New Pattern: Evanlyn Hat

I’ve just put my newest design, Evanlyn Hat, up for sale on Ravelry and Craftsy! Let me know what you think 🙂

This cozy hat features a bold chevron pattern made of twisted stitches, with the pattern continuing through the decreases. The neutral pattern makes this the perfect hat for everyone in the family.

Evanlyn Hat

Evanlyn Hat

More patterns available now!

I’m happy to say that, since my last pattern update in December, I’ve added four new patterns for sale on Ravelry!

Blizzard Winds Cowl

Blizzard Winds Cowl

The first two patterns were released a couple months ago and are a matching winter accessories set: Blizzard Winds Cowl and Blizzard Winds Hat.

I’d been in a regular designing mood one night and came up with this swirling pattern one night, no specific goal for it in mind. I also had decided that I wanted to experiment with picot edging, with I thought went well with the colorwork.

Blizzard Winds Hat

Blizzard Winds Hat

I happened to be working on the cowl during the Blizzard of 2013 back in February, when we got a record 3 feet of snow (No exaggeration there, we literally got 3 feet) in Connecticut.

As I was knitting, I realized the black swirls on the grey background reminded me of the blowing snow and wind outside at the time, and the bumpy picot edging reminded me of the snow drifts piling up, so I named the cowl after the blizzard. The hat soon followed.

The next pattern was released last month, my Staggered Diamonds Cowl.

Staggered Diamonds Cowl

Staggered Diamonds Cowl

I’ve always liked playing with twisted stitch designs ever since I was introduced to the idea back in 2009 when I knit my first pair of CanCan wristwarmers.

Since then, I’ve played with  twisted stitches on a regular basis, first introducing them into one of my designs with my Twisted Diamond Mitts.

The tricky part with these types of designs is that it’s difficult to make the pattern continuous when you’re using it in the round. Because the twisted stitches are essentially two-stitch cables, continuing them across the beginning/ending of a round would require traveling stitch markers, and would increase the difficulty of the project quite a bit, especially for beginning knitters.

You can see the break in the pattern here

You can see the break in the pattern here

I’ve struggled with how to address the beginning/ending of rounds in my patterns with colorwork as well. Since knitting in the round means knitting a spiraling tube, the end of one round lines up with the beginning of the next round, creating a jog in many continuous patterns, whether they’re colorwork, regular cables, or twisted stitches.

To solve this issue with my diamond cowl, I decided to avoid the jog and the traveling stitch markers completely by making a definitive beginning and ending to the stitch pattern that coincided with the beginning and ending of each round.

My most recent pattern, Mad about Merino Mitts, was just released today.

Mad about Merino Mitts

Mad about Merino Mitts

This pattern was particularly exciting for me to design, because it incorporates several different techniques, including one I hadn’t used in a design before: the lateral braid.

The pattern was designed to use up leftover yarn I had after finishing my Fabergé shawl, and I wanted to experiment with patterns to really showcase the lighter grey against the darker grey.

I’d seen the lateral braid before in other patterns, and it seemed like the perfect way to really block out the diamond pattern in the light yarn.

The diamond pattern is similar to the one in my Staggered Diamonds Cowl, with a smaller version on the hand and a larger version on the cuff.

Pattern Roundup!

Yes, I know, it’s been a while since I last blogged. I’ve done a lot of knitting in that time, but what I want to share first are my patterns that I’ve published on Ravelry since I last posted. 🙂

Twisted Diamond Mitts

 

I came up with the idea for these mitts when I got some lovely yarn that I wanted to use to make an instant-gratification gift to myself after holiday knitting. I designed a simple-yet-pretty twisted stitch pattern that is easy enough to memorize, but
interesting enough to keep you from getting bored.

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Moss/Seed Stitch Hat

 

This hat is a simple knit that’s great for showcasing those yarns that feel so soft, but don’t necessarily have great stitch definition. The moss/seed stitch itself is squooshy, which accentuates the natural softness of any yarn.

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Climbing Lattice Hat

 

I came up with this hat when I wanted a hat that would show off the semi-solid nature of my yarn without too busy a pattern.
The hat features a weaving lattice pattern with decreases hidden by the cables.

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Climbing Lattice Neckwarmer

 

I came up with this neckwarmer to be a companion to my Climbing Lattice hat, and show off my semisolid yarn.
The neckwarmer features a weaving lattice pattern with basic cables running up the sides.
Neckwarmer is worked flat.

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Bubbling Diamonds Hat

 

I designed this hat to showcase the contrasting colors of some DK weight yarn I had. The hat features alternating bubble and diamond patterns in a stranded design.

There are 2 lengths available, depending on how many pattern repeats are done.

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Kera Wristwarmers

 

These fingerless mitts feature mirrored intertwined cables. They’re named after my sister, as I came up with the design for her Christmas gift this year.
They come in a small/medium size to fit wrist circumferences up to 7 inches, and a medium/large size to fit wrist circumferences 7 to 8 inches.

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New fingerless gloves pattern for sale!

I just put my Fully Convertible Mittens pattern for sale on Ravelry! (You don’t have to be a Ravelry member to buy the pattern)  Please check them out and let me know what you think 🙂

Classy Cabled Gloves

I am proud to announce my first pattern for sale on Ravelry! It is the pattern for my new Classy Cabled Gloves.

Classy Cabled Gloves

These gloves are a relatively simple knit that I came up with to match a neckwarmer and hat I had made myself. The cables twist in opposite directions to give the cables a little personality without getting complicated. They are a quick knit and look great with a variety of types of hats and scarves. The gloves are knit in a worsted weight yarn on small needles to produce a tightly knit fabric that is good for warmth.

Tim the Tiny Elephant

elephant

This tiny elephant was created to use up scraps of yarn that I had left over after knitting a hat. I used Wool-Ease, but any sturdy yarn would work. Just make sure to crochet tight enough that stuffing won’t come out.

Head (make 1):

Round 1: sc 8 into magic loop ring, join with sl st, ch 1 (8)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Rounds 4-9: sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 10: *1 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 11: sc dec around (8)

Fasten off and stuff

Body (make 1):

Round 1: sc 8 into magic loop ring, join with sl st, ch 1 (8)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 4: *2 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (32)

Rounds 5-15: sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (32)

Round 16: *2 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 17: *1 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 18: sc dec around (8)

Fasten off and stuff

Ears (make 2):

Ch 4

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 2: 2 sc in each across, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 3: sc, 2 sc in each of next 4 sts, sc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 4: sc in each across, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 5: Sc in each, 2 sc in last st, 3 sc along top edge (14)

Fasten off

Trunk (make 1):

sc 6 into magic loop ring

sc around until trunk measures about 2 inches.

2 sc in each of next 3 stitches, ch1, turn

sc in each across for two rows

Fasten off

Legs (make 4):

sc 8 into magic loop ring

sc around until leg measures about a half inch, join with sl st

Fasten off and stuff

Tail (make 1):

Ch 8

sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each across

Fasten off

Tie small amount of fringe to fasten off edge

Sew ears and trunk to head, then sew head and tail to body, then sew legs to body. Place the legs so that elephant can stand.

Harry Potter Time-Turner

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I came up with this little piece at home while trying to think of a small supplemental birthday gift for my friend’s upcoming birthday. I tried to make it look as much like the movie one as possible in crochet, but there were too many little moving parts in the real ones.

Hourglass:

with beige, ch 12, join with sl st, being careful not to twist, ch 1

Round 1: sc in each ch around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 2: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 3: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 4: *sc in next 2 sts, sc dec*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (9)

Round 5: *sc, sc dec*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (6)

Round 6: sc dec three times, join with sl st, ch1 (3)

Round 7: 2 sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (6)

Round 8: *sc, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (9)

Round 9: *2 sc, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 10: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 11: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

fasten off, leaving a long enough tail for sewing

stuff both sides of hourglass with small amount of stuffing and sew ends together.

Casing (make 2):

 with yellow, ch 3

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next st, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (7)

Row 4: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 5: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (14)

Row 7: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 10, turn upside down (16)

Row 7.5: sc in bottom loop of 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across and join at main piece. fasten off.

 Finish by sewing loose ends of casings to ends of hourglass.

Lucky Hearts Hat

Heart Hat

I wanted to come up with a lace heart pattern to put on a hat, so I designed this simple pattern. I called it Lucky Hearts because there are 7 repeats of the heart pattern, and 7 is supposed to be a lucky number.

Link to PDF version.

Materials:

  • about 85-100 yards worsted weight yarn
  • size 8 16″ bamboo circular needle
  • size 8 dpns
  • tapestry needle

Directions:

CO 91 stitches, join for working in the round, and place stitch marker for beginning of round.

work in k4, p3 rib for about an inch and a half.

knit 6 rows in stockinette, then work full lace pattern once.

Lace Pattern:

Row 1 – k5, m1 (use whatever increase method you prefer, for the example picture I did a kfb on the 5th stitch) , k2tog, k6

Row 2 and all even rows – k all stitches

Row 3 – k4, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, ssk, m1,k3

Row 5 – k3, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k3

Row 7 – k2, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k2

Row 9 – k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1

Row 11 – repeat row 9

Row 13 – k1, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1

Row 15 – k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, k2

lace heart

knit in stockinette for 6 rounds, then begin decreases.

Decreases:

k11, k2tog around (84 sts)

k around

k10, k2tog around (77 sts)

k9, k2tog around (70 sts)

k8, k2tog around (63 sts)

k7, k2tog around (56 sts)

k6, k2tog around (49 sts)

k5, k2tog around (42 sts)

k4, k2tog around (35 sts)

k3, k2tog around (28 sts)

k2, k2tog around (21 sts)

k1, k2tog around (14 sts)

k2tog around (7 sts)

cut yarn and use tapestry needle to draw through remaining 7 stitches. Pull through to the inside and weave in ends.

Bouncing Bubbles Hat

bouncing bubbles hat

I came up with the design for this hat while knitting at work when I forgot the pattern for the hat I originally intended to make, and I think it came out pretty well. 🙂

Link to PDF version

Materials:

  • about 100 yards of worsted weight MC
  • small amount of worsted weight CC
  • size 8 16″ circular needle
  • size 8 dpns
  • tapestry needle

Directions:

CO 96 stitches with MC, join for working in the round, and place a stitch marker for the beginning of the round

work in k4, p2 rib for about an inch and a half

work in stockinette for 6 rounds

work the following chart 4 times, starting in the lower right corner. White = MC, black = CC

bubble hat design

work in stockinette in MC for 6 rounds, then begin decreases

Decreases:

k14, k2tog around (90 sts)

k around

k13, k2tog around (84 sts)

k around

k12, k2tog around (78 sts)

k around

k11, k2tog around (72 sts)

k around

k10, k2tog around (66 sts)

k9, k2tog around (60 sts)

k8, k2tog around (54 sts)

k7, k2tog around (48 sts)

k6, k2tog around (42 sts)

k5, k2tog around (36 sts)

k4, k2tog around (30 sts)

k3, k2tog around (24 sts)

k2, k2tog around (18 sts)

k1, k2tog around (12 sts)

k2tog around (6 sts)

cut yarn and use tapestry needle to draw through remaining 6 stitches. Pull through to the inside and weave in ends.

Swirls and Stars Hat

swirl hat

This hat is a nice project for an afternoon or evening that looks complicated, but is fairly simple.

Link to PDF verison

Materials:

  • about 100 yards of worsted weight MC
  • small amount of worsted weight CC
  • size 8 16″ circular needle
  • size 8 dpns
  • tapestry needle

Directions:

CO 96 stitches in MC, join for working in the round and place stitch marker to mark beginning of a round

work in k1, p1 rib for an inch and a half

work in stockinette for 4 rounds

work the following chart twice for each round, starting in the bottom right. white = MC, black = CC

hat design

work in stockinette for 4 rounds before beginning decreases

Decreases:

k14, k2tog around (90 sts)

k around

k13, k2tog around (84 sts)

k around

k12, k2tog around (78 sts)

k around

k11, k2tog around (72 sts)

k around

k10, k2tog around (66 sts)

k9, k2tog around (60 sts)

k8, k2tog around (54 sts)

k7, k2tog around (48 sts)

k6, k2tog around (42 sts)

k5, k2tog around (36 sts)

k4, k2tog around (30 sts)

k3, k2tog around (24 sts)

k2, k2tog around (18 sts)

k1, k2tog around (12 sts)

k2tog around (6 sts)

cut yarn and use tapestry needle to draw through remaining 6 stitches. Pull through to the inside and weave in ends.

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