Chris Bylsma

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Shrug / Bolero, Vest
The wrap is created with one long, straight piece that goes up around the shoulders then back down, plus a small back panel, nothing more. The springy nature of the ribbed pattern and the unusual construction of this piece make it amazingly adaptable to different body sizes and shapes with just a few
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Classic cables and bobbles flirt with dropped stitches and fluted edges for an elegant reversible wrap. Wear it forwards or backwards, twisted like a moebius or gathered. The laced ends let you play as you like.
Knitting: Cardigan
This classic design is the last in a series - the sleeveless ‘Solo’ tank/vest, the long-sleeve ‘J’adore’ pullover and now a cardigan.
Knitting: Cardigan
The “scenic side” or purl back of the work, dropped stitches and knit weaving through the dropped stitches work together for an unusual and fun way to create “plaid” without carrying colors.
Knitting: Pullover
The beauty of “random” is revealed: a combination of random “bar code” ridges and randomly-combined variegated yarns create an elegant, classic v-neck.
Knitting: Pullover
Here is a man’s sweater with just enough pattern to make it interesting to knit yet still plain enough to appeal to a man.
Knitting: Tee
Bon Voyage is knit with 3 strands of variegated silk lace held together for a timeless and sumptuous tee that will be your favorite companion. The pattern offers directions for long sleeves, short sleeves and a separate cowl to change the look of the round neck top. The yardage given is for each of the three yarns and varies widely due to the s...
Knitting: Purse
Belted, buckled, cabled, felted and loaded with style. This bag will earn your praise for its versatility, class and ability to hold anything you need to lug with ease. The fun part is finding two men’s belts to join for the handles.
Knitting: Cardigan
Additional Gauge Information 14 sts in k2,p2 rib on #5 needles equals 2.5” when slightly stretched or blocked.
Knitting: Pullover
A classic, close-fitting sweater that is perfect anywhere yet still comfy cozy. Make it longer and add a belt. Make it even longer to wear as a tunic or dress. Find your own style and enjoy.
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Fingering Merino and lace weight silk are held together throughout. Each panel is a different colorway merino while the same variegated silk is used throughout - delicious!
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
From the pattern description:
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
Combine basic knitting and easy “weaving” techniques with a few fabulous morsels…Voila! Your own artistic pillows to match your décor.
Knitting: Scarf
A soothing scarf to knit and so yummy. The pattern looks easy but may be a little devilish until you get the hang of it. Hints and a pattern chart are provided.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A carefree poncho with an asymmetrical close… or a sassy shawlette? Buttons give you two ways to enjoy your creative artwear.
Knitting: Pullover
Fresh as the dew in morning and perfect for anytime. Dropped stitches create this special effect on this easy, breezy top.
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion, Lampshade
Dress your home in style!
Knitting: Pullover
Make the most of cool summer breezes in this classic V-neck with airy dropped stitches between the cables - just like being in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin
Knitting: Scarf, Cowl
Choose your favorite luxury yarn to knit patterns inspired by the history, people and landscapes of Australia and New Zealand. The cowl version requires 420 yards, the scarf 500 yards. But if you have more yarn, make yours as long as you like.
Knitting: Cardigan
Two yarns, two pieces and too versatile not to add to your warm weather wardrobe. The simple addition of a “ladder” yarn creates easy vertical color stripes.
Knitting: Pullover
Eclipse
Knitting: Tee
Cool, classy and just a bit flirty – everything you need in summer. This linen top is perfect for pairing with jeans, a skirt or a suit, to keep your cool.
Knitting: Drawstring Bag
The perfect finishing touch for that special occasion, these wristlet bags are quick and easy and the perfect size for a cell phone and lipstick.
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
So fun to knit, so cozy to wear, so good looking and slimming!
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
A classic jacket with the spunk of a casual cardi that belongs in every wardrobe. A sock yarn and a dk wool worked together in an easy twisted stitch offer a myriad of color and yarn possibilities.
Knitting: Purse
Start with a basic felting wool and add whatever extras you want. The curly fingers at the bottom turn into tresses when felted. The bag is knit sideways in one piece with just one side seam.
Knitting: Cardigan
This is a mere hint of a sweater in a lace weight yarn.The fronts wrap, or hang straight, to suit your mood. The ribbed back is narrower than the fronts to provide structure when buttoned. Use your true back measurement to determine sizing. Note that changing the length will also require adjusting the number of sts to cast on to maintain the dec...
Knitting: Poncho
Wear the buttons up the shoulder, down the front or anywhere in between. This warm and wonderful cape is ready for any adventure in whatever yarns you choose.
Knitting: Pullover
As cool as an off shore breeze and slightly shaped for a flattering fit, plus a hem of waves and a soft ripple pattern. Two strands of yarn are held together throughout. The five different colors change one at a time for subtle blends.
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Two yarns together create a light-as-air three season classic with a bit of swing, a few interesting cables and a hidden button for an optional closure.
Knitting: Cardigan
This classic cardi with plenty of spirit breaks convention as the edges deliberately flip and curl. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Knitting: Pullover
Long, lovely and oh so comfy, what’s not to adore? Svelte ribbing and an elegant, easy lace panel make it irresistible to knit — and wear. Shown in Trendsetter Yarns Kashmir.
Knitting: Pullover
Angles, colors, textures and shapes all come together in this one-of-a-kind top that is as much fun to knit as it is to wear. The cotton yarns are from three different companies yet work together beautifully.
Knitting: Cardigan, Sleeveless Top
Tropical sunsets, soft breezes and louvered wooden shuttles inspire this classic ensemble. Knit the pieces in your own combination of yarns for a designer look.
Knitting: Scarf
From the pattern description:
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Start with a basic yarn and add any number and any type of novelty or accent yarns to create your own look. Yarn weights are not an issue. They magically blend, becoming airier in some places or thicker in others. The overall look is wondrous and so easy. The magic is all in the bind off when the dropped stitches appear and show off all the vari...
Knitting: Pullover
Dk weight yarn is knit at a worsted weight gauge. A novelty yarn such as Trendsetter Binario is combined with the main yarn for a subtle stripe.
Knitting: Cardigan
Understated cables and attention to details give this timeless ribbed cardigan top status in your wardrobe.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A sideways ribbed hat and fun scarf with self-fringe for a flippant finish. So easy!
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Super chunky, and mohair/accent yarns are all knit together for a wonderfully warm winter coat - with pockets. Chase the winter chills in style and comfort.
Knitting: Vest
Madly Plaid Vest
Knitting: Tote
From the pattern description:
Knitting: Pullover
From the pattern description:
Knitting: Cardigan
Just like the adult version of the Crayon Box Jacket, but sized for that littlest angel in your life. Use the same yarns for both.
Knitting: Vest
A classic vest with a contemporary twist! Mischevious cables morph into waves then squiggles before disappearing completely at the top.
Knitting: Purse
Nastasha
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Norway Lace is reminiscent of the sparkling waters and meandering fjords of Norway. Two strands of silk held together on a US 5 needle make this an easy, fluid shawl for those of us seeking a more tailored look. The asymmetric “cable” motif is just yarn overs and decreases, not cables. Once you work a few repeats it is easily memorized.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A Travelogue wrap of the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy the journey! Shown in Lorna’s Laces luscious Haymarket in ‘Fjord’.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A sensational shrug, a cozy hood, a fabulous neck scarf or even hip hugger; there is no end to the ways you can create the perfect finishing touch with this elegant, classic wrap with a twist.
Knitting: Shrug / Bolero
On the town
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Incredible color and texture in a classic reminiscent of a vintage Coco Chanel. Fringed faux pockets, cuffs and a swirl add all the fun. Perfect anytime, from jeans to dressy. Example uses Claudia Hand Painted Fingering Weight Merino for Yarns A & B and Claudia Hand Painted Silk Lace 20/2 for Yarn C.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Potpourri Shawl
Knitting: Pullover
Rolling Stones
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Nothing feels quite as good as a big, oversized shirt on a Saturday morning…especially when it’s handknit. Use your own combination of favorite fibers or colors to make it truly special.
Knitting: Pullover
An over-sized pullover covered with big lazy cables - you can’t help but feel good.
Knitting: Pullover
Bright stripes meander where they want with the help of a few well-placed short rows. The back and front are mirror images and each sleeve is different to match the stripes right next to it. Great fun - and flattering too.
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
One yarn, one simple design stands alone for any warm weather occasion. Pair it easily with a jacket for the office, or a shirt for a picnic, or just your favorite jeans.
Knitting: Cardigan
A little more playful, a little more relaxed – just like summer. The shawl collar on one side becomes a notched lapel on the other. Dropped stitches, split turned-back cuffs and a tie closure create a classic, yet fun look.
Knitting: Cardigan
Symphony
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Two yarns, two patterns, in two directions, just too much fun! Create your own classic with your favorite pair of yarns. The jacket’s understated lines and shaping are perfect anywhere, anytime.
Knitting: Cowl, Headband
Wear it as a cowl, neck warmer, hoodie, head band or hat, either side up — or out. It’s fabulous, versatile and the perfect companion for any adventure. Example uses Claudia Hand Painted Fingering Weight Merino and Claudia Hand Painted Silk Lace 20/2.
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
From the pattern description:
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
An easy, drapey and versatile wedge-shaped wrap in ribbon and linen that’s perfect for your next Vacanza (‘holiday’ in Italian). Pattern requires 520 yards of lace weight linen yarn and a total of 260 yards of ribbon yarn in one or several colors.
Knitting: Cowl
This is just fun! Two colors of variegated yarns each choose a different side to be dominant in this easy pattern. Use a provisional cast on if you want to graft the ends, or simply seam both ends, with or without a moebius twist. The yardage is 165 yards each of two very contrasting yarns for maximum effect.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Cables, a bit of easy lace and dropped stitches create an airy, reversible wrap called “Vlinder”, or “butterfly” in Dutch. Clever buttons and loops along the edges offer endless style options for a shrug, wrap, poncho, cardi, moebius, and more. The large needles combined with the beautiful merino offer an unusual and sump...
Knitting: Cardigan
Design Note As Copied From Pattern
Knitting: Cardigan
A classic cardigan wrap to make you feel calm and collected. The faux cable detail on the right front curves its way to the shoulder and then just glides straight down the back. The overall eyelet pattern keeps you cool and elegant. Twisted cord ties inside and out provide a custom fit. It’s equally elegant as a vest!