Now available on Ravelry: Threadle Sweater!
This design has been on the needles for a full year, so I’m extra excited to share it with you.
I designed the main cable pattern specifically to look like a lot of cabling, without the heaviness that complex cables usually give knitted fabric. The big cable weaves back and forth across the column, and reminded me of a dog agility maneuver called a “threadle” that allows the dog take two side-by-side jumps in the same direction by weaving between them.
A Hundred Ravens Epona — between 6 and 9 skeins, depending on size. To enable your obsessions, AHR sells “sweater bags” of yarn (all dyed on the same time to reduce variability) with a small discount as a thank-you for a big purchase. (Email the shop for details.)
This sweater is meant to be a comfortable “just throw it on” kind of garment — so it’s designed to be worn with a bit of positive ease. There isn’t any shaping in the body, but the ribbing under the arms means it will gently curve with the shape of the wearer’s body.
(shown in size S on a 5’9″ model with a 37″ bust)
Now available on Ravelry: Kukulkan!
This striking shawl evokes the step pyramids of Chichen Itza, which served as a temple to Kukulkan. Little is known about the original mythology of this “feathered serpent” deity from Mesoamerica. In modern folklore, one story tells that Kukulkan flew to the sun to try and speak to it. The sun, too proud to speak to a plumed snake, burnt Kukulkan’s tongue.
Designed especially for Aesir Minis from A Hundred Ravens, this shawl highlights the beauty of gradient mini sets. The rectangular tabs are worked first. The main body is worked from a combination of picked-up stitches and cast-on stitches. After the main body is complete, the small solid squares are worked from picked-up stitches. No seaming required!
This pattern has full written instructions (no charts). This pattern has been professionally tech edited.
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.
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.”
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.
Now available on Ravelry: Mini Meltdown!
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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.
Mini 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.
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).
Project: Purple Gushers
Available: €4.00 EUR on Ravelry
Yarn: CEY Alpaca Sox in “Byzantine Purple”
This is the second of five pairs of socks that I’m making for my mom. Alpaca Sox is fuzzy and warm, and the pattern was fun. Every row is charted on these toe-up socks, which I loved! I had a little trouble following the transition from pattern to rib at the top of the leg, and with both socks I had to fudge it a bit. I chalk this up to a failing in my understanding of the “sizing” directions (three sizes are shown on each chart). Cool pattern, great yarn. Next!
This week I cast on for the fourth and final one-skein shawlette for the Airs Above the Ground collection. I’m using a purple-blue skein of Barefoot Bohemian Sock. “Levade” is heart-shaped, worked from the bottom up. No nupps, no beads — just pretty-pretty lace.
I made something out of yarn that I made!
Project: Handspun Chicken Mittens
Pattern: Fried Chicken Mittens
Designer: Ellen Mason
Available: FREE! on Ravelry
Yarn: my very first handspun yarn
Fried Chicken Mittens is my very favorite “just a mitten” pattern. The way the thumb increases are done make for a superior fit! I knew I would be a bit short on yardage, and my handspun yarn was in two or three different weights. I started with the most irregular/bulky/fuzzy yarn at the cuff, and knit less cuff than called for. I knit the mittens two at a time, so that if I needed to turn them into fingerless mitts, they’d be at the same point. I joined in the mid-range yarn shortly after the cuff, and then swapped to the best yarn as that ran out.
I knew I would be cutting it VERY close.
As you can see, I ended up short by the tip of one thumb. I stole a bit of yarn from the first batch spun on my new spinning wheel, and called it good.
I made a very silly hat! Also, a very warm hat.
Want to make one just like it? I have plenty of yarn leftover — if you promise to make a hedgehog hat, I’ll send you my leftover Mushishi.
Project: Purple Hedgehog Hat
Designer: Mercè Janer
Available: FREE from Knitty.com
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Mushishi #12
I picked up some Mushishi as a “courtesy purchase” while checking out a LYS. The long color changes seemed just right for the short-row hedgehog hat. I love how yarn and hat came together for this project. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste … but I love a silly hat sometimes!
The hat is worked flat, with each bump worked as a set of short rows. For the hat you work a row of bumps, work a couple stockinette rows (decreasing the overall number of stitches), and then work a row of bumps back the other way. I definitely put my new(ish) skill of “knitting both directions without turning” to good use with all those short rows!
In addition to a delightfully silly look, the bumps also trap air — this is a one WARM hat. I look forward to wearing it for more than a few minutes at a go, come this winter.
See my pretty purple sock yarn? It’s Mad Tosh Sock in “Flashdance” — yum!
This week I cast on for a pair of Fringe Socks from California Revival Knits (Stephannie Tallent).
I’m using some ancient stash (Reynold’s Wash Day Wool in Cream) for the contrast color. I’m about to do the the fringe bit — very cool!
I finished (another) Endgame! This one is a shop sample for the Hub Mills Store
Project: Purple Endgame
Designer: Rachel Henry
Available: in booklet #9207 (“Checkmate”) (single-pattern download may be available in the future)
Yarn: Wool Bam Boo
Closeup of the faux-woven (and fully reversible!) pattern:
Please ignore the author’s wrinkled and inappropriately-bright-red shirt: