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Freeform Tops – New and Exciting! July 14, 2015

Posted by myblueheavenknits in Uncategorized.

I should be knuckling down and writing patterns, but I went off on a tangent again when I saw a nice crocheted top and thought that if I could develop one for the machine, that would be something new and exciting for my demonstration for my upcoming lessons for Newton’s Fall Fiber Festival, Oct. 10-11.  Seeing as I am not really a crocheter, I immediately had a sleepless night thinking about how to make a crocheted look, but on the knitting machine.  Yarn choices were very important, so I pulled out one that I knew would work great and started designing, freeform style, on a mannequin.  The yarn was from Silk City in New York City – Avanti, a coral color, slinky rayon/cotton blend that has large wrapped nubs in it.  I knew those nubs would hold the long spans of “needles out of work” areas, so I started my experimentation.  Here is the result:

Coral Motif Top

Now I am working on another version to include in the pattern.  Here is a quick photo of my Work In Process:

Dream Catcher

I am going to call it The Dreamcatcher.  I have lots of tacking to do tonight and tomorrow, temporarily held by safety pins.  I love it, so I will be keeping this one for myself.  These will be fun to demonstrate along with my Braided Cable designs.  I just have to start writing………



1. Tanya - July 14, 2015

Amazing. Very well done. This is a great answer to the complaint that machine knitted patterns are all dated – clearly there are some ace designers on the job.

myblueheavenknits - July 15, 2015

Thanks, Tanya. I know what you mean though. I don’t want to disparage what other designers do, but I will keep on experimenting and doing new, trendy patterns.

2. Barbara vargas - July 17, 2015

Beautiful Linda. Can’t wait for the pattern. You know how I admire your creativity
Barbara vargas

myblueheavenknits - July 17, 2015

Hi, Barb! Yes, the fun is creating something really new – the hard part is getting it all written down so another knitter can understand it.

3. knittingwithheart - August 16, 2015

Ooooh… luv your stylish creativity! So fun to share this post on my blog’s fb page 🙂 ♥ ❤

myblueheavenknits - August 16, 2015

Thank you! And yes, please share because someone might be looking for a little inspiration to get the creative mind working. We all help each other in that regard.

knittingwithheart - August 16, 2015

My pleasure to share! … doing what I can to help wrap our minds around a bigger ball of yarn! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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