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Jul 282015

A gentlemanly companion to the Three Belles, Eugene is the perfect Beau. Simple and understated with strong, clean lines, he complements his fancy partners with subdued elegance. This elongated bias wrap is worked in stockinette and garter stitch with textured stripes and top edge, and is equally suitable for men or women. A well-mannered partner, Eugene is agreeable to customization to accommodate varying yardage and personalized garter accent stripe placement. Eugene is part of Three Belles & One Beau, a collection featuring three diverse sideways shawls with short row details, plus one simple sideways textured wrap. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing. Size: 60” wingspan and 17” depth, customizable. Yarn: Have You Any Wool Luxe Sock (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 370 yards/115g); 1 skeins, shown in Cobalt. The sample as written used almost all of the skein, but any amount of yarn may be used; see Designer’s Notes. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch marker (1); Yarn needle. Gauge: 19 st and . . .


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Jul 142015

Lurlene is a flirty belle, not complicated but eye-catchingly engaging and pretty. This one-skein crescent shawlette is worked sideways in garter stitch, beginning and ending with a few stitches. Decorative eyelets frame the stockinette short row godets which shape the curving lower edge, and look lovely on both sides. Lurlene is part of Three Belles & One Beau, a collection featuring three diverse sideways shawls with short row details, plus one simple sideways textured wrap. Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, short rows. This pattern includes a link to my short row tutorials. Size: 50” wingspan and 12” depth. Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% merino wool; 420 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Baltic.The sample as written used approximately 375 yards of fingering weight yarn, but any amount may be used. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (3); Yarn needle. Gauge: 22 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 22 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch after blocking. Gauge is not critical for . . .

5 Short Row Shawls

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Jan 312013
5 Short Row Shawls

And thus ends my season-long exploration of shaping small shawls through the non-traditional use of short rows. With the publication of the fifth and final design, I have now also collected Triangulate, Piewhacket, Rondelay, Aerophile, and Rufflebye into an ebook collection; see them all together as 5 Short Row Shawls on Ravelry.  

Aug 132012
Ravelympics 2012

Seventeen days isn’t a very long time to have knit up approximately 1345 yards comprising three FO, but nothing motivates me like a challenge. I like working with benchmarks such as “40 rows per day” or such. The picture above represents my olympian achievements for the summer games – something secret, as well as the beginnings of a little collection I have in mind. I can talk about the collection idea, which will involve garter stitch and short rows, my ongoing loves, and sock yarn, of which I have far too much.  Who doesn’t love mindless knitting back and forth? Even the cabley/lacey people need tv knitting. And there will be interesting edge treatments to keep things from being mind-numbing.  So altogether a gold-medal games for me this summer. I certainly hope the IOC doesn’t find me and send out a cease & desist letter.

Jan 032012
Crimp Hat & Crimpy Mitts

Crimp Crimp is a hat with built-in slouch created by tuck stitches, and includes both a photo and video tutorial for this fun technique. Alternating sections of ribbing and stockinette add interest to the crown, making Crimp a unique hat and a perfect companion to the Crimpy Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: Cable CO, knit/purl, tuck stitch, decreasing; both a photo and video tutorial are provided for the tuck stitch. Size: S (M); 18 (20)” unstretched, to fit 20 (22)” head circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (100% superwash merino wool, 210 yards/100g), 1 skein. Size M shown in Cumparsita. 2 skeins are needed to make both the hat and mitts. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 7 dpn for tucks; Stitch markers (8); Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinete stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   Crimpy Mitts The Crimpy Mitts are long armwarmers with fun textural . . .

Sep 262011
Sailing To Byzantium

Sailing To Byzantium is a collection of designs inspired by the art and architecture of ancient Constantinople, designed for the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project 2011. Consisting of two shawls, mosaic colorwork socks, and three slipstitch colorwork accessories, the patterns may be purchased either separately or together in one e-book. See it on Ravelry, to read more and purchase the patterns.