Monday, August 25, 2014

Patternum Novum: Auri

Back at TNNA in May, I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Mira (another California gal) of Baah! Yarns and she told me about her new yarn, Aspen, a loooovely blend of merino, silk, and cashmere. I jumped at the opportunity to design with it and grabbed three colors that seemed fated to be together - Sirena, Sky, and Misty - and this breezy wrap is what came of it. Introducing: Auri.

Auri Wrap - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)

Auri is an asymmetrical crescent-like wrap named for the Ionic Greek word for breeze, whose super-simple stripe pattern creates a beautiful gradient that, in these colors, reminds me of ocean mist in the early morning. (Though I do think you could use some contrasty colors and it would look pretty amazing.) After experimenting for quite a bit, I think I've finally nailed down the increase rate for creating the ideal crescent from the top-down -- I combine that with some easy short rows in Auri to create a crescent wrap that has enough depth in the center without being a million miles across at the top. In garter stitch, this wrap is nice and soothing, but the stripes and increase sequence will keep things from getting boring.

The specs...

Finished Measurements: 79”/ 200.5 cm along top edge; 18”/ 45.5 cm height at thickest part of center

Yarn: Baah! Aspen (75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere; 330 yds/ 302 m per 100g); 1 skein each of Sirena (A), Sky (B), and Misty (C)
Or, 3 colors of a fingering or sport weight yarn: 230 yds/ 210 m of A, 300 yds/ 274 m of B, and 320 yds/ 292 m of C (850 yds/ 777 m total)

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, at least 32”/ 80 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 19 stitches & 44 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Garter Stitch

For more information about Auri, you can check it out on Ravelry here. And, as always, please come chat about Auri and share any in-progress or FO photos you might have in my Ravelry group!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Patternum Novum :: Aeris

A new day, a new first collaboration with The Plucky Knitter is up on Ravelry and I couldn't be more excited. Meet Aeris:

Aeris (Latin for of copper) is a slightly asymmetrical triangular wrap knit in textured and eyelet-y stitch patterns with Plucky's ultra-luxurious Bello Worsted yarn. I love how the yarn takes the stitch patterns...

and I love how this fun shape allows the wrap to be worn by wrapping just one long end around you instead of two. (Less dangling.) And when you add stripes? Hoo boy, it's even better.
© The Plucky Knitter
© The Plucky Knitter

Aeris will be available as part of exclusive kits that will go live on The Plucky Knitter blog tomorrow, Sunday, August 10th, at 6pm EDT -- so mark your calendars! Sarah will be offering two and three skein kits (the three skein-ers make a larger shawl like hers) with her Bello Worsted, Cozy, and Scholar yarn bases, as well as some stunning stripe sets (which you can see right now on the Plucky Knitter blog).

You can find out more about Aeris - sizing, yardage, specifications - on Ravelry right here.

And don't forget to click over to the Plucky Knitter blog tomorrow at 6pm Eastern time!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Patternum Novum: Poua Pullover

Just today, Knit Picks released a brand new collection for Fall (is it almost fall already?!), called Burnished. Burnished is all about exploring the colors and textures of fall, with interesting colorwork, cables, and shapes. My own contribution is Poua, a simple, polka-dotted, raglan-yoked pullover that immediately became a favorite of mine. (And my sample for which I wore this Christmas, even though I probably shouldn't have.)

Poua features a very simple fair isle pattern that creates fun polka dots against a neutral background. The body and sleeves are worked from the bottom up in the round, the body with subtle waist shaping. They are then joined at the raglan yoke and continued in the round until bind offs and decreases worked flat shape the crew neck. The collar ribbing is picked up after the yoke is complete.

Poua is meant to be worn with some positive ease, but it would be quite cute worn with a more fitted look as well. (Actually, that's how I myself wore it. I'll get some modeled shots when I'm not sporting a large pregnant belly and an extra 30 pounds.)

The specs...

Sizes: 28.75 (32, 37, 40.5, 43.75, 48.75, 52.25, 57.25, 60.75, 64)” finished bust measurement ; meant to be worn with 0-2" of ease.

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 110 yards/50g): MC Seraphim 25974, 6 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13) balls; CC Bittersweet Heather 24652, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls

US 6 (4mm) 24-60” circular needles (length needed depends on size made), 16-20” circular needles (for collar), and DPNs, or two 24” circular needles for two circulars technique, or one 32” or longer circular needle for Magic Loop Technique, or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 19 stitches and 24 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch
You can check out more about the Poua Pullover and the Burnished Collection on the Knit Picks' website here and on Ravelry here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Patternum Novum :: Hawkes

Last Friday, Kelbourne Woolens announced the release of the newest Fibre Company yarn, Knightsbridge, a blend of baby llama, wool, and silk in 14 gorgeous, rich, heathered, wonderful, omgilovethem colors. And to go with the yarn, they also released a 15-pattern collection inspired by menswear and the English countryside. (You should see the mood board. It was instant inspiration.) I am thrilled and honored to say that one of my own designs was included amongst those fifteen. Here is Hawkes:
© Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke  

Hawkes is an easy-to-wear pullover with long sleeves and lots of ease through the body. Rather than being colorblocked, it's "pattern-blocked", with Stockinette at the top (where all the shaping takes place) and heavily textured on the bottom with a simple ribbing pattern.
© Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke 

I designed Hawkes to be knit from the top down, starting with the back and with the fronts picked up from the shoulders and joined at the bottom of the crew neck. The sleeves are picked up from around the armholes and shaped with short rows -- this way I could do top-down construction and keep the flattering set-in sleeves I had in mind. If you've never done a short-row sleeve cap before -- never fear! It's much easier than it seems and gives, in my opinion, a great result.
© Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke

I encourage you to check out the whole collection on Ravelry or the Kelbourne Woolens website. And if you can get your hands on some of that gorgeous Knightsbridge, do it!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Knits that Breathe :: The Winner

I always have mixed emotions on the day I pick a giveaway winner. On the one hand, I'm excited that I get to send someone something cool; on the other, I want to send one to everyone who entered! :( So, I apologize that only one of you gets a brand new copy of Julie Turjoman's Knits that Breathe today. And without further ado, let's see who that person is! Random Number Generator, do your thing.....

 It's Debbie! Debbie, pretty soon you'll have the book in your hands and you'll be able to make your very own Flutterbye. (This one's my favorite, too.)

© Zoe Lonergan 

I'll be in touch shortly to get your mailing info. 
And for everyone else, don't forget that you can find the Knits that Breathe patterns on Ravelry here and purchase options can be viewed on Julie's website here

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review & Giveaway :: Knits that Breathe by Julie Turjoman

Well, hi there! It's been quite some time, hasn't it? I didn't realize quite how long it had been until I logged on today and -- wow -- over a month has gone by since my last checkin, and that was just a pattern release! So how's everyone doing?!

This summer has been quite the busy one Chez Yarniad, with swimming lessons, play dates, baseball, and, oh, growing a person in my belly. :) I'm happy to say that my second trimester has been lovely, but I'm just getting to that point where the heat is starting to get to me and I'm feeling kinda large. But I will say this for being pregnant in summer: stretch jersey dresses. The high temps mean I can basically wear the equivalent of a nightgown all day every day, and it's completely acceptable. I don't know how I made it through my first pregnancy in winter -- the last time I tried wearing a pair of pants, I just gave up and took a nap.

Anyway, this is a knitting blog, so let's talk about some knitting, shall we? I have some very exciting projects in the pipeline that I unfortunately can't share at this time, so today I'm going to talk about someone else's knits!

Back at TNNA in May, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Julie Turjoman, author of the awesome Brave New Knits, who gave me my first published-design opportunity and who I am now lucky to call a friend. She recently came out with a stunning collection of knits that utilize light, non-wool fibers. The focus is pretty, easy-to-wear, flattering pieces that are looking awfully tempting to me as we climb towards 100 degrees here in Turlock. And while true that these are fantastic knits for summer, the right color choices and layering pieces would make these great the rest of the year as well. For whatever reason, not everyone needs wool underlayers, even in winter.

So, let me introduce you to Knits that Breathe:

Knits that Breathe is a book of 12 light pieces, all done in fibers such as cotton, linen, bamboo, and silk. The collection includes tops and cardigans both, all styled and photographed beautifully. Want to take a look inside?  Here are a few of my favorites, with links to Ravelry design pages included.

Flutterbye is a beauuuuutiful top with a handkerchief hem and fluttery short sleeves. Isn't this knit the definition of pretty?!

Haven is ultra-chic -- I can see this with leggings or jeans, with a camisole underneath (as shown), or layered with a long-sleeved tee in cooler weather.

Iced Frappuccino is another extremely lovely top. I love the decorative stitch patterns and am obsessed with that eyelet-y yoke.

Splash is one of the cardigans of the book. An open-front cardigan is always a great idea.

That's only four of them -- the additional 8 designs in the book are all just as pretty, easy, and flattering.

There is a group on Ravelry dedicated to Knits that Breathe if you'd like to chat with others knitting these projects. All patterns are on Ravelry here and purchase options (including the e-book, paperback version, and combo package) can be seen on Julie's website here.

OR....if you'd like to WIN a (signed!!) copy of this stunning book, simply leave me a comment with your favorite design from the book and your contact info (email, RavID, Twitter handle, anything) and it could be yours. You have until 11:59pm Pacific time next Sunday (August 3rd) and I will draw a winner next Monday morning. Good luck!

© Zoe Lonergan 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pattern Novum :: Irida, new and improved

Last June, I was pleased as punch to have a shawl design included in the first issue of Ply Magazine. Since then, I've received several inquiries regarding if and when the design's pattern would be available as an individual download. Well, I'm happy to say that, as of today, it is -- and with some upgrades, too!

Irida - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)

The original Irida pattern (the rainbow flavor) came in just one size and was designed specifically for a skein of beautiful, one-of-a-kind ombré handspun yarn. It's a top-down triangle with a simple lacey chevron pattern that's great for beginning knitters - even those who have never made a shawl before. The new and improved Irida not only includes updated pattern instructions and photos, but also an option for a larger size, which I knit up with almost exactly one skein of the commercially available Kauni 8/2 Effektgarn (the one with the purples and pinks).

But any sport or fingering weight yarn will do, really. This pattern is highly customizable, and instructions have been given throughout the pattern to adapt it to your yarn. Also, if you don't have enough of an ombré yarn on hand, you can always use multiple colors of a similar-weight yarn -- I've added notes in the pattern for how to do that as well.

The specs...

Sizes: Small [Large]

Finished Measurements: Length of top, straight edge: 48”/ 122 cm [60”/ 152 cm] Height at center: 22”/ 56 cm [26”/ 66 cm]

Yarn: 450 yds/ 412 m [575 yds/ 526 m] of a sport weight yarn; shown in ombré handspun [Kauni 8/2 E ffektgarn (100% Wool, 656 yds/ 600 m per 150g) in color EYY]

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, at least 24”/ 60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 19 sts & 31 rows [16 sts & 27 rows] = 4”/ 10 cm in St st 19 sts & 34 rows [16 sts & 30 rows] = 4”/ 10 cm in Chevron Lace

A chart is provided in the pattern for the lace pattern as well as written instructions.

For more information about the new Irida, you can check it out on Ravelry here. And, as always, please come chat about Irida and share any in-progress or FO photos you might have in my Ravelry group!