Pocket Top Nautical

 A nautical version of the newly minted POCKET TOP made in 100% linen and trimmed with vintage sailor buttons.  It's worn below with a pair of BLOOMERS made out of an old feed sack.  Buttons and feed sack both found at L'uccello.
Instead of knicker elastic a satin bias binding threaded with narrow elastic was used; a HOW TO can be found right here.

The POCKET TOP is available from my Etsy store in Australian sizes 6-14.


The White Dress

Looking through some older collections I came across one from Chloé circa 2006; at that time the design team was lead by Phoebe Philo.

There's a group of styles all in white and trimmed with frills, lace and some incredibly pretty appliqués which I just love.  Look how great the flash of purple and pale beige looks against the white.

 Inspired I adapted the pattern for the POCKET TOP adding the straps plus a wide double layered hem frill (finished width 18.25cm plus 5.5cm of lace).  Instead of buttons at the front I inserted two lines of cotton lace.  The pattern for the POCKET TOP is now available in my Etsy shop in sizes 6 to 14.

The dress is made in a linen found at Tessuti in Melbourne and the lace was donated to the cause by a friend.


new pattern POCKET TOP

The sweet and girly POCKET TOP.

The pattern for the POCKET TOP is now available from my Etsy shop and can be made with or without shoulder straps, buttons or pockets. The shape is loose and relaxed, perfect for a long hot summer. 

The POCKET TOP is shown above with a pair of FLAPPER SHORTS and below with the MINNIE MINI and an ICHIGO BAG.  The fabric for the top and shorts came from Tessuti, the vintage bobble buttons were found at L'uccello and the fabric for the MINNIE MINI is by Umbrella Prints  Details for the ICHIGO BAG can be found right here.


new pattern THE LONG SKINNY

 An amalgamation of two of my favourite t-shirts, THE LONG SKINNY combines all the things I loved most into the perfect stretchy knit top...extra long length, curvy side seams that sit close to the body, long skinny sleeves with subtle flared cuffs, a comfortable armhole depth, and a flattering and practical round neck, not too high, not too low.

The pattern for THE LONG SKINNY is available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-14.  It's super quick to make and comes in two variations; a raw edged version with rolled neck binding or for a more polished finish, with twin needled hems and a classic bound neckline as shown here.  Check out the HOW TO section for more detailed instructions.

Perfect for layering it's shown below with the JUMP PANT and a Rowan sweater designed by Kim Hargraves called JACK (Rowan magazine #30) which I knitted in Kidsilk Haze (the left overs were used for THE SNARF)


A Snood wearing dude

Today I pose a question...should dudes wear snoods?

On observing my knitting a discussion with my friend Tom about the benefits of snood wearing ensued.  In the play The Bacchae, the character Penthius unsuccessfully disguises himself as woman by putting on a snood and pulling it up over his head.  

  Driven by his desire to witness the Bacchic rites, orgies of sex and violence that only women were allowed to attend, he is duped by their cheeky God Bacchus into thinking that dressed in woman's clothes he could slip in unnoticed.  Of course Bacchus knows the outcome of this useless charade, the women in their Bacchic frenzy tore him apart limb from limb.  Perhaps the moral of this story suggests the answer is a firm no however I'm not so sure. 

My version of a snood, equally good on girls and guys, is actually a snood scarf combo and the instructions are given below... 

The Snarf

You will need... 
40 grams Kidsilk Haze (Rowan) approx. 1 1/2 balls
I set 3 3/4mm (60cm length) circular needles

Cast on 154 stitches
Row 1: (RS) K2,*P3,K4* rep from *to* to last 2 sts K2
This row forms rib, continue knitting in the round until work measures 22.5cm ending the last round with K2

Form Split as follows...
Turn and work in the opposite direction
Row 1: (WS) P2,*K3,P4* rep from *to* to last 2 sts P2, turn
Row 2: (RS) K2,*P3,K4* rep from *to* to last 2 sts K2
Continue as set above until split measures 8.5cm ending with a WS row.

With right side facing and keeping rib pattern correct con't as follows
Row 1: rib 30, K94, rib to end.
Repeat the above row once more.
Row 3: With RS facing rib 30, P94, rib to end (30sts).
Row 4: Rib 30, K94, rib to end.
Rib 30, cast off 94 sts purlwise, rib to end.
This forms the top edge and establishes the start and position of the two scarf sections.

Turn and keeping rib correct work until the first scarf measures 51cm ending with a wrong side row.
Knit 2 rows.
Next row purl to end
Next row knit to end
Cast off 30sts purlwise.

Rejoin yarn to the other side and work to match so you have two identical scarf sections as shown above right

A special thank you to Tom who bravely agreed to demonstrate three ways with Snarf.  This is my first attempt at writing down one of my knitting patterns for others to use.  Any questions or feedback please feel free to email me.

sts - stitches
K - knit
P - purl
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
rep - repeat