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Lucy Vest Pattern 1

August 21

Lucy Vest

Some of my readers who liked the Lucy Vest that I designed for my TKGA Hand Knitting Program have inquired about the pattern. I’m happy to say it is now available!

The Lucy Vest uses an easy-to-memorize ribbed eyelet stitch pattern.

Lucy Vest

Careful attention to detail includes a V-neck which flows out from the center rib.

AudKnits Lucy Vest

Strategically-placed decreases in the ribbed armhole and neck trim add shaping and cause the ribbing to lie flat.

Lucy Vest trim

The pattern uses the lovely Zara yarn from Filitura di Crosa. It’s the perfect choice for great stitch definition! I also chose it because it comes in a large range of colors. The pattern offers seven sizes, from a finished bust of 30″ to 55.5″. The vest is meant to be worn with 1-3″ ease. It’s available on Ravelry or below through my AudKnits Pattern Store:

Lucy Vest Pattern Cover

Lucy Vest – $4.99

Many thanks to Gale Zucker for the wonderful photography. I just love the top image – it’s perfect for this time of year when we’re all loving the corn from our local vegetable stands!

Resources:

Filatura di Crosa Zara yarn

Gale Zucker Photography (all images here © galezucker / AudKnits LLC)

The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA): This is a fantastic organization. I have learned so much by being a member, and LOVE their Cast On magazine.

Wild West Winner

August 20

We have a winner! Congratulations to Sonja, whose comment was chosen in a random drawing.

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Wild West eBooks Giveaway.

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California Clouds

August 14

California is a special place. Over the next few months I will interrupt the knitting photos to post random scenics. I hope you enjoy them!

It’s unusual for us to get big fluffy clouds in our neck of the woods.

Clouds California

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Introducing Lucy

August 7

For me, one of the most fun and challenging parts of Level 2 of The Knitting Guild Association’s (TKGA) Master Hand Knitting Program was the vest project. The requirement was simply to knit a vest, demonstrating our ability to use finishing techniques. We could use an existing pattern as written, modify an existing pattern, or design our own.

You probably know me well enough by now to guess which option I chose. Yes, as if completing Level 2 wasn’t difficult enough, I had to go and design a brand new pattern from scratch. Hence, the Lucy Vest, which I named after my beautiful and talented friend who was kind enough to model it.

knitted vest, Lucy Vest,

What I enjoyed about designing it was incorporating little details that I’ve learned along the way to make a finished garment really attractive. I took a Melissa Leapman workshop one time where she talked about how to design necklines so they flowed out of the center pattern. I like the results here. (Thank you, Melissa!)

Lucy Vest neckline

I added details into the instructions that I think help make for a nice fitting and polished looking vest. Ribbing along the sides makes the vest flattering to wear. On the neck and armhole trim, I used what I learned in the TKGA program to place strategic decreases to make the ribbing lie flat.

Lucy Vest back

 All in all, I’m happy with the Lucy Vest. I’ll be offering it as a pattern soon.

As always, I want to thank TKGA for providing so much education!

Oh, BTW….Don’t forget to leave a comment on the blog post for my Wild West eBooks Giveaway for a chance to win all five of Stephannie Tallent’s Wild West eBooks!

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Serendipitous Ferru

August 4

Don’t you just love it when you reach into your stash and find the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern? Such was my luck the other day when I found some Valkyrie “Jayne” fingering, a lovely blend of merino and cashmere hand-dyed by my friend Bonni Raine.

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As luck would have it, I have a little bit of time between design projects to do some fun, personal knitting. I’m pairing the yarn with a design I’ve wanted to make for the longest time…the shawl called Ferru by my friend Stephannie Tallent. The design has special meaning for me, as I’ve spent a great deal of time in Arizona, the home of the Ferruginous hawk which inspired Stephannie’s design. Note the gorgeous feather motif!

Ferrus Shawl

The pattern is from “Lace 2“, Volume 5 of Stephannie’s fabulous eBook series called The Wild West. Check out the drawing for a giveaway of The Wild West collection!

Resources:

You can find Bonni’s Valkyrie yarn at Yarns at the Adobe in San Luis Obispo, California

Stephannie Tallent’s blog is Sunset Cat Designs

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Wild West eBooks Giveaway

August 4

One of the best things that have come from my involvement in the world of knitting has been getting to know interesting, fun and creative people. Stephannie Tallent is such a friend. I’ve been watching in awe as her design career has blossomed. She is truly amazing!

One of Stephannie’s design projects has been her series inspired by the years she spent living in Arizona. Aptly named The Wild West, the collection consists of five ebooks, with themes based on techniques such as cables, stranding, textures and lace. I will be giving away the entire series to one lucky winner!

Click on the image of each cover to see the patterns for each:

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Wild West knitting patterns,

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To win this fabulous collection, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on August 14th (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

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Vest Obsessed

July 16

For the longest time I’ve had my eye on Arenda Holladay’s pattern, “Woman’s Cable Vest”. I like its simplicity, with the cables adding just the right amount of interest. (Plus, I’ll use any excuse to knit with Rowan’s Felted Tweed!)

knitting vest

The red color (“Rage”) married with the tweed texture will be just right when Fall rolls around.

knitting vest

Resources:

Woman’s Cable Vest by Arenda Holladay, in the Members’ section of the TKGA website

Rowan Felted Tweed DK

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Little Sweaters for Knitting Camp

June 29

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that in a couple of days I’m off to Knitting Camp. The optional homework is one or two mini sweaters. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on both…one’s a yoke and one’s a drop-shoulder.

The little yoke sweater calls for corrugated ribbing. I’ve always liked the look of corrugated ribbing, but had never done it before. I appreciate that the instructions for the sweater are not overly specific. It gives me the chance to try different options, including how I work the first row or two and join the second color.

I love getting to learn some of the famous Elizabeth Zimmerman techniques that I’ve heard so much about. Working the faux seam had me delving into another of her books, this time Knitting Workshop, to learn her technique. It’s very clever, and I can see how it would not only lend structure to the sweater but also make it easier to block.

knitting camp, mini sweater

I haven’t gotten as far in the drop-shoulder sweater. So far it’s just a tube, waiting to get steeked. Eek a steek! I’ll wait until camp is in session to learn more about steeking before I cut the fabric. I’ve always been intimidated by steeking, and hope I will get over my phobia by the end of camp!

 Elizabeth Zimmerman, knitting camp

I’ve wanted to go to Knitting Camp forever. It’s hard to believe its almost time for me to head to Wisconsin. I can’t wait to meet the folks from Schoolhouse Press and the other “campers”!

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Linen Stitch Class and Trunk Show in Cleveland

June 23

I’m looking forward to teaching my Linen Stitch class at the Ewes d’Bleu yarn store in Pepper Pike, Ohio!

The class is on Sunday, July 26th starting promptly at 11:00 am. It includes lunch. Yum!

linen stitch, workshop, how to knit, reversible, scarf pattern

Description: One of my all-time favorite stitch patterns for scarves is the linen stitch. It’s perfect for variegated yarn, is attractive on both sides, and lies flat. Its versatility can be seen in the photos above – all three scarves are made from this one simple stitch, yet have completely different looks!  Using the technique and pattern from my book, I’ll show you how to create the stitch, step by step. Then you’ll be set free to experiment and, if you want, to start a project scarf. The Ewes d’Bleu staff can help you select yarn to make your scarf, whether you’d like tone-on-tone, variegated, or textured. They’ll also help with needle size selection, as the linen stitch requires about 2 sizes bigger than what the yarn calls for on the ball band.

If you’re interested in taking the class, you can sign up on the Ewes d’Bleu’s registration page or stop in. Or for more information, call (216) 319-6559. Ewes d’Bleu is located in Pepper Pike at 30559 Pinetree Road, Suite 206 (Second Floor).

Samples from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues will be on display during the days leading up to the class. I’ll be signing books after class.

Come see the wide variety of techniques my book has to offer! With over 30 patterns, there’s something for everyone.

Reversible Scarves, trunk show, Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, kniting scarves

In other news, Christina B. is the winner of the lovely Kristin Omdahl Giveaway. Congratulations!

Kristin Omdahl Yarn Giveaway

June 17

 

One of the things I like best about TNNA, our industry trade show, is being introduced to new yarns. Kristin Omdahl, who I’ve known as a designer, has a line of beautiful 100% bamboo yarns called Bamboo So Fine.

I came home with a skein of Kristin’s fingering weight “b. so fine” in a lovely pale lavender color. The sheen from the bamboo gives it almost a silvery glimmer, and the hand-dyed color includes lovely subtle variations. I’m excited about using it in Romi Hill’s Lyrica Euterpe shawl pattern. The yarn is so soft and has such lovely drape, it’ll be just right!

Kristin Omdahl yarn

I also have a skein of the sport weight version of the yarn, calle “b. so sporty”. I will give it away in a random drawing from comments left on this post. At 325 yards (297m), it will easily make a small shawlette, hat, mitts, or even a baby garment. (I found oodles of patterns on Ravelry for sport weight projects using 300 yards or less).

The sport yarn comes in a cute drawstring bag and includes a sample of Kristin’s special no-rinse wash. It’s jasmine scent is heavenly. She has a balm with the same scent, which I’ll also include in the giveaway. She calls her line of scented products “Wrapture”. Clever, eh?

 Giveaway Kristin Omdahl yarn

 To win this gorgeous Kristin Omdahl collection, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on June 21st (midnight Pacific Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

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Knitting Alfresco with EZ

June 15

I’m finding it difficult to read Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac without being outdoors. I love how connected she was to nature. Her tales of the family’s outdoor adventures, and knitting outside, are endearing to the nature-lover in me.

A quote: “In a travelling canoe one cannot write.”

How can I resist?

A few days ago, when it was a lovely almost-summer day, it seemed fitting to work on my homework for Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp in the woods at the base of one of my favorite trees.

Knitter's Almanac, knitting camp

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Peonies and EZ Reading. Sublime.

June 9

With giddy anticipation I look forward to Knitting Camp in July. Started by Elizabeth Zimmerman as a weekend knitting course 42 years ago, it is now taught by her daughter Meg Swansen.

I have heard about “EZ”s EPS (Percentage System) for many years, I have never studied it. I’ll read a couple of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books before camp starts, and am already enthralled with Knitter’s Almanac.

To add to the joy of reading this warm-hearted book, my peonies are blooming. These lovelies take the sting out of leaving my California garden. I love their ethereal petals.

You can see the lovely red commemorative edition of Knitter’s Almanac that my very thoughtful husband gave me. I’m already wearing it out. I think EZ would approve.

Knitters Almanac, peonies

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