Varian Brandon

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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
PATTERN PAGE SIZE - 81/2” x 14!!!!
Knitting: Mittens
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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Things to start with…
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Wearing an ivy crown was once a symbol of eternity, fidelity, and strong affectionate attachment. Wearing the Ivy Crown hat can represent all of those noble attributes, as well as the ability to look stylish, show off your knitting, and keep your head warm. Not a bad thing, right?
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The name of this hat is a play on words combining the inspiration for the main motifs and the construction methods.
Knitting: Cowl
A while ago, I was handed two skeins of La Jolia fingering weight yarn by Mira Cole of Baah Yarns. The idea was to create a double sided stranded colorwork cowl that would add a splash of color to the grey days of winter. Carrelage is the result of that colorful handoff.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
A coranto is one of a family of fast-paced dances from the late Renaissance and Baroque eras. The name is derived from a French word meaning “running.”
Knitting: Cowl
Created with five shades of natural Suri alpaca and one dyed shade, Galliard provides a splash of color and warmth which can be worn around the neck or pulled over the head for added coverage.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
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Knitting: Cowl
Designed with beautiful colors from Mountain Meadow Yarn, this stranded cowl is knitted in the round with an easy to follow chart as a guide.
Knitting: Cardigan
Inspired by Celtic copperwork, Criosanna gets it name from a Gaelic word for a woven belt. The name was chosen to reflect the intertwined nature of the Celtic knotwork.
Knitting: Cowl
This pattern is used in a class exploring the use of steeks as a placeholder for openings in garments that would otherwise have to be worked flat. This method of construction is most commonly used for stranded patterns when it is preferred to keep to “public” or knit side facing the knitter. However, proficiency in stranded techniques is not re...
Knitting: Cowl
This wonderfully graceful cowl takes its name from an active stratovolcano in Chile. The hints of color reveal themselves in peaks and glimpses when the cowl is worn doubled around the neck. Knitted in the round with no seams and only two rounds of purl stitches, Melimoyu is great for smooth “mindless” knitting with just enough detail with the ...
Knitting: Cowl, Fingerless Gloves
Mitts: The mitts are knitted from the bottom up, working the color work patterns in the cuff section. After the cuff is completed, increases for the thumb begins. After the desired thumb length is reached, thumbs stitches are placed on waste yarn as the rest of the mitt is completed. Stitches for the thumb are placed back on the needles and com...
Knitting: Cowl
Designed in the pattern tradition of the colorful tents and banners of medieval knights, this equally colorful cowl is knitted in the round from the bottom up. The color patterning is deceptively simple…one round of two stitches on one color and three of the next, followed by a second round of four stitches on one color and one of the next. The...
Knitting: Cowl
Beautiful natural colors of alpaca from Long Hollow Suri Alpacas were used for this soft against the skin cowl. A third color, lavender in this case and also from Long Hollow Suri Alpacas, was added for interest. The arrangement of the stranded pattern falls into a 2/4 combination…2 stitches of one color and 4 of another. The changing of the co...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Designed in the pattern tradition of the colorful tents and banners of medieval knights, these equally colorful mitts are knitted in the round from the bottom up. The color patterning is deceptively simple…one round of two stitches on one color and three of the next, followed by a second round of four stitches on one color and one of the next. ...
Knitting: Cowl
The color work pattern in this luxuriously soft cowl is worked in a deceptively simple 4-2 stitch pattern. Four stitches of one color then two stitches of the next. The patterns are made when the colors are changed.
Knitting: Cowl
Pattern originally accompanied Varian Brandon’s “Shetland by the Colors” article in the issue.
Knitting: Mittens
These colorful mittens were designed to accompany the Maiolica Tam. The design was inspired by the beautiful colors of Elemental Affects North American Shetland Wool.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This colorful tam was inspired by Maiolica, Italian tin-glazed pottery dating from the Renaissance… particularly the colorful dinner plates.
Knitting: Cloche Hat
This lined hat is knitted in the round using two techniques of knitting with color. The knots representing both mistletoe and holly berries require an intarsia method, while the rest of pattern work is worked in a stranded technique.
Knitting: Mittens
This pattern was designed in collaboration with Serendipity Yarns and Gifts and Mountain Meadow Wool. Matching hat is also available.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque, Cloche Hat
This pattern was designed in collaboration with Serendipity Yarns and Gifts and Mountain Meadow Wool. Matching mittens are also available.
Knitting: Cowl
Blue Flame Cowl (21.5 in. x 7 in.) (54.5 x 17.75 cm)…small flash of color. Easy motif. 3 stitches of one color. Followed by 1 stitch of the next color. That’s the pattern! The design is formed by changing colors. Great stash buster. Great beginner project.
Knitting: Vest
This classic sleeveless cardigan is knitted in the round with steeks at the front, armhole and neck openings. Armhole and neck shapings are worked at the same time in mirror images on either side of the armhole and neck steeks. The shoulders are sloped using smaller sized needles so the sweater shoulders do not stand away from natural shoulder ...
Knitting: Pullover
This classic pullover is knitted in the round with steeks at the armhole and neck openings. Neck shapings are worked in mirror images on either side of the front and back neck steeks. Sleeves are picked up around the armholes and worked from the top down to the wrist. Sleeve decreases are also worked in mirror images on either side of a central...
Knitting: Stocking
This hat is a great way to learn some Fair Isle and stranded techniques while using up stash yarn. It is constructed with 2-4 inches of lining for extra warm around the head and ears. There is also an option for a shortened version.
Knitting: Cardigan, Pullover
This sweater is knitted in the round with a Fair Isle yoke. The body is worked to the armholes. The sleeves are knitted separately in the round and then added to the body. The remainder of the sweater is knitted in the round with a series of decreases that shape the upper portion of the garment.
Knitting: Vest
A men’s golf vest in Fair Isle pattern designed by Varian Brandon for Jamieson & Smith. This sweater is knitted in the round with steeks.