New Pattern: Clover Blossom Top

The ideas behind this top percolated in my head for quite some time before I was able to figure out exactly what I wanted out of it and I’m so glad I didn’t rush the process! Let me introduce you to my latest pattern: the Clover Blossom Top!img_4809

The construction of this top is unique – you cast on at the lower back and knit up and over the front. Then you block it to dimensions, seam a little bit and pick up stitches around the bottom hem.img_4797

I love the stitch pattern for this top too – simple and easy to follow (both charted and written instructions) but the impact is a bit boho and a bit graphic. To be honest, sometimes I wear this ponchette as a cowl! Gotta love multipurpose knits, amirite?

I want to say a huge thanks to my sample knitter Linda and my test knitters Kristen & Juliet!

FFFO* Friday: We’ve Been Waiting For This Day

I decided today needed a longer title than your typical “Finished Object Friday” and the longer acronym for today stands for “Finally F$%^#*& Finished Object Friday”.IMG_3262

That orange sweater, folks, is finally off my needles for good!IMG_3276

After all that heartbreak and hassle (and fire), this sweater is finished and its beautiful.  I think the open front is going to take a little getting used to because all of my other cardigans (store-bought and hand-made) close in the front but I do love the way this one looks.IMG_3272

I love the color (I don’t know if I told you) and I love the lacy pattern and the solid rib edgings provide a good foundation for the rest of the pretty thing.IMG_3277

I did make quite a few mods:

  • made the size M with extra stitches that I had hoped would give me more front coverage – that didn’t quite work, I think my gauge swatch lied or something
  • I worked the front band ribbing before the sleeves because I was worried I’d run out of yarn (that didn’t even come close to happening, I have tons of yarn left)
  • I added more pattern repeats to the back to make sure it was long enough since it looked a tad short after my first attempt.

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Have you finished anything lately?  Epic projects?  Quick knits? doesn’t it feel good to have things finished?!IMG_3281

 

WIP Wednesday: Old and New

This week we’re back to the orange sweater!  The first attempt at a sleeve was turning out way too big so I’ve ripped and re-cast on for it and it’s moving along, albeit slowly.  I’m finding myself less and less attracted to the idea of knitting with dpns right now but I really want this sweater to be finished!  Anyone wanna knit ’em for me?  Just two little ol’ sleeves?IMG_3933

So that’s the main project I’m working on these days….and…maybe…another new cast on project….IMG_3833

But it wasn’t my fault!  My momma came to visit over the weekend and wanted to make this super cute bag pattern and I liked it too and we just so happened to “accidentally” pick up the yarn and the thing pretty much cast on itself.IMG_3834

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Racing to the Finish Line

Back to the orange cardi!  This one is taking a while but I knew it would and I’m totally ok with it, I haven’t been monogamous with this project either so that adds to the delay. I do have a self-imposed deadline now though – my momma is coming to visit weekend after next and I want to be able to wear it while she’s here!  It shouldn’t be all that hard, right?IMG_20140505_172636

I mean, all I have left is the sleeves and those are only over 64 stitches (I’m making the size large sleeves because I don’t want them to be too tight over my, uh, “guns”) and after knitting the body one and half times and then picking approximately 1 billion stitches for the front band, 64 stitches should be a breeze! Even if I have to do 64 stitches twice, and then sew them into the armholes…IMG_20140506_204812

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Back on Track

After ripping out the back and “fronts” that I showed you last week, progress has been made on the sweater and I’m happy with it.IMG_3534

In that picture above you can kind of see the spot that I ripped back to and how much I’ve added – the blocking goes from neat and tidy to a little crunchy with the re-worked yarn haha! Soon (probably today) I’ll do the back and “fronts” again then we’ll really be on our way!IMG_3535

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: The Grey Spring Crinkle

It’s been a while since I’ve had an FO that I can share with you, but today I’ve got one!

The Grey Spring Crinkle is almost appropriate for the past few days around these parts what with the clouds we’ve been getting (although those clouds don’t also deliver rain to my new garden, sadly). 

I’m still in love with this pattern and after seeing it in this different texture and color, I think I want to make another one (or two, or three) for myself testing out different yarns and colors!

Linking up with Tami for FO Friday!  What did you knit this week?  Any fun weekend plans?

Pattern Release: Drift Cardigan

Another seekrit revealed!  Today I’ve released the Drift Cardigan.IMG_8627

With an easy-to-memorize and fun-to-work lace motif being highlighted on the fronts and back, this is more than your basic raglan sweater.  Dropped stitch details accent the lace and keep the cardigan squarely in the Spring and Summer seasons.  The boat neck gives it a bit of extra sophistication and the shape gives a lot of options for ways to wear it!IMG_8629

This sweater is knit from the top down with raglan sleeves, so there are no seams to sew and just a few ends to weave in!  IMG_8139

You can download it directly from Ravelry, Craftsy or Etsy and get started on your own version!

Pattern Release: Spring Crinkle

I’ve been teasing you with pictures of this for a little while now, and I’m happy to say that today’s the day!  Emily from LMS Studio Arts and I have worked together in the past and she’s so much fun to collaborate with!IMG_8612

The Spring Crinkle Slouch was designed using some 50% Superwash Corriedale/50% Nylon yarn from LMS Studio Arts dyed in the Giddy Gherkin colorway.  I *love* this yarn.  I love this colorway.  I love that it’s mostly a solid with little tonal effects to it and specks of blue throughout.  IMG_8639

I love that the stitches are so well defined on two fairly different needle sizes.  I love that it has some grip and won’t fall off my head from being too smooth.  I love that it shows off the ribbing and the lace texture equally beautifully.IMG_8610

The pattern is now available on Ravelry, Etsy and CraftsyIMG_8613

Free Pattern Release: The Golden Days Slouch

What better way to end the week than to release a free pattern? I’ve been sitting on this one for a while waiting for the right day to take photos so you can all see the slouch in it’s proper glory and now, it’s yours!  Find it for free *until Monday, June 18*, on Ravelry here.  On Monday the price will go up to only $2.99.

perfect summery slouch

A perfect Spring, Summer and Fall hat, the lacy texture mixed with the alpaca fibers keeps it warm and light.  The pattern is a simple repeat and would be good for a beginner looking for something slightly more adventurous but not intimidating.  The resulting drape and slouch keep it modern and fashionable while also functional and practical.

everything comes together nicely

Finished Measurements: to fit head circumferences 20-23”

Materials

Size US 3 20 inch circular needles

Size US 7 20 inch circular needles and dpns

2 balls Austerman Alpaca Silk (100 ea, 80% alpaca, 20% silk)

1 stitch marker

slightly angled texture

Gauge: 5 sts x 9 rows = 1 inch in k2p1 rib stitch on size 3 needles

Pattern Glossary

CO – cast on

K – knit

P – purl

St(s) – stitch(es)

YO – yarn over

Sl1 – slip 1 stitch as if to knit

Psso – pass the slipped stitch over

K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together

a snug fit to keep it in place