Sunday, September 11, 2016

A new fall pattern- Decorative Gourd Set

The weather is still a bit warm, but fall is definitely on it's way. The mornings are chilly and there are even a few leaves beginning to fall. In anticipation of the upcoming season change, I am releasing a new pattern perfect for getting into the fall spirit.

The Decorative Gourd Set includes instructions to make four different mini gourds. There is a bicolor gourd, a hexagonal pumpkin, a nonagonal pumpkin, and a crown of thorns gourd. These four patterns can be made in various colors with different finishing details to create an abundance of ornamental gourds.

All the gourds and stems are worked in the round. The "thorns" on the crown of thorns gourd are worked flat, then sewn on. The stripes up the sides of the nonagonal and crown of thorns gourd are embroidered on. They use such a small amount of yarn that they make a great stash-busting project. They are also a fairly quick knit. So, if you're looking for a quick and enjoyable project to get you ready for fall, here it is!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Tiny Turtle

I have another new pattern out! The adorable Tiny Turtle is now for sale in my Ravelry shop. 

All the pieces are knit in the round, so there is very little finishing. The pattern on the shell is made using slipped stitches. It uses a very small amount of yarn and works up quickly. 

This super-cute little toy would make a great gift! 

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Frost Slippers

Here is my latest pattern! I know it seems a bit odd to be thinking of cozy wool slippers in the middle of summer, but fall is just around the corner. What better way to prepare than by knitting some gorgeous slippers?

The Frost Slippers are part of the Knit Picks collection Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection. The tops then the bottoms are worked two at a time with steeks using the Magic Loop method. After sewing the slippers together, stitches are picked up for the cuffs. They are a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting without as much commitment or stress as a larger project like a sweater.

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fair isle slippers knitting wool yarn pattern cozy red white brown
fair isle slippers knitting wool yarn pattern cozy red white brown
fair isle slippers knitting wool yarn pattern cozy red white brown

I've been quite busy working on several patterns in various states of design. Some of them are nearly ready, so there will be more pattern releases soon!


Saturday, March 5, 2016

The latest Knit Picks collection

Finally another opportunity to share some finished projects! The latest Knit Picks collection that I was able to design for was released recently. It is called Petite Presents and features 30 projects that use small amounts of yarn.

I have two patterns in this collection. The first pattern is the ZigZag Mittens. They are knit in superwash wool, so they are soft and washable. There are lots of options for color customization with this project. You could knit them in dark, rich colors or neutrals for a completely different look. They come in three sizes to fit children through adults. I gave a pair of the smallest size to my niece for Christmas.

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The second pattern is for Weather Mug Cozies. They are super simple to knit and use duplicate stitch to add the designs. There is also room for customization with this project. You could make a cozy with sun on one side and rain on the other. It would also be fun to use a deep red or green for the snowflake cozy to make them holiday themed.

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I've been super busy designing and writing several different patterns, so it's nice to take a quick break and share some finished products! I can't wait to share some of the patterns that I'm working on now.

Friday, January 8, 2016

New pattern! Lattice hat

I just released a new pattern! It is a gorgeous hat called Lattice. Being knit with chunky baby alpaca yarn makes it a wonderfully soft and squishy hat. The main part of the hat has a lovely lattice pattern made with cables which continues around the entire hat without interruption. It also has a brim that folds up for extra warmth. We've had a few cold days here lately and this hat has been amazing!

The pattern is available here

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Here's some more helpful information about the pattern:

Finished Measurements: 
Circumference: 18 inches unstretched, stretches to fit head circumferences up to 24 inches. 
Height: 8 inches with brim rolled up.
Materials: 
Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky 100% baby alpaca, 100g/108 yds; Color: Color 612 Mystic Purple; 2 skeins 
16-inch US #7/4.5mm circular needle 
16-inch US #10/6mm circular needle 
1 set US #10/6mm double-point needles 
Cable needle 
Removable stitch marker 
Yarn needle

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My design process: Part 4- Embellishment and finishing

Once all the pieces are finished, they must be put together. This a very important step, though not my favorite. I often put off the sewing together which is why I have a studio full of mostly finished projects. Once I force myself to finish though, the project is transformed into a stunning finished item.

With this purse, I decided to add a fabric lining. I measured the fabric, cut it so that there was a fold on the bottom, then used my sewing machine to sew up the sides and hem the top.

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Next, I did some finishing on the knitted part of the purse. I sewed the beginning and end of the I-Cord bind off together so that it looked nice and neat.

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I sewed up the bottom of the purse along the cast on edge.



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The zippered pocket took a bit of work. To make the zipper the correct length, I reinforced it with my sewing machine where I wanted the end of the zipper to be.  I then cut the zipper a bit past the new end. After that, I sewed the two pieces of the pocket to either side of the zipper and then sewed the pocket in place on the fabric lining.

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The fabric lining was then ready to be sewn into the knitted purse.

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Next I sewed on the handles.

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 Lastly, I added some crochet flowers to the front of the bag.

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Finally the bag was finished! This particular project had a lot more finishing than I usually do, but the end result was really nice. I completed it just in time to snap a few pictures and wrap it to give to my niece for her birthday.

The next step will be to edit the pattern for publication.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

My design process: Part 3- Knit it! (and write it down)

Now I will knit out my new pattern to see if it turns out the way I've imagined it. With my calculations, I have a starting point and I can cast on and start knitting away!

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Sometimes I have to make pieces over again because they don't turn out how I think they will. When designing my Lacy Baseball Tee pattern, I had to rip out and redo the shoulders and neck several times before I was satisfied with the way it looked. Fortunately, this purse is pretty simple, so it has turned out exactly as I thought it would.

Whenever I'm working out a pattern, I keep track of what I'm doing. I don't want to have to rework a pattern just because I didn't write down what I was doing along the way. Sometimes it's as simple as notes in a sketch book or on the back of a yarn wrapper, but I've been trying to use my computer as much as possible. It saves so much time later! The more details that I am able to add as I go along, the better. When I'm ready to edit the pattern I will already have a rough draft started. It is also much easier to make adjustments to a Word document than hand written notes if things don't work out the first time. 


After I have all of the pieces knit, I will need to do the finishing work. For this project, that will include sewing some fabric with a machine in addition to the sewing up with yarn that is normally involved in finishing a project.



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