January 31, 2017

Boyfriend Bandana

This is the first in a series of bandanas designed for the boyfriend in your life that may be a reluctant wearer of traditional accessories.

There will be 4 basic designs, of which this is the first. Each of the designs will have two variations: the first (variation A) will feature the basics of the design, and the second (variation B) will feature the same design, in different colors, and have a pendant embellishment at the tip of the bottom point.

You may well find that the appeal extends far beyond the boyfriend, and you may end up knitting one for yourself – or even a girlfriend!

The amount of yarn needed for color C in either variation is small – around 50-75 yards/45-70 meters.

If you want to add the embellishment to variation B you’ll need a small pendant to attach to the bottom point during bind off. I chose a small gold-plated brass that’s a reproduction of preColombian jewelry I found on a recent visit to Bogota.

Pattern available in my Ravelry store.
Finished items hand knit by me available on Etsy.

Cables and Lace Knit Shawlette

This is the first time I’ve designed a shawl using cables and wanted to combine this traditional element with lace stitches. In this Cables and Lace Shawlette pattern you’ll find 5 cable columns surrounded by an openwork design of lace stitches — on each half of the shawlette.

It’s a relatively simple pattern to follow and shouldn’t present any problems to knitters who have learned how to knit cables and have learned the basics of lace: yarn overs and decreases.

I used a bit less than 1 full skein of this fingering weight Merino yarn and it yielded an accessory that measures 47×22 inches/119×55.75 cm) after blocking.

You’ll find that wet blocking is essential to open up the lace and even out the shape.

Find this pattern and many other shawl, wrap, and scarf patterns in my Ravelry store.

Monochrome Wrap

I wanted to reflect nature in a black-grey-white monochrome and decided to use this carbon gradient wool yarn for my newest shawl.

The rectangular Monochrome Wrap incorporates leaf and wing geometric lace patterns and the 100% Blue-Faced Leicester yarn creates tonal shading and shadows throughout.

This unique accessory measures 56 x 15 inches (142.25 x 38cm).

The beads shown in the photograph are from the Ecuadorean Andes and are not included in the price (but are available for purchase).

You can find the pattern on Ravelry. If you’d like to buy the accessory, visit my Etsy shop.

February 15, 2016

Garter and Lace: Fruitcake

This unique and fashionable scarf is knit from the top down, rather than the traditional way of knitting from one end to the other. You’ll see that the first half is knit in garter stitch and the final half is a lace pattern, with a simple picot stitch adding a bit of flair to the bottom edge.

A benefit of this top-down approach to construction is an accessory that has a more tailored appearance, and is much more likely to keep its shape.

The Fruitcake part of the name comes from the colorway for this hand-dyed yarn, and it’s called Fruitcake because the colors resemble one! It’s a fingering weight yarn called Bert, and comes from Woosheeps, an indie dyer in Scotland. It’s a blend of merino wool (80 per cent) and bamboo (20 per cent).

Overall the scarf measures 7×62 inches / 17.75×157.5cm.

The pattern is available in my Ravelry store.

January 25, 2016

Dayflowers and Honeybees Knit Lace Wrap

Look past the cold bleak days of winter with this design that evokes spring and a resurgence of activity in the garden.

This rectangular-shaped wrap features a central panel of a dayflower stitch pattern surrounded by mermaid mesh lace and running edges of a honeybee pattern.

At one end of the shawl you’ll find a final section of Shetland lace diamonds as a bit of a surprise.

I used just under 2 1/2 skeins of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock solids (Merino) in purple, or 1,050 yards/960 meters, to knit a wrap that measures 68 inches long x 20 inches wide (172 x 50 cm).

The shawl can easily be made shorter or longer by the number of pattern repeats you knit.

You’ll find the pattern for this stunning accessory on Ravelry.

January 17, 2016

Woodland Lace Asymmetrical Shawl

Wrap yourself in luxury and style with Woodland Lace, an asymmetrical shawl that combines a pattern of narrow stripes with leaf lace patterns. You’ll find the pattern on my Ravelry page.

I chose the colors specifically to evoke an autumn woodland color scheme, and the yarn because I like the lightweight substance and the stitch definition it provides.

You’ll find lace elements in the 3 panel insets, and along all 3 edges – the final edge being a knit-on lacework edging.

You’ll need some lace-knitting experience to knit this shawl, although I wouldn’t describe the pattern as difficult.

The amount of yarn required is approximately 1 full 100g skein of Araucania Botany Lace color 2118 (solid) and approximately 4/5 of 1 100g skein of color 1652 (ombre).

Overall dimensions of this generously sized wrap:: 60x42x46 inches (152.5×106.5×117.75cm)

If you don’t have the time to knit this shawl, treat yourself or someone special to the hand-knit accessory, available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Lace Deco Panel Wrap

I’ve incorporated three different lace stitches and a central lace medallion in this accessory that’s knit in a lace-weight hand-dyed yarn with tonal variations throughout.

There is a central scroll stitch panel surrounded by English mesh lace panels, and the edges are traveling vines of knit lace.

The wrap was knit on US size 2 (2.75mm ) needles with Malabrigo Lace yarn, which is 100% baby Merino wool, in a hand-dyed colorway called Water Green (83). It took most of two 50-gram skeins or around 900 yards/825 meters to complete.

After blocking, the accessory measures approximately 11 x 68 inches (28 x 173 cm).

The instructions for this pattern are written out, row by row.

You’ll find the pattern on Ravelry and the accessory in my Etsy shop.

Forest Fantasy Lace Knit Shawl

Choose your favorite fantasy colors and create the forest or jungle of your dreams.

This asymmetrical (sideways knit) shawl incorporates the bamboo stitch, open lace stitch patterns, double running leaf stitch patterns, and a loose and leafy lace edging.

When you’re finished, wrap yourself in this light and luxurious lambswool and cotton blend that’s sure start some conversations!

The finished measurements after blocking are:
60x54x37 inches (152.5x137x94 cm)

I used two coast ombre packs available from the Tangled Yarns UK website (color range: geranium to ecru).

Intermediate knitting ability with some lace knitting experience is needed for this project.

Asian Landscape

In Asian landscape paintings, artists typically incorporate mountains or rocks, water, the sky, trees, and greenery, along with a man-made element, such as a bridge, to create an overall image. The result is often abstract, leaving the viewer to explore the landscape the artist created. 

Living in Asia, I come across many painted scrolls from China and other parts of eastern Asia and often have the opportunity to view the scenery that has inspired artists for centuries.

This shawl is my interpretation of an Asian landscape, worked in lace stitch patterns that are meant to evoke hilly terrain, flowing water with the hint of a bridge, tree branches, and abundant foliage.

The shawl was knit with two shades of Malabrigo Lace (100% baby Merino), with the body of the shawl in Water Green, and the edge (part of the body) and the border (knit-on) in Indiecita. It required a full skein of Water Green and just under 2/3 of a skein of Indiecita.

Intermediate knitting ability with some lace knitting experience is necessary for this pattern.

Parisian Links: des liens étroits

It’s so easy to be inspired by Paris. Over the years I’ve been taken in by the city’s landmarks, the architecture, and the ever-present sense of style.

In particular, I’ve formed a mental image of how the Seine River links the landmarks, and thought that would be the perfect theme for my newest project.

This design is for a top-down, heart-shaped, oversized bandana/shawl. The top and bottom sections are knit in lace patterns that evoke the architectural similarities of the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Pyramids. The middle area is a section of lace stitching representing the Seine River and its bridges (with beads interspersed in the borders).  

The beads include 3-4mm, 3-sided sterling silver beads and 8mm translucent cathedral crystal beads with gold and blue/green highlights.

In addition, I’ve inserted a narrow transition area, in a third stitch pattern (in the first color, Emerald, bordered with the second color, Emerald Blue).

The yarn is a luxury Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino, and the pattern requires one 50g skein of Emerald and one 50g skein of Emerald Blue. The architectural elements and transition will be knit in Emerald and the river and bridges in Emerald Blue.

Check out my blog and find this shawl and other accessories in my Etsy shop.