Thursday, April 04, 2019

Perforation & Misdirection

Say hello to two more new patterns premiering at DFW Fiber Fest this weekend - Perforation...


...and Misdirection!


I worked with Amanda of Lone Star Arts on both these designs, using her DFWFF show exclusive colorway along with a coordinating solid. A mixture of simple stitches and unusual construction gives the Perforation shawl the ideal balance of interest and mindlessness for that meditative knit you’ve been craving! The shawl is made with her Monarch Silver base, and while the photos hardly do it justice, the stellina sparkles in this sock weight yarn made this shawl such a fun knit!


The Misdirection cowl features her Armadillo base, which is a fantastic fingering weight yarn as well, if sparkles aren't your thing (though you could easily use either yarn with either pattern if you like). Two strands held together make this cowl super squishy and a cute quickie project to boot! The simple fade effect is achieved by swapping out one strand at a time for the second color.


If you happen to find yourself at DFW Fiber Fest this weekend, look for both samples in the Lone Star Arts booth. And keep your eyes peeled for me too. I'd love to meet you!

PERFORATION
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 86 inches
Height at center: 22 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
19 sts/44 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

MATERIALS
Lone Star Arts Monarch Silver [75% merino, 20% nylon, 5% Stellina; 438yds/401m per 100g skein]; 1 skein each in Reunion Tower (A, variegated) and Slate (B, solid)
US #3/3.25mm circular needle, 24 inches or longer
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

Buy the Perforation shawl pattern now on Ravelry!

MISDIRECTION
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 24 inches
Height at front: 19 inches
Height at back: 8 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
18 sts/36 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

MATERIALS
Lone Star Arts Armadillo [75% merino, 25% nylon; 463yds/423m per 100g skein]; 1 skein each in Tin Star (A, solid) and Reunion Tower (B, variegated)
US #8/5mm circular needle, 24 inches
Tapestry needle
2 stitch markers

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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Circinae

Introducing my latest brioche design, debuting at DFW Fiber Fest this weekend: Circinae!


This top-down, center-out shawl features columns of brioche that fan outward like feathers on a bird’s wing. This pattern is written to make the most of a gradient yarn, regardless of its yardage. Simply keep going until you are about to run out of yarn and make your wing as big as you like!


This project was a collaboration with Heather of Panorama Fiber Arts. Her Shade Shifting Gradients are so subtly smooth you won't even notice they've changed color on you. Plus, she offers custom dyed-to-order gradients in any yardage from 400 to 2000! So you could make a dainty dove wing shawlette or a ginormous dragon wing wrap if that's your thing.


If you'll be partaking in the festivities at DFW Fiber Fest this weekend, stop by the Panorama booth to see this sample in person and shop the yarn! And if you see me, say hi!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Any size, roughly 5 times as wide as it is deep at the center
Sample depth: 17 inches
Sample span: 75 inches (90 inches along curved top edge)

GAUGE (after blocking)
16 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in bi-color brioche rib

MATERIALS
Panorama Fiber Arts Shade Shifting Gradient Traveler Sock
Available in any yardage from 400 to 2000!
[75% merino, 15% nylon, 10% tencel; 450yds/411m per 100g skein]; 1 skein in Dragonfly (DC)
Panorama Fiber Arts Hitchhiker Sock
[75% merino, 25% nylon; 460yds/421m per 100g skein]; 1 skein in Mojito (LC)
US #3/3.25mm circular needle, 24 inches or longer
Tapestry needle
40+ stitch markers (optional)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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!