Strickmich! Sommer Camp


Join us at Strickmich! Sommer Camp!

For six weeks this summer, we will knit together, sit by the lake or by the fire, cool our feet in the water and have a good time! Every participant chooses her own project and yarn. I would be delighted if you chose one of my patterns and a yarn from Strickmich! Shop, but it’s definitely not a must. It’s summer, and as cannot travel as we would like, we might at least knit what we please, right?

Starting immediately, everyone who has signed up will get a fun gift with your order in Strickmich! Shop if you use our code.
The camp itself runs from July 15th through August 31st: we have a Summer Camp Challenge every week on social media, where you can win gift cards from our shop and knitting patterns. Have a great summer!

Join us here for free!

Knitting Easy & Relaxed: Scrunchie

My new (German-speaking) video for beginning knitters is live on Youtube! Today, we are making a scrunchie out of fingering weight yarn.

For everyone who already knows how to knit:

Materials
10 g colorful sockyarn (Crazy Zauberball, colorway Gartenparty),
2-3 mm circular needle, 80 cm long,
20 cm elastic cord.

Cast on 24 stitches, close to knit in the round and knit until the tube is about 36 cms long.

Bind off, add the elastic cord and sew the ends together.

Knitting Easy & Relaxed: Handwarmers

This is a pattern for a little video series I made in German for beginning knitters with small and quick projects.

For those of you who would like to make them and already know how to knit, here’s the pattern:

Handwarmers
Materials: 40 g “Pur” by Schoppel, Colorway Denim (150 m / 100 g)
Suitable knitting needles (4,5-7 mm)
Tapestry Needle

Cast on 30 stitches.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: k2tog, knit to last stitch, kfb.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the short side of the parallelogram fits around your hand. Bind off.

Sew the cast-on edge and the cast-off edge together, leaving an opening for the thumb. Sew in ends. Done!

Knitting Event on May 23rd cancelled


Dear knitters, with a heavy heart we decided to cancel our planned knitting event and Cast-on Event for Strickmich! Club on May 23rd. It is currently unclear whether we will be allowed to hold our event and sell cake and coffee under the Corona pandemic restrictions, and also we are commited to protect your health. We will host a live virtual Cast-on Event instead on my youtube channel and keep you posted! ••• “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.” Elizabeth Zimmermann

Happy Easter!

In Strickmich! Shop, we have a little Easter gift for you: We will throw in an organic Strickmich! Project bag in all orders above 30 € (excluding shipping) until April 14th! That said, I am sad to announce that international physical shipping is very restricted right now. In most regions of the world (except Europe) we can only ship printed patterns or books or nothing at all. Please find detailed information about the current shipping situation in Strickmich! Shop here.

However, my download patterns are available on Ravelry and in Strickmich! Shop as ever!

Happy knitting – stay safe and healthy!

Polarlys

One of the most spectacular phenomena on this planet must be the Northern Lights: In colors from blue-teal to purple they illuminate the sky close to the North Pole, and if you are lucky during your vacation in one of the northern Scandinavian countries, you will see them. This shawl was inspired by the Northern Lights (“Polarlys” is the Danish word for them), as its shape resembles the broad strokes that the light paints on the sky. Polarlys starts with Judy’s Magic Cast-on and is knit from the middle in rounds – entirely without purl stitches, ending with an asymmetrical mesh lace border.

This knitting project was part of Strickmich! Club 2019 – the pattern was exclusive to our club members for six months. The colorway you can see in the pictures was only available to them. But good news: In Strickmich! Shop, we carry this beautiful yarn “BFL + Silk Lace” by Sweetgeorgia from Canada in six stunning colors.:

Find the pattern in Strickmich! Shop or on Ravelry.

Tough & Toasty

I made these little short hand warmers out of pure necessity: My office tends to be a little cold – which I appreciate during the summer months, but it can be a bit annoying during winter. My hands are often cold while I work at the computer, so I decided I needed a pair of woollen fingerless mitts. I wanted them to be adaptable to the wearer’s wrist circumference, just as the “Tensfield” hat can be adapted to the recipient’s head size. It should also work in different yarn weights and be easy to work: no seams, no putting stitches aside, no cast-on, and no purling. The result is a pair of really cool hand warmers named “Tough & Toasty” that knit up superfast, use only very little yarn (16–20 g per pair), and make a great gift. I designed them to be really short so they won’t get in the way when you wear a long-sleeved sweater with them – and you will still be able to access your wristwatch.

Find the beautiful, soft mulesing-free yarn and the pattern – as a single download or in my book “Strickmich! Knitting Inventions” – in Strickmich! Shop.

Survey + Raffle!

Help us to make your knitting better – and win!
Join our online survey! Everyone who completes the survey by April 30th will have the chance to win one of the following prizes:

1. One gift certificate (€ 50) redeemable in Strickmich! Shop
2.-3. Tough & Toasty Kit with one skein of Loch Lomond Bio (your choice of color), the book “Strickmich! Knitting Inventions” (containing the pattern) plus Strickmich! stitch markers
4.-6. Book “Strickmich! Knitting Inventions” by Martina Behm
7.-21. a knitting pattern by Martina Behm as a pdf download.

Find the terms and conditions for the raffle here. Join the survey until April 30th – we are looking forward to your feedback and suggestions!

Enter the survey here.

Thanks for participating!

Strickmich! Club 2020 Cast-on Event No. 1

It’s about time! Here’s our Cast-on Video for the first shipment of Strickmich! Club 2020 (external link to vimeo.com). Enjoy!

You can also watch the cast-on event live on my youtube channel at 1 pm German time (external link).

Frattali

It’s been a long winter – time for a little bit of color, don’t you agree? Enter my new pattern “Frattali”: made out of a spectacular color-changing yarn by German manufacturer Schoppel (famous for the Zauberball!), and the fractal construction makes it a fun and interesting while relaxing knit. The colors channel spring at its best, and the shawl will be so light that you will love wearing it even when the days get longer and warmer.

Fractals – those are geometric shapes that repeat their overall shape in the small details, and I have been fascinated by them for a long time. So, why not knit a shawl that plays with a fractal structure? “Frattali” is a large stole worked in the round, super easy to knit, and the fun fractal structure makes it interesting to knit and wear. Use a fine yarn with long color changes in your favorite shades to accentuate the shape and construction. As it is so big and light, you will find that it offers many possibilities on how to wear it: Fold it lengthwise to wear it as a scarf, drape it over your shoulders, or bundle it up around the neck. Have fun with Frattali!

Frattali was knit out of one Schoppel Lace Flower, colorway “Streiflichter”. The pattern and the yarn are available – also as a kit – in Strickmich! Shop and on Ravelry.