Any knitter who has known me more than five minutes knows that Alana Dakos is one of my all-time favorite designers. I finally had the chance to make her Gnarled Oak Cardigan from the book she co-authored with Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits.
I used Madelinetosh DK in the Grove color.
I love Alana’s attention to detail.
Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry
You’ll enjoy checking out Alana Dakos’ Never Not Knitting blog and very entertaining podcast
My Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry
An enthusiastic fan of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues asked whether I could design some mittens to go with the Mixer Scarf from the book. What a great idea!
Here’s the original Mixer Scarf from the book. It is now available as an individual pattern as well!
Here are the mittens…The little scallop shape on the cuff matches the scallops at the ends of the scarf.
The palms sport a little seed stitch motif
I figured, “Why stop at mittens?” So I designed a hat to go with it too.
All three patterns are available through the AudKnits Pattern Store also on Ravelry.
Many thanks to Gale Zucker for the wonderful mitten and hat photos.
Kudos, as always, to Caro Sheridan for the scarf photo from the book.
I love getting to be on hand for photo shoots of my designs. I do have a tendency to fret like a mother hen, and I’m fortunate to work with people who have patience!
We were soooooo lucky to use the fantastic Old Edna Townsite for Saturday’s session. Set in the Edna Valley Wine country, just south of San Luis Obispo, it’s a collection of historic buildings lovingly restored by “The Mayor” of the town, Pattea Torrence.
For out-of-towners there is a beautiful, restored farmhouse and adorably cozy cottage available to rent as part of a “farmstay” vacation.
Wouldn’t it be fun to hang out in 2 acres of an old town? My hat is off to Pattea for having the vision and considerable talent to create such a unique and character-filled place.
Not every rooster gets his own toy dump trucks to play with
Thank you, Pattea, for your kindness!
Colleen Rosenthal shot our lovely model Ali Peters, wearing some accessories that I’ll be publishing soon. Cassandra Evangelho kept us all organized and the outfits styled to a tee!
I’m grateful to be part of a talented team who work well together and spend most of the time laughing.
Suite Edna Farmhouse Vacation Rental
Colleen Rosenthal Photography
Cassandra Evangelho, stylist and co-owner of Evaneal
You might remember the Tea Leaves Cardigan I used for my experiment in stabilizing top-down sweaters. Here it is, completed. The pattern was well-written and fun to knit. I use Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Amber Trinket colorway.
I’m pleased to say that after wearing it many times, the neckline didn’t stretch and the shoulders didn’t droop. My stabilizing experiment worked!
I’ve seen this cardigan made out of a large variety of yarns, worn by a lot of knitters with different body types. It is brilliantly appealing!
Do you have my Reversible Scarves book, and wish that you had accessories to match the scarves?
The new year will bring new designs that will do just that. I will be releasing mitten, hat and/or sock designs that will go with the lovely scarves you’re making. The accessories will not be reversible (after all, who needs reversible socks, right?) but will complement the reversible scarves. Here’s a sneak peek:
Anybody want to guess which scarf pattern these mittens and hat go with?
Photography by Gale Zucker
It all started with buttons. My friend Katy and I were playing in the button section of our local yarn shop in Cambria, the Ball & Skein & More, when we fell in love with the same buttons. She had a penchant for the green and gold version, while I liked the red. Katy, being brilliant and creative, immediately latched onto the Heliopath Vest as the perfect pattern to show off our buttons.
I thoroughly enjoyed making the Heliopath Vest. I wanted the vest to look holiday-ish, so picked a white Cascade 220 yarn. It gives wonderful stitch definition.
I did make a modification to the pattern. Where it calls for dropped stitches in the purled sections between sets of cables, I used all purl stitches (5 to get the same gauge):
The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits
Heliopath Vest on Ravelry
Cascade 220 Yarn
I’ve been saving this one for the holidays – the deep red color is perfectly festive! I used Swans Island Natural Colors in the fingering weight to make the “Aran” pattern from my Reversible Scarves book. This is one of my favorite patterns, as the cables are truly reversible. The scarf took me less time to make than I would have thought. The pattern looks complicated, but is actually very easy to memorize.
I’m not usually a fan of using tone-on-tone yarn in a cable pattern. The Swans Island color variations were so subtle, though, I love the end result.
I wish I were better at photographing red. If I was, you’d be seeing the true gorgeous ruby color of my latest pair of Lockhart fingerless mitts. The design is by the talented Leila Raabe.
This was my first time using Baah Sonoma yarn, and I am smitten. It is soft as can be, but doesn’t lose its oomph during blocking. The lovely ply makes for great stitch definition in the twisted stitches.
I made a few little modifications. I made the short version of the pattern, but wanted a bit more wrist coverage. I added two rows to the beginning and two rows to the end of the cuff chart. I bound of all stitches purlwise, since I like the way it blends into the rows of garter.
I love this pattern. It is well written, and fun to make!
I had a blast playing with color combinations to come up with a Fall variation for the “Bold Stripes” scarf from my Reversible Scarves book.
As you can see, I had a Spring color palette in mind when I designed the original “Bold Stripes” scarf for the book. Quite the transformation, isn’t it!
I love Rowan Felted Tweed DK. In case you’d like to make one of your own, here are the colors I used to replace the ones called for in the pattern:
A: 154 Ginger
B: 150 Rage
C: 151 Bilberry
D: 161 Avocado
E: 145 Treacle
F: 160 Gilt
Spring palette photo from book by Caro Sheridan
As the October air takes on a chill, I’m reminded to start knitting scarves for the upcoming winter.
One of the patterns I have the most fun knitting from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is the double-knit “Surprise Stripes”. Here, I chose Universal Yarn’s Classic Shades in the Grapevine colorway. I love how the colors blend from one to the next. For the solid, I grabbed some white Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK from my stash.
Everyone who sees the pattern expresses delight when they realize the stripes are horizontal on one side of the scarf and vertical on the other. How can that be?!
This is one of those designs which looks complicated but is actually very easy. It’s simple to memorize, making it excellent for social or travel knitting. And it’s fun to try different kinds of yarn.
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Stephannie Tallent‘s newest addition to her Wild West design series, Lace 2. I couldn’t wait to get the Steller’s Jay shawl onto my needles! I love the colors in the fingering weight Baah “La Jolla” yarn, Blue Iris colorway. They perfectly evoke the colors in the Steller’s Jay which lives in Arizona (and other Western regions) and that Stephannie took her inspiration from.
I wanted just a bit more depth to the back of the shawl, and so added a few more short rows than the pattern calls for.
Here it is on the blocking board:
Stephannie’s Sunset Cat Designs blog
The Wild West: Lace 2
Read more about the Steller’s Jay
I recently found myself away from home for several weeks, hence the dearth of posts here.
When life hands you lemons make a shawl, I say!
Fortunately I was armed with a pattern (more about that in future posts), yarn and stitch markers.
I always put lifelines into my lace knitting, and I’ve never regretted that yet. Although I usually like to use a thin cotton yarn as my lifeline, some on-the-road dental floss was the perfect substitute. If you’ve never used a lifeline, its a thinner yarn in a contrasting color that you thread through the live stitches on your needle. That way, if (in my case WHEN) you drop a stitch, the lifeline will catch it and keep it from running an alarming number of rows. I like to mark the pattern’s chart or text at the point where I put the lifeline in so I know where to resume from if I have to rip all the way back to the lifeline. Another thing I learned the hard way about lifelines…be sure to go around – and not through – stitch markers.
It’s hard to tell in this photo, since they’re hidden inside the curled-up work, but I love to use stitch markers between a given number of repeats. In this case, the pattern repeat was 8 stitches, so I placed a marker every three repeats for a total of 24 stitches between markers. Here’s my philosophy…either I am going to take a little time to count stitches between stitch markers as I go, or I am going to find out at the end of a row (or even further along in my work) that I’m off by a stitch or more and spend a lot of time tracking down the mistake. There may be some superhero knitters out there who do not make errors in their lace, but I am not one of them. Given that I am going to goof, counting between stitch markers every time limits my mistakes to just those stitches between markers. All that counting pays off in peace of mind.
Before I flew out the door for my unexpected trip, I had the presence of mind to toss a pad of Post-It notes into my bag. If you’re new to charts, you may like to use this popular method for keeping track of the row you’re working. By placing the Post-It above the row I’m working, I can see the rows I’ve already worked. It allows me to “read” my work, so I can verify that the yarnovers, decreases or plain stitches are lined up as they’re supposed to be.
If you’d like to read more about working charts and other tips, you might like to check out my Tips & Techniques page.