City Limits


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City Limits has been a long time coming…

This sweater was my “slow summer” project. I told myself that I needed to take the summer off from active design work in order to be kind to my children, and myself. But I could not resist the skeins of Plucky Yakkity that had been sitting in my stash since January. So, I took my sweet time and enjoyed lots of lazy summer days while working on this design in all of the spare moments that I could steal.

We have to talk about this yarn. It is 100% yak and 10,000% luxury. I would have guessed that the tradeoff for that luxurious feeling would be a less durable yarn, but I’d be wrong. I actually knit this sweater once, in a size that was too large (let’s not talk about how I actually finished the sleeves and blocked it before admitting this to myself), frogged it and re-knit it a second time. Through all of this wear and tear on the yarn, there was not a single pill or bit of errant fluff to be found. Yak fiber is miraculous.

If yak yarn is not in your sweater budget, fear not! None of my test knitters used this yarn and they were all really pleased with their finished sweaters. Two test knitters used Madelinetosh Work Sock and made gorgeous sweaters. Work Sock is a sport weight yarn, but a heavier one. It was still easy to get gauge for this pattern, because the Yakkity is a lighter DK.

If you’d like some yarn suggestions, or want to chat about fit and sizing, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m always happy to talk yarn, knitting and sweater construction!

Click here to visit the pattern page for City Limits.

Required Skills

Long tail cast on, knitting in the round, simple lace, small cables, three needle bind off, picking up stitches


Finished Bust Size

32 (36, 40, 44) [48, 52, 56] {60, 64, 68}”


Suggested Ease

4-6” of positive ease. This is flexible and can be adjusted based on your personal preference. Please bear in mind that if you choose to knit a size with less than 4” ease, you may need to knit your sleeves longer than directed in the pattern. I don’t recommend less than 2” of ease, as drop shoulder sweaters get some  of their arm mobility from ease in the fit.  


Yarn

The Plucky Knitter, ‘Yakkity’ 100% Yak, 325 yds per 100 g 

4 (4, 4, 5) [5, 6, 6] {6, 7, 7} skeins

or 1034 (1155, 1276, 1397) [1518, 1639, 1760] {1881, 2002, 2123} yds of a similar light DK weight yarn


Needles

US 6 / 4mm or size needed to get gauge

24” circular needle for body

40” circular or DPN’s for sleeves

US 5 / 3.75 mm or one size smaller than needed to get gauge, 16” circular for neckline


Notions

Removable stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, waste yarn


Gauge

Using US 6 / 4mm needle, 21 sts and 30 rows = 

4” / 10 cm in stockinette, in the round, after blocking.


Contact & Support

email: samanthaguerindesign@gmail.com

Ravelry ID: SamanthaGuerin

Website: samanthaguerindesign.com


Construction Description

City Limits is knit from the bottom up, in the round, with a graphic twisted stitch motif around the bottom half of the body. The front and back are separated at the armholes and worked flat. The shoulders are joined with a three needle bind off, then sleeves stitches are picked up and knit inside out to the cuffs. The neckline stitches are picked up and knit in half twisted rib. 

Bask & Relish

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Bask & Relish are a pair of shawls designed with maximum yarn enjoyment in mind.

The names of these designs reflect my feelings about working with the perfectly speckled yarn dyed by Renee of Spun Right Round: I wanted to bask in the joy that every stitch brought me and relish my time working with these skeins. I hope that if you choose to knit one of these shawls, you can do so with yarn that makes you feel the same.

Bask is the two-skein “entrée size” shawl, while Relish is the “snack size” one skein shawl. Both feature the same alternating sections of one color brioche and squishy garter stitch, providing a healthy balance between what I call “pay attention knitting” and “netflix knitting.”

I’ve created a video tutorial to help any brioche newbies work through the brioche section, so fear not! The tutorial can be found here on my website or on my YouTube channel along with a quick demo for making a tassel using a completely adorable tool from the creative genius Katrinkles.

The Relish pattern will be exclusive to Post Stitch subscribers for the month of October, 2019 and will be available to purchase in my Ravelry store thereafter.

Click here to purchase the Bask pattern on Ravelry!

Bask Pattern Details

Required Skills: Brioche lace patterning

Size: Wingspan: 58” / 177.5cm

Yarn: Spun Right Round, ‘Classic Sock’ (100% Superwash Merino, 438 yds per 100g) Shown in color way ‘Nine Lives’, 2 skeins or 876 yds of a similar fingering weight yarn

Needles: US 6 / 4mm or size needed to get gauge, 24” circular needle

Notions: Tapestry needle, removable stitch marker (optional for marking center stitch)

Gauge: Using US 6 / 4mm needle, 21 sts and 44 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch after blocking.

Relish Pattern Details

Required Skills: Brioche lace patterning

Size: Wingspan: 41” / 104cm

Yarn: Spun Right Round, ‘Classic Sock’ (100% Superwash Merino, 438yds per 100g), Shown in color way ‘Secret Handshake’, 1 skein or 438yds of a similar fingering weight yarn

Needles: US 6 / 4mm or size needed to get gauge, 24” circular needle

Notions: Tapestry needle, removable stitch marker (optional for marking center stitch)

Gauge: Using US 6 / 4mm needle, 21 sts and 44 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch after blocking.

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.

Click here to purchase the pattern on Ravelry!

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. 

Click here to purchase the pattern on Ravelry!

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