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My name is Elena Nodel, and I am a mom to a very industrious, busy, ever curious and adventurous little girl. She is my ever present inspiration for all my creative ideas. As she grows, she becomes more and more involved in my creative work, and actually does have a say in a final look of any given project. I have a Girly Girl, thus most of my designs are very feminine. However, lately I have started working on more unisex projects.
I was born and raised in Russia, a place where knitting is a part of the lifestyle. I now live in British Columbia, Canada, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I am a trained microbiologist/immunologist , and have spent years doing scientific research. I am married to a like scientist, and his name is Peter. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive husband, and Maya is very lucky to have a father who constantly encourages her natural curiosity, and teaches her about the world around her - she has him wrapped very tightly around her little finger!
I love working with natural fibers such as cotton or wool, and always try to use them.One thing I don't like doing is seaming, therefore I knit in the round as much as possible. It is great for me and comfortable for kids. And as a result, I usually design my garments to be worked in the round from the top down.
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Lavanda is my third design in the "Spice Girls" series. It started as a request by a very dear and special friend, Monika. The request was to create a girly cardigan that had specific features in it. We also planned to have this design as a Valentine gift knit for our girls, thus I also wanted to add a bit of romantic flair as a final touch.
The cardigan is worked as a top down raglan and is completely seamless. Several textures are combined in this design to give the cardigan a girly, elegant, and romantic look; and as a part of the "Spice Girls" series, Lavanda has a unique spice of its own.
Detailed instructions are given for how to invisibly incorporate raglan increases into the bodice rib pattern.
There are instructions for a plain neckband, collar or hood. Sleeves may be short or long. Pockets are optional.
Links for tutorials for the Afterthought Pocket and Seed Stitch Grafting are included into the pattern.
Monika, this one is for you! Thank you for inspiring me with your ideas!
19sts x 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch using 4.5 mm needles or size required to meet gauge.
475 yards of Worsted weight