Test Knitters Wanted: Forest Cardigan

I’m sending out a call for a few more test knitters for a new cardigan pattern – The Forest Cardigan! If you follow the blog, you may remember this as my NaKniSweMo sweater and it’s a design I’ve had in my head for ages. 

It’s knit out of worsted weight yarn on US 9 needles – so it’s a quick one! Knit from the top down with raglan shaping, there aren’t any seams to sew up. Stitches are picked up for the button band and that’s about the most complicated thing going on here.

More details can be found in my Ravelry Group.

Pattern Release: Maple Slouch

I’m proud to announce that this Wednesday instead of listening to me talk, yet again, about unfinished projects, you’re going to get to listen to me talk about a new pattern!IMG_2831

I knit the first version of the Maple Slouch in September and now that my testers have all finished theirs, I’ve released the pattern into the wild. It’s a super quick knit and there are 2 versions to choose from. IMG_2825

One of them (the one I originally knit) has lace and garter stripes all over the hat and the second one has a single lace panel surrounded by a body of garter stitch. Instructions for both versions and their crown shaping are charted.IMG_2829

Using just a bit of dk or worsted weight yarn (the sample was made out of Madelinetosh Tosh DK), this is a great stashbusting hat and did I mention how quick it is? Because it’s quick. You know what else is quick? How soon the holidays will be on us and the cold and snow (in the northern hemisphere at least).

This hat can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy for only $5!

WIP Wednesday: Notable Progress

It’s another Wednesday, it seems like WIP Wednesday posts are the easiest ones for me to stay consistent with (and for that, I kind of apologize, if I were finishing things and making it interesting…well that might be better).IMG_2838

The NaKniSweMo sweater grows and this week I’ve got a finished body, a finished sleeve and the beginnings of the second sleeve to show you! So now all I need to do is finish the second sleeve and button band – sounds pretty close, doesn’t it? I don’t know that it’ll be done by the end of November but it’ll be done shortly thereafter at the very least. I’ve been eyeing my button collection too and I think I’ve got just the ones…IMG_2841

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US and I’m traveling to southwestern Colorado to see my folks, spend some time in the mountains and play in the snow! I hope you’ve all got fun plans as well, holiday or otherwise.IMG_0651

What are you working on this week? How’s your NaKniSweMo project coming, if you’re working on one?

NaKniSweMo – Half Way Through

We’re half of the way through the month and I’m not a quite halfway through my sweater yet. Last week I got to the stitch counts for my sleeve divide but decided the yoke was too short to do this just yet and ripped back a few rows, re-worked some of the pattern and got back to it.IMG_2835

I divided for the sleeves and am trying to play catch up. This isn’t a super hard and fast goal for me, I just wanted it to be a bit of motivation to get this sweater into the world and so far, I think it’s working! I’m really enjoying watching this get knit up – the textures are just what I wanted and everything seems to be playing nicely so far.IMG_2837

How is your NaKniSweMo progress going? Any hiccups, left turns or change in pace for you?

How to Style the Sweaters from Cozy Fall Light

Kirsten, Teresa and I thought it would be fun to show you guys how we would each style the three sweaters in our latest collection!

Midnight Stroll by Holly Priestley

Although I actually do wear this sweater, styling it for this post was kind of hard! When I wear it, mostly I style it similar to how the photos are – jeans and a fitted top – but I wanted to go the extra mile for you all today 😉

Midnight Stroll Outfit

A top with interesting back detail will show through the lace on the back of the sweater and I wanted to make sure to keep the lines clean with well-fitted top and skirt since the sweater itself has so much awesome drape. I wanted boots that make more of a statement and with scrunchy knee socks, this outfit is ready for cooler temperatures!

Carlee by Kirsten Singer

I’m a cardigan wearer. I love them. I layer them over everything and I don’t always think about whether or not it looks good. Luckily, the shape, color and details of Carlee are sophisticated enough on their own that I wouldn’t have to think too hard about the outfit as a whole! If I were trying to go that extra mile though, here’s what I’d wear it with to take it up a notch.

Carlee Outfit

A flowy and sophisticated top underneath (sleeveless is a personal preference so the sleeves of the top don’t bunch up underneath the sweater sleeves), dark wash skinny jeans, slouchy and textured legwarmers and chunky grey boots.

Kat by Teresa Gregorio

I personally love the way Teresa styled the sweater in this outfit and I would certainly wear something similar. Just the other week I scored an awesome, dark denim jacket at a thrift store for a mere $6 and it’s been a perfect pairing with my other knitted sweaters. I think an A-line skirt that comes to the knees with some sort of colorful pattern paired with brown boots and a classic jean jacket would be the perfect fall look for Kat!

Outfit for Kat

 

What is your favorite outfit? How would you style these sweaters?

NaKniSweMo

I guess I’m doin’ it. I’m gonna participate in NaKniSweMo this year.

NaKniSweMo – National Knit a Sweater Month – happens every November and is something that most knitters know of. It began as the knitter’s version of NaNoWriMo – the more popular National Novel Writing Month and during November many knitters commit to creating a sweater with at least 50,000 stitches like the authors commit to writing at least 50,000 words.IMG_2809

This year I’m going to work up a sample of a new design I’ve had rolling around in my head for a few months using some old ooolllddd stash yarn that I’m pretty sure is wool but I never had the ball bands to find out. It’s going to be knit from the top down with raglan sleeves, colored and textured stripes and stitches will be picked up at the end for the collar and button band.

Are you joining in? What are you going to knit?

WIP Wednesday: Adding a Little Color

Within the past two weeks I’ve started two new projects and crunched numbers for a new sweater design. I wanted more color in my knits and the Boboli Lace from my FibreShare package jumped out at me from the beginning so, naturally, I picked it up and got to knitting!IMG_1956

This is a new cowl design and I’m loving the way the colors are working up in this yarn. I’ll be needing some test knitters for the pattern soon too, so keep your ears open for that call!IMG_2715

I’m also working on a white Lacy Slouch to be followed up with a black version and sent off to a new owner.

What are you working on this week?

New Pattern: Midnight Stroll Cardigan

At long last, another pattern for you guys! And this one, my friends, is seriously one of my favorites. This is my Midnight Stroll Cardigan, my contribution to the Cozy Fall Light ebook collaboratively produced with Teresa Gregorio and Kirsten Singer.IMG_1595

Midnight Stroll is a wrap-ish cardigan knit out of Manos del Uruguay Serena and Lion Brand LB Collection Silk Mohair. It’s knit from side to side and the sleeves are picked up and worked in the round from the top down with short-row shaped caps. Stitches are picked up along the side and bottom edges and worked with mitres while stitches are picked up and worked straight along the collar.IMG_1596

Personally, I love the drape created when worn open but I also like being able to wrap myself in it and the architectural look that creates in itself.IMG_1609

This pattern is available individually or as part of the ebook (you get a discount on all patterns if you choose the ebook!). IMG_1626

I hope you all love this sweater as much as I do, and special thanks Linda for working up the sample for me! If you live in or are visiting New Jersey anytime soon, you should absolutely go on one of her Photo Tours!

 

Cozy Fall Light: A Collaborative Ebook

Earlier this year Teresa Gregorio, Kirsten Singer and myself decided to work on an ebook together. Cozy Fall Light is the culmination of those efforts and in it you’ll find 3 fun, sophisticated and cozy sweaters. There are two cardigans and a cropped pullover in this collection.

Kat is Teresa’s sweater and I think it is equal parts young and sophisticated. I love how she’s styled it in these photos!

Kirsten worked up Carlee. The details really make this sweater, in my opinion. The cables on the cuffs and collar as well as the ribbing on the side are a great pairing.

My contribution is Midnight Stroll. It’ll get it’s own post with details about my inspiration but let’s just say that this has become a fast favorite in my closet rotation!

Check out each of our blogs this week to learn more about our individual designs and the processes behind them!