Whoops, I just don’t know how this happens! I get lost in the fun things like designing, knitting and helping knitters….as well as the less fun things that come from being an independent designer and shop owner…admin and organising those things. As a creative person a pile of papers and columns of numbers does not excite me!
So on my very long list was write this blog for Maylla Book 13….at the beginning of April. This is a fun thing to do, so I should have done it first but I had to get some of the less fun things out of the way before this. So yes! Here it is, woo hoo, and the other good news is now I can get on with the other fun things on my list!
This is my book of Maylla textured garments and accessories for women and men!
The Mirasol yarns are always made up of sumptuous fibres, whether just one single yarn or a blend of many and Maylla is no exception. It is a beautiful blend of 45% Alpaca, 40% wool and 15% bamboo and it has one strand that is dyed in a variegated way while the other strand is a darker shade. The yarn needs simple patterns to let the uniqueness shine through. I designed some garments for men, but as always they look just as good on a woman as they do a man.
My suggested sizes are very close to the actual sizes to create a snug fit, as it makes me feel cosy in my cardigan. If you wanted a looser feel, then go by the actual measurements and not my suggested to fit chest sizes.
The zig zag patterning on this blanket is very subtle and works with the texture of the yarn to create a unique look. My knitter repeated the 16 rows twenty times to achieve the length.
This shawl collar cardigan is inspired by a traditional feel but the styling brings in a new edge. It’s perfect for both men and women.
When making this hat, I started on a small circular needle, working in a round and then as I decreased at the crown arranged the stitches on three double pointed needles and continued in a round on these – don’t forget I am always here if you need help with this!
I love using the rib on the sleeves to create a fitted look on the arms. I also used the ribbing on the sides of the main body too as it gives a little bit of shape.
This sweater uses a stitch I feel is often overlooked: the garter stitch. Personally I feel its simplicity is its beauty.
For those who knit this have queried a point in the pattern regarding the buttonholes. If you haven’t knitted this or are new to knitting, this might not make sense now but as always I am here to help knitters with my patterns.
For knitters new to this type of cast off, for the buttonhole row, I’ve said k7 because one of the eight stitches is involved in the cast two stitches, but there are eight stitches between each cast off.
This scarf is joined at the edges so it can be loosely twisted around the neck. I feel this creates a fun look but it’s up to you – you can leave the edges separate. Instead, when you finish the scarf, just cast off. However, I do recommend having a go at joining the edges!