New Siidegarte-Pattern … and the Easter Special is still running!

“Sydebascht” is the newest Siidegarte pattern — this light and airy shawlette is your perfect companion, the ideal cover for those early spring days, when the first colours start to ​grace the trees and the peonies start to bloom …

“Sydebascht“ is the Swiss-­German name of one of my favourite spring shrubs, the lilac daphne. Enjoy the colours of Siide-Quirlig, how they shine and gleam, and knitting this delightful spring project!

The kit comes in five stunning colours, three of which have been introduced together with the shawl. Until the end of this month, the kit also contains a complimentary mini-skein for the contrast border — too cute to miss!

April 9, 2017

12th Doctor Inspired Sock Kit

The ever so talented C.C. Almon from JavaPurl designs and I have collaborated once again to bring you this 12th Doctor inspired sock kit. Each sock kit will include one skein of my Snug base yarn in exclusive color ‘But I think I came out more Magician’, one code so that you can download for free from Ravelry the matching sock pattern, and one set of themed stitch markers.

This is pre-order which means that this product will only be available to purchase from April 10-23, 2017 until 8 p.m. EDT in the kits section of the Pandia’s Jewels website. These kits will ship in mid to late May.

April 4, 2017

Helaine

Back in 2013, I designed a cowl using the stitch that I used for this sweater. I thought the stitch looked rather heraldic, and so I thought I’d name it after Lancelot’s mother. Turns out that was easier said than done. While some of the stories in the Authurian legends are very clear cut, apparently Lancelot’s parentage doesn’t fall into that category. I found four different names associated with Lancelot’s mother: Helsin, Clarine, Helaine, and Elaine. I used Clarine for the cowl, and chose Helaine for this little sweater. In retrospect, perhaps I lucked out as I had plenty of names to choose from.

Helaine has details that Lancelot’s mother, regardless of her name, would have loved: it starts with a folded hem, it’s worked straight up from hem to armholes without shaping, a handful of stitches are added for the cute little sleeves, it has a square neckline, and it has proper clasps to hold it together in front.

Speaking of Clarine (I was, remember?, just two paragraphs up), buy Helaine *and* Clarine, and save! Get both designs for $10 on Ravelry with the coupon code sirlancelot. Sale runs through midnight Pacific time on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Previous purchases of Clarine count toward the sale.

March 31, 2017

Wind Song

Introducing Wind Song, a deceptively easy to knit lace shawl that is perfect for spring and summer.

Wind Song begins with an intuitive lace body that lends itself to relaxing knitting with friends. A simple garter stitch and lace section then leads to an applied border. Which means very few stitches to bind off, and who doesn’t love that?!

I’ve included alternative instructions for skeins of yarn with less than 440 yards such as Marigoldjen’s Stellina Sock.

This is a charted pattern, and I’ve included a magnification of the chart repeats for your convenience. If you haven’t knitted from charts before, this a great pattern to start with. The charts are simple and very easy to follow.

Kits for Wind Song are available from Marigoldjen’s Etsy shop. They are packaged in a lovely organza bag and include a 50% coupon for the pattern. She has several color options to choose from including the ones shown here on the pattern page.

Oscillare – an easy colorwork cowl

When I first handled this new Merino/alpaca blend from Malabrigo, I knew immediately that I wanted it close to my skin. With two skeins of yarn, a cowl seemed to be ideal. Using mosaic colorwork created a beautiful pattern that is deceptively easy to work. All you are doing is knitting stripes and slipping stitches – but it looks much more impressive! And since you are knitting in the round the only purling is for the ribbing at the top and bottom.

The ribbing is worked in a smaller needle to keep it neat and then you go up a couple of needle sizes to allow the slipped stitches to have a little give. When you work mosaic at a tight gauge it becomes a very dense fabric and I wanted to create a tall cowl that would collapse down in waves of softness and color. The more open gauge allowed this to happen and makes the knitting that much faster. The ribbing prevents curling.

I chose to use this soft pink and gray color palette, but you could easily change it up to create an accessory that will blend with your personal style and wardrobe. Luckily this yarn comes in amazing colors!

March 18, 2017

Grace Fryer Shawl

Grace Fryer, along with other “Radium Girls,” worked for U.S. Radium applying radium-laced paint to watch dials in the early 20th century. At that time radium was widely believed to have health benefits and U.S. Radium encouraged the Radium Girls to use their lips and tongues to keep their paint brushes fine tipped. Grace was the first of the Radium Girls to bring suit against U.S. Radium after incurring strange medical symptoms and ultimately the legal action paved the way for improvements in industrial and employee safety.

The Grace Fryer Shawl is a semi-circular shawl knit flat with sections of repeating lace patterns. It uses one skein of sock yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use. The stitch patterns are provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl.

Pattern has been test knit and tech edited. The sample is knit out of Copper Centaur Studios Centuar Sock in the colorway Caribbean Sea. Finished measurements are 39.5 inches wide by 21.5 inches deep..

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 8, 2017

Socktastic

I admit it, socks are my very favorite thing in the world to knit. I can’t think of a time in recent years when I haven’t had at least one sock on the needles. When I created Socktastic, I wanted a pattern that would be fun and easy and maybe a little addictive. Well, it’s important to be careful of what you wish for because once I cast on, I couldn’t stop! Three pairs of Socktastic’s later and I finally sent the pattern to Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings and Margie, AKA the Best Test Knitter on this side of the world, for test knitting. Now you need to understand that Michelle wasn’t fond of knitting socks before this pattern. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll see that she’s got some mad knitting skills and dyes up some amazing yarns, but until recently there weren’t a lot of sock in progress pictures. After test knitting Socktastic, she can’t seem to keep socks off of her needles! So be prepared and be warned, this is an addictive pattern!

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions.

Use coupon code: SisterlyLove for 40% off through March 15th!