Back in Action.


Thanks for stopping by to see my newly beautified home on the internet! I’ve been relatively quiet on both social media and my site as I’ve been working hard on two new sweaters to publish in 2019. I’ve got to share a little preview with you because I’m too excited to keep these under my hat for many more weeks.

These two sweaters really speak to my love for two very distinct styles of yarn - the woolen spun, “just rustic enough” Kent lambswool of Lore from The Fibre Co. and the indie dyed, heartbreakingly beautiful fingering weight Corriedale/Nylon and Silk Mohair Lace from Once Upon A Corgi.

The first upcoming sweater pattern is my Pine Creek Pullover. Pine Creek is a top down, lace yoke sweater knit in DK weight yarn. This is a relaxed fitting sweater, meant to be worn with 6-8 inches of positive ease. It’s an ideal layering piece and I’ve been wearing mine to death since I took it off the blocking board.

I knit my first sample in The Fibre Co.’s Arranmore Light (shown above) and then a second version in their delightful new base, Lore (shown below). The incomparable Gale Zucker is photographing the version knit up in Lore and waiting to see those photos feels like my second Christmas is coming.

The second sweater for 2019 is a yet-unnamed top down raglan sweater with a batwing silhouette, split hem and folded neckband. This beauty is knit in Once Upon A Corgi’s fingering weight Marie Cutie Base (Corriedale/Nylon blend) and the stripes are created by holding Marie Cutie double with Fig (Mohair/Silk Lace). I wore this sweater to celebrate Christmas with my family and I was deliciously cozy. The knitted fabric breathes well, and the mohair provides some great insulation.

This sweater checked all of my “dream knitting” boxes: holding mohair double to create stripes, working with a new-to-me yarn base: Corriedale, and collaborating with my friend: the one and only Gabby of Once Upon A Corgi.

I will have so much more to share with you in the coming weeks about these patterns. If you’ve read down this far, thank you, and I’m looking forward to posting with more frequency in 2019. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the feeling of “having nothing new to say” or newsworthy to share. But I’m going to make an effort to check in once in a while to share what I’m working on, what interests and inspires me, and what tools/books/resources are saving my life.











Eastern Glow


Eastern Glow

My goal for Eastern Glow was to create balance, both in the look of the finished shawl, and in the knitting process.

A generous dose of garter stitch and easy-peasy eyelets sets the stage for two color brioche and a delicate lace finale.

I had the absolute pleasure of getting to know Jaquelyn, the dyer behind Yarn Catcher, though the design of this shawl. She custom dyed the sample colors for me and has curated beautiful shawl kits that are now available in her online shop.

I am incredibly grateful for the group of women who volunteered to test knit this pattern. Their support for each other, as well as for the design, was nothing short of inspiring.

Click here to visit the Ravelry pattern page!


REQUIRED SKILLS

Two color brioche, basic lace patterning

SIZEE

Wing Span: 82” / 208 cm

Depth: 15” / 38 cm

YARN

Yarn Catcher Sock, 463 yds per 100g

80/10/10 SW Merino, Cashmere, Nylon

2 skeins

Shown in colors: Margaritaville (Main Color / Brioche Contrast Color) and That’s What Friends Are For (Contrast Color / Brioche Main Color) 

NOTE: Sample used 82g of MC and 84g of CC

NEEDLES

US 5 / 3.75 mm, or size to obtain gauge, 32” circular needle

NOTIONS

Stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, blocking materials

GAUGE

19 sts and 44 rows = 4” in garter stitch, after blocking

Note: exact gauge is not essential for this project, but knitting at a different gauge may affect the yardage requirements. 

Penfield


Photo Credit: Sweet Georgia Yarns

It’s my pleasure to introduce the Penfield shawl pattern. Designed with easy summer knitting in mind,  Penfield features simple lace repeats knit in Sweet Georgia Yarn’s Tough Love Sock alternated with their Silk Mist lace mohair base.

The lace pattern knit in Tough Love Sock  creates gentle waves that appear to float between the layers Silk Mist stockinette. The finished shawl is light and luxurious. It’s a stylish statement piece when draped over your shoulders or a cozy touch of bliss when wrapped up close around your neck.

Click here to visit the Ravelry pattern page.

PATTERN NOTES
Shawl is knit flat, from the top down, with a garter tab cast on.
Suggestion: weave in ends as you work.
The Lace Pattern is both written and charted for your preference.

SKILL LEVEL
Easy

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Wingspan: 60” / 152.5 cm
Center Depth: 14½“ / 37 cm

YARN
1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Mulberry
(MC) (425 yds / 388 m per 4 oz skein; 80% Superwash Merino,
20% Nylon)
1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Silk Mist in Lady Grey (CC)
(325 yds / 297 m per 0.88 oz / 25 g skein; 60% Fine Kid Mohair,
40% Cultivated Silk)

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
Size 5 US / 3.75 mm needle circular needle, 24” / 60 cm long
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Stitch markers, yarn needle, blocking pins, blocking mat.

GAUGE
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Lace Pattern, with Tough Love
Sock, after blocking.
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch, with Silk
Mist, after blocking.

For more information, see: https://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/shop/penfield/

Yes Way, Rosé


Yes Way, Rosé

I’m happy to offer the “Yes way Rosé” shawl as a free pattern for subscribers to my newsletter. There’s no way for me to explain how much everyone’s support has meant to me over the last year. So, I’ll say “thank you” the best way I know how – with a knitting pattern for you to enjoy.

This easy-breezy shawl is designed to use just one skein of fingering weight yarn. The sample is knit in Hue Loco Spun Sock (400 yds per 100g) and I had 10g of yarn remaining after binding off. This is the perfect opportunity to use that single skein that you just had to have, but had no intended use. If you’re like me, you display these special skeins in a place of honor, where you can lovingly look at them and feel inspired by their beauty and potential. Pick up one of these skeins and knit it into a shawl. Take pleasure in each stitch and share that beautiful yarn with the world when you wear your shawl with pride.

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Required Skills

Basic lace patterning, picot bind off

Size

Wing Span: 57”

Depth: 23”

Yarn 

Hue Loco Spun Sock, 400 yds per 100g

80/10/10 SW Merino, Cashmere, Nylon

1 skein

Shown in color Starling

Sample used 90g of yarn

Needles

US 6 / 4 mm, or size to obtain gauge, 32” circular needle

Notions

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends, blocking pins, blocking mat

Gauge

25 sts and 24 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch after blocking

Note: exact gauge is not essential for this project, but knitting at a different gauge may affect the yardage requirements. 

Yes Way, Rosé

Electric Love


I was lucky to collaborate with Gabby, the dyer behind Once Upon A Corgi Yarn, for the Electric Love shawl. She curates a stunning selection of luxury bases that include breeds not often used in the indie dyer world. This was a perfect opportunity to try her Tesla base (70% Blue Faced Leicester, 20% silk and 10% cashmere). The strength of BFL combined with the drape of silk and snuggle-factor of cashmere makes this yarn a dream for shawl knitting.

As soon as I got my hands on a few skeins, I knew that they were destined to become an oversized, luxurious wrap. I’m smitten with the richly textured look of two-color brioche  and I wanted it to play a starring role in this design. I chose a lace motif that you can easily knit while binge-watching your favorite show (I’m not here to judge). It lends a lightness to the center of the shawl and doesn’t get lost in speckled or variegated yarn.

If you’re looking to practice your two color brioche basics, this is an ideal project. You cast on just a few stitches and increase all the way up to the full width of the shawl. Transition to some easy stockinette and garter ridges before working a memorizable lace panel. Cruise through some more stockinette and garter stitch before beginning your brioche decreases right down to the end of the shawl. A bonus? Only seven stitches to bind off.

Take me to the pattern!

Notes

To customize your shawl, you can choose to knit in two or three colors. The two-color brioche portions of the shawl require approximately 840 yds total, or two skeins of fingering weight yarn. You can knit the garter ridge and lace portion in a third color, if desired. This section requires approximately 420 yds, or one skein of fingering weight yarn.

The shawl is symmetrical. If you are concerned about running out of yarn, you can eliminate some repeats of the lace portion without much impact to the finished design. Weigh your yarn halfway through the lace to see if you’ll have enough to complete the shawl.

Required Skills

German twisted cast on, two color brioche increases and decreases, simple lace

Size
One size
Wing Span: 106”
Width: 19”

Yarn
Once Upon A Corgi, Tesla, 438 yds per 100g
70% BFL / 20% Silk / 10% Cashmere
2 skeins [876yds] Main Color [MC]
1 skein [438yds] Contrast Color [CC]
Shown in colors Blood Moon [MC] & Like My Cold Dead Heart [CC]

Needles
US 5 / 3.75mm, or size to obtain gauge, 32” circular needle

Notions
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins, blocking mat, removable stitch marker/progress keeper to keep track of MS/CS

Gauge
23 sts & 32 rows / 4” in stockinette stitch
Note: exact gauge is not essential for this project, but knitting at a different gauge may affect the yardage requirements