Sep 292011
 

Lumina shawl | The Knitting Vortex

Lumina is a reversible, squared semicircular shawl inspired by a glowing, hand-dyed silk blend yarn in a beautifully draping DK weight. Beginning with a garter tab cast on, it is fully reversible with a garter stitch body and easy transitions to the lace edging patterns. Designed to maximize every yard of a special yarn, instructions are included to customize for differing amounts of yardage.

Techniques & Skills Used: garter tab provisional CO, knit/purl, lace; this pattern includes both charts and written instructions for the lace edging.
Size: 15” deep and 42” across wingspan, after blocking.
Yarn: Barking Dog Yarns Cassiopeia (50% Merino, 50% Silk; 230 yards/100g); 2 skeins, shown in Pinot Noir. For similar size and drape, choose a wool and silk blend dk weight yarn.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle; US 9 (5.5mm) for bind off; Stitch markers (6); Yarn needle; Scrap yarn for provisional CO.
Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

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Lumina back | The Knitting Vortex   Lumina fence | The Knitting Vortex   Lumina front | The Knitting Vortex

WIP Wednesday – Rhadamanthys

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Sep 282011
 

My Elysium pattern has been very successful, and it’s easy to understand why; garter stitch, sideways knit, no finishing . . . what’s not to love?

For a long time I’ve been considering writing a fingering-weight version, and the moment has come. Rhadamanthys will be a slightly updated version in Tosh Merino Light sock yarn. Here’s the sample shown in my favorite color, Composition Book Grey:

Stockpile Sale!

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Sep 272011
 

It’s no secret that I’m a Malabrigo Junkie; I love the yarns, and I love the community in the Junkies group on Ravelry.

When October rolls around, we celebrate fall knitting with a month-long frenzy of stockpiling handmade holiday gifts. We stash, organize, CO (and finish!) our FOs, while cheering each other on. There are even contests and prizes!

In the spirit of Stockpile I’m having a sale from September 15th to end of day October 15th, for 25% off all patterns in my Ravelry store with coupon code Stockpile 2011. Pile it on!

Sep 262011
 

Ruckle | The Knitting Vortex

A soft and highly textured hat, Ruckle features a hemmed brim and three dimensional
allover tucks. The ruckles are fun to knit and fanciful to wear, and add an original flair to any outfit. For a fun and matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing,
knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch.
Size: S (M, L) to fit approximately 20.5 (22.5, 24.5)” head circumference; 18.5 (21.25, 24)” circumference, 7.25 (8.5, 9.5)” depth, unstretched.
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size M shown in Paris Night.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 8 32” circular needle, for hemming brim; Stitch markers (10); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO.
Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking.

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Ruckle front view | The Knitting Vortex  Ruckle and Ruckowl | The Knitting Vortex  Ruckle back | The Knitting Vortex

 

Sep 262011
 

Sailing To Byzantium is a collection of designs inspired by the art and architecture of ancient Constantinople, designed for the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project 2011.

Consisting of two shawls, mosaic colorwork socks, and three slipstitch colorwork accessories, the patterns may be purchased either separately or together in one e-book.

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Selimiye

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Sep 262011
 

Long crescent-shaped stole with dome & minaret edging, reminiscent of the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey. This wrap is knit from the bottom up, then given gentle shaping with short rows. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection.

Size: 58” x 17”, after blocking.

Techniques Used: knit, purl, decreasing, short rows, bobbles; edging is both written and charted.

Experience Level: Intermediate or Adventurous Beginner.

Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino.

Gauge: 14 st x 30 rows/4” in stockinette; one repeat is approximately 2.5”, after blocking.

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Iznik

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Sep 262011
 

Sideways knit garter shawlette, with knit-in border reminiscent of Turkish Iznik ceramic tile motifs. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection.

Size: 42” x 17”, after blocking.

Techniques Used: knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, lace.

Experience Level: Intermediate; contains unusual lace stitches. This pattern is both written and charted.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock.

Gauge: 24 st x 32 rows/4” in garter stitch; after blocking.

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Mosaic Socks

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Sep 262011
 

Slipstitch colorwork mosaic socks knit from the cuff down with heel flap and gusset. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection.

Techniques Used: Long-tail cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in five patterns, knit/purl, grafting.

Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains full written instructions, as well as charts for the slipstitch colorwork.

Size: S (M, L): 72 (80, 88) st, to fit Women’s US 6/7 (8/9, 10/11) shoe size.

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock.

Gauge: 38 st x 48 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

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Lattice Mittens

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Sep 262011
 

Slipstitch colorwork mittens, reminiscent of Turkish lattice. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection.

Techniques Used: Cable cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in three patterns, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, grafting.

Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains full written instructions, as well as charts for the slipstitch colorwork.

Size: S (M, L):  6 (7, 8)” palm circumference, 8.5 (9.5, 10.5)” length, to fit  6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” hand circumference.

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

Gauge: 28 st x 26 rows/4” in Twisted Stripe stitch pattern, after blocking.

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Minaret Hat

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Sep 262011
 

Slipstitch colorwork hat, recalling the dome and minaret shapes of Ottoman architecture. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection.

Techniques Used: Cable cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in four patterns, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing.

Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains full written instructions, as well as charts for the slipstitch colorwork.

Size: S (M, L):  18.5 (20, 21.5)” circumference and 8 (9, 10)” length, to fit 21 (22.5, 24)” head circumference.

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

Gauge: 19 st x 38 rows/4” in Lattice stitch pattern, after blocking.

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