Madeline & Lilly

Most of you probably aren’t experiencing much in the way of “Spring” right now…However, here in the South we have had a mild winter and lots of 60-70 degree days.  I want to share this with all of you and what better way then to show off my two new spring patterns? These patterns are both in the When I Grow Up line.  They encompass a large number of sizes and work for teens too. Click on any of the photos below to look at the shop listing or purchase these new patterns.

Madeline is a fitted cardigan done in sock weight yarn.  I used Tosh Sock in the colorway “Chamomile” for my sample.  Its such a happy yellow and I love the subtle variation. Trust me, it will brighten up your wardrobe for sure.

Madeline  is worked first sideways, and then bottom-up.  Its characterized by little details like a cabled band around the waist & at the raglan decreases.  The sideways hip panel is widened with short rows.

It should be easy enough for you to make this a longer-sleeved cardi if you like, as always the pattern includes a full schematic.

Here are all your Madeline Cardi details:

Size: XS(S, S/M, M)(L, L/XL, XL)
Finished Chest: 28.25(31.5, 34.5, 37.25)(40.5, 43.25, 46.5) inches
Gauge: 25 sts and 29 rows per 4 inches in stockinette on larger needles
Yarn: 680(760, 850, 920)(1020, 1100, 1200) yards sock weight yarn
Tools: Size 3(3.25 mm) needles and set of 5 DPNs, Size 4(3.5 mm) needles and set of 5 DPNs, stitch markers, cable needle
Notions: 10(10, 10, 11)(11, 11, 11) 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 -inch buttons

And then came Lilly!

This one I love because I created it in a shape that I scour my favorite stores for because I feel like its so flattering.  The deep V-neck lengthens, and the pleat under the bust distracts from my stomach which I consider a personal “problem area.” You can’t really even see it, but there is some gentle a-line shaping at the hip to give some extra room there as well. Its a comfort feature more than a “design” feature. Take a look at the details:

Lilly is constructed with top-down SEAMLESS set-in sleeves.  Its a fairly magical process and if you’ve not knit something like this before, you’re in for a treat.  You’ll think the pattern is totally nutso and then there will be an aha moment and you’ll be so impressed with what you’ve done! You’ve also got two options written out for length-a tunic and & dress.

The sample shown above was knit in Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK.  This was not my first time knitting with it and I still love it.  Its a bit heavier than my second sample, which was knit in Dragonfly Fibers Dance Rustic Silk.

It was harder to photograph this darker sample simply because the color doesn’t show off the details as well as the blue.  I so wish that you could all see and touch this sample in person because it is just divine.  The silk gives such a fabulous drape and its incredibly soft to the touch.  Knit at the DK gauge, its  a looser fabric than the Amy Butler sample as well. I can’t wait to wear this one in the fall (post-baby!) It will be nice and light.

Lilly details:

Size: XS(S, S/M, M, M/L)(L, L/XL, XL, 2X)
Finished Chest: 30.25(32.5, 35, 37.25, 39.75)(42, 44.5, 46.75, 49.25)”
Length: Dress- 33.5(34.5, 35.5, 36.5, 37.5)(38.5, 39.5, 40.5,  41.5)”; Tunic- 30.5(31.5, 32.5, 33, 33.5)(34, 34.5, 35, 35.5)”
Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows per 4 inches in stockinette
Yarn: Dress- 1275(1400, 1550, 1650, 1800)(1950, 2100, 2250, 2425) yards; Tunic- 1150(1275, 1400, 1500, 1625)(1725, 1850, 1975, 2125) yards dk weight yarn
Tools: Size 6(4.0 mm) needles and set of 5 DPNs, stitch markers

I feel like its just been ages since I’ve released new patterns, and it really has been months.  Such a long time for me, but I guess that’s one of the side effects of working on a book :) One of the perks of being on my mailing list is that you get a chance to win a copy of every new pattern I release.  So, without further adieu, congratulations to Helen ( for winning a copy of Madeline Cardigan and Jami F ( for winning a copy of Lilly Tunic! I have e-mailed both of these winners their patterns and hope they enjoy. Go ahead and sign up for my mailing list so you’re entered for a pattern next time!

Also, stay tuned…I am planning some fun for this week and will be posting again very soon!

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