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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.

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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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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Mork

March 20

Why is it I’m always a season behind in my knitting? Ah well, there’s just enough winter-ish snow for this lovely, warm sweater to be useful for another week or so. “Mork” is designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. I love patterns that are both relaxing to knit and also interesting. Worked in worsted weight, the knitting progressed quickly, while the cables kept my interest.

Knitting Mork sweater

Even the back is filled beautifully with cabling and a just-right icord edge.

Mork Back 2-2

I used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted for this project. I was worried it might be a bit scratchy, but it softened nicely with washing.

Gnarled Oak Cardigan

February 16

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.

kntted sweater

kntting sweater

I love Alana’s attention to detail.

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Resources:

Coastal Knits

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

Madelinetosh Yarn

“Mixer” Accessories Are Up

January 30

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!

Mixer Scarf

Here are the mittens…The little scallop shape on the cuff matches the scallops at the ends of the scarf.

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The palms sport a little seed stitch motif

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I figured, “Why stop at mittens?” So I designed a hat to go with it too.

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 All three patterns are available through the AudKnits Pattern Store also on Ravelry.

Resources

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.

Old Edna Photo Shoot

January 26

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.

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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.

Old Edna, photo shoot 2015

Not every rooster gets his own toy dump trucks to play with

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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!

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I’m grateful to be part of a talented team who work well together and spend most of the time laughing.

Resources:

Old Edna

Suite Edna Farmhouse Vacation Rental

Colleen Rosenthal Photography

Cassandra Evangelho, stylist and co-owner of Evaneal

Tea Leaves Cardigan

January 20

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!

 knitting cardigan, Tea Leaves Cardigan

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!

 Tea Leaves Cardi_2

Matchy-Matchy

January 6

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

How Buttons Become Vests

December 22

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.

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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.

 Heliopath Vest, Harry Potter Knits

Heliopath Vest, Harry Potter Knits

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):

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Resources:

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits 

Heliopath Vest on Ravelry

Cascade 220 Yarn

Holiday “Aran” Scarf

December 9

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.

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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.

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