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Friday, February 20, 2009

Varese Hoodie - New PhysicsKnits pattern

I'm really excited to release my second independently published design, the Varese Hoodie. Varese (pronounced [vaˈreze] - with three syllables) is the birth town of my husband. It's a cute city about a half an hour north of Milan and the closest "urban" center near Tradate, where my husband's family lives. I've also been told it's a fairly chic and expensive place. I've only been there once, and that was not under the best of circumstances - rainy and cold - but if the stores in the town piazza are any indication, I can believe it.

The yarn for this pattern is the gorgeous, handdyed Woolie Silk from Fleece Artist, a worsted weight 65% wool/ 35% silk blend; and was generously donated by One Planet Yarn and Fiber, an online shop with a focus on indie yarn and designers. For my hoodie, I chose the color chocolate, a color family I find myself going back to again and again. The subtle changes in color are lovely and at times surprising; I think I detect notes of pink amidst the brown, a nice color combo in and of itself.

This is a simple, feminine hoodie with kangaroo pockets. A simple zigzag lace edges the pockets, hood, and low empire waist. The body is hemmed to give it a clean finish; and gentle princess line shaping flatters all body types. The model is my friend, Jess, and photographs are by her husband, Vitaly Fomin.

Finished Size: 31½ (34¾ 38, 41¼, 44½, 47½, 50¾)”/80 (88½, 96½, 105, 113, 120½, 129)cm bust circumference. Sample measures 34¾”/88½cm. Suggested ease: 0”/0 cm to 3”/7½cm positive ease.
Yarn: Fleece Artist Woolie Silk (65% wool, 35% silk) 100 grams/251 yards (230 meters) – 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins
Needles: Body – Size 6 circular needles. Lace Bands – Size 5 circular needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch holders; stitch markers.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10cm in St st using larger needles, 20 sts and 29 rows = 4”/10cm in lace st using smaller needles.

You can purchase the pattern here via the Ravelry:


Or to purchase the pattern through e-junkie, click on the button below. After payment, an email will be sent to you with a link to the pdf.
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And a kit (with the pattern included) for all sizes is available at One Planet Yarn and Fiber in many gorgeous Woolie Silk colorways (for those of you who don't share my chocolate obsession).

Note: You don't need to be a Ravelry member to purchase downloads via the Ravelry shopping cart. Please email me at changcon_14850@yahoo-dot-com with any questions.


Blogger Jane said...

Really beautiful. Love the shape and the detail.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

Yay!!..you answered the question I left on flickr....beautiful design...and I love kangaroo pockets!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

You've done it again, Connie! I love it.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Teresa C said...

I love it, Connie! Did you knit the model? The yarn knit up so well, no obvious pooling, did you knit off of two skeins, or is it just lucky on that one?

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute! I love the hint of lace!

8:32 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i love this design connie! that hood is super cute.

10:38 AM  
Blogger mel said...

Connie! This is great!! I love the pockets :)

5:44 PM  
Blogger jillian said...

Oooooh, sign me up! Both feminine and sporty - a hard combo to pull off!

And I have to admit, I'm glad for another of your designs in a worsted weight :) While I do occasionally knit garments on teenier needles, and don't mind it, my hands and elbows do! Working on my Baby Cables (US4) is making my right elbow twinge like mad.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Great design Connie! Such a pleasure following your work!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I love it! The detailing is gorgeous, and I like the shaping, too.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow--You sure have been busy! BEAUTIFUL WORK!
It's Edna Hart here--Kat told me you were asking about me--Well I'm Back!
I just finished a Design for Classic Elite and with pain medication and stretching exercises I am knitting again...
I also closed my shop and am doing Knit Finishing for a crazy busy local yarn shop and I actually like it....Most knitters hate that part, but for me I don't mind...
I just added you to my blog and hope for us to stay in touch.
You can get my e-mail off my NEW BLOG.

11:32 AM  
Blogger maryjane said...

Love it!

4:08 PM  

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