New Pattern: The Wizard

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…

Dorothy-and-the-Wizard-of-oz-3IMG_9186

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.

IMG_9798

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.

IMG_9792

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).
[1]: http://www.rareozbooks.com/images/Dorothy-and-the-Wizard-of-oz-3.jpg

New MKAL: Glinda

I’m pleased to announce the start of a new Mystery KAL from yours truly! 

glinda mkal notebook

I’ve developed a collection of shawls and wraps highlighting the new Steampunk Oz colorways from A Hundred Ravens. “Glinda” kicks off the collection as a Mystery KAL. Join us in the Remily Knits forum for a coupon code, fun prizes, spoilers, and support.

KAL Details:
The Mystery KAL for Glinda begins now, with the release of the Swatch Clue. The swatch features several stitches from the shawl, allowing you to practice the pattern before you begin. All clues will be given both as complete charts and full written directions.

Schedule for Clues:
Clues will be released via Ravelry sometime after midnight, EST, on six consecutive Wednesdays.

September 16th: Clue #1 – Setup and first 36 rows.
September 23rd: Clue #2 – 32 rows.
September 30th: Clue #3 – 20 rows.
October 7th: Clue #4 – 24 rows.
October 14th: Clue #5 – 24 rows.
October 21st: Clue #6 – 13 rows and finishing instructions.

Cost:
For the duration of the MKAL, and for at least two weeks after the release of the final clue, Glinda will be available for 50% off the regular price of $6. When I release the final version of the pattern, it will replace the individual clues in your Ravelry library.


This crescent shawl is worked from the top down. Glinda begins with a garter-stitch tab and progresses through all stitch patterns with regular increases at both edges. The shawl is designed to be made with two 100-gram skeins of fingering-weight yarn in (choose semi-solid or tonal colorways for best results). Some clues have more texture; others have more lace. The overall pattern changes gradually from more solid sections to more lacy sections.

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

 

New Pattern: Whitecaps Cowl

This quick one-skein project is perfect for that orphan skein of worsted hanging out in your stash. Whether it was an impulse purchase or a leftover from a larger project, that beautiful, soft skein has a destiny!

IMG_9556

Whitecaps is a close-fitting cowl that tapers slightly from neck to shoulder. Worked in the round, this deceptively simple pattern combines elongated stiches with a basic cable to break up color repeats and striping.

I designed this cowl with Epona in mind. This worsted-weight yarn from A Hundred Ravens is truly delightful. It has to be touched to be believed!

Pattern is charted; full written translation for the chart is included on page 3.

IMG_9561

 

 

 

 

New Pattern: Snakegrass

 

 

 

Snakegrass is now available on Ravelry!  

Much thanks to Outlaw Yarn for providing the soft and scrumptious Bohemia Sport that I used in this design.

IMG_9471

When I was little, my dad took me on hikes on his parents’ farm in Minnesota. We rambled through woodsy bits, up the hill, across the rockslide, and through tall grassy meadows. I remember him handing me stalks of snakegrass (aka horsetail, aka puzzlegrass, aka Equisetum) and showing me how the segments can be taken apart and put back together.

This design reminds me of the stacked branching structure of snakegrass. One edge is serrated; the other edge undulates smoothly. Each tier grows organically from the previous tier.

IMG_9479Snakegrass is worked flat. The pattern is achieved by alternating colors and slipped stitches.  The finished item may be worn as a scarf, or grafted to form a long cowl.

The 60-row pattern is charted; full written directions are also provided.

 

 

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:

glinda tip

New Pattern: Silvan Vinyard

Silvan Vinyard is an asymmetrical garter-stitch shawl with a leafy edge. Designed for the Random Fandom Yarn Club, it is inspired by the woodland elves of Tolkien’s novels.

Imagine a silvan vinyard tended by elves. Would they wear the grapevines draped sweetly ‘round their necks? I think they might.

IMG_9440 corrected IMG_9374 corrected

Silvan Vinyard is easily adapted to any weight yarn: simply use an appropriately-sized needle. It is easily enlarged if you have more yardage: simply work additional repeats of the body pattern.

This pattern is mainly charted. Full written instructions are provided for all charts.

IMG_9447 corrected IMG_9373corrected

New Pattern: Eponymous Mitts

I designed Eponymous Mitts to show off vibrant colorways in a quick, fun-to-knit pattern. This pattern features a new worsted-weight yarn from A Hundred Ravens: Epona. It is similar in structure to Aesir, and it has the same bouncy feel and takes dye beautifully.

For a limited time only I am collaborating with A Hundred Ravens to promote this awesome new yarn. If you try out Epona, I’ll give you the pattern for Eponymous Mitts for free (details in the AHR forum).

Epona Mitts Prototype

Epona Mitts Prototype

The mitts are knit flat, then seamed with a thumb-hole — super easy. The slip-stitch pattern highlights variegated yarn. Pattern is sized for children’s small through men’s large; length is easily adapted if you prefer longer mitts.