Apr 302014

A little late in sharing, but my Estheray hat was released earlier this month

Four colors of Knit Picks Palette, size US 3 needles, super easy charts, and a fun pom-pom!


This pattern is named after my late cat Esther who we lost over the winter.  She has been traveling this life with me for quite a long time and would have been 14 this month.  All proceeds for this pattern through the end of the year will be donated to our local humane society in her name.

The Details:

Yarn:  Four colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Knit Picks Palette in Silver, Celestial, Cyan, and Cosmopolitan.

Yardage:  About 230yds MC, only small bits of the other 3

Gauge:  28sts / 32 rows = 4 ” in stranded colorwork

Suggested needle size:  US size 3 for the body, US size 2 for the ribbing

Price: $5

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Apr 302014

photo courtesy of Knitscene

I am so in love with these little mitts!  Xenon Mitts were knit up for Knitscene Summer 2014.  I designed these to be a super simple knit but still interesting to work up.  These are knit top down for something a little different.  Stitches are simply cast on to create the thumb so there is no going back later to work the top of thumb.  Two ends to weave in!  The pattern is available in two sizes but the ribbing throughout really makes it able to fit just about any size adult hand.

The sample is knit in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK.  This yarn has such a great loft to it, with just the perfect amount of stretch for such a project.  I wanted to try a version with a more variegated  yarn so I worked up a pair in Ella Rae Lace Merino DK.  I love the way the color variation mixes with the ribbing here!

Be sure to check out all the other patterns from Knitscene Summer 2014.  These are some goodies there!

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Nov 122013

I’m over the moon to have had Hodgepodge Mittens released this week in Holla Knits!

This pattern was sort of my challenge to myself to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid).  I so love designing colorwork but many of my patterns tend to be involved and perhaps intimidating to knitters with less experience.  I wanted to design colorwork that was easy to knit but didn’t look it.  These mittens have full charts but each row has a 4-stitch repeat to make it rather easy to follow.

I’m super excited to have been given the chance to collaborate with Holla Knits and Allyson Dykhuizen!  Allyson and I have much different aesthetics when it comes to design and this was a great opportunity to collaborate on making something slightly out of our regular routine for both of us! I think the pairing worked pretty well!

The whole Holla Knits Accessories collection is so fun!  Each pattern is so unique and has such a fun playful feel, my favorite type of design.  I’m so happy to be a part of it!  I am looking forward to carving out a little time to try to knit one or two of them myself.  I’ve had KaPOM on my mental to-do list since I first saw it.  I hope you all find a favorite in this collection too!


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Oct 312013

These mittens.  I am so smitten with these mittens.  For one, this colorwork design was the rare variety where every single step of the way was enjoyable.  I look at these and I don’t even know where they came from, like I made them in a dream.  The design just kind of fell into place.

Second, I am so very glad to have had a chance to work with the folks at Cephalopod Yarns.  I’ve been familiar with them for a while but feel totally and completely head over heels for them when I saw their booth at Stitches West last winter.  Their yarns simply SING!  The Skinny Bugga brings Medusa to life here! Sarah at Cephalopod says that the Chester Cricket colorway (the yellow/green) is their signature color and I can see why.  It’s such a unique and shade and really plays well with the deep, intense jeweled blue of the Charaxes Tiridate.  I think I’ve found my go-to yarn for amazing colors!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga. 

Yardage:  About 150yds MC, about 130yds CC

Gauge:  36sts / 40 rows = 4 ” in stranded colorwork 

Suggested needle size:  US size 1 for the body, US size 1 for the cuffs

Price: $5

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Oct 312013

Oh, Pandora, the trouble your curiosity caused! You couldn’t re-trap the evil you let loose but the moment of its escape is captured on these mitts.  Simple clean garter stitch lines the cuffs and edgings, leaving your fingers free to open mysterious boxes at your own risk. Both the right and left mitts are fully charted.

These were such a blast to design.  This was a fun collaboration with Christa at Nerd Girl Yarns, one yarn dyer who I’ve been wanting to work with for a while.  Her colorways are so inspiring and so much fun to knit up.  If you don’t know their yarn, you should remedy that.

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Nerd Girl Yarn Bounce & Stomp.
Yardage:  About 110yds of MC and 90yds of CC
Gauge:  34sts / 42 rows = 4 ” in stranded colorwork
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the body, US size 1 for the cuffs

Price: $5

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Oct 282013

Sisyphus, king of Ephyra, was condemned by the gods to roll a boulder to the top of a hill for all eternity, only to have it roll back down every time he got near the top.  The idea of this constant, fruitless struggle translates well to colorwork but the theme has no bearing on the actual knitting.  The dead simple geometric images make for a super easy knit, even for knitters who have little to no experience with stranded knitting.  These are an excellent pick for those who are just cutting their teeth on colorwork!

The sample is knit with Knit Picks Palette, which comes in a bazillion different colors to choose from.  I love the sunset feel of the Cornmeal and Forest Heather seen here!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  About 110yds of MC and 90yds of CC
Gauge:  30sts/ 34rows = 4″  for Small and 28sts/ 30 rows = 4″ for Large in stranded pattern
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the Small, US size 3 for the Large, plus one set of smaller needles for the ribbing
Price: $5

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Oct 012013

 I’ve got a little freebie for you as my gift for the beginning of fall!

Fallback is my celebration of having fall back! Hooray for scarf weather!

Fallback is also a great scarf for, well, falling back on. This makes a perfect little scarf for rolling up and keeping in your bag or car, for those days you’re kicking yourself for forgetting your outer wear.

Truth be told: this isn’t really a scarf, it’s a vehicle for fringe! The fringe lines one entire side of the scarf for maximum frill. Tapering garter stitch is joined by tapering dropped stitches for an easy to memorize but attention-holding pattern.

The Details:

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn, shown here in madelinetosh tosh merino light (gray) and SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sock (blue)

Yardage: About 360yds

Gauge: 25 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

Needles: US 5 – 3.75 mm

Price: Free!
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Aug 202013

I am so very excited and honored to not only have my Leadville Cowl included in this year’s Interweave Knits Holiday issue but to also be given the cover!  It’s a great issue and my cowl is in the company of some pretty wonderful designs.  You can see the rest of them here!

This cowl is so very close to home in many ways.  First off, it’s named after the small town I was born in up in the Rockies of Colorado.  At two miles in elevation, Leadville can still get chilly at night even in the middle of the summer.  I thought the name was apropos for a super cozy winter accessory, something fit for crispy cool days.

Secondly, this cowl is a collaboration with Interweave whose main offices are located less than an hour from my house.  I love getting to work with local folks and as far as publishers go, this is about as local as I can get!  I love getting to see familiar places in their photo shoots and feeling at home with all their locations.

The Fibre Company Tundra was simply amazing to work with.  The alpaca/silk blend makes this drape like a dream and gives it a great shaping.  The double layer of the cowl creates a weight that I just adore without being too dense.  For those of you Coloradans who would like to knit this cowl, Fancy Tiger carries this yarn.  Check them out and keep it local!

This issue is officially out on September 3rd but it should start showing up at LYSs near you very soon.  I hope you enjoy it!!

 August 20, 2013  patterns 9 Responses »
Aug 142013

Once upon a time I dreamt of twisting yarn.  I wasn’t sure what that meant or how that applied to anything, but for a few weeks I was obsessed with this motion of knitting something then twisting it to change it.  Somehow some late night sleeplessness evolved that idea into the super easy braid for this cowl.  The body of this pattern stemmed from loving this cowl I made for my son last year but wanting to find a way to make the ridges knit side out not purl.

My obsession with designing this one has moved on to an obsession with knitting them.  I am currently working on my fourth one and I keep dreaming of ways to tweak it to make new versions.  I also love that it gives me an excuse to keep dyeing yarn.  One of my wonderful test knitters pointed me towards this tutorial for dyeing gradient yarn and I am utterly hooked.  Even if you haven’t dyed yarn before, this type of dyeing is so easy and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Any yarn weight will do with this cowl! You decide the sizing as you go so you don’t even need to swatch. Really! The stripes come from using yarns with long repeats. Samples are shown in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball (mustard/gray), Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (black/gray/cream) and hand dyed Worsted (yellow/green/blue).

The Details:

Yarn: Any!  This cowl works best when worked in  a yarn with long color repeats.

Yardage: Samples used 230yds for fingering weight and 140yds for worsted

Gauge: None, really!  Worked measure-as-you-go

Price: $5

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May 102013

I’m super excited that not only is my Cryptid collection out this week but that it comes in so many varieties!  You can get the whole ebook or individual pattern downloads through Knit Picks, or buy yourself a real paper physical copy!  I KNOW, right?  I love digital patterns but the non-techie in me loves the paper version.  Luddites unite!

To share my excitement, I am raffling off one of these here books!

To enter the drawing:

1.  Leave a comment here or on the Wattsolak Design Facebook contest post telling me which Cryptid creature pattern is your favorite.  Sasquatch?  Krakens?  Who’s got the most love around these parts?

2.  Leave a comment on the Cryptozoology Contest thread on Ravelry, linking and telling me your favorite pattern.

3.  Tweet about the book or share the Facebook contest post, and then drop me a line letting me know.

Enter once, twice or thrice!  You have until noon MST, Friday May 17th to enter!  I’ll randomly draw a name that evening.  Good luck!

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