Sundial Tee

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Mar 282013
 

Sundial front view   Sundial back

The Knitscene Summer 2013 preview is up, including my laceweight, flutter sleeve design, the Sundial Tee. It requires just a few skeins of delicious Malabrigo Lace, which was the yarn I used to pitch the idea – and happily they went with it!

Sundial sleeve closeup

It’s knit from the bottom up with shaping for a slim and sleek fit; lots of stockinette, light as a cloud and quick. Of course I never miss the opportunity to use short rows, and in this case they form the pretty, fluttery sleeve caps; a little bit of coverage, and just enough to make it more than a standard tank top.

See it on Ravelry, or order a digital copy now from Knitscene.

Mar 152013
 

Koa 1st look flat

It’s friday, and I actually have a FO! In further exploration of the Contiguous shoulder construction method, I’ve done up a spring cardi with some broken rib detail on the button band. To me, this method still has some problems with a tight and very sloped shoulder, which might be good for some styles, but certainly isn’t ideal for everything.

What I really like for this design is that there is no picking up (except for a few stitches from the body underarm when doing the sleeves); the button band is knit in, and most exciting of all, the collar is done first, with live stitches incorporated into the body using short rows. Of course this approach can be done just as well with a raglan or seamless topdown construction, and I definitely will be using it again with one of those. Also, seeing how great the Tosh Vintage works for a sweater means I’ll be doing more with that as well. In the meantime, on to finishing up the pattern!

Koa 1st look

Zaget

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Mar 112013
 

Zaget

Zig it . . . Zag it. Handpainted superbulky yarn and a simple, reversing diagonal lace pattern make a neckwarmer that curves gently around the face and closes neatly with a satin ribbon lacing or buttons.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, easy lace.

Size: 10” tall and 32” long.

Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta (100% Merino; 90 yards/150g); 1 skein, shown in Piedras.

Other Materials: US 17 (12mm) needles; Yarn needle or K/6.5 mm crochet hook for weaving in ends; Matching .75” wide satin ribbon (2 yards); 1” buttons, (3); Matching sewing thread and needle.

Gauge: 6 st and 9 rows/4” in stockinette st, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.  

Zaget zigzag lace   Zaget back   Zaget flat

Lunatic Fringe

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Mar 072013
 

Lunatic Fringe

I’m beyond pleased to announce that I have a pattern in Knitty Spring + Summer 2013.

Eccentric and non-conforming, Lunatic Fringe is an off-kilter shawl that grows asymmetrically from the bottom up, and and sprouts digit-like fringes on one side. The fringes are knit in as you go along by repeatedly binding off and casting on, while the body features alternating textural stripes. Cast on with a few stitches, Lunatic Fringe grows by increasing unequally along both sides to the long top edge, which is finished simply with a stretchy bind off.

I chose a slubby merino/alpaca/silk blend which is weirdly iridescent in duo-tonal colors to accentuate the erratic nature of the shawl; handspun would create a similar effect. Any yarn and any amount may be used.

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, increasing.

Size: one size; 58” length and 16” depth, excluding fringe.

Yarn: The Fibre Company Terra (40% merino, 40% alpaca, 20% silk) 100 yards; 4 skeins, Butternut. I chose a thick & thin yarn with textural interest, to accentuate the erratic nature of the shawl; handspun would create a similar effect.

Other Materials:

US 9 40” circular needle

Stitch markers (2), Yarn needle.

Gauge: 14 st and 24 rows/4″ in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

 

Lunatic Fringe is available for free from Knitty.

Lunatic Fringe backlit

Silt & Stone

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Mar 042013
 

by the water   seated   on the dock

The world is made of silt and stone, the granular material or solid minerals suspended in water or settled on the earth. As sediment forms a shape, so do the Silt & Stone Hat and the Silt & Stone Mittens grow from a mixture of stitches that settle together. Cables, garter and stockinette add textural interest and warmth to this accessory set.

Yarn: Knit Picks Biggo (50% superwash merino wool, 50% nylon; 110 yards).

Gauge: 12 st and 18 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st cable is 3” wide, after blocking.

 

Silt&Stone hat

The wide garter and cable brim of the hat is knit sideways and grafted, then stitches are picked up for the crown and worked in the round with decreases to the top. The result is a chunky hat with a little slouch, both warm and textural from its mixture of elements.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, decreasing, picking up stitches, cables, grafting.

Size: XS (S, M, L); 15.25 (17.5, 19.75, 22)” brim circumference, unstretched. 1 (1, 2, 2) skeins, size S shown in Dove Heather.

Other Materials:

US 10 circular needle if using Magic Loop, or dpns.

Stitch markers 8 (9, 10, 11), Stitch holder, Cable needle, Yarn needle.

Silt&Stone mittens

The long garter and cable cuff of the mittens is knit sideways and grafted, then stitches are picked up for the hand and worked in the round with a thumb gusset. The extended cuff both hugs the forearm and slouches warmly at the wrist, while the comfy mitten keeps all fingers warm.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, cables, grafting.

Size: S (M, L); 6.75 (8, 9.25)” palm circumference and 6.25 (7.25, 8.5)” length from wrist to tip, unstretched. The 6” long cuff is very stretchy; the garter stitch will stay snug while the cable expands around the wrist.  2 skeins; size M shown in Dove Heather.

Other Materials:

US 10 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or dpns.

Stitch markers (2), Stitch holder, Cable needle, Yarn needle.

See them on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the set.    

For a matching sweater, check out Alluvium or Lithos; buy one sweater together with Silt & Stone and save $2.00.

Mar 022013
 

Lithos

Named for the Greek word for rock, Lithos is a structured cardigan that forms the cable and garter elements of the collar together with the gently shaped raglan body. The unusual construction begins by working the wide braided cable and garter collar from the center back neck toward each shoulder, then stitches are picked up around the collar edge and integrated into the cabled fronts, while being worked seamlessly from the top down in one piece to the hem. The organic cable appears to travel around the front edge and neckline from one end to the other, although each side is worked from the top to the bottom. A traditional cardigan with contemporary construction, Lithos is sturdy and reliable on cold days.

Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, cables.

Size: 30 (32, 34.75, 37.25, 40, 42.75, 45.25, 48.25, 51.25)” bust circumference.

Garment Measurements:

Bust: 30 (32, 34.75, 37.25, 40, 42.75, 45.25, 48.25, 51.25)”.

Waist: 29.25 (31.25, 34, 36.75, 39.25, 42, 44.75, 47.75, 50.75)”.

Hip: 30.75 (32.75, 35.25, 38, 40.75, 43.25, 46, 49, 52)”.

Back length below collar: 23.5 (23.5, 25, 26.25, 26.25, 27.5, 27.5, 29, 29)”.

Yarn: Knit Picks Biggo (50% superwash merino wool, 50% nylon, 110 yards); 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins, shown in Dove Heather.

Other Materials:

US 10 circular needle.

Stitch markers (2 color A, 4 color B), Stitch holders (2), Cable needle, Yarn needle, 1” buttons (7).

Gauge: 12 st and 18 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st cable is 3” wide, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

For a matching hat and mittens, and a special offer, see Silt & Stone.

Like the cardigan, but want a blanket style instead of a raglan? Check out Alluvium.

Lithos front closeup  Lithos full view  Lithos front cables

Mar 012013
 

Alluvium

Named for the free flowing organic matter which is eroded and reshaped into a new form by running water, Alluvium is a blanket-style cardigan with wide wrapped fronts, a cropped back, and a winding braided cable around the neckline and front edge.

Cast on at one front edge, it is knit sideways around the body in one piece to the other edge, with afterthought sleeves worked from live armhole stitches. The comforting shape can be worn wrapped and belted or pinned, or left to wander freely; the shorter back and sleeve lengths reduce bulk and take off the chill without smothering. Versatile and unstructured, Alluvium is a transition sweater for the seasons.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, picking up stitches, cables.

Size: 28.5 (31, 34, 36.5, 39, 42, 44.5, 47)”, based on the cross-back width doubled. As this wrap cardi does not have a true bust circumference, choose a size based on cross-back measurement; to measure cross-back, find the distance across back halfway between shoulder and armhole, excluding the arm.

Garment Measurements:

Cross-back: 14.25 (15.5, 17, 18.25, 19.5, 21, 22.25, 23.5)”.

One front: 14.5 (15.75, 17, 18.5, 19.75, 21, 22.5, 23.75)”.

Length: 20.75 (21.5, 22.75, 24.25, 25.5, 26.25, 26.75, 27.5)”.

Width: 43.25 (47, 51, 55.25, 59, 63, 67.25, 71)”.

Yarn: Knit Picks Biggo (50% superwash merino wool, 50% nylon; 110 yards); 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins, shown in Dove Heather.

Other Materials:

US 10 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge.

Scrap yarn similar in size to main yarn (1 yard total, divided equally in half)

Stitch markers (4).

Cable needle.

Yarn needle.

Gauge: 12 st and 18 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st cable is 3” wide, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

For a matching hat and mittens set, and a special offer, see Silt & Stone.

Like the cable, but want a raglan style instead of a blanket cardi? Check out Lithos.

Alluvium by the river  Alluvium front  Alluvium crossed