Summer Cast-on Magazine & the Mazar Pullover May 6, 2020 16:22
Something I love about hand-dyed yarn is that the beautiful and unique colors can make a basic stockinette sweater into a piece of art. However, I still need the knitting itself to be somewhat interesting—which is why I think the Mazar Pullover is the perfect pattern for hand-dyed yarn.
This Mazar Pullover pattern has just been published in the Summer 2020 issue of Cast on Magazine. This digital issue is packed with 26 new patterns, including the Longboat Key Tee by Donna Estin, and the Pyramid Top by Arenda Holladay and more.
This seamless pullover is worked from the top down, with ribbed shoulder tabs that flow down into the sleeves and contiguous set-in sleeve shaping. In the video below I explain the construction of this sweater in detail.
Mazar is knitted using Nettle Soft DK from Ancient Arts Fiber, in the Cave Art color. They have so many beautiful hand-dyed colors to choose from, and the drape and feel of the superwash Merino and nettle blend yarn is perfect for this warm-weather tee.
I'm wearing this top with 3" of negative ease, and it feels comfortable, however 0-2" of positive ease is recommended for the best fit.
And take a look at all the patterns in the Summer 2020 issue of Cast On Magazine on Ravelry. TKGA members get access to this whole issue, plus all the back issues ever published by Cast On, including all these patterns of mine. If you're not currently a member of TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association) you may join here.
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Summer Interweave Knits & the Hornbill Top April 30, 2020 16:34 2 Comments
The days here in Maine are finally becoming warmer and I've been enjoying spending time in the yard barefoot and without a coat. As the temps turn, my mind drifts toward summer knits, which is perfect since the Summer 2020 issue of Interweave Knits has just arrived!
This seamless pullover is a joyous lace project to knit. The body is worked in a stunning lace pattern, in the round on a circular needle from the hem to the underarm.
The back and front are divided at the underarms. Stitches are cast on for the back sleeves, then the back is worked to the shoulder. The front sleeve stitches are picked up along the back sleeve cast-on stitches, then the front is worked up to the shoulders. The shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off before adding trim to the neck and sleeve cuffs.
The lace pattern looks complex, but there's a rhythm to it that helps it stick to memory. There's a pleasant balance between eyelet/decrease rows and knit or purl rows.
The Ecopuna yarn by Lana Grossa is a beautiful blend of cotton, Merino and alpaca. There's a gentle halo and a luscious softness that turns this into a luxurious sweater.
As you take a look at all the patterns in the Summer 2020 issue of Interweave Knits on Ravelry think of all the warm weather coming our way this summer. What will you be adding to your summer wardrobe this year? Which projects could you complete with a yarn already in your stash?
And of course, remember to download your copy of the magazine.
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Njord Pullover in Cast on Spring 2020 February 1, 2020 02:48
I don't know about you, but the prospect of Spring has me thinking of warm-weather knits. Some of my favorite things about Spring and Summer knits are organic cotton, short sleeves and wearing pullovers instead of cardigans.
The Njord pullover is all of those! I'm really looking forward to having this top as part of my Spring and Summer wardrobe. The Skinny organic cotton from Blue Sky Fibers is so soft against the skin, it really feels so comfortable and cool to wear.
Njord is worked seamlessly (like most of my sweaters are), and from the bottom up. The back and front are divided at the underarms and worked separately to the shoulders, where they are shaped with short-rows and joined with the Three-needle bind-off. I also include instructions for bound-off shoulders if you'd prefer to seam them.
The sleeves are picked up and worked in the round. The caps are shaped using short-rows, in 2x2 ribbing. Then the neckband stitches are picked up around the neckline for a comfortable crew neck.
My favorite part about designing this, was figuring out how to incorporate the waist shaping into the diamond pattern. I cast on for this sample sweater three times before I got it just right.
I opted to create a faux seam by twisting a column of purl stitches all along each side of the body. This makes it so the increases and decreases may occur to either side of the faux seam resulting in a mirrored effect in the Diamond Pattern.
The Njord pullover pattern is available in the Spring 2020 issue of Cast on Magazine. It's available online as a digital issue and there are bunches of other great designs included, such as the Heartbeat Pullover, by Therese Chynoweth and Mandala Cowl by Manisha Gajria.
The Spring 2020 issue of Cast On Magazine has been recently published, and is available to all members of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). If you're not a member, you can sign up here, and gain access to TONS of valuable knitting info including these patterns of mine. Well worth the yearly membership price.
One of the things I love about Cast On is that they request designers include "Designer Notes" and "Technical Tips" throughout the patterns, to give a little bit more information about what's going on. Not a whole lot of publishers request nor include things like this, and I think it can be really helpful sometimes to explain further than simply "do this", and to explain the "why" and "what's going on" as well. Cast On really is an educational journal for knitters.
So, what do you think of this sweater? Leave a comment below!
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.
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New Pattern - Little Joy Dress! June 30, 2016 21:54
The Little Joy Dress was inspired many years ago when my niece was tiny. But, at that time I was much more focused on designing and knitting adult sweater garments more-so than for children. Thus, it turned into the adult Joy Lace Tunic.
Since the birth of my son however, my affinity for… Read More.
New Pattern - Treat Yourself Cardigan June 17, 2016 06:00 2 Comments
Short-sleeve, eyelets, and minimal shaping make the Treat Yourself Cardigan a treat to knit this summer! It's easy to carry along with you, and is relatively mindless knitting, great for knitting during car rides, at cook outs, ball games, etc… Read more.
New Pattern - Ahoy May-Tee May 26, 2016 06:00
The Ahoy May-Tee (published in the June 2016 issue of I Like Knitting) is a lot of fun to knit! It begins by knitting the cable panel sideways, then joining the two ends together to make a ring. The lower and upper bodies are picked up and knit from either side of the cable panel. There's a little waist shaping for a flattering fit, and once the cable band is joined, it's completely seamless! Read more.
New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Sweater May 23, 2016 06:22Read more.
New Pattern - Dunlin Jumper May 16, 2016 06:00
Issue #60 of Knit Now is out on shelves, and you can see the Dunlin Jumper on the corner of the cover. The pattern is inside, ready to be followed as you knit this sweater for your little friends. The pattern is sized to fit babies 3-months old to children up to 10 years old. It's a classic seamless raglan pattern that can be knit over and over and over… Read more.
New Pattern - Kanti Mama April 25, 2016 04:34
I'm really excited to be sharing this new pattern with you! Kanti Mama is the adult version of the Kanti Baby sweater that I published last year.
In fact, Kanti Mama was my original plan when I began knitting Kanti Baby. Kanti Baby started out as a swatch, to sample the construction for the Kanti Mama sweater. But I needed that swatch to be big enough to really… Read more
New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Hat April 12, 2016 06:23