Friday, September 29, 2006

From the Top

And now she is 2/3 done. Da Capo is progressing nicely; the second sleeve is well into the striped section. Oct. 21 is the deadline; I want to wear it on a trip to New York.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Late Coming to the Knitting

I joined the blog some time ago, but never actually started knitting my Mermaid. For some odd reason, grin, Amy getting the Ballerina spreadsheet ready to go triggered a NEED to start my Mermaid.

The beige yarn is a camel/silk that I was given, I'm using 2 strands at a time. The brown and rust are Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport. I LOVE the way the Naturespun knits up in this pattern, the camel/silk is stiffer and of course there is the need to pick up both strands!

Yesterday, after knitting for 4 hours in the car to go to a doctor appointment, I wasn't sure if the camel is the right color. It is cooler than the other two colors. But, I really don't want to frog this much! Nor do I have another yarn on hand to substitute. So, I think I'll probably knit on, and figure that was a tantrum because of the time in the car. Today, on the 4 hours back (as well as the time waiting in the doctor's office), I've made more progress, and I think I'm pleased with how it looks.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Selling patterns


I get a lot of emails from time to time asking about selling Hanne patterns, copyright issues, etc. I very much appreciate that the majority of you come to me first before posting on the blog. Here are my thoughts on the issue.

Think of the original pattern that comes in your kit as a book. Obviously you can't copy this and distribute to others, but you can make one copy for your own use to mark on, etc. When you are done with the book (or pattern in this case), you can sell it on ebay or in a used book store or whatever. Likewise, you should be able to sell your original pattern when you are done with it.

I do not want this knitalong to become a buying/selling forum, but I also understand that once someone has completed a pattern, they might want to sell it and as we've seen, there are definitely those who are interested in purchasing just the pattern. So, I will allow you to post when you have a pattern for sale or are interested in buying, but you must post your email address so that interested parties can respond to you directly (and also please request this in your post so others don't forget). Other than the initial post, I would appreciate it if the discussion would please occur off the list.

I hope this meets everyone's needs. Please let me know if you have comments or suggestions.


New blogger

I'm a new blogger here at Hanne Falkenberg Knitalong. However, I must admit that I've been reading the Knitalong frequently over the summer and after getting inspired by many of you I just started knitting the Mermaid No. 8.
Previously, I've been a keen knitter for the last 3 years (after a LONG break of more than 20 years), and mostly knitted my own designs - but I've finished Hanne Falkenberg's Linus jacket for my 3 year old son over the summer. And I love to look at different yarn types ... and dream about new projects.
Best regards and happy knitting from

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Hi !

I came across this BLOG when doing research on my HF-Kit for the PYRAMIDE jumper.
Does anyone have any expierience with PYRAMIDE ... I saw the finished product in Ribe/DK this summer, got the wool & the pattern ... but now I can't make sense of the pattern :

basic problem: I can't recall what the real jumper looked like:
ie the instruction talks about Vorderteil ( frontpiece) and Rückenteil ( back) and Aermel ( sleeves). and the description tells me to start with 408 stiches
....... that would make a lenght of ca 170 cm ...... ?????????????
Any comment/ help welcome

Gruss Eva

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Monday, September 18, 2006

Da Capo Days

One sleeve done, the front begun! I continue to be pleased by how cleverly this sweater is constructed. So far, everything has worked according to the instructions (as long as I have followed the instructions!) I have planned a trip to New York for late October and will take da capo to keep me warm in the brisk fall air. In Tallahassee in September, though, I have to turn down the air conditioning just to work on it.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Announcing Ballerina Spreadsheet!

I've charted out a row-by-row spreadsheet for Ballerina, in both sizes. So far, the spreadsheet is done up the decrease section after the last back gusset. It hasn't been fully test knitted, but I'm willing to offer it up to anyone who would like to work with it.

For a copy, send me an e-mail. Tell me which size you need and whether you prefer Excel or PDF. I'll respond with a challenge question based on the pattern to verify that you own it. When you answer that question, I'll send you the spreadsheet.

Happy knitting!

New Falkenberg design

According to this blog there's a new Falkenberg design on the way.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Da Capo Progress

This is Da Capo sleeve#1. Progress has been slow because I was out of town last week and didn't want to take this project with me (it would break my heart to lose it) but I may be one evening away from the next significant step of attaching the sleeve to the back! I'm not looking forward to the second sleeve, though because this is pretty boring.

Ballerina Spreadsheet

I'm working on one. In collaboration with a couple of Ballerina knitters. I just finished deciphering and charting the first sleeve and am rounding the back. Can I just say, this one is far more tedious than Mermaid. When I get to halfway, I'll make it available.

Just wanted you all to know it was coming. Stay tuned.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Started the Ballerina #1

Last night I started the Ballerina after reading the first 2 pages of the instructions many many times. I hand knit lace all the time, but this is going to be a different mind set for sure. Since I knit loose it is requiring US size 2 needles for me. I am not very good at reversing instructions so you all will be hearing from me for sure. I live in Birmingham, AL, and this is going to be my winter coat, hopefully for this year. Susie B.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Ballerina Beginning

Greetings from Amman. Here is the beginning of my Ballerina jacket. I received this at the end of May for my birthday, but I wanted to take it to Jordan with me. It was very difficult to resist knitting this after I finished the Mermaid a few months ago. I started this jacket in California. I wanted the first few ridges to be done there. I made great progress waiting at the airport, and was several ridges into it before I realized Hanne was being funny, and put in an extra comment that lead me to knit most of this wrong. On one ridge the instructions are to do short rows, and to turn and YO 2 stitches before the previous YO. The next ridge, which we are supposed to do for a long time, instructs us to repeat the previous row, but "...on each ridge turn 2 sts earlier than on the previous." Thus, I turned 4 stitches before, not two. Turns out she was kidding! Ha! I frogged most of this early this morning, save the first two ridges, and re-knit all day. Not bad progress for a day of frogging/knitting. I know it's been said before, but I'll say it again: for this much money these patterns could be written MUCH better.

Studio Long

Hello everyone. I'm new here. I treated myself to a LaStrada kit when I retired a couple of years ago, but I haven't knit it; I guess I was a bit intimidated. So what on earth made me try on that Studio Long at the LYS trunk show recently? Anyway, it was perfect, so I've ordered it in dark green. One of the shop's super employees, who's making Mermaid, told me about this blog. Already some of the intimidation factor is easing. So while I'm waiting for Studio Long's arrival, I'll catch up here. I'm looking forward to knitting my Hanne Falkenbergs.

Sandra D

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


I'm making Mermaid 4. While Becky was on vacation this summer I started my mermaid and was asking about sizing. The lack of dimensions on the pattern was a disadvantage to me! I settled on making a medium so the sleeves wouldn't droop past my shoulders more than it ought to. Dispite my larger bust and middle which ought to be a large.

My decision was based on another blogger's diagram measurements in large size. I wish I had taken down the measurements better to keep on my pattern. This would be helpful done in each size if anyone has done this! Another helpful thing was to write how many increases every how many rows right onto the diagram on the section where it happens, once I could figure it out. This helps when she says "reverse shaping" instead of giving directions for the second half.

What I did to add some more rows to the pattern without disturbing the look was to add an extra ridge to the front gussets that go all the way up. Also the back center was a good place to add some ridges without making a difference to the pattern design. It didn't make a difference when I sewed the collar to the back to ease it a little farther than it was intended to be.

I'm up to the sleeves, and it's beautiful to gaze at! Love the colors, not necessarily the yarn. While I'm knitting away, see my progress on my link "What's Natalie Doing Now" on the left side of my website: . So far I'm up to about 2 months of knitting! Whew! It needs to get done now, so I can wear it, before it gets too cold to use it without a coat! The weather is about right for the next month or 2 before Winter.


Friday, September 01, 2006

Da Capitating Along!

This is the first Da Capo sleeve, which is worked up from the wrist. I am making the shorter-sleeved version because I'm short and look less overwhelmed by my clothes with my wrists showing. The fact that it will take less time to knit is just a bonus!