The Secret Life of Trees

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
– Warren Buffett
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Leaves and branches are pure enchantment in this light weight lace and ribs cardigan.

Knit flat in one piece from the bottom to underarms …

… then joined with the sleeves (knit in the round) and worked all together to the neckline.

The raglan decreases are not straight slants, but are shaped specific to each size for a lovely fit.

Wear it double breasted or let it fall open into a casual waterfall.

Sizes: 31 (36, 41, 46, 51, 56)”. -1 to 3″ ease recommended. If between sizes, follow instructions for the closest size, adjusting gauge up or down for desired chest size.
Shown in size 36 worn with 2″ ease.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight – 246 yds / 225 m per 50g skein) in Angelic (merino angora), Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere), or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins. Shown in Eden mist.
Substitute any light sport weight yarn that makes a nice loose fabric when worked to gauge. 1120 (1330, 1540, 1770, 2010, 2260) yds.

Needles: Size 6 US / 4 mm straight or circular needles with a long cable for sweater body, and double-pointed or circular needles with a short cable for sleeves.
Adjust needle size if necessary.

Notions:Stitch markers, tapestry needle, 1 size 2-4 US / 3.0-3.5 mm crochet hook for working inside closure; two 9/16″ buttons, one 9/16″ flat button for inside closure.

Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in St st.
Stitch pattern A measures 2.75″ per pattern repeat; pattern B measures 2.5″ per pattern repeat.

Techniques used: Lace knitting, reading charts, attached I-cord (explained).

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch patterns in charted format only, schematics, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit The Secret Life of Trees

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Rebekah Smith

Madam Secretary

“There is no time but the present” – Oscar Wilde

Comfortable and elegant garter-stitch cocoon with dolman (batwing) sleeves and wrap-around shawl collar that forms a yoke in back.
Easy and fun – a nice first-sweater project.

Madam Secretary is knit sideways in one piece beginning with a provisional cast on at the back and working sideways in one direction then the other. Short rows shape a gore down the center back.

More provisional cast-on’s begin the front sleeves, which are worked along with the back and shaped with simple decreases to form a miter.

The resulting rectangle is folded diagonally at each end and seamed to form sleeves. The collar/yoke is picked up from provisionally cast-on front stitches and back yoke stitches, with decreases shaping the center back yoke.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)”
to fit chest sizes 28-32 (33-36, 37-40, 41-44, 45-48, 49-54, 55-60)”. Shown in size S.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply yarn (137 per 50g skein): Angelic (merino angora), Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere) or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15) skeins.

Shown in Angelic smoke.

Needles & Notions: Needles Size 7 / 4.5 mm straight or circular needles for body of shrug and circular needles with long cable for collar; size 10 / 6.0 mm needle for bind off; tapestry needle, removable stitch markers, crochet hook size 8 / 5.0 mm or larger for provisional cast on.

Gauge: 17 sts and 34 rows = 4″ in garter stitch.

Techniques used: Provisional cast on, simple short rows (explained), knit, k2tog, ssk, pick up and knit, bind off.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, schematic, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Madam Secretary

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Rebekah Smith

Artichoke Hearts

free pattern!

A tidy picot hem meets smooshy lace in this cozy cowl.

Worked in the round from hem to top,
beginning with a provisional cast on for the hemline.
Hem is joined with a 3-needle row of knitting.

The lace pattern (simple enough for a beginning lace knitter)
contains decreases made by working 3 stitches together, which are
most comfortably worked using a pointy needle.
A sewn bind off is used for an elastic finish.

Size: 24″ around by 9″ deep.

Yarn: 2 skeins Sunday Knits 5ply (worsted weight yarn) in Angelic (merino angora), Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere) or Brigadoon (merino tweed); (each blend has 137 yd / 125 m to 134 oz / 50 g).
Shown in Angelic somke.
Substitute any light worsted weight yarn that works nicely to gauge: 195 yd.

Needles & Notions: Circular or double-pointed US size 6 (4.0 mm), second set in size 6 / 4.0 mm or smaller, size 8 /5.0 mm with pointy tips recommended; crochet hook size 7 / 4.5 mm or larger for provisional cast on, stitch marker, tapestry needle.

Gauge: 18 sts = 4″ in St st using larger needles and working in the round. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Techniques used: Provisional cast on, lace knitting, 3-needle hem, sewn bind-off. All techniques are explained.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, lace pattern in both written and charted format, glossary.

Buy the kit, or download the pattern for free!

Kilim mittens

“One finger cannot lift a pebble” Hopi proverb

But with many fingers, one can knit these little stranded mittens with their distinctly tribal vibe.

Kilim mittens are worked in the round from wrist to fingertips. The thumb shaping is part welt, part flap for a lovely fit.

Thumbs and hands are shaped with a comfortable curve, and Kitchener stitch is used to graft the final remaining hand stitches.

Finished Size: 7″ palm circumference, to fit a woman. To modify fit, adjust needle size

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino, 8% cashmere), Brigadoon (merino tweed) and Angelic (75% merino, 25% angora).

In eleven High Country colors (as shown):
1 50-gm skein each of Nirvana apple for main and Eden fawn for contrasting colors
and 1 20-gm skein each of Eden in chocolate, violet, sea, lagoon & sage; Angelic in nut; Nirvana in charcoal & moss and Brigadoon in blackish.

Kilim would also be great in two colors – just 1 50-gm skein each of the main and contrasting colors.

Needles & Notions: Size 1 / 2.25 mm: set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn) or circular needles, markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Gauge: 34 sts= 4″ in St st.

Skills used: Stranded color work, reading charts.

Knit Kilim

Lovesee Road scarf

Here’s a gift … to give a gift … that warms.

If you’re like me, there’s still someone on your list you’d like to knit something for, you’re just not sure what.

Maybe this simple scarf … it’s classic, yet interesting, and could please a man as well as a woman, or a kid even.

A super-simple knit-purl stitch pattern is used to create a wide textured rib, with ribbed borders and slipped-stitch edges.

Best of all … the pattern is yours with my compliments! Just enter coupon code: merrysunday to get $5 off the pattern (which is all of it).
Or if you’d prefer to use the coupon for something else on the Sunday Knits website, feel free to redeem it on whatever you wish.
It’s good until the end of the year.
Happy holidays!

Sizes: Scarf is 9″ wide and 72″ long.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino, 8% cashmere), Angelic (75% merino, 25% angora) or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed); (each blend has 137 yd /125 m to 1 oz / 50 g);

3 skeins. Shown in Nirvana rain.

Substitute any light worsted weight yarn: 415 yd.

Needles & Notions: Size 7/4.5 mm needles for scarf, 6/4.0 mm for ribbed border; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 20 sts = 4″ / 10 cm in waffle rib stitch on larger needles.

Techniques used: Knit, purl, slip 1, cast on, bind off.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch pattern also in charted format, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Lovesee Road scarf

Shakespeare in Love

“So are you to my thoughts as food to life …” – William Shakespeare

Sometimes knitting a sweater is like reading a good book. Each piece is an act and the stitch patterns are the characters. We get to know them in one chapter, we watch as they develop in another, we notice how they interact. Another act brings in new characters, reintroduces familiar ones. The plot thickens, parallels are made, everything comes together at last. Very satisfying. I’m sorry to be finished.
Perhaps I’ll knit another!

Shakespeare in Love is just such a sweater. It has sumptuous cabling, a high neck and slender sleeves.

It is knitted from the bottom in pieces and seamed, although it could easily be worked in one piece to the underarms, eliminating selvedge stitches.

The latticed back has an (optionally) lowered hemline.

Wrist ribs flow seamlessly into a cable that is a scaled-up version of front and back side panels.

The cozy high neck is worked in the round as a continuation of front and back.

Sizes: Finished sweater chest sizes 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)”.
1-4″ ease recommended.
Shown in size 36 on a 36″ dress form.

Yarn: 10 (12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20) skeins Sunday Knits 5 ply worsted weight yarn (137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein) in Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed).
Shown in Eden winter.

Needles & Notions: Needles size 7 US (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles for body and circular or double-pointed needles for neck; cable needle, tapestry needle, 6 markers, scrap yarn.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in moss stitch.

Techniques used: Cables, reading charts, short rows (explained), 3-needle bind off.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, cable instructions in charted format only, schematic, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Shakespeare in Love

Stone Hollow

These mittens are meant to be worn! Long densely cabled backs keep out the cold …

… brioche seed stitch adds a cushy grip to the palms …

… thumbs are stockinette for flexibility, and the thumb shaping is part welt part flap for a comfortable, excellent fit.

Stone Hollow mittens are worked in the round from the bottom up.

Choose to knit the medium-length version – well past the wrist, or the longer, fifteen-inch version

Add an optional Latvian braid to the cuffs for a tidy finish (shown on medium mitten).

Sizes: Pattern includes instructions for both medium and long mittens. Palm circumference is 7″. Arm circumference is 8.5 (10)”. Hand length is 7.5″. Cuff length is 4.5 (7.5)”.

Yarn: 2 (3) skeins Sunday Knits 5ply in Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino, 8% cashmere), Angelic (75% merino, 25% angora) or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed); (each blend has 137 yd / 125 m to 134 oz / 50 g).
Shown in Eden iris.
Substitute any light worsted weight yarn that works nicely to gauge: 250 (350) yd.

Needles & Notions: Size 5 / 3.75 mm dpn or circular needles; cable needle or double-pointed needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in stockinette stitch.

Techniques used: Reading charts, cables, cable decreases, slip-stitch brioche, latvian braid (optional). All techniques are explained.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, cable patterns in charted format only, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Stone Hollow mittens

These mittens are part of the Stone Hollow collection, including a hat and scarf as well as mittens.
All three make use of brioche techniques … thick, warm and cushy!
When you order the collection, you’ll get the mittens pattern right away, and the remaining patterns will be emailed to you as soon as they are published (by mid November).

© Sunday Knits 2014. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday. Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Rebekah Smith.
Landscape backdrop courtesy William McCarthy Fine Art

Fisherman’s cowl

In this post I share an October treat, and also introduce a new design.

First the treat: FREE US shipping on all Sunday Knits orders over $50, all month!
International shipping charges will be similarly discounted.

And the new design … Fisherman’s cowl

My Fisherman’s Daughter sweater got a lot of use last year, and when it was especially chilly I often wished that I had a matching cowl to wear with it. This new cowl will make my favorite pullover even cozier.

Fisherman’s cowl uses the same slip-stitch waffle rib pattern that Fisherman’s Daughter pullover has on her front cable, and it has a cable edging that allows the cowl to hug the neckline nicely.

It is worked flat in one piece from side to side, and is grafted (or seamed if you’d rather) to form a cylinder – wider at the base, narrower at the top.
This shaping doesn’t require short rows, but is a natural result of the difference in row gauges between the waffle stitch and the cable.

Finished Size: 11″ wide by 32″ around at the base and 26″ around on top.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5-ply (light worsted) yarns (137 yd / 125 m per 50 g) –
Nirvana (merino cashmere), Eden (merino), Brigadoon (merino tweed) or Angelic (merino angora): 2 skeins.
Shown in Nirvana moss.

Needles & Notions: Size 8 US / 5 mm, tapestry needle.

Gauge: 17 sts = 4″ / 10 cm in Waffle rib stitch.

Skills used: Cables, slip-stitch (brioche-style) waffle stitch, provisional cast on, grafting.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Fisherman’s Cowl

The cowl kit also enjoys free shipping through October!

Lithia Park

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself” – George Bernard Shaw

With its high-low hem and honeycomb-stitch shawl collar, Lithia Park is my go-to sweater this season.
Very business-casual with my grey pencil skirt, tights and booties. Or with my more typical uniform of jeans and tees, this sweater looks like I actually put some thought into what I’ve thrown on.

It has a top-down, seamless, modular construction, shaped with eyelets.

The honeycomb shawl collar looks as good from the back as from the front. It, along with the shaker-rib hem and cuffs are worked using engagin knit-one (and purl-one) below techniques.

Sweater chest sizes: 34 (36, 38, 41, 44, 48, 52, 56)” / 86 (91, 97, 104, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm.
-1to 3″ ease recommended. Shown in size 34 with 1″ ease.

Yarn: 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins Sunday Knits 5 ply (137 yds /125 m per 50g skein) in Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed).
Shown in Eden red.

Substitute any light worsted weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Size 6 US / 4.0 mm circular needles (with a long cable) for sweater, double-pointed (dpn) or circular needles (with a short cable) for sleeves; 8 stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Gauge: 19 stitches and 28 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch, 15 stitches and 36 rows in honeycomb pattern stitch. Measure gauge from the center stitches of a large washed and dried swatch.

Skills used: Provisional cast on, k1B and p1B (knit and purl one below), pick up and knit, short rows.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, schematic, glossary. A phototutorial for the Italian bind off method used here can be viewed at www.sundayknits.com/techniques/italian-bindoff.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Lithia Park

© Sunday Knits 2014. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Tested by Susan Thompson. Modeled by Rebekah Smith.
Landscape backdrop courtesy William McCarthy Fine Art.