CO Monday: Flywheel, a new shawl design!

I’m very excited about my latest design project!  I hardly dare say it (because jinx), but it’s coming together so effortlessly, and I looooove it so much! Here’s a bit of the first motif:

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One of the joys of being and indie designer is that I can share photos whenever I like! So there.

My new collection of shawls is called “Clockwork.”  Each shawl will feature different fingering-weight yarn from A Hundred Ravens.  I’m using the yet-to-be-released spring/summer colors, and each two-skein shawl will feature two different colorways. I’ve seen some preview skeins, and they are unspeakably lovely, so I hope you are all super jealous 🙂 :).

I swatched madly and then cast on for the first shawl, Flywheel, this week, using Llyr, a silk/wool blend with all the drape and shine you’d expect.  I’m using two semi-solid colorways, and some really interesting and fun stitch patterns.  This design will probably be my mystery KAL pattern for the collection. (Interested?  Make sure to sign up for my email list to be notified first about mystery KAL updates.)

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New (FREE!) Pattern: Braided Cable Vest

 

Today’s Classic Elite Web-Letter features a pattern by me!

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PatternBraided Cable Vest

DesignerRachel Henry

Available:  FREE from Classic Elite in Web-Letter #316

Yarn: CEY Chalet (or Chateau!) — 8 to 10 skeins, depending on size

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This is a super boxy vest — no shaping of any kind. All the drama is in the cables. The real secret is the amazing yarn though.  Chalet is to DIE for. So lofty, so soft, so LIGHT for such a bulky yarn!

From the pattern description:

This super-cozy vest, shown in Chalet, can also be knit in Chateau, Chalet’s colorful counterpart. A great layering piece, the vest is worked
flat, beginning with the cable in back. The cable turns the corner at the front and stitches are picked up from along the side of the cable band and the body is worked in one piece to the armhole. The vest is not intended to meet in the front and can be worn belted or open at the front.

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New Pattern Release: Objects Below

Introducing my latest pattern: Objects Below!

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Pattern: Objects Below

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: $6 on Ravelry — discounted to $3 until September 30th, 2013!

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Lustre DK (sample used 215 yards)

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Design/Skills Needed:

Objects Below is a narrow lace stole/scarf designed especially for A Hundred Ravens Lustre DK. It uses nearly a whole skein — 215 yards in my sample. With complex lace patterning on both sides, this pattern is a challenge to make and a joy to behold.

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Full written translations of all charts are included.

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New Pattern Release: Flock

Introducing my latest pattern: Flock!

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Pattern: Flock

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: $6 on Ravelry — discounted to $3 until August 31st, 2013!

Yarn: Dream in Color Wisp in 712 Brilliant (2 skeins, sample used about 770 yards)

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Design/Skills Needed:

Flock is a crescent-shaped shawl worked from the bottom edge up. The main lace pattern features nupps. The curved stockinette body is achieved with short rows (no wraps, just decreases). The top edge is finished with an echo of the main lace pattern that transitions to purls to help fight curling.

Flock is fully charted, except for setup and finishing rows. Complete written translations for all charts are also provided.

Special thanks go out to Dream in Color, which provided yarn support for this design, and also gave me a skein of Wisp to give away!  I’m hosting a KAL for Flock in the Remily Knits forum, and I’ll be giving the Wisp away to a KAL-er who uses any DIC yarn for their Flock (and finishes by the end date).

KAL: Evolution Shawl

Hey everyone!! My shawl Evolution is available as a FREE download from The Fiber Factor.

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I will be hosting a KAL in the Remily Knits forum — let’s make the official start date June 24th, so people have time to get their yarn together and clear some WIPs off their needles.

You are, of course, welcome to use any yarn your like — but if you haven’t tried it, please consider Unisono. It’s fantastically sproingy and comes in beautiful solid colors (as well as the self-striping, which I chose for the design).

What you’ll need for the KAL:

  • US #7 needles (or there-abouts)
  • 975 yards of sport-weight yarn
  • a generous handful of stitch markers

The pattern is currently published with CHARTS ONLY, with the right-hand side of the shawl shown — the left-hand side is mirrored. 

However, I’ve been given the go-ahead to write out directions for all the charts. I’ll be working on this over the next week or so — I’ll get them done as quickly as I can. The written translations of all charts will be made available through an updated download from The Fiber Factor, as soon as they are complete and have been proofed.

For more details and to officially “sign in” — go see the forum!

CO Monday: Mesa and Lustre Design Projects

This week I started two new design projects!

The first is for Classic Elite’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection — so, even though I’ll be done with the design and sample in a few short weeks, I won’t be able to share until that collection debuts early next year.  But, I want to give CEY Mesa a plug! Both in swatching and in the actual garment, this 100% cotton yarn is delightfully plush. I love the subtle tonal colorways.

The second project is something you’ll get to see a bit sooner! I’m working on a one-skein project for A Hundred Ravens Lustre (aka Luster DK on Ravelry).  It’s a nicely spun merino/silk blend, hand-dyed by local dyer Kate.  The silk blend takes yarn differently than pure wool, with smoother blends between hues and a beautiful, well, luster.  (This all makes me think of this couplet: The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow/Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.) With only 231 yards to work with, I’ve got quite a challenge to make something dramatic!  I’ve decided to go with a VERY open lacy stole, with lace patterning on both right-side and wrong-side rows.

Here’s my skein of Lustre:

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