I never really think of myself as a lace knitter, either in terms of making things in delicate lace stitch patterns, or working with laceweight yarn. I do both of those things, though, and always forget how much I enjoy it. Katie Scarlett was a case in point; 800+ yards of bfl wool & silk, mostly lace ( I did sneak in a little short-row ruffle at the bottom, since that’s my favorite sort of thing) . . . And it was a rhythmic, easy knit, due in large part to the beautiful Artio Lace yarn from Wooly Wonka Fibers. To spread the lace knitting love, I’m giving away a skein of Artio Lace in the shimmering Twelve Oaks colorway used in the sample, and dyed exclusively for the Heroines Shawl Club March kit, where Katie Scarlett debuted. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry to everyone as of June 1, and for the next week will be 40% off with the coupon code FIDDLEDEEDEE. All purchasers will be entered into a random drawing . . .
Several months ago, the lovely Allyson of Holla Knits pinned a technique on Pinterest called Easy Knitted Plaid, from the WEBS blog. I spend as much mindless time trolling the Pinterest eye candy as any other procrastinator, and like to take note of interesting knitterly techniques, among other things. This plaid concept really intrigued me, and I immediately thought about designing an overscaled plaid something. What could it be? Accessory? Nope, too small. Gigantic squooshy wrap? Maybe, but too much exposure of the wrong side. Sweater? Getting closer, but anything with much shaping at all would interfere with the unbroken drama of the plaid. Then poking around runway photos and fall fashion forecasts, I noticed the unapologetic presence of capes as an emerging trend. Now, I had thought my involvement with this sort of thing ended with the rectangular poncho I knit as a new knitter a long time ago – but, no! Cape, poncho, cloak, pelisse, mantle, tabard . . . exactly the silhouette for a big, bold plaid. I thought about . . .
. . . Monica! Congratulations, the Random Number Generator has chosen your comment #16 to win a free copy of my Jilted pattern, from Holla Knits Fall/Winter 2012. I’ll be sending that out right away, and thank you to everyone who entered the Giveaway! Those are pretty fun, so I’ll have to see about giving away more swag in future!
Yesterday I posted about the release of my new sweater design Jilted. You may have noticed in pictures that Jilted appears styled differently around its various homes on the web. Part of that is thanks to the innovative approach of Holla Knits, which shows every published design in two versions – one knit up in a yarn from Knit Picks, and one from an independent dyer – and always in two different sizes. It’s so helpful to see how a sweater looks on different people and in different colors, to spark the imagination of how YOU would wear it. In the case of Jilted, there’s a bonus presentation of one size worn two very different ways based on fit. I knit the vibrant Fairy Tale magenta sample in Knit Picks Capretta; “Let’s go BOLD!” said Allyson from Holla Knits, when we were discussing yarn colors, and I loved the idea of this unapologetic color for a sweater conceived as a statement of girl power self-confidence. The original sketch shows the design concept of . . .
Channel your inner Clash hipster, or just stay warm with this superbulky adjustable hat. The button band is knit flat in textured linen stitch, making the most of a variegated yarn and a cozy covering for your ears. Then the hat is joined and knit in the round to the crown and closed with two buttons, for a fast finished knit that looks great in both multi- and classic colors. Still free, this pattern has been reformatted and updated with new pictures. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, decreasing, knitting in the round. Size: Small (Large); 21 (24)” finished circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta (100% merino wool; 90 yards/150g); 1 skein. Size S shown in Zarzamora; London Calling requires approximately 65 (70) yards of superbulky yarn. Other Materials: US 15 40” circular needle for Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; US 15 straight needle, to overlap band; Stitch markers (6); Yarn needle or 6.5mm crochet hook; 7/8” buttons (2); Matching sewing thread and needle. Gauge: 8 st and 14 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 8 st and . . .