Modification Monday: Simplified Caftan Pullover

Original Pattern: Caftan Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Susan (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the neckline and corresponding motifs, narrowed the sleeves, and adjusted overall length. Project page with more info can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern was lovely, but Susan read the reports of other knitters who said that it didn’t wear as well in real life as it looked in the photo. So, she made adjustments- changed the neckline to a simple scoop and altered the motif as well as narrowing the sleeves for a more streamlined fit. The result is a beautiful, easy-to-wear sweater with all the elements that attracted her to the design in the first place. Something to keep in mind the next time you see a pattern you love, but might not be practical for day-to-day life!

Modification Monday: Diagon Alley

for July 3rd

Original Pattern: Diagonale

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sannah (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the lace shawl as an inspiration point, Sannah created this top-down raglan featuring mirrored lace sleeves to keep the pattern consistent. Project can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I was blown away by this sweater when I saw it- it looks so gorgeous! diagonals aren’t often used in garments, so transferring the lace shawl design onto the raglan sweater makes for a very striking garment. Knit up in a fun, bright hue like this, and Sannah has a knockout of a sweater! I absolutely love it.

New Look!

Bliss has got a brand new look! It’s long overdue- as much as I loved my old
blog look and layout, it was time for something fresh. The tabs are the biggest
change- you’ll find information on specific features in the tabs, and you can
find me on Pinterest, Twitter, Ravelry, and Flickr on the little round buttons
in the top right.
The tutorial tab is functional, but I’m not
100% with how it’s playing out just yet. Right now only the Upcycled Cardigan
is listed there, but I’m planning on more in the future, which will likely change
how things are organized on that tab.  Other
than that, it’s how I’d envisioned!  Big
thanks to Guy, who did the heavy lifting on the technical bits, like those
pretty tabs that change colour when you hover your cursor over them.  
For my fellow Canadians, happy Canada Day! and for all the non-Canadians, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

FO: Solaria


While the test knitting stage was happening with Solaria, I cast on for it again to make sure that I had knit any of the changes as well, and to double check things like the math…I think that every high school math class should have a section where they teach the kids to knit and then have them do calculations for things like sizing and evenly spaced decreases/increases. Seeing some very practical application of math like that would have been very inspiring to 15-year old me, that’s for sure.  But then again, I also think they should teach geometry by having people play pool. It’s nothing but how to solve problems involving multiple angles. But I digress….

Pattern: Solaria (The Stella Collection)

Yarn: TFA Purple Label Cashmere Sock, in a One of a Kind colourway

Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4)

Mods: None.

Notes: Needles with nice, pointy tiips make the nupps SO much easier. This is the kind of knit that I’ve been gravitating towards lately- ones that have an interesting enough lace to keep me on my toes when knitting it. I can memorized the stitches in the rounds, but it’s the kind of knitting  you need to look at, which I enjoy in the summer when I’m watching less tv and spending more knitting time al fresco. The blues and greens in this remind me so much of sea glass.

Modification Monday: Girl Friday

Original Pattern: Girl Friday

Knitter Extraordinaire: Stephy (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the gauge from worsted to sport weight, altered the neckline from a shawl collar to a scoop neck, knit as one peice to armholes. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Changing the gauge on a knit is a great way to give a pattern a brand new look- Stephy shrunk the gauge down to a sportweight, giving this sweater a dressier, more glamourous look. The scoop neck is a great alternative to the original shawl collar, and it reminds me of something I often forget- that just because a sweater pattern doesn’t have a neckline that flatters you, doesn’t mean you can’t change it to something that does. This sweater is a beautiful example of how customizing a pattern to suit you yields truly beautiful results.