to size M. If you wear a larger size, you can wear it as a versatile cowl or choose to add a second skein of yarn to make it bigger.
"Poppy Project" can be worked out of any fingering weight yarn (400 m / 100 g). You will need 150 g of yarn up to size M and 200-250 g for larger sizes.
It is absolutely no secret that I love long, triangular shawlettes, because they are easy to wear and look great. And sometimes I wish I had something to warm my arms on chilly evenings, when I am just wearing a T-Shirt or a tank-top. Something that will stay in place when I move, goes over everything and adds a splash of color. So I made „Sleeves“: It is a shawlette that you can put your arms in, because the long ends are actually tubes. You will be able to dance in it without fear that it might come oﬀ! The knitting is pleasant and easy, mostly knit stitches with a few construction details that will keep you interested.Pattern NotesI recommend a ﬁngering or sport-weight yarn, but the pattern is written such that you can use any other yarn (gauge is not important). You will just have to try it on your arm and decide how long you want your sleeves and neck opening to be. The wider you make your arms, the longer it will be in the back. In an appendix, key stitch numbers for ﬁve sizes are provided. My version (which is a generous size M) used 250g. Plan to use more yarn for larger sizes. If you are using multiple colors, do the color changes at the beginning of the rounds or at the beginning of a right-side-row.