Tyr Hat & Mitts Giveaway January 10, 2020 16:22 1 Comment
I'm really excited to be wrapping up the finishing touches on the Tyr Hat and Mitten patterns. They've been a LONG time coming. I've had to knit them twice. The first set was supposed to be published by another publisher, but fate would have it that they (along with many other garments in the issue) got lost in shipping—a designers worst nightmare. I imagine it was this publishers worst nightmare as well. Soon after, they decided to close their doors, after over 10 years of publishing quality patterns. And I moved on, focusing on other things for awhile.
Until this past Autumn, when I felt the inspiration to knit them again—which rarely happens. I never knit things twice. But these… these are just so worth it. I just couldn't let them go off into the ether, considering the pattern was done.
The cuffs of the mittens and the brim of the hat are worked in 1x1 ribbing, which has a really great hug. To make the cast-on edge the best possible edge—to match the friendly squeeze of the ribbing—I opted to use the tubular cast-on. Which, if you've never done, never fear! I've also linked to a photo tutorial from my blog, to help make it more clear. The patterns also include written and charted instructions for the cable patterns.
Pattern Release Date
For everyone who's not subscribed to my Patreon, the pattern will be out a week later—January 20, 2020—the same day that the giveaway winner is selected.
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In anticipation of the release of these patterns, Green Mountain Spinnery and I have teamed up to give one lucky knitter a free copy of each of the Hat and Mittens patterns PLUS 2 skeins of the Mountain Mohair yarn in the Spice color, so they may knit themselves a set to match the ones I've made (twice)!
To enter the giveaway:
Visit this post on my Instagram page, like and comment on the image. Just be sure you're following both me (@kristentendyke) and @greenmtnspinnery. It's super simple to enter! Bonus points if you repost the image to your Instagram feed or stories.
Entries close on January 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST, and the winner will be selected randomly on January 20, 2020! See the post on Instagram for all the other details!
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