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.
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.
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.
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)”
Debuting today at Stitches West ….
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)
Graphium 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
It’s time for the third Steampunk Oz design!
Winged Monkeys calls for two skeins of Aesir in complimentary colorways. The sample uses “Ruby Slippers” and “Winged Monkeys” — the latter was influenced by this photo …
The Winged Monkeys were once a free people, living in the forests of Oz. They were carefree, but regrettably rather mischievous. They lost their freedom when the King of the Winged Monkeys, as a prank, tossed Quelala into a river, ruining his silk and velvet outfit. Gayelette (his fiancée) was furious and enslaved them to the Golden Cap, which allows its possessor to command the Winged Monkeys three times.
This shawl shapes a variegated colorway into the swooping curves of wings. A complimentary tonal colorway fills in the gaps and edges to create an easy-to-wear crescent shape.
Worked primarily in garter stitch, this design uses basic increases and decreases, slipped stitches, short rows, and picked-up stitches to create the shapes and join the pieces together.
Winged Monkeys is part of the Steampunk Oz Collection. Look for The Wizard (two skeins of DK yarn), Glinda (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn), and Wheels (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn).
My toy Octopus pattern is one of many great one-skein projects in the newly-released One-Skein Wonders for Babies.
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.
(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.
It’s time for the second Steampunk Oz design! This time I’m using two skeins of Aesir in “The Wizard” — blues and yellows like this book cover…
Oscar Zoroaster was an ordinary ventriloquist and balloonist in Barnum & Bailey’s Great Consolidated Shows, until his balloon ropes twisted and he floated away to the land of Oz.
The stitch pattern on [The Wizard](/patterns/library/the-wizard-3) shows off high-contrast variegated colorways with a combination of no-wrap short rows and knitting on the bias. Colors pool between garter-stitch stripes, calling to mind the panels and gores of a hot air balloon. The stole is stretchy and drapes delightfully, curling in slightly at the edges.
This pattern is easily adapted to any yarn weight (just use the right size needle) and any yardage (cast on an even number of stitches, do as many repeats of the pattern as you like).
The Wizard is part of the Steampunk Oz Collection. Look for Winged Monkeys (two skeins of DK yarn), Glinda (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn), and Wheels (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn).