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?


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Countdown to the Crawl: Road Warrior

It's almost here! The 7th annual DFW Yarn Crawl begins tomorrow! Here's one more new shawl pattern to tide you over until then.

Inspired by Yarnold, the armadillo mascot of the DFW Yarn Crawl, my Road Warrior shawl pattern is a simple, relaxing knit of garter stitch with occasional slipped stitches and basic increases. It’s also easily customized to whatever yummy yarns may follow you home from your local yarn shop. Just use a needle size suitable for your yarn weight and keep knitting until you run out of yarn.


The sample will be on display for the entire crawl (Aug 17-26) at McKinney Knittery, where you'll also find the Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light used in the sample. So feel free to pop by and check it out if you're in the neighborhood.


SIZE
One size, easily adjusted

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 68 inches
Height at center: 19 inches

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

MATERIALS
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light
[100% merino; 420yds/384m per 100g skein];
1 skein each in Scout (A) and Charcoal (B)
US #5/3.75mm circular needle
6 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Buy the pattern now on Ravelry!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Countdown to the Crawl: Unicornucopia

Only 2 more days until the 7th annual DFW Yarn Crawl, and I still have 2 more new shawl patterns to share with you!

This next one is a bit whimsical. Okay, a lot whimsical. When Logan of Leon Alexander Yarns said he was dyeing an exclusive colorway for Amy at West 7th Wool and asked if I'd design something for it, I knew it had to be something unique, something that showed off the playful side of both Logan and Amy. Enter the Unicornucopia shawl!


This crazy colorful unicorn horn was created using bi-color brioche with a strand of Countess Fingering and a strand of Jester DK Mohair, each in the W7W exclusive colorway "ATTN: UNICORN DEPT" (and yes, you can absolutely substitute a second skein of fingering weight yarn if mohair's not your thing).


If you'll be participating in the DFW Yarn Crawl, you can see this sample in person at the Leon Alexander trunk show, all day Saturday 8/18 at West 7th Wool in Fort Worth. You might even run into yours truly. ;)

SIZE
One size
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 70 inches
Height at center point: 16 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
28 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in brioche rib

MATERIALS
LC: Leon Alexander Yarns Countess Fingering
[85% merino, 15% nylon; 430yds/423m per 100g skein];
color: ATTN: UNICORN DEPT; 1 skein
DC: Leon Alexander Yarns Jester DK Mohair
[75% mohair, 20% wool, 5% nylon; 240yds/220m per 100g skein];
color: ATTN: UNICORN DEPT; 1 skein
US #5/3.75mm circular needle
Tapestry needle

Buy the pattern now on Ravelry! And if you aren't able to make it to W7W for the exclusive colorway, you can still find lots of other gorgeous yarns at LeonAlexanderYarns.com from the comfort of your own couch.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Countdown to the Crawl: Prickly Pear Pastures

It's the most yarnderful time of the year! The 7th annual DFW Yarn Crawl starts in just 3 days!

From Friday August 17 to Sunday August 26, fiber enthusiasts from far and wide will be gallivanting around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, visiting shop after shop, collecting yarn, notions, prizes, stamps in their yarn crawl passports (which can lead to even more prizes!), and of course, fun memories with their fiber friends. To celebrate, I'll be releasing 3 new shawl patterns this week!

I met Linda from Yarnies of Texas at the Stitches Texas expo last year. After seeing her gorgeous yarns and learning that she's based a stone's throw from my hometown, I knew something inspired by West Texas was in order. Thus, the Prickly Pear Pastures shawl was born.


This shawl begins at the top center with five sections of expanding lace that shoot outward like a patch of prickly pear. Tiny beads knitted into the fabric suggest the succulent's spines (without actually being poky, of course) and also serve to give the shawl some weight, helping it to drape nicely over your shoulders and stay in place.


If you'll be participating in the DFW Yarn Crawl, you can see this sample in person at the Yarnies of Texas trunk show, all day Saturday 8/18 at Georgina Estefania in Fort Worth.


SIZE
One size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 46 inches
Height at center: 22 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
24 sts/38 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

MATERIALS
Yarnies of Texas D’Lish Silky
[70% merino, 30% silk; 438yds/400m per 100g skein];
color: Desert Rose; 2 skeins
US #2.5/3mm circular needle
6 stitch markers
80g of size 6/0 Miyuki glass beads in Silverlined Crystal (810 beads)
Tiny crochet hook (1mm or smaller) or beading tool
Tapestry needle

Buy the pattern now on Ravelry, and shop Yarnies of Texas' Etsy store to find the perfect yarn!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Triangulate

Triangulate Shawl

This shawl made a big splash at DFW Fiber Fest last month, with its "pattern coming soon" tag taunting passersby in front of the Yarnia and Amanda Hope Yarn booth. And who could blame them really? With a nice balance of garter and slipped stitches, a 3-way fade, and 2 size options, it has a little something for everyone! And now the wait is over! The time has finally come for my Triangulate shawl to be released into the wild!

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Magnetic agate shawl clip handmade by Valerie of Yarnia in Nacognoches, TX.

Each size begins with choosing your favorite variegated or speckled yarn. Next, pick out some solids or semi-solids to coordinate with your variegated color - just one for the small size or three for the large. The samples used Amanda Hope Yarn's Aussie Extra Fine Single, which is just lovely stuff. She's got some gorgeous colorways to offer, and she's even put together kits, specially curated just for this pattern.

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The construction is interesting, but not difficult. You'll start at one end of the shawl with a solid and fade into the variegated. Then you'll put that first tail on hold and make a second tail to match, fading from another solid (or more of the same solid if you're making the small size) into the main variegated color once more. Finally, you'll join your two tails and work the center section downward, fading from variegated into a third solid (or the remaining portion of the original solid for the small size). Easy peasy!

SIZE
Small[Large]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 106[146] inches
Height at center: 17[21] inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
22 sts/38 rows = 4 inches in slip rib pattern
17 sts/34 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn in one main variegated/speckled colorway and 1[3] coordinating solid/semi-solid/tonal color[s]
Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine Single [100% merino; 437yds/400m per 100g skein]
-Small MC: Breakfast at Tiffany’s - 350yds
-Small CC: Caribe - 350yds
-Large MC: Pablo’s 3 Musicians – 375yds
-Large CC1: Aegean – 375yds
-Large CC2: Bronze – 375yds
-Large CC3: Spicy Mustard – 275yds
US #4/3.5mm circular needle
Removeable stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn, stitch holder, or spare needle

Buy now on Ravelry!

Triangulate ShawlTriangulate Shawl
Triangulate ShawlTriangulate Shawl

Monday, April 02, 2018

Bluebonnet Fields Forever

Every year, fiber enthusiasts from across North Texas band together in a massive show of support for our local yarn stores. Over the course of ten days - one week and two weekends - we are encouraged to visit as many shops as we can during the annual DFW Yarn Crawl (currently revamping their website in preparation for this year's event). It's a great opportunity to get to know shop owners, local dyers and ranchers, and probably your carpool buddies too! Some of us drive hundreds of miles, from Dallas up through Denton, Whitesboro to west Fort Worth, and everywhere in between. The past two years, I've managed to hit every single shop on the list and got a free t-shirt proclaiming my Road Warrior status!

Bluebonnet Fields Forever

This year, I'm honored to be a contributor to the DFW Designers Collection: Volume 2. It's a compilation of patterns from local designers, with one or two new designs released each month throughout the year, to help you use all the yarn that followed you home from the crawl. You can get the knit bundle, the crochet bundle, or buy them all! And the proceeds go to improving the annual crawl festivities. Sounds like a win-win, right?

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My contribution to this year's knit collection is the Bluebonnet Fields Forever shawl, and it's just been released for the month of April! It's a half-hexagon worked from the center outward in a lacy stitch resembling a field of bluebonnets disappearing into the distance, edged with larger "foreground" bluebonnets and a green grass border. You could use any fingering weight yarn you like, but it would look best in two solid or semi-solid colorways. Bluebonnets not your thing? That's cool. Find your favorite flower - something with tall vertical clusters of blooms like lavender, lilac, hyacinth, or snapdragon to name a few - and pick a yarn based on that color instead.

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And as a special bonus, if you're attending DFW Fiber Fest next weekend at the Irving Convention Center, we'll be having a cast-on party for this pattern Sunday April 8 from 12-2 in the stitching lounge. There will be close to a hundred vendors in the market hall, so pick your perfect yarn and then come knit with us!

Bluebonnet Fields ForeverBluebonnet Fields Forever

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 51 inches
Height at center: 20 inches

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn: 300yds/275m of Color A and 150yds/137m of Color B
Color A: Cascade Heritage Paints [75% merino, 25% nylon; 437yds/400m per 100g skein]; color: 9825 Isle of Skye; 1 skein
Color B: Happy Fuzzy Yarn Corrie Sock [75% wool, 25% nylon; 435yds/398m per 100g skein]; color: Moss; 1 skein
US #6/4mm circular needle
Tapestry needle
2 removable stitch markers

GAUGE
18 sts/24 rows = 4 inches by 4 inches in lace pattern, after blocking

Buy now on Ravelry!

Bluebonnet Fields Forever

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Stonefeather

Stonefeather

I often draw inspiration from nature for many of my designs - some subtly so, some not so subtle. Today's newly released shawl pattern falls into the latter category. Or perhaps it floats into it, slowly and gracefully like, oh I don't know, a giant feather maybe. That's right. I've designed this shawl to resemble a huge feather, with a center spine and lots of little barbs/hairs shooting outward.

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This was a collaboration with the guys over at Leon Alexander Yarns, using two colors of their Heir single-ply fingering weight merino, one of which was held together with a single strand of their Heiress laceweight mohair/silk blend. They and their yarns were truly a pleasure to work with! The loose gauge and mohair halo give the shawl a soft, lofty, weightless feeling that might make you wish you could glide away on the breeze. And of course, being bi-color brioche, it's completely reversible! Purple with green on one side, green with purple on the other - or whatever marvelous color combination you fancy.

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New to brioche? That's ok! This pattern would make a great intro to the brioche technique, with plenty of plain ribbing to practice the basics in between some simple shaping rows where you'll learn how to increase and decrease in this stitch pattern. So what are you waiting for?

SIZE
One size, easily adjusted

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length: 84 inches
Width: 14 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
16 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in brioche rib

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn, approximately 430yds/423m each of two colors
Leon Alexander Yarns Heir [100% merino; 430yds/423m per 100g skein]:
DC: Deadly Nightshade; 1 skein
LC: Haunted; 1 skein

Laceweight mohair yarn to be held double with LC (optional)
Leon Alexander Yarns Heiress [70% mohair, 30% silk; 460yds/421m per 50g skein]: Hemlock Root; 1 skein
US #4/3.5mm circular needle
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Buy now on Ravelry!

StonefeatherStonefeather

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sound Check

Sound Check

My latest design is now available for purchase through Ravelry! I'd like you to say hello to Sound Check. She's an asymmetric triangle shawl, worked from side-to-side in expanding sections of bi-color brioche on a garter stitch background, meant to mimic volume bars on a digital read-out. As written, two-thirds of the volume bars are to the max, but every 3rd bar is only half as loud (i.e., tall). Once you see how it's done though, it's super easy to customize to your preferred sound level by simply making each bar taller or shorter as you please. The overall size of the shawl is also easily adjusted by working more or fewer volume bars before bind off, or by switching up the yarn weight and gauge.

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Sound Check

This design was a collaboration with Abby and Byron at Twisted Owl Fiber Studio. They - and their yarn - were such a pleasure to work with! Their Super Sock base has maximum squoosh and is available in a vibrant array of colors. They have a couple different options of kits with two colors already paired up for you, or feel free to choose your own. Pick two highly contrasting colorways for the bi-color brioche to really pop, or a more subtle set to let the texture do the talking.

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Sound CheckSound Check

SIZE
One size, easily adjusted

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Span: 68 inches
Height: 27 inches
MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn, approximately 463yds/423m each of two colors
Twisted Owl Fiber Studio Super Sock 4-Ply [75% merino, 25% nylon; 463yds/423m per 100g skein]
LC: Rocker Chick; 1 skein
DC: Technicolor Cowgirl; 1 skein
US #2.5/3mm circular needle
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

GAUGE (after blocking)
18 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in brioche rib
20 sts/40 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

Buy now on Ravelry!

Sound Check