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eBooks available as Ravelry Downloads

eBook : 2 patterns

2017 mystery patterns for my Rav Group’s annual mystery KAL that will run from Aug 1 2017 through Sept 30 2017. The mystery KAL features matching sock and shawl designs that can be purchased separately or together.

eBook : 2 patterns

Designed for my Rav group’s Summer 2015 Mystery KAL, as of Oct 1 they are being sold as a single file pattern. There is also a matching sock pattern for this shawl. Both patterns feature charted and written instructions.

eBook : 2 patterns

Inspired by my Luckdragon mystery shawl and sock patterns, the Luckdragon Hat and Mitt set combine cables, lace and textured stitches to create a set that is fun and interesting to knit. This set works up quickly, and my matching hat and mitts used one skein of HazelKnits DK Lively with yarn to spare. Perfect for holiday knitting!

eBook : 2 patterns

Two patterns featured in my Rav group’s annual mystery KAL. This year the KAL will run from Oct 1 through Dec 31 and, as always, will feature matching sock and shawl mystery designs. The patterns will be available for sale individually or together (If you buy them individually, you will not receive a discount/refund if you later want to purchase them together).

eBook : 5 patterns

This collection is a little different than my previous ones… This collection will feature five accessory designs all featuring the same stitch pattern: socks, cowl/scarf, hat, shawl, and, only available as part of the collection, a pair of fingerless mitts. All patterns will include both charted and written instructions, as well as instructions for adjusting the sizes. These five patterns will be released between November 2017 and February 2018. You can purchase the collection at any time, and you will automatically receive updates as the patterns are released.

eBook : 4 patterns

VBM Shawl Collection 1 features four original shawl designs, including the Coriolis Shawl, the Bernoulli Shawl, the Logwood Shawl, and the Irish Moss Shawl. All patterns include both charted and written instructions.

eBook : 5 patterns

A new shawl collection inspired by water.

eBook : 4 patterns

My second shawl collection will feature new four-shawl collection released one at a time between November 2012 and January 2013. You may buy the collection at any time. If you purchase it before all of the patterns are published, you will automatically get updates with the new patterns as they are released. These shawls are inspired by U.S. National Parks that I visited growing up.

eBook : 4 patterns

A new four-shawl collection named after different precious stones, released as individual patterns between January and March 2013. You may also purchase a single pattern, but please keep in mind that if you buy the patterns individually, you will not get discounts or credits given towards the eBook purchase price after purchasing individual patterns.

eBook : 4 patterns

My fourth shawl collection, inspired by four elements.

eBook : 4 patterns

This, my fifth shawl collection, is astronomically inspired. This collection will feature four patterns (released between September and December 2013) when it’s complete. All of the patterns in the collection will include written and charted instructions. You may purchase the patterns individually or as part of the collection. If you purchase the collection before all of the patterns are released, you will receive automatic updates as the new patterns are added to the collection.

eBook : 4 patterns

The Gardens shawl collection will feature four patterns that will be released between August and October 2014. You may purchase each pattern individually or as part of the collection. The collection can be purchased at any time, and you’ll automatically received updates as the new patterns are released. All patterns in the collection will include both charted and written instructions as well as guidance for adjusting the size of the shawls as needed. Schematics noting the sizes can be found in the pattern photos for each pattern.

eBook : 4 patterns

The Scientists shawl collection will feature four patterns released between November 2014 and January 2015. You may purchase each pattern individually or as part of the collection. The collection can be purchased at any time, and you’ll automatically received updates as the new patterns are released. All patterns in the collection will include both charted and written instructions as well as guidance for adjusting the size of the shawls as needed. Schematics noting the sizes can be found in the pattern photos for each pattern.

eBook : 4 patterns

My first collection of sock patterns. Features patterns, released between March and May 2013. The collection includes the previously sock-club exclusive Rumpelstiltskin Socks and Irish Moss Socks as well as two brand new sock patterns.

eBook : 4 patterns

A new collection of botanically-inspired sock patterns. The collection will include four top-down sock patterns. You may also purchase a single pattern, but please keep in mind that if you buy the patterns individually, you will not get discounts or credits given towards the eBook purchase price after purchasing individual patterns. As with all of my collections, all patterns will include both written and charted instructions.

eBook : 2 patterns

These mystery designs were originally designed for Summer 2021 Mystery KAL (July-September 2021) for my Ravelry Group. The shawl and matching sock designs will be released in four clues starting on July 1, 2021. To participate in the KAL and to be eligible for prizes, see my group.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This lacy, sideways-construction, crescent-shaped shawl is based on the stitch pattern from my Inverted Socks. It works up quickly and is designed to be adjustable for varying yardages. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This was one of those designs that I saw down to chart out and it turned out completely different from what I intended. I am quite happy with the twirling lace stitch pattern which worked up quite well in a variety of yarns for my test-knitters. This design is worked top-down and can be worked TAAT. The pattern includes written and charted inst...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
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Knitting: Mittens
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These top-down, lace socks work up quickly in an easy-to-remember stitch pattern. The pattern is written up for two sizes and would make a great unisex sock in a variety of yarns.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is a mystery shawl originally designed for Summer 2021 Mystery KAL (July-September 2021) for my Ravelry Group. The shawl (and matching sock) designs will be released in four clues starting on July 1, 2021. To participate in the KAL and to be eligible for prizes, see my group.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This is a mystery sock design originally designed for Summer 2021 Mystery KAL (July-September 2021) for my Ravelry Group. The sock (and matching shawl) designs will be released in four clues starting on July 1, 2021. To participate in the KAL and to be eligible for prizes, see my group.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This design made me feel like I was doodling with my charting program (hence the name), and I love a stitch pattern that allows you to show off the busier yarns in your stash which are so beautiful but so tricky to show off in a pattern. If you want a design that works up quickly, is easy to remember, and shows off a wide range of yarns, this o...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These socks were inspired by a brioche scarf/shawl design I am working on. I know brioche knitting is not for everyone, but I think the texture and design elements are something even non-brioche knitters can appreciate. :) A good friend commented that the brioche scarf reminded her of an Art Deco design, hence the naming of these sock.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
When I sent photos of these socks to my testers, one of them said that she loved the color and that it reminded her of some really wonderful olive oil. I haven’t been able to shake that thought since she said it, hence the name Olea, the genus for olives. These top-down, lacy socks work up quickly and make a great unisex sock. The pattern inclu...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I designed this wanting to knit something geometric, and a vertex (defined as a point where two or more curves or lines meet) seemed like a perfect name! These are top-down, lace socks which work up quickly and are perfect to show off semi-solid and slightly variegated yarns. Pattern includes written and charted instructions for two sizes.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The second of my holiday hat patterns this year. The Tessellate Toque was inspired by the stitch pattern from my Tessellate Socks. The pattern is worked as lace, with the yarn overs closed up on the next round to tighten the fabric. A great unisex hat that works up quickly. Pattern includes both written and charted instructions for two sizes.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Inspired by the stitch pattern from my Clupea Shawl, Clupea socks and Clupea cowl, this hat works up really quickly and is perfect for all of your variegated worsted or handspun yarns you’ve been searching for a project for. The pattern is written up for three sizes and includes both charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl has been a long time coming. Somehow it’s been sitting around waiting for photos and the finishing touches to be added, but it’s finally here. This lace, crescent-shaped shawl is worked sideways on the bias and can be adjusted to a variety of yardages based on the percentages outlined in the pattern. One skein of sock yarn will creat...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These socks were a happy accident when I sat down to play with my charting program. I tried out a few different yarns before I realized I really just needed more orange socks. I love the geometry and flow of these stretchy, lace, top-down socks. The pattern is written up for two sizes and includes both written and charted instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of mysteries, and I am a huge fan of the queen of mysteries, Agatha Christie. One of her books that I thoroughly enjoy is Destination Unknown. So, as I wrestled with names for this pattern, I returned back to my mystery-reading roots.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Sepals are the, typically, green parts that protect a developing flower bud. They often have a leaf-like appearance, hence the inspiration for the name for these socks. These socks feature a subtle changing lace pattern that works up easily and would look good in a variety of yarns from solid, semi-solid to slightly variegated yarns. Written up...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Cucurbita is the genus name for squash and something about this stitch pattern reminds me of a vining plant. These are top-down lacy socks with an easy-to-remember stitch pattern that works up quickly. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions as well as optional instructions for using a contrasting color for the heels/toes.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Things are crazy for everyone right now and the word we foremost in our minds these days is “corona”. When I was thinking of a name for these, I looked up the definitions of corona and it has a range of uses, including astronomical, anatomical and botanical. The botanical application of this term refers to parts of daffodils, genus name Narciss...
Knitting: Cowl
It is not often (thankfully) that things happen which affect everyone around the world, but the current pandemic has far-reaching tentacles and I think we all are, or will be, impacted in some way by this. For those of us who knit, our craft can be an anchor during turbulent times, and for me, knitting in the round is my “zen” knitting. I desig...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These top-down socks are worked in a simple lace design that creates a great, structured look. This design is written up for three sizes (64-st, 72-st and 80-st) and is shown off best in a solid/semi-solid yarn or perhaps a gradient. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This lacy, crescent-shaped shawl is worked from the center outward. The central wedge has an unfurling lace pattern with stockinette on the sides. the whole shawl ends in a lacy border and picot bind-off. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for multiple sizes.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Sometimes patterns just happen and once I worked out this stitch pattern, I tried a few different yarns before I KNEW which one it had to be. Something about the color and the stitch pattern looks like wings to me, hence the name. These lacy, top-down socks work up quickly and can easily be worked TAAT.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Inspired by the stitch pattern of my recent Curling Fern Shawl design, this top-down sock design features lace swirls running down the sock in opposite directions. The pattern features both written and charted instructions and these can easily be worked TAAT if you prefer that method.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The lacy stitch pattern features a three-pronged design reminiscent of tridents. These top-down socks work up quickly and provide a nice, stretchy fabric that would look good in a variety of yarns. They can easily be worked two-at-a-time as well. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for two sizes.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This stretchy, top-down sock is created using a lace pattern that works up beautifully in solid/semi-solid yarns. The pattern is written up for two sizes and includes both charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This elongated triangular shawl looks like it is cabled, but is created entirely using lace. It is highly adjustable for a variety of yardages and can even be created using a contrasting edging color. The pattern includes both charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This slightly slouchy “bottom-up” hat with a “round” top is designed using the same stitch pattern as my Flying Buttress Socks. Because of the nature of the stitch pattern, it is written only for one size, but you can adjust for a larger or smaller head by using heavier or thinner yarn and increasing/decreasing needle size accordingly. This pat...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Celosia are conical, fall-blooming flowers in the Amaranth family, so what better name for a fall sock! These lacy socks are worked top-down and could easily be worked two-at-a-time. There are two options for the instep, one continues the stitch pattern to the toe and the other transitions to stockinette.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This pattern is the result of a “happy accident”. Sometimes I sit down to design with a clear idea in my head, and sometimes I just start “drawing” with my charting program. This was the result of the latter. I really enjoy the flowing nature of this lace pattern, its confluence. :) These top-down, lacy socks can be worked two-at-a-time and inc...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
When I’m stressed, I knit socks, and lately I have been pretty overwhelmed with school starting and prepping for my six classes at three campuses this semester, so what little knitting time I have right now is translating into new socks designs. :)
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Sometimes I sit down to design because I have an idea and sometimes I play around until something I like materializes - this design was the result of the latter. The resulting stitch pattern has a flowing, textured, easy-to-remember lace pattern that reminded me of Moroccan Lantern motifs. The socks look great in solids and semi-solids but can ...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This top-down sock pattern was designed for the Sock Knitters Anonymous (SKA) nature-themed mystery KAL for July 2019. It is written up for three sizes and includes both written and charted instructions for each size.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This stitch pattern is reminiscent of a beautiful peacock’s (Genus Pavo)tail, so I set out in search of the right yarn and Huckleberry Knits kindly dyed it for me especially! I am so happy with the result!
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Continuing with my botanical theme… :) planifolia is the species name for one of the commonly cultivated Vanilla orchids. It is a vining/climbing orchid and the twisting lacy stitch pattern of these socks reminded me of that. These stretchy, top-down socks are symmetrical but they can still be worked two-at-a-time if that’s what you like to do....
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These socks were designed for mom for her birthday which is this month. Recently, I’ve become interested in growing orchids, and Dendrobiums are a type of orchid with tall growths and leaves sticking out periodically. The scrollwork-type lace of these socks remind me of them. This top-down, stretchy, lace pattern includes instructions for two s...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Moonflower is a lovely vining plant with beautiful white flowers, and the stretchy, lacy stitch pattern of this socks reminded me of a vining plant. These socks are worked top-down and could easily be worked two-at-a-time. I worked mine up in a semi-solid, but as you will see in my test-knitters’ projects, it also shows off more wild yarns as w...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I am usually ready for spring as soon as fall is ending, but unfortunately (for me), I have to get through winter first. Now winters are not really very bad here in Northern California, but we do get rain and with horses rain = mud, which is not fun. What better way to cheer up gloomy, rainy (or snowy depending on where you are!) days than with...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A few months back, I designed some socks for a friend who retired and named them after her horse, Vinda. This shawl was created using a modification of the stitch pattern I used for the socks. The body of the shawl is worked top-down in garter stitch and then the lacy edging is worked sideways and connects as you knit so there is minimal bind-o...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
My mom is one of the people in my life who most appreciate my hand knit socks, so I designed these for her for the holidays. These top-down, lacy socks worked up really quickly (I knit almost all of the first sock in one day!). The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for two sizes.
Knitting: Cowl
You can get this pattern FREE if you purchase(d) the matching hat, socks and shawl - simply add it to your cart and it should automatically apply. You don’t need to buy them all at the same time, if you have already purchased some of the other patterns it should still work.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
If you aren’t already familiar with beautiful water hyacinth woven baskets, I suggest a quick google search. :) These textured, top-down socks create a woven-look design that works up quickly. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions, and is shown off best using a solid or semi-solid yarn, or perhaps a slow gradient.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Using the same stitch pattern as my Chequer Shawl, Chequer Toque and Chequer cowl , these top-down, symmetrical socks are relaxing to knit and the pattern can show off a wide range of yarns. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions and can easily be worked TAAT.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Every year I design a hat for my older brother who lives in the Pacific Northwest and here is this year’s! This hat is designed to either be a slouchy toque or a more fitted beanie - you choose! It works up very quickly and the stitch pattern can show off a wide range of yarns. If you like this hat, you should also check out my Chequer shawl wh...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This sideways, textured shawl is worked on a percentage system so it can be adjusted to any yardage you want. The stitch pattern holds up to variegated yarns, solids and, as you can see from my sample, gradients. The pattern includes both charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I designed these for a friend of mine who recently retired. This friend has Icelandic horses, one of which is named Vinda, which means wind. So, these socks are named for her. :)
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Top-down socks that created a folded ribbon motif using lace and twisted stitches. Works up quickly and can easily be worked two-at-a-time. Works well with a variety of yarns. Pattern includes instructions for two sizes in both charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Peperomia is the genus name for a common leafy green houseplant. These socks work up quickly and feature a lovey leafy-looking lace pattern worked top-down and can easily be worked two-at-a-time. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Hyacinthoides is the genus name for blue-bells. These top-down lacy sock with elongated cables create an unusual wavy stitch pattern that reminded me of bluebells, hence the name of these. They can be worked two at a time, and the pattern includes both charted and written instructions. When choosing a size, keep in mind that cables always produ...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Designed for the Sock Knitters Anonymous May 2018 mystery KAL. The pattern will be top-down and will include both written and charted instructions for two sizes. I recommend a solid, semi-solid or long gradient for this design. This pattern will be released in four clues on the following dates:
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Flying buttresses are external architectural supports, a design quite popular in gothic times.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The final pattern in the Rooted Accessory Collection! The Rooted shawl features a lacy center wedge with stockinette sides and the lacy border worked sideways along the edge of the shawl in a seamless way leaving little bind-off. The pattern includes instructions for a single-skein shawlette (shown in pattern photos) as well as instructions for...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Inspired by the clean, geometric lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural designs, these are unisex, top-down, simple-to-knit, stretchy socks that work up quickly. There are four different charts for these socks which can be combined in different ways for different effects. You can use just one chart for both socks or use all four in differe...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A fun, quick knit. This textured, reversible slouchy had was designed using the stitch pattern from my Anemonia shawl. It features both written and charted instructions for three sizes as well as instructions for slouchy and fitted styles.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Bottom-up lacy hat written up for two different sizes. Works up really quickly. Available for individual sale and as part of my “Rooted Accessory Collection” (see details below).
Knitting: Scarf, Cowl
Worked flat, this lacy design includes instructions for both the cowl you see pictured, as well as instructions for making a scarf. Available for individual sale and as part of my “Rooted Accessory Collection” (see details below).
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Top-down lacy socks written up for two different sizes. Available for individual sale and as part of my “Rooted Accessory Collection” (see details below).
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Inspired by my Darwin shawl, these top-down socks feature a series of lacy patterns that “evolve” down to a stockinette toe. Can be worked two at a time and include both written in charted instructions.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Originally designed as the 2017 mystery pattern for my Rav Group’s annual mystery KAL featuring matching sock and shawl designs that can be purchased separately or together. Now available as single-file patterns.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Originally designed as the 2017 mystery pattern for my Rav Group’s annual mystery KAL featuring matching sock and shawl designs that can be purchased separately or together.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Oxford Dictionary defines an eddy as “a circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool.” This last shawl in my “Water” shawl collection features a simple garter body with a “swirling” lace edge that is worked sideways along the length of the body for a seamless shawl with minimal bind-off. This relaxing kni...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is the third in my 11th shawl collection, this one inspired by water. This shawl, named after Feather Falls in Northern California, was designed to evoke a sense of flowing water reminiscent of a waterfall. This all-over lace pattern features a center wedge with a larger lace pattern, and side wedges worked up in a smaller lace pattern tha...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
I am becoming an aunt for the first time, and this little blanket was designed for my nephew who is due to arrive at any moment. My sister wanted chevrons so I adapted my “Clupea” stitch pattern into an easy-to-remember and very versatile blanket pattern. Although the sample is a baby blanket, this pattern can easily be adjusted for any size bl...
Knitting: Tote
This tote was inspired by the valiant battle against breast cancer that Emily, the daughter-in-law of my long-time test knitter, group moderator and good friend, Sue Hauser, is currently struggling with (see link below for more details).
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Growing up, my family would take camping trips up the coast from Los Angeles and one of the places we would visit was a place called Moonstone Beach in the Central Coast. There are a number of great places to see beach glass in California, the most well-known is probably Glass Beach even further up the coast. This shawl was inspired by the fabu...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The first in a new shawl collection inspired by water. Capillary waves are surface ripples caused by air moving surface water creating delicate wave patterns. This intricate-looking shawl is created using cabling framed by stockinette stitch and ending in a cabled edging.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A quick, textured, unisex toque worked from the bottom up. The length of the hat can easily be adjusted for a more fitted beanie to a more slouchy stocking cap look. Works with a wide range of yarns. Includes both written and charted instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Originally for the Dec 2016 Barking Dog Yarns sock club kit. This top-down lace pattern works up quickly, easily works for TAAT sock knitters. The pattern includes three sock sizes (64-, 72- and 80-sts) and features both charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Inspired in part by my Ravenna Shawl, these top-down socks are designed using only knits and purls so they work up quickly and create a lovely textured fabric. Because of the subtlety of the stitch designs, a solid or semi-solid yarn is recommended to best show off the pattern. The fabric is stretchy and comfortable to wear and are perfect for ...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
My mom is one of my biggest fans when it comes to knit socks. She prefers simple socks that are shorter in the leg and in neutral colors, so these were designed for her.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A highly textured shawl worked lengthwise. This design will keep you interested the whole time with its combination of cables, lace and k/p stitch patterns. Looks great in a gradient or more solid/semi-solid yarn.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Top-down highly textured socks feature a variety of stitch patterns include k/p, cabling, and lace. They are never boring to knit and create a beautiful and interesting fabric for your feet.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The 5S’s stand for: Super Simple Structured Slouchy Socks. These socks came about when a friend of mine requested “slouchy socks” as a thank you present for helping me out with some craziness earlier this year. I only recently got around to working up these socks for her, and when I did I knew I wanted something a bit more structured than just ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The fourth shawl in my “Mosaics” collection. This shawl was inspired by my lacy “Equus Socks”, only I have changed some of the lacy swirls from the socks into small cables to create a different kind of fabric for the shawl. It features a simple, textured border and a cabled center spine. The whole shawl can be worked larger or smaller depending...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
As most people know, horses have always been a tremendous passion of mine. Several years ago, I was very fortunate to have met a horse trainer who has made a tremendous difference to my horse and I. She is an amazing horse person and wonderful soul. In addition to training horses, she runs a horse rescue through which she has done some incredib...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The second in my “Mosaics” collection, this design features a garter body with a lacy/textured border worked sideways along the length of the shawl (minimal bind-off and great for upsizing!). The “waves” feature three different stitch patterns that alternate, making for interesting knitting the whole way through.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Knitting: Baby Blanket
Many years ago now, SueHauser tested one of my first shawl designs (Mulled Raspberry Shawl). She loved the “quilted” look to the shawl, being an avid quilter and quilt-fabric shop owner herself, and the test-knit marked the beginning of a long-term friendship between the two of us.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The last four weeks of my life have been CRAZY. Everything was going fine and then all of a sudden I was hit from crazy stuff from all sides. Amidst all of this, I was trying to knit but really needed something calming, easy to memorize and quick to knit. When it came time to name these socks I looked up latin works for “calm” and was totally s...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
A quadrille is a “Performance given by a team of four, six, eight or more riders, involving riding an intricate pattern to music.” (from Equisearch glossary). This top-down sock pattern features a geometric, lacy design that combines a variety of textures and simple cables to create a complicated-looking sock that actually works up quickly whil...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Based on the herringbone stitch pattern from my Clupea Shawl, these socks work up really quickly and look great in a variety of yarns (especially self-striping and those crazy variegated ones we all love and don’t know what to do with!). You can alter the number of repeats of the bands in different ways to change the look of the socks - or even...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Based on my Jacques Cousteau shawl pattern, these highly textured socks work up beautifully with lots of details. A patterned band makes up the cuff and a matching band at the toe. In between there is a section of several cabled/textured stitches reminiscent of a fisherman’s sweater. These symmetrical socks are worked cuff-down, but could easil...
Knitting: Scarf
As soon as it aired, I was a fan of Sherlock. Then, a couple of years ago I got my mom totally hooked. This scarf is dedicated to her. :)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A symmetrical shawl that combines masculine and feminine cables, lace and texture. The shawl is worked sideways and can be adjusted for differing yardages. Pattern includes written and charted instructions.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Every holiday season I try to knit hats for my older brother (the only one in my family who really wears them). This year I was extremely pressed for time and threw this one together at the last minute. I based this square-top hat on my Jacques Cousteau shawl and it turned out great, so much so that I also knit one for my brother-in-law (little...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
FINALLY! A pair of socks to match my Geology Shawl. :) Four layers consisting of different textures/stitches can be repeated more or less to suit your preferences. These top-down socks work up quickly and are never boring because of the frequent changes in stitch patterns. They can easily be made two-at-a-time.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The final design in my Textiles-inspired shawl collection. The center wedge features a fleur de lis design outlined by a leafy border, the shawl is finished off with a leafy border worked sideways with a picot edge along the long edge of the shawl. The design is worked all in one piece with minimal bind-off!. The whole shawl is easily adjustabl...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The next in my textiles-inspired shawl collection. My Batik Shawl is an intricate lacy shawl with a wide, textured blackberry stitch border. The pattern is written for one skein but includes instructions for upsizing. The one-size version is 14” deep and 52” tip-to-tip.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Named after a type of plaid fabric, the Windowpane Check shawl is worked with garter sides and a lacy/textured center panel. It ends in a modified i-cord bind-off. Very clean/simple lines give a tailored look. The second in my Textiles shawl collection.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The first in a new shawl collection inspired by textiles.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Those of you who have read my profile know that I love horses. In fact, I’ve now been riding for almost 27 years and in all that time I had never heard of Prix Caprilli. I’m not entirely sure how I missed it, but basically it’s dressage with jumps in it - so you do a dressage test (the circles, etc) but also include some little jumps. When it c...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Pattern designed for the August 2015 Barking Dog Yarns Sock Club and is currently exclusive to the club members, will be released to the public February 2016.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Designed for my Rav group’s Summer 2015 Mystery KAL, as of Oct 1 they are being sold as a single file pattern. There is also a matching sock pattern for this shawl. Both patterns feature charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Designed for my Rav group’s Summer 2015 Mystery KAL, as of Oct 1 they are being sold as a single pattern with the clues combined. There is also a matching shawl pattern for these socks. Both patterns feature charted and written instructions.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
While Watson and Crick won the Nobel Prize for their discovery of DNA structure, their work built upon earlier work by a female scientist by the name of Rosalind Franklin. A woman who sadly died young, before the Nobel Prize was awarded. This shawl is a tribute to her, an asymmetrical shawl featuring a “DNA” cable. This design is first worked “...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
G. Ledyard Stebbins was a botanist and geneticist, and participated in the development of our modern understanding of evolutionary theory. He also happens to have taught at my alma mater at the end of his career and there’s a nearby nature reserve named after him. When this LOVELY yarn first arrived, I had something very different in mind for i...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl was inspired by Jacques Cousteau, the famous oceanographer. The combination of “traditional fisherman’s sweater” textures with a deep blue-green (colorway Cousteau by the way), is a tribute to Cousteau’s explorations and scientific contributions.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This unisex hat featuring a plaid/tweed textured stitch pattern works up really quickly. Worked bottom-up with a “square top” and featuring two sizes (smaller version is about 15” in diameter unstretched and the larger is about 16” in diameter unstretched). Pattern includes both written in charted directions. Enjoy!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Once in a while there’s a project that’s just special, and this one is definitely one of those. When I sat down to chart this one out, all of the math worked out just so easily (that never happens). And when I sat down to try it out with a lovely yarn that wasn’t quite right, Wendee (Hazel Knits) sent me the one I knew would work right away. Fr...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion inspired this one: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” I wanted a shawl whose design reversed at the mid-way point. I certainly went through many different ideas before I got one that worked the way I wanted, and this one just flew off my needles without a hitch. This design, the fo...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The third in my scientists collection was inspired by Marie Curie, famous for researching radioactivity. This shawl is knit in one piece, the first part is worked sideways and then stitches are picked up along the garter edge to work the center-out lacy design that “radiates” outward. The pattern is written for a one-skein shawl, but it include...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Leonardo Da Vinci is widely known as an artist, but he also made great contributions to science. Among his many areas of interest was the study of proportions in nature, something that has inspired this shawl, the second in my “Scientists” shawl collection. This shawl consists of three design/construction elements, all worked entirely with gart...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The first in a new collection, inspired by key figures in science. This one is named for Galileo Galilei, whose major contributions to science include heliocentrism (that the planets revolve around the sun).
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The fourth in my “Gardens” shawl collection. This one features a crescent-shaped garter body with a lacy/cabled edging. The pattern comes with instructions for a one-skein version as well as instructions for upsizing it for a larger version.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The third in my Gardens-inspired shawl collection. Orchard shawl is worked sideways in a lacy pattern with built-in i-cord edging that gently shapes the curved crescent-shaped shawl. Because of the structure of this shawl, it’s fully adjustable for a longer or deeper shawl and for any yardage. The pattern includes instructions on how to make th...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Designed for the “Spin A Shawl” group’s designer KAL starting in September 2014.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The second in my garden-inspired shawl collection.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The first in a new, garden-inspired shawl collection. An alpinarium is a garden that includes plants from the alpine region and in terms of knitting, the alpine region is also known for lovely cable-work.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
New top-down, lacy sock pattern that works up really quickly. Each sock has a separate set of charts/written instructions for a symmetrical pair of socks. Please note, the way this pattern is designed makes them difficult to work TAAT.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Originally designed as one of two featured patterns for my Ravelry group’s mystery KAL, running from July 1 through September 30 2014. The other pattern is the matching sock for this shawl. Each pattern is available individually, or as a set.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Originally designed as one of two featured patterns for my Ravelry group’s mystery KAL, running from July 1 through September 30 2014. The other pattern is the matching shawl for these socks. You can buy each pattern individually or as a set
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These lovely, intricate socks match my Scrollwork Shawl. They are worked top-down in a pattern created by twisted stitches and small 1x1 cables that can easily be worked without a cable needle.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The whole time I was knitting/designing this pattern I kept thinking of wrought iron scrollwork designs. Created with cabling, this design has a lot of subtleties that result in a really elegant crescent-shaped shawl.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
The fourth shawl in my Astronomy shawl collection. Features “rings” of textured knitting interspersed with rows of lacy lattice stitching that can easily be adjusted for a larger or smaller shawl. The pattern features written instructions and includes information on how to up- or down-size this pattern to the size you want.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
My first mult-colored shawl! Meteor Shower is the third shawl in my “Astronomy” shawl collection.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
The second shawl in my “Astronomy” shawl collection. A shallow triangular shawl with symmetrical sides featuring a faux cable/lace stitch pattern. If you’re curious about the names, do a quick internet search of “solar flare” images. :)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The start of a new shawl collection - this one astronomically-inspired. When I finished this shawl and laid it out to look at it, I was immediately struck with how it resembled the sun - a yellow dwarf star. While the name was partly inspired by the color I chose, this one will work well in a variety of yarns. This pattern features a garter bod...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Pisum, the scientific name for peas. Between teaching basic Mendelian genetics to undergraduates and planting some on my patio, peas have been on my mind a bit. Personally, I think they’re lovely plants (As well as functional!) - not to mention good to discuss for educational reasons! So I decided the last sock pattern in this collection would ...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The third in my botanically-inspired sock collection: Salix is the scientific name for willow trees, and textured lacy pattern of these top-down socks reminds me of these elegant trees. This pattern works up quickly and is written for two sizes (64-st and 72-st sizes).
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Ipomoea is the scientific name for morning glories, beautiful vine-growing flowers represented here in twirling cables and lace that transition to stockinette down the instep. These top-down socks are the second in my Botanically-inspired sock collection. Like all of my other collection patterns, the pattern includes both written and charted in...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The first in a new collection of botanically-inspired sock patterns. This top-down sock features a lacy, textured pattern based on my Mulled Raspberry Shawl.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Geology is the fourth shawl in my Elements shawl collection. Layers of knitted strata in different stitch patterns, this shawl will keep you interested the whole way through. The bottom-most pattern photo is the schematic with measurements.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Originally designed for the 2013 Miss Babs Armchair Traveler Knitting Tour.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Inspired by my Olympic National Park shawl, here is a knitted forest blanket, worked from the center-out in one piece, created using cables and lace, with little owl details, and finished with a picot edge.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
The third shawl in my “Elements” collection. Meteorology is a heart-shaped shawl that features a lace pattern worked on both the right- and wrong-sides of the fabric, and finished with a slipped-stitch edging pattern.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The second shawl in my fourth collection: Dendrology, the study of trees/woody plants. Top-down shawl featuring a garter body with a lacy, leaf edging that features built-in increases. The pattern includes instructions for lower-yardage sock yarn skeins (400 yds) and higher-yardage sock yarn skeins (440) yds, as well as instructions for how to ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
First pattern in my fourth shawl collection - Elements.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These socks combine garter and lace bands off-set with a cable that runs down the outside of the sock. Top-down socks that match my Green Beryl Shawl. An easy-to-remember pattern, and the third in my VBM Sock Collection 1. These are available for individual purchase or as part of the collection. As with all of the other patterns in the collecti...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Top-down sock featuring cable and lace pattern that transitions to stockinette on foot. Two sizes available, 64- and 72-stitch versions.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
The last shawl in my “precious stone” shawl collection. Named after lovely blue-green stones, this shawl is asymmetrical with garter and lace bands worked in the center and one side wedge, with the other side worked in a cable pattern on a garter background. Easily adjustable for different yardages, instructions for up- or down-sizing this shaw...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I’d been wanting to adapt the stitch pattern from my Mr. Harley Quin socks into a shawl for some time, and imagine my excitement when I found out there was actually a harlequin opal! So perfect! The colorful stone fit perfectly with what I had in mind for this shawl, a pattern that works well with those variegated yarns that have been sitting i...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This one was designed for a friend whose birthday stone is the topaz and whose favorite color is this lovely deep fuschia. I just couldn’t resist. Knit all in one piece, the body of the shawl is worked “top-down”, then the cable/lace border is knit sideways along the body, connecting to the body as you go. NO SEAMING! Yeah! I hope you all like ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Cinnamon stone is a type of garnet, the birthstone of January (which happens to me my birthday month! It seemed so fitting to have a lovely lace shawl made out of some wonderful yarn as a gift to myself this month.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I’ve only been to Olympic National Park once, but there are two things I remember vividly. One was how beautiful the forest was when we walked through, it was so beautifully green that the leaves and everything seemed to almost glow. The second thing I remember was a lake my family and I had decided to try fishing in. The water was such a clear...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I think I was very small when we went to Grand Teton National Park. What I remember most was the t-shirt my mom had from the park. The shirt was a staple of her camping attire every year. Grand Teton Shawl is the third shawl in my second four-shawl shawl collection (VBM Shawl Collection 2). This shawl is available for individual purchase as wel...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I remember the first time I saw Canyonlands. My family was standing at one of the lookouts and my younger brother (who was pretty little at the time) said, “Look, Dad, there’s a crack in the country!” True enough. :)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Bryce Canyon is probably my favorite of the national parks. Growing up my family would go on annual camping trips all over the place and Bryce was always one of my favorite stops. A shawl inspired by this beautiful place had to be first on my list. :)
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Unisex, top-down textured pattern written up in three sizes. Originally designed for the Wool Girl Downton Abbey Club in 2012.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Designed to be a holiday gift for my mom. Paragon is a name for a large, flawless diamond, and something about the shape of those diamonds reminds me of this pattern. :)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The last shawl in my VBM Shawl Collection 1. As with the others, includes written and charted instructions. Bonus pattern for the BDY sock club in October 2012.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Originally designed for the October Barking Dog Yarns Sock Club. Released to the public in May 2013 as part of my first sock collection (will also be available for individual purchase).
Knitting: Afghan block
This is a tutorial for how I made my hexa-ghan blanket.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Named after the Mysterious Mr. (Harley) Quin from Agatha Christie’s novel. This is a top-down (stretchy) lace pattern with textured scallops that run across the instep. Pattern is for symmetrical socks and comes with instructions for 60-st and 66-st sizes. This pattern works great with a wide range of yarns, and there’s also a matching shawl.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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This was to be the second in my Fall Collection, but alas life-craziness put that project on hold for now…
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This is a top-down lace sock pattern, knit up on some yarn I dyed myself.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Home - Other
Designed as a belated Father’s Day gift for my dad, this is a caddy to fit between your mattress and bed spring or between the cushions of your couch to hold the essentials you like to keep at hand.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
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Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Fingerless gloves worked sideways, then seamed