2016 Perspectives MKAL

I’m excited to announce I’m hosting another Mystery Knit-Along with Mountain Colors! I got a lot of great feedback about my other Perspectives patterns, and requests for a pattern featuring the River Wash Sport Perspectives Kit. And here it is! What’s an MKAL? You get a clue each week with a part of the pattern. This one is a cowl, using the 5 mini skeins of the Perspectives kit. Can I use a different yarn? Sure, but this pattern is … Read More

FO Friday: Top Down Hat

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I’m a big fan of top down hats. You don’t need to measure or make a gauge swatch before you cast on. Here’s the hat I knit for Brian. My basic recipe: CO 8 sts. Increase Round: Increase 8 stitches. Work 1 round plain. Alternate these two rounds until you reach your desired circumference. Work in your pattern until your hat is long enough. Then work some ribbing, or don’t. Or work some other edging. Bind off all the stitches. … Read More

New Pattern & Discount: Silver Lining Gloves

Last year I published the Connectivity Gloves, and this year when Feel Good Yarn Co asked me about creating a new glove pattern for their new sock yarn I thought about how I could make a super warm and also multi-functional glove like the Connectivity, but with more options on how to wear and use it.    And thus, the Silver Linings Gloves were born! It’s a glove, it’s a mitten, it’s everything you need to keep your hands toasty … Read More

New Pattern: Wendell Scarf

posted in: cowl, knitting, new patterns | 2

Today I’m excited to announce a new pattern in a lovely new yarn, the Wendell Scarf uses one skein of Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot, a lovely new yarn that’s a sock version of their popular Twizzle yarn. This yarn is, of course, wonderful for socks, but with one skein you can also knit this fun textured scarf that shows off the beautiful variegated colorways.     Recently I’ve gotten a lot of questions as to where to purchase Mountain Colors yarns, … Read More

New Patterns & Giveaway!

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Today I’m excited to announce that I have two new patterns out as part of the Louet North America Fall 2015 collection! Landloper Hat     Landloper Mitts Both the Landloper Hat and Landloper Mitts feature a variations on a reversible twisted stitch pattern. Each can be knit up with just one skein of Louet Gems Sport Weight, and would make lovely quick-knit projects!   Giveaway Thanks so much to Louet for offering a giveaway! Leave a comment on this … Read More

Miya Shawl Re-Release

The Miya Shawl was one of my first designs when I started designing while teaching English in China. It’s a lovely little shawl that’s knit from end to end and easy to work. The lace pattern increases and decreases creating the scalloped edging and it’s worked from end to end so it’s easy to make longer if you have more yarn, or make narrower if you’d like more of a scarf. It was originally designed and knit in Lotus Yarns … Read More

Knitscene Fall 2015 Solitude Jacket

I’m really excited to be Knitscene Fall 2015’s featured designer. My friend and colleague from my day job at Stitchcraft Marketing, Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter, wrote a lovely article about me, and in this issue I have 4 seamless sweater designs.   I’ll be blogging about the other three designs later on, but today I’d like to write about my Solitude Jacket, which is currently in lead for the pattern of choice for a KAL hosted by Knitscene on Ravelry, you can vote for your … Read More

FO Friday: Campanile Mitts

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As you may have noticed from previous posts and my Connectivity Gloves last fall, I really love SilverSpun yarn, made by the Feel Good Yarn Company. The yarn is super soft, stretchy, and spun with pure silver! I’ve visited the mill right here at NC State where the yarn is spun, and what can I say, I’m in love! So, when Laurie asked if I’d be interested in designing a pattern for the exclusive yarn club my answer was: YEAH! … Read More

WIP Wednesday: Yeti

posted in: baby, knitting, WIP, WIP wednesday | 7

Just before our 18 week ultrasound where we could find out the gender of the baby I had a momentary lapse in my desire to not find out the gender of the baby. It all started because I saw an adorable crochet baby dress on Pinterest. Then I started looking at all the adorable gender specific baby knitting patterns, and started showing Brian too, trying to convince him we should find out the gender of the baby for the sole … Read More

FO Friday: Caesious

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A few weeks ago I blogged about impulsively winding a lovely skein of Louet Euroflax Sport and casting on for the Caesious shawl by Hunter Hammersen. I actually finished knitting it in about 10 days, but then it took me another week to wash the darned thing, and a week after that to take photos. Isn’t that how it always goes? Just like I always do with Euroflax I put it through the washing machine and the dryer along with other … Read More

New Pattern, Coupon Code, & Giveaway! Perspective Cowl

posted in: contest, cowl, knitting, knitting pattern | 24

This pattern has been written and photographed for nearly a year. The final part that took so long to finish–the layout. Why? WHO KNOWS. Let’s just say, I work well under pressure. I spend a lot of time writing, knitting, editing, and preparing patterns for publishing under deadlines, so when it comes to publishing my own patterns–which don’t have deadlines–it can be hard for me to finish those final steps to getting them done. Finally, I’m excited to share with … Read More

WIP Wednesday: Caesious

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Last week I impulsively wound a skein of Louet Euroflax Sport that I found hiding out in my stash. The lovely light lavender color just screamed Spring and since it was the first 80 degree day of the year the only appropriate way to mark the occasion seemed to be by winding a skein…soon after I cast on for a project!   I can’t remember the last time I knit something just for fun–and I don’t know that I will … Read More

Free Pattern: Broken Rib Hat

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I first designed the Broken Rib Hat while living and working in China…I think it was 2011? It was a while ago! I’ve recently updated the pattern so it now includes three sizes, 18 (20, 22)” circumference, and I’ve updated to my new formatting too. The hat features a simple broken rib pattern, and is a great unisex pattern. I’ve made this hat for several friends, and it’s a great quick and easy hat in worsted or aran weight yarn. … Read More

Colbie Tank–Another Cover!

posted in: design process, knitscene, knitting | 8

I’m so thrilled to have my Colbie Tank from Knitscene Spring 2015 on the cover! The top cable part is worked in Louet Gems Sport weight, so that the cables have lots of great definition and hold their shape well. The body is worked in Louet Euroflax Sport, a linen yarn that gets softer as you wash and wear it. If you haven’t knit with linen before I definitely encourage you to try it. This magical fiber gets softer and … Read More

Japan Part 5: Knitting!

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Of course, I had to visit a yarn store while I was in Japan! I knit quite a bit on my flight to Japan, and on the way home, too. Though I have to admit, I didn’t spend a ton of knitting while I was in Japan…   I’d read about Keito, and it wasn’t too far from where we were staying in Tokyo. There aren’t too many yarn shops that sell just yarn, and this is the only one … Read More

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