February 11, 2021

Don’t let the name fool you!

  • An aqua lacy triangle shawl.

Arctic Ice, my latest shawl design, is cozy, warm and light as air! It is knit up holding one strand each of Marianated Yarns Aerie Lace and Keebler Fingering together on a larger-sized needle. The looser gauge makes for a faster knit and gives the shawl loft and drape. The pattern is available in my shop on Ravelry and PayHip and is currently 25% off until February 28th. Marian also has shawl kits (which include the pattern) available on her website.

PATTERN DETAILS
Arctic Ice is an asymmetrical, triangular shawl consisting of mostly relaxing garter stitch coupled with a simple yarn over detail for most of the shawl (making it great for binge watching your favorite show). A simple lace pattern completes the border. The yarn is held double throughout the shawl. A Stitch Count Table for section repeats is included in a separate file with this pattern. Directions are both written and charted.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
76” along neckline by 34” at deepest point

GAUGE
22 sts by 38 rows = 4” in Garter St holding one strand each of Aerie Lace and Keebler Fingering together before blocking
20 sts by 34 rows = 4” in Garter St holding one strand each of Aerie Lace and Keebler Fingering together after blocking

YARN
Two skeins of Marianated Yarns Aerie Lace (70% kid mohair, 30% silk, 460 yds/50 g) and two skeins of Keebler Fingering (100% superwash merino, 490 yds/100 g)
OR
920 yards in equivalent lace weight and 920 yards in equivalent fingering weight

Shawl shown is knit in Artic Ice colorway for both yarn bases.

MATERIALS
One US 7 (5.00 mm) 32-inch circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

February 4, 2021

How about a quick-knit sweater that’s colorful and cozy?

  • A fuchsia sweater with a bright green colorwork yoke.

Constantly Cozy is my latest sweater design. And you will be “constantly cozy” in this sweater knit up in Fully Spun Yarn’s Postscript Aran. This sweater will take you from those chilly winter months into the cool nights of spring and summer. It will quickly become your favorite “sweater-that-is-like-your-favorite-sweatshirt,” yet it can still be easily dressed up to wear out and about… (whenever we are free to gather together again… sigh). It has become my favorite top to throw on over anything from pajama bottoms, to sweat pants to my favorite jeans. Brooke of Fully Spun has amazing colorways and there are a variety of options to choose from on her website.

DETAILS
The design is a top-down, long-sleeved, oversized pullover with gentle waist shaping. Fair isle patterning adorns the yoke and sleeves. Instructions for the Fair Isle patterns are both written and charted. Additional charts with no colors are included at the end of the pattern so that if you wish, you may color in the charts to match the yarn you’ve chosen. German short rows are used to shape the neckline after the fair isle yoke pattern is completed. This sweater is oversized and is designed to be worn with 4” to 8” of positive ease. The measurements shown are the finished measurements.

GAUGE
18 sts by 26 rounds = 4” on US 8 in Stockinette St
18 sts by 24 rounds = 4” on US 8 in Fair Isle pattern

SIZES
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) {7, 8, 9, 10, 11}

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Ease:
Approximately 4”to 8” of positive ease
Sweater shown in Size 3 with approximately 6” of positive ease
Finished Bust Circumference:
32½ (36½, 40¾, 44, 48½, 52½)” {56, 60, 64, 68½, 72}”

YARN
5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8) {9, 10, 11, 12, 12} skeins of Fully Spun Postscript Aran, (100% superwash merino, 177 yds/100 g) in We Like Food Names for the MC and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) {2, 2, 2, 2, 2} skein(s) in Agender Pride for the CC.
OR
880 (990, 1062, 1210, 1350, 1415) {1590, 1760, 1900, 2080, 2124} yds in equivalent aran weight yarn for MC; and 125 (135, 145, 150, 165, 175) {180, 190, 200, 210 220} yds for CC.

MATERIALS
One US 7/4.5 mm 16-inch circular needle
One US 7/4.5 mm 29-inch (or longer) circular needle
Four US 7/4.5 mm Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs)

One US 8/5.0 mm 16-inch circular needle
One US 8/5.0 mm 29-inch (or longer) circular needle
Four US 8/5.0 mm (DPNs)

Two stitch markers (different colors)
Stitch holders or waste yarn for holding stitches
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

September 11, 2020

New Sweater Pattern Release – Variation on a Twist

  • A chartreuse sweater with a striped yoke in blue and brown.

I’m happy to announce my latest sweater design, Variation on a Twist. It is a top down, short-sleeved pullover with gentle waist shaping that leads to a slight A-line silhouette. A long-sleeved option is also included in the pattern. A simple garter and twisted stitch pattern adorns the yoke with only one color is worked per round. The short-sleeved version is perfect for the summer into fall transition or can be used as a layering piece in winter to add a touch of color to your wardrobe. The long-sleeve version results in a casual, cozy garment perfect for those gray, winter days.

This sweater is designed to be worn with 0” to 4” of positive ease. There are 18 sizes ranging from 32″ to 66″ finished bust circumference. Gentle waist shaping gives way to a slight A-line look at the hips resulting in an approximate 2” larger hip circumference than the bust circumference. Three additional options for body shaping are provided in the pattern along with the two sleeve-length options.

Variation on a Twist works up quickly with a stitch pattern that is easily memorized and once completed, results in rounds of soothing stockinette stitch. Both sweaters are knit up in Marianated Yarns Playtime DK; a wonderfully scrumptious superwash merino base that has a lovely drape and softness. Marian has put together kits for the sweater on her website or you can choose your own color combinations.

July 11, 2018

New Shawl Pattern “Gradients A Deux” and a Summer Sale

  • A geometric shawl in a teal to aqua gradient.

“Gradients A Deux” is a rectangular-shaped shawl consisting of simple lace paired with garter and stockinette stitch. The shawl is worked from the center out, in the round until the specified stitch count is achieved. Each side of the shawl is then worked separately. A series of increases and decreases along the right-side rows result in a zigzag pattern which accents the beautiful gradients’ color progressions and produces an unusual edging on the ends.

Gauge: 22 sts by 52 rows = 4 inches in garter st

Yarn: Shawl uses two gradient sets, 6 skeins per set, 133 yds/skein. This shawl also lends itself to using up scrap yarn.

Size: Approximately 18” in width by 94” in length at longest point

All patterns in my store, including this pattern, are 25% off until July 31st.

April 25, 2018

New shawl pattern “Gradient Play”

Gradient Play is a rectangular-shaped shawl with a simple lace pattern interspersed with garter stitch stripes; enter in the gorgeous gradients and the resulting shawl is an eye-catching mixture of “rippled” color progression. It’s knit with two contrasting gradient sets. Do you have gradient sets languishing in your stash, or perhaps a bag of “leftover” skeins? This shawl is perfect for using up either. Directions for adjusting the pattern to work with the yarn you choose are included. There are even a few “coloring” pages to test out your color choices before you knit.

Gauge: 20 sts by 22 rows = 4” in Garter Lace Pattern after blocking

Size: Shawl shown measures approximately 20” in width by 82” in length

February 26, 2018

Amid the Snow

Amid the Snow is a two-color, corrugated-rib pattern with a few simple left-cross and right-cross cables thrown in for interest. It is a fun knit that is worked entirely in the round with no seaming. Instructions are both written and charted. The height of the hat is easily altered by working more or less rounds.

Yarn 65 (80, 105, 125, 135, 145, 155) yds of DK weight yarn in Color A
50 (65, 85, 100, 110, 115, 120) yds of DK weight yarn in Color B

Yellow and gray hat shown in Adult L using Rohrspatz and Wollmeise Merino DK in 47 Ag (Color A) and Zarte Knopse (Color B)

Red and gray/blue hat shown in Adult L using Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte in Dark-Eyed Junco (Color A) and Bog Cherry (Color B)

Sizes Fits head circumference up to 15 (17.5, 19.25, 20.5, 21.75, 23, 24.25)“

Gauge 26 sts by 30 rounds = 4 inches in Two-Color Rib Pattern Unstretched on US 6

22 sts by 30 rounds = 4 inches in Two-Color Rib Pattern Stretched on US 6

I tend to be a tighter knitter in the round, so you may find that a US 5 may also work to achieve gauge.

September 14, 2017

New shawl pattern Singular Sensation

With all the gorgeous, non-repeatable colorways popping up among the indie dyers, I couldn’t resist a design that celebrates these unique skeins. Singular Sensation is a simple, top down, cresent-shaped shawl consisting of garter stitch and a simple star stitch. Instructions are given for easily adjusting the pattern according to yardage and yarn weight.

Yarn: 400 yds of fingering weight or 540 yds of worsted weight (however, the shawl can be adjusted for varying weights)

Gauge: 28 sts x 48 rows = 4″ on US 5 in garter stitch using fingering weight
24 sts x 32 rows = 4″ on US 6 in garter stitch using worsted weight

Sizes: 17″ at deepest point by 56″ along neckline in fingering weight
21″ at deepest point by 66″ along neckline in worsted weight

August 30, 2017

Spruce Lane Designs new shawl pattern “Switch” in Magpie Fibers

“Switch” is thus named for a number of reasons: the alternating stitch patterns that “switch” between the body of the shawl and the border; the “switching” between the right side and wrong side of the fabric as the shawl is reversible; and lastly, the ability to “switch” to different yarn weights. Which would you choose? A semi-solid in Solstice or perhaps a highly variegated in sock? The possibilities are endless!

Instructions are included for lengthening or shortening the shawl, depending upon your preference. Knit one up in one of Magpie Fiber’s luscious bases and you’re guaranteed to have a shawl that is perfect for a cool, summer’s evening and snuggly enough for a cold, winter’s day!

July 18, 2017

Friend

I’m very happy to post this new shawl design in Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock. It is a wonderful yarn to work with: beautifully saturated colors, a “crisp” texture, great stitch definition and a lovely drape! “Friend” is an asymmetric triangular shawl consisting of garter stitch stripes coupled with simple lace and slipped stitches. A simple lace edging which is worked as part of the shawl adorns the bottom length. It’s a fast knit and surprisingly simple; fairly repetitive, but with enough variation to keep you from falling asleep. I used a variegated and a semi-solid color, but any two colors will do.