ILGA LEJA HandKnit Design

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all ILGA LEJA Patterns are written for multiple sizes. Instructions are clear and well written

Ilga Leja is a knitwear designer based in Nova Scotia, whose roots extend from Latvia to Newfoundland. Her work is characterized by classic silhouettes, unique construction, and playful use of stitch patterns.

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Designer's notes:The lovely Rosina in Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville is the object of desire and intrigue between two men who struggle to gain her hand.With this feminine wrap, she portrays her different sides. It is a piece that can be worn in different ways.
Starting from a Provisional Cast-On, it is worked in one lace stitch pattern which then seamlessly transforms into another one. Wear this wrap with either side showing to the front. A set of double
ruffles join and set off the wrap, giving it a flirtatious finish.

Sizes: Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, 1X/ 2X, 3X
Circumference: 91 cm./36.3 in. (112 cm./44.7 in.;
133 cm./53 in.; 146 cm./58.6 in.)
Depth: 34 cm./13.6 in. (45 cm./17.9 in.;
55 cm./22.1 in.; 55 cm./22.1 in.)
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Suggested Yarn: Fingering or Sport weight yarn in the following amounts:
Main Color (MC): 350 m./383 yds. (550 m./601 yds.; 825 m./902 yds.; 900 m./985 yds.)
Contrast Color (CC): 22 m./24 yds. (35 m./38 yds.; 55 m./ 60 yds.; 55 m./60 yds.)
Needles: 4.5 mm. (US 7) needles and 3.0 mm. (US 2) double-pointed needles (set of 2)
Gauge: 15 sts and 23 rows = 10 cm./4 in. square in Pattern Stitch with 4.5 mm (US 7) needles

Lake of The Woods

Knit from its lower edge to the neckline, with a self-finishing border, this capelet works up easily. Size: XSmall, Small-XLarge, 2X-3X
Finished dimensions: Circumference around the bottom edge: 208 cm./82 in. (224 cm./88 in.; 239 cm./94 in.) Circumference around neckline: 56 cm./22 in. (61 cm./24 in.; 66 cm./26 in.)
Length: 41 cm./16 in. (51 cm./20 in.; 61 cm./24 in.)
Level: Intermediate
Suggested Yarn: 450 m./492 yds. (600 m./655 yds.; 750 m./820 yds.) of medium, worsted weight yarn
Sizes:ExtraSmall,Small-ExtraLarge,2X-3X Needles:5.0mm.(US8) and 6.0mm. (US10) Yarn:Sportweight to worstedweight Gauge:10.5stsx21rows=10cm./4in.square

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Among the Birches

Worked on the bias,thisruana-type vest is the ideal cover-upfor coolerdays

Sizes: Extra Small to 2X
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Suggested Yarn: Worsted weight yarn in two colourways
Needles: 6.0 mm (US 10) and 6.5 mm. (US 10.5)
Gauge: 13 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm./4 in square in Pattern Stitch

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Combine the magic of short rows with the changing colours of a gently self-striping yarn to create a scarf that is evocative of this island garden.

Follow the pattern to create a scarf as pictured. Or, once you have grasped the concept of the scarf’s construction, place your short-row sections as you like and design a scarf that is uniquely yours.

Suggested Yarn: Poems Sock (2 balls)

Size: 167 cm./66 in. wide from tip to tip and 59 cm./23 in. deep
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Intermediate
Suggested Yarn: 700 m./765 yds. of fingering or sport weight yarn
Needles: 4.5 mm. (US 7)
Gauge: 15 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm./4 in. square

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Afternoon Breezes

An openwork vest, worked with double yarn overs in a filet mesh pattern. Its sideways construction, coupled with short-row shaping at the sides and along the front, gives the piece its swingy, A-line silhouette.

Suggested yarns: Cozette, Lucci Linen (held double), Bamboo Pop
: Extra Small to 3X
Level of Difficulty: Experienced
Yarn: Sport weight or double knitting 500m./550yds.(570m./622 yds.;690 m./755 yds.;755m./828yds.;825m./900 yds.;955m./1042yds.;1040m./1137yds.)

Needles: 4.0 mm. (US 6) and 3.5 mm. (US 4) circular needle for the armholes
Gauge: 12 sts and 23 rows = 10 cm./4 in. square when worked in the Filet Mesh Stitch Pattern

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California Dreamin

Worked in a net-like stitch pattern and accented with rows of decorative Grand Eyelet Lace Stitch, the California Dreamin’ summer top can be worn at the beach over a bikini, during the day with pants or a skirt, or in the evening over a camisole.

FinishedSize:Extra Small to 2X
Bust Circumference:80cm./32in. (85cm./34in.;90cm./36in.;100cm./40in.; 110cm./44in.;120cm./48in.)
Total Back Length:48cm./19in.(53cm./ 21in.;55cm./21.5in.;59cm./23in.; 62cm./25in.;63.5cm./25.5in.)
Sleeve Length:43cm./17in.(45cm./18in.; 45cm./18in.;48cm./19in.;49cm./19.5in.; 49cm./19.5in.)
Designer Note: This is a close-fitting top. If you prefer more ease in your garment, choose to work a larger size

Needles: 5.0 mm. (US 8)
Yarn: Sport weight or double knitting in the following amounts: 560m./615yds. (670m./730 yds.; 720m./790yds.;845m./925 yds.; 1000m./1090yds.;1095m./1200yds.)
Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows = 10 cm./4 in. square

Suggesed Yarn: Lucci Linen (held double), Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop, Ty-Dye by Knit One Crochet Too, Fiber Natura Flax, Knit One Crochet Too-Cozette, Lucci Yarn Bamboo held double

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Through a series of short rows,  the wrap is worked, in ruching, down from the long, upper edge. It becomes a faster knit as it progresses to the shorter, lower edge. Its unique shaping allows it to be worn as a shawl, a wrap or a shrug.  : One size fits most
Width from tip to tip (measured along the actual shape of the wrap): 168 cm./66 in.  Length at centre back: 41 cm./16 in.

Level: Intermediate

Suggested Yarn: 650 m./711 yds. of double knitting or light worsted weight yarn

Needles 3.25 mm. (US 3) circular needle, at least 80 cm./32 in. long and 6.0 mm. (US 10) circular needle, at least 80 cm./32 in. long

Gauge:  18 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm./4 in. square when knit in Stockinette Stitch