MAKER'S STORY

 

JOJI LOCATELLI, The Argentinian designer is hard to nail down, flying around the world and binding off patterns faster than many of us can envision them, her laughter is contagious and her passion only seen for some through her contagious Instagram feed is addictive. We took a few moments to chat with this grand woman during the collaboration on her newest pattern release, the Basic Raglan Sweater, our conversation went a bit like this...

 

MINIMAL PULLOVER

We are so excited to share the Minimal Pullover with you. This pattern features both a fingering and worsted weight version, giving you the perfect turtleneck for all seasons and climates. 

Minimal has a unique construction that will expand the knowledge of newer knitters while keeping experienced knitters on their toes. Set - in sleeves and split sides allow for a tailored relaxed fit. For a more traditional look you can opt for a circular bottom hem. Short row shaping at the back helps with providing a cleaner fit on your finished garment. We know you'll love this pattern just as much as we do!

TOP 5 COLORS FOR EFFORTLESS STYLE

We here at Madtosh are always keen to find a colorway that can act as a neutral in our closet. The amount of time we spend on knitting a sweater or crafting something we love is usually large given how busy we are in this modern world, so we want to make every stitch count. Finding a sweater colorway that can pull double duty and match a whole host of awesome outfits is what we love best!

Without further ado, here are our picks for the top 5 colors which effortlessly match almost anything you can pull out of your closet!

 

1. ANTLER - the classic off-white, a cult classic for anything cabled or even slightly aran-like.

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photo credit plumo.com

photo credit plumo.com

2. OBI - the French do it best which is why a French grey color incorporated in your wardrobe                    can never be wrong.

photo credit whowhatwear.com

photo credit whowhatwear.com

 

3. INK - classic navy, it's been a part of so many maritime cultures' histories for so long we naturally see it as a neutral to wear with everything denim of course.  

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photo credit deathbyelocution tumblr

photo credit deathbyelocution tumblr

 

4. MEMORY - a subtle & soft blue with a modern wash of grey, wearing a bit of the sky can only be uplifting.

photo credit JNSQ pinterest

photo credit JNSQ pinterest

 

5. MUDPUPPY - think camo jackets and pants and you're on the right track

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photo credit sherecyclesfashion.com

photo credit sherecyclesfashion.com



HOME ANKLE SOCKS

Here is our fav house sock/slipper pattern we have compiled. Feel free to share and use!

HOME ANKLE SOCKS
Sizes - Big Kids to Women's | depending on foot length

 

Abbreviations:

See post here on common knitting abbreviations.

Tools:

  • Size 5 double pointed needles
  • worsted weight yarn | Ranch Wool Delaine Merino (colorways pictured, neon red, filtered light)
  • darning needle
  • scissors

Pattern:

Cast on - 40 sts
Work 1 by 1 rib for 2 inches
Work Stockinette for 4 in

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HEEL FLAP
Work heel over half of sts (20 sts).
Row 1: (RS) slip 1 as if to purl, k1, repeat to end.
Row 2: slip 1st st as if to purl, p to end.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for 8 times more
20 rows or 10 long V's for heel flap edge. *(These are the stitches that will later be used to pick up for the gusset)

 

TURN HEEL
Worked over half of the heel flap sts + 2 (12 sts)
Row 1 (RS): K12, ssk, k1 turn.
Row 2 (WS): Slip 1 pw, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3 (RS): Slip 1 pw, knit to 1 st before gap, ssk (close gap) k1, turn.
Row 4 (WS): Slip 1 pw, purl to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all heel sts are worked. (12 its)

GUSSET


Knit across heel sts

(Pick up same 10 long V's from heel flap section plus 1)

Place locking st maker
Knit across top of foot sts

Place  locking st marker
Use ndl to pick up remaining 11 heel flap sts.
(Pick up same 10 long V's from heel flap section plus 1)
Decrease 1 st on each side of top of foot sts until 40 sts remain as follows | 

ROW 1

ndl 1: K to 3 sts before m, k2tog, k1, slip m

ndl 2: k across sts

ndl 3: k across sts, slip m

ndl 4: k1, ssk, k to end of row

ROW 2 

K around

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 40 sts remain

Knit the foot , begin decreasing for the toe around two inches before the end of your foot. 

TOE
Rnd 1:  k to 3 sts before m, k2tog, k1, slip m, k1, ssk
K to 3 sts before m, k2tog, k1, slip m, k1, ssk k to end.
Rnd 2:  k to end
Work these 2 rnds until 12 sts remain

Then work decrease every Rnd until 8 sts remain.
 

CLOSE TOE
Divide remaining 8 sts across 2 ndls, hold parallel and kitchner stitch toe closed. 

 

ENJOY!

The Madelinetosh Crew