Diamond Lanes

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Apr 192016
 

Diamond Lanes cover | The Knitting Vortex

Geometric lace forms textured diamond lanes leading upward and outward on this simple but stunning triangular shawl.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, easy lace; this pattern is both fully written and charted.
Size: 52” wingspan and 21” depth, customizable.
Yarn: Seven Sisters Arts Apex (60% superwash merino wool, 20% yak, 20% silk; 400 yards/366m/100g); 1 skein, or 400 yards of wool blend fingering weight yarn with good drape. The sample as written used the entire skein; you may want to have additional yardage on hand as insurance, and as the shawl may easily be enlarged.
Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 32″ circular needle or size to match gauge; Markers (3); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch, 18 st and 34 rows/4” in diamond lace pattern, 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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knit.wear Spring/Summer 2016

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Mar 282016
 

Interweave has relaunched what is my favorite of their magazines, knit.wear.  Premiering in Fall of 2011, the designs and aesthetic have always had that very clean, modern and sophisticated vibe. The semi annual publication changed its name in Fall of 2014 to knit.purl, but now has returned to its original name. The new issue is full of fashion-forward designs, modern technique tutorials and inspiring articles, and includes my Kline Shawl.

From knit.wear, “The dual stripes in garter and stockinette stitch engage each other in stylistic play across this asymmetrical wrap. An electric pop of color is offset by a black-and-white speckled counterpoint as a nod to contemporary art.”

Kline Shawl

On a personal note, I loved the speckle yarn – which is very on trend, but I wasn’t sure about at all, being a fan of solids and semisolids. It’s madelinetosh tosh merino light in Optic, paired with the vibrant Edison Bulb.

The digital issue is available for download from Interweave, or you can order the print publication.

Sweet Chilly

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Mar 172016
 

 

Sweet Chilly | The Knitting Vortex

As comfy as your favorite sweatshirt but made stylish with special details, Sweet Chilly uses seamless topdown construction and textured stitches in a modern knit sweater. Shifting Broken Rib panels create the look of a deep raglan, while the Twisted Rib featured on the dolman sleeves continues along the sides providing natural shaping.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, backwards loop CO, 3-needle BO, working in the round, short rows. Pattern instructions are fully written, with charts also provided for the stitch patterns, and a link to my short row tutorials.
Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56)” bust; shown in fifth size with 5” positive ease.
Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK (100% superwash merino wool; 250 yards/229m/115g), shown in Chilly; 4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins, or approximately 950 (1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1250, 1350, 1450, 1550, 1650) yards of dk weight wool yarn.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32″ circular needle or size to match gauge; US 6 (4mm) 24″ circular needle for neckline; Stitch markers (10); Removable
stitch markers (2); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 st and 28 rows/4″ in stockinette stitch, 32 st and 28 rows/4” in Twisted Rib, after blocking.

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Shadowling

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Jan 192016
 

Shadowling | The Knitting Vortex

A topography of shadow cables is knit flat and folded, then two short seams form this cocoon cardigan. Short rows shape the wide ribbed edging, creating a warm and dramatic shawl collar; the ribbed edge and cuffs are finished with elegant applied I-cord.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, cables, short rows, working in the round, applied I-cord; stitch pattern is both written and charted, and a link to my short row tutorials is included.
Size: S (M, L); shown in size S on a 35” bust.
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon (80% merino wool, 20% kid mohair; 126 yards/115m/100g), shown in Cloud; 6 (7, 8) skeins, or approximately 650 (775, 925) yards of bulky weight wool/mohair blend yarn; a fiber blend that blocks to a soft and drapey fabric is recommended to achieve the silhouette and ease of this cocoon-shaped garment.
Other Materials: US 11 (8mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 11 (8mm) 60” circular needle for ribbed edge; Stitch markers (1); Cable needle; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 15 st and 20 rows/4” in Shadow cable pattern; 14 st and 18 rows/4” in K1P1 Rib, after blocking.

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Embrace Me Mitts

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Dec 302015
 

Embrace Me Mitts | The Knitting Vortex

Embrace Me Mitts are the second pattern in the Winter 2015-2016 Shalimar Yarns Indulge Me! Club, and feature an exclusive, embraceable color of Breathless Cush yarn. For more information about Kristi’s lovely bases and colorways, check out Shalimar Yarns.

Luxurious bulky yarn and a subtle Crossover Twist stitch pattern make these fingerless mitts special. Written in two sizes, they feature an atypical thumb gusset which creates a natural fit that is both comfortable and elegant.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, working in the round.
Size: S/M (M/L); 6.5 (7.5)” length and 7 (8)” palm circumference, measured flat and unstretched.
Yarn: Shalimar Yarns Breathless Cush (75% superwash merino wool, 15% cashmere, 10% silk; 145 yards/132m/114g); size M/L shown in Indulge Me! Yarn Club 2015 exclusive color Embrace Me; 1 skein. The sample used about 100 yards of chunky weight yarn.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (2); Stitch holder; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 22 rows/4” in Crossover Twist stitch pattern and in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

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Evenlight

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Dec 152015
 

Evenlight cover | The Knitting Vortex

Evenlight combines a textural check stitch on the body with repeating purl stripes on the sleeves. A wide raglan line and wider purl stripe spacing below the shoulders adds even more visual interest. The seamless raglan construction, casual fit and simple stitches make this a pullover with just enough interest both to knit and to wear.

Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, purlwise cable CO, backwards loop CO, working in the round; stitch pattern is both written and charted and includes instructions for increasing in pattern.
Size: 32 (33.75, 35.5, 37.25, 39.25, 40.75, 42.75, 44.5, 46.25, 48)” bust; shown in fifth size with 4” ease.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (100% superwash merino wool; 210 yards/ 192m/100g), shown in Sand Bank; 4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins, or approximately 825 (875, 950, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1150, 1200, 1275, 1325) yards of worsted weight wool yarn.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32″ circular needle or size to match gauge; US 8 (5mm) 24″ circular needle for neckline; Stitch markers (8); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 18 st and 24 rows/4″ in Check pattern, after blocking.

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Snowsweep

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Dec 012015
 

Snowsweep | The Knitting Vortex

Sweeping rows of eyelets, placed gradually further apart, curve along this reversible shawl. Worked from a few stitches at one tip, the garter stitch grows asymmetrically with picots at one edge, to a matching picot finish. A simple knit with dramatic results, Snowsweep may be customized to use any amount of yardage, and to adjust the frequency of eyelet accent rows.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit, increasing/decreasing, picots.
Size: 74” length and 24” depth, customizable.
Yarn: Woolfolk Sno (100% Ovis 21 ultimate merino wool; 223 yards/204m/50g), shown in Color No. 1+2 (pale grey and off white); 4 skeins. The sample as written used approximately 780 yards, but any amount of fingering weight yarn may be used; see Designer’s Notes.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 18 st and 36 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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Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2015

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Nov 232015
 

It’s that time of year again; the Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2015 brings together 100s of designers and 1000s of crafters, prepping for the holidays together. The event runs now through 12/31 and kicks off with a 25% sale on select patterns until November 27 with code giftalong2015. These are my sale patterns, and you can find them in the Gift-A-Long 2015 bundle  on my Ravelry designer page.

Join us on Ravelry, and Happy Gifting!

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Seedstripes

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Nov 102015
 

Seedstripes  | The Knitting Vortex

Worked in the round from the top down, Seedstripes is an earflap hat that is full of interest. Disappearing loop cast on, textured knitting and a few simple, well-placed short rows combine for an engaging knit; add a pompom for even more fun!

Techniques & Skills Used: disappearing loop CO, knit/purl, short rows, increasing/decreasing. This pattern includes links to my disappearing loop CO and short row tutorials.
Size: S (M, L) to fit about 20 (22, 24)” head circumference; hat measures 17.75 (20, 22.25)” circumference and 8.5 (9, 10)” height at earflap.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/192m/100g); 1 skein, or approximately 140 (150, 175) yards of worsted
weight yarn. Sample size Small shown in Natural.
Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; US 5 dpns or circular needle for CO; Stitch markers (4); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 18 st and 34 rows/4” in seed stitch, after blocking.

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Oct 082015
 

Not Quite Plaid | The Knitting Vortex

Colorblocks, stripes and vertical dropped stitches – it’s Not Quite Plaid, but looks vaguely tartan. An asymmetric bias shape and an atypical approach to creating a stitch pattern result in a fabric on which to combine colors for a nontraditional and modern shawl that is infinitely customizable. Choose colors and yarns that speak to you from your stash for your own perfect, (not quite) plaid.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing; instructions are both fully written and charted.
Size: 84” length and 32” depth, customizable to any size.
Yarn: Baah! La Jolla (100% merino wool; 400 yards/366m/100g); 1 skein each of color A/Night Sky, color B/Obsidian, color C/Grey Onyx and color D/La Perla. A plied sock yarn with a somewhat tight twist helps maintain the integrity of the dropped stitches. The sample used approximately 275/100/205/215 yards of colors A/B/C/D but any amount of yarn in any combination may be used; see Designer’s Notes.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; marker (1); removable markers (optional); Yarn needle; 4mm crochet hook (optional) for dropping stitches.
Gauge: 22 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinette 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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