Allyson Dykhuizen

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Pullover
This pattern includes instructions for two sweaters - one winter sweater with long sleeves and knit in worsted wool and one summer sweater with short sleeves and knit in worsted cotton.
Knitting: Cowl
Wear your love of knitting on your cowl! A combination of different balls of yarn in various sizes, knitting needles, and geometric shapes and lines makes this stranded colorwork tube cowl perfect for every knitting lover.
Knitting: Tee
The Choose Your Own Adventure Tee Along kicked off on July 25th and runs through September 5th. There are tons of great prizes! Grab the pattern and come #teealong! Get more info about the KAL at the TeeAlong thread.
Knitting: Pullover
Think stranded colorwork mitt for your body! I’ve been working up the courage to knit myself up an all over colorwork cozy wool sweater and thought I’d first give a little cropped tee a try. After falling in love with Damon I’m ready to continue my stranded garment journey and something tells me you will feel the same way. Damon is a cropped, ov...
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
-Sizes 33¼ (36, 38¾, 41½, 44¼, 47)” bust circumference; shown in size 33¼”
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Thanks so much for signing up for Allyson Dykhuizen’s Windy City Mystery Shawl Knitalong! This shawl KAL will be released in 5 parts, each part building off the previous one, and will use 2 colors of fingering weight yarn. It will combine stripes and graphic shapes of color, as well as garter stitch and openwork sections, to create a show stoppi...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Gradient kits keep you on your toes and work seamlessly with the triangle stitch pattern featured in Dillinger. Choose to ease your colors from dark to light or go with bolder color contrast - you’ve got five colors to play with! Also choose between a more tight fitting beanie style hat or slouchy fitting hat. With lots of color combos and style...
Knitting: Tee
This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up. Stitches are held for the back as the front is finished, then the back stitches are worked. Sleeves and neckline stitches are picked up and worked in rib to finish.
Knitting: Cardigan
The Pattern: Mini skeins are so much fun to work with and the star of Little Drummer Boy! Choose your favorite, along with a complimentary MC, and create a truly unique fabric and a baby sweater almost too adorable to wear. Knit it up for your favorite little drummer boy or girl!
Knitting: Bonnet
This pattern has been rereleased in Nov 2015! Every line of the hat is written out, making it a lot easier to follow and read.
Knitting: Cardigan
‘Thing to Wear’ is the English translation of the Japanese word Kimono, and I just love that. It’s so simple and lovely, and true. A cardigan is a thing to wear. This kimono shaped cardigan is a thing I’m sure you’ll be wearing a lot of, with it’s cozy oversized fronts and sleeves, and swing body shape. Neutrals will make it as wearable as any s...
Knitting: Mittens
When it’s COLD, not just cold but COLD, and the last thing you want to do is get out from under your blankets, these will help. Like cozy flannel blankets for your hands, these plaid mittens use a build as you go construction to create the warmest and most adorable accessories around.
Knitting: Pullover
Dolman sleeve shaping and a high low hem – Koval is hitting a lot of current sweater shape trends while being easy to wear super casual with shorts or dressed up for the office. Unusual construction and some gradual striping keep this St st sweater a fun knit! Having a hard time picking colors? Find your favorite and match it’s darkest and light...
Knitting: Cowl
Sometimes you just need a pretty little something to keep the cool breeze off your neck, or to add a little pop to an outfit. Francisco Cowl is a easy breezy bandana cowl, a no fuss solution to small lacy shawls you can never keep on your neck the way you want them to. This polka dot cowl with garter stitch details can be knit in wool for a cozi...
Knitting: Cardigan
This sweater is Chicago, mapped out by textures inspired by the culture of its neighborhoods, deep south side to far north side, from Chinatown and into Greek Town and Ukrainian Village, then downtown Chicago through Cabrini Green and Little Italy, and north where the German markets and Polish bars are still hard to navigate in English, ending u...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Relaunched in March 2015! This hat uses Knit Picks Gloss Fingering as the body of the hat and 4 colors of Knit Picks Palette for the duplicate stitched sections.
Knitting: Cardigan
This pattern was originally published in 5/10, but got a makeover on 2/11/15!
Knitting: Stocking
Bold, graphic texture created with lots of cables make this pair of hats look like medieval armor in the hottest way possible. Choose from two charts - one with bobbles and one without - to create a super fun hat with a ton of visual interest. Though I’ve got a feeling you’ll knit up a second version once you finish the first! With big needles a...
Knitting: Legwarmers
Originally released in 6/10, this pattern got an upgrade in 2/15 to include a boot cuff modification, clearer instructions, and is now knit up in a currently available yarn.
Knitting: Pullover
Crazy cat lady? Well, I certainly love my cat Velma. We’ve been together for over 11 years, and she’s just as ornery as she was when I plucked her out of a barn in West Michigan all those years ago. She’s a tiny, beautiful furball that only I can love, and we like it that way. Velma the sweater is cat-like in the simplest way – furry details but...
Knitting: Wall Hanging
Put a little knit up on your walls with this argyle inspired diamond motif. Pick the three colors that will really pull your room together or go nuts! This little piece of art will make a great housewarming gift, or knit up a bunch of them and fill a whole wall with this quick and fun project.
Knitting: Cardigan
We’re all a little chevron crazy these days, and why not?! The more patterns the better. Originally these little V shapes were used on badges to indicate rank on military and police uniforms. They were also used on coats of arms to distinguish military units during battles. Heraldry is the study and practice of using these chevron-focused badges...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These arm warmers are like throwing on a layer of down feathers to keep you extra warm. Sometimes you’ve just got to throw on a pair of big fringy ridiculous arm warmers! Your favorite cropped jacket will never be the same.
Knitting: Cup / Mug
My morning routine includes making some coffee in my quart sized IKEA French press, transferring it all to my big quart sized wide mouth mason jar, and taking it with me to drink at work. This worked great in the summer! But as soon as it started getting cold outside my coffee would be cold by the time I got to work. As a knitter I knew a quick ...
Knitting: Cardigan
When I sat down to design Eastwood Cardigan, I wanted to make the perfect go to fall cardigan – easy to throw on over anything, flattering but kinda oversized, sweater-y and jacket-y. With POCKETS, of course! And this is what I came up with. This is basically me in a sweater – stripes, texture, unusual construction, and lots of wool. Easy to wea...
Crochet: Sleeveless Top
Granny Squares? Not when they are this cute! With granny squares being seamed together to create everything from tops and tanks to tights and skirts, they are quickly losing that lame old 1970s reputation. Cute Girl Squares are a much more appropriate name for them! This slightly oversized tank with built in belt helps you bring these fun to cro...
Knitting: Cape
The word ‘cape’ just sounds hotter than the word ‘poncho’, am I right? Toward the end of winter there comes a point when you just can’t look at your coat anymore, and that is where this fun garment comes in. A cape transitions nicely to summer! Throw it over your shoulders on a chilly night. Worried about too much volume in your arms? Button the...
Knitting: Applique / Embellishment
Add an original baseball team logo to your Vintage Inspired Baseball Knit! These charts can be worked into the body of your sweater, or added with duplicate stitch after, which is what I did.
Knitting: Purse
I am a cross body bag kinda girl. I buy or make myself clutches all the time but never use them. Adorable shoulder bag? Nah. I like to throw a bag strap over my head and across my body and forget about it. But this bag is too darn cute to forget about! A large main pocket is perfect for your wallet and keys, and throw your phone in a very access...
Knitting: Skirt
I’m cutesy. I like my bows big and my polkadots prominent. I mix and match colors and patterns like most people wear black. If I could raid a fictional character’s closet, it would be Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess on New Girl. Her bow front, puff sleeve vintage mini dresses and array of patterned and brightly colored flats are drool worthy ev...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Pattern: The wrong side of anything is always a bummer, especially when it comes to shawlettes, so why not make two right sides? This shawlette uses reversible stitch patterns like seed stitch, stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch, a lace pattern that looks great on both sides, and a reversible cable throughout. So no matter how...
Knitting: Headband
Tinfoil Tiara Brigade, you ask? In honor of William and Kate’s wedding we ladies of twitter got a little excited and on top of waking up at 3am to watch the overseas festivities, we all made our own tinfoil tiaras to wear in bed while live tweeting each other.
Knitting: Headband
A few months ago these patterns were included in the 6th issue of CraftSanity Magazine, a West Michigan based independently published magazine from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood. But today I’m releasing them for free! They are just too cute to keep to myself any longer.
Knitting: Pullover, Tee
I love mixing knit and crochet. I’ll always be a knitter first and crocheter second. But that crochet skill sure comes in handy when you need a quick toy or accessory! Or when you want to add a fun detail to an otherwise straightforward knit tee, which is the case with In a While, Crocodile. I love shoulder detail, and with this design you can a...
Knitting: Vest
I’m not really a vest person. I always feel like vests add bulk, and then I want to put a belt around it to take down the bulk, and then I’m like, “Forget it, I’ll just not wear a vest OR a belt!” Which is where the idea for Put a Belt On It came from – a vest with a built-in belt?! Perfect! And jazzed up with a ton of cables and texture? Croppe...
Knitting: Pullover, Tee
Umbre Lovre is a loose fitting tee with umbre striping and stained glass like polka dot detailing at the top and bottom. It’s worn off the shoulder and easily thrown over a tank for a fun, flirty look. It’s as no nonsense to wear as it is to knit, and I’m sure picking out colors will be your biggest challenge!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Starting with the shawl’s triangle point, St st and lace stripes are alternated while sts are increased to make a big, warm, fun shawl.
Knitting: Market bag (slouchy)
This market bag is a smaller, more easy to carry and use than a lot of oversized market bags. The bottom is two strands of Dishie held together for the most sturdy fabric possible. A fun lacy stitch is worked for the body, and straps are worked individually and then seamed at the top.
Crochet: Muff
When I was little I wanted an American Girl Doll SO BAD! Samantha, the Victorian era doll, was my favorite, and part of what I liked so much about her was her amazing plaid cape, fuzzy white hat and matching muff. This love intensified when my elementary school frememy not only got Samantha for as a birthday present at her American Girl Doll the...
Knitting: Wristlet
My friend Theresa VanderMeer runs an organization called The Lotus Odyssey that exports fair-trade products from different eco/people-friendly groups in India. She is starting a foundation called WORK+SHELTER that will offer women living in the slums of New Delhi a fresh start. Theresa is working to give these women decent living conditions and ...
Knitting: Headband
My friend Theresa VanderMeer runs an organization called The Lotus Odyssey that exports fair-trade products from different eco/people-friendly groups in India. She is starting a foundation called WORK+SHELTER that will offer women living in the slums of New Delhi a fresh start. Theresa is working to give these women decent living conditions and ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
My friend Theresa VanderMeer runs an organization called The Lotus Odyssey that exports fair-trade products from different eco/people-friendly groups in India. She is starting a foundation called WORK+SHELTER that will offer women living in the slums of New Delhi a fresh start. Theresa is working to give these women decent living conditions and ...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
My friend Theresa VanderMeer runs an organization called The Lotus Odyssey that exports fair-trade products from different eco/people-friendly groups in India. She is starting a foundation called WORK+SHELTER that will offer women living in the slums of New Delhi a fresh start. Theresa is working to give these women decent living conditions and ...
Crochet: Bathroom
It takes a while to truly appreciate things. They come into your life, and you get use to it being around, and then it’s gone and you’re left with Rocket Power and you’re like, WHA?! Repeat this process for everything that was awesome in the 90s that was replaced with something way less cool in the 2000s. TLC -> Pussycat Dol...
Knitting: Coffee / Tea Pot
I’ve lived in Chicago for 8 years, and hipsters are a way of life. With my love of biking, eating local food, and wearing skinny jeans I, too, fall into that category most days. Then I moved to Minneapolis where hipster is a four letter word. I made the mistake of suggesting a dive bar down the street for a meet up with new friends and everyone ...
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth, Towel
Knit up a hanging dish towel with matching dishcloth!
Knitting: Applique / Embellishment
Jazz up a plain tee with this Heart Patch Pattern! It’s a great way to start working knitting into your every day wardrobe and to take knitting into spring and summer and is even great for covering up pizza sauce stains! The pattern uses the tiniest bit of leftover sock yarn and standard size 4s so you know you already have the materials! Put on...
Knitting: Cowl
This chunky knit cabled cowl is the perfect quick, one skein project. With a cabled band between a boarder of seed stitch, this cowl is as fun to knit as it is fun to wear. Chunky cables make it easy to wear with any coat; under your heavy winter coat or over a light spring jacket.
Knitting: Cowl
Mirrored cables in two different yarns make this cowl really unique. Working with two worsted weight yarns at once and following a cable chart pattern keeps this a quick and interesting knit.
Knitting: Cup / Mug
The Sweatshop of Love meets at New Wave Coffee in Logan Square. Pretty much every class takes place at one or more of their tables, and they are happy hosts. People even
Knitting: Legwarmers
Socks are time consuming knits. Especially over the knee socks, like Welly Socks, designed to line your rubber Wellies or any knee high boot.
Knitting: Scarf, Cowl, Shawl / Wrap, Snood
My warmth depends solely on how warm my neck is, so when cool weather strikes the first thing I go for is a scarf, cowl, snood, or shawl. I’ve got tons of them and I’m always looking for more. My one requirement is the ability to actually keep your neck warm. So if I was going to rate this Entrelac Snood on a scale of 1-10, 1 being silly lace we...
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
Sometimes I get ridiculous ideas, like ‘WHATIFIMAKEABOMBERJACKETOUTOFKNITTEDGRANNYSQUARES?!’ It turns out a bomber jacket made out of knitted granny squares WAS too ridiculous to pull off, so here is my much more wearable version. A granny square-like stitch pattern, minimal color work, and MUCH less seaming that a bunch of granny squares seamed...
Knitting: Cowl
As fun to knit as it is to wear, the Madison Cowl is a super cute way to work your hand knits into your wardrobe! Using a seed stitch boarder and an intuitive lace pattern throughout, this Cowl is a great way to master chart reading and lace work. Never read a chart pattern? Our easy to read instructions will make it a cinch.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
A great introduction to following a chart pattern, these Madison Hand Warmers are a super quick knit and fun to wear! And handmade fabric button accents make these hand warmers stand out from the crowd.
Knitting: Brimmed Hat
I spent August of 2010 in Brooklyn. My boyfriend was living there for work so I went to hang out. We lived in a tiny converted garage with 3 windows and mice, so I tried not to stay there too much. While he was at work I walked over to McCarren Park. I spent my afternoons watching joggers and football practices while I knit. I bench hopped, list...
Knitting: Dress
Sweater dresses are scary knits. Because they are huge! It’s a dress, for goodness sake. So my goal in designing one was to make it worth the time. Melvie is versatile – it’s a cute skirt, it’s a cute tunic if worn over jeans, it’s cute under a jacket, and it’s cute by itself. The knit is loose so you won’t get sweat out on a warm day.
Knitting: Mittens, Puppet
I just can’t help but put an exclamation point after every time I write Sheep Mittens! (!)
Knitting: Cardigan
So, you’ve got two boyfriends. It’s ok. Really, it happens to the best of us. The problem? It’s hard to keep them straight. Who like sushi and who likes Thia? Which one is the Packers fan? Who did you make the date with on Friday?
Knitting: Cardigan, Pants, Onesies
This is a supplement to my Baby Sweater Buffet pattern, so this pattern won’t work unless you have that pattern. You start with the normal Baby Sweater Buffet pattern, and then use this pattern as additional instructions to knit a snowsuit.
Knitting: Scarf
This no bullshit lengthwise scarf pattern is a great alternative to short back and forth scarf patterns. Great for beginners because the fringe covers up any wonky edges that might appear, great for advanced knitters who HATE knitting scarves. Cast it on, punch it out.
Knitting: Headband
Great project for little bits and scraps of fingering/sport/DK weight yarn! Duplicate stitch makes the color work a no brainer.
Knitting: Cardigan
This pattern is part of The Sweatshop of Love Summer Tour 2010 Ebook of Knitting Patterns!
Knitting: Headband
This pattern is part of The Sweatshop of Love Ebook of Knitting Patterns!
Knitting: Purse
This pattern is part of The Sweatshop of Love Summer Tour 2010 Ebook of Knitting Patterns!
Knitting: Pet Toys
This pattern is part of The Sweatshop of Love’s Summer Tour 2010 Ebook of Knitting Patterns!
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
Need help with entrelac? I made an entrelac strap how to video: http://www.thesweatshopoflove.com/blog/2011/05/30/the-loo...
Knitting: Strapless Top
This pattern is part of The Sweatshop of Love Summer Tour Ebook of Knitting Patterns!
Knitting: Ankle Sock
This pattern is part of The Sweatshop of Love Summer Tour 2010 Ebook of Knitting Patterns!
Knitting: Headband
This pattern is part of The Sweatshop of Love Summer Tour 2010 Ebook of Knitting patterns!