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:


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(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!


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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.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Pennae Shawl

When the gals at Anzula Luxury Fibers contacted me earlier this spring and asked if I'd be interested in creating something with their brand new yarn, Silken, I obviously jumped at the chance (duh). I have fallen in love with everything that has ever come out of the Anzula warehouse -- and that makes my job as a designer super easy! Pretty yarn? Pretty knits. Anyway, they debuted this new yarn at TNNA last week -- it's a lovely, fingering weight blend of superwash merino and tussah silk and something about it just picks up color beauuuuutifully. (Note: if you look up Silken on Ravelry, you'll see a listing for a discontinued yarn. The new Silken is similar to the old Silken, but they've reworked it a bit, and you should be able to get it at your closest Anzula supplier very soon.) So my new design, Pennae, practically designed itself.



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Pennae (Latin for feathers) starts out with just one stitch and grows into an asymmetrical triangle composed of a block of solid garter stitch, a wavy section of alternating garter stitch and lacey stripes, and finally a thick plume of a simple-but-striking lace pattern interspersed with more little stripes. A subtle picot bind off finishes off the whole piece. I made one Pennae with two colors (seen below in the green and lavender version), and one Pennae with three (the pastel-y one). The two-color version dips into a second skein of the main color a bit (the three-color version requires just one skein of each color), but I've included instructions in the pattern on making a slightly smaller version with just one skein each of the main and contrast colors.


The specs...

Finished measurements: 63”/ 160 cm wingspan; 30”/ 76 cm height

Yarn: 690 yds/ 630 m of fingering weight yarn: 400 yds/ 366 m of MC and 260 yds/ 238 m of CC1 for 2-color version OR 375 yds/ 343 m of MC, 260 yds/ 238 m of CC1, and 25 yds/ 23 m of CC2 for 3-color version
Shown in Anzula Luxury Fibers Silken (50% Superwash Merino, 50% Tussah Silk); 375 yds/ 343 m per 110 g); 2 skeins of Peacock (MC) and 1 skein of Irene (CC1) for 2-color version, and 1 skein each of Nimbus (MC), Seaside (CC1), and Irene (CC2) for 3-color version

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

Gauge: 22 sts & 26 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Garter Stitch after blocking
21 sts & 26 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Lace pattern after blocking
Meeting these exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished shawl.


For more information on Pennae, 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 Pennae discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Dewberry Cowl

As you know, I've become a little bit obsessed with my shawl-cowl hybrids. I promise I do have some knits coming that are not of this variety, but over the past year they have truly become my favorite thing to knit and to wear. (The baby does chew on them, but it's impossible for her to yank them off my neck like she does my shawls.) Anyway, this past winter I was really on a shawl-cowl knitting kick, trying to use up some stash, and it was really starting to bother me that my Adama cowl was requiring more than a single skein of worsted weight yarn. I had somehow managed to acquire a boat-load of single skeins of various worsted and aran weight yarn, and I had no idea what to do with them! So of course I had to design something new. Enter, Dewberry.


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Dewberry is a sweet and simple single-skein shawl-cowl hybrid. Designed to use up a small amount of worsted or aran weight yarn, this piece, like my others, is shaped like a semi-circular shawl but is worked mostly in the round to resemble the look of a small shawl worn wrapped around the neck. Dewberry utilizes purled stripes and the simplest of lace patterns to give it texture and interest. It comes in two sizes (the grey is the small and was done in Plucky Knitter Primo Aran, the berry-colored is the large and is Plucky Knitter Scholar)...and it can also easily be enlarged by using a heavier weight of yarn. This cowl whips up in no time at all, so if the weather changes one morning and you find yourself needing something new to keep you warm, Dewberry will be ready for you by that afternoon.


The specs...

Finished measurements: Small [Large] = 16”/ 40.5 cm [18”/ 45.5 cm] circumference at top opening, 12.25”/ 31 cm [14.25”/ 36 cm] height at center, and 35.5”/ 90 cm [38”/ 96.5 cm] circumference at bottom opening

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Aran (75% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon; 200 yds / 183 m per 115g); 1 skein in Wintry Mix (grey) [The Plucky Knitter Scholar (75% Merino, 25% Cashmere; 255 yds / 235 m per 115g); 1 skein in Tiny Bubbles (berry- colored)]
Or, 200 yds / 175 m [250 yds / 225 m] of a worsted or aran weight yarn

Needles: US 8 (5 mm) circular needle, 16-24”/ 40-60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 17 sts & 26 rows [16 sts & 25 rows] = 4”/ 10 cm in lace and purl stripe patterns
17 [16] sts = 4”/ 10 cm in Stockinette St
Meeting these exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl.


For more information on Dewberry, 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 Dewberry discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Macaron Slouch

For the longest time, I was completely terrified of Brioche Stitch. Every time I went to try it, I found all these terms I'd never seen before (brk? brp? what the...) and got all discombobulated. But when I finally got it together and just sat down with some yarn, needles, and a good webpage devoted to the Brioche, I realized something. I already knew how to do everything. There was absolutely nothing new about the techniques used in Brioche Stitch -- they're just called something different. And then I realized that a) it's extremely fun, and b) it's also super pretty. So then of course I had to design something.


Macaron Slouch is a super simple slouchy hat that I made in collaboration with Kitterly (the fabulous online pattern and kit shop) that utilizes Brioche Stitch for a deep and squishy brim. And because I don't want anyone to be unnecessarily scared of Brioche like I was, I've included photos and explanations in the pattern of every step (which can also be ignored if you already know what you're doing!). Brioche Stitch is extremely stretchy and looks just as good on the wrong side as it does on the right, so I gave Macaron just the right amount of slouch that the brim can be folded up and the hat pulled down like a close-fitting beanie (you know, if you don't want to wear Macaron Slouch as a slouch).


The pattern is currently only available as an exclusive kit on Kitterly here -- they've put together lots of delicious color combinations, and you can even get your needles and pompom maker at the same time if you'd like. (The only thing I wish they'd include are those yummy macarons in the photos!)



The specs...

Finished measurements: 16.5 (18.25, 20.25)” / 42 (46, 51.5) cm to fit heads up to roughly 20 (22, 24)” / 51 (56, 61) cm around


Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara (100% Merino); 2 skeins in color 1401 White (MC) and 1 skein in color 1925 Pale Spring Green (CC) -- or whatever color combo you'd like!

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 16”/ 40 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 22 sts & 29 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Stockinette St; 15 sts & 24 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Two-Color Brioche St

For more information on the Macaron Slouch, 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 Macaron discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium

Monday, March 16, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Xenia Cowl

I feel like I say this every time I release a new pattern -- but I think I have a new favorite. I really, truly love this one. And I really hope you guys aren't getting sick of these shawl-cowl hybrids I've been doing lately (Starshower started my obsession...), but I can't get enough. I love designing them (there's no special formula -- each one takes unique shaping), I love knitting them (so quick and rewarding!), and I really love wearing them (just the right amount of warmth, they don't fall off, and they spruce up my dominantly white/grey/black wardrobe). Anyway...here's the newest shawl-cowl, this time in stripes! Introducing Xenia...


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I created Xenia (the ancient Greek notion of guest friendship) for the {Among Friends} yarn club, using some really lovely sock yarn by Pigeonroof Studios. The cowl features a slipped stitch stripe pattern that is simple and fun and (I think) is striking in both stripes (above) and monochrome (below) alike. It takes the equivalent of just a single skein of sock yarn, meaning that you can make one with a single skein, or, with two skeins, you can make two striped cowls with the colors reversed.


The specs...

Finished measurements: 19”/ 48.5 cm circumference at top opening, 15.25”/ 38.5 cm height at center, 40”/ 101.5 cm circumference at bottom opening

Yarn: 400 yds/ 366 m of fingering weight yarn: 255 yds/ 233 m of MC and 145 yds/ 133 m of CC Shown in Pigeonroof Studios American Sock (100% Merino; 400 yds/ 366 m); 1 skein each of Autumnal (monochrome version), Charcoal (MC in striped version), and Rubine 2 (CC in striped version)

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 16-24”/ 40-60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 22 sts & 38 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in stripe pattern; 22 sts & 32 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Stockinette st


For more information on Xenia, 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 Sidere discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.