Friday, January 8, 2016

Patterna Nova :: Ars Natura

Some time ago, I was lucky enough to get my hands on seven skeins of Anzula Luxury Fibers' Cricket yarn -- a lovely DK/light worsted combo of cashmere, and nylon. Seven skeins and six colors and a hint of an idea for a cowl set that showed off the versatility of the yarn with different knitting techniques. And today I am thrilled to release the resulting collection into the wild.


Ars Natura - $14 via Ravelry (no account required)


Ars Natura is a set of four nature-inspired cowls that show off different techniques in a very simple setting (read: knit in the round, no shaping). These cowls are reversible and twisted (using a super simple technique when finishing that I've included step by step instructions and photos for), making them cushy and warm and (I dare say) really pretty. I've linked the full set of cowls above, but each one is also available as an individual download (though you get a big discount if you buy them together!).

Anthos (flower in Greek) - $5 - has little Scandinavian flowers colorblocked with fat stripes...
 

Cruces (Latin for crosses) - $5 - has more stranded colorwork: a very, very simple little cross pattern...

Frons (foliage) - $5 - has an allover, leafy lace pattern...
 

and Keras (horn) - $5 - features beautiful Staghorn cables twisting their way around.
 

For more information on Ars Natura and the patterns within, including the specific yardage requirements, needle sizes, finished measurements, etc., you can check it out on Ravelry here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Ars Natura discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.

Patternum Novum :: Versus

Way back in November, before our family embarked on an epic journey to the Southeast to visit friends and family and (gasp!) even relax on the beach a little bit, I released a shawl pattern that is really a favorite of mine. I mean, I know I say that about everything I design, but this time I really  mean it. Garter stitch, stripes, an asymmetrical triangular shape, eyelets...these are a few of my favorite things. I loved it so much, I did two versions. I really didn't mean for it to take so long to update here on the ol' blog, but with the baby crawling around and the holidays and all, I seem to be dropping packets right and left! But at long last, here it is...


Versus - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)


Versus is really about opposites. Take a light and a dark or a neon and a neutral, knit an eyeleted, stripey triangle, then join a thick, perpendicular extension that is a negative of the original pattern. Versus begins with a single stitch and is knit in one piece with two skeins of fingering weight yarn all in garter stitch, save for the rows of eyelets occasionally placed throughout. Simple increases and decreases and one strategically placed cast on form contradicting lines, and the perfect unsymmetrical triangular shape to wrap up in. Notes on modification have been included at the end of the pattern, as well as instructions for a three-color version.


The specs...

Finished measurements: 64”/ 162.5 cm wingspan; 27”/ 68.5 cm height at center

Yarn: 2 colors of fingering weight yarn: 420 yds/ 385 m of MC and 300 yds/ 275 m of CC
Two-color version shown in: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% Merino; 420 yds/ 384 m per 114g); 1 skein each of Faded Parka, green (MC), and Fluoro Rose, pink (CC)
OR, 3 colors of fingering weight yarn: 390 yds/ 357 m of MC, 290 yds/ 267 m of CC, and 115 yds/ 105 m of a 3rd color
Three-color version shown in: The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering (75% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon; 390 yds/ 357 m per 101g); 1 skein each of Lonesome Highway/ grey (MC), Twill/ natural (CC), and Lightning Bug/ neon green (3rd color)

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

Gauge: 18 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch
Meeting this exact gauge is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished shawl and yardage required.


For more information on Versus, you can check it out on Ravelry here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Versus discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Kallisti Cowl

I'm very pleased to say that I've had the opportunity to team up with Jackie of Luna Grey Fiber Arts again -- I had a great time working with her on Luna Viridis and Sidere, so much so that I was itching to get my hands on some more of her gorgeous yarn to design with! For this new pattern/ kit (FYI, read to the end because we're doing a giveaway... :) ), I used her super soft, super squishy bulky weight yarn, Apollo. And I am so happy I did. Here it is, the Kallisti Cowl:


Kallisti - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)


Kallisti (which means most beautiful and is a title of Artemis) is a sort of huntress inspired piece that is a hybrid in a few different ways. It's part shawl, part cowl...part semi-circle, part triangle...knit partially flat and partially in the round. It's a twist on my usual shawl-cowl designs, and it is definitely the quickest one to knit and coziest one to wear. I'm in love with how the hand dyed yarn looks both in the simple Stockinette part and especially in the giant bobbles along the border.


The specs...

Finished measurements: 20.5”/ 52 cm circumference at top opening; 19”/ 48.5 cm height at center; 42.5”/ 108 cm circumference at bottom opening

Yarn: Luna Grey Fiber Arts Apollo (100% Merino Wool; 106 yds/ 97 m per 100g); 2 skeins in Emerald
Or, 210 yds/ 190 m of a bulky weight yarn

Needles: US 11 (8 mm) circular needle, 16-24”/ 40-60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 10 (6 mm) circular needle, 24-32”/ 60-80 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 11 sts & 18 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Stockinette St on larger needles
10 sts = 4”/ 10 cm in bobble pattern on smaller needles
Meeting these exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl and yardage required.

And the giveaway? Jackie will be giving away a Kallisti kit (yarn + pattern both) to one lucky winner -- you can check it out and enter to win here.

For more information on Kallisti, you can check it out on Ravelry here and on the Luna Grey Fiber Arts site here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Kallisti discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Pommier Vest

Happy Friday! Today, I have a couple of things to share with you. First is a new pattern. Second is my annual birthday BOGO sale, in celebration of my birthday tomorrow, which I'd rather just skip and stay 34 for a few more years, but that isn't really possible under the current laws of physics/ the space-time continuum, etc. etc. But at least you get a free pattern out of the deal! :) Just read to the end to find out more. So first up, Pommier:

Pommier

Pommier - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)


Pommier is a fun vest I cooked up forever ago to use two stunning colors of Anzula's For Better or Worsted yarn. The body is worked from the top down in Stockinette stitch and knits up quite quickly in worsted weight on size 7 needles -- a simple i-cord lines the armhole openings, and stitches are picked up around the vests opening to create a big, cushy collar in two-color Brioche Stitch. Now, I was a bit intimidated by Brioche Stitch until I designed this vest -- all those new terms freaked me out! But, seriously, it is not that hard. And I've included a full photo tutorial in the pattern to prove it to you. Because it looks really cool once it's done. Anyway, Pommier also features a slight racerback, just to give it a little something extra.

Pommier

The specs...

Finished measurements: Bust: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”/ 71 (81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm; Length from back neck to hem, excluding collar: 22.75 (23.25, 24, 24.25, 25, 25.25, 25.75, 26, 26.25)”/ 56.5 (58.5, 60, 61, 62.5, 63.5, 65.5, 66, 66.5) cm
Sample is shown in size 32” / 81.5 cm with 2”/ 5 cm of negative ease. Positive ease would also look great.

Yarn: Anzula Luxury Fibers For Better or Worsted (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 200 yds / 183 m per 115g); 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) skeins in Navy (MC) and 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) in Candy Apple (CC)
Or, 475 (550, 625, 700, 750, 825, 900, 975, 1025) yds/ 435 (505, 570, 640, 685, 755, 825, 890, 935) m (MC) and 200 (200, 225, 225, 225, 225, 250, 250, 250) yds / 185 (185, 205, 205, 205, 205, 230, 230, 230) m (CC) of a worsted weight yarn

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 32-60” / 80-150 cm long (depending on size made), or size needed to obtain gauge
Same size needles preferred for working a small circumference in the round (e.g. circular needle long enough for Magic Loop, dpns)

Gauge: 18 sts & 24 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in St st; 15 sts & 36 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Brioche St

Pommier

And how about that SALE? Well, I've stuck a birthday-specific coupon code in Pommier's Ravelry page -- just add two patterns to your cart, enter that code, and it will deduct the price of the less expensive pattern. The sale will be going on from now until the end of my birthday tomorrow (11:59pm Pacific time on September 19th), so go, go!

For more information on Pommier, you can check it out on Ravelry here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Safrani discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Safrani Cardigan

Since I first released my Indicum Pullover three (!!!) years ago, I couldn't stop thinking about turning it into a cardigan. I thought the pretty scoop neck and corrugated ribbing would be perfect for such a garment, and cardigans are always such a versatile clothing option. But, as often happens, life, designing, other projects got in the way. But now, I am so happy to say that my dreams of a cardiganized Indicum have finally been realized. Let me introduce you to Safrani:


Safrani - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)

(For a limited time, get Safrani and Indicum together for the price of one -- simply add both to your cart, and the price of one will be automatically deducted at checkout. No coupon code needed.)

Safrani (Greek for saffron), was inspired by Indicum -- it has the same top-down construction, scoop neck shaped with short rows, two-color corrugated ribbing (which is easy! I'll prove it to you in the pattern), and easy fit. But, let me tell you, re-doing the math to make this pullover into a cardigan was much more involved that I thought it would be. It probably would have been easier to just start from scratch, but I really wanted to keep Indicum's specific design details intact, so I pressed on. Anyway, Safrani also has 3/4 length sleeves that end in an optional little puff, which I think is cute, but may not be for everyone. For this cardi, I used a fingering weight yarn (Malabrigo Sock) knit at a looser-than-normal gauge for a super lightweight knit that is perfect for transitional weather!


The specs...

Finished measurements: Bust: 28.25 (32, 36.25, 40, 44.25, 48, 52.25, 56)”/ 72 (81.5, 92, 101.5, 112.5, 122, 132.5, 142) cm; Length from collar to hem: 24.25 (24.5, 25.75, 26.25, 26.75, 27.5, 28, 28.25)”/ 61.5 (62, 65.5, 66.5, 68, 70, 71, 72) cm
A note on fit: Safrani is shown in shown worn with 2” of negative ease, however, because the model (me) had a baby in the last year, this is a bit more than intended. :) I still think this fit works with this cardigan, however I also think it would work with no ease or a bit of positive ease as well.

Yarn: MC: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% Merino; 440 yds/402 m per 100g); 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins in color 803 Ochre
Or, 680 (770, 870, 965, 1065, 1155, 1255, 1350) yds/ 620 (705, 795, 880, 975, 1055, 1150, 1235) m of a fingering weight yarn
CC: Malabrigo Yarn Sock; 1 skein in color 63 Natural (CC)
Or, 40 (45, 50, 55, 60, 70, 75, 80) yds / 35 (40, 45, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75) m of a fingering weight yarn

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 24-60” / 60-150 cm long, and same size needles preferred for working a small circumference (sleeves) in the round, e.g. circular long enough for Magic Loop, dpns

Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch


For more information on Safrani, you can check it out on Ravelry here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Safrani discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Patterna Nova :: The Sweater Book

I am very excited today. Today is the release of my very first standalone collection, my first e-book, my first book. After lots of knitting and tons of math, I am so happy to be able to finally show you this labor of love. Introducing, The Sweater Book.

The Sweater

The Sweater Book is a collection of 4, you guessed it, sweater patterns: two vests, a cardigan, and a pullover. Each one is a great pattern on its own, but here’s the twist: these sweaters were designed with the same yarn, at the same gauge, and with interchangeable parts. Like the pullover, but want different waist shaping and longer sleeves? No problem! Like the shape of the simple vest, but want a lace pattern on it and a turtleneck? No biggie! I think of it as being a sort of “choose your adventure” style of pattern writing -- because each pattern starts off the same way, you start knitting and the pattern will guide you through the selection of neck shaping, stitch patterns, waist shaping, sleeve style, etc. Each pattern is knit from the top down (sleeves are set-in and shaped with short rows), so modifying for your specific size is simple, too.

So let’s meet the patterns…

The Yuri Pullover features empire waist shaping, long length in the body, a simple-yet-striking shadow cable running down the 3/4 length sleeves, and a turtleneck…


The Moab Vest is meant to be worn hanging open without fastenings (but looks very cool fastened with a pin as well!) and has no waist shaping, a low scoop neck, and is done in a super simple textured stitch pattern…


Napali is a versatile cardigan with lace panels running down the front, a high scoop neck, long sleeves, and subtle waist shaping…


And the Shasta Vest has a more emphasized waist and a v-neck.


And remember, any of the design elements mentioned above can be swapped out with others from another pattern in the collection!

All of the patterns in The Sweater Book can be purchased either individually or together as an e-book on the Knit Picks website, and it will be available in hard copy in a few days as well. You can see more information on The Sweater Book's Ravelry page as well.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Coppelia Cowl

Since I began creating my shawl-cowls, I'd always had it in mind to make one a little bigger than the rest -- more squishy, more substantial, and in a worsted-weight yarn at least...something that one could pull up around the neck and really cuddle up in. Which I realize is a little weird to release when it's still in the 100's here and just looking at these photos makes me sweat....but fall really is just around the corner, and you'll want one of these ready when those temps start dropping!


Coppelia - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)


Coppelia is a substantial shawl-cowl hybrid done up in gorgeous Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran with pretty stripes and simple construction. It begins as a semi- circular shawl but is joined to work in the round to create a cowl with the appearance of a shawl wrapped a few times around the neck. Simple, clean Stockinette stripes knit up quickly in two skeins of a worsted or aran weight yarn, and an i-cord bind off nicely finishes the bottom edge. Pretty and soft around the neck, Coppelia can also be pulled down over the shoulders in chillier climes. Note that Coppelia comes in just one size, but the width can easily be altered by changing the number of stitches added in the increase rows after joining to work in the round.


The specs...

Finished measurements: 21.5”/ 54.5 cm circumference at top opening; 21”/ 53.5 cm height at center; 39”/ 99 cm circumference at bottom opening

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran (55% Extra Fine Superwash Merino, 20% Mulberry Silk, 15% Yak; 220 yds/ 201 m per 115g); 1 skein in Rapunzel (gold) for MC and 1 skein in Plie (pink) for CC
Or, 220 yds/ 200 m each of two colors of worsted or aran weight yarn

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16-24”/ 40-60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
Meeting this exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl.


For more information on Coppelia, you can check it out on Ravelry here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Coppelia discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.