Kat Riddell

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eBook : 3 patterns

The Scrubland Collection is inspired by some of my favorite prickly plants. These three tops are perfect for any summer activity, whether it’s a nature walk, a trip to the zoo, or an outdoor concert. All three tops feature simple, bottom-up construction that result in casual, breezy tees. Each top is knit flat in two pieces and then seamed, keeping the projects portable until it’s time for finishing.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Tee
Hell Creek is named for the Hell Creek Formation, which spans parts of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The formation dates from the late Cretaceous period, and is a rich source of fossils from marine and land reptiles, fish, dinosaurs, mammals, amphibians, plants, and invertebrates.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
My dream throughout most of high school was to move out and live in the Mission Hill neighborhood in Boston. It’s a small, historic neighborhood popular with students, and living there and going to college in Boston was the best future I could dream of for myself. Of course, life turned out a bit differently, but I still love the character of M...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Aust Cliff is a gorgeous fossil site in South Gloucestershire, England. It’s made up of layers of red and green mudstone, alabaster, limestone, and black shale, and is especially known for the numerous samples of Triassic-age insects found there.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Pocketful of Posies was directly inspired by The Dyeing Arts’ “Pansy Lane” colorway. I wanted a shawl that evoked woodland wanderings, flower-lined pathways, and small bunches of flowers stashed wherever you can fit them.
Knitting: Cardigan
I love easy-to-wear cardigans in simple shapes, and Jeri fits the bill exactly. Featuring a boxy, textured body with fitted sleeves, Jeri is equal parts classic and modern and is easy to wear as well as enjoyable to knit.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
“The Poet Dreams of the Mountain” by Mary Oliver
Knitting: Pullover
Delwyn is the sweater of my stripy dreams. Colorblocking on the yoke makes way to stripes for days, and coordinating sleeves feature striped cuffs.
Knitting: Legwarmers
Aurelie is a pair of light lace legwarmers, perfect for layering over tight or leggings when temperatures start to dip. Knit in a bright color, Aurelie is the perfect accessory to cheer up the grey days of fall and winter.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Named after one of my most fashionable friends, Brie is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.
Knitting: Cowl
Sledge is a cozy, double-layer cowl. One side is plain stockinette, but inside (or outside!) is clean ribbing in a contrasting color.
Knitting: Pullover
Old Harry is worked seamlessly from the top down. The upper back is knit first, then placed on hold while stitches are picked up at the shoulders to knit the front. The body is joined at the underarms and knit in the round with waist shaping. Sleeve stitches are picked up from the body and sleeve caps are shaped using short rows.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Overfar is a cozy reversible shawl that will follow along with you wherever you want to go.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Bubblegum Spice is the perfect extra layer by a campfire on a cool summer night or tucked up against your neck under your winter coat.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Spindral is a generous but light shawl inspired by morning dew on spider webs. The garter stitch body is worked from the bottom up, the stitches are picked up along the long edge, and finally the attached border is knit on perpendicularly to the shawl body.
Knitting: Cardigan
I love a cozy grandpa sweater, and Ifan is exactly that. Intended to be worn with 2-6in/5-15cm of positive ease, Ifan has extra long sleeves and cozy patch pockets. The textured moss stitch body gives way to deep ribbing and tailored stockinette set-in sleeves.
Knitting: Legwarmers
McKee is a light but cozy pair of legwarmers, perfect for
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Pilstam is a slouchy beanie featuring a fun bobbled cable pattern. Knit in a bright color, this is a fun, standout knit, or it can be knit in a more subtle tone for a classic winter look.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Starkeeper is a light, slouchy hat with eyelets and garter stitch. Using basic stitches and pi shaping for the crown decreases, this hat is a charming, quick knit perfect for variegated and striping yarns.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Bone Cabin is a snug cap worked in a simple textured stripe pattern. Bone Cabin is named for the Bone Cabin Quarry in Wyoming, which was a rich source of Jurassic fossils during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The quarry was so named because of a nearby shepherd’s cabin, which had been almost entirely constructed out of the Jurassic-era...
Knitting: Cowl
Chandler Bridge is a quick lightweight cowl with a textured chevron pattern and features a garter stripe section. Chandler Bridge is named for the Oligocene formation in South Carolina, which is a popular fossil hunting site, and a rich source of information about prehistoric marine life, including sharks, whales, turtles, crocodiles, and marin...
Knitting: Cowl
Zowza is a thick statement cowl with a cabled chevron pattern. Knit out of a super bulky wool yarn, Zowza is great on its own, layered over smaller cowls, or pulled down around your shoulders.
Knitting: Pullover
When I first started knitting, I imagined a sweater that I could knit no matter how tired, sick, or distracted I was. I imagined it being all in garter stitch, knit flat, with a longer back than front (so I didn’t have to worry about knitting the two pieces to the same size). This sweater has floated in and out of my imagination for years, and ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I’ve always loved cacti– even as a small child, I’d beg my mother to let me have a cactus in my room. She always refused, probably (rightfully) cautious of what a troublesome combination my clumsiness and a cactus’ spines would be. As soon as I moved out to college, I got my first cactus, and it still has a cherished spot in my indoor garden.
Knitting: Tee
Bramble is an adventurous top. A playful mix of texture and cables make this one of my favorite tops, whether I’m on a nature walk, at the zoo, or on my way to Chick Flick night.
Knitting: Tee
As much as I love playing with cables and lace in summer, sometimes I just need simple. Briar is understated, with just a hint of interest at the shoulders and upper back, and is easily at home on a hiking trail, in a porch swing, or at date night.
Knitting: Tee
Stripes always remind me of summer– even stripes, crooked stripes, wavy stripes, and zigzag stripes. I love the subtle zigzags achieved with this cable pattern, and the resulting top is tons of fun. These fun zigzags spice up days spent at the library, lounging by the river, or listening to music on the Platz.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Cockle Shells is inspired by visits to the seashore. Fingering-weight yarn knit at a larger gauge creates a loose, breezy fabric, and the striped body is finished with lace inspired by its mollusk namesake. This small shawl is perfect for collecting shells on the beach, sitting around the fire pit on a cool summer night, or even just keeping th...
Knitting: Cardigan
From about fifth grade onward, I spent a week or two every summer at camp. I wasn’t the most gracious camper– I refused to hike or swim or do many of the traditional, running-around camp games.
Knitting: Cowl
Brizo is all about keeping the ocean sun and wind in the coldest, greyest days of winter. Large gauge seashell lace plays up the spirit of the beach while super bulky yarn keeps the winter chill at bay. Drape it once or wrap it twice, Brizo’s got your back until beach weather returns.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The best friends are the ones who, no matter how long it’s been, will enthusiastically start every conversation with a “Hey, What’s Up?” These mitts were designed for such a friend: they needed to be fun, work with a ton of different yarns, and quick to knit up, so no matter when an old friend wants to meet, you’ll be there with warm hands and ...
Knitting: Cardigan
Finn is a lightweight cardigan perfect for transitional weather. Finn features an Eyelet Mesh pattern on the yoke and sleeves and a stockinette body. Garter stitch edges and waist shaping make Finn easy to wear either in the office or downtown.
Knitting: Cowl
Cerchiate is a garter and lace cowl that is sure to enchant and delight. Designed to show off variegated yarns, two simple lace patterns alternate with classic garter stitch to highlight color changes.
Knitting: Cowl
Old Davis is a character in the poem “A Fountain, a Bottle, a Donkey’s Ears, and Some Books,” in which he and the poem’s narrator spend a day in the mountains.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Breony is the perfect hat for long meandering walks in the woods. Knit from your favorite bulky yarn, the featured diagonal rib provides a strong point of focus without being overwhelmed by crazy color splotches. Inspired by bare tree branches in late fall and winter, Breony is an enjoyable knit that works up quickly.
Knitting: Cowl
Roco Loop is a snuggly, thick cowl made to withstand chilly winds. Super bulky yarn works up quickly, and the thick reversible fabric makes a flexible and chic accessory warm enough for any winter cold. Perfect for any of your favorite super bulky yarns, even ones with strong color variegation.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
A quicker, toastier version of my Fingercuffs pattern, Fingercuffs Worsted have the same fitted silhouette and cozy cuff as the original, but knit up even faster. Keeping you warm all the way down to the second knuckle, these gloves are a fun knit and will be a go-to pair time and time again.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Sporange is a fun, bulky cabled hat. The allover cabled stitch pattern works up quickly and creates an interesting spongy texture. It’s a great project for a last-minute gift, and is a fun topper for any winter wonderland adventure.
Knitting: Scarf, Cowl
Kermit is a straightforward and enjoyable scarf, worked in four ribbed sections in the round. The scarf is a perfect project to keep in your bag or when you just want to zone out while knitting.
Knitting: Scarf, Cowl
Pelligan was inspired by luxury blend yarns-yarns that are so soft and gorgeous on their own that they don’t need much to truly shine. The Eyelet Rib stitch creates a lovely textured landscape, while the pockets created by the regular increases and decreases hold an extra insulating layer of warm air.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Gorham is a special place to me, and it evokes many memories, both good and painful. Gorham is the town where I went to summer camp for almost every summer of my adolescent life, on top of a beautiful mountain, surrounded by cliffs and trees and the sort of beauty that only exists 2,400 feet up. Summers there were spent hiking (or complaining a...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I can’t count the number of times I went to Hampton Beach as a child. I went there for family trips, birthday parties, and summer day camp activities. It was The Beach, and no matter how many times I went, I was always just as excited to go again. Hampton itself is in many ways the quintessential New England beach town, and I wanted this hat to...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Odiorne Point State Park is a gorgeous beach, with a quintessential New England rocky coastline. Odiorne was always special growing up, because we didn’t go there very often, but when we did I would spend hours exploring the pebbly beach and tidepools. I filled buckets with all the rocks and shells I picked up, and the tidepools at Odiorne Poin...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
When I was growing up, one of my family’s favorite summer day trips was Portsmouth. Another coastal town,one of the things I remember most about Portsmouth is all of the bricks. There were only a few brick houses in my hometown, so I was always excited to go see the gorgeous brick buildings and sidewalks. As a young child, Portsmouth seemed to ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Nelumbo is inspired by water gardens: ornamental fish, aquatic plants, and the organic balance of earth and water. Alternating bands of stockinette, garter, and eyelet stitches culminate in a light scalloped border, echoing the shapes of water lilies and lotus flowers.
Knitting: Tee
The Cam Tee is a loose, breezy top for warm summer days and cool summer nights. Constructed from the bottom up, the top features a split hem, cables running up each front side, twisted ribbing up the back sides and on every finished edge, and a wide neckline.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Tessa is an easy, quick knit that will show off all of your favorite yarns. It’s simple enough to work on anywhere, and easy to put down or pick up in the middle of a row. Changing stitch patterns create just enough interest to keep you engaged, but keep the project simple enough for when you want something almost mindless.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Josey is a playful striped hat with a picot edge. A background of horizontal stripes is broken up by four vertical stripes done with easy slipped stitches.
Knitting: Cowl
Inter-Cardinal is a light cowl that works for any occasion. Worked in four different textural patterns, it balances the line between simple and interesting. It truly shines in a slightly variegated yarn, but has enough interest to liven up solid colors as well.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Jeyna is the perfect shawl for wandering around the country or just going for a stroll downtown. A triangle with an extra-wide wingspan, it works wrapped around the neck or draped elegantly over the shoulders. A ribbed border hugs the shawl to you and soft, luxurious baby alpaca create a cozy and warm layer you’ll never want to take off.
Knitting: Cowl
Vera is a super warm cowl: a bulky –weight wool and alpaca blend worked in an easy-to-memorize stranded colorwork pattern. Make it in team colors, school colors, of just your two favorite colors for a look all your own.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Cecily is a solid hat. Featuring a wide cable panel, the body of the hat is worked with slipped stitches for extra warmth and reinforcement. Gauge differences between the slipped stitch body and front cable creates a perfect head-fitting slouch. A wide mock rib brim creates a thick extra layer over the ears, and the no-decrease finishing adds e...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Fingercuffs are designed to be as warm as possible while still keeping your fingers free. Fingering-weight yarn makes a small light glove, and deep ribbed cuffs create a fitted silhouette. An extra-long cuff over the fingers keeps your chilly digits nice and toasty all the way down to the second knuckle . A quick, easy knit, these mitts are sim...
Knitting: Cowl
Lisbet is a quick, thick cowl that makes a stunning impressing. Just 25 rounds and one skein of Malabrigo Rasta plus a couple of hours and you get a seriously stylish accessory that can stand up to the worst that winter has to offer. Fun to knit and fun to wear, large cables and fun colors combine to make a statement that can’t be missed. Perfe...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Peony is a lightweight texture and lace shawl, elegantly combining function with beauty. It is worked from the top-down, starting with a garter-stitch tab and ending with a delightful picot bind off. The shawl features a two-stitch garter spine, interrupted seed stitch, and a modified layette lace.
Knitting: Vest
Epidemic is a fun, flexible vest that works as an extra layer year-round. The vest is made up of four “panels:” a stockinette front, a lace back, and cable panels at each side.