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Petroglyph Socks

March 30

Falling in love with a new-to-me yarn is one of my favorite parts of knitting. This happened to me when I tried Dragonfly Fiber’s gorgeous Djinni Sock yarn recently. A blend of merino, cashmere and nylon gives it a wonderful hand, and the just-right ply makes for delightful knitting.

When I was a young, I spent a lot of time in Arizona. I loved nothing more than to ride through the hills, exploring beautiful canyons and desert vistas. It was on one of these rides that I discovered a whole hillside of petroglyphs. Ancient carved rock pictures of snakes and stick figures captured my imagination.

No wonder I felt compelled to make the Petroglyph Socks from Anne Podlesak’s Western-inspired book, Free Spirit Knits.

Petroglyph Socks

I modified the Petroglyph pattern by making a rounded toe. If I had it to do over again, I think I’d choose a yarn that is a true solid so the socks’ stitch pattern would show up better. That said, I know I’ll get a lot of use out of these socks. I like the pattern, and the yarn makes the socks heavenly to wear.

I will be reviewing Free Spirit Knits and offering a brand new copy as a giveaway in the coming weeks.

Resources:

Dragonfly Fibers offers many weights of yarn, in a staggering array of gorgeous colors.

I encourage readers to purchase books through their local yarn shops. Please ask for Free Spirit Knits there. You can check out the patterns in the book on the book’s Ravelry page.

Anne Podlesak offers many great patterns on Ravelry.

Cupcake Mittens

March 14

You might remember I was working on some very special mittens for my best friend’s birthday. Here are the Cupcake Mittens, all finished.

Cupcake Mittens Back

The stripes on the thumbs add a jaunty flair, I think.

Cupcake Mittens 2

I like how the personalization worked out, with my friend’s initials and milestone birthday year.

Cupcake Mittens Detail

I made some modifications. The original pattern included some little stitches along the edges. I left them out. I changed the top of the mittens to make a more rounded shape.

Resources:

Cupcake Mittens pattern is available as a Ravelry download. If you enjoy this pattern, you might like to check out more SpillyJane Knits patterns on Ravelry. She has a knack for creating fun and whimsical designs.

The yarn I used is Knit Picks Palette. It is available in a zillion great colors. I used the nine colors recommended in the pattern.

Tiny Cupcakes

March 1

So what’s on my needles now, you may wonder? It’s more like what’s on my 10 needles…

A good friend of mine celebrated a landmark birthday recently. Knitting together is one of the pastimes we enjoy most. Eating cupcakes is another. (When we attend Stitches West together, we always make time to go to our favorite cupcake store(s) in Palo Alto. That’s right, we love cupcakes so much we leave the mecca of yarn for an afternoon. We’re that serious about our cupcakes.)

As this is a big occasion birthday, I wanted to make my friend something special that would commemorate our shared hobbies. What better than Cupcake Mittens?!

Why do I say my project is on 10 needles? Well, I have a bad habit of not finishing pairs of things. Single socks and gloves tend to lay around my house, forlornly waiting for the their mates to be knitted. I’m making both mittens at once this time, using 2 sets of 5 dpn’s, size #1. Somehow (when I have enough sets of needles to pull it off), making two at the same time fakes me out into thinking the knitting is going faster. This works for sleeves, mittens, socks…whatever comes in pairs.

One thing about this pattern is that there are a LOT of ends to weave in. All those adorable little cakes use a bunch of different colors. Theoretically I know to wait until a project is blocked before weaving in ends. However, I figured that it was worth saving my sanity to weave all the ends in every time I finish a round of cupcakes.

 cupcake mittens ends

To personalize the mittens I’m working my friend’s initials into the palm side of one mitten, and her birthday year into the other. I used graph paper to figure out the proportions.

cupcake mittens

If you love cupcakes and stranded work, you might like these mittens too!

Virginia City Cowl

February 17

I had a great time making the Virginia City Cowl from Romi Hill’s book New Lace Knitting. (You might have seen my recent review of the book.)

Virginia City Cowl

After admiring Romi’s patterns for years, I finally took a class from her at one of the knitting conventions. She is well known for her shawl patterns, and her expertise in designing lace is fantastic. I knew from her class that she is detail oriented, with thoughtful and thorough instructions. These strengths shine through in her book.

In the pattern for the cowl part of her “Virginia City Cloche and Cowl” design, I appreciated that she gives specific recommendations for how to block the piece. She is equally specific when describing how to sew the piece together after blocking. I loved the clear and helpful details!

I used Cascade Ecological Wool.

Virginia City Cowl

As a reminder, if you’d like to enter the drawing for the giveaway for New Lace Knitting you have until Midnight (EST) on February 21st to entire a comment. Details are here.

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Snuggling Up and Turning Pages

January 25

Now that it’s like this outside…

Snowy Forest

I’m getting a lot of use out of my Page Turner Throw!

Page Turner Throw

  The throw, made Quince & Co.’s gorgeous Lark, is holding up really well.

I love snuggling up in this as a plan my next few projects. One that I can tell you about involves kitties….lots and lots of kitties at the local shelter. They need blankets, too. Stay tuned!

Knit Picks Scarf & Headband Set

December 4

Mistake Stitch Scarf & Headband Set

Mistake St Set KP

Just in time for winter, I offer you the Knit Picks version of my Mistake Stitch Scarf and Headband set. Super bulky yarn makes for warm and cozy accessories. My scarf and headband designs are quick to knit – just right for gift giving during the busy holiday season. Post-holiday, they’re the simple kinds of projects that we all love to make as we crave relaxation, simplicity and maybe some social knitting with friends. A holiday gift to you is that the pattern is free!

Fans of Knit Picks yarn will love The Big Cozy yarn, a super bulky scrumptious blend of alpaca and wool. It gives nice stitch definition and also softness.

The headband is secured by a button, which you can adjust for just the right fit.

AudKnits scarves

AudKnits scarves

With snow promising to pile up soon, this warm thick scarf is a welcome accessory!

Mistake Stitch scarf

I hope you enjoy this relaxing set of quick knits!

Resources:

While you’re there, please check out my other Knit Picks patterns, available through their Independent Designers Program.

Photos are by Gale Zucker Photography, © Gale Zucker/AudKnits LLC 2015

Knit Picks The Big Cozy yarn

Simple Lines Shawl

November 30

When travelling, what could be a better project than a super-simple shawl with a pretty lace edging? The Simple Lines shawl, by the designer who goes by “maanel” on Ravelry, was the perfect design for a recent trip to the Northwest. The Baah LaJolla yarn was a dream to work with, and the color is just right to go with a dress I’ll wear to an upcoming wedding.

Simple Lines_1

The main section is very easy – great for knitting in airports and rental cars, I found.

Simple Lines_3

The lace edging was deceptively simple, too.

Simple Lines_5

I did make one addition to the pattern. The lace edge, being mostly stockinette, wanted to curl. By adding a few rows of garter on either side of an eyelet row, the edge now lies flat. In case you’d like to add the edging for your own version of the shawl, here’s how I changed the pattern:

Row 18: Knit across.
Row 19: Work eyelet row, including increases.
Row 20: Knit across.
Row 21: Knit across
Row 22: Elastic bind off.

Here’s how I blocked the added rows, pinning each stockinette diamond shape into a point, then adding another pin to stretch out the eyelets I added:

Simple Lines Edge Blocking

This turned out to be one of my favorite shawls – it was relaxing to knit and I love wearing it.

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Free Super Bulky Mistake Stitch Scarf & Headband Pattern

October 12

scarf and headband set

As the fall air gives a hint of cold weather to come, my mind turns to winter and holiday projects I’d like to make for friends and family. And let’s face it, I love to knit cozy accessories for myself as well!

My holiday gift to you, beloved AudKnits fans, is a new free pattern featuring a matching reversible scarf and headband set. Made of super bulky yarn, the scarf and headband make for very quick knits that are also perfect for social knitting or keeping occupied while traveling.

I used Plymouth Yarn’s beautiful Galway Roving. It has a nice loft for extra warmth and knits up on size US #13/9mm straight needles.

super bulky scarf

The matching headband knits up in no time. It is worked flat with a single button which can be sewn on where needed to adjust the length to your liking. The headband includes a schematic.

super bulky headband

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Happy knitting, everyone!

Download the pattern for free from AudKnits.com.

Mistake St Set Cover

 

Photos © galezucker/ AudKnits 2015

Check out Gale Zucker Photography to see more of Gale’s incredible photography.

Lucy Vest Pattern 2

September 25

Lucy Vest at Marke

The Lucy Vest pattern is now available from Knit Picks! This version uses Swish DK. It’s shown here in the Peapod, and there are over 30 other colors to choose from as well.

Lucy Vest Knit Picks

The vest is graced with an easy-to-memorize eyelet ribbing, with the V-neck shaping flowing from the center rib.

Lucy Vest v-neck shaping

Attention to detail includes instructions for decreases in the neck and armhole ribbing so they curve properly and lie flat.

AudKnits Lucy Vest

The pattern is available from Knit Pick here. I love their “kit builder” which makes ordering the pattern and just the right amount of yarn a snap!

Photos © Gale Zucker / AudKnits 2015

 

Vogue Knitting Hat

September 3

It was pretty darned exciting to see my hat in the Fall 2015 issue of Vogue Knitting! They call it #05 Seamless Cap. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for its combination of great stitch definition and softness. The pattern was part of a gorgeous spread showcasing the color teal; the yarn color we used is Kingfisher. I love anything teal, so the color choice delighted me no end.

Vogue Knitting Hat

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan

On rare occasions, a design seems to just flow right off my pencil onto the sketch pad, and from there into the yarn. This was one of those. I adapted the sweet little flower buds from a Japanese stitch dictionary. Half the fun was trying to figure out how to construct them, since the instructions are in Japanese! I like the way the flowers are framed by cables. I think incorporating the cables into the ribbing was a nice touch.

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan on May 21 and 27, 2015 in NYC

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan

 

If you make the hat, which I hope you do, please note that there is an important correction to the chart, as follows:

CHART CORRECTION
The ‘k1, yo, k1 in same st’ symbol should read: ‘k1, yo, k1 in same st, turn, p3, turn, k3’.

A corrected chart can be downloaded from the Vogue errata page.

I’ve had a few inquiries about gauge for this pattern; here are some detailed gauge notes that may help:

Gauge Note: Below is a gauge for stockinette for reference. I highly recommend making a gauge swatch in pattern. Gauges for cables can vary, as different knitters use different tensions when cabling. To make a swatch in the round, cast on 40 sts. Loosely carrying the yarn around to back of the work for working the swatch in the round, work 2 repeats of the chart, starting with Round 3 and ending on Round 27 or more. The strands across the back of the work should be loose enough that the swatch can be measured flat. Two pattern repeats, a total of 40 sts, should measure approximately 4.5”.

36 st and 37 rnds = 4”/10 cm in pattern, worked in the round using larger needle
24 sts/34 rows= 4”/ 10 cm in stockinette, worked flat using larger needle

I want to thank everyone at Vogue Knitting for including my pattern, and especially photographer Rose Callahan for making it look so good!

Resources:

Vogue Knitting

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino comes in 64 colors!

 

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.

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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