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. 

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

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

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

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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Test knit: Sibling Revelry Pullover

Hello! Been working away at the second garment in the Sibling Revelry Set, a pullover with cables stripes and texture. Worked in pieces from the bottom up this color blocked pullover has a cabled front, moss stitch back and striped sleeves with saddle shoulders continuing the graphic stripes along the upper back of the garment. There is significant seaming in this garment but I'm sure we can all agree that the nifty colorwork is worth it. If you would like to test the garment head on over to the Ravelry forum and let me know! This garment is available in sizes 3m (6m, 12m, 18m, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)  and is shown below in size 10.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Test Knit: Cottina Cowl

Now really I know that there hasn't been much in the way of Spring in most of North America so far, except... and no one in Spokane really wants to admit it verbally... (here) Shhh... don't tell anyone, or even think it too loud, we are enjoying some not totally buried in snow weather and have had a delicious amount of sunshine so far. I even roto-tilled my garden two weeks ago and planted a spring cover crop. But of course if I tell you this it will all come crashing down in a blizzard of doom sooo really I am not saying anything about the weather... we are talking about a spring cowl didn't you know?

Cottina is a pretty cowl worked with long striping Noro Taiyo Sport, which isn't really a sport weight at all actually a sneaky DK, kinda like our conversation about the weather.. ahem cowl. This cowl uses one skein and when worked out of Taiyo is perfect for the warming breezes of spring, just enough wool and silk to be warm but enough cotton to be cool. The pattern includes instructions on how to increase repeats if you want to use a thinner gauge yarn and if you test it I am fine with a smaller gauge yarn with notes on the pattern page. 

You can check out the test here and all the pertinent(s) are below. 

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

Taiyo Sport (DK weight) [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

19/22 rows = 4” over charted patter, gauge is not crucial for this pattern.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Test Knit: Tamazya

Hello Everyone! I've been busy working away at some new designs and have another test knit for you if you are interested. Tamazya is a worsted weight blanket worked with one strand worsted wool and one strand lace weight mohair for halo. The center section is begun with a provisional cast on and worked back and forth, then stitches are picked up along the sides, and provisional cast on to work the border in the round. If you are interested in participating in the test knit get on over to the forum and sign up! Hope to see you there, xo M

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Test Knit: Sibling Revelry Cardigan

I have a new pattern available for test knitting! The Sibling revelry Cardigan is designed in 10 sizes from 3m to 12 years and was specifically created to celebrate the addition of our third child and just how much our children revel in each other's company. If you are interested in helping to test knit this pattern you can sign up on the Testing Pool forum here

SIZE 3m (6m, 12m, 18m, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)

Chest: Chest: 19.25 (20, 21.25, 22.5, 23.25, 24.25, 26.25, 28.25, 29, 31.25)”

MC: Cascade 220 Superwash \[100% superwash wool 100g/220yds\]; 12m sample: color 819 chocolate, size 6 sample: 882 plum crazy  1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins

CC: Malabrigo Rios \[100% superwash merino 100g/210yds\] ;color 12m sample: 121 marte, size 6 sample 866 arco iris, 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) skeins

1 set US #7/4.5mm 32 inch circular needle

1 set US #6/4mm 32 inch circular needle

Tapestry needle, buttons, sewing needle and thread to match buttons, stitch markers, stitch holders or spare yarn, Spare needle in larger size for 3 needle bind off.

20 sts / 28 rows = 4” in stockinette
19 sts / 32 rows = 4” in garter stripes in yoke
21.5 sts/ 36 rows = 4” in charted pattern
18.5 sts / 38 rows = 4” in garter stitch