Pattern: Lucerne Hat
Yarn: Quince & Co Tern (75% wool / 25% silk) – one skein (221 yds) each of Cumulus, Sea Star, and Tyrian
Needles: US 4s and US 2s (for the ribbed brim)
A sunny, early fall afternoon with a light breeze is the perfect time to photograph mohair 🙂
The yarn is Sweet Georgia Silk Fog (76% silk / 24% fine kid mohair (266 yds) and Cashsilk Lace (55% silk, 45% cashmere) (400 yds), both in color Sapphire.
I used only ½ skein/each and knit on US 5s – just a long rectangle, on the bias, in each of the two yarns, then I machine-sewed them together lengthwise, so the resulting neck wrap shows off the subtle differences between the Silk Fog and the Cashsilk Lace.
Just a pop of sapphire blue to wrap around your neck on a cool summer evening . . .
I recently finished knitting one of Brooklyn Tweed’s new patterns; I liked the focus on texture and the unique shaping of this piece. It took a while – the stitch pattern calls for a K1 P1 rib every other row – but the FO is beautiful and wearable. My only hesitation is that the fabric produced by this yarn, while very soft and lovely to wear, feels somewhat fragile, as if it may stretch under the weight of the garment (even though it’s got a little nylon in the fiber). I was very careful when wet blocking it, because it could have easily stretched way out of shape, and I even tossed it in the dryer for 20 minutes at the end to tighten everything up a little. The sweater is already a little on the long side, so I’d prefer that it not stretch any further!
I went with the second smallest size – not my usual size range, but even though this garment calls for a lot of positive ease, anything larger seemed just gigantic. I’m glad I chose the size I did, as this piece is already pretty oversized all over – any bigger and it would have felt like draping on an overcoat.
Pattern: Dunes Dolman Cardigan
Yarn: Magpie Fibers Swanky DK (80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 5 skeins (250 yds/ea) in Pretty in Pink
Needles: US 6s and US 4s (for ribbing)
I love this yarn, and knitting it double-stranded results in a perfect weight and feel.
Pattern: Sayer by Julie Hoover for Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Cattail Silk (100% silk) – 3 skeins (618 yds/ea) in color Deep Indigo, knit double-stranded
Needles: US 5s and US 6s
Size: 43 1/2″ (fits chest size 38-40″)
I thought that the fit was spot-on, and the resulting fabric feels perfect for summertime 🙂
This is a mash-up of stitch patterns and yarns, for a unique and incredibly soft effect. The natural white yarn is handspun by Ryan of Knotty By Nature Fibre Arts, a single 125g skein I snagged while up in Victoria. It’s 30% silk and 70% merino, with a wonderful thick/thin texture. I cast on 17 stitches, slipped the first stitch of each row, then knit two selvedge stitches every row, and knit the following lace pattern in between the selvedge stitches:
R1 – K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
R2 – Purl all sts
R3 – K2, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k2
R4 – Purl all sts
R5 – K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1
R6 – Purl all sts
R7 – k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, ssk
R8 – Purl all sts
For the second half of the cowl, I used a partial leftover skein of Long Dog Yarn Single in color Hydrangea. I double-stranded the Hydrangea yarn, and then knit both strands with a third strand of Lakes Yarn & Fiber Silk Single (color Delphinium). For the pattern, I cast on 21 stitches, slipped the first stitch of every row, and knit in broken rib.
Both pieces are knit on US 11s, then bound off and seamed together. The total length is approximately 40″ post-blocking.
Knit from one precious skein of yarn purchased at Lake Louise in Banff National Park:
Pattern – Shallows
Yarn – Qiviuk MQS Yarn (15% qiviuk, 80% extra fine merino, 5% mulberry silk) – one skein (217 yds) in color 5052
Needles: US 4s
This is unbelievably soft – not very large, but perfect for a kitten-soft loop around my neck 🙂
Pattern: Slow Curves by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Long Dog Yarn Single (100% superwash merino) – 1 skein/ea of Coral Charm, Jawbreaker, Sucker Punch, and Hydrangea
Needles: US 6s
I love how this came out, but I don’t think I’d ever knit another one – at over 500 stitches per row by the end, it feels endless! I confess that I probably skipped a few rows and sped it up a little at the end – just couldn’t stand it any longer – but I don’t think it came out any the worse for it 🙂
A great basic – I love this grey color, it’s warm and cozy, goes with everything, and a flattering fit. Plus, it knit up in just five days! The yarn is 100% yak and it feels really wonderful – like alpaca, but without so much drape and stretch.
Pattern: The Dog Walker
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Yakkity Aran (100% yak) – 6 skeins (160 yds/ea) in color Peppercorn
Needles: US 10s and US 8s (for broken ribbing)
Size: 42″ (I was worried that this would be too big, but the pattern recommended 6-8″ of ease, and this would have given me about 4″ – I don’t actually think it gave me that much ease, so I’m glad I went with this size!)
The perfect go-anywhere, where-with-anything cardigan! I think that Fossil is the perfect neutral, and because it’s knit in Loft, it’s lightweight enough to be worn year-round, and feels light as a feather.
Pattern: Willapa Cardigan
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in color Fossil (7 skeins)
Needles: US 5s
I finished this in a week – lots of car knitting on the way to vacation! – as a test knit for Jenn Steingass of Knit.Love.Wool. I used Brooklyn Tweed’s new fingering weight yarn Peerie, and love how it knits up at a looser gauge – the resulting fabric is very soft but light. I’m not as crazy about the color as I was when I bought the skeins – I would have preferred something more summery in retrospect, especially since I opted for the short-sleeve version.
Pattern: Anaashah by Knit.Love.Wool
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed’s Peerie (100% domestic merino) – 5 skeins (210 yds/ea) in Gingersnap and one skein in Muslin
Needles: US 5s (I used US 3s for the sleeve ribbing, but stuck with US 5s for the bottom hem ribbing)
Size: C (finished bust of 43″, which should have given me over 5″ of positive ease, but I think I ended up with a lot less than that)
Also, be warned – this yarn REALLY stretches when it’s blocked! I think it grew by at least 3″ – so much so that it went from a fairly short fit (15″ from armpit to hem) to overly long (at least 17″, maybe longer). It bothers me enough that I’m going to re-block it and be more careful this time about setting the length.Pin It
Yarn: tot le matin yarns – Tot Twist (100% superwash merino) (365m/ea) – one skein each of Jus de Fraise, Tutti Frutti, Hermosa, Orge, Golden, and Oyat – knit with yarn doubled throughout.
Pattern: I used my Bantam Hoodie pattern and knit a ribbed neckline instead of a hood.
Needles: US 6s
I love how this one turned out – it’s truly reversible and looks great on both sides, but right now, I’m wearing it “inside out,” so the reverse stockinette side shows. The fade is so beautifully done throughout the yarns that even on the “right” (stockinette) side, it blends slowly and doesn’t show any jumps or stripes. It took well over a month for this yarn to travel to me from France, but it was definitely worth it!
Pattern: Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Long Dog Yarn Single (100% superwash merino, 400 yds) – 1 skein each of Island Breeze, Octopus’ Garden, Candy Swirl, Madilyn Got A Makeover, and Sweet Dreams
Needles: US 5s
I do so love how this came out, but I’m still mastering the art of wearing such a large wrap – I don’t quite seem to know what to do with it all 🙂
With all of my leftover YOTH Neighbor yarn from this project, I knit up a quick cowl – improvised pattern, on US 8s (I think). I just kept knitting until I used up all of the colors, and luckily, it’s the perfect length to wrap twice around my neck.
I like this one because both the colors and the fabric are very light and “beachy,” so it can easily be worn on a cool summer evening.
I’ve been working on this pattern for some time now – it gives me a chance for one of my favorite colorwork combinations, speckles and complementary solids. I love this particular color combo, but I have another in the works to test out some tweaks to the pattern before it’s ready for publishing.
The yarn is Long Dog Yarn – in my opinion, her speckles and tonal solids are some of the most beautiful, saturated and brilliant yarn colors out there! The yarns are all fingering weight, knit held double to approximate a worsted weight knit on US 6s.
Pattern coming soon!
This shawl design arose out of my desire to use every color of YOTH’s beautiful new marls 🙂 It’s very generously sized, feels so nice against the skin but not heavy or overly warm – a perfect three-season wrap!
Pattern: Won’t You Be My Neighbor wraparound
Yarn: YOTH’s Neighbor – 1 skein each of Light Blue Marl, Blue Marl, Blue, Mustard, Mustard Marl, and Light Mustard Marl, and 1 skein of Natural (I used every yard of this, so you might want to purchase two skeins, just to be safe)
Needles: US 8s
I love this version of my Red Spire Cardigan, knit in the luxurious and utterly wonderful Clever Camel yarn.
This yarn (actually made from camel hair!) has such loft and lightness, but with a wonderful cozy warmth. It’s truly perfect year-round!
Yarn: 11 skeins of Clever Camel (100% baby camel), color Naked, 110 yds/ea
Needles: US 7s or 8s (uh-oh, guess I didn’t take very good notes . . .)
Part of my spring cleaning regimen is to say goodbye to yarns that are much loved, but don’t have a place in my knitting queue. They are all beautiful and recently purchased, I just don’t have any use for them, and I need to make space! I’m selling them all at a much reduced price, so if you love any of them, e-mail me (email@example.com) and they’re yours! Shipping included in the price 🙂
Two skeins Ewetopia Kickapoo Sock and one skein A Hundred Ravens Chinthe (all fingering weight) ($50)
Comfort Fade Cardi kit ‘Hawk Boy’ – seven skeins of The Farmer’s Daughter Juicy DK + pattern ($125)
Four skeins of The Farmer’s Daughter Foxy Lady (silk/merino) – two skeins of Strawberry and one skein each of Leaning Tree and Lake Missoula ($80)Pin It
My third time knitting this pattern – I love it in every color! This time I tried a different yarn combo:
Pattern: Walk in the Woods pullover
Needles: US 5s (I had to go down one size to get gauge)
I’ve just released my newest pattern – Walk in the Woods. This comfortable, classic pullover is perfect for unpredictable spring weather – wear it alone or over a light layer, stick it under your raincoat or over a skirt – this is a wear-anywhere piece that knits up quick! Little details add to the overall appeal of the pullover; the hem splits right at the side seam to give you extra movement and keeps the edge from rising up, and the seamed construction keeps the shoulders tidy, not slouchy. The yarn – two types of Isager knit double-stranded – makes the whole garment light and warm.
I’ve already knit three of these sweaters, and am close to finishing a fourth – they are so perfect for all weather and every occasion, I want one in every color! You can find the pattern now on Ravelry.
Pattern: Walk in the Woods Pullover
Yarn: Isager Strik Alpaca 2 and Isager Strik Tweed
Needles: US 6s
I convinced my reluctant two oldest daughters to help me model these sweaters, and I love how the photos showcase the different ways the sweaters can be sized. On Bella (wearing the taupe sweater), the look is slightly oversized; on Emmersen (wearing the black sweater), the garment is worn with a slight bit of negative ease, and on me (wearing the magenta sweater), the sweater is worn in a traditional style, with just an inch or two of positive ease. Three different looks, all flattering and classic!