Getting Ready for the MKAL

Thanks to all of you who have already purchased the 2016 MKAL pattern, and who have sent me such nice comments! I’m really excited for this MKAL! After much staring at my stash of Perspectives Kits, I chose the Lichen/Gray. Here’s one of the grays, on my new(ish) Strauch swift. Each Perspectives Kit comes with 5 mini skeins. The MKAL pattern is a cowl that has 5 clues, with one for each color section. The first clue goes out on April … Read More

New Pattern: Wendell Scarf

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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 Pattern: Solitude Dots Hat

I’m so excited to finally share this new pattern! I showed a few sneak peeks of working this yarn back in May (it takes SO long for finished knits to become patterns!) and here’s the finished product–a hat! I’m really excited about this polka dot hat. I really love polka dots, and somewhere there are photos of me showing my polka dot love from a young age in some pretty crazy outfits, but alas, for now we’ll have to make do … Read More

In Knitty!

When I re-learned how to knit as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia I would go to the seedy smoke filled internet cafes a few times a week. I would spend half of my time catching up on emails, and the other half looking at knitting patterns and saving them to my flash drive. One of my favorite sources–Knitty. Fast forward a few years to when I started designing–I couldn’t imagine ever having my patterns published, seeing my name in … Read More

Helium Sweater

I’ve been a pretty terrible blogger lately, but I’m finally sharing photos of my Helium Sweater from Knitscene Summer 2014. Well last summer, when I finished knitting this sweater, I took a few photos of it. Because for the first time, I actually knit a sample sweater in MY size! This is quite amazing, since most samples are to fit a 33 or 34″ bust, but this sample is the 36 3/4″, which is also my exact bust measurement. I … Read More

Louet Spring 2014

I’m really excited to have two patterns in the Louet Spring 2014 collection. I really love both of these garments, and I think they are great wardrobe staples that I could imagine myself wearing throughout the warm weather months. Abita This all started with a swatch. I had the idea for a pleat with peakaboo lace, and I wasn’t sure where it belonged. The pleat came first, and then the sweater. I’m in love with the finished sweater! GEMS fingering … Read More

FO Friday & a new pattern!

Disclaimer: I’m cheating on FO Friday. I didn’t actually knit this cowl, a friend of mine, who is also an awesome sample knitter, knit this for me. But it is finished, and it is Friday. It might have been finished on a Friday, but if it was it wasn’t this one. Ok, now that I’ve cleared my conscience I can continue with the blog post! I published a new pattern yesterday, the Creedmoor Cowl. This cowl is perfect for using … Read More

New Pattern! Harrington Shawlette

Some patterns just seem to take FOREVER. This is one of those. I don’t really know all the reasons why this has taken so long. I know a few, but we won’t go into all of those… I originally knit this in January 2012. There were some issues with the chart, and there were no written directions, so I re-wrote the entire thing once. I also submitted this pattern to a couple publications and it was rejected, which causer further … Read More

Pandora Cardigan

The new Knitscene Summer 2013 issue is already available online, and will soon be available in your LYS! I’m super excited to have a pattern in this issue. One of the hardest parts of writing knitting patterns for magazines is that you have to keep the secret for such a long time between getting the idea accepted, knitting the sample, and finally having the pattern published. Today I’ll be sharing my inspiration for the Pandora Cardigan. I hope you’ll all … Read More

Kindelope!

I posted about this pattern way back in October. It was meant to be part of the Malabrigo October Stockpile challenge, of designing patterns that require only one skein of Malabrigo. I can’t remember why now, but for some reason it didn’t get published on time. Then it sat around on my computer for months and months, until last week I all of a sudden remembered this pattern and thought “hey, I should publish it!” then I asked Brian if … Read More

New Pattern: Katy & Kevin Cowl

Once again I cannot share any of my WIPs, so instead let me share with you a brand new pattern!This pattern has actually been finished for MONTHS. I knit the sample after meeting Mira from Baah! Yarns  way back in January. I submitted it to a magazine, and then promptly waited 6 months to hear that it had been rejected. That was sometime in June. I finished writing the pattern and had it test knit and that was all done by … Read More

New Pattern: Cable Doodle Doo

I posted a couple photos of these pillows months ago, and the pattern is finally here! This is my first Knit Picks IDP pattern, but I hope there will be more in the future. They are a wonderful company to work with. Here’s a photo from Knit Picks, and you can find the pattern here. Special thanks to Brian for coming up with a silly name.

Remember those teasers?

posted in: green, new patterns, shawl | 1

Remember this green yarn? And this picture? Well thanks to Katy Doyle I now have pictures of the finished shawl! Now you’re going to ask me where’s the pattern? Well, it’s still in the works, but I hope to publish it by June 1st!

New Pattern: Pine Cone Shawl

posted in: lotus yarns, new patterns, pattern | 1

I have a new pattern out today! The Pine Cone Shawl is finally being published! I finished writing and knitting this pattern before I went to H&H in Cologne back in March, but for many reasons it’s debut was delayed. But now it’s here! Here are some lovely photos from Katy Doyle. This shawl is knit with 400 yards of lace weight: Lotus Yarns Moon Night. You could also easily knit it with fingering or DK weight yarn. The pattern is … Read More

Help me name this shrug

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So remember how I kept on posting about the design process for the green shrug? You can see it from the beginning: it started with the yarn, then came the swatch and ideas, a sketch, a nearly finished shrug, and now here are photos of the lovely Katy Doyle wearing the shrug. For me the last part of the design process is naming the shrug. Since I’ve been going through the process publicly I thought I’d give everyone the chance to give … Read More

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