New Pattern: Happy Hour Shawl

Be a knitting mixologist with the Happy Hour Shawl! Choose from a variety of lace patterns and stripes to create a unique cocktail of color and fiber that pleases you.

Happy Hour Shawl Prototype

Happy Hour Shawl Prototype

The Happy Hour Shawl is worked from the top down, beginning with a triangle and moving into heart-shaped wings. The sample follows the “fancy” charts for both the start and finish; the pattern includes the stripe sequence used in the sample.

This design calls for two skeins of fingering-weight yarn for the main color and 5 minis (at least 50 yards each). For the main color, choose a fiber that blocks well (wool, for example), but for the minis feel free to experiment! Silk or linen could be the perfect garnish. Color choice determines the intensity of your finished shawl. Go bold or subtle … the choice is yours.

Full written translations of all charts are provided.

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New Pattern: Graphium Shawl

Debuting today at Stitches West ….

Graphium!

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Graphium weiskei lives only in the highlands of New Guinea. Like many of the butterflies in the Graphium genus, the purple spotted swallowtail has intense pastel patterning outlined in black.

The Graphium colorway (available from A Hundred Ravens) is inspired by this flashy butterfly.

(psst: use coupon code RKGraphium for 50% off — expires 2/29/2016)

IMG_0504Graphium is curved asymmetrical triangle worked from narrow tip to broad end. Bands of lace in a colorful hand-dyed yarn are separated by narrow stripes of black. The lacy black edge is worked as you go, using basic intarsia techniques.

Graphium is easy to enlarge (or reduce). You will need about 2.5 yards of MC for every yard of CC.

Graphium is charted with full written directions for all charts.

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New Pattern: Wheels

It’s time for the fourth (and final!) Steampunk Oz design! This time I’m using two skeins of Iachos in “Patchwork Girl” and “Deadly Desert.”

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The Wheelers first appear in Ozma of Oz. Their arms are the same length as their legs, and all four limbs end in wheels made of fingernails. Their clothing is colorful and heavily embroidered. As a child, they terrified me! But, now I admire their attitude and steampunky outfits.

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Wheels is a crescent-shaped shawl that features a high-contrast colorway in wheels and stripes against a neutral background. The wheels are worked flat, using short-rows to create the curve. The body is also worked flat, bottom up, from a combination of stitches picked up from the wheels and newly cast-on stitches.

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This pattern can easily be lengthened by making more wheels. Each additional wheel will use approximately 32 yards of MC and 27 yards of CC. If you have two 400-yard skeins, you could safely begin with as many as 11 wheels.

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

 

New Pattern: Winged Monkeys

It’s time for the third Steampunk Oz design!

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Winged Monkeys calls for two skeins of Aesir in complimentary colorways.  The sample uses “Ruby Slippers” and “Winged Monkeys” — the latter was influenced by this photo …

 

The Winged Monkeys were once a free people, living in the forests of Oz. They were carefree, but regrettably rather mischievous. They lost their freedom when the King of the Winged Monkeys, as a prank, tossed Quelala into a river, ruining his silk and velvet outfit. Gayelette (his fiancée) was furious and enslaved them to the Golden Cap, which allows its possessor to command the Winged Monkeys three times.

This shawl shapes a variegated colorway into the swooping curves of wings. A complimentary tonal colorway fills in the gaps and edges to create an easy-to-wear crescent shape.IMG_9804

Worked primarily in garter stitch, this design uses basic increases and decreases, slipped stitches, short rows, and picked-up stitches to create the shapes and join the pieces together.

IMG_9825Winged Monkeys is part of the Steampunk Oz Collection. Look for The Wizard (two skeins of DK yarn), Glinda (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn), and Wheels (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn).

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…

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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.

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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.

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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 Pattern: Altitude Shawl

Done! Just in time for Stitches South ….

Altitude!

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Designed for two contrasting colorways, Altitude is a crescent-shaped shawl with an extravagant lace border. The shawl begins at the back neck with just three stitches. The body features a simple lace pattern flanked by garter-stitch wings, and is suitable for both tonal and moderately variegated colorways. The all-lace border is worked along the entire length of the shawl. Frequent increases in the border allow for dramatic blocking. The complex lace is best shown in a tonal colorway.

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New Pattern Promotion! Buy Altitude, and receive 25% off anything in my Ravelry store. No limit on number of patterns or ebooks; expires April 30th, 2015.

(No coupon code required — just put Altitude in your cart, and the discount should apply automatically to any pattern from my Rav store.)

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Some things I love about this shawl ….

* Color, color, color!  Be as WILD as you want to — the body section will stand up to moderate variegation, so don’t be shy!  Or … be subtle and sophisticated with mellow tonals that are closely related.  The choice is yours!

* Shape!  Crescents are my favorite shape for easy wearing. The curve keeps everything in place, and the fabric just swoops across your body with stately aplomb.

* Ruffles?  Almost! The massive increase in stitch count at the border means that extra fabric for extreme blocking, but it also means the edge goes 3D with very little effort. Lots of movement in the finished piece.

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FO Friday: Fairy Rings

Lookit what I made, it’s so cool! 🙂

Project: Fairy Rings

Pattern: Miss Winkle

Designer: Martina Behm

Available: €3.60 EUR on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Iachos  in “Frances and the Leaping Fairy

So … I think we all know how hard it can be to find a good pattern for a high-contrast multi-colored skein of hand-dyed yarn.  For instance, take a look at this skein:

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In terms of colors, the white, coral, and green all contrast sharply.  The tone of the saturated green and color are about the same, as you can see in the black-and-white version, but there is a strong contrast between the white and the most saturated “grey” ends of the skein. This is a colorway that will be stripey, and would overwhelm any but the most simple lace pattern.

BUT — it’s perfect for garter stitch, especially if the project has a variable stitch count to help avoid big pools of color. Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker is a perfect example of a simple pattern in garter stitch that increases gradually from a small cast-on to a broad end … it’s classic!  Martina seems to have made this sort of shawl/scarf a bit of a speciality.  What I like about Miss Winkle is the awesome loopy edge.  I need something to help hold my attention when working garter stitch, and this was just the thing.  An unexpected side-benefit of the loops is that they concentrate the color.  I estimate that each loop uses about half a round of the skein, so many progress through all three main colors. It helps “pop” the colors in the garter stitch…. and also, they are so cool!!

The curve of this kind of shawl happens naturally — the neck edge has kfb on both RS and WS rows, so it “pulls” a bit.