A. Karen Alfke

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Cowl
Some stitch patterns are like candy: little sweet things to nibble on that make your day a bit brighter. This deliciously simple openwork ridge pattern, written up for two circumferences in two gauges, will help you make the most of those handpainted skeins.
Knitting: Cowl, Shawl / Wrap
This variation of simple seed stitch (worked two rows ‘tall’) sets off multicolor yarns beautifully or shimmers in shaded solids. Instructions are included for an oversized scarf worked flat, as well as cowls and loops in the round — each in four gauge options! All edged in sleek I-cord for elegant, caffeinated simplicity.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
In this generous scarf, a simple ribbing pattern ‘phases’ across the rows, allowing complex colorways to shift and stack their colors in mysterious and enchanting ways.
Knitting: Ankle Sock
A textured cuff in a simple slip-stitch pattern is started with a provisional cast on and then worked flat and wrapped around the ankle for a neat detail. The stitches for the foot are picked up along the one row edge after the cuff is complete. The foot is then worked in the round.
Knitting: Ankle Sock, Mid-calf Socks
Whether underfoot or holding up the roof of a cathedral, arches keep things supported. In Roman architecture, the keystone locks the arch together and holds everything up. This subtly-supportive sock design conforms to the foot with easy 3x1 ribbing on top and a bit of shaping underfoot. It’s all uncomplicated enough to let even complex colorwa...
Knitting: Pullover
Some days you just want to lighten things up. Laceweight yarn knits up beautifully in this easy, three-stitch all-over lace pattern. The oversized fit of the body is balanced by slightly fitted sleeves to flatter nearly every shape. Pop it on over a camisole for air-conditioned days at the office, or take it for a stroll with a summer dress. Ei...
Knitting: Cowl
Linen stitch is pretty miraculous in my book: with just knits and slips, you can create a woven fabric with little ‘pixels’ of color that are fabulous for blending two (or more!)
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The first Unpattern I ever put out was the result of knitterly friends asking me for my German aunt’s basic sock ‘recipe.’