Harper’s Way


Harper’s Way is a simple color work hat pattern that includes sizes for everyone from babies to adults. 

The colorwork motif is a short repeat, perfect for someone new to stranded knitting or a more experienced knitter looking for a quick, easy project. The design is gender neutral and can be personalized with any color combination you can dream up!

This pattern was designed to use up those special little scraps of fingering weight yarn in your stash. With this in mind, the yarn quantities are listed in grams instead of yards.

Please note that the listed weights, although verified by test knitters, are approximate and yarn weight may vary based on fiber content.

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A scrappy hat on every head...

A scrappy hat on every head...

Required Skills

Long tail cast on, knitting in the round, basic colorwork

Size

Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult Sm, Adult Lg)

To fit head circumference: 16 (17, 19, 21, 23)”

Yarn

Once Upon A Corgi, ‘Marie Cutie’ 

(75% SW Corriedale 25% Nylon) 443yds per 100g or a similar fingering weight yarn

Shown in colorways:

‘Rose Gold’ Main Color (MC)

‘Nightmares + 10’ Contrast Color 1 (CC 1)

‘Hedwig’ Contrast Color 2 (CC 2)

Main Color: 20 (25, 30, 35, 40)g

Contrast Color 1: 3 (4, 4, 7, 11)g

Contrast Color 2: 5 (6, 6, 9, 13)g

Needles

US 4 / 3.5mm or size needed to get gauge, 

16” circular and double pointed needles,

US 2 / 2.75mm or two sizes smaller than needed to get gauge,16” circular or double pointed needles

Notions

Removable stitch marker, tapestry needle

Gauge

Using US 4/3.5mm needle, 28 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in colorwork pattern, in the round, after blocking.


Contact & Support

email: samanthaguerindesign@gmail.com

Ravelry ID: SamanthaGuerin

Website: samanthaguerindesign.com

Rakel Mitts

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Whether you’re headed out for an afternoon walk on a chilly day, a play date at the park, or waiting for the train on your commute, you’ll be glad to have a pair of Rakel Mitts handy. 

Featuring a richly textured lace panel, these mitts are an elegant addition to your cold-weather wardrobe. 

The pattern includes instructions for both mittens and fingerless mitts. I designed the mittens using Tukuwool ‘Fingering.’ I was so pleased with the way that this rustic, woolen spun yarn showed off the lace and created a light, lofty fabric for trapping warmth around my hands. A single 50g skein will make a pair of mittens with yarn to spare. 

A friend test knit the fingerless mitts in Woolfolk ‘Tynd’ and they are luxurious, softer than kittens and utterly cozy. A single 50g skein of ‘Tynd’ will make a pair of fingerless mitts. 

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Required Skills

Long tail cast on, knitting in the round, basic lace patterning

Size

Circumference: 6.8” / 17cm

Mitten Length: 10.25”/ 26cm

Fingerless Mitt Length: 8” / 20cm

Yarn

Mittens: Tukuwool, ‘Fingering’

(100% Finnish Wool, 195m per 50g)

Shown in color way ‘Auri,’ 1 skein or 195m of a similar fingering weight yarn

Fingerless Mitts: Woolfolk, ‘Tynd’

(100% Merino Wool, 223yds per 50g)

Shown in color way ‘16,’ 1 skein or 223 yds of a similar fingering weight yarn

Needles

US 1 / 2.25mm or size needed to get gauge,

40” circular or DPN’s

Notions

Waste yarn, removable stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge

Using US 1/ 2.25mm needle, 34 sts and 46 rows = 4” / 10

cm in stockinette stitch, in the round, after blocking.

Contact & Support

email: samanthaguerindesign@gmail.com

Ravelry ID: SamanthaGuerin

Website: samanthaguerindesign.com

Shady Side

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I’d like to introduce my latest sweater pattern - Shady Side.

Shady Side is a sweater love song to indie dyed yarn. This chic, casual fitting striped pullover is knit with fingering weight yarn and features subtle stripes created by holding mohair lace double with the main yarn. Use your favorite indie dyed sock yarn, paired with decadent mohair silk lace. 

Lightweight, but with a touch of mohair coziness, Shady Side is a traditional raglan sweater, knit from the top down. Details like a folded crewneck collar and split hem add stylish notes to this casual classic wardrobe staple. The sweater has an intended positive ease of 6-8” at the bust for a relaxed fit, so choose a size that is approximately 6-8” larger than your natural bust size. 

Shady Side is cast on at the neck and is shaped with flat rows before joining your work in the round.

The raglan seams include a center purl stitch that is seamed shut when finishing the sweater. This will strengthen the seams and help your sweater to hold its shape for many years of washing and wearing.

After splitting, the body and sleeves are each knit to the desired length. The sleeves are finished with 1x1 rib cuffs and the body is finished with a split hem that is longer in the back. 

To finish the sweater, you will mattress stitch the raglan seams shut and knit the folded collar.

Stitches are picked up along the neck opening, and a ribbed collar is knit, folded over, and sewn down on the wrong side. 

I designed Shady Side using Once Upon A Corgi’s “Marie Cutie” base in the Rose Gold colorway. This blend of superwash Corriedale and nylon (75% / 25%) is a sweater knitter’s dream. The yarn gets increased strength and durability from the longer staple length of the Corriedale sheep. It has a soft hand while knitting and softens up even more with a wet blocking. For the sweater’s stripes, I used the “Fig Lace” base in the Warm & Cozy colorway, also from Once Upon A Corgi. This a delicate blend of kid mohair and silk (70% / 30%) adds that feeling of “wearing a hug” to any garment. Possible modifications to make this sweater yours

  • Increase or decrease width of the mohair stripes, being mindful of how this will affect your yarn quantities.

  • Change the split hem to a traditional hem or knit a cropped body and pair it with extra long split hems.

  • Modify the sleeve length to suit your style - short sleeve, three quarter and bracelet length would each work with Shady Side. 

Pattern Details:

Required Skills 
Knitting in the round, mattress stitch, picking up stitches

Sizes 
Intended to be worn with 6-8” positive ease. 
Select a size 6-8” larger than your bust circumference; 
measurements below are for the finished garment. 
36 (40, 44, 48) 52, 56, 60”

Yarn 
Once Upon A Corgi ‘Marie Cutie’ 
(75% SW Corriedale, 25% Nylon, 443 yds per 100g) 
Shown in colorway ‘Rose Gold,’ 3 (3, 4, 4) 4, 4, 5 skeins or 
1130 (1300, 1500, 1660) 1750, 1870, 2020 yds of a similar 
fingering weight yarn

Once Upon A Corgi ‘Fig Lace’ 
(70% Kid Mohair, 30% Silk, 460 yds per 100g) 
Shown in colorway ‘Warm & Cozy,’ 1 (1,1,1) 1, 2, 2 skeins or 
400 (380, 400, 420) 460, 480, 500 yds of a similar lace weight 
yarn

Needles 
• US 5/3.75mm 16” circular needle (neckline), 24” circular 
(body), 40” circular for magic loop or DPN’s (sleeves) 
• US 3/3.25mm 32” circular needle or DPN’s (hem and cuff 
ribbing) and 16” circular or DPN’s for three smallest sizes 
(collar ribbing)

Notions 
Waste yarn, removable stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking 
mat

Gauge 
Using US 5/3.75mm needle, 23 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm 
in stockinette stitch, in the round, after blocking

Contact & Support: 
email: samanthaguerindesign@gmail.com 
Ravelry ID: SamanthaGuerin 

Pine Creek


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I’m so proud to introduce my first sweater design, Pine Creek. This sweater has been a long time coming. It began as a lace swatch, last summer, knit in The Fibre Co.’s Arranmore Light and came to life as a full garment knit in the newest base from The Fibre Co. - Lore.

With a relaxed fit and eye-catching textural lace at the yoke, Pine Creek will quickly become the sweater that you reach for over and over. You can style it for an afternoon of hygge with leggings and cozy socks. Or you can glam it up by layering over a tunic dress with tights and your coolest boots. I’m dreaming of a Hinterland dress to wear with mine!

Pine Creek is knit seamlessly from the top down. The yoke is cast on with provisional stitches and short rows are worked to raise the back neck. The yoke lace is knit, then the body and sleeves are separated and each worked top down. The only finishing is to pick up the provisional stitches at the neck and work a rolled neckline. Lace instructions are both charted and written.

With seven sizes included in the pattern, you can choose to knit your sweater with as much or as little positive ease as you like. The model in the photos is wearing the 49" size sweater with 13" of positive ease for a very relaxed fit, perfect for layering.

Some possible modifications to make it yours:

  • You could easily substitute the rolled hem neckline with your favorite neckline, OR you could opt for a wider neck opening by omitting the neck rows and simply bind off with a tidy i-cord bind off.

  • Knit a shorter body for a cropped version that would look fabulous styled with high waisted trousers or layered over your favorite winter dresses.

The Fibre Co’s new DK weight, woolen spun yarn, Lore is a perfect match for the bold lace yoke and classic stockinette body of Pine Creek. The lofty, but surprisingly strong hand of this yarn creates a a beautiful fabric that I truly can’t get enough of. Lore is spun from Romney Lambswool and is processed in a mill in England’s historical textile region of West Yorkshire. This is definitely a yarn that will make durable, lasting garments without sacrificing any of the comfort that you crave.

I would love to see how you make Pine Creek your own. Please share your yarn choices, works in progress and beautiful finished sweaters with #pinecreeksweater and #samanthaguerindesign ! Happy knitting, friends!

Pine Creek Ravelry Pattern Page

Required Skills

Provisional cast on, short rows, basic lace patterning

Sizes

Intended to be worn with 4-8” positive ease.

Select a size 4-8” larger than your bust circumference; measurements below are for the finished garment.

35.5 (38, 42, 45) [49, 52, 54]” / 

90 (96.5, 106.5, 114) [124.5, 132, 137] cm

Yarn 

The Fibre Co. ‘Lore’ (100% Kent Lambswool, 273 yds per 100g)

Shown in colorway ‘Courage,’ 4 (5, 5, 6) [6, 7, 7] skeins or

1020 (1100, 1310, 1440) [1580, 1680, 1740] yds of a similar DK weight yarn

Notions

Waste yarn, stitch holders (optional, can use additional waste yarn), stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, blocking pins, blocking mat

Gauge

Using US 6/4mm needle, 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, in the round, after blocking

Needle A (Main Fabric)

One 24” circular needle

US 6/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Needle B (Neckband Short Rows & Bind Off)

One 16” circular needle 

US 6/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Needle C (Sleeves)

One 40” circular for magic loop or DPN’s

US 6/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Needle D (Neckband)

One 16” circular needle or DPN’s for three smallest sizes

US 5/3.75mm, or one size smaller than needed to obtain gauge

Needle E (Sleeve Ribbing)

One 40” circular needle for magic loop or DPN’s

US 4/3.5mm

Needle F (Hem Ribbing)

One 24” circular needle

US 4/3.5mm

Contact & Support:

email: samanthaguerindesign@gmail.com

Ravelry ID: SamanthaGuerin

Website: www.samanthaguerindesign.com

All of my gratitude to the people who helped bring this pattern to life.

My test knitters Karen, Gabby, Jocelyn, Grace and Lauren each knit beautiful and different versions of Pine Creek. I loved seeing how this design fit into each of their wardrobes. Tech editor extraordinaire - Faye Weiss, took my clumsy words and massaged them into a very easily read pattern. Photographer to the stars - Gale Zucker created photos that really speak to my soul. She saw Pine Creek and knew exactly how it needed to be styled and photographed.

The design team at The Fibre Co. made my sweater design dreams come true by accepting Pine Creek into their Yarn Support Programme. Companies like theirs make it possible for new designers to grow and reach new knitters around the world.

To each of you: thank you from the bottom of my squishy heart.

Humble Pie and a Husband Sweater


There’s an item on my to-do list that’s been haunting me from my bedroom closet for months. In 2018, I knit my husband a shawl collar, cabled cardigan. I made a respectable swatch. I spent months knitting the pieces and days seaming them together. I ordered the perfect leather buttons from a yarn shop in Vermont. I bet you know where this is going.

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At some point in the process, maybe when I was seaming them together, I probably had some reservations about whether or not it was going to be too big. It didn’t help that my husband was practicing jiu jitsu multiple times per week and was dropping weight for an upcoming competition. Being sufficiently stubborn, and fortified with a strong dose of knitter’s denial, I forged ahead and finished the sweater.

It’s at least three sizes too big. While positive ease can be a friend to many, a heavy cabled men’s cardigan with 15” of positive ease and sleeves that hang down to the knees is not a good look. You know this. I know this. It’s time to turn this thing around. I’m going to frog it, wash the yarn and knit a completely different pattern. I’m deciding between Brooklyn Tweed’s “Rift,” “Albion,” and “Aldous.” None of these are cabled, or cardigans, or even have a shawl collar. Which is exactly why I chose them. The pain of this cardigan is too fresh.

In the interest of feeling like all of that work wasn’t in vain, I’d like to share some of the lessons I’ll remember from this experience:

  1. Superwash yarn grows…and grows…when wet blocked.

  2. Allover cables make a very heavy fabric that tends to grow…and grow…lengthwise.

  3. For large sweaters, steam blocking can be your friend.

  4. If you pin your sweater pieces together and the garment looks like it’s going to be ridiculously big, the seaming process is not magically going to eliminate 15” of positive ease.