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!

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!

 

FO Friday: Another Viking Helmet

I finally finished this puppy. Once I put my nose to the grindstone, it didn’t take too long to complete but it certainly took longer for me than the past few I’ve made. I wanted to use mostly stash yarns for this one and I accomplished the feat of not having to purchase more yarn! Woo! Stash busting!

This was made for a long-time friend of mine who travels between Antarctica and Alaska primarily but makes a few trips to Denver a year and we always make the time to see each other when we can. I’m excited to see the pictures of this helmet on it’s many adventures!IMG_1791 (1)

I released the Bearded Viking Helmet in 2012 and thought that it was finally time to revamp the pattern! I’m re-releasing it this month and if you use the code viking4life you can get it for 20% now through the end of the month (that’s a good headstart on your Halloween costume)!

What are you working on? Have you finished anything lately?

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.