Yoli Cowl

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Dec 182014
 
Yoli Cowl

A comfy infinity scarf with fun construction, the Yoli Cowl has garter stitch edges framing mesh worked with short rows. The edges grow wider and narrower, while the short rows add ease and dimension, allowing the cowl to scrunch and tuck cozily around your neck. Worked sideways from a provisional cast on and grafted, this extra long reversible cowl can be worn right off the needles, either as a long scarf or double wrapped around the neck or head to keep out the chill. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit, short rows, easy lace, grafting; this pattern includes links to my short rows and grafting tutorials. Size: 46” circumference and 12” height. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 3 skeins, shown in Zinc. The sample as written used 525 yards. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (2); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle. Gauge: 16 st and 26 rows/4” in garter stitch. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different . . .

Snug in the Vortex

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Feb 192014
 
Snug in the Vortex

I first posted about Snug when it was published in Clotheshorse digital magazine, and I’m pleased to say that it is now also available as a self-published individual pattern download on Ravelry, with updated yarn information using Malabrigo Worsted, and a separate photo tutorial for the Tuck stitch. A cozy sweater with ample tucked funnelneck, Snug is knit in one piece from the bottom up with flattering shoulder shaping. Gentle waist shaping and short dolman sleeves flatter the body, while grafted shoulders and an integrated slouchy funnelneck ensure seamless knitting. Short rows make the sleeves and shoulder comfortable, eliminating excess fabric at the underarm. Each front and back is knit with one continuous strand of yarn, with no binding off or picking up stitches at the neck. The substantial cowl frames the face with a series of narrowing tucks at the front neck, gently pulling down the front edge below the chin. Wear it alone in the transitional seasons, and as a Snug extra layer in the depths of winter. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, . . .

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 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 . . .

It’s a Plaid, Plaid World

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Sep 252013
 
It's a Plaid, Plaid World

Plaid is everywhere for fall, and I’m officially obsessed. Americans use the words “plaid” and “tartan” interchangeably, but a tartan is a woven textile pattern historically identifying Scottish Highland clans and military or political allegiances, while a plaid (“pledd”) is a length of this woven wool thrown about the body, for example to stay warm on the moors. Tartan in fact has a long history; the earliest examples of this sort of woven textile were found on mummies dating from around 2000 B.C. in the central Asian Tarim desert basin. In The Mummies of Urumchi, archeologist and textile historian Elizabeth Wayland Barber investigates the link between these Indo-Europeans and the Celts. A branch of the Celts gave rise to the Scots, and to the practice of local clans adopting certain woven color patterns, which became identified with their wearers. The materials and aesthetics of the weavers first determined what patterns were available, and where. The system of colors and patterns coalesced throughout the 17th century, sometimes becoming associated with military regiments. In a political move, . . .

Zaget

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Mar 112013
 
Zaget

Zig it . . . Zag it. Handpainted superbulky yarn and a simple, reversing diagonal lace pattern make a neckwarmer that curves gently around the face and closes neatly with a satin ribbon lacing or buttons. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, easy lace. Size: 10” tall and 32” long. Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta (100% Merino; 90 yards/150g); 1 skein, shown in Piedras. Other Materials: US 17 (12mm) needles; Yarn needle or K/6.5 mm crochet hook for weaving in ends; Matching .75” wide satin ribbon (2 yards); 1” buttons, (3); Matching sewing thread and needle. Gauge: 6 st and 9 rows/4” in stockinette st, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.      

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 . . .

May 212012
 
Roam Cowl

My moebius Roam Cowl was just published in Knitscene Accessories 2012, and I couldn’t be happier with the beautiful styling and photography. It’s knit in String Theory Caper Sock, in the lovely Oban colorway which threatens to make an orange-lover out of me. The infinity scarf is cast on at the center using Cat Bordhi’s brilliant Moebius CO, then knit outward round and round to the bound off edge. As is typical with me, I planned it to use almost every last bit of one skein, because I’m all about maximizing value per yard. Originally I called my prototype Rome Around, because it uses the reversible Roman Stripe stitch pattern, and I like wordplay. I also like the Black Tulip colorway that I first used. But surprisingly, I find myself wanting to knit something else in the warm, mellow whiskey tones of the final sample.   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, . . .

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.       

Ring of Velvet – FO Friday

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Jan 062012
 
Ring of Velvet - FO Friday

The Northeast has been experiencing a wave of freezing temperatures this week, and given my usual aversion to hats, I thought that a hood-esque item would be just the thing. I had picked up some Loops & Threads Cozy Wool at the big box – I freely admit that the almost irridescent purple is what drew me in – and decided that a slightly wider Ring of Sapphire, with ribbed edging to pull it in a bit, would be just the thing. The Cozy Wool is super soft, really nice to work with, and very comfortable to wear; and as a 50/50 blend has a nice wool content AND a nice price. And my head is warm. I used three skeins; two for the seed stitch, and one for the rib.