23 March 2010

Magda dress and baby booties


Finally! The pattern for baby booties are ready, along with the revised version of the Magda dress. As you might recall, I gave this blue dress with the yellow booties (and later, the purple ones, too) to my friend's baby. I think she might have outgrown the dress by now, but she still wears the purple booties.

The dress pattern now includes directions not only for children's sizes (2-8 years), but also for baby's sizes (3-12 months), and the pattern has been reworked to enhance readability. The booties are made with two things in mind - they look good, and they stay on those little feet, to keep them warm all day.

The patterns are available for immediate download, as well as kits - as always. You may purchase the pattern with directions for dress and booties - or pattern with booties only. If you have already purchased the Magda pattern, you should have received an update including the new dress pattern and the baby booties by now. Please check the e-mail address used when you purchased the pattern.

Magda [@ravelry dress and baby booties] specs:
Pattern: Magda (Magda på norsk) by Tora Frøseth
Size: 3 months
Needles: 3.0 mm
Yarn: Hifa Alv, held double, 90 g for dress and 20 g for baby booties

18 March 2010

Collision

The second men's hat pattern is ready: Collision. I made the hat for my brother in law for Christmas (I gave you a sneak peak of it, remember?). Just like the Mind reader, this too is created with ribbing and cables, but quite different ones. The hat is symmetrical, and the cable pattern goes all the way up on front and back, colliding at the top. Some friends of mine said it reminded them of tractor tracks. I guess that's masculine enough. The pattern is quite easy to memorize - or rather, you'll see where it goes after a few rounds. I made two hats, because the first one was too small. I still enjoyed knitting the second. The cable pattern just craves for another round, then another, and suddenly it's finished. I like that sometimes.

All I said about warmth and yarn for the Mind reader goes for this one, too, so I won't repeat it. I'll knit another round instead.

Collision [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: Collision (Kollisjon) by Tora Frøseth
Size: Men's L
Needles: 3.0 mm
Yarn: 90 g of Hifa Superwash

16 March 2010

Store update

The Medusa and Mind reader patterns are now available for purchase, on Ravelry and in my store. And there is more to come in a few days. Enjoy!

15 March 2010

Mind reader


I've created two men's hats this winter (I did say all I could think of was men's wear, didn't I?). What fun and challenging projects they were! Designing for men is entirely different than designing for women and children (at least girls, but even boys are easier than men, I think). Lines and stitches need to be figured out in a totally different way. In order to make them work out for the guys, the garments need to stand out - we don't want it to be boring, either - without standing out too much somehow. At least they need to stand out in the right way, whatever that is.

I made this hat for my husband, and had to reknit it several times before I got it right. I think I did, though. He loves it, and I love him with it on. It's not at all boring, still masculine enough for a man to like it. And I don't know about men in general, but those I know tend to be warmer than most women I know. So even if they do need to wear a hat when it's cold, they need it to be quite thin. This hat is. Made in the same yarn as Medusa, it's soft, thin and just warm enough.

The pattern is available in my pattern store.

Mind reader [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: Mind reader (Tankeleser) by Tora Frøseth.
Size: Men's L
Needles: 3.0 mm
Yarn: 90 g of Hifa Superwash

13 March 2010

Medusa

I'm working hard to finish some new patterns these days. The first few will be available within a week or so (if all goes by the plan, that is).

The first one is Medusa. I unvented this playful stitch pattern on the bus a few years ago. It reminds me of worms, but a feminine type (!), hence the name. The worms require a little work, but are all worth it. The hat is the slouchy type which looks good on most of us – and keeps us warm without totally ruining the hair.

Woolen hats are a necessity in winter – and spring. I wear hats as long as I can, I don't like cold ears. But just as essential are gloves. I love wearing woolen gloves. I think they are the perfect hand knitting project – lots of details providing a contrast to all the stockinette stitch in all my sweater projects, yet easy enough to keep my hands busy while watching TV. I'm particularly happy for how these turned out (after a lot of reknitting!). Long, fitted, elegant, seductive, to be worn all the time.

Medusa is worked in my favorite yarn for hats and gloves, a soft, durable 100 % wool yarn which is lovely to work with. It's the same yarn I used for the grey Lady Wannabes. They have been used a lot and still look like new.

Medusa [@ravelry here and here] specs:
Pattern: Medusa (also in Norwegian) by Tora Frøseth.
Size: L
Needles: 2.5 and 3.0 mm
Yarn: 180 g of Hifa Superwash

10 March 2010

French good news and a reminder

The little sister's dress pattern has been translated into French, and is now available along with the English and Norwegian versions. The pattern is free of charge and can be found in my pattern store and on Ravelry (now also available for non-members). I know this is appreciated amongst the French knitters out there. The pattern is translated by Chris, who contacted me to ask if I was interested in publishing the translated version for all the French knitters not so confident in English.

And here comes the reminder, which is as important to me as today's French news: I have become aware that this pattern have been made available other places than mine on the Internet, without my consent. So I feel obliged to write this post to remind you all of the rules in this game. All Tora Frøseth Design patterns are mine, and mine only. I put a lot of time into creating my patterns, and I also spend money by having professional editors edit my patterns to avoid errors.

I have made my patterns available "for personal, non-commercial use only", which means you may knit as many items as you wish from my patterns, as long as you don't sell the knitted items.

Furtermore, you may not in any way republish my patterns, even if you made modifications to it. I love modifications, creativity is always welcome. But do not publish a whole new version of my pattern. Post your modifications to your blog or wherever, but make sure your modifications are written in a way that the knitters would have to consult the original pattern in order to knit the items.

And lastly, if you wish to translate the pattern into another language, do not publish the translation without consulting me first. The pattern still belong to me, even if it is translated.

We all love the availability of knitting patterns made possible by the Internet, but keep in mind that in order to make sure I and others will keep publishing patterns on the Internet, these rules must be met.

08 March 2010

100th!

Happy 100th International Women's Day!