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.
I have to say, I am SO proud of this design 🙂 My 13 yr old son, Ryan, wanted me to design a chullo for him. So, I had him choose his favorite Fair Isle patterns and his favorite colors from my yarn stash and Altiplano is what we came up with. We got lucky and Twist Collective included the pattern in their amazing FALL 2015 Magazine.
Named for the Andean plateau where the chullo originated, Altiplano is worked in the traditional 2-strand Fair Isle method. A total of 5 colors gives the hat a cheerful, designer appeal. Two different colorways of Classic Elite Inca Alpaca are suggested to give you a choice between light and dark backgrounds. Worsted weight yarn makes this hat fast & fun.
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Even if cool days are just a fantasy at the moment, chilly weather is just around the corner — I promise! Knit Picks is getting us ready with their Twist & Tweed 2015 Fall Collection. 16 lovely knits will put you in the mood for fall, wrapping you in stylish warmth. My contribution, Harley, is a cabled, drawstring pullover that is designed to combine comfortandstyle. Positive ease and vents at the hemline add to the flattering fit.
Just when we’re desperate for a warm-up from those wicked, icy winds, Knit Picks has published their 2015 Spring Accessories Collection! With 26 fun, colorful accessories there is sure to be something to brighten everyone’s day. Full Bloom Hat is named for the blossoms climbing up the sides of the hat and bursting open at the crown. Using the traditional 2 strand method and seven gorgeous colors of Knit Picks Pallete Fingering yarn, this hat will perk up any winter wardrobe.
Mitts, cowls, socks, scarves, shawls, hats, wraps, a shrug, a poncho and a capelet ….. this collection literally has you covered! Available in printed soft cover, as a downloadable eBook, or each pattern individually, all through the Knit Picks website.
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The collection has 13 Fair Isle (stranded) patterns including 6 stunning sweaters, 3 colorful hat sets, 3 fun pillows and even a set of sachets! The collection is available in printed soft cover, as a downloadable eBook, or each pattern individually, all through the Knit Picks website.
I have found a new love in stranding. Because you never use more than 2 different colors on any one row, it’s easier than it looks. It keeps you wanting to knit just one more row.
Two different color charts are included with Fair Isle Earflap Hat & Cowl for variety. Worked in worsted weight yarn, they knit up quickly.
And it looks good on fellas, too! (Thanks, Honey 🙂 )
Stranded Christmas Stockings are so much fun to make! And easier than you might think. Because they never use more than 2 colors per row, you are only carrying one yarn or “float” behind your work. And knitting these is like reading a really good book….you can’t put it down. SIX colors give these stockings a distinctive designer appeal. The best part is the many, many seasons of holiday joy it will bring :).
Each kit includes a 6 color chart, uppercase & lowercase letter charts, step by step instructions and enough 100% Peruvian worsted wool yarn in each of the 6 colors required to complete your selected stocking. Your kit will be shipped within 48 hours 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.
Worked from the bottom up, in the round, each stocking is edged with an attractive and sturdy I-cord at the top. Provisional cast on and an afterthought heel allow you to complete these at the end. Alphabet charts and the duplicate stitch allow you to give your stocking that personal touch.
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Comfy, by Knit Picks, is so heavenly soft, it must surely bring sweet dreams to wee little ones wrapped in it. I loved working with it and I highly recommend it. A washable blend of Pima cotton and acrylic, it is the best of both worlds.
My ABC Baby Blanket was chosen as part of Knit Picks’s FreePattern collection. That’s right…..FREE! So feel free to download it now 🙂
The blanket is easy, requiring only knit and purl stitches and no shaping. It is a classic 9 block coverlet including an A, B, C, a duck, a sailboat, a star, a heart and two 4 squares.
I usually make things more complicated, (maybe more than they have to be) — cabling, lacework, stranding, etc. For that reason, it came as a fun challenge, and yet a relaxing departure, to come up with something really easy to work, while including interesting design elements. The yarn is so magically soft, it was natural to imagine some precious, future gran, snuggled in my arms, dreaming sweet little baby dreams.
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Last year, Jennifer Jett from Woolgirl.com asked me to design a hooded scarf for her Downton Abbey Club. It was such fun! I was already a huge fan of the series. I loved imagining what Lady Edith might have worn: elegant and yet, practical. Jennifer offered the pattern in a kit with gorgeous, hand dyed silk/merino yarn plus lots of
amazing treasures including a sample of silk fabric, a Downton Abbey pen and a tiny Lady Edith stitch marker! (I highly recommend her kits!)
Sadly, the kit quickly sold out. But now I am happy to offer the pattern to those interested in knitting it. The scarf requires 440 yards of your favorite worsted yarn and intermediate skills, including cabling, simple shaping and yarnovers. The pattern is fully test knitted and tech edited and I am available if you need help at email@example.com.
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Three times the FUN!!! This knitting pattern includes 3 stylish cowls: the Roll-over Collar Cowl, the Neckwarmer and the Slouch cowl. Cabling, twisted stitches and yarn-overs help create the unique texture, but it’s easier than it looks! Fully test knitted and tech edited, the pattern includes both easy to read charts and line by line written instructions. Purchase the PDF of this pattern through Knit Picks, my Etsy shop Daydreamer Knits, or my Craftsy shop Daydreamer Knits.
Shown here in the luxurious yet affordable Knit Picks Capra, a DK weight blend of wool and cashmere. Capra is soft and warm with excellent stitch definition.
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What is more personal than a handmade gift?! Just in time for the holidays, Knit Picks has released my latest pattern, the Gabrielle Cloche. It can also be purchase through my Etsy shop or my Craftsy shop. This Art Deco-inspired design is worked in-the-round from the bottom up. It begins with a simple, lace motif and finishes with a star pattern at the crown. The pattern has both an easy-to-read chart and written instructions for the lace motif. Three sizes are included: S, M & L (head circumference of 19.5, 22 & 24.5 inches/ 49.5, 56 & 62 cm)
Knit Picks Galileo is their gorgeous, new sport yarn with 50% Merino Wool and 50% Viscose from Bamboo. It is silky soft, has a lovely sheen and comes in such rich, lusterous colors. Galileo is a delight to work with and has excellent stitch definition. It produces a luxurious cloche that will be sure to become a favorite, stylish accessory.
Thanks to my beautiful model for making the cloche look so good!
It includes knit patterns for 10 stylish & unique scarves. My contribution is the Avonleigh Scarf/Hood. It was inspired by “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, (I know — a good, long time ago) and how beautiful and mysterious Meryl Streep looked wearing her hooded cape. Knitted hats, while lovely, can mess with your hair, but a hooded scarf keeps you warm while leaving you well-coiffed!
The scarf begins with a lace edging and then transitions into a vine wandering back & forth across a reverse stockinette background, decorated with leaves & berries. The two sides of the scarf are knit separately and then grafted together. The rounded hood is knit in two pieces and seamed together. (No funny elfin point at the back of your head!) Then, ribbing is picked up around the bottom, making the hood billow nicely. Finally, the hood is attached to the center section of the scarf.
Intermediate knitting skills are required including a little lacework, cabling, bobbles and grafting. (Tip: Bobbles aren’t so bad if you learn to knit them backwards! This video illustrates the process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT-u3MBGFtI )