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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.

Gnarled Oak_3

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.

knitting, vest, Harry Potter knitting, Heliopath Vest

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):

Heliopath_Beginning

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.

Another Pair of Lockhart

November 4

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.

fingerless mitts, Baah yarn

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!

 

Stripes for Fall

October 20

 

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.

reversible scarf, Rowan Felted Tweed DK

 

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!

Bold Stipes, reversible scarf, knitting pattern

 

 

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

 

 

Surprise Stripes Scarf

October 8

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.

knitting scarf reversible

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?!

knitting scarf reversible

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.

Steller’s Jay Shawl

September 26

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.

lace shawl, Steller Jay shawl, Baah Yarn

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.

lace shawl, Steller Jay shawl, Baah Yarn

 

Here it is on the blocking board:

lace shawl, Steller Jay shawl, Baah Yarn

 

 

 

 

Resources:

Stephannie’s Sunset Cat Designs blog

The Wild West: Lace 2

Baah Yarn

Read more about the Steller’s Jay

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