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.

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.



Pennae - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)


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.


Dewberry - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)


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...


Xenia - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)


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.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Sidere Shawl

I'm so pleased to say that I've teamed up with Jackie of Luna Grey Fiber Arts once again (our first collaboration was Luna Viridis) -- and once again, she's provided a yarn so lovely that designing something for it was a piece of cake. This time, Jackie's yarn wanted to be a romantic, lightweight shawl with sprinklings of texture, and I was happy to oblige.

(Psst....read to the end to find out about the giveaway Jackie and I are running...)


Sidere - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)

or purchase Sidere with the Starbright yarn as a kit here.

Sidere (Latin for starlight) is a lighter-than-air, crescent-shaped, asymmetrical shawl worked from the top down with increases on every row. A very simple stitch pattern creates tons of texture on the shawl and resembles twinkling stars....bands of Stockinette short rows break up that texture intermittently and give the shawl its asymmetrical shape. The shawl is beautiful draped over a lightweight tee or a spring dress, but it also works fabulously as a wispy scarf.


The specs...

Finished measurements: Length of top, straight edge: 78”/ 198 cm; height at thickest part of center: 18.5”/ 47 cm

Yarn: Luna Grey Fiber Arts Starbright (55% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 45% Silk; 656 yds/ 600 m per 100g); 1 skein in Radiant Orchid

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles, at least 32”/ 80 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 20 sts & 32 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Stockinette stitch; 20 sts & 40 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Starlight pattern


For more information on Sidere, 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.

AND if you'd like to enter to win your very own Sidere kit, check it out here!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Aurelia Cowl

Have you heard?  Knitscene Spring 2015 is out and it's a beauty. Golden tones, cables, and a collection by the uber-talented Bristol Ivy.....it's pretty amazing. And I swear I'm not just saying that because I have a design in it....

© Knitscene/Harper Point Photography 

My Aurelia Cowl is yet another of my favorite shawl-cowl hybrid accessories. It starts as a semi-circular shawlette and is joined to work in the round to create a cowl. I took small portions of the Ostrich Plumes stitch pattern and put them in bands around the cowl, which creates cool wavy lines and a scalloped edge.

 © Knitscene/Harper Point Photography  

The cowl is knit up in TSC Artyarns Tranquility Glitter, a blend of DK, merino, cashmere, and silk...and sparkle. It's pretty luxurious, and I'm not gonna lie -- I love a little glitter in my knitting.

You can find out more about Aurelia on Ravelry and check out the whole issue of Knitscene on Ravelry, here. We may still be in chilly January, but it's not too early to be knitting up some pretty spring accessories! You want to be prepared, right? :)

© Knitscene/Harper Point Photography