Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Camellia Shrug Pattern available for sale

I am so happy to write that my Camellia Shrug pattern is now available for download in the Interweave Store for $5.50.  To date, this is my most favorite design and I have seen some great projects made by some wonderful knitters.  If you haven't seen it already, Camellia Shrug is a lace shrug worked in an incredibly soft alpaca/silk blend yarn. The back is worked from the center outwards in a counterpane construction. The sleeves are continued on two sides of the square. Stitches are picked up around the opening for a rib band.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Pattern: Adora Hat

Adora is a close fitting hat with an elegant scalloped brim. Worked in the round from the bottom up, the stitch pattern is a twin leaf with a contrasting eyelet stripe. The crown decreases bring the leaves into a pointed star shape. This hat should be worn with 1-2” negative ease.

I have been loving vintage hats recently, and I wanted this one to be reminiscent of the flapper hats from the 1920's.  I have lots of casual hats, but nothing that I would consider wearing with a nice dress on an evening out.  Instead of just letting my head get cold, I decided to design an elegant option that would keep me nice and toasty warm on a cold night.

Approximate yardage used: MC 110 (130) yds, CC 45 (55) yds

Skills needed:
ability to read a chart
working in the round


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Pattern: Button Box Cloche

I am so happy to finally present my new pattern, Button Box Cloche.  Button Box Cloche is a vintage style embellished hat worked in two versions. The Red Version has a long and wide brim that flips outwards and is embellished with a colorful mix of buttons. The Purple Version has a short flared brim and is embellished with a mohair flower, hatband, and a few buttons. Worked in the round from the top down, these hats can be tried on as they are knit to adjust the length if necessary.

working in the round

SIZES: Child (Adult S/M, Adult M/L)

Circumference: 21.25 (22.5, 24)”
Length: 8.75 (9, 9.25)”

Circumference: 21.25 (22.5, 24)”
Length: 7.75 (8, 8.25)”

Red Version: Rowan Kid Classic (70% wool, 26% mohair, 4% nylon; 153 yds/140 m per 50 g ball); color: 847; 1 (2, 2) balls

Purple Version: Knit Picks Gloss DK (70% merino wool, 30% silk; 123 yds/112 m per 50 g ball); color: Blackberry; 2 (2, 2) balls
Feza Yarns Kid Mohair Multi (85% mohair, 8% nylon, 7% polyester; 275 yds/251 m per 25g ball); color: 634; 1 ball

Both Versions: US #6/4 mm dpns and 16” circular needle
Purple Version only: US #4/3.5 mm dpns
Both Versions: Tapestry needle to weave in ends, stitch marker, sewing thread to match yarn, sewing needle
Red Version: 40 assorted buttons (six ¾” - 1”, nine ½” - 5/8”, twenty-five ¼” – 3/8”); tear away fabric stabilizer
Purple Version: four 3/8” buttons, one 5/8” button


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Color Study Shawl Shades of Autumn

As I've been roasting away in the lingering heat, I decided to weave a shawl in shades of autumn in the hopes that the weather will soon cool down.  I carefully went through my stash and picked no less than 18 different yarns, some handspun, to use in this project.  I worked on my 48" tri-loom and created a fall hued rainbow of red, rust, orange, yellow, brown and olive.  I added on some short spaced fringe to give a nice finish.