New Pattern: Mormont

colorful wrap draped scarf-style

It’s been a long, long time since I published a new pattern. Suffice to say, it’s been a tough couple years. This particular design has been on the needles since May 2019, when I saw the Resolute Lady mini set from A Hundred Ravens and absolutely fell in love:

a mini-skein set from AHR; seven colorful skeins of fingering-weight yarn

You see what I mean? Starting with this delightful colorway as inspiration, I returned to some previous designs as a touchstone: my Hillcrest and Charm both use instarsia to create a stained-glass feeling with garter stitch blocks and i-cord “leading.”

a young person models a mostly-grey sweater with a long "stained glass" panel down the front; pattern resembles stained glass motifs from Frank Lloyd Wright

I had a few false starts, but soon enough I found the right balance of color and contrast, and I love the way minis let me control exactly when and where the “steps” begin and end.

The "Mormont" wrap laid out flat, showing stepped color transitions from end to end

Last week the pattern cleared my tech editor, and I managed a mini photo shoot — no worries, I stayed socially distant from Matilda, my model :). Mormont is now available on Ravelry.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming Mormont KAL with Kel from A Hundred Ravens! There will be prizes …. just saying.

New Pattern: Happy Hour Shawl

Be a knitting mixologist with the Happy Hour Shawl! Choose from a variety of lace patterns and stripes to create a unique cocktail of color and fiber that pleases you.

Happy Hour Shawl Prototype

Happy Hour Shawl Prototype

The Happy Hour Shawl is worked from the top down, beginning with a triangle and moving into heart-shaped wings. The sample follows the “fancy” charts for both the start and finish; the pattern includes the stripe sequence used in the sample.

This design calls for two skeins of fingering-weight yarn for the main color and 5 minis (at least 50 yards each). For the main color, choose a fiber that blocks well (wool, for example), but for the minis feel free to experiment! Silk or linen could be the perfect garnish. Color choice determines the intensity of your finished shawl. Go bold or subtle … the choice is yours.

Full written translations of all charts are provided.

Indie Gift-A-Long 2015 is Here!

It’s that time of year again! The Indie GAL begins tonight, an 8pm EST, with a week-long pattern sale.  A stunning 335 independent designers have put their best gift patterns in the sale — the thread with all the patterns is inspiring, all by itself!  Use coupon code giftalong2015 to get 25% off any (or all) of these awesome patterns. The sale ends at midnight EST on Friday, Nov 27th.

The sale is just the beginning of the GAL fun — from today until Dec 31st, there is a massive KAL/CAL in the Indie GAL forum on Ravelry.  You can participate with your newly-bought sale patterns, or with any pattern by any participating designer. Seriously! 🙂  There are tons of great prizes up for grabs, and lots of ways to win.  (Go check out the threads for details on rules and winning.)  There are 2300 electronic prizes to win, plus additional physical prizes donated by designers and the fiber community in general.

Here is a sneak peek of my designs in the 2015 GAL:

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One-Skein Wonders for Babies

My toy Octopus pattern is one of many great one-skein projects in the newly-released One-Skein Wonders for Babies.

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Little Lovey (or Kleine Acht, as I like to think of her), is made of Classic Elite Yarns Seedling Hand Paint. It’s a quick project with very little sewing — something of a novelty in the world of hand-knit toys.

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(Beautiful picture! ©Geneve Hoffman Photography)

I’ve had a copy of the book for a week or two now, and I’m pleased to say that it is chock-a-block full of great designs.

A few of my favorites:

The Smocked Lace Hat and Mittens (p.10) by Terry Morris caught my eye right away. I love the charming edge and flower topper on the hat.

The Baby Crown Tee (p. 53) by Jenise Hope is so freaking adorable, and looks like one of those quick-ish knits that will impress as a gift.

Robin Allen‘s Happy Hat makes me smile! Fabulous use of knits and purls to make a graphic design.

 

 

Sneak Peek: Glinda MKAL

I just finished the picot bind-off on Glinda, an upcoming Mystery KAL.  The MKAL will start in September — I still have photography, testing, and tech editing ahead of me — but for now, I offer you this sneak peek of a tiny corner of the finished shawl:

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FO Friday: Wave Goodbye to Socks

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Project: Wave Goodbye to Socks

Pattern: Johnson’s Wave

Designer: Claire Ellen

Available: FREE on Ravelry

Yarn: Claudia Hand-Painted in “Antique Jeans”

This is the fifth and final pair of socks commissioned by my mom — I was glad to deliver them to her!  I’ve made a LOT of socks over the years, but I haven’t made enough for me lately.  Some of my first pairs are slowly giving up the ghost — worn beyond repair.  Le sigh. Time to make more socks for me! 🙂

Johnson’s Wave is an excellent sock pattern — high marks!

FO Friday: Willamette Locket

I made something crochet! And I liked it!

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Project: Willamette Locket

Pattern: Over the Willamette

Designer: Jenn Wolfe Kaiser

Available: $4.50 on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Llyr

Ever since I saw a sample Willamette in Kate’s booth, I’ve been dying to make one.  I’m happy to report that the pattern was do-able even by a rather inexperienced crocheter like myself.  It helpfully includes full written instructions to go with the crochet charts (or are they graphs?), so if I was in doubt about something, I could easily double-check that I was on the right track.

As usual, Llyr is a delight. Smooth and pliable, and blocks like a dream.

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