CO Monday: Your Way Cowl

I’m working on a new design project … something in Danu, a one-skein cowl.  Kate’s brilliant idea was to make it so the knitter could knit it flat OR in the round — hence, “Your Way Cowl.”

I’m using my skein of Squonk from the Bestiary Yarn Club.



I tried out a couple stitch patterns … it’s always a challenge to find something interesting that doesn’t start a pitched battle with the colorway, when using highly variegated yarns like this one.  I think I’ve found the right one … but who knows, later tonight I may rip it all out! 😉


New Pattern Release: Mezair

Introducing my latest pattern: Mezair!


Pattern: Mezair

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: on Ravelry — $6 for the individual pattern, or $12 for the collection (special price, for a limited time)

Yarn: Knittink Batgirl (“Atlanteans #3”)

Beads: 224 size 6/0 seed beads, AB finish



Design/Skills Needed:

This crescent-shaped shawlette begins with working the beaded lace edging sideways. All beads are pre-strung before knitting begins – no loose beads or tiny crochet hooks! The short-row body is worked from picked-up stitches. More lace finishes the top border of the shawlette, echoing the motifs from the bottom edging.

Mezair is part of the Airs Above the Ground Collection. Each of four shawlettes in the collection can be made with a single skein of fingering-weight yarn. Look for “Courbette” (sideways, modular, crescent-shaped, lace), “Capriole” (top-down, semi-circular, lace), and “Levade” (bottom-up, heart-shaped, lace).


CO Monday: DIC Wisp design project

Hooray! My design submission to Dream In Color was accepted.  I’m making a lace shawl: crescent-shaped, bottom up, with optional nupps — in two sizes no less! DIC’s new Wisp is super pretty — according to the Ravelry page for Wisp, they released this yarn in a different put-up as part of the 2012 yarn club. I for one am glad to have it become part of their line.  The hand-painted colors just glow on the merino-silk blend.

My design will be in the “Brilliant” colorway:

This isn’t Wisp, of course — some other base.  But I will show you WIP photos to prove it’s just as pretty on the lace-weight Wisp!

Once the pattern is complete and fully tested and tech edited, I’ll be hosting a knit-along on my Ravelry group.  It won’t be a mystery this time — you’ll know what you’re getting into! — but I will provide support, cheerleading, and prizes to help motivate you.  The full size of the design will use two skeins of Wisp, but the pattern will also provide directions for a scaled-down version that only needs one skein.


New Pattern Release: Courbette

Introducing my latest pattern: Courbette!


Pattern: Courbette

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: on Ravelry — $6 for the individual pattern, or $12 for the collection (special price, for a limited time)

Yarn: Blue Ridge Yarns Footlights (“Wild Cherry”) (25 grams each of four different colors)


Design/Skills Needed:

This crescent-shaped shawlette is worked in four sections, each a different color. A combination of faggoting, cables, and points adorn the lower edge of each section; simple garter stitch speeds the knitting and highlights gorgeous yarns. Each subsequent section is connected to the previous section as you go – no sewing!

The sample uses Footlights (by Blue Ridge Yarns), which is sold in color-coordinating bundles of four mini skeins. However, this pattern is well suited to using up leftover fingering weight yarn.

Courbette is part of the Airs Above the Ground Collection. Each of four shawlettes in the collection can be made with a single skein of fingering-weight yarn. Look for “Mezair” (lace border worked sideways, crescent-shaped, short-row body), “Capriole” (top-down, semi-circular, lace), and “Levade” (bottom-up, heart-shaped, lace).



CO Monday: Sunsuit for Gwen

A friend of mine from agility just had a baby girl … I kept meaning to make something for the baby, the whole time she was pregnant.  Whoops! Instead, I cast on for a “Susan’s Sunsuit” in size 6 months — it’s a quick knit, and should be done it plenty of time for warm weather.  The pattern is my own — to be published in the upcoming “Fresh Designs: Kids” book from Cooperative Press.  Here’s a blue version that I made for a different baby girl :).

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NEW Mystery KAL: Capriole

I would like to invite all my readers to join my new mystery KAL for Capriole.

This semi-circular shawlette is worked from the top down. With a wide cast-on edge and curved shape, Capriole hugs the shoulders for easy wearing. The simple, bold lace pattern allows variegated yarn to shine; Capriole is equally beautiful in solid or semi-solid colorways.

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Capriole is part of the upcoming Airs Above the Ground Collection. Each of four shawlettes in the collection can be made with a single skein of fingering-weight yarn. “Courbette” (sideways, modular, crescent-shaped, lace) will be available on March 20th, 2013. “Mezair” (lace border worked sideways, crescent-shaped, short-row body) will be released sometime in April, and “Levade” (bottom-up, heart-shaped, lace) will come out in late May.

KAL Details:
The Mystery KAL for Capriole begins now, with the release of this Swatch Clue. The swatch includes several special stitches, and will thus allow you to practice them before beginning your actual shawl. 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 four consecutive Wednesdays.

March 27th: Clue #1 – Setup and first 40 rows.
April 3rd: Clue #2 – Rows 41-68
April 10th: Clue #3 – Rows 69-88
April 17th: Clue #4 – Rows 89-101, plus blocking advice

For the duration of the KAL, and for at least two weeks after the release of the final clue, Capriole will cost only $1. After that point, the pattern will be changed to the regular price of $6. When I release the final version of the pattern, it will replace the individual clues in your Ravelry library.

All knitters who post a photo of their finished Capriole by April 30th will receive a Ravelry coupon for any of my patterns on Ravelry, including the Airs Above the Ground collection. In addition, I will be giving away other prizes by random draw of finished projects, including at least one skein of yarn from “A Hundred Ravens” and a copy of the entire “Airs Above the Ground” collection.

One of the trickier stitches in this shawl pattern is a 3-in-3.  Here is the description from the pattern:

3-in-3: Over the next three stitches, work a sk2p; yo, then knit 1 stitch through the three stitches just worked (stitch count does not change)

I anticipated that this stitch might be a bit troublesome, so I made sure to include it in the swatch so knitters could practice ahead of time.  I’ve also made a quick video demonstrating two ways to make the 3-in-3 stitch.  I demo both “English” and “continental” style, because I know it can be hard for knitters to understand the “other” way from their own style.

Cast-on Monday: Mezair Prototype (AATG #3), Circlet for S.

I asked my friend’s daughter (who is three) if she would like a knitted crown.  Via facebook, naturally.

Me: S, would you like a crown? If so, please tell me what color(s) you like, and how big around your head is.

S. (with help from her mom): S. says, yes, pink, and 19.5 inches. (She acknowledges that she could accept purple maybe if you don’t have any pink yarn handy.) Thanks!

So, I am making a Very Pink Circlet.  It’s a quick knit, very satisfying — great design.

In other news, I have designed and cast on for the third shawlette in the Airs Above the Ground series.  This one is very, very pretty so far! Beads make everything better, don’t you think?


CO Monday: AATG #2

This week I cast on for the second shawl in the “Airs Above The Ground” series.  This one is a half-circle with a notch for the neck, like Broken. I’m using the Styx skein from A Hundred Ravens:


The skein is dip-dyed in bright pink and a rich purpley black, so naturally it will pool and flash and stripe as the stitch count varies.  This is always a concern with using hand-dyed yarn that has a strong color difference … but in this case the pattern is working up well.  I’m using a simple and bold lace pattern, so that it doesn’t fight with the yarn — so far so good!

FO Friday: Heartsick Redeux

This project is for my Secret Santee … so now that Christmas has come and gone, I can share it!


Project: Heartsick for SS

Pattern: Heartsick

Designer: Rachel Henry

Available: on Ravelry: $6 as a single pattern / $10 as part of the Lovelorn Collection

Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight — Rare Gems (Water)


I feel like I just finished making the samples for the Lovelorn collection, but when I drew my friend K’s name in the Secret Santa swap … I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her.  I made her some teal Butterfly Mittens two years ago — and this yarn was definitely in the same color family.  On a second time around, Heartsick was just as fun to make.