Saturday, February 16, 2019

Breaking Plaid

I'm so happy to finally share with you my latest pattern - Breaking Plaid! This bandana-style cowl combines double knitting and double-stranded ("marled") garter stitch to create a reversible plaid/gingham fabric.



Not only does the pattern include detailed instructions - both written and charted - for this bandana cowl, but there are also notes on some fabulous modification opportunities (mod-portunities?) as well! I've laid out steps to turn it into a shawl, scarf, loop, washcloth, or blanket, but those are just a jumping off point. I wanna see how far you guys can take this!


SIZE
One size, easily adjusted

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 25 inches
Height at front: 21 inches
Height at back: 6 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
19 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in Circular Chart (included in pattern)
NOTE: Each pair of double-knitted stitches counts as a single stitch.

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn, 300 yards each in 2 contrasting solids or semi-solids
(It may be best to avoid “sticky” yarns, like single-ply)
Red sample:
Yarn Carnival High Wire 3-Ply [100% merino; 490yds/448m per 100g skein]; Damnation! (A)
Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk & Silver [63% merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon, 2% metallic; 420yds/384m per 100g skein]; Tuxedo (B)
Yellow sample:
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight [100% merino; 405yds/370m per 146g skein]; 24 Karat (A) & Lauma (B)

US #6/4mm circular needle, 24 inches
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker
Removeable stitch marker (optional)

Buy the pattern now on Ravelry!


Saturday, February 09, 2019

Bead Toss

Bead Toss is now live on Ravelry! This playful crescent shawl was inspired by colorful strings of beads tossed to party-goers during Mardi Gras!


The stripes of “beads” within this shawl are a variation of a stitch pattern known as Blister, Coin, or Shaded Bobble Stitch. Two large short-row wedges lend the shawl its shape, as well as give the striped sections their differing angles to further the illusion of swagged beads. The whole thing is finished with a picot bind-off for that extra flourish!


I had the pleasure of collaborating with Robyn of TeenyButton Studio on this design, and I simply can't speak highly enough of her yarns! The Soft Sock base is super soft indeed (background color is Beignets), and the colors in her Mardi Gras Krewe mini skein set are truly divine! Look for her shop update later today!


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 90 inches
Height at center: 15 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
16 sts/48 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
16 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in blister stitch (explained in pattern)

MATERIALS
Teenybutton Studio Soft Sock [75% merino, 25% nylon; 463yds/423m per 100g skein]; 1 skein in Beignets (A)
Teenybutton Studio Mini Skeins [75% merino, 25% nylon; 92yds/m per 20g mini skein; 460yds/421m per 100g set]; 1 Mardi Gras Krewe mini skein set including Bacchus (B), Caesar (C), Chewbacchus (D), Nyx (E), and Orpheus (F)
US #3/3.25mm needles
Tapestry needle

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Dissent Cowl


I'm super proud of my latest pattern! This top-down, flared cowl was inspired by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s famous (and fabulous) collar, worn when she dissents from a decision by the Supreme Court. The upper section is a simple polka dot mosaic pattern, followed by a band of larger mosaic blocks. The lower section is separated into polka dots in the back with the bejeweled bib in the front. Increases are worked into the bib portion, so the jewels get larger as you work downward, which gives the cowl its flared shape.


Mosaic knitting is a form of colorwork where only one color is used on any given row. The stitches you want to be that color are either knitted or purled, while the stitches you want to be other color are simply slipped from needle to needle without being worked, while the working yarn is held in the back. It's one of the easiest forms of colorwork, basically just a step up from stripes, so don't let it scare you!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Height: 9.5 inches
Top circumference: 26 inches
Bottom circumference: 36 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
22 sts/52 rows = 4 inches in polka dot pattern

MATERIALS
DK weight yarn:
150 yards in a light, possibly variegated color
175 yards in a dark, solid or semi-solid color
Shown in Yarn Carnival Aerialist DK [100% merino; 250yds/229m per 115g skein]; Tetanuscaster (LC) and Tide (DC)
US #6/4mm circular needle, 24 inches long
3 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Buy the pattern now on Ravelry!


Saturday, December 08, 2018

Yip Yips

The spaceship has landed, and any fan of late 20th century children’s public television will recognize these lovable aliens.


Crochet them or knit them, use them as holiday stockings, toy storage, kids’ laundry, whatever really!


You should also be prepared to play with ping pong balls and pipe cleaners, and do a little light sewing.


Yip yip yip yip uh-huh uh-huh…

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 25 inches
Height: 14 inches (excluding tentacles & hanging loop)

GAUGE
8 sts/8 rows = 4 inches in single crochet
8 sts/16 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

MATERIALS
Bernat Blanket/Blanket Brights/Baby Blanket [100% polyester; 220yds/201m per 300g skein]; 1 skein in color of your choice; shown in Royal Blue, Pixie Pink, Pow Purple, Baby Teal, Crimson (crochet), and Baby Lilac (knit)
L/8mm crochet hook (also used for attaching tentacles in both crochet and knit versions)
US10.5/6.5mm circular needle, 24 inches long
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
2 ping pong balls
Black paint pen or permanent marker
2 pipe cleaners, 12 inches long
Awl, ice pick, corn pick (for poking holes in ping pong balls)
Black flannel fabric, 16 inches by 24 inches
Scissors
Sewing needle
Black thread

Get the FREE crochet pattern or knit pattern now on Ravelry!

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Brioshi


Introducing my latest knitting pattern, Brioshi! Inspired by the interrupted stripe patterns that emerge from the Arashi technique of Shibori dying, this asymmetrical triangular shawl is completely reversible with a dark side and a light side that are equally attractive. It can easily be made larger or smaller by simply repeating the pattern rows more or fewer times.


This shawl alternates between single-color and bi-color brioche. You will need twice as much yarn of one color as the other, but whether you opt for more light than dark or more dark than light is entirely up to you. I highly recommend you take a gander at Apothefaery's offerings. Her Delightful DK used in the sample was delightful indeed, and many of her colorways are dyed specifically to pair well with each other.


SIZE
Easily adjustable

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 80 inches
Height: 27 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
14 sts/19 rows = 4 inches in brioche rib

MATERIALS
Apothefaery Fabrications Delightful DK
100% merino; 250yds/228m per 115g skein;
1 skein in Dark Night (DC)
2 skeins in Snowflake (LC)
US #6/4mm circular needle,
24 inches or longer
Tapestry needle

Buy the pattern now on Ravelry!

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Miter Might Not & BIRTHDAY SALE

Meet the Miter Might Not cowls, my latest pair of designs that are cut from the same cloth, if you will. It's amazing how different the results can be when all you change is where you do your increases.


Both versions are included in the same pattern, sort of a choose-your-own-adventure kind of thing. Each fraternal twin is created by increasing from a single point to form either a triangle or a rectangle. Then another decreasing triangle or rectangle closes the other side of the cowl. Don't worry if that doesn't make much sense - there are lots more words and pictures in the pattern.



SIZE
A [B]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 30 [38] inches
Height: 15 [9] inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
16 sts/17 rows = 4 inches in brioche rib

MATERIALS
Malabrigo Rios [100% merino; 210yds/192m per 100g skein];
Version A: 1 skein each in Purpuras (DC) and in Archangel (LC)
Version B: 1 skein each in Jupiter (DC) and in Yerba (LC)
US #6/4mm circular needle, 24 inches
3 stitch markers
Removable stitch marker (for br4st dec)
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn

Buy the pattern now on Raverly!

But wait, I'm running a BIRTHDAY SALE from now through 11:59pm (US central time) on Monday, October 8 (my birthday)! Use the code BDAY2018 for 20% OFF all my self-published patterns!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Turnabout

Introducing a new FREE crochet pattern - Turnabout! I got this idea in my head a few weeks back, and I just couldn't stop myself from grabbing a hook and some yarn and getting started immediately! It came together just as I had hoped and in only 2 days!


I've named it Turnabout for a couple reasons. First, the unusual construction method incorporates an about-face where you'll go from steadily increasing to immediately decreasing again - working a flat square followed by a flat triangle, and together they magically form a round object! Secondly, for its versatility in styling. Is it a bandana cowl with a tassel in front? A hood with a tassel in back? You decide!


The basic premise is to start at the point and increase in the center to form a big square. When the distance across the diagonal reaches the circumference you would like for your cowl/hood, or when you've used about 55-60% of your yarn, whichever comes first, you'll join the two opposite corners. Then you'll start decreasing again, in the center and along the edges, to form a triangle and close up the circle. Not making sense? Don't worry! There are plenty more words and pictures in the pattern to walk you through it.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 27 inches
Long depth (excluding tassel): 27 inches
Short depth: 13.5 inches

MATERIALS
Universal Yarns Wisdom Yarn Poems Sock [75% wool, 25% nylon; 459yds/420m per 100g skein]; 1 skein in color #955
G/6 or 4.25mm hook
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
14 dc by 8 rows = 4 inches by 4 inches, after blocking

Download the FREE PATTERN now via Ravelry!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fringe Kiss

I'm pleased to present Fringe Kiss, a completely customizable shawl - any size, any gauge, no counting, no end-weaving, self-fringing, symmetrically faded (or striped)!


That's right! You can use any yarn you like in any amount of yardage. The pattern is written more like a recipe, so it's totally adaptable to your tastes!

This shawl begins at the bottom center point and expands outward. Extra stitches are cast on that will later be unraveled to create the fringe. At the halfway point, the edges are joined but the stitches are also split at what used to be the center, so you’re still working back and forth in rows, rather than in the round. This construction is a little unusual, so I’ve included diagrams at each stage to try to help you visual what you’re doing.



SIZE
Any size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Roughly twice as wide as it is tall, excluding fringe
Sample: 80 inches wide by 40 inches tall, excluding 6-inch fringe

GAUGE (after blocking)
Any gauge that produces a loose, drapey fabric in the yarn of your choice
Sample: 22 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

MATERIALS
Any weight yarn in any amount you like
Sample: A Thing for String Merino Sock 75% merino, 25% nylon; 460yds/421m per 100g skein; 1 skein each in Taiga (A), Galaxy (B), and Eureka (C)
Circular needle in an appropriate size to give a loose, drapey fabric in the yarn of your choice
Sample: US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32 inches/80cm in length
Small scale for weighing yarn
4 stitch markers
Sharp scissors

NOTE ON GAUGE: Although the entire shawl is worked in garter stitch, a quarter of the fabric is created by purling every stitch rather than knitting every stitch. It is important that your purled garter gauge be relatively close to your knitted garter gauge.

NOTE ON YARN CHOICES: Though this pattern is written for 3 coordinating yarns that fade together well, you could use a single gradient yarn instead and let it do the fading for you. Or use more than 3 yarns and fade more frequently. You could even try stash-busting all your leftover bits as simple stripes in lieu of fading. It’s up to you!
Best to avoid single ply, mohair, and other “grabby” yarns, as these could present a challenge when dropping stitches and laddering down to create the fringe.

Buy the pattern now on Ravelry!

But seriously, any yarn you want, any size you want - and you don't even have to fade it if you don't wanna. What are you waiting for?