First Pick: Eomer Shield Tam, by KYMaggie ($3.50)
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! This pattern uses stranded colorwork and cables to re-create in yarn a beautiful design from the Lord of the Rings. I think I might depart from the official Rohan colorway — the design uses 7 colors, maybe deep purple, bright sky blue, and silvery gray?
Second Pick: Pineapple Delight, by Larissa Valeeva (FREE!)
What a stunning (and FREE!) pattern! I am thinking of using this with my new Zauberball skein, but I would have to do a shorter version as I don’t have quite enough yardage. This is worked provisionally downwards for the main lace color, then upwards with short rows to make the top. The second PDF (with “en” at the end) is in English, even though the title is in Russian.
Third Pick: Starboard Cape, by Courtney Kelley (available in Knitscene, Summer 2011)
This little sleeved capelet is so darn CUTE. It makes me think of Mad Men for some reason — just the thing for an office girl to wear?