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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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Romantika is my adult version of Lavanda design, which started as a request by a very dear and special friend, Monika. The request was to create a feminine cardigan that had buttons, pockets, cables, and hood or collar.
The cardigan is worked as a top down raglan and is completely seamless. Several textures are combined in this design to give the cardigan its feminine, elegant, and romantic look.
Detailed instructions are given for how to invisibly incorporate raglan increases into the bodice rib pattern.
Links for tutorials for the Afterthought Pocket and Seed Stitch Grafting are included into the pattern.
The pattern includes options for a plain neckband, collar or hood; there are instructions for short and long sleeves; pockets are optional.
Monika, this one is for you too!
Thank you for inspiring me with your ideas!
19 sts x 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on 4.5mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
950 yards of Worsted weight