I am a knitwear designer & mom to 2 boys I am crazy about. I love the whole process of dreaming up an idea, perusing through stitch dictionaries, wrestling with swatches and finally, the relaxing part -- the knitting of the thing. Bringing an idea to fruition makes me smile. It's a sometimes overly-engrossing process that keeps me clicking and generally lifts my spirits.
Knitscene Summer 2018 has hit the stands and is full of cute, sassy style which will make you want to knit even while it’s hot! My design, Ripple Tank, is on the cover — wheee! –and I love how the model knotted the front panel. Adorable!
Size 9 needles and double yarn over lace make this a snap to knit in no time! Knit Picks Paragon Sport in Kenai was used for this sample in size 34″. It’s a luxurious blend of fine merino, baby alpaca and silk with a cool feel and lovey sheen.
This top is knit from the bottom up in 2 panels and then seamed. Eye-catching design features include dropped armholes, side vents and a longer back hem. Slipped stitches cleanly finish the straps. Side panels are ribbed for a flattering fit.
Post your Ripple Tank to the project page here in Ravelry. Let’s zoom into summertime together!!
Love of Knitting Fall 2017 has just come out & guess what’s on the cover?? My cardigan, Ashwood Hoodie!!! If you look very, very close …. nope, closer than that….. you can see my name right there on the cover. Woo-Hoo!! (Happy dance 🙂 )
So, it’s time to break out your needles and get cracking on fall knitting. Knit Picks City Tweed DK in Desert Sage was used for this sample in size 36″. It’s a lovely soft wool, alpaca & tweed blend which offers the added spark of tweed while maintaining excellent stitch definition.
Usually my designs are more complicated. But the simplicity of this sweater actually made it a relaxing treat. A running leaf framed in a cabled diamond runs up the front, over the hood and up each sleeve of this sweater. Slipped stitches run along each side of the leaf. The remainder of the sweater is worked in reverse stockinette stitch for textural contrast.
A 4” vent at the hips offers a flattering fit. The slipped stitch and garter stitch placket prevents the front placket from waffling.
The sleeve runs up into a saddle shoulder — an attractive design feature which is easier than it looks. The hood (I just love hoods!) is picked up around the neckline and grafted or seamed shut.
Add your Ashwood Hoodie to the project page here in Ravelry. I’d love to see your work!!
No Place Like Home is the perfect title for this collection of patterns by Knit Picks. 15 patterns of pillows, throws, rugs and more, to give your home that cozy, cabin-y feel. I love the idea of decorating with things you made with your own two hands. Just in time for Christmas gift knitting, too!
My Crooked Creek Pillow –(on the cover…YAY!!) — is a stranded pillow blending six gorgeous colors of Wool of the Andes yarn. But don’t be intimidated — only 2 colors are used on any one round. This makes it much easier to knit than it looks. With 100 colors of WOTA to choose from, you can create a designer pillow that blends perfectly with your decor. Or, if you want exactly the colors in the sample, Knit Picks lists the amounts needed of each on the order page.
Knit Picks has produced yet another gorgeous collection of lovely knits! Joyful Lace has 13 beautiful lace pieces including shawls, stoles and wraps. Aurelia stole is my contribution and I had such fun designing it.
Aurelia is knitted flat and has a constant stitch count, which means it is a good project if you are new to lace knitting. The leaf patterns are designed to alternate between flowing up and flowing down, so there is no upside-down to the piece as you wear it. The lace edging is knitted on at the last, making this a seamless project. Knit Picks Shadow Lace Yarn was used for this sample and it is heavenly to work with. Soft and heathered, the delicate blend of colors is delightful. Opal Heather was used which is actually a pale, dusty blue with subtle flecks of purple.
Rhiannon, Celtic for “Divine Queen”, is a cable-lover’s dream. Emblazoned with diamonds for her majesty, this pullover is fit for a queen and for you! Part of Knit Picks’ latest stunning collection,Celtic Journey, Rhiannon is one of 8 cabled creations.
The cable panel features a dominant repeating diamond, each embedded with a Celtic braid. Supporting cables include 4st twists flanked by seed st ladders, smaller diamonds with centered wrapped sts (easier than bobbles), bordered on the outer edges by a 2st twist. Various sizes are achieved by repeating the supporting cables and widening side sections proportionately.
Worked from the bottom up, vents at the sides and positive ease provide a flattering fit for all sizes. I chose a modest V-neck collar for it’s comfort and versatility; a top underneath can change the look entirely. Worked in Knit Picks Swish DK in Lost Lake Heather, this sweater is as comfortable to wear, as it is fun to knit :).
For more information, check out this collection on Ravelry —–> Celtic Journey.
Are you bored with what’s on your needles? Need a fresh project to get your year started? Knit Picks has the answer with their new collection: Petite Presents — a knitter’s stashbusting dream! 30, count ’em, 30 colorful, fun projects that you will actually be happy to make & give as gifts ….. or keep! From cowls to cozies, socks to scarves, mittens, hats and shawls galore. Even a clock! Then there is my personal favorite, the Mini Kitty Pouf — way too cute.
I designed the Transitions Boot Cuffs using 5 colors arranged from lightest to darkest. Knit in the round, they are stranded, using only 2 colors at a time. A Latvian braid finishes off this boot topper. Jazz up any outfit or just shrug off the winter doldrums.
Petite Presents is available through Knit Picks as a high quality paperback or downloadable eBook, or each pattern is available separately. Currently priced at $14.99, that’s just 50 cents a pattern!
The cuffs are knit using Knit Picks Palette which is a 100% Peruvian Highland Wool in fingering weight, available in 150 Colors! For the brown cuff, I used Grizzly Heather, Rooiboos Heather, Lynx Heather, Wheat Heather and Coriander Heather. The Pink cuff uses Asphalt, Ash, Cosmopolitan, Silver and Cream.
Knitscene Spring 2016is out and full of 21 lovely designs to get you ready for spring! Pullovers, cardigans, hats, shawls, vests, a cowl — a full range of styles and designs to keep you captivated. My contribution, Tribune Pullover, fits into the Form & Function section with a super, easy lace pattern running up the front and back. Vents, positive ease (roominess), drop shoulders and a roll collar makes this a
flattering fit for all sizes, 33.75″ – 53″.
~~ I am crazy about this setting! ~~
Thanks to Knitscene/Harper Point Photography and this beautiful model for making my sweater look so good 🙂
‘Tis the Season!! Make a special someone an heirloom Christmas Stocking they’ll love for years to come! Turtledove Stocking is the latest in my series of stranded Christmas stockings, now available as a PDF pattern download or a complete kit including 100% Peruvian wool. Decorated with various Christmas motifs, a pair of cooing Turtledoves top off the merry design.
The stocking measures 7” wide X 19” long/17.5cm X 48cm. Worked in the traditional 2 strand, Fair Isle method, never more than 2 colors are used per round. A total of 8 colors gives the stocking a unique, designer look and is color coordinated with my other 2 stocking patterns, Tannenbaum & Snowdance. Worked in the round from the bottom up, this pattern is fun and rewarding. Icord edging & loop finish the top and afterthought heel and toe are worked last.
Purchase the COMPLETE STOCKING KIT through my Etsy shop Daydreamer Knits, or buy just the pattern as a downloadable PDF through Ravelry.
Each kit includes a 8 color chart, uppercase & lowercase letter charts, step by step instructions and enough 100% Peruvian worsted wool yarn in each of the 8 colors required to complete your selected stocking. Your kit will be shipped within 2 business days of payment receipt, as well as a confirmation notice to your email address.
If you choose the pattern only, it includes the charts and instructions for your chosen stocking, excluding the yarn. It is available for immediate download upon payment receipt.
Contact me @firstname.lastname@example.org if I can help you in any way.
Finding good-looking knit patterns for men (that they will actually wear) can be a challenge. Not anymore! Knit Picks has just released their Heritage Collection which includes 3 gorgeous sweaters, 2 rugged cardigans, a snappy sweater vest, a cabled hat & scarf set and, my contribution, the Handsome Fella Scarf.
Don’t you love the idea of wrapping them up in something warm & cozy that you made? It’s like giving them a hug-to-go! This collection has something for every guy in your life. Heritage Collection is available through Knit Picks as a high quality paperback or downloadable eBook, or each pattern is available separately.
That’s right……I MADE THE COVER!!! Of Rolling Stone, you ask? Even Better! knit.purl Fall/Winter 2015!! Or rather, my Shredded Cowl made the cover!!! 24 modern and fun designs fill this issue, from edgy to classic, from sweater to shawl.
Shredded Cowl features large areas of dropstitches to show off your favorite hand-painted yarn. It is worked in the round from the top down with 2-stitch fringe decorating the lower edge. Thread large glass or wooden beads onto the fringe for your own personal touch. The sample is worked in Malabrigo Rios Archangel — only 1 skein! A fast, fun knit you’ll be proud to wear.
Thanks to the gorgeous model for making it look so good, and to Harper Point Photography, the wiz behind the lens.
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