Friday, July 10, 2015

Coral Palace - New release!

Hello lovely knitters!

I have another pattern available, this one is really a favorite of mine; the Coral Palace Shawl. Now as a kid I have to admit that I was a little obsessed with Mermaids, not unusual I know, and as an adult I can look back and see that really it was a love of water and the ocean which had me so fixated on mermaids. I mean can you even imagine living underwater all the time? that gorgeous coral all around you, colorful fish, waving sea plants?


There was a book at my elementary school library that depicted a mermaid and her palace, an underwater citadel of organic corals that flowed from one room to the next. It was very Gaudian in nature and later in my art career when I was studying Gaudi it hit home how much I appreciate and enjoy this type of design. Below you can see the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a building that is still being worked on to this day, designed by Gaudi.

This shot is an interior photo of the Nave in the Sagrada Familia


But perhaps my favorite of his works is this apartment building called the Casa Batllo, it was created out of an already existing building and is a fascinating piece of work.


When swatching stitch patterns for the Coral Palace shawl I kept coming back around to these undulating shapes and curved openings, creating an organic architecture for the flickering underwater colors to breathe in. 



Coral Palace is worked from the bottom up and needs a very loose cast on. It uses a combination of double yarnovers and triple wrapped stitches with dramatic 13 stitch decreases to create the scallop shell imagery on the bottom border. The entire shawl is based on garter stitch with the exception of the odd single purl stitch to work the WS of the double yarnovers. The center section is worked with short rows that shape the shawl into a delicate crescent, and the top border is worked with a smaller interpretation of the large border. 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 
60” long and 15” tall at widest point

MATERIALS
madelinetosh Twist Light [75% merino, 25% nylon; 420 yds]; color peace of paradise, pattern uses 92% of skein when worked at stated gauge. 

1 US #7/4.5mm 24 inch circular needle, using a ‘sharp’ or lace needle is best for working the k13tog.
Tapestry needle, 

GAUGE
14 sts/30 rows = 4” in garter stitch after blocking, gauge is not crucial but may affect yardage.

Thanks so much to my lovely model and amazing friend Ivory




Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Aegaea Shawl

As blue as the sea with a waving lace border and pretty scalloped edging Aegaea is a simple shawl worked back and forth like a scarf. It is easily customized for differeing yardage and gauge and the sample version uses only 1 skein of the recommended yarn.


This lovely yarn fell into my hands at my local LYS, the owner was looking for a pattern to showcase this beautiful wool silk combo and the generous 290 yds of DK weight in one skein was the perfect amount for a shawl. Using a side knit increase method I learned from Sivia Harding I knew I wanted to find the perfect border stitch that had just the right amount of patterning but also incorporated increases and decreases to create a wavey edge. 

I fell in love with this stitch pattern when I came across it on pinterest, it was lacey but not too lacey and used a combination of lace sts and twisted ribbing. Adjusting the pattern so that it was more of a border stitch with a waved edge meant more movement in the pattern and also gave visual interest. 

The increases for the center section are worked within the garter stitch and it is simple to work more or less increases if you desire a wider or narrower shawl. The lace double yarnover scalloped edging is also based on garter stitch and speaks to the garter stitch center.


This pattern is really easily adjusted for a different gauge or yardage, you can work the increases until you have a width you like, work even until you have about 5-7% more than half the yarn (the bind off always seems to take more than the cast on, but you can work until you have 2-3% more than half left if you feel like the thrill of it), then work repeats until you are back to 1 garter stitch.

SALE! For the week of June 9th to June 16th 2015 if you buy the Aegaea pattern you can choose 1 other Little NutMeg Productions pattern for free! Hop on over to Ravelry, put both in your cart and the price of the second pattern will be deducted from the total. 

You can get a copy of Aegaea on Ravelry here

SIZE:
54” long, 5.5” wide at edge 8.5” wide at center

MATERIALS:
MJ Yarns, Silken DK Weight [85% polwarth wool, 15% silk; 290 yds/100 g]; cerulean twilight, 1 skein, this shawl uses 93% of the skein. 

1 set US #7/ 4.5 mm 24 inch circular needle or size needed to obtain the correct gauge

Stitch markers, Tapestry needle

GAUGE:
21 sts/28 rows = 4” in Garter Stitch after blocking
16 sts/27 rows = 4” Charted Pattern after blocking

Monday, May 11, 2015

Iridophore now available



Well this is a fun little pattern I have to say, Iridophore makes full use of two skeins of Abracadabra by Hikoo, the  new color changing yarn. What's really neat about this yarn is that it is only available in two colors because they haven't actually invented any other ones. And it changes color rather quickly in bright sunlight, not like the old color changing technology (read hypercolor shirts) which always seemed to take forever to change. My kids are absolutely obsessed with the results and if yarn can outrank computer games and t.v. shows then Hikoo did something right!


Iridophore is the scientific name for the crystalline cells on a chameleon that change color

The pattern uses one skein of each color, white to pink and white to purple, but since the headband only uses about 30 grams and the bracelet more like 10 grams you can easily get 3 of each from 2 skeins. The headband is worked lengthwise with a border of stockinette stitch that curls up to make a nice squishy edging, the center area is worked with garter stitch short rows that are not wrapped and uses beads! This was a huge selling point for the kids as BEADS make it more like JEWELS and PRINCESSES wear JEWELS, and since it is a headband it really is mostly like a TIARA WITH JEWELS. The beads are placed using a small crochet hook onto the stitch that is different than stringing the beads on the yarn first. Of course you could just string the beads on and it would work fine but you would get a slightly different looking result. Don't be intimidated by the short rows since really it is just turning the work mid row and continuing back the other way, no wrapping of stitches. Both the headband and the bracelets are finished with buttons, the buttons you see are shell buttons from Joanns that actually match perfectly! So if you do use the Abracadabra check out the button aisle at your local Joanns. 

The bracelet is also worked lengthwise with a curled stockinette border, the beads are placed on an eyelet row with garter stitch on either side. The headband calls for a color change between the border and the main body but the bracelets are worked in one color, not to say that you couldn't change color if you wanted to.  Also this pattern is available from BABY to ADULT, the samples are knit in the child sizes (except for the Adult Small headband on the giant head of my eldest daughter).


The Headband Ravelry Page is here and the Bracelet page is here

Of course you can work this in any yarn you choose, and the two test knitters did some adorable projects using striping and vareigated yarn, you can see their projects here

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tamazya is now available


This blanket was such a delight to design and knit and it all began with the center stitch pattern and a cold January day. I was flipping through my stitch dictionary just browsing for inspiration and kept flipping back to the page with the center motif on it. Something about that geometric pattern was so appealing to me, it spoke of warmer places, of sand and sun and dry warmth. Perhaps tents in the desert with deeply patterned textiles, the smell of smoke and reverence for nature and the divine in tandem. With the dreary January rain outside the window in my poorly insulated upstairs studio I dreamed of red heat, of travel to distant places, the clatter of a well traversed bazaar and friendly crowds. Since a trip wasn't really in my immediate future I figured I could just bring the experience home with a deep red worsted weight wool combined with a lace weight mohair for halo and a romantic lace pattern that would take me travelling from my own couch. The initial center section is that self same stitch pattern that so captured my imagination. The border rounds were created by marrying two stitch patterns together, creating a motif that speaks of mosaic tiles, embroidered pillows and peacock feathers. 

Tamazya is begun with a provisional cast on for the center section and worked back and forth. Then stitches are picked up along the sides and the work is joined to work in the round for the border. Don't worry about picking up the stitches, all the math has been worked out for you so you can pick up the correct amount the first time and avoid frustration on your warm vacation. The bind off is a picot bind off worked on the WS of the work, this means that you will turn the work to bind off with the wrong side facing you and use the tail of the yarn at the end to seam the small gap.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cottina Cowl now available!


Oooh I love releasing a new pattern, this is a one skein cowl pattern that uses Noro Taiyo Sport, which is actually a DK weight. The pattern is worked in the round and has a combination ribbing and lace pattern that moves the yarn around with yarn overs and stacked decreases. This creates waving stripes in the pattern and it looks pretty darn nice in whatever yarn you use, either striping or variegated. You can find the Cottina Cowl on Ravelry here. 


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
One size 22” circumference at top, 30” circumference at bottom, 14.5” tall

MATERIALS
Noro Taiyo Sport [60% cotton, 15% silk, 15% wool, 10% nylon, 349yds/100g ] color #06 1 skein
1 set US #7/4.5mm 24 inch circular needle and 16” circular needle
1 set US#7/4.5mm dpns if not using 16” circular needle.
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
19 sts/22 rows = 4” over charted pattern.
Gauge is not critical for this pattern.

PATTERN NOTES
This cowl is worked from the bottom up in the round. To increase the circumference of this cowl you can add stitches in increments of 16 and work additional repeats of the chart.




The Cottina Cowl is a quick knit and I actually knit the entirety of it on a last minute trip to Tacoma in February. We made a jaunt to the coast so I could check out the marketplace at the Madrona Fiber Retreat and also to take the kids to obsess over Sharks with me see the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Which was fabulous by the way and the perfect size for kids over a morning. I though it might be neat to take some in progress photos since I was in the same place for the knitting of the cowl and you can see them below!

(yes we have a disability placard lol)




Because really, sharks need cowls too.



New Test Knit: Porifera Cowl


Now this is a fun pattern, I mean I know I might be biased but still, I sure had a  great time designing it. This super adjustable pattern is now ready for test knitting and needs testers who want to get creative with yarn and sizing. It calls for an Aran weight handspun but can be worked in any weight yarn with the desired amount of increases. This design would look amazing in a plain yarn, loads of texture and simple enough to satisfy, but it also shines when worked with a crazy skein of handspun or vareigated. I have a habit of buying the wildest skein of yarn in the store and so am constantly looking for something with a varying yardage requirement that works with crazy yarn. If you would like to test knit this pattern hop on over to the Ravelry Forum here.


If you are unsure about what test knitting actually is I can outline it for you. Click the link to the forum and leave me a message stating that you are interested in testing the pattern, also pm me your email. I will sign you up on the list and email you the pattern. You knit through the pattern, making any notes on your project page about alterations you have made. You can ask questions by posting in the forum and make sure to keep an eye out for any mistakes in the pattern. Any changes to the pattern or corrected mistakes are added to the original post so check there first before asking a question. When your sample is complete post a picture or two to your project page along with weighed finished yardage of the sample. Then I say thank you, thank you, thank you, finish editing the pattern and send you a fancy mistake free complimentary copy when it is released. Beware though, test knitting can be highly addicting so begin at your own risk :)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sibling Revelry Cardigan

I have a new pattern available for purchase, the Sibling Revelry Cardigan, worsted weight yarn, 10 sizes, 2 colors, I-cord edging, texture and stripes.

The Sibling Revelry Cardigan is just exactly that, my children, husband, and myself reveling in the perfection and joy of our expanded family. Our oldest with her springy curls, sweet intelligent smile, astute observations on the world and outrage at injustice of all sorts. Our middle gal who cannot decide whether to be a princess or a rock star, or maybe both, all razzle and frazzle, funny jokes and sassy dancing. And finally little guy with his unending love of chickens, trucks and dogs, his toothy sharky smiles and weird wookie howl. Everyday it is a wonder that they are all here and get to love each other fiercely.


This particular design began with a rather special skein of yarn given to me at my Baby celebration with my closest friends. The dark red and browns of the Marte were just lovely and my friend was all smiles when she admitted she just couldn't pass it by because she loved it for me. I combined this treasured skein, with a lush heathered brown, textured cables, 2 color stripes and plush garter stitch. It simply had to be in a huge range of sizes so that the kids could have matching Cardigans, and it needed a hood to balance the rest of the design, and what kid doesn't love hoods? (Okay maybe some kids, but mine love them)


The Sibling Revelry Cardigan is available in sizes 3m (6m, 12m, 18m, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12), it uses worsted weight yarn and 5 buttons. Instructions are given for both girl and boy sided buttonbands and the pattern has charted instructions.


You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.