Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Patternum Novum: Aurelia



Aurelia - $6.00 on Ravelry (no account required)


Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
Finished bust measurements: 29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57)” (sample is size S with about 1/2" of ease)
Yarn requirements: Tess' Designer Yarns Linguini (100% silk tape, 150 yds per 50g skein), 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins, or 690 (790, 890, 990, 1085, 1185, 1285, 1385) yds; 630 (720, 815, 905, 995, 1085, 1175, 1265) m of a similar yarn
Needles: US 7
Gauge: 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch

When Melinda of Tess' Designer Yarns asked me if I wanted to collaborate on a design for her new yarn, Linguini, I immediately jumped at the chance. Tess' is quite possibly my favorite yarn out there - I discovered it at Stitches West a couple of years ago (that yarn ended up becoming Safire) and since then, it's been the special yarn I buy when I want a real treat.

What Melinda's yarn and my sketching became is Aurelia, a simple a-line shell with a little bit of a nautical feel. It is knit from the bottom up in one piece until the front and back are split. I loved how the yarn looked in garter stitch, so the armholes and collar are bordered with it. The collar extends into little ties that are shaped with short rows.



The length is long (but this is easily modified if you prefer a shorter garment) to give it a modern feel and because I liked the idea of the garter stripes at the bottom peeking out from beneath a jacket.



And the yarn is gorgeous. (Seriously. No one paid me to say that.) It's smooth and easy to knit with and drapes beautifully. The fabric it creates is fantastic for warmer weather garments and, I think, it looks super fancy.

I'm self-publishing the pattern here and it is also available on the Tess' Yarns website. And if you happen to be going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival later this week, you can say hello to Aurelia in person in the Tess' booth!

21 comments:

Ms. Kimba said...

see you at Md then!!

Julies knitting corner said...

Very chic. This colour shows it off nicely. Julie.C

Aesderina said...

wow that's fantastic that one of your fav yarn designer asked you to design a pattern!
You're like a designing machine... all of a sudden, WHAM fantastic patterns everywhere!
I like it :)

saraq said...

oh hilary, it's fantastic!chic! and its name Aurelia is the name of an important road of ancient and modern Roma, I live close this road
:))
Sara

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Be still my heart ~ that's the cutest Summer sweater EVER!!!! Plus, I love Tess'Designer Yarns. Just wonderful.

Plus, it looks just terrific on you! Enjoy and can't wait to start seeing this appear out in blogland :)

Bridget said...

Beautiful! I'm going to MD, so I will definitely be checking it out.

Congratulations on such a beautiful design.

Maryse said...

I love it! For outdoors or at the office with a jacket! Great pattern and good idea to self-publish! Congratulations!

Clumsy Knitter said...

This is so awesome! I faved in on Ravelry as soon as I saw it. Seriously, you have been churning out the awesomeness right and left lately!

Siga said...

So cute! I am currently obsessed with tops with ties. Love it.

Thea said...

awesome! Love it with the blazer too. You're busy lately, huh??

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Love it! It's so 1920's!

Anonymous said...

really, really nice. I love it.

CanarySanctuary said...

This is SO beautiful! I really love the neck detail. That's so clever. It looks amazing paired with the jacket. Well done! You're amazing :)

peaknits said...

Positively gorgeous! I really like how it classes up a simple jacket. You have become quite the designing dynamo - keep em coming:)

Susan said...

That is a perfect summer knit and I love the length you made it! Just my cup 'o tea.

a friend to knit with said...

you are a super talented designing super model knitter!!! YES! YOU ARE!!!!
love this.

Philigry said...

that is awesome. I love this one one you! it looks great with the jacket as well as plain! you are too good!

Julie said...

Another beautiful, graceful design - Hilary, your talent is unstoppable. I love the garter stitch at the bottom as well as the tie at the neckline. Really a lovely project all round!

Ella said...

One word - YUM.

Okay, maybe a few more. Yum, lovely, classic, and I am so TOTALLY going to knit this. :D

Cyndi said...

this is beautiful! I just pruchaced the pattern and cant wait to get started on it!!

Kristin said...

I just stumbled upon this pattern through a link from one of your 2012 patterns - Caeles. When I saw the name of this pattern, I gasped. In May 2010 (just after this pattern was released) I had my first daughter and named her Aurelia. I will be purchasing this lovely pattern and hope to make Aurelias for both my Aurelia and for me. (for the record, we don't have any other matching outfits, this would be the first) I hope I can downsize the pattern for a toddler, I'll let you know!!!