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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 April 30, 2014  patterns Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
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!

 

 November 12, 2013  patterns Tagged with: , ,  1 Response »
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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 October 31, 2013  patterns, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
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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 October 28, 2013  patterns, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
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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 August 14, 2013  patterns 2 Responses »
May 082013
 

So, so excited to have this new collection out!  Cryptozoology - the study of and search for animals whose existence is not substantiated by mainstream science – is an homage to all the weird mythical (or not?) creatures that roam this planet.  Six patterns span the gamut of desert dwellers to arctic wanderers.

The cover shows the Neck Kraken scarf in Knit Picks Gloss DK.  This entertaining scarf has tentacles in place of fringe, plus a hidden loop on the underside to draw one end through and keep it snug around your neck.

My absolute favorite of the bunch is Bigfoot + Yeti.  These felted slippers come in six different easily customizable sizes.  These are done in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, then felted.  I can’t express to you enough how perfect fitting these things are.  There is shaping that makes these slip on your feet like buttah.

Sea Serpent Squish is a soft toy for the Nessie fans out there.  At a width of 19″, it would also make a super fun throw pillow!  This is worked up in Knit Picks Biggo.

Chupacabra Mittens feature the feared ‘Goat Sucker’ of Mexico and Central America.  El Chupacabra’s menacing face graces the backs of the hands while goats tile the palms.  Knit Picks Palette is used for these.

Knit Picks Stroll and Stroll Tonal blend for this easy colorwork Mermaid Cowl.  At a distance the image, like the mystical Mermaid, is hard to spot at first.  Upon closer inspection, you can see the tiled mermaid silhouettes.


Rounding out the Cryptid medley is the one closest to home for me, the Jackalope!  The Jackalope is a super cute jack rabbit with a twist.  This version is quite floppy and squishy.   This guy also uses Wool of the Andes Worsted.


Whew!  There you go!  These six are available on the Knit Picks website, as either individual downloads, an ebook, or as a physical book!  Check it out!

 May 8, 2013  contest, patterns Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »
May 062013
 


Browns Crossing is the old name of the Colorado town of Nederland. The tiny 1.5 square mile town is rich in characteristic Rocky Mountain charm but still retains much of the grit of the original 1800s settlement, a combination that I adore.

Like its namesake, Browns Crossing is beautiful without being cutesy, utilitarian without being pedestrian. A scarf-like length and width allows for it to be worn quite a few different ways for added versatility.

The yarn for this, Cephalopod Traveller, is incredible.  It’s super soft and the colors are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  When I was at Stitches West this February I was getting to the point of overload with all the yarns to look at and fondle, but when I came across their booth I was rejuvenated and excited, like I was seeing something entirely new.  I want one of every colorway they do!!

The Details:

Yarn: Cephalopod Traveller, 2 skeins in Gallifrey (how could I pass up yarn with that name??)

Yardage: Approximately 560yds

Gauge: 18sts and 24 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in Stockinette st

Suggested needle size: US size 10

Price: $5

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 May 6, 2013  knitting, patterns Tagged with: , ,  5 Responses »
Feb 202013
 

Need some fancy adornment while trying to make a decision? Great for when flipping a coin or drawing straws just won’t do!

I am loving these new mitts.  I love making fingerless gloves that make me giggle and flash a huge grin.  This has turned out to be quite a conversation piece.  Take these babies on the bus and make instant friends!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The samples above are shown in Knit Picks Palette and Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock.

 

Yardage:  About 105yds of MC and 70yds 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

 

 February 20, 2013  patterns, Uncategorized 3 Responses »
Sep 252012
 

I swear the city of Prague glows at night.  Unlike many western cities with their neon and eerily green-blue nights, central Prague radiates this love with its warm lighting.  It’s so welcoming and cozy, like the illumination itself is wrapping you up and keeping you warm.  This sensation is what inspired this cowl.

I have two pet peeves with most cowls for winter-wear: 1) looseness in the neck makes them drafty and 2) my lower chest often feels unloved and naked unless I have my jacket zipped.  This cowl was my answer to both.

Praha is worked flat then seamed in the back. Ribbing creates a very elastic cowl, allowing no need for closures. Short rows give it a close fitting shaping.


The Details:

Yarn: DK weight yarn. The sample above is shown Tosh DK

Yardage: Approximately 150yds

Gauge: 26sts and 25 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in k3p2 ribbing, unstretched

Suggested needle size: US size 7 and 8

Price: $4

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 September 25, 2012  patterns, Uncategorized, Year of Color Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »