I'm happy to release my latest pattern the Hudson Cowl! I don't know about you but I am pretty much done with winter! I cannot wait to see grass again and flowers and sunshine.
Finished Measurements: Cowl comes in two sizes - 25"/16"length circumference for a close fitting cowl or a 52"/9.5" long cowl that can be wrapped around the next twice.
Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK (100% merino wool, 225yrds), 2 skeins needed for both sizes
Needles: US 8 (5mm) 16" or 40" circular needle
I find that the textured stitching reminds me of the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf but is a little more challenging in that both rounds require you to either increase or decrease sts. It's a perfect cowl for an advanced beginner and even seasoned pro's as it will keep your attention throughout!
Get yourself a nice pop of color and cast on today!
My second knit for Baby H is this hexagon crib blanket which I call the Sky Blanket. When I was contemplating making him a blanket I knew I wanted it to be a bit out of the ordinary. After searching a few patterns on Ravelry and seeing some inspiring pins on Pinterest I fell in love with a hexagon style blanket.
I even like the "wrong side".
I am so happy to share the blanket love with you all
Yarn: Plymouth Encore, 4 balls (one of each color) - I used Natural, Light Grey Blue, Nautical Blue and Navy.
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Notions: Tapestry Needle
Notes: Each hexagon is knitted seperately and then seamed together. The edges are left "raw".
The pattern is sized for a crib blanket but once you get the hang of making the hexagons the size is up to you!
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My newest design in the Winter issue of Knitscene - the Gate Sweater.
Sizes 30 (35, 40, 45, 50)" bust circumference; shown in size 35"
Yarn Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk; 124 yd [113 m]/50 g):
• camel, 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins
Gauge 20 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st
• Size 6 (4 mm): 32" circular (cir) needle
• Size G (4 mm) crochet hook
• Markers (m)
• Stitch holders
• Yarn needle
I was inspired to design this piece from an episode of Downton Abby! I remember during one of the many hours of watching that fabulous show I was taken in by something Lavinia was wearing. It was a blouse that had a lace motif that crawled across the shoulder. I loved how it looked and then began thinking of how that would translate to a knitted piece.
The answer for this piece was by knitting the sweater sideways. Being that the rest of the sweater is in stockinette it turns out to a pretty simple piece.
I finished off the bottom with a little seed stitch border to keep it from rolling. I hope you all enjoy knitting up one this fall! It would go perfect with a dark pair of jeans and boots!
Get your copy of Knitscene today either at your LYS or online!
I am so excited to share my first Interweave design - the Big Tile Yoke Sweater!
This design was inspired by an awning I saw while walking in the Mission one afternoon. The awning had this bold Moroccan motif that I immediately thought would go perfectly on a yoke sweater.
I know short sleeves on a turtleneck seems a bit backwards but I think it works well as a fall transition piece.
The yarn is brown sheep Nature Spun and with a gauge of 12 sts over 4" you could conceivably whip this out over a long weekend! I couldn't be happier with out the sweater turned out and love the way it looks one the model. I hope you'll pick up a copy of IK Fall and whip one out for yourself!
It's been a whirlwind month over here and I apologize for the absence! My husband and I had a little traveling to do and I had another fantabulous deadline to prepare for which left the blog a little lonesome.
There are so many good things to share including my first sweater pattern in print! I'm only a wee bit excited about it. Not that I know the exact page number or anything like that.
It's a simple sweater with a little peek at the sleeve. I originally imagined it being knitted in a dark color in a yarn with lots of drape like silk or bamboo. For the magazine I knitted it in cotton and added some random stripes. To be honest I loved this result too!
I took a quick shot of myself wearing it before I mailed it out. Sorry for the cropped head - my hair was rediculous that day.
When I first started drinking coffee I only drank iced. The thought of burning my tounge on a bitter drink was silly and somewhat masochistic. I had what a friend would call "cake in a cup." Iced coffee with milk and sugar.
I eventually transitioned to 2% and then to skim. Soon I didn't even take milk in my coffee and began to drink a sip of hot cups here and there and all of a sudden I begain drinking more hot than cold! And here I am with a Kuerig machine to boot!
But a hot cup makes for burned hands and not a happy Margaux make. I'd seen coffee cozies before but add a bit of pinterest inspiration and here we have Sweetheart Cozies.
Two halves when put together make a whole. Cozies for a pair of partners, lovers, best friends and most of all java lovers.
Get the pattern here! (eta, decided to make this a freebie for all you lovers out there! Enjoy!)
Happy Valentines Day!
Finished Capelet Measurements (around body)
40”, 43”, 49”, 52”
sample knit in 43”
Cascade Lana Grande (100% Peruvian Highland Wool) 4, 4, 5, 5 skeins in 6047, and one scrap for CC cast on. Great substitute: Rowan Big Wool
One 20” and 40” circular needle (circ) in size US 13 [9.0mm]
Or size to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle
10.5sts and 15 rnds = 4” in seersucker stitch
This was an idea that just wouldn't leave my head from the moment I started looking at Wrap Style again. I simple but cozy capelet. The original plan was to make the cape long enough so that I had to make slits for where my hands would pop out but I decided to stop just above the elbow. That original sketch still lingers on my mind so you never know what could be coming next.
I had quite the educational time working on the pattern. I even ripped the whole thing out and started over. The CC color on the collar was originally a provisional cast on (at the time I was eager to get to the shaping and thought I'd complete the rest of the neck later) but after showing it to a few people they all loved that pop of color and I kept it in!
All in the creative process right? What I'm left with is a cute, cozy, shoulder warmer, with a collar that can be buttoned or pinned up to be a turtleneck should the chilly weather sneak up on me.
Pattern: Melanie Wrap (My own)
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark (100% American Wool, 134 yrds/50g),
Chanterelle, 5balls, Pomegranate, 1 ball (100% American Wool, 134 yrds)
US 7(4.5mm) circular and DPN needles
While it is not an "exact" copy of what Mel wore I still think it caputres the essence of what she wore. Classic yet stylish. I hope you will enjoy making and wearing it while watching Sweet Home Alabama.
I am loving all the comments coming in for the Loop-D-Loop Lace Giveaway - it's getting me excited on what to knit for fall! Hopefully you'll now all add this to your list!