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!

Siide-Gfroit – An exciting new silk and cotton summer yarn!

An exciting new yarn has been introduced by the Swiss indie dyer Siidegarte! –Siide-Gfroit, a delightful worsted weight silk and cotton mix!

It’s the perfect yarn for quick summer garments like a lacey tank or a beach sweater… quick to knit and oh-so-soft to wear! Siide-Gfroit, which means “enjoyable” in Swiss German — comes in 10 colours, inspired by the Pantone Spring 2017 palette: five soft colours and five strong ones, easy to mix and combine with each other.

A Siidegarte collection for this new yarn base is in the works and will be introduced soon. In the meantime, why not knit Cowl Cockaigne, a delightful double face summer cowl by Swiss designer Meret Buetzberger. Other designers are working with this yarn base already as well… it’s going to be exciting!

Get more information on the website and use the code “Hello-Siide-Gfroit” to get an introductory 20% off, valid until May 21st only!

April 27, 2017

So Faded Kits

If you enjoyed the Find Your Fade Shawl as much as me, you were probably really excited to hear about Andrea Mowry’s new pattern, the So Faded sweater!

I am all about this, and since I’m working on my own So Faded right now, I can say what a great pattern it is. So many options, and as a top-down, seamless knit, it’s easy to try it on as you go and make it fit exactly the way you want. The simplicity of the style is perfect for featuring hand-dyed yarns, so I’m working on some killer fade kits.

Right now, the pictured kit is available for pre-order, expected to ship on or before May 16th. I also plan to work up a whole bunch of OOAK kits. I’m using two different base options, Funny Farm, a super soft Merino/Cashmere/nylon yarn, and Twisted, a plump, 2-ply sock yarn. Expect to see these start popping up in shop the week of May 12th.

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.