tisdag 16 augusti 2016

Kutova KiKa knitwear webshop is open!

 My webshop is finally open! Check it out at  Kutova KiKa  
 All pieces are designed and hand made by me in my little knit studio in Stockholm.
 Kutova means Knitting in Finnish and Kika is my childhood nickname, the name Kutova Kika reminds me of how my Grandmother Gulle taught me how to knit when I was a little girl. We would sit out in the cabin in the snow covered Finnish archipelago and knit furry animals with pompom tails and fuzzy manes. 

 All the pieces have delicate details, many in special techniques with crochet and embroidery. I use the soft alpaca yarn for its warmth, luxuriousness and beautiful natural luster.


tisdag 19 april 2016

Pattern for the caridgan Ariel is now available!



I have gotten many requests to write down the pattern for the cardigan Ariel and can now happily announce that it is ready! The pattern is available to download on ravelry and etsy, or if you would like to download it straight through my blog it is also possible.
The pattern is both in English and Swedish.
Download DIRECTLY:  PatternforAriel/MönsterpåAriel


When I was designing the pattern I was inspired by traditional fair isle motifs and wanted to get a playful twist on it by combining different shapes and motifs around the yoke, along the hem and sleeves.



The zigzag waves repeat to give the design some coherence and structure. The pattern for Ariel comes with written instructions, drawings and color charts to make it easy to follow.
 
 When I was writing down the pattern for Ariel I decided to knit one as a sweater instead of a cardigan. The design works well as a closed design too and motif around the yoke really stands out. For the main color I chose Cascade 220 Peruvian wool in oatmeal color, it is the same yarn that I used in turqois in the cardigan version. The two shades of grey are Garnstudio Drops Nepal which are a bit thicker tha the Cascade yarn but worked very well. The peach color is alpaca yarn that I dyed myself. I am very happy with the result of my Spring take on this design! I will surely be wearing this peachy pie when there is that period between Spring and Summer where there is no more need for a jacket but it is still too chilly to go out without a sweater.

Happy knitting! If you have any questions regarding the pattern, don't hesitate to ask me :)

söndag 6 mars 2016

New blog coming up soon!!


 I am in the process of starting my own knitting brand called Kutova Kika (Kutova means knitting in Finnish and Kika is my what my lil sister calls me :) after many years of people telling me how they would like to buy my knitted stuff and encouraging me to start my own knitting studio. 
That means I will also have a new blog associated to my website where I share my knitting processes and inspiration.
The hat on the above picture is called Lintunen(Finnish for little bird) and is available in many color combos. I have carefully chosen the colors and made each hat with luxurious high quality alpaca yarns. 


 Although I now have a knitting machine I will also be knitting by hand, of course! That itch to knit by hand is still very much there although I also enjoy the complexity and patience it takes to knit on the machine.
 Here is the chunky scarf I knitted with a beautiful blueberry ice cream colored yarn and added pompoms to make this scarf a one of a kind.

Some logo designing going on for my new Kutova Kika shop. 
 
 
All the knitted goodies in this post can be purchased from my my etsy shop  for now and soon from my own wesite! Can't wait to get it up and running, so excited!!

söndag 7 februari 2016

Kutova Kika etsy shop now open!


My webshop is now open! Lots of super yummy knitted hats in delicious color combinations.
Link to shop:

The Lupuna hat with bunnies on a flowery meadow.
 All the hats are knitted with alpaca yarn. and have a cute pompom.
The Lintunen hat has a motif of swallows flying around in a berry forest.
Here in minty green and pale rose, perfect colors for Spring!

 


 Lintunen hat in black & off white with a coral colored pompom.


Here the Lintunen hat in more subdued colors, lavender and pale blue.



 Lintunen hat in baby blue and mellow yellow.


 The Lupuna hat in strawberry red and dreamy grey.



The Lumikello hat has a more classic pattern but with a modern twist and fuzzy pompom.




More pictures and color combinations in my etsy webshop:

måndag 14 december 2015

Entering the realm of machine knitting

 Some weeks back I attended a course in machine knitting and I must say I am hooked! This scarf on the picture above I knitted in 2 hours instead of two weeks that it would have probably taken me by hand.

We made our own patterns using the punchcard system on the course and I made both this bird pattern and the above seen dragonfly pattern.
 The machines we used in the course were all Brother machines and after much pondering and wondering I bought my own used Brother knitting machine. The above knitted piece with bird pattern I knitted on my own machine that I got to work after a thorough clean up and some fixing with the help from youtube tutorials. I am so excited to see that it seems to be working!

 My cozy knitting studio on the kitchen table :)

View from underneath the knitting machine carriage. I had to use all my engineer genes I have from my grandfather to work out how to fix some of the springy thingys underneath the carriage. With the help of youtube and some DIY engineering it seems to now be working!



fredag 13 november 2015

Horse/ bunny/ heart sweater done!


I finished my horse sweater! I decided to go all whimsical and playful  and added bunnies and hearts around the collar and some gingerbread trimmings along sleeves and neck opening.  I am very satisfied with the end result and will definitely be wearing this warm luxury Alpaca and wool sweater during the coming cold winter.



 On the backside of the sweater I added a little bow on one of the horses, always fun with some unexpected detail.



måndag 26 oktober 2015

An alpaca cardigan named Brynja


This cardigan is almost done, just need to make the finishing touchest. I knitted it with Garnstudio Drops Alpaca yarns and made up the pattern as I went along.

 
 I knitted the cardigan on a circular 4 mm needle and then cut it open after having a go with the sewing machine and making sure the knit stays intact. I chose to crochet along the edges and think I will choose some invisible fastening system, to add buttons doesnt feel right with this motif since there is already so much going on.