New Pattern: Mini Mazy

 

Now available on Ravelry: Mini Mazy!

How did I miss this? This pattern went live in November, and it’s been a big hit! My apologies to blog readers who may have missed out.

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Lose yourself in the labyrinthine turns of Mini Mazy! This asymmetrical triangle-ish shawl is designed especially for gradient mini skein sets from A Hundred Ravens. The sample uses one set of minis in “Starry Night” and a skein of Iachos in “Loyalty” as the background color.

The design would also do justice to a highly-variegated skein, combined with a solid skein to anchor it.  I’m working up a sample in Tyche in “The Captain’s Parrot” and “Oceanus.”

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Mini Mazy is easily adapted to larger or smaller amounts of yarn, and to other weights of yarn. Simply choose a needle appropriate to your yarn, and knit until you run out of yarn.

Mini Mazy is worked sideways from the small end. The design uses basic increases and decreases and a handful of picked-up stitches to create the surprising right-turn.

 

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New Pattern: Mini Meltdown

 

Now available on Ravelry: Mini Meltdown!

Get 50% off from now until the end of July 2016 with coupon code SummerMeltdown!

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Colors melt into each other, draping beautifully around the neck in a mix of lace and simple stockinette stitch. Mini Meltdown was designed especially for gradient mini skein sets from A Hundred Ravens; the design would also work well with single-skein gradient yarn, as well as many tonal and mildly-variegated colorways.

IMG_0749Mini Meltdown is worked top down, both in the round and flat, using short rows to shape the cowl. Lacy sections are charted, with full written directions for all charts.IMG_0764

The sample used about 360 yards as pictured. It would be relatively easy for an experienced knitter to modify the design to be larger (which would, naturally, require more yardage).

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New Pattern: Mini Martello

 

I’ve been designing for minis lately, using the beautiful gradient mini sets from A Hundred Ravens. Today’s brand-new pattern is Mini Martello, an intriguing beret.

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The name comes from Martello towers, which defended British coastlines during the 19th century. Each small, round tower supported a single cannon, set on a rotating platform that allowed 360 degrees of artillery fire.

IMG_0471 - Copy (640x640)Take a closer look! Those aren’t plain old stripes.  The concentric circles of color are actually ovals, created with judicious use of short rows.IMG_0420IMG_0476 (639x640)

Mini Martello is worked top-down, both in the round and flat, using short rows and staggered increases to create the concentric offset ovals. You will need 4 pairs of different stitch markers; counting is required.

This hat is especially designed for gradient mini sets from A Hundred Ravens. If substituting yarns, you will need about 40 yards each of 7 different colors. Mini Martello comes in four sizes; in all cases, the top is worked the same, and the sizing is achieved by more/fewer decreases before the brim. (Sample is size M.)

Sizes: XS(S, M, L)
To fit (head circumference): 20(21, 22, 23)”
Finished circumference: 18.5(19.5, 20.5, 21.5)”

New Pattern: Graphium Shawl

Debuting today at Stitches West ….

Graphium!

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Graphium weiskei lives only in the highlands of New Guinea. Like many of the butterflies in the Graphium genus, the purple spotted swallowtail has intense pastel patterning outlined in black.

The Graphium colorway (available from A Hundred Ravens) is inspired by this flashy butterfly.

(psst: use coupon code RKGraphium for 50% off — expires 2/29/2016)

IMG_0504Graphium is curved asymmetrical triangle worked from narrow tip to broad end. Bands of lace in a colorful hand-dyed yarn are separated by narrow stripes of black. The lacy black edge is worked as you go, using basic intarsia techniques.

Graphium is easy to enlarge (or reduce). You will need about 2.5 yards of MC for every yard of CC.

Graphium is charted with full written directions for all charts.

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New Pattern: Wheels

It’s time for the fourth (and final!) Steampunk Oz design! This time I’m using two skeins of Iachos in “Patchwork Girl” and “Deadly Desert.”

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The Wheelers first appear in Ozma of Oz. Their arms are the same length as their legs, and all four limbs end in wheels made of fingernails. Their clothing is colorful and heavily embroidered. As a child, they terrified me! But, now I admire their attitude and steampunky outfits.

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Wheels is a crescent-shaped shawl that features a high-contrast colorway in wheels and stripes against a neutral background. The wheels are worked flat, using short-rows to create the curve. The body is also worked flat, bottom up, from a combination of stitches picked up from the wheels and newly cast-on stitches.

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This pattern can easily be lengthened by making more wheels. Each additional wheel will use approximately 32 yards of MC and 27 yards of CC. If you have two 400-yard skeins, you could safely begin with as many as 11 wheels.

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Wheels is part of the Steampunk Oz Collection. Look for The Wizard (two skeins of DK yarn), Glinda (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn), and Winged Monkeys (two skeins of DK yarn).