Hello again! I’ve been quite busy knitting away, even though I haven’t had time to post here – I keep meaning to post more often, but life keeps getting in the way!! I do have some tutorial posts in the works, so stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile – here is my latest pattern: the Moissanite Shawl!
This is knit in fingering weight yarn, and requires at least 1000 yards. It’s very customizable, though, so you may need much more than that if you add to the lace repeats.
Silicon Carbide, or Moissanite, is a rare natural mineral. It is almost as hard as diamonds, and has a fiery brilliance—so it is sometimes used as a diamond gemstone substitute. I found it a fitting name for this shawl made with several different diamond motifs.
The shawl is knit from the top down with a center spine diamond panel and gradually changing diamond lace on the sides. It is designed as more than a triangle to sit snug upon the shoulders. Size is customizable – I designed the lace patterns so that any number of repeats of the individual motifs can be knit.
Both charts AND written lace directions are included.
Sample shawl finished size:
Spine height 30 inches
Width 52 inches.
The pattern is $5.00 and you can buy now through Ravelry!
Enjoy – and Happy Knitting!
I just released another new pattern – the Playbook Sweater Vest! This is a pattern for a child’s v-neck vest. I originally designed this as my Master Knitter Level 2 vest.
This is a vest knit in pieces from the bottom up – with cables on each side of front and back. The neckline and armhole ribbing is knit afterwards, with the sides seamed last.
I designed it to fit my son, who loves to watch football, so the ‘playbook’ name seemed a better fit than the more traditional ‘hugs and kisses’ that the cable I used tends to evoke.
The yarn used was Knit Picks Merino Style, but any similar wool blend DK weight yarn can be used. Between 650 and 800 yards will be needed depending on size selected.
Sizes: Child Small/6, Child Medium/10, Child Large/14.
Chest: 12, (14, 15.5) inches.
Length: 15.5, (18, 20) inches.
Needles: US5 and US6.
It’s a sweet little vest, and I hope you enjoy it!
I just released my Master Knitter Level 3 hat pattern!
Winding Roads Aran Hat is now available for purchase via Ravelry! ($5.00)
This pattern uses about 500 yards of worsted weight wool yarn, and US 6 needles. It is designed to fit a 21 inch head circumference. A braided cable brim is knit side-to-side, with stitches picked up to knit the body in the round. More cables (with bobbles!) join to intertwine together at the crown of the hat. The style is a slouchy beret style. A unique button is showcased on the brim. Charts are included.
I hope you enjoy!
Did you get your copy of Cast On in the mail last week? I have another new pattern in the Spring issue that just came out – a pair of socks, called May Day Flowers Socks. look for them on page 16. I am really pleased with how these came out, and I almost didn’t want to mail them off to the magazine- I was so in love with them! I’ll just have to knit myself a pair soon, I guess, yes? :-)
These are very pretty and feminine, with a picot cast on at the cuff and a lovely lace pattern running down onto the instep. The short row heels and toes use German short rows (one of my new favorite ways to do short rows!) The yarn is A Hundred Ravens Iachos in colorway Rose Tyler, and the yarn was a dream to knit with.
I’m quite pleased with these, and I hope you are too!
PS – I know I’ve been unforgivably quiet – sorry about that! It’s hard when all the things on my needles are secret projects!! :-) I do have some more tutorial ideas that I promise I will blog about soon!
When knitting socks toe-up you need to be mindful of how you start and end your socks. Your cast on needs to allow you to have a small circular stitch count – which you then increase to form your toe, and the bind off needs to be stretchy so that you can get your sock on over your heel! I’m going to do a series of blog posts on these items and others, aimed at socks specifically, but that can come in handy in other knitting as well.
This post will concern the cast on. One of my favorite cast ons for starting toe-up socks is Judy’s Magic Cast On. It is indeed magical!
Here is a video showing how to work this cast on:
Another great use for this cast on is as a provisional cast on. If you work the bottom stitches over a second circular needle and then leave the needle in place – or replace it with waste yarn- you can then go back and knit from those stitches in the opposite direction with no visible line in the knitting.
I hope this has been helpful!
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