Jennifer

Recovering attorney and emigree from 7th Avenue, I now combine my technical and creative passions to design knitwear. My design viewpoint is all about making simple, attractive garments and accessories, using a bit of interesting construction or an intriguing detail.

Cafe Cowl

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Nov 172019
 
cafe cowl

A pattern of classic houndstooth creates a modern cowl, easy to make in your favorite two colors worked in simple slipstitch colorwork using one color per row.

Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, working in the round; slipstitch pattern is both written and charted.

Size: 10” tall and 26” circumference.

Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted (100% fine highland wool; 123 yards/112m/50g); 1 skein each of MC and CC, shown in MC No. 1314 Deep Velvet and CC No. 1312 Drift Wood, or 240 yards of wool blend worsted weight yarn. The sample as written used approximately 118 yards of each color.

Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 24” circular needle, or size to match gauge; marker (1); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 34 rows/4” in slipstitch pattern, unblocked; the slipped stitches compress the fabric horizontally as compared to the garter stitch. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished cowl, and different yardage requirements.

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Ennica

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Nov 142019
 

This street-smart adaptable ribbed hat is all about the special details. Featuring elegant paired symmetrical decreases to create distinctive crown shaping, and a beautiful tubular cast on finished edge, it is meant to be subtle and slouchy and sized for everyone.

Techniques & Skills Used: tubular CO, knit/purl, decreasing, working in the round.

Size: Baby (Kid, S, M, L) to fit approximately 16 (18, 20, 22, 24)” head circumference; 11 (13, 15, 17, 19)” brim circumference and 7 (9, 10.5, 12, 13)” height, measured flat and unstretched. Each size of this super stretchy ribbed hat fits a wide range of head sizes.

Yarn: Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino wool, 20% alpaca, 10% silk; 124 yards/113m/50g), shown in 8 Summer Plum; 1(1, 2, 2, 2) skeins; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere; 120 yards/110m/50g), shown in 18042 Millenial Pink; 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins, or approximately 90 (125, 175, 210, 250) yards dk wool or wool blend yarn. Samples shown in size M each used about 210 yards.

Other Materials: US 4 (3.5mm) 16” circular needle and dpns, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; US 3 (3.25mm) 16” needle for CO; scrap yarn for tubular CO; Stitch markers (10); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 30 st and 28 rows/4” in unstretched rib on larger needle, after blocking.

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Twinings

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Nov 142019
 

Originally published in knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018, the Twinings pattern is now available from my Ravelry store, as an individual download in my usual pattern format, with expanded sizing and a return to the original sample gauge.

A tubular cast on creates a beautiful finished edge to the ribbing which flows into undulating shadow cables in this rustic hat.

Techniques & Skills Used: tubular CO, knit/purl, cables, decreasing, working in the round.

Size: S (M, L) to fit 20 (22, 24)” head circumference; 19.5 (21, 22.5)” brim circumference and 8 (9.5, 11)” height, measured flat.

Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose; 191 yards/175m/50g), shown in 151 Bilberry (S), and 181 Mineral (M); 1 (1, 2) skeins, or approximately 145 (190, 220) yards of dk weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 16” circular needle and dpns, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; US 4 (3.5mm) 16” needle for CO and brim; scrap yarn for tubular CO; Cable needle; Stitch markers 13 (14, 15); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 24 st and 32 rows/4” in cable pattern on larger needle, after blocking. The Felted Tweed relaxes significantly when wet blocked; be sure to block your swatch as you will the finished hat.

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Grandiose Wrap

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Aug 152019
 
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Whether glamping around a forest retreat, exploring on a quaint weekend away, or unplugging for your stay-cation, the Grandiose Wrap provides big snuggly comfort. A triangle shawl beginning grows on each unique bias side to make an enfolding rectangular wrap, highlighting a main color paired with a mini-skein set in a mix of stripe and eyelet-based stitch patterns.

Techniques & Skills Used: garter tab CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, easy lace. Instructions for this pattern are fully written, with charts also provided for the eyelet-based lace.

Size: 104”/264 cm length at top, 80”/203cm length at bottom, and 18”/46cm depth.

Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza (100% superwash merino wool; 560 yards/ 512m/225g); 1 skein, shown in Fleur de Sel (A), and Miss Babs Yowza Mini (100% superwash merino wool; 200 yards/182m/80g); 3 skeins, shown in Stowaway (B), Tiger Eye (C), and Zinfandel (D), respectively. The sample used almost all of the yarn.

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Markers (4); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 st and 34 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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Issykol

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Mar 282019
 

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Luxurious cashmere yarn and mosaic slipped stitch chevron patterns make a stunning bias shawl, featuring two rich colors alternating in a striking zigzag across a lighter contrasting background. June Cashmere’s ethically sourced and organically dyed yarn, which behaves like a light fingering weight, originates with fiber from small family farms in the mountain communities of Kyrgyzstan along the ancient Silk Road. As part of their mission to be an engine for social and economic change in the region, the company partners with local shepherds to bring fine quality fiber to the international market for fair compensation. Issykol is named for Issyk-Kul Lake, the seventh deepest and tenth largest lake in the world, located in the globally significant and biodiverse Issy-Kul Biosphere Reserve.

Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, cable CO, knit, increasing/decreasing, slipstitch colorwork. Instructions for this pattern are fully written, with charts also provided for the slipstitch colorwork.

Size: 72” length and 17” depth. Highly customizable, with an adjustable 12-row repeat to alter the zigs and zags and infinite garter stitch bordering each end, Issykol may be easily adjusted for varying amounts of yardage.

Yarn: June Cashmere Lace Weight (100% Kyrgyz Cashmere; 308 yards/281m/50g); 1 skein each colors A, B and C, shown in Espresso, Stonecrop and Black Cherry. The sample used approximately 252 yards A, 218 yards B and 292 yards C, see Designer’s Notes for suggestions on adjusting for different yardage.

Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Marker; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 st and 44 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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The Thinking Eye

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Jan 222019
 

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Inspired by Paul Klee’s exploration of color theory, The Thinking Eye is an asymmetric shawl knit on the bias with interlocking stripes and blocks, designed to create focus on each color within a deconstructed gradient set of mini-skeins.

Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, intarsia. Instructions are written, with a helpful color change row table also provided.

Size: 70” length and 19” depth.

Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock Gradient Set (100% superwash merino wool; 570 yards/170g); 1 set of 6 mini skeins (95 yards/28g/1oz each), shown in Fire in the Evening. The sample used almost all of the yarn; see Designer’s Notes for suggestions on adjusting for different yardage.

Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 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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Euphony

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Dec 032018
 

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Bold textured details make a distinctive sweater, worked top-down and seamlessly in warm bulky wool. Compound raglan shaping ensures a good fit for all sizes, and the perfect mid-hip length paired with three-quarter sleeves make a relaxed fit that is easy yet tidy. The reversible textured turtleneck can be worn either standing up or folded over for even more versatility.

Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, German short rows, cable CO, backwards loop CO, tubular BO, grafting, picking up stitches.

Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)“ bust; shown in sixth size, worn with 5-6” positive ease.

Yarn Stitch Sprouts Crater Lake (100% superwash merino wool; 110 yards/100m/100g), shown in Snow; 6 (7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10) skeins, or approximately 625 (675, 700, 750, 800, 850, 900, 950, 1025, 1100) yards of bulky weight yarn..

Other Materials: US 10 (6mm) 16” and 32” circular needles or size to match gauge, and US 10 dpns for sleeves and turtleneck if not using Magic Loop; spare US 10 (6mm) 32” needle for tubular BO; Stitch markers (8); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle.

Gauge 14 st and 19 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

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Tilt Box

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Nov 152018
 

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Simple stranded colorwork with a modern graphic design, Tilt Box combines traditional fit with geometric contemporary visual style. Use a combination of bold or neutral colors, suitable for both men and women; color choices are endless, allowing you to select the perfect match of colors for the wearer. Tilt Box is one of a bundle of modern stranded hats featuring strong motifs for fresh style, and is pictured with some of the companion designs.

Techniques & Skills Used: Twisted German CO, knit/purl, stranded colorwork, decreasing, working in the round. Colorwork is charted only.

Size: 20” brim circumference and 10” tall, unstretched. The pattern consists of a 18 st and 18 row repeat, and accommodates heads from 20-23” in circumference; to adjust the size further, go up or down a needle size.

Yarn: Cascade 220 (100% peruvian highland wool; 220 yards/200m/100g), Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted (100% fine highland wool; 123 yards/112m/50g). Hat shown in Cascade 9600 Antiqued Heather (A) and Woolstok 1317 Midnight Sea, 1 skein of each color, or approximately 100 yards A and 50 yards B of worsted weight wool yarn.

Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle and dpns, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 st and 24 rows/4” in stranded pattern, unstretched after blocking; 1 repeat of 18 st and 18 rows is 4” wide and 3” tall.

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Pinwheel Vigil

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Nov 152018
 

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Simple stranded colorwork with a modern graphic design, Pinwheel Vigil combines traditional fit with geometric contemporary visual style. Use a combination of bold or neutral colors, suitable for both men and women; color choices are endless, allowing you to select the perfect match of colors for the wearer. Pinwheel Vigil is one of a bundle of modern stranded hats featuring strong motifs for fresh style, and is pictured with some of the companion designs.

Techniques & Skills Used: Twisted German CO, knit/purl, stranded colorwork, decreasing, working in the round. Colorwork is charted only.

Size: 19” brim circumference and 9” tall, unstretched. The pattern consists of a 13 st and 12 row repeat, and accommodates heads from 20-23” in circumference; to adjust the size further, go up or down a needle size.

Yarn: Harrisville Designs Harrisville Highland (100% pure virgin wool; 200 yards/182m/100g), Cascade 220 (100% peruvian highland wool; 220 yards/200m/100g), Hat shown in Harrisville 81 Mustard (A) and Cascade 8010 Soft White (B), 1 skein of each color, or approximately 140 yards A and 35 yards B of worsted weight wool yarn.

Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle and dpns, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 19 st and 24 rows/4” in stranded pattern, unstretched after blocking; 1 repeat of 13 st and 12 rows is 3” wide and 2” tall.

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Flower Lines

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Nov 152018
 

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Simple stranded colorwork with a modern graphic design, Flower Lines combines traditional fit with fun contemporary visual style. Make a pop-art punch with bright colors, or pair a saturated color with a neutral. Flower Lines is one of a bundle of modern stranded hats featuring strong motifs for fresh style, and is pictured with some of the companion designs.

Techniques & Skills Used: Twisted German CO, knit/purl, stranded colorwork, decreasing, working in the round. Colorwork is charted only.

Size: 18” brim circumference and 10” tall, unstretched. The pattern consists of a 24 st and 36 row repeat, and accommodates heads from 20-23” in circumference; to adjust the size further, go up or down a needle size.

Yarn: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted (100% merino wool; 250 yards/229m/113g). Hat shown in Stonehedge Raspberry (A) and Lilac (B), 1 skein of each color, or approximately 110 yards A and 50 yards B of worsted weight wool yarn.

Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle and dpns, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 st and 24 rows/4” in stranded pattern, unstretched after blocking; 1 repeat of 24 st and 36 rows is 4.75” wide and 6” tall.

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