Knitting

Instagram friends are real friends

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Coucou everyone! What an exciting week it’s been so far – I released my Kielo Beanie pattern on Friday and it was welcomed with so much love it’ll carry me throughout the cold and dark winter (don’t get me wrong tho I can’t wait for colder weathers and crispy mornings)! So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who’s already purchased the pattern, you can be sure I’m doing a little happy dance every time I hear that cha-ching sound from my Etsy app. Also I reached 100 sales on Etsy, how crazy is that!

But anyway, back to today’s post which is all about Instagram friends and how they’re DEFINITELY your real friends too! Me and Lisa from @purlmore go waaaaaay back and I think she was one of the first people I connected with in the maker community. Lisa lives in Austria and, as you probably knew already, I live in France, so we’re in the same continent and all but haven’t gotten the opportunity to meet up yet (I know, it’s SAD!). But we have definitely been talking about a little European knitter-get-together (think stitch & sip in a café, not European Our Maker Life), and I hope we’ll be able to get together someday soon!

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The reason I’m talking about Lisa is because she went to the States over summer, and bought me a SOUVENIR aka this yarn!! She said the color reminded her of me, and honestly this is only the sweetest thing ever and made me cry for days. So this luscious yarn is Crane from Quince & Co in the colorway Frisco, and I’m not even joking when I say it’s the softest, squishiest and most comforting yarn I’ve ever come across. I haven’t even started knitting yet, and a part of me doesn’t even want to open the skein and turn it into a cake, but I can only imagine the pure bliss of this yarn in a ready item. I’ve been thinking long and hard and I believe I’ll be turning this baby into a pair of socks – they’ll be perfect for the winter and I’m sure wearing them will feel like a warm and cozy hug. Also it’ll fit perfectly in my collection of blush pink knit socks!

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The yarn is a 50/50 blend of super kid mohair and South African superfine merino, it’s worsted weight and the skein has 208 yards / 190 meters of yarn in 100 grams. The website describes the yarn as Crane is irresistibly soft, warm, and seems to glow from within, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a description so accurate.

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I’ll go squish the yarn a little more now, so bye for this time!

xx, Kati

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: The Kielo Beanie

kielo beanie

Want to make your own Kielo Beanie? Head over to my Etsy shop where you can purchase the pattern!

Suomenkielinen neuleohje nyt saatavilla, klikkaa tästä Etsyyn!

Coucou everyone! You know how sometimes designs just seem to come to you and you feel like you’ve created something REALLY SPECIAL? That’s exactly what happened to me with The Kielo Beanie! I had knit this cable + lace combination on a pair of socks earlier this summer, and after posting it on Instagram a follower asked “How about a matching beanie?” and the idea definitely stuck with me. So after coming back from Finland I headed to the yarn shop and got knitting, and in an afternoon I had finished the aht and was beyond excited of how it turned out!

kielo beanie

Yarns: Phil Looping by Phildar (beige) & Alaska by Bergère de France (dark orange)

The name of the beanie – Kielo – is the Finnish word for lily of the valley. I love the sound of the word and it’s a perfect match for my beanie name theme, that being it’s also a first name!

kielo beanie

This pattern calls for bulky yarn from the lighter side of the category (don’t go for the bulkiest bulky), 6mm/US 10 circular needles and only a few hours of your time! I’d say it’s the perfect design for market prep, Christmas gifts or when you’re looking for a quick & fun project for a Knitflix afternoon.

kielo beanie

kielo beanie

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at kati@katimaaria.com!

Also if you share a picture of the beanie on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #kielobeanie – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Etsy by clicking here!

Add this pattern to your Ravelry library by clicking here!

So get your yarn and needles ready and happy knitting!

kielo beanie

kielo beanie

kielo beanie

xx, Kati

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: The Louna Beanie

louna beanie

// Pattern update: All my previously free patterns have moved to my Etsy shop where they can now be purchased as PDF’s! I felt like it was time to start growing my business and giving more credit to my designs and hard work. So I hope you find your way to my shop and thank you for all the love and support you guys have shown me so far on my maker journey! //

Suomenkielinen neuleohje nyt saatavilla, klikkaa tästä Etsyyn!

Hi guys! Anybody else design only hats in the middle of summer or is it just me? Okay I know it’s definitely not only me because beanies are the best instant gratification projects and bring so much joy to my soul. So let me introduce to you The Louna Beanie, a quick, simple and fun hat that knits up in an afternoon (I’m looking at you simple brim) and makes you wish it were beanie weather already! Louna is a women’s first name in Finnish, although a relatively new one and I have yet to meet anyone with this first name!

louna beanie

But back to the beanie! This design combines cables and seed stitch, do I need to say more or are you already hooked? I can’t get enough of cables and simple stitches, and my love for them will never die. If you love this design you should DEFINITELY check out all my other beanie patterns as well (Vilja, Hilla, Aava and Onni are waiting for ya)!

louna beanie

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at kati@katimaaria.com!

Also if you share a picture of the beanie on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #lounabeanie – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Etsy by clicking here!

Find this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here!

So get your yarn and needles ready and happy knitting!

louna beanie

louna beanie

xx, Kati

Knitting Tutorials

Knitting Tutorial: 10-stitch Left Leaning Cable

left leaning cable

If I had to pick one knitting technique/texture to use for the rest of my life, that’d definitely be cables. I absolutely LOVE cables! They’re easy, quick to learn and add amazing texture and detail to any knit piece. I’ve used them in all my beanie designs and have a few cable sock designs coming out as well. This big, 10-stitch cable will be used in one of them so let’s get to the instructions!

A left leaning cable is made by slipping stitches onto a cable needle in front of the work. All simple cables work the same way and these instructions can therefore be used for any sized left leaning cable: by adjusting the number of stitches slipped onto the cable needle you’ll be able to vary the size of the cable! For example if you’d like to make a 6-stitch cable, you’d slip 3 stitches onto the cable needle, knit 3 and then knit the stitches on the cable needle and so on. But in this one, we’re slipping 5 stitches onto the cable needle, leaving them in front of the work, knitting 5 stitches and then knitting the stitches on the cable needle. In my patterns, I’d name this C10F: the cable is 10 stitches in size and the cable turn is made in the front.

My beautiful yarn is Worsted Superwash Merino in the colorway Peony by Unicorn Yarn Co, find all her amazing yarns here!

So let’s get to the pictures!

left leaning cable

Step 1: slip 5 stitches purlwise (one by one) onto the cable needle in front of the work. Slipping the stitches purlwise is essential – you don’t want to twist them!

left leaning cable

After step one, your cable needle or extra DPN should look like this!

left leaning cable

If you do your cables with a DPN, align the needle with your left needle so that you have space and can comfortably knit 5 stitches from the left needle.

left leaning cable

Step 2: knit 5 stitches from the left needle like you normally would.

left leaning cable

5 stitches done, now onto the stitches that are waiting on the cable needle!

left leaning cable

Step 3: knit 5 stitches from the cable needle.

left leaning cable

And voilà, your cable is ready – easy, fun and look at that texture!

I also have a tutorial for the little lace stitch on both sides of the big cable, find it here!

I’ll be off to knit some more cables now, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

xx, Kati

Knitting Tutorials

Knitting Tutorial: St.John’s Wort Lace Stitch in the Round

lace stitch

Hi guys! Today’s post is all about the St.John’s Wort lace stitch knit in the round: I love the vibe of this stitch as it looks like a tiny cable and creates a beautiful and delicate detail into your knit piece! I’m currently knitting a pair of socks with this simple lace pattern and it’s blown my mind away with its ease and elegance.

st.john's wort lace stitch

How pretty does it look with the big cable!

This 3-stitch pattern is repeated over 4 rounds and it’s fun, easy and creates a cable-like look without a cable needle! Here are the written instructions:

Round 1: slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 2 stitches, pass the slipped stitch over
Round 2: knit 1 stitch, yarn over, knit 1 stitch
Round 3: knit 3 stitches
Round 4: knit 3 stitches

Repeat rounds 1-4, and there you have it!

NOTE: If you want to make multiple of these next to each other, the pattern changes a little:

Round 1: *slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 2 stitches, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 3 stitches*
Round 2: *knit 1 stitch, yarn over, knit 4 stitches*
Round 3: *knit 3 stitches, slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 2 stitches, pass the slipped stitch over*
Round 4: *knit 4 stitches, yarn over, knit 1 stitch*

The pattern now consists of 6 stitches, that you can repeat for as many times as needed per round. Rounds 1-4 are repeated.

But back to the 3-stitch version, and trust me when I say I got you covered; here’s a bunch of tutorial pictures for rounds 1 and 2, and even a Youtube video tutorial at the end of the post!

lace stitch

Round 1: slip 1 stitch purlwise…

lace stitch

…and pass it onto the right needle!

lace stitch

Knit 2 stitches.

lace stitch

Pass the slipped stitch…

lace stitch

…over the two knit stitches.

lace stitch

TADAA this is what it looks like after round 1!

lace stitch

Round 2: start by knitting one stitch.

lace stitch

Bring the yarn to the front…

lace stitch

…and yarn over.

lace stitch

Knit 1 stitch.

lace stitch

Et voilà, round 2 done!

In the video tutorial below I included all rounds (1-4), and if you’re not yet subscribing to my Youtube channel you definitely should!

To wrap things up, my obsession level is at 100 and I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a LOT more of this lace stitch in my future projects!

xx, Kati