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Sizes: Small (med, large, 1x,2x,3x) yds/meters: 1122 (1309,1496,1683,1870,2057) yards OR 1025(1197, 1368, 1539, 1710, 1881) meters. Recommended Yarn and Quantity: Shibui Pebble 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins 48% recycled silk, 36% fine merino, 16% cashmere, 224 yds / 205 m, heavy lace weight / 25 g skein; Habu N-80 Wrapped Merino 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) ounces Habu N-80 (100% wool with fine silk wrap, 187 yds/ ounce); Habu A-1 or A-85 2/17 Tsumugi3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins 100% silk; lace weight, 450 yds / 412 m, 1.7 oz / 50g skein.
Veronika is light and swingy, not at all fitted, yet with snug cuffs that make her easier to wear than a poncho. She is a great alternative to a traditional sweater when paired with a tank or sleeved top. The front and back curves are created using short rows with the YO method of short row shaping. After the curves, everything is joined and the pattern is seamless and knitted circularly all the way up. The simple lines of this pattern lend themselves to interesting, textured yarns like Shibui Pebble or Habu Textile 2/17 Tsumugi (A1 or N85) or Wrapped Merino 4P (N80).
While studying German in Salzburg, Austria, Julie Weisenberger learned to knit at a shop close to the Abbey where scenes from “The Sound of Music” were filmed. She always suspected the women in the knitting shop moonlighted as extras in the movie; they resembled each other in so many ways. She enjoys saying she was taught by knitting nuns… even if they weren’t, really.
By the time Julie returned to the United States, she was obsessed with knitting and design and soon found herself managing a small cottage industry. She had knitters in Ireland using English yarn and her original creations were being sold at Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, Mark Shale, and a number of small boutiques across the country. Her main focus, however, was on teaching knitting and designing for knitters via knitting magazines and yarn company publications.
After an 8-year hiatus to care for her children she began teaching classes at Article Pract, a yarn shop in Oakland, California. She couldn’t teach and not design, so by 2006 she was designing again and in 2007 launched cocoknits.com to sell her patterns.
Her aim is to reach creative knitters who want a finished product that says something unique about their personality. Each pattern is meant not as a rigid template but as a guide, a jumping-off point from which you can determine your own style through choice of texture, color, shape, and embellishments.