Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nils Holgersson

Dear Reader,

Last time I promised to write a few words about my latest design, called Nils Holgersson. It's a simple beanie, worked in Stockinette Stitch and accompanied by five small flying geese on the front to reference the book this beanie is inspired by. 
Inspiration for this design was the great children’s classic "The wonderful adventures of Nils" by Selma Lagerlöf. In this story a boy named Nils gets punished for his bad behaviour by a tomte (an imp), what leaves him shrunk, but given the ability to speak with animals. By trying to stop his white farm goose flying away with some wild geese passing by, Nils finds himself on the back of the farm goose and joining the wild ones. This is the start of a journey from the south of Sweden to the north and back again. 

When I was a child, there was an anime TV-show about Nils and his adventures. I really have dear child memories of it and can sing the opening title along until today. 
I read the book this TV-show based on, when I was about 13 or 14 years old. I loved reading about the different parts of Sweden, the wild geese and the dangerous Smirre fox. 
A few years ago I saw a TV-adaption of the book made in Germany and I totally fell in love with the beanie this Nils (of the TV-movie) was wearing.

I definitely wanted to make one for myself. My lifepartner always wears an old beanie like Nils for working in his carpenter's workshop. So, when I decided to make a pattern for this easy-peasy beanie, I wanted to add different sizes, so almost everybody - from child to adult - could wear one. 

Sport-Weight-Yarn is one of my favourite yarn-weights and Dibadu Funnies Etudes Cool Merino is just wonderful to work with, has a precise stitch definition, is smooth and available in wonderful hand-dyed colours. I adore this yarn and always love to work with it. So it came natural for me to choose this one for my simple beanie design. 
The beanie is knit bottom-up, has a rolled up edge and features a simple stockinette stitch pattern. A small chart of five flying geese is worked on the right front of the beanie, simply made by adding some reverse stockinette stitches (the chart is included to the pattern) to the stockinette pattern. 

Nils Holgersson is intended to be worn with a tight fit, but if you want to have a slouchier beanie, just choose the bigger size. I modeled the M-size (red) and the L-size (blue) in these pictures.

pointy top and tight fit
lightly rolled-up (slouchier style)
Greeting the geese... (massively rolled up edge)
If you want to make yourself a Nils Holgersson - beanie, just click HERE and get the pattern. It's an easy begginer's project or just a quick project in between for advanced knitters. 
I would love to see many different beanies in gorgeous colours all over the knitting-world! 

Love and happy knitting,

Thank you

Dear Reader,

my Edema Ruh - pattern recently went somewhat famous, because the great Kate Davies wrote about ten amazing knitter's projects on her blog and featured Helen's wonderful version of my pattern. I got wonderful feedback from other knitters who loved the project and liked my pattern. I am really proud and thankful for this. Thank you to all of you lovely knitters, to Helen, who made a wonderful job with her shawl and last, but not least, to Kate Davies, who spread the word. This last two weeks have been incredible comforting.

I am so proud of my baby...

Although I neglected my blog over the last few months, I didn't stop knitting and designing. I have designed a bunch of patterns, which I will publish gradually. All of these designs have one thing in common: They are all inspired by some wonderful children's/young adult books I really love. Some friends have said, my eyes always begin to sparkle, when I talk about books I admire. I think the reason for this is, that - in my opinion - there are no more wonderful sources of wisdom, happiness and comfort than in the written word. The characters you get to know while reading a book are sometimes wonderful role models, sometimes they also teach you how to don't act in a specific situation. Sometimes they inspire you, sometimes they make you feel understood and not so lonely in the world, sometimes they are beeing despised by you and teach you, how you definitely don't want to become. And these characters are - for me, in the best of books - on such wonderful, fabulous adventures, which expand the world, the mind and the spirit and are such a contrast to everybody's daily routine, that you start to think, what possibilities a life really offers apart from your daily habits. Especially children's literature is a constant well of inspiration for me.

In my next blogpost I will tell you a little bit about the pattern I recently published on
Ravelry . It is called Nils Holgersson. ;-)

Beanies in Sizes S (yellow), M (red) and L (blue)

Lots of love and happy knitting to you all!