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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