Summer Knitting: Chevron, Garter, and Suri!

  • Bright lemon yellow shawl draped around mannequin showing off garter and chevron stitches with fingering and suri yarn.
  • Bright lemon yellow shawl draped around mannequin wearing a black moto leather jacket showing off garter and chevron stitches with fingering and suri yarn.
  • Close-up to show off texture of fingering and suri yarn in bright lemon yellow knit in garter and chevron stitches.
  • Chiffon shawl ends showing chevron peaks and valleys giving the bottom of your shawl a beautiful scallop finish along with the I-cord edges. Knit in bright lemon yellow of fingering and suri yarn.

We are nearing those days (or we hope we are) of warm sunshine days and cool nights — but also a time when we may be lucky enough to be chilled out thanks to the A/C in buildings. And so as summer nears, Chiffon will be my go-to for everything! The light airiness of the yarn, stitches, and the bright pop of color to “go with” anything!

Chiffon is an asymmetrical shawl that begins with an i-cord cast-on and alternates two different yarn bases in a growing chevron pattern while maintaining finished i-cord edges. The garter knitting is easy to get lost in while traveling, listening to a book or sharing time with friends.

The yarns used for this shawl design were just the right mix of textures but also happy colors!

This design was inspired by an upcoming venture to Spain for a yoga retreat. I wanted something light and airy for the summer, but a bright accent to pop with any attire or location… a fancy dinner, touring a museum, or hanging on the water.

Designed for fingering weight yarn. For the sample, I purchased yarns from House of A La Mode. Heather is always creating something spectacular in all the bright colors!

About the yarns:
House of A La Mode House Party (84% Superwash Merino & 16% Cotton Acrylic Donegal Nep, 464 yd/424 m, 100 g) in Chiffon (C1). Pattern uses 788 yd/721 m.
House of A La Mode House Suri (74% Baby Suri Alpaca & 26% Silk, 328 yd/300 m, 50 g) in Chiffon (C2). Pattern uses 289 yd/264 m.

Now through Saturday, May 7th, enjoy 20% off. No code needed, just add to your cart! Purchases may be made through my website or Ravelry. If you purchase on my website, just drop your Ravelry ID (if you wish) in the comments and I will gladly add the pattern to your library there too.

With your purchase, you will receive three versions – Print, Mobile, and Low-Vision PDFs. The Low-Vision Accessible PDF includes the following features:
– The main text is black 24 pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background.
– No italics are used
– The directions are in written form in LV pdf
– Images have alt text

Happy Making! I cannot wait to see your versions of Chiffon!

April 26, 2022

For the love of stripes & cables!

  • A knit shawl in gold, magenta and brown draped over a dress form showcasing a cable down the spine and along the border.
  • A collage of photos showing knit accessories in various colors.
  • Close-up of a cable border and stripes of a triangular shawl in magenta, brown, and gold.

Sharing a latest release… the Marmalade Shawl! Marmalade is a basic triangular-shaped shawl that is perfect for a beginner knitter with a little cable experience or for those wanting to try a simple cable. The shawl may be striped as per the pattern, use fewer colors, or more, or even just one. The pattern is perfect for using up scraps, too!

Marmalade uses fingering held double as well as single fingering held with a double strand of mohair to create a luxurious cloud of stitches to wrap yourself in coziness. The sample was knit in Dapper Dye Works’ Lustre and Foxy bases.

A little about the sample yarn:
Dapper Dye Works Lustre (100% Superwash Merino, 437 yd/400 m, 100 g) in (held double):

C1 Fields of Gold 215 yds / 197 m
C2 About Last Night 187 yds / 171 m
C3 Bronzed Barrel 68 yds / 62 m
C4 Marmalade Sun 107 yds / 98 m

And held with Dapper Dye Works Foxy (72% Mohair, 28% Silk, 455 yds / 416 m, 50 g) in Marmalade Sun. Pattern uses 373 yds/341 m.

With your pattern purchase, you’ll received three versions – Print, Mobile, and Low-Vision PDFs.

Speaking of Low-Vision Accessible and Mobile Accessible… a number of my patterns have been converted the three different versions (Standard Print, Mobile Accessible AND Low-Vision Accessible)!

All Low-Vision Accessible patterns include the following details:

The main text is black 24pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background
No italics are used
The directions are in written form in LV pdf
Images have alt text

Patterns featuring these accessible options are:

Marmalade Shawl
Landmark Cowl
Twinkle Cowl
The Grange Cowl
The Grange Hat
Shandy Cowl
Purple Rain Cowl

Please enjoy 25% off any of these patterns using code SPRINGKNITS25 on my website or Ravelry through May 1.

December 2, 2021

Give Back December PLUS 2 New Patterns

  • A brown-skinned woman wears a beige sweater with olive green colorwork at the hem.

Hello! So much happening in this last month of 2021 I am excited to share with you! There is Give Back December and some new pattern launches. The new patterns first…

I would like to introduce you to two new colorwork patterns — a cowl and a pullover. Both are great for a beginner colorwork project but also exciting enough for the more experienced.

The Miss You More cowl is a fun and quick cowl project. If you’ve been along on this fiber journey with me for awhile you know I LOVE a cowl. It IS my favorite accessory besides a great bag! The colorwork pattern is very simple but has a complex look. Don’t be surprised if you end up memorizing it, making this a nice project to have with you at knit nights…also easy to set down and pick back up again. Knit in DK/sport weight – easily adapt the pattern to other bases using the guidelines in the pattern.

And I am so happy to share with you the next piece in the Hidden Falls Collection… a pullover! This new pullover makes me so happy — the neckline is one of my favorites, some simple colorwork give it a little edge, and the sleeves are a nice bracelet length and roomie for a casual fit. So many possibilities with this one!

The Hidden Falls Pullover is knit from the top down. The front and back collars are knit flat and joined. Short rows are used to shape the neckline. The yoke is worked in the round with raglan shaping, then the sleeve stitches are placed on hold while the lower body is worked, with a band of colorwork just above the ribbed hem. The sleeves are worked in the round down to the ribbed cuffs. Continuing to focus on size inclusivity, the Hidden Falls Pullover is graded to 11 sizes and intended to be worn with 4-6” /10-15 cm positive ease.

Some sizing details:
Finished Bust circumference 37.5 (40, 42.5, 45) 48, 52.75, 56 {60.25, 64, 68.75, 72}” / 93.5 (100, 106.5, 112.5)120, 131.5, 140{150.5, 160, 171.5, 180}cm
Based on actual bust circumference 32 (35, 38, 41) 44, 47, 51 {55, 59, 63, 67}” / 81 (89, 96.5, 104)111.5, 119.5, 129.5{139.5, 149.5, 160, 170}cm

So grab your favorite worsted weight yarn for sweater knitting and have fun adding to your handmade wardrobe!

It is also time for Give Back December. Each year I select an organization to donate a portion of sales to from the month of December. For 2021, we selected Sisters United as the nonprofit to receive the Give Back December donation. Sisters United was founded in 2019 by fellow fiber artist Candice English and her company The Farmers Daughters Fibers. Sisters United helps create opportunities for Indigenous Women and Children, offers financial support in the ground work to find Missing Indigenous People, and funds essential programs to heal our Indigenous Communities and to keep them safe.

How do we give back??
With every purchase you made now thru December 31, 2021 from Milly’s Knit Designs, the following will be donated to Sisters United:
– 100% of net sales of Handknit Samples and Hardgoods in the Milly’s Knits Product Shop
– $2.00 of every PDF Milly’s Knit Designs pattern sold on MillysKnits.com and Ravelry

All items in the Product Shop are from small, women-owned businesses and Made in USA products… this includes some of my favorite candles, handmade stitch markers, and more.

Thank you SO much for your support and for supporting all of these women-owned businesses!

October 11, 2021

Solitude Cowl & Kits…A Special Collaboration

  • A lacy cowl with gray, brown and red stripes with mini pumpkins.
  • Sets of red, brown, purple and gray, pink, red and purple and gray gold, pink, purple, blue and green yarn.

My friend Kimberly of Palmer Yarn Company and I teamed up for a special project and are SO excited to share it with everyone now!

We want to introduce you, officially, to Solitude. Solitude is a cowl featuring six different minis and a lace pattern throughout with a subtle transitions between color changes. Solitude is both written and charted for your preference.

This lightweight cowl is a perfect accessory — throw it in your bag and have it to wear anytime during these seasonal transitions.

Kimberly dyed up three GORGEOUS custom colorways that are available as a PREORDER now from her Etsy shop. This is a two-week preorder and the sets will ship October 29th-30th.

The pattern may be purchased as part of a yarn kit or on its own from my Web Shop or Ravelry. Indie Untangled friends receive a special 25% discount off the pattern with code SOLITUDE through October 29, 2021.

Please share your Milly’s Knit Designs projects on social media and tag me so I don’t miss them. I LOVE seeing your knits! #millysknitdesigns #millysknits @millysknitdesigns

November 9, 2020

The Grange Collection

  • A gray hat with gradient leaves.

Introducing The Grange Hat! This two-color stranded colorwork hat complements The Grange, a cowl released late summer 2020. These patterns highlight those gorgeous handspun and indie-dyed yarns you have been eyeing or that are in your stash, waiting for that perfect project. The Grange hat and cowl are quick to knit in the round and great options for gift giving. The Grange Hat is sized Baby to Adult Large so you can make matching hats for the entire family!

Never done colorwork before? Fear not, these are perfect for beginners. The pattern instructions include tips for colorwork knitting, notes to adjust your hat to a beanie or slouchy style, and two different brim options depending on your preferred styling. The cowl also includes notes to adjust the cowl circumference for a loose or tight fit and both patterns include tips for your yarn selection whether it be worsted, DK or a mix of both. So many options to knit to your style!

For the hat launch of the hat, both patterns are available at special discounts through Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 on my website — no codes needed! If you purchase from my website, I am happy to gift you the pattern(s) to your Ravelry library too — just drop your Ravelry ID in comments at checkout. And there is also the option to purchase through my designer page on Ravelry.

Thank you for your support!
Happy Knitting!
Crystal