Monday, 21 November 2011

New Pattern: Ropery and a giveaway!

Today I am proud to finally be able to publish Ropery, a new pullover design.

Knit using's Cherish yarn, a luscious Merino Cashmere Nylon blend, in a modern, on trend colour (Gun Metal), this knit is truly wearable, suitable for anything from work to stylish evenings out.

Featuring a deep soft cowl generated by knitting this sock yarn at a loose gauge, this pattern is great for ladies of all shapes as it disguises rounder tummies and accommodates even the most rubenesque of busts. Sized for 28-46in/71-117cm busts, the key point of fit is the hip, which accommodates a range of 30-48in/76-122cm. This allows busty girls like me with smaller bottoms to knit a size down (always a nice thing!)

The back uses slightly exaggerated waist shaping to accommodate the lack of shaping in the front, and this generates a smooth and feminine curve about the waist that, when coupled with the bias fabric of the front, adds a clever point of interest to the design.

The hems of the front and back are scooped using Shadow Wrap short rows, which are almost completely invisible as they contrast against the reverse stockinette border.

The shoulders are set in, and form smooth lines with the straight knit back and the bias knit front for a really unusual aspect.
The cowl itself is generated, as I've said, by knitting on the bias. The piece begins by knitting straight, however the sides A-line outwards shortly after the hem. As the sides are tipped into the upright position, the cowl is formed. The neck is shaped by further short rows, as are the shoulders.

Being knit in stockinette, the floating of the fabric is enhanced, and also makes this a quicker knit than you may imagine. Perfect for the winter party season, or for anyone needing a light extra layer of warmth, this soft and practical pullover is for you. Currently available for £4.50 via Ravelry you can buy now or enter the giveaway! (Or both, I'm not going to complain!) Every correct answer to the following question in the comments (or tweet me @MichaelaKnits) will be entered into the draw for a free PDF copy of Ropery. Ready?

What is the name of the building featured in this picture?

One entry per person, pattern will be emailed to winner or sent as a Ravelry gift to them or a person of their choosing, pattern for personal use only. Contest will end at 9am Wednesday morning (23rd Nov) UK time.


  1. Beautiful jumper, would love to knit it for myself :)))) the building looks like Buckingham Palace ??

    Will add you on twitter and check out your Ravelry page :))

  2. This jumper is absolutely clever and gorgeous! This pattern seems to consist of a lot of wise techniques. I can't wait to cast on! Now i have to determine yarn for this! I think the building behind is Buckingham Palace, too.

  3. Would love to win this unique design! I think that looks like Buckingham Palace. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Buckingham Palace methinks. I looove this pattern, such an interesting design and also so wearable. Well done you!

  5. Hi, I like this pattern, it's so lovely !
    but, I'm French, and my English doesn't allow me to understand the pattern.
    Did you have published a French pattern ?
    thank you very much