Thursday, August 7th, 2008 16 comments

For all the process knitters out there, I thought I’d share the knittterly aspects of Linden. (Linden was published last week in the new superstar mag Twist Collective; don’t even bother reading the end of this post if you haven’t seen it! Go now! You can come back later.)

Still here? Ok – Linden, which I had unimaginatively named ‘trapeze cardigan’ (I was tired; all these knits were designed around the same time, you know) was a departure. I usually draft my patterns using the flat pattern method using Garment Designer before converting them to a full chart. However, I was given a half scale dummy for christmas last year* and I felt like draping this time around – you can see my first attempts here.

You can see in the photograph of the muslin that I considered a cocoon shape but was unsure about it; in order to keep my options open, I worked a provisional cast on so that I might decrease afterwards instead of working a straight hem. I didn’t in the end, but kept the provisional cast-on because it allows decreases within the cables so that these wouldn’t spread out unattractively and makes for a seamless garter st band. I’d be curious to see if anyone decides to opt for a cocoon shape, though.

After the muslin was draped, a raglan shape emerged. As a side note, I think that loose fitting pieces are given a bad rap – I don’t think that they are as invariably unflattering as they are sometimes reported to be. I think that it’s all about the shoulder: consideration has to be given to where the lines of the garment falls. Furthermore, sweaters that are a true T shape often tend to produce extra bulk though the bicep and the underarm. For that reason, I’ve been playing of late with modifying the angle of the sleeve when I design raglan garments (such as Colette). Which is why the decreases on the sleeves differ from those on the body pieces.

Other fun things** are the mirrored cables, short row collar and the little points on each front and sleeve. And double decreases (love those). Not to mention the fantastic yarn…

*I had asked for it; my in-laws were perplexed and wondered why Mars was giving me a doll all of a sudden.
**Fun for me. I may be easily entertained, but those details do keep me amused.

  • Cassie

    I love, love, love this pattern. Thank you for sharing the design process behind it. I love knowing those details!

  • Marnie

    The piece is just beautiful. I love it. I too did raglan decreases differently on the sleeves and body. It makes it far easier to get the right ratio of stitches in all sections.

    I would love to learn to drape. Is it something you picked up on your own or have your read instructions for doing it, somewhere?

  • Julie

    Linden is gorgeous! congrats on being involve dwith the Twist Collective.

  • Jocelyn

    Your design is at the top of my Twist Collective list. I’d love some yarn substitution suggestions…

  • Cara

    This is such a lovely piece! Do you by chance have any views of the front on your dressform or even an actual person? I’d like to see how it hangs on a person’s frame from the front. Thanks for such a beautiful design!

  • Lynne E.

    The cables in Linden fascinated me, so I purchased the pattern and queued it up on Ravelry. There are already 4 projects (one finished!) and 246 queues! Obviously Linden is going to be a very popular pattern. I like the lines of the swing coat, and I happened to have some Briar Rose piney green hand-dyed worsted on hand, in large enough quantity for a jacket. I still have to work out the yarn substitution issues, but I’ll probably get the project cast on later today. Thanks for the designer background on the pattern–I’m glad you didn’t go with the cocoon shape!

  • Ingrid

    I love Linden! I had already blogged how much I love it. I think that the collar and cable details are fantastic!

  • Nadine

    Linden is beautiful. I am a relatively new knitter, so I’m wondering – how would you rate the difficulty of the pattern?

  • cici

    Linden looks awesome!!! and I love love love Twist Collective already.

  • Kendyl Young

    I think I an one of the few knitters that DIDN’T love every pattern in Twist… except for Linden. I love this sweater with a passion. Thanks for another classic and beautiful design. My queue is too large…. I don’t when I’ll get to it – but I will.

  • Debbie

    I love Twist Collective, and Linden is my favorite pattern. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was yours!! I bought four patterns on the 1st, and yours was at the top of my list. Your designs reflect my likes and personality. Love them! I would love yarn substitution suggestions, as well. Thank you for posting about your design!

  • Wannietta

    It’s beautiful Veronik! I especially love the way that the collar is so think and cozy around the back of the neck.

  • mindy

    That one is definitely on my list! In fact, I think its going to bump a few things on my list…

  • Dr. Steph

    It’s beautiful Veronik! Reading more about it just put it up the queue. I love raglan sleeves.

  • Melinda

    Now I know why my friend sent me here. I’ve been lusting after this sweater since I saw it in TWC (which is brilliant) but am a bit afraid the shape won’t suit me. Your comments make me think I could try it after all.

  • Angela

    Over the weekend, I found myself scoping out yarn at Stitches Midwest. When I mentioned to my mother that I was trying to find The Perfect Linden Yarn, a woman within earshot told me that she had just purchased Yarn Over for her Linden at the Green Mountain Spinnery booth. I headed straight toward the booth, tried on the Linden sample (absolutely gorgeous in purple), and immediately grabbed ten skeins of the red Yarn Over. I am in love with this pattern. AND, I loved reading about the design process at your blog. Such talent!