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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


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.