Lareina is finally live! I swear life has been conspiring against me – but I am getting things back under control. Lareina is the 2nd of the Perfectly Placed shawls – Loradee was the first. Perfectly Placed is a collection of striped shawls in Yellowstone – an 80/20 wool/silk by Stitch Sprouts. Yellowstone is a sport-weight yarn with a generous 285 yards per skein. And it’s buttery soft!


Lareina begins with a lovely lace border – and then you pick up stitches to work the Latvian braid. Once you work the braid and the body set-up the body is a simple 6 row repeat. And it goes fast, because your rows get shorter and shorter. I love that kind of fast!


The wool/silk blend makes for a really sumptuous next to the skin soft wrap that works in any season. The slip stitch patterning mimics a lovely plaid and the creamsicle colors make this a dreamy project. What colors of Yellowstone would you work this shawl up in?


Lareina is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD or as part of the Perfectly Placed collection for only $11.95. Two more Perfectly Placed shawls are coming soon to use up all the Yellowstone colors!


Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone in Natural and Forest Fire – 285 yards to 100g

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked slip stitch pattern

Size: 50″ wide and 24″ deep after blocking

Lareina is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD
or as part of the Perfectly Placed e-book for $11.95 USD



Sometimes you need a little something. Not too simple, not too hard. Miasuli fits the bill. It’s perfect for last minute Christmas knitting, or just as a break from the crazy holiday runaround. The lace is unusual and fun to knit, and the garter short row  sections go crazy fast.


The yarn is the sumptuous Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky, and it’s a dream to work with. Silky and soft, with amazing stitch definition. Worked on big needles it makes a cozy but not too dense fabric with an open geometric lace pattern.



Needles: Size 10.5 needles (6.5 mm)

Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky, 121 yards to 100g, 2 skeins – sample in color #10 – Teal Green

Gauge: 12stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in blocked garter pattern

Size: 64″ wide and 12″ deep after blocking

Miasuli is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD



Loradee has been a long time coming. I feel like I say that all the time now. This design actually premiered at the TNNA fashion show in Indianapolis this past spring. But then I brought it home, ripped it out completely and reworked it because I decided the short-rows were not quite right. But now, now they are just perfect I think! IMG_6658 Loradee is worked up in three different colors of Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone, an absolutely sumptuous blend of silk & wool in lovely muted colors. This is not my first design using Yellowstone, and it certainly won’t be my last. There is also a gorgeous sweater in my upcoming book – I am kind of in love with this yarn. And Loradee is the first of a series of four striped shawls in the Yellowstone base. One design from the Perfectly Placed collection will be released each month until the end of the year. Loradee is striped and short-rowed shawl worked on the bias. It’s asymmetrical shape makes the stripes and multi-colored wedges sing. It’s worked from tip to long edge, but because of the short-row shaping there are very few rows where you have to work full length rows – even when it is at it’s longest point. IMG_6644The top edging is a beautiful braid of all three colors and the bottom edging is a simple scalloped repeat in the silver grey. IMG_6656 Loradee is provided with written instructions only. The scalloped edging is too simple for a chart really, and once you get the hang of the short-row sections they are easy breezy. So pick your own 3 favorite colors of Yellowstone and get to knitting! IMG_6648 Needles: Size 8 needles (5.0 mm) Yarn: Yellowstone by Stitch Sprouts, 285 to 100g, 3 skeins – 1 each of Caldera, Old Faithful, and Ulysses. Gauge: 16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in blocked garter pattern Size: 54″ wide and 27″ deep after blocking Loradee is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD and for $11.95 USD as part of the Perfectly Placed shawl collection  perfectly

Sarasota Shrug

This isn’t what you were expecting, were you? I’ve shown you sneak peeks of other designs (which I promise are coming) but this one kind of snuck out of nowhere. The Sarasota Shrug has a long and storied history, but suffice to say it is now available to you!


This is a counterpane shrug, which means the back is worked in the round as a giant lace piece and then you attach sleeves and ribbing. If you are familiar with working shawls or lace in the round this will be a piece of cake. And because you know me and my love of shawls this felt comfortable and easy to me as well.


This is worked up in a Yak/Bamboo blend from Bijou Basin – their Bijou Spun. The fibers combine for a soft and luxurious fabric, but it does have unusual drape, so blocking a swatch is your friend and a real necessity in this case. Heather over at Stitch Sprouts did an awesome blog post about swatching and how to make sure your swatches aren’t dirty rotten liars!

The Sarasota Shrug is worked completely in the round so you will need appropriate circulars and/or dpns. I’m a magic loop girl myself so I used 40″ circulars for the sleeves and worked them that way!

Needles: Size 5 needles (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Lhasa Wilderness, 75% Yak, 25% Bamboo, 180 yards to 56g, Teal, 2 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5) skeins.

Gauge: 16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in blocked counterpane lace pattern

To Fit Bust: 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54)”/81.5-86.5 (91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 112-117, 122-127, 132-162.5) cm

The Sarasota Shrug is available on Ravelry for $6.00 USD



When it comes to ombre yarns like Twisted Fiber Arts, asymmetrical is the way to go, and the pretty Maribelle is done just that way! This shape makes the most of the beautiful color shifts without looking like giant stripes. The cables and eyelet lace pattern in this shawl give the wearer the best of both worlds – cozy and airy at the same time. The gorgeous colors in the Twisted Fiber Arts yarn deserve to be put on display, and this lovely wrap is a showpiece.


Maribelle is worked asymmetrically from tip to side with the bottom edging knit simultaneously. The final edging is applied to bind-off the live stitches. This shawl can be made larger by working more repeats of the body section. Just make sure to start the applied edging on the appropriate row.


I know it’s been too few and far between around here. The book work has has me hopping! I’m so excited about my first book, but it’s odd to be so far removed from self-publishing my patterns like I’m so used to!


Needles: Size 8 needles (5.0 mm)

Yarn: Twisted Fiber Arts Tasty Evolutions (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 530 yd [485 m]/4.9 ounces [140g]): haunting, 1 skein

Gauge: 16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in blocked cable lace pattern

Size: Approximately 56″ wide and 24″ deep after blocking

Maribelle is available on Ravelry for $6.00 USD


I know, I know, it’s been awhile. Writing a book is very time consuming. Writing a book, managing two teenage boys in two different schools with all the activities, and navigating the holidays is nearly impossible! But I’m doing it! This morning I’m sitting here for an oil change and realizing that I’ve driven over 5000 miles in the last couple of months. Yeah. Driving time is not knitting time. Nor is it blogging time. But sitting in the dealership waiting for my oil change is decent blogging time. Because my wrists need a break from knitting. And so finally, I am blogging about my newest design Maragon.


Maragon was featured at Sample It at the winter TNNA in San Diego. Sample It is the crazy madhouse where all the yarnstore owners come in and have a chance to purchase samples of all sorts of knitting and stitching things. It is packed with people and all the vendors bring all sorts of amazing thing. I was super honored that Anzula trusted me to come with something pretty in their new winter colors.


Maragon is a top-down heart-shaped shawl worked in two new delicious colors of Anzula Cloud, Prudence and Temperance. With simple increases and slip stitch patterning it makes the most of the two skeins working up into a generous shawl. The color work is worked one color at a time but delivers a lovely punch.


The sample as worked is 72” wide and 18” deep. Additional stripes of the color work can be done to use up all of the yarn and make a more generous shawl.

Needles: Size 5 needles (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Anzula Cloud – 1 skein each of Prudence and Temperance

Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: Approximately 72″ wide and 18″ deep after blocking

Maragon is available on Ravelry for $6.00



Debouillet is finally available for individual purchase! It’s the last of the Seven Sheep, and I think one of the prettiest. I adore the way the lattice body forms such sweeping lines on the crescent shaped construction. And as usual I made sure to make sure the lattice flowed perfectly into the garland like lace edging.


Debouillet is worked from the top down with my favorite pretty cast-on. The lattice body pattern lends itself perfectly to short-row shaping, which was a very pleasant surprise! it makes me so happy when an idea in my hands translates so nicely to knitted fabric.


Despite it’s very fancy appearance, it turns out to be easier than it looks. The short-row patterning is so simple that it doesn’t even require charts. And once you fully transition into the lace every WS row is an easy purl back row. The lace edging is given in charted and written instructions.


Debouillet is worked up in one skein of Baah! La Jolla in London Blue. I finished this shawl in the week leading up to the 50th Doctor Who anniversary special – and I kept thinking it was the perfect TARDIS blue.


Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in London Blue

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: Approximately 64″ wide and 20″ deep after blocking

Debouillet is available on Ravelry for $6.00

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95

And for just today and tomorrow (November 25th and 26th) you can use the code “winterblues” to get 25% off the purchase of Debouillet!


The sixth of the Seven Sheep is a bit behind schedule, but I think it was worth the wait. I am quite obsessed with two-color shawls lately. I want everything to be two-color. Or more colors! And I’m really loving the bigger shawls and the increased options I get with 800 yards of yarn.


Apennine is constructed asymmetrically. You cast-on only 2 stitches and increase on just one edge. When all is said and done you bind off the shawl with an applied edging, so there is no miserably long bind-off row. Just like I want everything to be two-color, I also want everything to be asymmetrical. Of course I have a sort of knit design disorder where I am convinced that whatever I am working on right now is the best thing ever! Luckily for you I also have a short attention span, so you don’t have to knit the same thing over and over again. You’re welcome.


Pre-blocking this baby was only about 36″ wide along the top edge. Which totally freaked me out. But the magic of blocking is magical and tried and true. And when it was finished it blocked out to well over 60″ wide and 27″ deep. It’s a nice big shawl to wrap yourself up, and the two different ends adds a bit of interest and flair.


Apennine uses two colors of Baah! La Jolla – Lavender and Grey Onyx. I seriously considered using a bright tardis blue instead of the lavender. I actually can’t wait to see what other color combinations folks decide to try! So pick your two favorite colors and work up your own Apennine.


Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in Lavender and Grey Onyx

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: Approximately 60″ wide and 27″ deep after blocking

Apennine is available on Ravelry for $6.00

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95


What do you do with rich, deep, dark colors? Heather says you do something open and lacy. Heather is right!


Lacaune is the 5th of the Seven Sheep, worked up in one skein of Baah! La Jolla in Winter Purple, one of the most intense rich, royal purples I’ve ever knit with! It’s worked sideways – from tip to tip – with the pointed picot border on the top and the grand eyelet border on the bottom worked as you go along! The longest row in this beauty is less than 100 stitches which makes it a crazy fast knit.


With less than 100 stitches at its deepest point, you’d think this would be tiny wispy little thing. You would be wrong. It blocked out to only 22″ deep, but it’s 76″ wide!!! That’s plenty length for even a big girl like me to wrap up in. And because it’s completely reversible you can wrap or fold it over any way you like.


Lacaune is offered in a 5-page PDF format with written and charted instructions available. I hate the writtens, but I know some of you love and cherish them, so here they are!


Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in Winter Purple

Gauge: 16 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in blocked body pattern

Size: Approximately 76″ wide and 22″ deep after blocking

Lacaune is available on Ravelry for $6.00

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95 



Everytime I work with a new color of Baah! yarn I decide that color is my favorite. Of course my two favorite colors are turquoise and red, so I was done for with this one.


Maldives is a perfect icy turquoise. Just lovely and full of depth. It really shows the lace patterning and little cables in Montadale to their best effect.


Montadale is worked from the top down with one skein of La Jolla on size 6 needles. Increases are worked on both ends and in pattern in the center to make a shallow crescent shaped shawl – 16″ deep and 60″ wide. But it’s super simple to make Montadale bigger if you like. I’ll be doing a blog entry on how to do just that early next week!


Stitch markers help with this one – if only just to offset the center section. And if you need a cable needle grab one, although the small, frequent cables in this design are a perfect opportunity to learn to cable without a cable needle. Look for that lesson on the next Tutorial Tuesday!


Montadale is available today only for 25% off as an introductory price. Although the best bang for you buck is to buy the Seven Sheep – 7 patterns for only $21.95. If you love Baah! as much as I do, they are must knits. Of course if you don’t love Baah!, you probably haven’t knit with it yet!


Needles: Size 6 needles (4.0 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in Maldives

Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in blocked body pattern

Size: Approximately 60″ wide and 20″ deep after blocking

Montadale is available on Ravelry for $4.50 (today only!)

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95