Jul 292013

Last fall, I contributed a design to Allyson Dykhuizen’s Holla Knits, and it was a great experience all the way from yarn support, to fun knitting, to blogstravaganza! Holla Knits always features innovative design with exciting colors and styling; these are never the same old knits. I’m pleased to share that I’ll have another Holla design in the upcoming Fall 2013 Collection, and as one might suspect, it’s not exactly the sort of thing you see around everywhere.

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Plaid! It’s got technique, and colors, and uncomplicated  knitting – with a super fun finished object. For now, there are some more sneak peeks in my guest post on the Holla Knits blog, but it won’t be long until fall, when all will be revealed!

Pomona Mitts

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Jul 182013

Among my favorite design themes, Harry Potter is undeniably one which keeps appearing as if by magic in my knitwear. The Magickal Quidditch Socks, and more recently Amortentia and Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love have been expressions in knit of my love for the wizarding world. Now I can show another small item, the Pomona Mitts, which I designed for The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Special Issue from Interweave.

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Professor Pomona Sprout’s fingerless mitts reflect her personality; earthy, robust, and ready for hard work. Cast on provisionaI would nelly at the outer edge of the hand, they are worked flat using short rows, then grafted for a seamless finish. The cuff is shaped into a point with increases and decreases, and made to flare with a short row wedge. The finger opening is embellished with a spikey picot edge worked by casting on and binding off stitches.

Size: 6.5 (7.5, 8.75)” palm circumference and 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)” length from cuff point to tip.

Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose; 191 yards); 1 skein, shown in 154 Ginger.

Other Materials: US 6 32” needles, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (1 color A, 1 color B); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle; ¼” wide satin ribbon (2 x 1 yd), optional.

Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch. Row gauge determines hand circumference, while stitch gauge determines length in this sideways knit.


The magazine has some fun pictures channeling Pomona Sprout in the greenhouses, using the mitts for a bit of protection with the mandrakes. They elected to leave out the laces for a utilitarian look, but one can always weave some ribbon through the yarnovers for a more decorative effect.

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The Unoffical Harry Potter Knits magazine is available now for pre-order, and for immediate digital download, from the Interweave online store.


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Jul 122013

Arcady | The Knitting Vortex

Highly textured lace and seamless top down construction give Arcady simple and pretty appeal. A narrow applied I-cord edges the front and neckline and makes delicate button loops for small pearl buttons. The narrow ribbing flows smoothly from the lace, making refined sleeve and body hems with a tiny garter edge. Light and delicate, this cardigan adds whimsy to jeans or is a romantic finish over a dress.

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, raglan construction, knit/purl, lace, applied I-cord (cable CO); Arcady is both written and charted, and includes instructions for increasing in pattern, and a video tutorial for the applied I-cord.

Size: 30.25 (32.75, 35, 37.5, 39.75, 42.25, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52)” bust; shown in third size with no ease.

Garment Measurements:

Bust & Hip: 30.25 (32.75, 35, 37.5, 39.75, 42.25, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52)”, buttoned.

Sleeve Length: 7.75 (7.75, 7.75, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 11.25, 11.25, 11.25, 11.25)”.

Length: 20.25 (21.25, 22.5, 24, 24.75, 25.25, 27, 27.5, 28, 28.75)”.

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu (60% Merino, 40% Bamboo; 620 yards/226g); 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins, shown in Winter Solstice.

Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 5 (3.75mm) 60” circular needle for edging; optional US 5 (3.75mm) dpn for I-cord; Stitch markers (10); Removable stitch markers 12 (13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18); Scrap yarn or extra cables for stitch holder (2); Yarn needle; 3/8” buttons 13 (14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19); Matching sewing thread and needle.

Gauge: 20 st x 28 rows/4” in Arcade Lace pattern; after blocking.

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

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