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!

New Pattern: Fresh Chroma Slouch

I have a new pattern for you all today!  Let me introduce the colorful, the cozy, the quick: Fresh Chroma!IMG_7414

Winter is about to that point where the grey and dreary days are getting old, I want color and new life but while the weather can’t get me that yet, my yarns certainly can.  IMG_7413

Using just about half a skein of Malabrigo’s new Rastita yarn in each of the bright colorways, this hat is a great one for a quick, satisfying project. There are so many great colors to choose from, I think a more muted palette would look fantastic too!  And did I mention how incredibly soft this yarn is? I want to sleep with it (not in a gross way, just a I-want-all-the-yarn-cuddles kind of way).IMG_7411

The stranded color work comes with a simple chart and would be great practice for someone just dipping their toes into the color world but wouldn’t bore experienced color workers either.  IMG_7415

More details can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy!

New Updates to Old Patterns

The past few days I’ve been learning a new program and making a new pattern template and style sheet.  All of my old patterns have been re-done with the new template, charts have been reworked, words have been slightly changed.  Nothing has been dramatically altered, you’re still able to make the same project, it just all makes more sense now, and we want patterns to make sense yea?Pattern overview

Now they’re more user-friendly, more consistent and pretty too!

Both the Craftsy and Ravelry shops have been updated with these new editions, so if you have an old one feel free to “upgrade” and if you haven’t tried one yet, please do!

Dropped Stitch Pullover Pattern Release!

I’ve been hoarding this design for a little while now, first the idea came to me almost a year and a half ago, then I got distracted making other things and finally came back to (and finished) the original top earlier this year.

the back

With the changing of the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere and the wonderful versatility of this top I feel like now is the right time to release it to the public!

the front

Details can be found on it’s Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy pages.

sleeve detail

Beared Viking Helmet Pattern – Released!

I’ve been waiting a long time to finally bring you guys this pattern and today’s the day!

Insta-Make-Over

The hat is great for using different yarn weights, needle gauges and techniques and none of the pieces are extremely difficult to make.  It would make a great introductory project for bobbles and short rows and it gives you the cutest finished project 🙂

Don’t forget to invite the Vikings to your next BBQ

Perfect for the upcoming gift-giving season, perfect for treating yourself and perfect for creating your own Halloween costume that will keep you warm!

What if your boss were a Viking?

The pattern and more details are available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy (and if you don’t knit but want your own, check this out!).

Time for a nap

Independence Coupon

Happy Wednesday, happy 4thof July, happy Independence Day!  I want to share in and promote independence within all of us, regardless of nationality.

Sunny Grey Skies
Sunny Grey Skies

As a self-employed person and knitwear designer, supporting myself, living my dream, I could not be here without you all and I want to give a little something back.

Green T
Green T

For the entire July 4th 2012 holiday I want to share a 20% off coupon with you all, this will work on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

Just enter independence12at checkout to receive 20% off your order!

Braided Slouch
Braided Slouch

Now go enjoy some probably-less-than-healthy food, time with good people and your independence as a talking ape flying through space on a spherical spaceship 🙂

(PS I’ll be heading home tomorrow and have had so much inspirational and work-through-the-details time in the past few days, so expect updates and awesomeness!)

 

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

Pattern Release: Sunny Grey Skies

I told you I had a surprise for you today!  I’m releasing my Sunny Grey Skies Shawlette Pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy – so pick your favorite venue and scope it out 🙂

a perfect light layer

Details:

A perfect layer for when the sun and the clouds are battling it out and you want something soft around your neck and shoulders, this shawl is sure to become a fast favorite.  The lace border is knit first then stitches are picked up and worked inward to the center.  Momentum is gained rather than lost as the number of stitches per row decreases the farther in you get.

Easily sized up or down depending in gauge

Finished Measurements: 49 inches (124.5 cm) across x 18 inches (46 cm) deep after blocking

 Materials

36” US 6 (4.00mm) Circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

500 yards of sock or fingering weight yarn in Color B

300 yards of sock or fingering weight yarn in Color A

4 Stitch markers

Gauge: 6 sts x 7.5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch