• Beatriz

Hi there!

Today's featured pattern is the Itatiaia Cocoon. This super cozy cocoon-style sweater is part of the Miss Babs 2020 Fall Collection, along with 11 other beautiful pieces from various designers, including my Nogueira Sweater that I will be talking about on the next post.

brown-haired woman facing away from the camera wearing over-sized hand-knitted cocoon-style sweater outdoors on a yellowish background

Inspired by the migration of birds each fall to escape the cold, the pattern is worked in an attractive combination of ribbing, cables, and stockinette stitch, with details at the back and sleeves. Because of its simple construction, this garment is highly customizable in both width and length.

Yarn Miss Babs Yowza 100% Superwash Merino wool; 560 yd/8 oz (512 m/225 g) skeins; 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, shown in Migration

Or approximately 1120 (1410, 1650, 1710, 1760, 1820) yards/1030 (1290, 1510, 1570, 1610, 1670) meters of DK weight yarn.

Finished Measurements Width measurements are not based on the chest circumference, but on the width from forearm to forearm: 45¼ (49, 52½, 54¼, 56, 57¾)”/113.5 (122, 131, 135.5, 140,144.5) cm Length is measured from the back of the neck to approximately 10”/25 cm below the full-hip (the widest part of your hips): 33¼ (36½, 40, 40, 40, 40)”/83 (91.5, 100, 100, 100, 100) cm

Needles • US 5 3.75 mm circular needle, 32”/80 cm long or longer, or size to obtain gauge. NOTE: Interchangeable needles with cord connectors are recommended to accommodate all stitches for the collar comfortably.

Gauge Blocked: 18 stitches and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm square in stockinette stitch. Unblocked: 20 stitches and 29 rows = 4”/10 cm square in stockinette stitch.

Notions • Blocking tools • Cable needle • Stitch holders or waste yarn • Stitch markers • Tapestry needle

I hope you like it!

Photo: Miss Babs

  • Beatriz

Hi there!

Today I am going to tell you about a sweater I have practically been living in since it came off my needles: the Trio Sweater.

During the first weeks of the quarantine for the covid pandemic, I found myself feeling quite overwhelmed and sad. It was hard for me to focus on anything more elaborated, and I wasn't enjoying any of the projects I had on the needles. And even though I have quite a generous stash, the idea of running out of yarn gave me chills down my spine. So I thought I better frog one of the UFO's I had and repurpose this yarn from a Brazilian company that I love, Fios Da Fazenda.

I could save approximately 80% of the original skeins without much trouble, and started to think about how I could use the colors together in a big and comforting project. With all this in mind I thought, how about a super easy, top-down stockinetter sweater in the round, that you just knit with one color until running out of it ? No fuss, no complications, no stress, right? And that's how the Trio Sweater was born. A few sketches and a swatch later, I casted it on and let my hands do the rest.

What I found very interesting about this sweater was that, even though it was as simple as it gets, just changing the order of the colors had a huge impact on the overall look of it. So I noticed that since Color A is the one closest to your face, it stands out the most even when there is less yardage of it when compared to the other colors. It should be the color 'atmosphere' of your sweater and in my opinion it's the most important one of the three. Color B is the one that stands out the least because it's placed in-between colors, so if you have a more vibrant, extravagant color that you want to maybe tone it down, here is your spot. This placement 'neutralizes' the color the most, so don't be afraid to use something a little out of your comfort zone here. And finally, Color C is the last one and I personally prefer something darker or that will make a smooth transition to anything that I usually use for bottom/trousers. But this is a personal recommendation for me because I find that, since I am just over 5 ft 1in/156 cm it makes me look a bit taller. So the opposite would work if you are tall and want to appear a little bit shorter (using a contrast to what you normally wear for your bottom).

FINISHED SIZES The pattern was designed and developed to be worn with 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) of positive ease around the chest.

1 (2, 3) [4, 5, 6] {7, 8, 9} with a finished circumference of 85 (95, 105) [115, 125, 135] {145, 155, 165] cm

34 (38, 42) [46, 50, 54] {58, 62, 66) in around the chest.

YARDAGE 940 (1070, 1200) [1330, 1440, 1570] {1700, 1830, 1950} m

1030 (1170, 1310) [1450, 1580, 1720] {1860, 2000, 2130} yds of fingering weight yarn in 3 colors or as many as desired.

Sample features Fios da Fazenda Merino Sock 4ply 100% merino wool 390m/100g (427 yds/3.5 oz) in colorways: A: Pau-campeche, B: Cochonilla, C: Indigo+Cochonilla, shown in size 2 with 10 cm/4 in of positive ease.

NEEDLES 3.75 mm/US 5 circular needles with 80 cm/32 in cable length, or size needed to obtain gauge; 3.75 mm/US 5 circular needles, double pointed needles, or preferred method for knitting small circumferences in the round, or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS & TOOLS blocking tools of your preference, crochet hook for provisional cast-on (optional), scissors, stitch markers, one in contrast colour for BOR, tapestry needle, waste yarn or stitch holder

GAUGE 24 stitches x 28 rows in 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 in after blocking in stockinette stitch.

Changes in gauge will affect your yardage requirements.

This pattern has been tech-edited and test-knitted.

I hope you like it and find lots of comfort when knitting it like I did!

  • Beatriz

Hello! I hope you are still there and have been enjoying this knit-design-catch-up series! Today's featured pattern is the Mascavo Wrap.

This interesting design is an elegant and surprisingly easy to memorize lace stitch, worked flat in two identical pieces, joined together by an almost invisible seam. Such a delicate wrap is a great versatile piece to go with any outfit, from a chilly summer night to a sunny winter day.

SIZE & YARDAGE Approximately 175 cm x 42 cm/70 in x 17 in (L x W).

830 m/910 yd of sport weight yarn.

Sample features Garnstudio DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk (70% Alpaca, 30% Silk); 167 meters/50 grams (183 yards/1.76 ounces) in colorway Brown 5670.

NEEDLES 3.25 mm/US 3 circular needles with 80 cm/32 in cable length to accommodate all stitches comfortably, or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS & TOOLS blocking tools of your preference, scissors, stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE 24 stitches x 36 rows in 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 in after blocking in stockinette stitch.

Even though gauge is not crucial to this project, changes in it will affect your yardage and the final dimensions of your wrap.

This pattern has been tech-edited and test-knitted.

I hope you like it!