New Pattern Release: Mind the Gap Cowl

Introducing my latest pattern: Mind the Gap!

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Pattern: Mind the Gap

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: FREE on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Danu, Squonk (sample used  about 175 yards)

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Design/Skills Needed:

Mind the Gap is especially designed for hand-dyed yarn. The puffs consolidate colors, making a finished cowl with color properties similar to the original skein of yarn. Even highly variegated skeins can pop in this fun-to-knit, three-dimensional stitch pattern.

The short pattern repeat makes this an easy pattern to adapt to a variety of yarn weights and sizes.

This cowl may be knit flat or in the round – full directions for both methods are included! Full written directions for all charts are also provided.

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Test knitters needed for “Mind the Gap” cowl

Anyone up for a quick test knit?  Check out this “in progress” photo of Mind the Gap:

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(The prototype is blocking as we speak, getting ready for it’s big photo shoot.)

I’m running the test knit in the Remily Knits forum on Ravelry.  Go there for more information and to  sign up!

New Pattern Release: Levade

Introducing my latest pattern: Levade!

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Pattern: Levade

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: on Ravelry — $6 for the individual pattern, or $15 for the collection

Yarn: Bohemia Fibers Barefoot Bohemian Sock, Peacock #3 (sample used  450 yards of an oversized skein)

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Design/Skills Needed:

Levade is a heart-shaped shawl worked from the bottom edge up. Beginning with a very long cast-on edge, the lace swoops through alternating waves, leaves, and medallion motifs. The faster-than-usual decreases create a beautiful shape that clings well to shoulders.

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Levade 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 “Mezair” (lace border worked sideways, crescent-shaped, short-row body).

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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.

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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! 😉

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New Pattern Release: Mezair

Introducing my latest pattern: Mezair!

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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

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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).

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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!

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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)

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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).

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