Friday, February 7, 2014

Contiguous Symmetric Shawl
Contiguous Symmetric is the third shawl of a series of three. It is a top down shawl with contiguous symmetric ridges which I designed to show off the richness of semisolid hand dyed yarn. This pattern gives instructions for two shawls. A light and airy shawl that can be wrapped around you completely, was knitted using ONE skein of a pale yellow lace yarn and needles size US6 – 4.0. A second shawl was casted on with TWO skeins of fingering weight yarn and same size needle to obtain a more compact and warm fabric. Dig into your stash: I’m sure there’s one special skein or two waiting… Let’s start to rock and roll!
Lace yarn - Sample shown was knit using One skein of Madelinetosh Prairie, 100 grams, 3.53 ounces, 840 yards (768 meters), 100% merino, color Milk.
Fingering yarn - Sample shown was knit using Two skeins of Eliza by Posh Yarn, Fingering/4ply, 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 465 yards / 100 grams, 3.53 ounces, color Mayem.
Needle and notions
US 6 - 4.0 mm or size to obtain gauge. Tapestry Needle, Blocking Wires, T-pins, 1 set of 5 Stitch Markers.
Gauge - Exact gauge is not critical for this project. However, a looser gauge will result in the use of more yardage.
Gauge for stockinette sts after a gentle blocking is:
Lace weight: 21 sts by 36 rows = 4” by 4” (10cm by 10cm)
Fingering weight: 24 sts by 33 rows = 4” by 4” (10cm by 10cm)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Symmetrical Shawl

Symmetric is the second shawl of a series of three. The first is Contiguous Shawl. The third is being edited at the moment. Symmetric Shawl is a classic triangular shawl with symmetric ridges which I designed to show off the richness of semisolid hand dyed socks yarn. For this pattern, I used a red skein of yarn from my stash which I purchased directly from the dyer. It was there, calling for the right pattern. Dig into your stash: I’m sure there’s a special skein waiting… The border can be knitted two ways, either with a symmetric triangle pattern or in simple garter stitch. Let’s start to rock and roll!

A PDF file of this new design can be purchased on Raverly:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Baby Beatrice Blanket

FIVE of my girlfriends were expecting this year! A baby blanket is the perfect gift. I ended up knitting and crocheting a total of five different baby blankets, and I feel that now it’s time to share with you the first UniqueCreazioni baby blanket written and charted pattern. The babies were four boys and Beatrice, the only baby girl, she is a beauty with a lot of dark hair. She’s got an important name and I think it suits perfectly my design as well. Baby Beatrice Blanket.

Quest'anno ben Cinque mie amiche erano in stato interessante!!! Le copertine per neonato sono il regalo che prediligo. Mi sono ritrovata a realizzare 5 copertine. Qui di seguito troverete il mio primo UniqueCreazioni design pubblicato. Sono nati quattro maschietti e Beatrice, l'unica femminuccia! E' bellissima con tanti capelli neri. Le hanno dato un nome importante che va benissimo anche per il mio pattern. Baby Beatrice Blanket.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Contiguous Shawl

After a long long break I'm glad to announce you my new Published Design!
        Contiguous Shawl is the first shawl of a series of three.  It is a wide triangular shawl, where the ridges are contiguous. It can be wrapped around your neck and have some left.  This textured shawl shows off perfectly the richness of semisolid hand dyed socks yarn. The purple skein of yarn I used for this pattern was gifted to me by the dyer/friend/knitter. All this time it has been there, calling for the right pattern. Dig into your stash, I’m sure there’s a skein waiting to become Contiguous…
Let’s start to rock and roll! 

Dopo una lunga pausa finalmente pubblico un nuovo Design!
        Contiguous Shawl e' il primo scialle di una serie di tre nuovi design. E' una scialle triangolare molto ampio che puo' essere avvolto intorno al collo piu' volte. Il design di questo scialle e' appositamente studiato per mettere in evidenza la ricchezza dei filati tinti a mano con le tonalita semisolide. Per realizzare questo scialle ho usato una matassa di filato per calzini donatomi da ceciknits che lo ha tinto a mano. Tuffati nel tuo stash sono sicura che troverai un filato che sta aspettando di essere trasformato in Contiguous...


Sunday, December 9, 2012

S W E A T E R? My kind of challenge

As you might already know I'm a shawls addicted, I've never counted how many shawls I have knitted during my "career". I'm not sure I want to know it either!
As a therapy to cure my condition I try to knit at least one sweater during every solar year. I was toward the end of November 2012 and there was no sweater on my needles. A strong action needed to be taken...

I have been reading on several Ravelry forums of this new Contiguous Method, I loved the FOs (finished objects) shared in so many Ravelry's projects pages. I wanted to try to knit a sweater with the contiguous too!

In the past I found myself with several UFOs (unfinished objects) and of course I'm referring to sweaters. I'm so bad, I feel guilty. In order not to have a UFS (unfinished sweater) sitting around the house I use some tricks. The most effective one is: Test Knitting one. If I have a deadline to respect, I'm a perfect pupil!

I did it. I test knitted a sweater with the "slanted contiguous method". I have to confess it was a challenge to understand the pattern. After a couple of false attempts and some great help from the designer and a new found raveller friend Daniela I'm finally wearing O N C E:

This is a winner. I will definitely knit more sweaters with the slanted contiguous. It follows the natural lines of the shoulders much better then the classical reglan sweater. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Roman Weekend

It's October and the summer is still here, everyday is full of sunlight and delight! 
I spent the weekend in Rome. I attended the Stitch 'n' Bitch at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, enjoying good food and glovely friends. I meet new and old knitters. If I just could associate the nick names on raverly with the faces now... We talked of new and old secret projects,  my lips are sealed, nothing can be revealed yet, hopefully next month! 

E' Ottobre ed e' ancora estate, ogni giorno c'e un bellissimo sole!
Lo scorso fine settimana sono andata a Roma. C'era lo Stitch 'n' Bitch al Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Mangiato tante cose buone e trascorso un pomeriggio meraviglioso con delle care amiche. Ho incontrato nuove magliste. Se solo ora riuscissi ad associare i nick di raverly con le facce... Si e' parlato di nuove e vecchie iniziative, al momento segrete, non vi posso raccontare  niente. Speriamo nel prossimo mese!

how can I resist?

serious knitting

During the knitting cafe' I finished a project, it's a cowl. I took a photo while it was blocking, doesn't it remind you those stained glass windows you find in the churches?

Durante l'inconto ho finito un collo. Ecco una foto mentre bloccava. Non vi ricorda le vetrate piombate che si trovano nelle chiese?

On Sunday I went to Porta Portese, one of the oldest and for sure the biggest flea market in Rome.  Think of something you might want, you'll find it in there. It was a girls shopping day, we had so much fun and it was a success. We bought shoes, custom jewelry, street food and clothing of course! At the end of the day we were exhausted but it was worth it!

Domenica sono andata a Porta Portese, uno dei mercati piu' antichi e grandi di Roma. Li si puo' trovare qualunque cosa. E' stata una giornata al femminile, ci siamo divertite e ottenuto un bel bottino. Abbiamo comprato scarpe, bigiotteria, cibo e vestiti ovviamente! Alla fine della giornata eravamo distrutte ma ne e' valsa la pena!

some goods for sale

fresh squeezed orange, yummy!

the old and the new

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stitch 'n' Bitch in Rome

Dear knitters, 
in Rome, on Saturday the 6th of October at 4.00 p.m. there will be a Stitch 'n' Bitch meet up at Palazzo delle Esposizioni Cafeteria. On ravelry you can find the thread here. I'll be there and hopefully you'll join me.

Care amiche magliste,
a Roma, Sabato 6 Ottobre alle 16.00, si terra' l'incontro di maglia presso la caffetteria dela Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Su Ravelry c'e' il thread apposito. Io ci saro' e spero di trovarvi numerose.

Palazzo Delle Esposizioni