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Round up of beautiful projects for babies and kids: Hyphen cardigan

When I released my Hyphen knitting pattern 9 months ago, I had no idea that it would quickly become one of my best-sellers. Many knitters have since then made adorable versions of this quick and practical cardigan for lucky babies and children.

I think there's something about the design that really allows knitters to make it their own. The textured yoke can be either a subtle, sophisticated touch that elevates a simple cardigan, or it can really make a statement. The whole cardigan can also serve as a great canvas for some serious creativity. These projects are a few of my favorites, made by very talented knitters (photos used with permission):

By the way, did you know that there is now a grown-up version now as well? It's called Em Dash, which, in case you are wondering, is a large hyphen... Get it? ;)

Did you make a Hyphen? What is your favorite thing about it? If you have a blog, please give us the link to your project so everybody can see!

 

 

 

Round up: 5 summer projects I wish I had time to knit

When you are a knitwear designer you are always running out of knitting time. 

There are so many other things that must get done besides actually knitting: swatching, pattern writing and grading, photography, photo editing, uploading pattern to online marketplaces, social media management, marketing, pattern support...

So the truth is, it feels like any leftover time should be spent knitting, and any stitch knitted should be going toward a future design, or a potential future design anyway. Otherwise it feels wrong somehow! 

I have a fantasy of taking a couple of months off and knitting only other people's patterns. No guesswork, no note-taking, no calculating, no frogging and re-knitting... Ah, one can dream! ;) 


1) Best lightweight cardigan:

Breiðárlón cardigan by Christelle Nihoul

When this design came out I was instantly smitten. The flirty swingy shape, the flattering fit, even the yarn color is totally my style. 

Breiðárlón cardigan by Christelle Nihoul
Breiðárlón cardigan by Christelle Nihoul

2) Best tank top:

Airgead by Mona C. NicLeòid

This one just came out and boy is it tempting. Sporty and easy yet super sophisticated and well-fitting, I could myself wearing this with skinny jeans for a night out or paired with a long flowy skirt to do touristy things while on vacation somewhere warm.

Airgead by Mona C. NicLeòid
Airgead by Mona C. NicLeòid

3) Best summer shawl:

 Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart

In Northern Germany where I live, the wind can get quite strong even when it's sunny out, so it's always a good idea to have a breezy scarf or shawl on hand. I love the shape of this one and the lace isn't too fussy. I particularly love aqua version below knit in a gradient yarn.

Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart

4) Best dress up top:

Morla by Jana Huck

I love how flirty and feminine this one is, and I probably would knit it just like that, in grey, otherwise I think it might be overkill for me. But with a tank top, easy loose hair and a pair of jeans, I think it's styled to perfection here.

Morla by Jana Huck
Morla by Jana Huck

5) Best summer stole:

Atlas by Kieran Foley

This one just floors me. There's absolutely no chance that I'd ever have time to knit it and that's unfortunate because how special is it? Incredible.

Atlas by Kieran Foley
Atlas by Kieran Foley

What about you? What project do you want to knit this summer?