Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Seiklus an Estonian Shawl by Lete's Knits

Justyna Lorkowska of Lete's Knits shares her inspiration for her Seiklus Shawlette..."Let me take you on a trip around the world. All you need is a comfortable armchair to sit in, some time, knitting needles and a skein of wonderful yarn. We have already visited many countries around the world and this time I’m taking you to gorgeous Estonia - a country of fabulous lace. So take your needles in your hands and get ready to set off on a wonderful one-skein journey!"

Follow the links after purchase to download this PDF.  And visit Lete's Knits to see all her women's garments, shawls and looks for children.


Friday, September 12, 2014

3 New Pullovers from Laura Aylor

Update your Fall and Winter Wardrobe with a Laura Aylor Classic

Sea Salt
Laura Aylor is a master sweater designer, "Clean lines and classic looks" are the hallmarks of her designs.  She specializes in flattering fits that are comfortable and easy to wear.  This Fall & Winter add one or two of her designs to your wardrobe.

Sea Salt
is a relaxed pullover that uses the same basic construction method used in Aylor's Sun Tea, but with sleeves.

Sun Tea
Sun Rose
Sun Rose is a DK weight pullover is basic, easy, very wearable and has the simplest of touches - a bit of stretchy garter at the shoulders to conform to your shape, a simple garter-edged scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves, gentle waist shaping , and an easy eyelet edging.

Sleepy Hollow
Knit from the top down using a variation of Barbara Walker’s simultaneous set-in sleeve method of seamless construction, Sleepy Hollow features a cabled front, princess seam shaping, and a no-sew shawl collar.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Back for a limited time only, Schaefer ANNE!

A rare, luxurious treat, that won't last... 

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting with Cheryl Schaefer at her upstate NY workshop.  Though she no longer runs The Schaefer Yarn Co. she is still hand painting her remaining inventory and I was able to get my hands on some very lovely, fingering weight Anne.  Each one of these beautiful skeins is put up in a generous 560 yards enough for a toasty warm pair of socks or a very special shawl. 

Tilting Windmills Socks
Spring Things Shawl

Want more projecet ideas for Anne?  Through The Loops' beautiful Jeanne shawl only requires one skein.  And there are lots more sock & shawl patterns to choose from by Schaefer.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Introducing Jane Thornley's The Collector's Wrap

Stand up proud and show off your Yarn Collection! 

We are collectors of interesting and fabulous yarns. Let’s not be shy about it. Let’s be counted among stamp collectors, toy collectors, any collectors, so we don’t have to hang our heads in embarrassment as if we were afflicted with some wild and quirky disease. Stand tall, oh yarn collectors! Your passion are equal in merit to any other and needs to be celebrated!

For Jane Thornley's The Collector's Wrap any weight, any kind, of yarn will work.  The eBook includes two designs and the first one discussed is pictured above.  Noro would be perfect. Show your collection! I’ve knit mine primarily in dk or sport-weight yarn on US 8/5 mm needles but the design easily accommodates both smaller or larger needles. The bigger the needle size, the larger and more loose the wrap, obviously. A lace-weight version would be lovely, too. I worked in mid-range to accommodate my particular collection of hand-dyed silks and specialty yarns. For the stranded checkerboard ‘mosaics’, I used primarily silks, of which I am enamored. Since, in true collectors spirit, I can never part with the last ball of anything, I had multiples of tiny amounts of silks in magnificent hand-dyed colors and most of them ended up in this wrap.

The three-wrap drop stitches showed off my collection of Blue Heron beaded rayons, silk bouclĂ©’s, and any yarn that offered some interesting texture. These stitches literally flow and add a breezy level to the more dense mosaics. Play up all your favorites here. These drop stitches are separated by two rows of knit stitch (garter) where I worked bulkier yarns like ribbons and artspun yarns.

The wrap is rectangular, knit end to end in braces of 15-row clusters of checkerboard stranded knitting--a simple Fair Isle technique which uses no more than 2 different yarns per row--separated by two sets of three-wrap drop stitch. The stranded checkerboard shows yarns and colors to perfection, giving an almost mosaic effect, while the drop stitch lets textures shine, nub, or slub at will. The combination creates a lovely free-flowing ode to yarn.

The second pattern included, The Button Collector's Wrap (pictured above) is a rectangular wrap shows off Thornley's mother of pearl collection. I selected a neutral color palate because a subtle pearly gleam can be easily overshadowed by brighter hues and heavier textures. Besides, there’s something about old pearly buttons that conjures lace, doilies, old hankies, along with granny’s tablecloths. I aspired to capture this feeling while mixing in an ethnic touch. A neutral blend of undyed silks, cottons, and linens banded by black and earthy brown fuses two very different inspirations into one piece--granny gone tribal!

My antique tribal mood is further enhanced by bordering what is a basic rectangular shape with lace edging--one version for the sides and a lusher rendition for the two ends which creates a soft collar when draped about the shoulders and neck. Stitches used throughout feature knit and purl basketweave with seed stitch bands and drop stitch.

You could use another color or many other colors in this wrap, depending on your button collection. If you’ve accumulated an array of ceramic or polymer buttons, a different color scheme may be preferable. Consider Victorian jet buttons glimmering against black and white or specialty buttons shaped like flowers blooming amid garden hues. Or, how about paua shell or abalone buttons agleam on a background of blues and greens? Oh, my imagination is afire. If you are currently buttonless, cast your eye around the shops as you go forth on shopping ambles and see how these tiny little items can peel back a whole new world.

Follow the links after purchase to download this eBook.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Perfect Pair Gotham City Twinset and Astroidea Hat

2 Great Designs for Fall and perfect for laying this Winter. 

Crazy Fall weather requires versatile pieces you can layer with comfort and ease! The sweet Gotham pullover with its matching buttoned shawl has the perfect touch of lace to be paired with the Astroidea slouchy hat.

And I have some some exciting news!  Last weekend I visited Cheryl Schaefer, of the Schaefer Yarn Company, in her upstate New York home and I was able to get my hands on some of her beautiful handpainted, fingering weight ANNE!  Watch for it!


Gotham City Twinset

Sarah Barbour’s short-sleeved pullover is worked from the top down with full-fashioned shaping to show off your curves. The coordinating shawl is worked with short rows to create the gradient, cape-like hem. Worn separately or as a dynamic duo, this twinset travels from work to play with ease.


Through The Loops gives a slouchy hat a special twist with lots of lace.  The six row stitch pattern in a combination of cables and lace ensures that the knitting never gets boring and the patterns come together at the top to create a six pointed star. 

Both patterns are available as instant PDF downloads after purchase, just follow the links.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Knit a Classic: the Anne Ruana

Learn a new skill: modular knitting. 

Like most knitters you probably have 3 or 4 projects going at once.  A mindless knit for watching TV, a portable project like socks for travel and a project that is a little more complex but still not to complicated so you can chat away at your knitting circle.  Than you have your "Classic Project," the one you've been working on and you're not worried about the finish date because the garment is beautiful and timeless.

Schaefer's Anne Ruana is that project!  It took 3 amazing knitwear artists, Esperanza Ducot, Laura Nelkin and Cheryl Schaefer to design this beautiful modular knit jacket and it's knit in one piece in 9 contrasting colorways.  You'll get pleasure knitting & wearing it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ward Off the Chill in the Air with a Cowl

The versatile cowl is a great introduction to Fall! 
Chiagu's Vimioso
Are you feeling a chill in the air already?  Blink your eyes and Autumn will be here.  A cowl is the perfect transition garment, wrap it around your neck once or twice, wear it with short sleeves or long, a light weight sweater or even a simple tee, its just right for this early Fall weather.       

Army of Knitters' Citrine
On the Hudson by Sandra Singh

Fiber Dreams Lost Labyrinth
Visit Cowls, Hats, Gloves & Mittens to see even more Cowl projects.

Sublimity by Sivia Harding
Sieden Prairie by Sandra Singh
Follow the links after purchase to download each as a PDF.