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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