Dec 122011
 
Ring of Velvet Sapphire - free!

Who doesn’t need a big, scrushy seed stitch infinity cowl? I certainly, suddenly, do. This one is cast on using the brilliant moebius cast on as demonstrated by the incomparable Cat Bordhi in her moebius cast on tutorial video. It allows you to knit from the cast-on middle of the ring, to the long outer edge, following the infinity moebius shape. And there’s not much more to it than that! Techniques & Skills Used: moebius CO, knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, and a link to the moebius cast on tutorial. Size: 9” width and 60” circumference. Yarn: Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% Acrylic, 50% Wool; 90 yards/127g); 3 skeins, shown in Velvet. Other Materials: US 13 (9mm) 60” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch marker (1); Yarn needle or size K/6.5mm crochet hook for weaving ends. Gauge: 7 stitches and 16 rows/4” in seed stitch, after gentle blocking.Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished loop, . . .

Ruckowl

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Oct 262011
 
Ruckowl

A slouchy cowl with textural ruckles, Ruckowl features a three dimensional tucked body and tidy turned hems. For a fun and warm matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch. Size: S/M (M/L); 21 (24)” circumference, and 7” depth. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size M/L shown in Paris Night. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Spare US 9 circular needle, for hemming brim; Stitch marker (1); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO and hem. Gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.     

More Ruckles?!

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Oct 062011
 
More Ruckles?!

I did mention I’m into collections, right? I’ve made a whack of Ruckle hats, which I’ll show off a bit further along in this post. And the Mitts are in tech editing now, which means they’ll be released imminently. In the tradition of not leaving well enough alone, I’m also about to put the cowl out for testknitting. I really prefer to shoot than model, but my favorite mannequin is away on her class trip, and time is ticking. Mr. Diva has a good sense of light, but alas, we differ in ideas of composition. Not to worry; the proto shots get the idea across. One skein, semi-slouchy, and soft. After all, winter is coming.   And about those hats . . .

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.     

Sofya Cowl

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Sep 262011
 
Sofya Cowl

Slipstitch colorwork cowl, in slouchy and fitted versions, recalling the intricate stacked shapes and vibrant colors of Ottoman architecture. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection. Techniques Used: Cable cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in two patterns, knit/purl. Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains both full written and charted instructions. Size: S/M (M/L): 18 (24)” circumference, 9” length. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted. Gauge: 19 st x 38 rows/4” in Lattice stitch pattern, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more and purchase the pattern.      

Chic Mega Cowl

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Sep 262011
 
Chic Mega Cowl

Part of the Very Chic series, this oversized cowl features elongated cables, made extra fluid by dropping select stitches. Slight shaping makes it easy to wear over or under a coat, and the generous depth keeps both the neck and shoulders warm. Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl, cables, dropped stitches, decreasing, knitting in the round; this pattern includes both a chart and written instructions. Size: 15” tall and 18” circumference at top edge/24” circumference at bottom edge, after gentle blocking. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 2 skeins, shown in Polar Morn. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 24” circular needle; Stitch markers (4); Cable needle; Yarn needle; Crochet hook (any size) to help with raveling. Gauge: 16 st and 20 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; one cable is approximately 2.5” wide. The sample used almost all of two skeins; while gauge is not critical for this project, a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished cowl, and different yardage requirements. See it on Ravelry, to read more or . . .