Doomesday Knits – Quaintrelle Vest

Welcome to the next installment of the Doomsday Knits Blog Tour!

The Quaintrelle Vest came about out of a need for style and a need for utility.  As with most of the Dandy Folk in post-apocalyptica, I don’t want to be left out in the cold sporting something that isn’t both fashionable and functional.DD5

The vest combines stitch patterns, shaping and hidden pockets into a pretty swell ensemble.  This piece is really set apart with the use of fantastic toggle closures – the more unique, the better!

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Seriously, how awesome are those toggles?

Reversed stockinette, twisted rib and the honeycomb textures along with the slightly masculine feel really play to the Dandy’s fashionable preferences. Menswear as womenswear as everyoneswear!

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Knit from the bottom up and then divided for the fronts and back, the vest is grafted together at the shoulders to provide a seamless finish.   Malabrigo Worsted is the perfect yarn for this design – it knits up quick and squooshy, it comes in an awesome range of colors and it’ll keep you warm in all weather while allowing for some breathability as the temperature changes throughout the day.

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Doomsday Knits is currently available for pre-order, so snag your copy!  And if you’re looking for more Doomsday goodness, don’t forget to check out all the other blog tour participants and schedule here.

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!

A Scholarly Cardigan

Introducing a new pattern today: A Scholarly Cardigan

Meant to fit loosely around the body, this cardigan is a great finishing layer to add just a bit of warmth on a chilly day or bring together any outfit.

The basketweave pattern flows away from the body creating flattering lines on just about every shape.  With a smooth stockinette pattern on top, the cardigan won’t add unnecessary bulk and provides a clean, smooth texture.

The sleeves can be made in any length to make the sweater more year-round friendly.

Find it on Ravelry, or in my Etsy Shop!

Sizes: S[M,L,XL]

Finished Measurements: to loosely fit bust: 33[38,42,46]

Materials

Size 8 circular needles and dpns

7 (8, 8, 9) Balls Plymouth Suri Merino (55% Suri Alpaca, 45% Extra Fine Merino, 110 yds ea)

Darning Needle

Stitch markers

Scrap yarn

Gauge: 5 sts x 6 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch on size 8 needles

Stuff You Should Know How To Do:

K – knit

P – purl

Kfb – knit into the front and back of the next stitch

Pm – place stitch marker

K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together knitwise

Skp – slip 1 stitch knitwise, k1, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch

Slm – slip marker

Thank you to my wonderful testers!  mrsmouse, pkee, knititkim, HairballYarn, and TheKnittyGritty – you all did such a phenomenal job 😀

FO Friday: What’s That Thing She’s Been Working On?

Ok, so let me just say that I finished this Sunday evening and I love it, so keeping it from you all for almost an entire week has been so freakin’ hard.

You know that thing?  That thing I’ve been showing you bits and pieces of since….oh….November?

what *is* that?

Yea, that thing.

Oh that's what it is!

Its done!  And its been released in to the world (or at least into my wardrobe) and I love love LOVE it.  I’ve worn it to class already and have a hard time taking it off, I can’t wait till it warms up just a leetle bit and I can wear it with some cute tshirts or camis underneath!

easy texture, easy shape

I do plan on writing this pattern up and released for sale through my Etsy shop and Ravelry.  I will also need test knitters for it *wink wink* so keep that in mind!

Adds just enough warmth

It was knit top down, raglan sleeves, almost seamless except for that front panel that adds so much to the piece.  Its knit up kind of like a short scarf then sewn onto the sweater.  I’m thinking of adding a couple of different sleeve lengths, whaddya think?

Wanna show off your own FO Fridays?  Join us over on Tami’s blog!