New Pattern: Paintbox Cowl

My first pattern release of 2017! This is the Paintbox Cowl and I’m in love with it.

The sample was knit out of very special hand-dyed yarn by Erban Studio on Etsy (also, go follow her on Instagram, she’s got cute dogs and fun adventures). I held onto the yarn for a little while and waited for it to tell me how to best showcase it’s colors and softness. 

I knew that with a single 400 yard skein, I wanted an accessory to go around my neck that would use as much of the yarn as possible. I’d recently knit a similar cowl and wanted to apply everything I loved about it in a slightly different shape and with more interest while knitting.

This cowl starts off like a triangle shawl knit flat and joined in the round to finish off as a cowl. I’ve got another design in my Ravelry shop that has a similar construction and I just love these! They are so easy to wear and they don’t fall off like some of my shawls do.

It’s the perfect project for using up that special skein of hand-dyed, hand-spun or speckled yarn!

Pattern Release – Mountains Beanie

I’m happy to announce my 2nd pattern of 2016! The Mountains Beanie is another tribute to my favorite places. This pattern features six mountains in three sizes (and only two charts!). The mountains grow out of a ribbed edging and into a stockinette skyline on the crown of the hat.

The yarn is Kona Sport from a local, Boulder-based yarn shop called Gypsy Wools and it’s fabulous. I love the depth that the colorway has and the stitch definition is just perfect.

Being in the mountains is meditative for me and so was knitting this hat. The ribbing is a great starting point then the mountains start growing and there’s a little bit of excitement watching each peak take shape. Understated but special, rhythmic but not boring – my type of knit!

The Mountains Beanie can be found on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Craftsy and Etsy!

Pattern Release: The Forest Cardigan

Happy Friday knitters! Today I’m excited to announce that the Forest Cardigan is available for download on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Etsy and Craftsy!

The Forest Cardigan was inspired by my favorite place – the mountains (I try to be really creative with my pattern names, can you tell?). The colors in my original sample, the woolly texture of the yarn, the stitch patterns are all reminiscent of the rocks and trees that I love so much. My buttons even speak to the inspiration being made of wood!

This sweater is knit from the top down with raglan shaping, then stitches are picked up at the end for the button band and collar – no seams!

Materials:
Worsted weight wool: 300 (350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650)yds in color A & 200 (250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550)yds in Color B
Size 9 (5.5 mm) circular needles (cir) 32-40” depending on size being made and set of double-pointed needles (dpn)
4 Stitch markers
Darning Needle
7 1.5”/3.75 cm buttons

What are the colors of your favorite places?

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!

New Pattern(s!): Leaves Hat and Mitts Set

Here is the second installment of the collaboration that Kirsten Singer and I have embarked on!  This time around we focused on colorwork and slipped stitch details.IMG_7335

A slouchy beret-ish style hat and fingerless mitts featuring stranded colorwork leaves and a linen stitch border.  These patterns are sold as a set – one price for both!  The hat is written for one size that should fit most adult heads.  The linen stitch keeps the brim from getting stretched out and the larger-gauge stranded colorwork in the body of the hat adds so much warmth!IMG_7359

The mitts are written for two sizes and, again, the linen stitch cuffs are snug and hold their shape perfectly.IMG_7350

When working linen stitch, you’ll notice that the fabric is *much* tighter than normal stockinette or rib.  It may seem tight during the knitting but once you block, the Malabrigo Twist softens slightly and everything seems to let out a sigh – as if it too wanted to loosen up a bit.IMG_7369

This set can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy 🙂 Kirsten published her next pattern set today as well so don’t forget to check out her interpretation!

New Pattern: The Polar Bear Pullover

I showed you pictures of the finished project the other week and the pattern is now ready for download!unnamed

I kept the details fairly simple with this design because I wanted it to be approachable by newer sweater knitters. This sweater is worked in pieces from the bottom up.  The polar bear motif is worked using intarsia and is charted.  The drop shoulder and generous fit make the finished garment easy to wear, style and cozy up into. IMG_6909

It is meant to be worn with a few inches of positive ease.  These photos are of the second size on two different body types to show versatility. Be sure to leave the 2″ of ribbing unseamed when putting the sweater together to allow for a more flattering fit around the hips!IMG_6905

 

This was my first time working with Mrs. Crosby’s yarn and I totally loved it!  The fiber content (merino, silk and cashmere) is perfect and the yarn has beautiful drape and stitch definition.  As with other tonal and hand-dyed yarns, be sure to alternate skeins as you work so that the colors blend evenly.unnamed (2)

Sizes:

35 (40, 45, 50)”/89 (101.5, 114.5, 127) cm bust circumference

Gauge:

24 sts x 31 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needle

Needles:

US 3 (3.25 mm) straights and 16″ circs

US 6 (4 mm) straights

Yarn:

Mrs. Crosby Plays Hat Box – 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins of Squid Ink, 1 skein Creme Fraiche

Notions:

Darning Needle

Stitch Markers

You can now find the pattern on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy! Don’t forget to share your finished versions in this thread in my Ravelry group.

Spring Blossoms Cowl – A Pattern Release!

Just as Kirsten said on Monday, I’m here to release a new pattern into the world!  It seems like it’s been FOR.EV.ER. since I’ve released a self-published pattern and I’m thrilled to be doing it again!!!IMG_6407

The Spring Blossoms Cowl is my interpretation of the Chevron theme we picked to kick off this collaboration.  I wanted to really highlight the ziggy-zaggy stitch pattern with some colorful stripes and texture.IMG_6502

It is begun like a triangular shawl and worked back and forth until it is joined in the round and finished like a cowl.IMG_6401

The Himalayan Trail by Bijou Basin is so soft and cushy to work with!  It comes in an awesome ranch of colors so I highly recommend making your own combination for your version of the cowl.IMG_5554

Making your own version of the cowl and posting a picture to this thread in my Ravelry Group is a good way to make sure you’re entered for the KAL prize package too!IMG_6486

The pattern is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy for $5.00 or you can get your copy now!

Upcoming Classes!

I’m excited to share with you all that I’ll finally be teaching again!

Not only will I be teaching, I’ll be doing so at one of the cutest new breweries in Denver – Grandma’s House.  This place combines some of my favorite things and if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time at all, you know that I truly appreciate my beer and knitting time.  I’m so thrilled to be sharing things I’m so passionate about.

I’ll be offering a class on Beginning Knitting on November 12th and 19th – this will be a 2-part class in which we’ll learn basic knitting techniques and students will walk away with a small scarf and hat perfectly sized for a beer bottle.  More details can be found here.

The second class will be Intermediate Knitting in which we’ll learn how to knit a sweater using a common construction – top down with raglan sleeves.  Again, this project will fit your beer bottle!  More details can be found here.

What sorts of classes would you be interested in taking?  I’m hoping to continue to offer unique and fun classes and I’d love to hear from you which topics you want to learn!

The Vagabond’s Closet – A New Collection

Remember all those little bits and pieces of designs that were so sooper seekrit that I couldn’t talk about them for months? And months…and months….IMG_0026

All I could do was share tiny, teasing glimpses into the yarns, colors or textures but never tell the whole story? (or even half the story?)IMG_0085

Now I can talk about them!

The Vagabond’s Closet is a 5 piece collection that features knit articles and accessories that, whether worn together or separately, are sure to complement your nomadic lifestyle. (Click through on the links or pictures to learn more about the design and see more pretty pictures!)The Vagabond's Closet

Showing off a variety of Malabrigo’s absolutely gorgeous yarns, the assortment ranges in yarn weights, colors used, techniques explored and difficulty levels.  Among the items you’ll find the Wayfaring Vest:The Wayfaring Vest

A circle vest that starts from the center of the back and is worked out with a stranded colorwork star motif and a combination of simple colorwork and textural interest.

The Transient Tunic:The Transient Tunic

The tunic is modifiable in length and the fabric has a generous amount of give so any of the 4 sizes should fit most adult women!  The geometric detail in the waistband is where it’s all started, with stitches picked up for the top and skirt later.

The Tattered So Chic Mitts:The Tattered So Chic Mitts

A simple shape and texture with visually interesting dropped stitch details – each mitt has a different make-up so even though it seems like you’re knitting plain stockinette the end results are stunning!  The length allows the mitts to run all the way from your knuckles to your upper arms, but they look just as chic slouched down below your elbows.

The Nomadic Nights Slouch:The Nomadic Nights Slouch

With chunky yarn, this slouch is a super quick knit.  The colorwork and textural interest make it fun to work on and the interesting construction and shape make it totally unique!

and the Wrapping Up The Journey Skirt:The Wrapping Up The Journey Skirt

A one-size fits most, wrap-style skirt, this one is elevated with the gorgeous color combinations found only in Malabrigo’s yarns.  Make it longer by knitting the panels longer, adding more panels or colors; wear it over jeans, leggings or bare legs – it’s perfect for all seasons!

The collection can be purchased as an ebook for a discounted price or as individual patterns.20130717-IMG_5901-2

Where do your knitting and traveling dreams take you?  Mine take me around the world, visiting every place I haven’t yet seen and meeting all the new people along the way (sadly, these dreams are not supported by my bank account…).

 

**I just want to quickly shoutout to the awesome photographer, Travis Dodd!*