Pattern Release: Hearts & Flowers Shawl ~ First Love Collection ~

Hearts & Flowers..

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Last year, I planned a collection of knitwear garments with a theme revolving around The Fifty Shades of Grey. I read the trilogy with curiosity and I had mixed feelings about it. I didn’t do any research before reading, but I instantly felt like it was written like a fan fiction. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time reading fan fiction online based on the K-pop stars. So I was familiar with the type of writing. It didn’t matter what the language it was written in. Fan fiction in general are written more based on nostalgia and admiration for the characters so they just lack structure and other literary charms. But! I have to say, I loved the characters. A

nd the characters were the inspiration for this piece.

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The two main characters were both fragile and flawed, but together they became better people. In one scene, Anastasia and Christian are arguing about the kind of relationship they need and despite Christian’s hesitance, Anastasia declares that she needs everything that a normal relationship offers–all the “hearts and flowers.”

I thought this was an important turning point for them, especially Anastasia, since before then, her character was immature, naive, and had very little experience in romantic relationships. To declare what she needs and wants from Christian showed her growth as a person.

Her multi-dimensional character really inspired this shawl, that can be worn in multiple ways, with multiple effects.

 

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Name: Hearts & Flowers Shawl
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in “Elderberry” 5 skeins
Needle: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Pattern: Hearts and Flowers Shawl by Jean Chung

 

 

designing Andover

Andover sketch

 

Andover sketch

when preparing submission package to Twist Collective earlier this year, I was already working on my fall designs. For Fall 2012, I wanted to create wearable cardigan, jackets, and sweaters that reflect my own personal styles.

My husband and I took our dog to Laguna Beach (where we got married just a couple of years ago) and enjoyed a really romantic, relaxing brunch one weekend. I took a bunch of photos and these were my inspiration.

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The chilly morning breeze was perfect for my Fall inspiration. Once I finished sketching several outfits, I swatched.

Andover’s beginning was a little bit bigger than the current version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the drape and the way stitches really showed off the tweed effect of the yarn. The rest just came naturally — the elbow patches, the huge vintage buttons I got from thrift store….

The pockets are small-ish but I think it works for this jacket. If you want to knit this and make the pockets a bit bigger, I suggest lowering where the pockets start so that you don’t end up with big pockets right under your boobs.

For those of you who are working on Andover, let me know if you have any question at all. I’m here to help!

 

 

 

KAL 2012: Andover

I love fall..

And I love knit fabrics that fall flat. So for Twist Collective’s Fall 2012 issue, I designed a cardigan/jacket that embodies my love for the tailored look, easy knitting, in broken rib.

Andover jacket by Jean Chung

As you can see here, I’m almost done with the body, and will be starting the sleeves soon. The broken rib pattern is very easy to remember, and the body knits up very quickly. The only thing you have to watch out once you start the decreases for the armholes and neckline, is really the stitch count. The default stitch pattern is given in the Note section of the pattern, but once you start the decreases, the default stitch guide won’t work.

The same advice applies to the sleeves too. For this tailored look, I chose to work the sleeves in the round and shape the sleeves with short-rows. While working on the short-row shaping, maintain the ribbing pattern. It’s really easy and once you figure it out, it’ll go very very fast.

Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96)

I’m working my Andover with Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96). This will be my very first Malabrigo sweater! I am so excited. Yes, this yarn has its flaws, with all the pilling and fragility. But really, I still love this yarn that much more because of its fragility. It’s like butter and smells great. Whenever I see this yarn in the LYSes, I just have to get at least one skein. I just can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to make an entire sweater out of my favorite yarn until now.

So, hopefully everyone’s doing okay with their KALs. Shoot me an email or PM on Ravelry if you have any question at all. :)