Maja Karlsson

  1. Christmas mittens 2019: Part 3

    Christmas mittens 2019: Part 3

    A big warm welcome to the last part of 2019 Christmas mittens!

    We will end with the thumb, as one should - a smaller part perfect for knitting in between prepping the turkey and wrapping Christmas gift. Do you want to heighten the coziness? In that case, I think that you should put on a cozy Christmas movie while you finish the mittens! My favourite is Love Actually, which is yours?

     

    THUMB

    Place the 22 stitches from the holder to your needles, 2,5mm.

    With MC: knit all 22sts. Pick up and knit 2 additional stitches

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  2. Christmas mittens 2019: Part 2

    Christmas mittens 2019: Part 2

    Happy third Advent!

    I'm really enjoying this Christmas-KAL together with you! Today's challenge is the thumb gusset and the hand! The thumb gusset follows the Line of Life on the hand -which makes for an extra  good fit. On the back of the hand there is a knot pattern. (Does it sound difficult? No worries, I've made a video for you, showing this technique!)

    Important information about the thumb gusset: The Line of Life-thumb has a different construction than the more regular thumb gussets have. Instead of increasing on both sides of the gusset, every other row, you will now increase on every row, at the same place. The stitches added will become the hand -while the existing stitches are the ones that form the thumb. That's the difference between a "regular" thumb gusset and the Line of Life-thumb. Please note that the increase is made before you slip the marker on the left mitten and after you slip the marker on the right

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  3. Christmas mittens 2019: Part 1

    Christmas mittens 2019: Part 1

    Good morning and welcome to the first part of this Knit-A-Long.

    At the year’s longest night we bring the light back to our homes with help from the saint Lucia -a Swedish tradition with roots back to the Middle Ages! I hope that you’re surrounded with candle lights, have something warm to drink and some gingerbread cookies on a plate! Let’s start off this Christmas KAL accompanied by beautiful carols -at least, that’s what I’m (Maja) going to do.

    Part 1 is focused on the cuff, in which we use stranded colourwork. The cuff is lined with a knitted rib. The technique is similar to the one used when knitting Lovikka mittens. If you’ve knitted a pair of Lovikkas you’ll probably recognize the construction.

    We will use two different needle sizes when we knit the cuff. This is because the lining needs to be snug, while the beautiful stranded colourwork needs to be loose enough to be comfortable. This part of the KAL will include a favourite f

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  4. Join our Christmas mitten 2019!

    Join our Christmas mitten 2019!

    This year's traditional Christmas knit-along from us here at Järbo is a classic Nordic mitt with colorful cuffs and good fit. As usual, you as a participant will try new techniques during the work, with film, text and picture descriptions. I (Maja) stand for the design and also lead the knit-along via the blog and our popular Facebook group "Julvanten 2019".

    The KAL befins at Lucia day (13th of December), and we will publish the first part as early as 6 AM. So, if you want to get up early in the early morning and enjoy Lucia, have plenty of time to pick up patterns and materials. Looking forward to spending time with you hanging on this tradition!

    Technical elements included

    • Latvian braid
    • Stranded knitting
    • Structural patterns
    • Lifeline thumb method

    Dates

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  5. Blocka din yllekofta!

    Blocka din yllekofta!

    Att blocka en yllekofta

    Idag bjuder jag (Maja) på en liten blockningsskola för koftor! Att blocka ett plagg är alltid en fin stund för mig! Då får jag lägga sista handen vid det jag stickat och liksom knyta ihop säcken. När blockningen väl är gjord känns plagget mjukt, slätt och alldeles skinande nytt!

    Blötläggning och tvätt

    1. Tappa upp ljummet vatten i handfat, ho eller balja.
    2. Tillsätt en skvätt ulltvätt om så önskas. (Det finns olika varianter på marknaden. Med doft eller utan. De flesta är lite mjukgörande.) Jag avänder Istex egen ulltvätt som är toppen!
    3. Skölj upp koftan varsamt. Gnugga eller tänj inte, utan låt bara vattnet gå in i plagget efterhand genom att du vänder och rör på plagget i vattnet.
    4. Skölj sedan ko

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  6. Summer cardigan - Part 4

    Summer cardigan - Part 4

    We are now coming to the grand finale of the Summer Cardigan knit-along! This week, we’ll knit the front button/buttonhole bands and the pockets! You’ll also have a chance to add that little something extra in the form of charming buttons and ribbon. It will be exciting to see what you choose!

    Knitting the front button and buttonhole bands

     It is practical to knit the front bands before cutting the steek open because the bands offer additional stabilization before the cutting. It is also easier to work with the whole garment when the cardigan front pieces are still connected. 

    Pick up and knit the recommended number of stitches along each front following the information in the pattern. So that the front bands won’t be either too tight or too loose, pick up and knit 3 stitches for every 4 rows. In other words, skip about every 4t

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  7. Summer cardigan - Part 3

    Summer cardigan - Part 3

    Are you ready for knitting the sleeves? That’s exactly what we’ll be doing this week. You are warmly welcome to the third part of our summer cardigan knit-along!

    PICKING UP AND KNITTING NEW STITCHES

    Just as for the body, the sleeves will be knitted in the round. We will supplement the live stitches saved for each sleeve with new stitches picked up and knitted in the stitches we cast on at the underarms when dividing for the body and sleeves.

     Start off by sliding the live stitches saved for one sleeve onto a short circular or divide them onto a set of double-pointed needles (dpn).

     Beginning at the center of the underarm, pick up and knit half the total number of stitches across the underarm: insert the needle into the center of the stitch in the row below the cast-on and bring the yarn through as if to knit.

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  8. Summer cardigan - Part 2

    Summer cardigan - Part 2

    Welcome back! This week, we’ll continue knitting our summer cardigan, focusing on the body. After a flying start with a Latvian braid, shaping the yoke with increases and increase rounds, as well as the two-color stranded colorwork panel, we’ll take it easier now with a large section of stockinette in the round. This would be a good time to choose a recorded book you’ve been longing to “read,” so you can listen and immerse yourself in exciting stories while you knit.

    Even in this section, though, you’ll find a few small challenges!  As in last week’s part, I’ll take you through the knitting step by step.

     

    Dividing the body and sleeves

    The cardigan will now be divided into its components – the body and two sleeves. This is done by dividing the stitches of the yoke into two small sections and one large piece. When dividing the yoke i

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  9. Summer cardigan - Part 1

    Summer cardigan - Part 1

    Hello and welcome to part 1 of the Summer Cardigan KAL (knit-a-long)!

    This week we get underway by starting with the stranded colorwork yoke. Just think how much fun it will be finally loop the delightful Kambgarn around your needles.

    As preparation for beginning, you should already have taken your measurements, chosen your size, and knit a gauge swatch to make sure that your gauge matches the gauge listed in the pattern. Have you done all that? Good – now we’re ready to get going!

    Casting on

    Cast on with the classic long-tail cast-on, the method which, I would guess, is the one you learned in beginning knitting class.

    Ribbing

    The ribbing for the neckband is worked back and forth, as indicated in the pattern instructions. There is an edge stitch at each sid

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  10. Sommarkoftan: Materialinlägg

    Sommarkoftan: Materialinlägg

    Vill du sticka en somrig kofta med mig (Maja) i sommar? I så fall är du varmt välkomna till en ny Knit-along med oss här på Järbo Garn!

    Under sommaren kommer vi att sticka #sommarkoftan tillsammans steg för steg. Koftan är designad av mig, exklusivt för detta tillfälle, och det är också jag som håller i själva knit-alongen. Den här gången assisterad av min fantastiska kollega Madelene! Som vanligt samlas vi i en Facebookgrupp där ni som deltar kan ställa frågor, visa upp era alster och få tips och inspiration. I dag (torsdag den 20/6) publiceras mönstret i sin helhet. Det är för att du ska ha ett gott underlag när du väljer storlek och garnmängd. Vi vill helt enkelt skapa goda förutsättningar, för att din KAL-upplevelse ska bli så bra som möjligt!

    Här kan du se mönstret i sin helhet redan nu.

    Tekniska moment som ingår

    • Rundstickning uppifrån och ned
    • Lettis
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