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

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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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!

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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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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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Jul 102012

Warning: it is impossible to wear these gloves or mitts without feeling the need to wildly wiggle your fingers!

This is such an addictive pattern.  Seriously, I’ve knit three versions and I still want to make more.  It’s one of those where you finish one and immediately want to start another with new colors.  Oh, who am I kidding, I was already planning the next before I’d finish the first glove of a pair.  I never, ever take commissions to knit things but I have already accepted one for these since the person who suggested them came up with a really fun version that I was eager to attempt.

The background and palm-side consist of an easy to memorize four row repeat while the back shows off the kraken whose tentacles are your fingers!  The fingerless version works best when the kraken color is close to your skin color, allowing the two to blend together.  For this reason, I highly suggest Jamieson Shetland Spindrift or Knit Picks Palette, both of which come in an array of neutral tones.

The pattern includes four charts.  There are separate left and right charts for two versions, one for light colored kraken and one for dark.  There are also instructions for working a full glove or the fingerless version.  Two different sizes use the same charts, the sizing determined by the needles and gauge.  Lots of room for customization here!

And hello there, little baby cephalopod on the thumb gussets!  Try to hide but you are oh-so cute that you are hard to miss!


The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The samples above
    are shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  164-240yds, depending on size and version.
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: $6

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Apr 032012

I’m on a dog kick, apparently!

I had such a blast designing and knitting Sputnik the Magnificent that I was a bit sad when the pattern was posted and it was all done with.  Obviously I still had some stranded toys in me.

Strelka had many inspirations, most of which came from childhood favorite dogs.  In Strelka is a little of both Droopy Dog and George P. Dog, plus a large heaping of the Fisher Price Little People dog.  Although as an adult I am not much of a dog person, I adored them as a child due to these wacky cartoon versions.  I hope Strelka carries along some of these same characteristics well!


The Details:

Yarn: fingering weight wool, shown here in Knit Picks Palette
Yardage: approximately 125yds in MC (shown here in light gray) and 100yds CC (shown here in dark gray)
Gauge: 34sts and 38 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US size 1, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 13.5″ tall
Price: $5

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Feb 012012

I am so, so in love with stranded colorwork.  I would knit stranded mittens constantly if I could.  But, really, how many mittens does one need?  I was thinking a few weeks back on how else to employ the colorwork that I enjoy knitting and designing.  What an obvious thing it was to combine it with my love for toy design!

The shaping of the cat is similar to that of shaping of a mitten.  Anyone who has knit a colorwork mitten will have no problem making the leap to toy knitting.  Really!





The Details:

Yarn: fingering weight wool, shown here in Knit Picks Palette
Yardage: approximately 115yds in MC (shown here in yellow) and 60yds CC (shown here in orange)
Gauge: 34sts and 38 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US size 1, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 15″ tall
Price: $5

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