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Adorable Little Bed Jacket with Hood
by Susan Crawford Made in a delicate 4 ply wool this beautiful bed jacket can be worn for day or evening and comes in sizes from 30-54 inches. The gorgeous hood elegantly frames the face and folds effortlessly onto the shoulders. The 4 row pretty lace stitch used throughout is a great introduction to lace knitting particularly as the pattern has minimal shaping allowing the knitter to concentrate on mastering the stitch pattern. Based on the popular bed jackets of the late 1940s with glamorous puff sleeves, while the gathered hood gives the jacket a more contemporary feel. To Fit (after blocking) 76-86cm (30-34 in) 91-96cm (36-38 in) 101-107cm (40-42 in) 112-117cm (44-46 in) 122-127cm (48-50 in) 132-137cm (52-54 in) Our model is photographed wearing 76-86 cm (30-34 inch) jacket Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Rowan Pure Wool 4 ply (fingering weight) (approx160 m /176 yds per 50g ball) 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls shade 449 (vintage) 3.25 mm (US 4) needles 2m (or 2 yds) contrasting Ribbon
by Susan Crawford This slightly long-line cardigan is worked in separate pieces each worked from the bottom up. V-neck shaping on the cardigan fronts are worked after the lace pattern on each side so that shaping is not needed to be worked over the lace pattern at any time. Shoulder shaping is worked using short rows and the shoulders are joined using three needle bind off. Slip stitch mock ribbing is worked at the welt, cuffs and bands at the same time as the body pieces. Large press studs are sewn to the bands with buttons added for decoration. The pattern is written for 11 sizes and can be worn close fitting or slightly over sized as shown in the pattern photographs depending on size chosen to knit. The cardigan is knitted in Excelana luxury DK wool which is my own range of 100% British wool spun by John Arbon Textiles. The colour shown in the photographs is called Powdered Egg. Supplied as a PDF download To Fit sizes: 76cm (30in) 81cm (32in) 86cm (34in) 92cm (36in) 97cm (38in) 102cm (40in) 107cm (42in) 112cm (44in) 117cm (46in) 122cm (48in) 127cm (50in) Garment shown in photographs is for the 5th size 97cm (38in) Requirements: Excelana Luxury DK wool (119m/130yd per 50g ball) 100% pure new British Wool 7 (7, 7, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14) balls shade Powdered Egg 1 pair 4mm (US 6) needles (plus 1 spare needle for three needle bind off. 4 large clear press studs 4 buttons
This beautiful asymmetric jacket features a stunning Japanese Feather pattern on the lower body and cuffs. The remainder of the body is knitted in stocking stitch making it a relatively quick knit. Raglan shaping and a square neckline create an extremely flattering fit. Finish with a decorative brooch or pin. The body is knitted from the bottom up in one piece. The sleeves are knitted separately and then joined to the body when raglan shaping is then worked at armholes. A great way to learn to work lace. To fit bust sizes: 30, 32, 34, 3, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 and 50 inches Garment shown in photographs to fit first size - bust 30 inch (76cm) Both written and charted instructions are included. Pattern supplied as a PDF Download. Requirements: Excelana 4ply Luxury wool, 100% British wool 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14) balls Saharan Sand 1 3.25mm (US 3) circular needle 100cm long 1 3.25mm circular needle 40cm long 1 set 3.25mm double pointed needles 1 pair 3.25mm needles (if knitting sleeves flat) Stitch markers 6 large safety pins or stitch holders Brooch or decorative pin
This gorgeous textured cardigan, originally designed in 1947, will keep you lovely and warm! The sample shown in the photographs was knitted in a now discontinued yarn, but you can now knit the cardigan in Susan Crawford Excelana 4ply.
30-32" bust, 34" bust, 36-38" bust, 40-42" bust, 44-46" bust, 48-50" bust
Suggested yarn Excelana Wool 4ply
26.5 stitches and 32 rows = 10 cm in pattern measured after completion of a blackberry motif using 3.75mm needles.
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
by Susan Crawford This exquisite Fair Isle cardigan is suitable both for experienced Fair Isle knitters but also for any knitter wanting to tackle a Fair Isle garment for the first time. The cardigan is knitted in the round from the bottom up and features the use of steeks, a traditional method of knitting an additional panel into the work that is cut open when required. Full instructions and photographs are provided within the pattern for how to steek and also how to knit Fair Isle. Once the body of the cardigan is knitted the sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole and the sleeves are then knitted downwards. The cardigan is very simply shaped to enable the knitter to focus on their Fair Isle technique. The same motif patterns are used throughout the design, again making it easier to build up familiarity and confidence during the knitting process. Any shaping or casting off is done on plain knit rows so there is no pattern to worry about at the same time. Bowland is knitted in Excelana 4ply which is the perfect yarn for Fair Isle knitting. It is 100% British wool which works beautifully in colour work. The colours used in Bowland are Sweet Chestnut, Alabaster, Nile Green, Damson Wine, Land Army Green and Dark Mandarin. A yarn kit including a free project bag is also available here. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions and comes with technique tutorials on steeking and two handed fair isle. This pattern is supplied as a PDF download.
To Fit Bust Sizes:76-81cm (30-32in); 86-97cm (34-38in); 107-112cm (42-44in); 117-122cm (46-48in); 127-132cm (50-52in) Garment shown in photographs is for the third size 107-112cm (42-44in) Full sizing information is provided in the pattern. Requirements: Excelana Luxury 4 ply wool (159m/174yd per 50g ball) 100% British Wool 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) 50g balls shade Sweet Chestnut - A 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Nile Green - B 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) 50g balls shade Alabaster - C 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Damson Wine - D 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Land Army Green - E 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Dark Mandarin - F 1 2.75mm circular needle (40cm long) 1 2.75mm circular needle (80cm long) 1 3.25mm circular needle (40cm long) 1 3.25mm circular needle (60cm long) 1 3.25mm circular needle (80cm long) Set of 2.75mm double pointed needles Set of 3.25mm double pointed needles Waste yarn Stitch markers Safety pins Spare needles Needle and thread Scissors 9 Buttons 2m (2yds) Coordinating ribbon
by Susan Crawford This cardigan is based on the classic 1950s shape of a hip length figure hugging silhouette which allows the fabric of the garment to do the work and create the shape. The design is named after the glamorous Frances Stevens played by Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief. Partnering Cary Grant in this stylish Hitchcock film and playing a very dangerous game, Frances really could have done with a cardigan like this! The Lattice Stitch pattern used is worked with negative ease allowing the garment to stretch over the wearer. Excelana has excellent stretch and great stitch definition, so is perfect for this project. Added finishing details of hems and facings in a contrast colour provide those little added touches so synonymous with the glamour of the 1950s. Supplied as a PDF download. To Fit sizes: 71-76cm (28-30 in) 81cm (32 in) 86cm (34 in) 91-96cm (36-38 in) 101-107cm (40-42 in) 107-112cm (42-44 in) 117cm (46 in) 122-127cm (48-50 in) Garment shown in photographs is for the first size 71-76cm (28-30in) Requirements: Excelana Luxury 4 ply wool (159m/174yd per 50g ball) 100% British Wool 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) balls shade Nile Green (MC) 1 ball shade French Rose (CC) - for all sizes
Garment fronts commence at centre front bottom edge and work progresses both across and upwards with the introduction of a mitred centre point. The back is worked from the bottom upwards. Each sleeve is worked in separate pieces.
28-30″, 32-34″, 36-38″, 40-42″, 44-46″
This pattern is provided as PDF download only.
Excelana 4 ply luxury wool 3 (4, 4, 5, 6) x 50g balls Saharan Sand or Alabaster 2 (3, 3, 4, 5) x 50g balls Land Army Green Stitch markers US 3 – 3.25 mm
The shrug is worked in a very simple two-row lace stitch and is worked in one piece from cuff to cuff. The main body is knitted using 8mm (US 11) needles so knits up very quickly. There is no shaping required and is an extremely easy pattern to follow. Requires firm blocking to reveal the pattern fully. Full written instructions provided.This pattern is provided as PDF download only.
Lady’s Jumper Cardigan
This gorgeous textured cardigan dates from the 1930s era. Please note that the front armholes are longer than the back, so the shoulder seam sits at the back of the garment. It is very important to match tension for your required size 1st, 3rd and 5th sizes only 18 st patt rep = 5cm using 3.25mm needles 30 rows = 10cm using 3.25mm needles over pattern
To fit bust 30-32″, 34-36″, 38-40″, 42-44″, 46-48″
This pattern is available as PDF download only.
8 (10, 10, 13, 13) x 50g balls Shown in shade Persian Grey 1 cable needle 10 buttons
US 3 – 3.25 mm
US 5 – 3.75 mm
US 2 – 2.75 mm
Lost In Music
by Susan Crawford A versatile shrug, worked flat, this cover-up is a surprisingly quick knit. It measures approx. 153cm (60 inches), not including cuffs and would make a useful addition to your summer wardrobe. Extremely adaptable, this one size pattern fits a wide range of sizes. Would work well with most 4 ply yarns and makes a great stash buster project. This pattern is perfectly suited for beginner knitters wanting to try a basic lace stitch. An open sized pattern the finished length is 153cm (60in) excluding cuffs and the width is 46cm (18in) and can be easily altered if desired. Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Susan Crawford Coquette 4 ply cotton 1 pair 3.25mm (US #3) needles 1 pair 5mm (US #8) needles
by Susan Crawford
This sumptuous, flattering jacket is knitted in one piece to the underarm where the fronts and back are then divided and knitted separately. The peplum is discreetly shaped within the pattern leading to a ribbed waistband. The main cabled pattern continues up each front and the back with the surrounding stitches worked in reverse stocking stitch throughout. The sleeves are knitted separately with cuff detail to match the peplum. They are then gently gathered at the shoulder to allow room for another garment to be worn underneath. The hood is worked in one piece and is gathered at the back to create a truly fairy tale style hood. An open ended zip is sewn in to bring the design up to date and make it a truly useful piece in your wardrobe. The pattern contains a combination of charted and written instructions along with full making up instructions. The pattern contains full instructions for all of the following sizes: 32-34in (81-86cm); 36-38in (92-97cm); 40-42in (102-107cm); 44-46in (112-117cm)
Requirements: Excelana Luxury 4ply 100% pure British Wool (159m/174yds per 50g ball) 12 (13, 15, 17) balls in shade Ruby Red 1 pair 2.75 (US 2) straight needles or 1 2.75mm circular needle 80-100cm long 1 3.25mm (US 4) circular needle 80-100cm long 1 pair 4mm (US 6) straight needles 1 cable needle 4 stitch markers Stitch holders or spare needles 1 open-ended zip between 20-24in (50-60cm) long - it is advisable to measure front opening of jacket once knitting is block to see what zip length you will need. Sewing needle and thread and 4.5yds (4m) of 1/4in (2cm) wide ribbon if required.Supplied as a PDF download.
Princess Twinset Cardigan
This fabulous cardigan is part of the Princess Twinset. It is knitted in 4 ply yarn with a decorative twist stitch used as an front edging. The same stitch is used to create saddle shoulder and back neck detailing and a panel of the same is worked at the back of the cardigan. It is designed to be worn fitted to the waist with increases worked to the underarm. Additional instructions are provided if you would prefer to knit the cardigan straight.
30″, 32″, 34″, 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″, 46″, 48″, 50″
Model is shown wearing a size 34 inch chestThis pattern is provided as PDF download only. Requirements: Excelana 4 Ply Luxury Wool 100% pure new British wool (159m / 174yds per 50g ball) 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) balls shade Cornflower Blue or Ruby Red 1 pair 2.75mm (US #2) needles 1 pair 3mm (US #2−3) needles 6 buttons (optional) 6 press studs Stitch markers
Town and City Tufted Cape
by Susan Crawford This elegant cape is the perfect cover-up for the spring or the autumn. Using a textured tuft stitch it will keep you warm without looking or feeling bulky. Knitted in a standard double knit yarn on 5mm needles this design will knit up surprisingly quickly. This simple pattern is easy to follow and is available in sizes from 30-52 inches. The finished length is measured from the top of the main body at the front neck and includes the garter stitch edging around the bottom of the cape. The cape is very generous and accommodating in size and shape and will fit a variety of sizes. As a result, I suggest you consider what fit you would like before choosing your size. The small will actually fit a 42 inch chest but it will fit higher and more open at the front. To fit sizes Small: 76-92cm (30-36 in) Medium: 96-112cm (38-44 in) Large: 117-132cm (46-52 in) Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Biggan Design DK (8 ply) First Cross Merino Wool (105 m/115 yds per 50g ball) 5 (5, 6) balls shade 495 (Green/MC) 1 ball shade 000 (Black/CC) - or - Excelana DK 100% pure new British wool (119 m/130 yds per 50g ball) 5 (5, 6) balls shade Nile Green (MC) 1 ball shade Persian Grey (CC) 4 mm (US 6) needles 5 mm (US 8) needles 1 button
Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper
Now available as a single pattern containing written and charted instructions. Errata only required if working from first edition of Volume 2. Second edition and single pattern updated.This pattern is provided as a PDF download only. Requirements: Excelana 8 (9, 10, 10, 11, 12) x 50 gram balls of Ruby Red Shilasdair 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11) x 50g skeins shown in shade T. 7 buttons
32-34″, 36-38″, 40-42″, 44-46″, 46-48″
US 2½ – 3.0 mm
US 5 – 3.75 mm