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Knitting: Cowl, Fingerless Gloves
I am sure I am not alone in loving Outlander and the amazing knits on the show. I was inspired by the bulky yarns and simple textures. I also loved the concept of the fingerless mitts that also did not have thumb holes -- they are soooo comfy!
Denise with Yarnshine is an amazing fiber artist and she made these amazing gradient rolags for me! I spun the yarn as a mostly fingering weight single (slightly thick and thin as I am not the best spinner in the world!). This pattern is highly textured so it will work beautifully with any of your handspun.
More often than not I knit patterns that are interesting enough to keep my attention -- so they have levels of complication. I woke up one Sunday morning unable to confront all of my complicated knits -- I just wanted to knit stockinette stitch in the round. I meandered out to my Yarn Shack and found the yummiest yarn I had, in colors that I was...
Knitting: Hats - Other
Arctic Circle is a quick and easy slouchy hat. You need two contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn. You will most of 200 yards of the main color and only 50 to 75 yards of the contrast color. There is enough contrasting color left to make simple, small gauntlets.
The Cosmic Path Cowl is part of a series I designed out of From the Mountain Handspun Cashmere from Afghanistan. The yarn is produced by a co-op of 35 women who are paid a fair trade wage. Many are head of house hold and are able to make a living wage. Check out their website for more information:
Interwoven Destinies is designed with From the Mountain handspun cashmere yarn from Afghanistan. This amazing yarn is spun by a co op of 35 women in Afghanistan who are paid a living wage and are able to support their families. The yarn is fantastic and you will love every stitch!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is a simple yet elegant shawl. It has the name, Champagne Shawl, because of the luxury yarns used to make it. I cannot recommend these yarn enough -- you will love every stitch and want to cuddle up into the shawl!! That said, any worsted weight yarn will work if you do not feel like (or cannot) shell out $250 for a shawl!
Knitting: Bag - Other
I designed the bowl and bag for KnitCrate, a fabulous monthly knitting subscription company. http://www.knitcrate.com/ Check them out if you have not heard of them! Each month you get a goody bag of yarn, patterns, notions and more!
The pattern requires two skeins of red and one skein of cream Lamb;s Pride yarn. This pattern uses almost ALL of the red yarn. Be sure to take time to check gauge or buy a third skein. For you anti-gaugers (you know who you are) I am on the looser side of the knitting universe.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Perfectly Picot Shawlette is a fast, fun knit. It is the perfect use of that single skein of fabulous fingering weight yarn that you have had stashed for a while. It needs approximately 400 yds, but has been made with as little at 380 yds.
The Blue Bell Cowl is a fun, fast knit. Two colors of worsted weight yarn are required. I used Malabrigo Rios in Sand Bank and Bobby Blue. The cowl requires a little over half a skein for the main color and less than half of the contrast color. You can easily knit two cowls of opposite colors from the two skeins.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The Pebble Beach Gauntlet is a simple pattern with an elegant appeal. The pattern is written for small/medium and medium/large sizes. Size US 6 needles and DK weight yarn are used for the larger size and sport weight and size US 5 needles are used to work the smaller size.
The Laura iPad Bag is a designed to carry an iPad or other tablet device. The bag is knit flat in garter stitch (knit every row). It is very easy to knit and is an ideal project for a beginner. For the more advanced, you will love the ease and quickness of this project. I am a fairly fast knitter but I can knit two a day -- making it a great las...
The Capelet is a loose, flattering shape. The pattern includes two sizes which I have labeled Small/Medium and Medium/Large. I had lots of people try they on at the store. The SM fits people between sizes 4 and 10. The ML size fits women up to around size 18.
The Yarn Bowls are so cute! All of your friends will be envious! Because they are made of felted wool they are highly portable. The clasp at the front allows the knitter to pull the yarn through, taming the yarn and keeping it clean, but if you need to change yarn you do not have to cut it. It is also good for working two colors -- you can pull ...
This easy, casual capelet is quick and fun to make and even more fabulous to wear. It is also a great stash buster using a moderate quantity of three weights of yarn. It is easily knitted by a newer knitter. The only skills required are knitting in the round and m1 increase (directions included).