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First Project of 2017 audknits

First Project of 2017

I almost got it done in time for Christmas….instead it has turned into my first completed project of 2017. This is the hat I designed for Vogue Knitting, Fall 2015. I hate to play favorites, but it really is one of my favorite designs to knit – the cables keep it interesting and I like the finished piece. With snow coming soon I …

Lucy Vest Pattern 1

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. Careful attention to detail includes a V-neck which flows out from the center rib. Strategically-placed decreases in the ribbed …

Introducing Lucy

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 …

Old Edna Photo Shoot

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, …

Matchy-Matchy

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 …

2015: Resolution-free New Year. Sort Of.

I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a good start. I have some fun plans, knitting and design-wise, for 2015. I’d say they were resolutions, but my plans have a way of getting derailed. So here are my hopes…. I adore Maggie Righetti’s book Sweater Design in Plain English.  I often use her book as a reference, but that …

Stripes for Fall

  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 …

Stabilizing Seamless Sweaters, Part 3: Neck Edging

If you follow my blog, you’ll remember that I’m on a quest to put stability into the top-down seamless sweaters that I make. Too often, I’ve watched my beautiful sweaters grow droopy around the shoulders and ever-larger in the neck as time goes by. As you may remember, I’ve been wanting to make the Tea Leaves Cardigan for forever. I’ve been working …

Stabilizing Seamless Top-Down Sweaters, Part 2: Adding Shoulder Seams

In my first post about adding stability to a seamless top-down sweater, I described how I strengthened the neckline by casting on a couple of rows into the pattern, then picking up stitches and finishing the neckline as you would a typical seamed sweater. The picked up stitches prevent the neckline from stretching out. Now that the neckline piece of the stability puzzle is …