Brae

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Apr 292017
 
Brae

Journey along this asymmetric garter based shawl, as colorful stripes and simple slipped stitches build upon each other. The Brae shawl is knit on the bias from one end to the other, with stripes flowing into a rippled slipstitch pattern, interspersed with solid bands of color. Pair two contrasting colors, or a variegated or tonal skein with a neutral complement, and have fun watching the colorful contrast advance across the shawl while knitting. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, slipped stitches. Instructions are fully written, with a chart also provided for the slipstitch section. Size: 65 (75)” length and 13 (15)” depth, customizable. Instructions are included for two finished sizes; choose the larger version to use up most of two full skeins, or the smaller version when working with partials, see Designer’s Notes. Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply (100% superwash merino wool; 400 yards/366m/113g); 1 skein each A and B. Small version shown in Pewter and Lotus, and large version in Parchment and Denim, respectively. The sample used approximately 250 (360) yards A . . .

Slip Sliding Away

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Mar 242014
 
Slip Sliding Away

This graphic, topdown shawl begins with a garter tab, then is worked in narrow, two-color stripes with slipped stitches in reversed colors on each side of the central spine. The lower edging is a complementary slipped stitch rib which curves around the point and extends to each tip, emphasizing the strong linear elements of the shawl. Visually complicated but easy to work, only one color is used at a time, and the slipped stitches result in the pattern looking different on each half of the shawl. Increases on every row create a long v-shaped wingspan which accentuates the strong lines and showcases the changing optical interplay of colors. Techniques & Skills Used: garter tab CO, knit/purl, slipped stitch colorwork; this pattern is both written and charted. Size: 64” wingspan and 27” depth, after blocking. Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% superwash merino wool; 395 yards/100g), 1 skein each, MC and CC. Sample shown in MC Wood Violet and CC Victorian Gothic. This pattern may be adapted to any amount of yarn in two colors, see Designer’s . . .

Ravenclaw Socks

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Oct 192011
 
Ravenclaw Socks

Knitting has been slightly stalled during The Visit From The InLaws, but fortunately I’m back on track for WIP Wednesday. As Harry Potter fans know, the game of Quidditch is essential wizard sport, as well as a chance to don House spirit regalia. And as knitting Harry Potter fans may know, the Ravelry Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup is a group of knitting, wizardly fans of all things HP. The House Cup, as we call it, is constantly evolving to provide more ways to knit stuff and be fanlike. This semester our lovely HeadMistress and tireless staff have introduced BROOMs as a new way to earn additional points for one’s house in the Cup; there are acronyms, secrecy and general role-play fun. And in my case, there are Ravenclaw Socks:   Maybe I can get the second one started at Stitches East this weekend.

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.     

Mosaic Socks

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Sep 262011
 
Mosaic Socks

Slipstitch colorwork mosaic socks knit from the cuff down with heel flap and gusset. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection. Techniques Used: Long-tail cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in five patterns, knit/purl, grafting. Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains full written instructions, as well as charts for the slipstitch colorwork. Size: S (M, L): 72 (80, 88) st, to fit Women’s US 6/7 (8/9, 10/11) shoe size. Yarn: Malabrigo Sock. Gauge: 38 st x 48 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more and purchase the pattern.     

Lattice Mittens

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Sep 262011
 
Lattice Mittens

Slipstitch colorwork mittens, reminiscent of Turkish lattice. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection. Techniques Used: Cable cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in three patterns, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, grafting. Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains full written instructions, as well as charts for the slipstitch colorwork. Size: S (M, L):  6 (7, 8)” palm circumference, 8.5 (9.5, 10.5)” length, to fit  6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” hand circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted. Gauge: 28 st x 26 rows/4” in Twisted Stripe stitch pattern, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more and purchase the pattern.    

Minaret Hat

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Sep 262011
 
Minaret Hat

Slipstitch colorwork hat, recalling the dome and minaret shapes of Ottoman architecture. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection. Techniques Used: Cable cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in four patterns, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing. Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains full written instructions, as well as charts for the slipstitch colorwork. Size: S (M, L):  18.5 (20, 21.5)” circumference and 8 (9, 10)” length, to fit 21 (22.5, 24)” head circumference. 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.         

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.