Slaunter Hat

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Nov 052013
 
Slaunter Hat

Just the right amount of slouchy style and comfort, the Slaunter Hat features smooth reverse stockinette with high relief knit rib accents, and a stretchy textured mistake-rib brim. Instructions are included for both the traditional and the modern split-brim versions, for double your style options! Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, knitting in the round. Size: one size, which easily fits women’s M or 21-23” head circumference; approximately 18” brim circumference and 9” depth, unstretched. Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (100% Superwash Merino; 225 yards/110g); 1 skein. Traditional brim version shown in Ink, and split-brim version in Iris, and using 65 and 70 grams respectively. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle and dpns, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; extra US 7 dpn for split brim facings; Stitch markers (8); Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 26 rows/4” in reverse stockinette stitch; 22 st and 28 rows/4” in Mistake Rib, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.     

Tartania Mitts

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Oct 292013
 
Tartania Mitts

Plaid hands are glad hands, and these tartan mitts make the technique easy. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches. The mitts complete the plaid set, made to match or in complementary colors. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a chart and table for the plaid; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique. Size: S (L): 6.75 (8)” circumference and 7 (8.75)” length; size S shown on 7” circumference hand. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein MC, 1 skein CC1, 1 skein CC2, shown in MC Tortuga, CC1 Hollyhock and CC2 Cadmium, and using approximately 35 (45), 5 and 5 grams respectively. Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 24” circular needle for Magic Loop, or . . .

Oct 272013
 
Roam Cowl Redux

Exciting stuff is shaping up for holiday pattern sales, which I’ll talk about later this week. In the meantime, I’ve been motivated to re-release independently some of the designs I’ve had published in magazines, and for which the rights have reverted to me. First up is the Roam Cowl, featuring the reversible Roman Stripe lace stitch pattern. Using a moebius cast on, this infinity scarf is knit outward from the cast on edge, which becomes the middle of the cowl, until the outside edge is reached and bound off. Long rounds are balanced by a simple 7 row repeat that looks beautiful from both sides and lends itself to the infinity structure. Roam around anywhere in this luxury infinity cowl! Techniques & Skills Used: moebius CO, knitting in the round, lace. Size: 46” circumference and 10” height. Yarn: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn & Fiber Caper Sock (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 400 yards/113g); 1 skein, shown in Oban. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers . . .

Tartania Hat

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Oct 172013
 
Tartania Hat

A plaid hat is just the thing for fall, and this easy tartan method requires no stranding and produces a graphic result. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches. Mix and match your colors with the cowl and mitts for an eye-catching accessories set. The Tartania Hatl is available as part of the Hail, Tartania! ebook collection, which includes the cowl, hat and fingerless mitts for $6.00. The mitts will be released at the end of October.  If you are using Malabrigo Merino Worsted, you should be able to make all three accessories with a total of 3 skeins, one in each color, if you use a different MC for each as in the sample photographs. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well . . .

Tartania Cowl

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Oct 022013
 
Tartania Cowl

Hail, Tartania! Who isn’t mad for plaid? This tartan cowl uses an easy non-stranded method to produce a graphic plaid. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches. Worked in the round in your choice of three colors, the possibilities are endless for this colorful and stylish accessory. The Tartania Cowl is part of Hail, Tartania! an ebook collection which will also include matching hat and fingerless mitts, to be released throughout October 2013. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, and a chart for the plaid; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique. Size: 27” circumference and 10” height. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein MC, 1 skein CC1, 1 skein CC2. Shown in MC Hollyhock, CC1 Cadmium . . .

Pomona Mitts

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Jul 182013
 
Pomona Mitts

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. 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; . . .

Sep 262012
 
Melony, A Very Chic Cowl

Part of the Very Chic series, Melony is a sideways-knit, cabled cowl which is made extra soft and scrunchy by dropping stitches between wide ribs. It is worked flat, with a provisional cast on which is grafted to the final row, to create a seamless circle. Fitted to hug the neck but stretchy enough to be comfortable, Melony is a chic little neckwarmer designed to keep out the chill. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, cables, dropped stitches, grafting or optional 3-needle bind off; this pattern includes both a chart and written instructions, and a photo tutorial for grafting the cables. Size: 6” tall and 18” circumference, after gentle blocking. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Polar Morn. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch markers (3); Cable needle; Yarn needle; Crochet hook (any size) to help with raveling; 5 non-slippery US 9 dpns or straight needles, preferably two different colors, for grafting. Gauge: 16 st and 20 rows/4” in . . .

Laura

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Feb 242012
 
Laura

A close fitting cowl with alternating cables, Laura is worked seamlessly in ribbing from bottom edge to top. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables complement every style, and careful finishing makes the cowl completely reversible. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, cables, knitting in the round; the cable is both written and charted.Size: 18” circumference and 8” height. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Uva. The sample as written used 130 yards. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (8, one different color); Yarn needle. Gauge: 21 st and 28 rows/4” in unstretched K1P1 Rib, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.       

Laura Mitts

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Feb 242012
 
Laura Mitts

Fingerless handwarmers with mirrored ribbed cables, the Laura Mitts are worked from cuff to tip with a gusset thumb. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables offer a classic complement to every outfit. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cables, knitting in the round; this pattern contains written instructions only. Size: S/M (M/L), to fit 8 (9)” palm circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Paris Night. The size M/L sample used 95 yards. Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle or dpns, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (4, one different color); Yarn needle; Scrap yarn for thumb holder. Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in stockinette st, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.     

Azul

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Feb 242012
 
Azul

A close fitting, reversible ribbed hat, Azul has alternating cables that decrease in width until they disappear at the crown. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables and the beanie fit make Azul a perfect hat for everyday. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, decreasing, cables, knitting in the round; this pattern contains written instructions only. Size: 18” brim circumference and 8” crown, unstretched. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Azul Bolita. The sample as written used 125 yards. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle or dpns, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (8, one different color); Yarn needle. Gauge: 21 st and 28 rows/4” in unstretched K1P1 Rib. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.