March 22, 2018

Stepstone

I love knitting and designing hats. They’re portable, useful (especially in New England winters) and a great way to try out new techniques.

In Stepstone, I combined some of my favorite things, a sideways band, a woolly yarn and elongated slip stitches.

First the band is knit flat, then stitches are picked up for the body and crown. The button flap is worked last.

This is a fast and fun knit.

This design uses ~150 yards of sportweight yarn and two 3/4″ buttons. I used Swans Island All American Sport in hibiscus with buttons from Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry.

February 14, 2018

Checkpoint

Hello. My newest shawl pattern, Checkpoint, is now available on Ravelry. It is a sideways triangle with a center spine. Lots of garter with a little bit of (easy!) intarsia.

This design uses 400 yards of a main color and 200 yards of a contrast color (fingering weight). I love how this looks in a yarn with color transitions but it would also wok in two tonals.

I used one skein of Spincycle Yarns dyed in the woo in Overpasses and one skein of Magpie fibers domestic fingering in Harpoon for my first sample and one skein of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in the Saddest Place and one skein of Madeline Tosh Sock in Silver Fox for the second sample.

December 29, 2017

Farnum

I have wanted to create a shawl using an hp style construction for some time. Farnum is the result. It begins with a center triangle worked with yarn over increases. The border is worked by picking up stitches from the center triangle and finally a sideways edging is worked.

This shawl combines several of my favorite things, squishy garter, marled motifs, a sideways edging and color tipping.

Yarn requirements: 2 colors fingering weight yarn (425 yds/389 m each). A perfect excuse to pair up 2 colors from your favorite indie dyer!

My sample was made with Yoth Little Brother — 80% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (polyamide), 435 yards, 100 grams — in colors Peach and Caviar.

July 26, 2017

Watch Hill

As much as I love garter stitch, I need to add a little something to keep my interest. Fun but not too hard is my main designing mantra.

Watch Hill is a sideways knit shawl featuring garter and slip stitch sections. The end section is worked in a slip stitch mesh. Knit in two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn, Watch Hill is a quick knit and a great way to try out slip stitch color work.

This shawl requires two colors fingering weight yarn, approx. 400 yds/365 m each. I knit my version in OInk Pigments Targhee sock in the colorways Dragon Scales and Silver Lining.

Wingpoint

Wingpoint is a bias triangle shawl with a twist. A center decrease creates a “spine” and tail. Marled triangles add visual interest. You will need 400 yards of fingering weight yarn for the main color and five 75-yard minis (or scrap yarn!). It is shown here in Backyard Fiberworks sock.

Wingpoint, along with all patterns in my Ravelry store, is 25% off through May 31 with code madmay. Happy Knitting!

March 17, 2017

White Noise

I’m fairly certain I will never get tired of designing shawls. They’re fun to knit, fun to wear and provide a great canvas for trying out different yarns and techniques. In White Noise, I wanted to create a graphic accessory with a little something extra. The marled rectangle remind me of static, hence the name of the shawl.

This shawl uses two colors of heavy laceweight/light fingering yarn, 550 yards each.

It is available at an introductory price ($4.25) with code static through March 31.

March 3, 2017

Salt Pond Shawl

Salt Pond is a top down crescent shawl worked with alternating sections of garter and slip stitch. A simple eyelet border frames the bottom.
The colors in this shawl reminded me of salt and the sea. This shawl is named after the salt pond at Point Judith, RI.

Materials:
Approximately 500 yards/ 457 m of DK weight yarn ( 160 yds each of 3 colors)
Needles: US 6/4 mm 24” circular needle or size to obtain gauge

January 31, 2017

Rockhound

I have to admit I have a weakness for gradient sets that are made up of multiple colors instead of shades of one color (although I like those too, maybe it’s just that the little skeins look so cute when they’re lined up?)

Rockhound is a top-down crescent that begins with a garter tab cast on. Increases are worked on both right side and wrong side rows. The stitch patterning uses crossed slip stitches. The result is a shawl that is cozy and easy to wear.

The shawl uses approximately 400 yds of fingering weight yarn and a set of six gradient or mini skeins (110 yds minimum/each skein)

Finished Measurements (after blocking): 68”/173 cm in length by 15″/46 cm deep, after blocking


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