Soft Spot Copenhagen

posted in: Denmark, Sheep, Storytelling, Sustainability | 0

I love Copenhagen, I love sheeps and I love stories about the women in my family. This post includes it all.

Karla and a Sheep in Copenhagen

Photo: Karla Løkke

Copenhagen – the capital in Denmark, that’s where I have lived most of my life.

One of the things I love about the place I live is that I have everything within the range of 5 km. I have the sea, downtown Copenhagen, museums and severals pastures. We have a lot of bikes and bikes lane and it’s so easy to get anywhere on a bike.

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How to knit a shawl

posted in: Knitting, Pattern, shawl | 5

– a beginner knitting tutorial

How to knit a shawl. Free knitting pattern from Scandinavian Knit.    “I can tell you – it’s a wonderful shawl” quote Miss Fluffy

This beginner shawl pattern is made with inspiration from the traditional Faroese shawls.

WARNING: New technical term may occur. Don’t panic just contact me and I’ll see if I can help you.

It’s designed to be easy for beginner knitters. All you need to know about knitting is how to cast on and how to knit. If you don’t know yet then take a look at Instagram where I have some simple knitting videos.

You need:

  • A circular knitting needle
  • Yarn
  • 2 place marker (plastic rings to mark where to decrease) and a needle.

I used some nice sustainable yarn, Icelandic Lett Lopi yarn, which was leftovers from the sweaters I made for Christmas – using the stash is allways sustainable! I added some grey wool and a silke yarn for the lace edging. This shawl is knitted from the top down, so you can make it as small or as big as you want it.

I used:

  • 200 gr Lett Lopi in dark brown and off-white. (50 g(1.7 oz) approx.100 m  (109  yd). This yarn made the shawl light like a feather.
  • Approx 100 gram of the other yarns.
  • Cicular knitting needle size 7 mm

Shawl Knitting Pattern for beginners

Cast on 3 stitches, put a place marker on the needle, cast on 20 stitches, put a place marker on the needle, cast on 3 stitches.

1.row. Knit and just move the place marker from one side of the needle to the other, when you get to them.

2.row. Purl. (or knit if you prefer that – I don’t have a purl video yet)

3. row. Knit 1, increase 1, knit 2, increase 1, move the place marker, knit 20, move the place marker, increase 1, knit 2, increase 1, knit one.

How to increase? I have a small animation right here

 4. row. Purl.

5. row: Knit 1, increase 1, knit to the placemarker, increase 1 before the place marker, knit to the next place marker, increase 1 after the place marker.

Continue knitting until the shawl is big enough (Warming! Can a shawl ever get big enough?!) for you to start start the lace edge.

Lace knitted edge

How to knit a lace edge. A free beginner knitting pattern.

Don’t panic! Laces aren’t that difficult.

In this pattern I wanted it to be like oxygen bubbling to the surface and not that strict. So here we go:

1 purl row: 1 purl, *1 yarn over, 2 purl together, 1 purl* end with a purl.

On the following knit row you just make sure you have 20 stitches in the between the place makers.

2. purl row: 1 Purl, shift the pattern a bit so you don’t get the holes in the lace right above each other.

When the edge is big enough you one knit row and then a purl row where you knit: 1 purl, *1 yarn over, 2 purl together* end with a purl.

Then knit one row and a purl row. Cast off.

Get a needle, bend the last lace row up and stitch it carefully. Fasten the yarn ends.

Wash the shawl in lukewarm water and let it dry flat on a towl. When it dry, steam it, be careful so you don’t iron it.

Voilà: a beuatiful shawl to keep you warm.

Oh did I leave something out? Yes, I desided to make two row of lace pattern to soften the change of colors. The a purl row I knitted like this: 1 purl, *1 yo, 2 purl together* and end with 1 purl.

And the crochet edge? I’ll make a tutorial an other day.

Knit an easy shawl

posted in: Knitting, shawl | 0

I have always dreamt about shawls, huge, warm, beautiful and handmade.

I knitted my first two shawls in 2000. In a week in february and a week in june, both of them to keep my hands working while I was in grief. The first shawl was very warm, not that huge and not that beautiful. I never used it and ended up trowing it away (that lovely alpaca yarn! I should have dyed it!). The second time the yarn wasn’t that great, but the shawl got big and I didn’t have enough yarn so I had to add some different colors. The shawl got very warm and huge, but not that beautiful. I still use it in our house in Sweden and I love it.

So in 2006 when my son got cancer and my hands needed something to do, I wouldn’t knit a shawl! The shawl was at this time still related to death and this time there was going to be a lot of life! So instead I worked on my special throw.

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Musk Ox wool – soft and sustainable.

posted in: Greenland, Sustainable knitting, Yarn | 5

Softer than cashmere and warmer than wool… Sounds like the beginning of a knitting fairy tale.

Musk oxen near Kangerlussuaq Photo by Mads Pihl

I first lay hands on the fiber in a yarn shop in Copenhagen. I was looking for something special to knit for myself – just looking and willingly to fall in love. In the middle of the shop there was a wonderful cape in some soft, brown wool. That was it! Just what I was looking for!

– Oh I see you found the most expensive yarn in the shop! the shop owner replied. The price for the yarn to the cape would be €160 or $180 – I got some nice ordinary wool in a other price range!

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