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five garments, worthy of exquisite yarn


Copyright © 2015 Lori Versaci All rights reserved. Published by Lori Versaci LLC www.VERSACIKNITS.com ISBN: 978-0-9859962-3-9

Image from woolfolk photographed by Vanessa Yap-Einbund.

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table of contents about the collection …….……… 5 reverso

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chess

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raindrops

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traverse

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blocks

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notes/abbreviations …..….…… 16 pattern info ………..……………. 17 acknowledgements …………… 25

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about the collection I am so happy to introduce my collection of designs inspired by woolfolk yarns. I first met Kristin Ford, founder of woolfolk, when I was a fledgling designer. She took to my work immediately and we have been collaborating ever since. Kristin has an extraordinary design sense as well as business acumen, and when I heard that she was founding her own company, I knew that her yarns would be spectacular. As soon as I felt them, I knew I wanted to design a whole collection.

Woolfolk is aptly named after Kristin’s maternal grandmother. The company is dedicated to responsibly sourcing the finest fleece from around the world to create luxurious handknitting yarns. The first two, TYND and FÅR, are remarkable for both their heritage and exquisite hand. The fibers in TYND and FÅR originate in Patagonia, products of the Ovis 21 biodiversity and regeneration project. The merino sheep are responsibly bred using environmentally sustainable processes, and their wool is the highest quality merino available anywhere in the world. TYND and FÅR are the only handknitting yarns made from this certified Ultimate Merino® wool. The VERSACIKNITS woolfolk collection showcases these extraordinary fibers. I created a collection that both celebrates the feel of these wonderful yarns and takes advantage of their sophisticated color palette...a collection of soft and wearable garments with simple, clean lines, crisp textures, and modern design. This collection offers designs for knitters at every skill level, from easy-to-knit unisex accessories to cardigans and pullovers with complex construction. I loved creating these designs, so I hope that you find as much enjoyment knitting them! Lori

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reverso (page 17) Chic, versatile reverso can be worn two ways — as a handsome, front-buttoning cardigan or fashionable, button-down-the-back pullover. Its A-line shape is flattering to almost any woman. Smart details include a dramatic button band, 3/4-length sleeves, and ample pockets. Unique in construction, reverso is knit from the top down in one piece with mock turtleneck, ribbed shoulders, and set-in sleeves. Simple rib stitch provides the structure, while stockinette stitch shows off the drape and softness of the velvety yarn. Knitters who enjoy a challenge will delight in watching this garment unfold.

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chess (page 21) Bold and dramatic chess is a unisex cowl or scarf that's soft against your neck, long enough to wrap, and interesting to knit. This design uses slip stitch to show off the chainette construction of the FĂ…R yarn, then pairs it with ribbed lines to give a checkerboard effect, finishing with I-cord for a clean edge. The knit fabric is beautifully textured and fully reversible -- a perfect twist-and-wrap infinity cowl or ample scarf that's long enough to wrap snugly with plenty left to hang.

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raindrops (page 23) With its clean, modern lines and subtle elegance, raindrops was Influenced by the Japanese aesthetic. This simple, loose-fitting cardigan features dolman sleeves, a quiet pattern, and a hint of texture. Knit in pieces from the bottom up, raindrops uses a pattern stitch that takes a bit of getting used to — but one that you quickly come to love for its unusual effect. Simple I-cord bands are worked with the fronts; twisted rib stitch creates the hem and cuffs. An allseason sweater for everyone.

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traverse (page 27) Traverse is a toasty hat for cold days with a subtle, interesting pattern. It is knit in the round using raised slip-stitch; by working half the stitches in each row and then moving the graduation one stitch at a time, you create a beautiful herringbone effect. The knitted fabric is tight both horizontally and vertically, making a dense, warm, garment. Traverse can be worn slouchy, or you can fold the broad, snug brim back to wear it as a fitted cap.

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blocks (page 29) Blocks is a classic raglan pullover updated with modern lines, a slightly oversized fit, and an interesting long vent detail. It is knit from the top down with compound raglan shaping to ensure a perfect fit for any size. Deep, modern side vents (with an option to exclude them) overlap, so that they lie perfectly and prevent stress on the seam. Simple color blocks show off the wonderful woolfolk color palette.

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notes (unless otherwise specified) CO using long-tail method. When shaping, always maintain a 1-st selvedge in St st. Inc as follows: On RS, [k1, M1L] at beg of row and [M1R, k1] at end. Dec as follows: [k1, ssk] at beg of row and [k2tog, k1] at end. For information on sizing and a complete list of errata go to www.VERSACIKNITS.com.

abbreviations approx

approximately

p

purl

beg

beginning

p1tbl

purl 1st through back loop

BO

bind off

pm

place marker

CO

cast on

rem

remaining

dec(‘d)

decrease(ed)

rep

repeat

dpns

double-pointed needles

RH

right hand

inc

increase

rm

remove marker

k

knit

rnd(s)

round(s)

k1tbl

knit 1st through back loop

RS

right side

k2tog

knit 2 sts together

sm

slip marker

kfb

knit into the front and the back of next st

sl1

slip 1 st purlwise

M1L

make st left slanting. Insert left needle from front to back under the running thread between the last st worked and next st on left needle; knit into the back of the resulting loop.

ssk

slip, slip, knit. Slip next 2 sts one at a time knitwise, transfer stitches back to left needle, then k2tog

ssp

slip, slip, purl. Slip next 2 sts one at a time knitwise, transfer stitches back to left needle, then p2tog through-backloop

st(s)

stitch(es)

w&t

wrap and turn. Be sure to hide wraps when you come to them on subsequent rows by working (knitting or purling) the wrap together with the stitch, making sure that the wrap falls to the WS.

WS

wrong side

wyif

with yarn in front

yo

yarn over

M1R

M1L-p

M1R-p

make 1 st right leaning. Insert left needle from back to front under the running thread between the last st worked and next st on left needle; knit into the front of the resulting loop. Make 1 st, left slanting. Inserting left needle from front to back under the running thread between the last st worked and the next st on left needle; purl into the resulting loop. Make 1 st, right slanting. Insert left needle from back to front under the running thread between the last st worked and the next st on the left needle; purl into the resulting loop. !16


reverso

SIZES

YARN

GAUGE

XS (S, M, L)(1X, 2X, 3X)

25 sts and 38 rows = 4”/ 10cm in St st; 30 sts and 38 rows = 4” in 1X1 Rib (blocked). Check gauge.

(Approx 4”/10cm pos ease) 34 ¾ (38, 42 ¼, 46 ¾)(50 ½, 54 ¾, 58 ¾)”/88.5 (96.5, 107.5, 118.5) (128.5, 139, 140)cm

Woolfolk TYND [100% Ultimate Merino® wool; 223 yds/ 50gm skein]: 7 (8, 8, 9)(10, 10, 11) skeins or Approx 1475, (1575, 1750, 1875) (2025, 2125, 2275) yds/1350 (1450, 1600, 1725)(1850, 1950, 2075)m fingering weight yarn

LENGTH TO SHOULDER

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS CHEST (buttoned)

21 (21 ½, 22, 22 ½)(23, 23 ½, 24)”/ 53.5 (54.5, 56, 57)(58.5, 59.5, 61)cm

• Size 4 US (3.5mm) 32” circular and double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge • Stitch markers, spare circular needles or waste yarn • 9 (¾”/19mm) buttons

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CONSTRUCTION Worn with buttons in the front or in the back. Worked from the top down. Short rows are used to shape the shoulders and neckline; set-in sleeve caps are worked at the same time as the upper body. Lower length sleeves are worked in the round. There are 2 pockets; pocket linings are worked down after rest of sweater is complete.


chess 


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

YARN

GAUGE

COWL Circ 52”/132cm

4 (5) skeins woolfolk FÅR (100% Ultimate Merino® wool; 142 yds/ 130m per 50gm skein) or Approx 550 (700)yds/500 (650)m worsted weight yarn

20 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10cm in Chess Board Rib (blocked).

Width 9 ½”/24cm

SCARF Length 68”/173cm Width 10 ¼”/26cm

NEEDLES and NOTIONS • Sizes 9 US/5.5mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge • For cowl, tapestry needle and waste yarn

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CONSTRUCTION Cowl: Begun with provisional cast-on, then worked back-andforth; ends are grafted to form circle. Scarf: Worked back-and-forth.


raindrops

SIZES

YARN

GAUGE

XS (S, M, L)(1X, 2X, 3X)

woolfolk TYND [100% Ultimate Merino® wool; 223 yds/ 50gm skein]: 6 (7, 7, 8)(9, 10, 11) skeins or Approx 1325 (1400, 1550, 1725) (1925, 2125, 2300) yds/ 1200 (1275, 1425, 1575)(1750, 1950, 2100)m fingering weight yarn

22 sts and 34 rows = 4”10cm in Raindrop Pattern (blocked).

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS CHEST (Approx 6”/15cm + ease) 36 ½ (39 ½, 44 ½, 48 ¼)(51 ¾, 56 ¼, 59 ¾)”/92.5 (100.5, 113, 112.5) (131.5, 143, 152)cm

LENGTH 20 (20 ¼, 20 ½, 21 ¼)(22, 23, 23 ¾)”/51 (51.5, 52, 54)(56, 58.5, 60.5)cm

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS • Size 5 US (3.75mm) 16” and 32” circular and double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge • 6 (5/8”/15mm) buttons

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24 sts and 34 rows = 4”/ 10cm in St st (blocked). Take time to check gauge.

CONSTRUCTION Body and sleeves are worked separately from the bottom-up. Front bands are worked with body, then continued after shoulders are shaped. Pieces are blocked and neck bands are joined and sewn to back neck.


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SIZE

YARN

GAUGE

To fit average woman’s head

2 skeins woolfolk FÅR (100% Ultimate Merino® wool; 142 yds/ 130m per 50gm skein) or Approx 275 yds/250m worsted weight yarn

20 sts and 54 rnds = 4”/10cm in Traverse Herringbone using larger needles (blocked).

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS RIM (snug fit): 17 ½”/44.5cm BODY CIRC: 20”/51cm HEIGHT: 11”/28cm

NEEDLES and NOTIONS • Sizes 8 US/5.0mm and10 US/ 6mm double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge • Tapestry needle

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CONSTRUCTION Knit in the round from the bottom up.


blocks 


SIZES

YARN

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS

XS (S, M, L)(1X, 2X, 3X)

Woolfolk TYND [100% Ultimate Merino® wool; 223 yds/ 50g skein]: 3 (4, 4, 5)(6, 6, 6) skeins color A and 3 (3, 3, 4)(4, 4, 4) skeins color B or Approx 625 (750, 875, 1000)(1125, 1225, 1300) yds/575 (675, 800, 925)(1025, 1125, 1200)m color A and 525 (575, 650, 675)(725, 775, 850) yds/475 (525, 600, 625)(675, 700, 775)m color B sport weight yarn

• Size 5 US (3.75mm) 16” and 32” circular and dpns or size needed to obtain gauge • Locking stitch markers

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS CHEST (Approx 8”/20.5cm pos

ease) 38 (42, 46 ¾, 50)(54 ¾, 58)”/ 96.5 (106.5, 118.5, 127)(139, 147.5, 159.5)cm

LENGTH 22 ¼ (23 ½, 24 ¼, 25 ¾)(26 ¾, 27 ½, 27 ¾)”/ 56.5 (59.5, 61.5, 65.6) (68, 70, 70.5)cm

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GAUGE 24 sts and 34 rnds = 4”/10cm in St st(blocked). Take time to check gauge.

CONSTRUCTION Worked in the round from the top down. Short rows are used to shape the collar. Raglan shaping rates change throughout yoke. Side vent openings are optional.


 

reverso

raindrops

blocks

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Image from woolfolk photographed by Vanessa Yap-Einbund.

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acknowledgements Thank you to those who made this possible… Kristin Ford and the woolfolk team. for their fabulous yarn and ongoing support of this project. Learn more at www.wolfolkyarn.com.

A fantastic group of test knitters from ravelry, including 51off, bommeline, bugaboo1, Bunny-B, darkxangel93, DeChertsey, florestine, Knit-Intention, LynneDavid, Mdeirdre, mytwist, nflux888, podinak, salttheknitter, scuddeb, SheKnitsToo, socalwool, spicyfleece, theknitter13, victanguera, weissyae, winemakerssister, YooHoo

And the creative team — photography*… modeling… techical editing… administration… design…

… Hester Krog … Georgia Fremon … Charlotte Quiggle … Elizabeth Miko … Amalia Versaci

*Images of yarn from woolfolk photographed by Vanessa Yap-Einbund.

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VERSACIKNITS woolfolk collection lookbook  

five garments, worthy of exquisite yarn

VERSACIKNITS woolfolk collection lookbook  

five garments, worthy of exquisite yarn

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