Like me, the stitch patterns in this cowl are more Swedish than anything else. I fell in love with the tulip border the moment I first saw it, and the sundial… Well, let’s just say that sundials and I go way back. Combine these two stitches with Anzula Burly, a super soft bulky yarn, and while you’re waiting for spring to fulfill its promise this cowl will keep you cozy and warm, regardless of what winter throws at you.
Yarn chicken is a game we knitters play, either on purpose or accidentally, whenever we’re almost out of yarn but there is more to be knit. Will we make it to the end before running out of yarn? That’s the sixty-four dollar question. I played three games of yarn chicken (two of which I totally won) while working on this scarf. All yarn hanks are not created equal, regardless of how hard the yarn company tries, and all knitters’ tension is a little different, even when we all remember to do our gauge swatches. With all that in mind, I included options and notes with this design so that you can maximize the yarn you have, and win your own games of yarn chicken.
Estonian knitters have developed some of the most beautiful lace stitches I’ve seen. When I saw these flower stitches grouped this way I was captivated. I had to fiddle with it a bit, I almost always do, but it didn’t take long at all to decide that this design would be a cowl, and that in addition to the lovely Estonian stitches, beads were essential. The only hard part was naming it. Until today. I was meandering through my photos, when I saw that I’d put this cowl on last week’s snow for a quick photo shoot. Flowers on the snow… no, Snow Flowers!
Cowl is knit in the round with a few rows of seed stitch at top and bottom to help prevent curling.
Like Orpheus’ lyre, this little sweater has its eyes on the heavens… or, er, well, it has a lovely little eyelet rib, and starry little eyelets that sprinkle the sleeves. Knit flat from the bottom up there are notes if you prefer to knit in the round. Sleeves are also knit from the bottom up, or not… if you prefer top down and seamless.
It seems like designs either practically name themselves, or they fight me every step of the way. Though the stitches for this shawl rolled off my needles, the name was elusive. I asked Melanie, the dyer who I worked with on this project, if she had any ideas. She pointed me toward a couple of gorgeous blue flowers, but the species names were difficult to pronounce. That got me going, though. I widened my search to all blue flowers, and a world of floral loveliness opened at my feet. The dainty blue flowers of some varieties of Lithodora all but match this stunning blue yarn.
Knit from one end straight through to the other. Knitting starts with a provisional cast on, or not, and ends with a dainty picot trim, or not. Beads can be added… or not. There are a lot of choices for making this your own.
Available as part of a kit through Black Trillium Fibres. Supplies are limited. KAL runs September 1 through October 31, 2016. Those who finish before the end of the KAL will be entered to win a prize.
It seems that it’s been decades since I’ve gone SCUBA diving. Oh wait. It nearly has been! Well, simply because I haven’t been in the sea for a long time doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped thinking about it, or designing sea-themed knits like this crescent shawl, Great White. Even if being in the ocean when there’s a shark in the water nearby doesn’t make your heart sing, you can still knit up this lovely crescent scarf and be close to a shark… but not too close.
I started looking for a good name for this design practically the moment I cast on for it. I searched high and low, and nothing quite worked. Nothing reached out to me, and said This is it! Then one day a friend said that the stitch looks like drops of dew, which I totally love. Do you have any idea how many designs are named Dew Drops, or Dewdrop, or simply Dew? Neither do I. I stopped counting before I reached the end. I was smitten with the idea, though, and am utterly embarrassed that it took me ages to think of Dewpoint. Yes, I know it’s supposed to be two words, but this is a pattern name, so I can ignore the rules, if I want to. I had an additional reason for wanting “dew” in the name. I had to share this little quote with you that another friend found. It’s from Philip James Bailey:
“The dew, ‘Tis of the tears which stars weep, sweet with joy.”
This triangular shawl starts with a cast on of only six stitches, and increases only along one side until it’s full width. The shawl can be made in any one of the five sizes provided, or simply knit until you’re close to running out of yarn, or get bored. Then work the border until you get bored, or run out of yarn.
When I was a kid, back in the dark ages, I was actively enouraged to go play outside as much as possible. When it rained, though, I got to stay inside and watch movies on TV. Sometimes, I even lucked out and something really good was on, like Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The thing I thought was wonderful about this movie was that the people were so very real. Down to the smallest detail—which having seen the movie so many times I really noticed. Like Violet. She was always a little bit of a flirt, in a fun sort of way, tossing her hair, swinging her hips, that kind of thing. In the end, it wasn’t just George Bailey’s life that was improved, but all those people he touched, including Violet. This lacy tee is just the sort of thing I envision Violet choosing to throw on when she wanted to look extra special without a lot of extra effort.
Violet’s Wonderful Life is an all-over lace tee that is knit in the round from hem to armholes. Stitches are added for the sleeves, and front and back are worked flat to the shoulders.
When I was young, I lived where the summer temps would soar. I’ve always hated hot weather — there are only so many layers of clothing you can remove before it gets downright embarrassing! The cool nights that follow the hot days almost make the heat worthwhile, though. Almost. For years I wanted the perfect little summer sweater for those cool nights—you know the one: the sweater you can throw on over a skimpy little dress after sunset, or wear with jeans and a white top for those casual evening strolls along the shore. With Summer Blues I think I’ve finally found it. This is the sweater I wish I’d had when sitting outside in a friend’s gazebo long past midnight, having that last glass of wine before heading home.
Summer Blues is a raglan cardigan that is knit in one piece from the top down. The folded hem can be knit in a contrasting color for a little extra sizzle, and ribbon that matches the hem color, or coordinates with your dress, can be threaded through the eyelets for additional fun.
I am a tea drinker. I don’t have anything against coffee—except the taste. It’s awful stuff. Yuck. Anyway, I’d been wondering what to call this design while finishing up my morning tea, and looked at the sweater again. It’s a t-shirt that’s covered with leaves. Hm. A tee shirt or a tea shirt? Covered with tea leaves? We have a winner.
Tee is boxy, and designed to be quite loose, or not. The tee on this lovely model is the second smallest size, and though it was designed to fit a 33-inch model, it looks lovely on her 36-inch frame. Because of the stretchy nature of knitting, this same sweater also fits my 40-inch (ish) chest nicely giving a more fitted look, because of the negative ease.
Tee is knit in the round from the hem straight up to the armholes, then stitches are added for the sleeves with a provisional cast on, and worked straight up to the shoulders, pausing only to shape the neckline. The provisional stitches are picked up for the flip side’s sleeves, and knitting continues. The only seaming on the entire sweater joins the top edges of the shoulders and sleeves.
Throughout the month of April, 2016 there’s a KAL for this and all of my other designs in the knitCompanion group. Join! There are prizes. 🙂 Linky: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knitcompanion/3408728/1-25