April 23, 2019

Branches In Bloom

A woman models a fuzzy gray sweater with a branch motif at the hem.

Branches In Bloom is a sweet, top-down pullover with a graceful, branch + blossom cable motif at the hem. The modified raglan sleeves are designed to stay put on your shoulders, while increases below the elbow give a slightly blouse-y effect without being over-the-top. The sweater is worked inside-out so that you barely have to purl at all! And all the hard work of charting the delightful cable pattern upside-down and inside-out is all done for you, so you can just follow the directions with ease (Not into charts? No worries — the cable motif is also written out line by line for you).

The pattern is on sale at a discount through Saturday, April 27th, so check out the pattern page for details.

The sample is worked holding a strand of mohair-silk lace weight with a strand of single-ply fingering yarn for a drapey fabric that’s out-of-this-world soft. Alternatively, you can work the sweater in a DK or worsted weight yarn to the same gauge.

January 2, 2019

Young, Scrappy, and Cozy. A Hamilton-Themed MKAL

A Hamilton-themed Mystery Knit-A-Long! The project will result in generous cowl that wears a bit like a shawl (but is easier to drape around your neck). Each clue of the pattern has references to the show, and the cowl itself will have elements that are reminiscent of it as well. Don’t worry if you’re (gasp) not a Hamilton fan — those elements can be skipped very easily, and you’ll still have an awesome cowl in the end.

The project requires less than a typical skein of DK weight yarn in each of three colors, so it’s terrific for stash busting as well.

April 9, 2018

A Cardigan of the Galaxy

The second installment in the Cardigans of the Galaxy series, this comfortable, open front cardi is inspired by the character of Rocket in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie series.

A genetically modified raccoon, Rocket makes an unlikely superhero. He’s irritated that he doesn’t fit in anywhere, but there’s no confusion over his feelings for money (spoiler: he loves it). Rocket’s cardigan is a nod to both: He gets a top-down, cardi that’s the color of money (gold and green) with a diamond lace-and-cable motif that weaves in and out of a broken rib pattern. And hey, who isn’t a little broken?

Enjoy 30% off Rocket’s Cardigan of the Galaxy pattern now through April 15th with the code Oogachaka.

October 25, 2017

Heart of Glass Pullover pattern

Worked seamlessly from the top down with one of the prettiest lace patterns ever (both charted and written out), this versatile, drop-shouldered pullover can be worked either as a sleeveless top in a lightweight fiber for warm climes, or with sleeves to keep you cozy in chilly weather.

Short rows shape the shoulders so that they angle downward (no dreaded “wings” at the shoulders!) and reduce bulk at the underarms. Slim sleeves keep the look modern and sleek. A photo tutorial lets you check your work, and Lyrical Knits’ popular Some Thoughts About Fit section is included to help you modify to your tastes.

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