My new pattern is in Knitty Spring Summer 2016!

by Ewelina Murach on March 20, 2016

My new pattern, Stiorra is in Knitty Spring Summer 2016!

I had to keep it a secret (and that REALLY hurt!), but now I can show you what I worked on in December and January. It is my first big project since my son was born in 2014.

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

I wanted a light tee that would be loose and comfortable, but at the same time feminine, with interesting detail and flattering on most body shapes – it had to be suitable for both my slim and very tall daughter, and for the large size me.

I had a general idea of what it was going to look like – stockinette stitch with a bit of lace, but was not sure about detail – until I saw Malabrigo Lace in Jacinto. I fell in love with the colour, and everything somehow fell in place: the construction, the lace pattern at the back and on the sleeves seemed to naturally go together.

As with most of my knitting experiments, I tried my idea out making a smaller version for my daughter first. The experiment was successful – Monika loved her sweater, so I ordered more yarn, this time Malabrigo Lace in Pearl, for my own version. I also bought audio versions of several books in the series I was addicted to at the time, The Last Kingdom, so I wouldn’t fall asleep knitting at night – the only time when I could fully concentrate on the lace pattern, without the ‘help’ of my 1-year old son. By the way, Stiorra is one of the characters in the series.

Here are some more photos of Monika in her sweater – she’s so thrilled to be in a ‘real’ magazine I am sure she has given the link to Knitty to half of her school.

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

And here’s my short-sleeved tee. I am considering adding long sleeves, but haven’t decided yet (so little time, so many ideas…).

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

Horizontal rib neckband

After I had made the whole sweater, I realised 1×1 rib I used to finish sleeves and lower edge, wouldn’t really work as a neckband made in loosely knitted lace yarn – it would be far too stretchy. So after some experimenting, I decided to use horizontal rib, worked by alternating bind off rounds, pick up, and knit rounds with decreases – to prevent the neck from stretching. (It’s a slightly modified version of the rib I used in Sunny). You can view a step by step photo tutorial here, or click on the link below to download a pdf version of the tutorial: Horizontal Rib Tutorial by Ewelina Murach 20March2016.

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

Written instructions for the Back Lace Pattern

Written instructions for the Back lace pattern are not included on Knitty – the pattern is very long as it is. Here is a PDF with the written instructions for those of you who do not like charts: STIORRA Back Lace Pattern – written instructions 9March2016 (pdf download).

Back Lace Pattern Chart

Following feedback from several knitters I decided to offer you an option of downloading the Back Lace Pattern as one chart, instead of using 3 charts: Download the chart here: STIORRA Back lace pattern CHART by Ewelina Murach 23March2016

Knit your own Stiorra with me on Ravelry

Why don’t you join me in my Ravelry group (Ewelina Murach Designs) and knit your Stiorra with me? I have created a new thread called Knit with me – it’s like a knit-along, but without a beginning or end date so you can join me any time it suits you, show what you are working on and see what others are knitting, you can ask questions and show your pictures. See you there.


Shawl Addiction

by Ewelina Murach on September 18, 2015

As every year, I’ve had a rather crazy summer.  Working from our living room/ kitchen, with my partner running his business in the same room, with Child Number One off school, practising her ballet moves all the time; and Child Number Two crawling and climbing at super speed (all four of us in the same space), it wasn’t easy to work… Oh did I mention we were looking for a new house?

So the knitting plans I had for the summer remained just that – plans. All complex project that required sizing and different sets of instructions had to be temporarily abandoned and put in a box. All I could manage was knitting a shawl – and got addicted!

As a result I have two new shawls (a few more on my needles).

The first one: Anais, a triangular, bias knit shawl, worked from the point on the left side of the shawl, with stitches gradually increased along the upper edge to form a triangle. The bind-off edge becomes the right side of the shawl.

Anais Shawl by Ewelina Murach

Anais Shawl by Ewelina Murach

Anais Shawl by Ewelina Murach

The second one, and my absolute favourite at the moment, is Stormy Monday: a triangular, bias knit shawl in five shades of grey – from soft light grey to charcoal, combining lace and garter stitch. You start knitting from the lace edge on the left side, gradually decrease stitches at the top edge forming a triangle, and end with just two stitches at the right tip.

Stormy Monday by Ewelina Murach

The shawl was inspired by the name and the colourway of the gradient yarn I used, Stormy Monday, from WooSheeps Etsy shop – they have lots of amazing yarns! I’ll be back to their shop as soon as we have moved house and things get back to normal.

Here are some more photos of Stormy.

Stormy Monday by Ewelina Murach

Stormy Monday by Ewelina Murach

You can get both patterns in my Ravelry store: Stormy Moday, Anais.

We are moving  next week so I’m likely to be offline for some time – see you in October.

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