New top-down raglan pattern - Bedrine September 16, 2020 17:24
Of all the types of sweater constructions, the seamless, top-down raglan construction is one of my all-time favorite ways to knit a sweater. Let me explain why:
- It's seamless! When you're done knitting, the sweater is done. There's no pieces to assemble, since they were all made during the knitting process.
- You get to try it on as it's being made. There's no doubt about whether or not it's going to fit when it's finished.
- The yoke shaping is simple and straight forward. Generally 4 markers are placed to divide the sleeves from the back and front. Increases are worked gradually at either side of these for markers during the yoke shaping until the correct number of stitches are on the needles for each section.
I've written and tech edited sooooo many raglan patterns since I started doing what I do, and I've streamlined my raglan instructions to be really easy to follow. There aren't any "at the same time" instructions (which always make my head hurt!). I write out every step along the way, and there are plenty of stitch counts included for double checking that things are still on the right path.
Now, why am I telling you all this?
Well, Valley Yarns (the yarn line produced by the mega-famous yarn store, WEBS) has just published the Bedrine Pullover pattern, using their Worthington yarn. And this stunning pullover is knitted using the construction I've just discussed!
The back and front are worked in ribbing, and have a central cable panel, and the sleeves are worked in Stockinette stitch. The change of stitch pattern draws attention to the raglan shaping, and makes for some interesting knitting.
The pattern is written for sizes 35.25" to 62.25"! Read more about sizing, yarn requirements, gauge, etc… here.
The Warm Things patterns are almost ready! January 28, 2020 16:45
I'm wrapping up the cool-weather patterns next week with another hat and mitt set that I call "Warm Things".
In my house, we have this trunk—a sort of chest—that was made by my partner’s grandfather. In it, we keep all the hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, cowls, etc... that we use throughout the cool seasons. We lovingly call it the “Warm Things Box”.
The name for these mitts and the matching hat is inspired by their belonging in this box.
They are knit using O-Wool's Local yarn—a beautiful (and warm) blend of locally sourced alpaca and certified organic merino.
The Patterns are coming!
On Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 they go up for pre-order on Ravelry, and Patreon Members will gain access to them on that day. They’ll be available to the public on Feb 11.
Patreon members also get 15-100% off all my new patterns.
If you join before Saturday, Feb 1, you’ll get the discounts and early access too!
Watch this video on Instagram, to see more details of these pattern pages, and stay tuned for their debut next week!
Spring 2020 Knitscene & the Arced Shawl January 3, 2020 09:36
We just entered 2020—a new decade—and I'm excited at the prospect of Spring! Knitscene has just published their Spring 2020 issue, filled with some great patterns to help us shift gears toward thinking of warmer days.
This shawl was an absolute joy for me to knit.
I loved the simplicity of the welt pattern as it's worked in whole rows, then it got even more fun and interesting to watch the shape form as the short-row sections curve, making shorter sections of the welt.
The cable panel at the lower edge adds a touch of visual interest to the hem of the shawl. Are there hems on shawls? I'm such a sweater knitter...
And the FRINGE! So, this fringe is great. It's made by knitting a few stitches after the cable panel throughout the entire shawl. Then when you get to the end, just before binding off, those knitted stitches are dropped and unraveled all the way back to the cast-on.
Maybe that sounds scary, but trust me, the rest of your knitting won't unravel, and it makes for some beautiful, equal-length, easy to attach fringe along the edge of your shawl.
Take a look at all the patterns in the Spring 2020 issue of Knitscene on Ravelry to start thinking of warm weather. The more we think about it, and FEEL how awesome it is to be warmed by the sun, the sooner it'll come, right? Hey, I'm a dreamer.
But still, go download your copy of the magazine.
And leave a comment below, to let me know what you think!
The Alice Hoodie Knit Along starts July 15th! July 8, 2016 06:00
I was feeling silly the night the Alice Hoodie was inspired. I swatched it in a single-ply bulky yarn, and tentatively named it "Squishy Wishy." I posted on twitter asking people if they would knit something with that name. I was surprised—people seemed pretty open to it. So I kept that title as I mailed the submission to Knitscene… Read more.
From Sketch to Stitches - The "Kristen" Sweater September 16, 2015 09:30
Once upon a time, Green Mountain Spinnery put out a design submission call for their Mountain Mohair yarn. It's such a cozy yarn! I was inspired to design something cozy to match how I feel when I think about the yarn. Read more