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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Lotus Flower shawlette is inspired by the color and imagery of Tibetan mandalas. The lotus flower rises from the muddy water to create a beautiful and pure flower, a metaphor for the ability to rise above a bad situation or to make something beautiful amid unfavorable circumstances.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Ziggy star hat is a unisex beanie with a chevron motif. The uniquely constructed crown comes together in the shape of a star. The Swans Island yarns all seem to coordinate well, and with 2 skeins, you will actually have enough for 2 hats in reversed colors (yardage estimates in pattern are rounded up), making this a great gift knit.
Knitting: Hanging Ornament
These stars are a fun way to learn stacked increases. You may have seen these in the Fox Paws or Solarita patterns and wondered how they work. You can use these fun stars to practice stacked increases before jumping into a more complex project, or just make them because they’re a lot of fun. Stacked increases are worked by slipping stitche...
Knitting: Hanging Ornament
The Oak Leaf is a fun little introduction to stacked decreases. This technique can be used to create lobe shaped edging, flame stitch motifs, and shaping. You may have seen it in other patterns like Fox Paws which use the wavy stitch in colorwork. Stacked decreases are worked by slipping stitches back to the left needle to work them again.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
Fox paws is a rectangular wrap with a distinctive stripe motif that looks like little interlocking fox feet. Using only increases and decreases, stripes are shaped into extreme waves using the same technique as the Petal Cowl pattern but with more unusual shapes. It can be worked in 2 or more colors without any stranded or intarsia techniques so...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I was thinking of the sun, margaritas, and very warm, autumnal shawls when I designed this crescent wrap. I’m even cold in the summer sometimes. Especially after dark, or in late August when the weather starts to shift. Thinking of the summer sun setting as I sit outside with friends, chatting and watching the sky change color - this is wh...
Petal is a cowl designed to highlight the color shifts of a self striping yarn. The stitch shapes are inspired by flower petals, fish scales, and vintage crochet afghans. A great summer knit, or a cold weather project when made in heavy yarn. A unique stitch is used to create an extra long chevron motif which sets this cowl apart.
Feather Flame is a chevron patterned scarf knit on the bias. It has a scalloped edge and a slight curve that makes it easy to wear. The stitch pattern can be scaled to fit any gauge and yarn weight. Self striping sock yarn gives definition to the waves of the flame stitch pattern.
Sometimes you want a complex project to work on, but other times you just want to relax and watch a movie while you make some last minute holiday gifts. This pattern is for a brioche stitch (fisherman’s rib) scarf with tidy edges and an easy to memorize one line pattern.
Knitting: Cardigan, Coat / Jacket
The Midnight Blazer is a fitted blazer with structured shoulders and a fitted waist. This silhouette is designed to flatter “pear shapes” by drawing the eye up and balancing a bottom heavy figure. Taking cues from the runway, this sweater is perfect to wear to work, yet still fun enough to wear out in the evening.
Most knitters aren’t too into drop sleeves because of the overly simple shape and associations with oversized ’80s sweaters, but drop sleeves are showing up everywhere now in a refined and slender new form. Taking inspiration from high end brands like Vince, Mango, and Opening Ceremony, this sweater has a figure flattering modern sil...
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion, Lampshade
This pattern is for a textured felt lamp shade in multiple sizes and matching pillows in two sizes. The lamp shade can be sewn over a preexisting shade or a handmade frame. DIY instructions for a metal lamp shade frame are included in this pattern as well as a lesson in lamp anatomy and safety. These housewares are a great project for all season...
Knitting: Shrug / Bolero
This pattern is for a shrug or bolero type cardigan with elbow length dolman sleeves and optional contrasting Moss stitch trim. It is a cropped length, short in the front and reaching down to the waist in the back. The front is open and slightly curved with some bust shaping for adults. Loosely knit fingering weight yarn makes this perfect for s...
Knitting: Cloche Hat
This hat is a hybrid of two vintage styles: the cloche and the turban. Inspired by the 1920s, it has an old style feel but is not too out of place in our postmodern world. When worn with the gathering on the sides, it looks like a cloche, with a close fitting bell shape. When turned 90 degrees so the gathering is in the front, it looks more like...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This beret came into existence the week of the Halloween snow storm. My sister asked me to make her a hat, and I decided to make a design project of it. I wanted whatever I made to look good with her curly brown hair. She’s the kind of person who has three young kids and magically white sofas, and a really nicely decorated house. She likes...
So I was shopping at a certain urban clothing store when I saw this turban. The idea was nice, but there was some bunching in odd places and the price was way off (for an acrylic hat) so I decided to make my own. Now this isn’t an exact copy of their design, it has some improvements to the fitting, a rounder shape, and fewer seams (more than the...
Knitting: Hats - Other
The Techniques in the pattern are a bit advanced, it is helpful to understand short row shaping and circular knitting before you begin.The style is inspired by fractals, and uses mathematical knitting to create a rounded shape. It looks like a flower, a pine cone, and a romanesco.