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“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.

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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!

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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.

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Resources:

Old Edna

Suite Edna Farmhouse Vacation Rental

Colleen Rosenthal Photography

Cassandra Evangelho, stylist and co-owner of Evaneal

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.

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

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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.

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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.

Celebrating Spring & Another Linen Stitch Scarf

April 23

I love it when the wisteria bloom. The smell is heavenly, and the delicacy of the tiny blossoms is sweet.

Wysteria 2014

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I liked the spring-like greens in the Araucania Lauca yarn I used for this linen stitch scarf. The pattern is a popular one from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. It’s a great one for using up those gorgeous skeins of variegated and tone-on-tone yarns I have piling up in my stash!

linen stitch scarf, reversible

 

 

 

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Spring Scarf

March 28

Here’s the just-right-for-Spring version of the Mistake Stitch Rib scarf from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. What I love about this simple stitch pattern is how well it lends itself to variation. The book covers everything from sport weight to mohair to bulky versions, with this one being my favorite for this time of year.

 reversible scarf, mistake stitch rib, sport weight

Duplicity in Red

March 10

I recently finished another Duplicity scarf from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I made it a little shorter than usual, since it’s for a very young friend. Actually when they saw me making it, the boy and both his sisters said they wanted to share it. There’s nothing like enthusiasm to make knitting fun, eh? The bright red colors seemed just right for children.

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The pattern uses a printed and a matching plain sock yarn in double-knitting, so it is definitely not a quick knit. It is, however, useful for social knitting since it’s very easy to do.

 

Resources:

“Duplicity” pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues

Duplicity, scarf, double knitting, reversible

DROPS Fabel yarn

 

 

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Frog Tree Feather and Fan

February 23

 Feather and Fan, reversible scarf, Frog Tree

Here’s a sample I made from Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted. I was excited to get to try this yarn, since tone-on-tone colorways are a relatively new addition to the Pediboo line. Frog Tree has created gorgeous colors in both the worsted and sock weight.

This is the reversible “Feather and Fan” pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues.  In the partially worked ball of the yarn, you can see the subtle variations of lighter and darker blue:

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I love the “Feather and Fan” pattern – it’s a fun and easy knit. It always makes me nervous at first, though, since it looks like a jumbly mess as it comes off the needles. After wet-blocking – giving it a good stretch – it transforms into a beautiful, feminine creation! You can see the beautiful color variations of the new Frog Tree tone-on-tone line:

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This scarf is on display at the Ball & Skein & More in Cambria, California – it was one of the first shops to carry the new tone-on-tone version of Pediboo Worsted. I loved getting a sneak peek of all the gorgeous colors available! The Feather and Fan scarf uses only two skeins.

 

Resources:

“Feather and Fan” pattern from  Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues :

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Frog Tree Yarns

The Ball & Skein & More – the amazing yarn store in Cambria, California

Happy New Year Scarf

December 30

There’s nothing like an easy knit in party colors to ring in the New Year. I made this Composite Stripe scarf (from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues) out of Feza Alp Oriental in the #13 colorway. The great thing about the yarn is that it comes with all kinds of different yarns on one ball. Mixed in with plied solids are bouclé’s, metallics, and even a subtle trace of eyelash yarn. The colors are a delightful mix of reds with some turquoises, a hint of teal and some yellows thrown in. Each ball is like a party unto itself. Just one ball of Alp Oriental makes the entire scarf.

reversible scarf, Feza

 

AudKnits “Verticality” Scarf

 

If you have a bunch of fun yarns in your stash, you can also create this super-easy scarf by holding different yarns together as you knit.

Happy New Year!

 

Resources:

Composite Stripes pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues

Feza Alp Oriental yarn

John Kieger Photography

Teal Mixer

December 16

Sometimes it’s really great to be a scarf designer. I have all sorts of them lying around!

Mixer, Reversible Scarves, Cascade 220

“Mixer”, from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues was a great choice for a bitter cold walk through the snowy woods. It’s just the right width, and the Cascade 220 wool kept me toasty.

Mixer, Reversible Scarves, Cascade 220

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Even when I don’t need it for practical purposes, I have a soft spot for this pattern. The different textures are fun to knit, and I like the scalloped ends. (If I do say so myself!)

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Resources:

Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues “Mixer” pattern

Mixer, Reversible Scarves, scarf, Cascade 220

 

Cascade 220 yarn

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ZigZags Galore

October 30

I like patterns that can be can easily evoke different seasons or moods. My ZigZag pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is like that. There are so many gorgeous self-striping yarns out there, it’s easy to whip out a scarf that is exactly right as a gift, to match a certain outfit, or for a different time of year.

Here are a couple of variations I made last year. I had Spring in mind for this one made from Wisdom Yarns Poems:

reversible scarf

 

Then Summer came along and I was drawn to the inense blues of some Noro Kureyon I found:

reversible scarf

 
 

And now I’m finishing up my Fall version, made from Plymouth Yarn’s Gina. For this one, I liked the way the colors worled out when I increased the cast on to 36 stitches. (I include a “Make It Your Own” sidebar in the book so you can adjust the stitch counts any way you’d like to accomodate whichever yarn you want to use.) The pattern gives options for either the pointy or the squared-off ends.

You can see I get carried away sometimes…I was inspired by our red maple tree, then just had to toss my WIP into its branches. I got kind of matchy-matchy with the fall leaves pallette!

reversible scarf, short rows

Next time you’re in the mood for a quick, fun knit, you might enjoy the ZigZag pattern. It uses easy short rows, and it’s fun to watch the colors emerge as the knitting progresses.

Resources:

Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues ZigZag pattern

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Wisdom Yarns: Poems

Noro Yarn: Kureyon

Plymouth Yarn: Gina

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