Clairmore Cowlette

So the blog is kind of broken. Again. I keep messing things up. I’m hoping to log a few hours today to get things back the way they should be, but we will see what life thinks of that plan.

In other news I have a brand new pattern release – the Clairmore Cowlette.

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Clairmore is a cowl and a shawlette – it’s a cowlette. It gives you the lovely drape of a small shawlette to protect you from chilly days, with the practicality of a cowl that isn’t going anywhere – no shawl pins needed. Perfect for that luxurious one skein of DK yarn, like the delicious merino/ > cashmere/ nylon blend of Anzula Cricket.

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The Clairmore Cowlette is worked flat at first and then in the round. The instructions are given in written and charted format. The lovely feather & fan variation is easy enough even for a lace beginner. Using only 250 yards of DK yarn, this is a great first step into lace and the world of shawls and cowls, but interesting enough for the advanced knitter as well.

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The back is shorter than the front, but at 9.5″ long it’s still plenty long to cover you neck and keep the chill out. The front measures about 20″ long – nice and generous to tuck into the front of your jacket.

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Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Anzula Cricket, 250 yards to 114 grams, DK weight, 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon

Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette stitch.

Size: 20″ neck circumference, 20″ long in front, 9.5″ long in back after blocking.

Note: Row gauge is more important than stitch gauge on this project – row gauge determines how big around the neck circumference is, so go up in needle size if necessary.

The Clairmore Cowlette is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD

Donny

I’ve been doing this business for awhile. There are many ups and downs to this business. One of the ups is that I have access to a lot of beautiful yarns. I’m established enough that I can request yarn support for my designs, and I don’t really buy yarn. In fact, I’m not sure when I last bought yarn. Too busy, too much work.

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Except for a few weeks back. ContinentalKim picked me up in her brand new Mini and we headed down to Four Purls in Winter Haven, Florida. Ross Farm and Gerschubie Fiber Arts were having a trunk show down there. The shop was amazing and the yarns were just wonderful.

2380293Ross Farms is real working sheep farm up in Pennsylvania that sells natural yarns from only heritage and rare breeds. I brought home some Piccadilly. I absolutely love how they have a picture of the actual sheep on the tags.  It’s going to grow up to be a cowl. Apparently cowls are my new obsession right now.

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Gerschubie Fiber Arts is a hand-dyer out of North Carolina. I totally fell in love with her Largo bulky base in the color Puppy Love. I actually brought home two skeins of it, and I knew it was destined to be a Valentine’s Day Cowl. I actually bought needles and cast-on right in the store.

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And what that yarn became is Donny. It’s a reversible cowl pattern with tons of options. You can use 1 skein of Largo – 100 yards of bulky – and you get a cozy cowl that measures 30″ around by 15″ tall.

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Or you can use two skeins and get a 60″ long reversible scarf.

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The scarf is actually 15″ wide so you can wear it as a stole.

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Or you can do like I did and seam it together for a moebius cowl.

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Which is long enough to wrap double around your neck for the squishiest, warmest cowl you ever did wear. But since it’s worked up in only 200 yards of bulky yarn it only takes a few hours to knit. Knit one for your sweetheart – or for yourself. I knit mine for me! I’ve worn it three times since I finished it – we are having a cold snap here in sunny Florida.

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Donny is available on Ravelry for only $6.00 and it includes all the instructions for all the variations of Donny. Why is it named Donny? For Donny Osmond of course. A yarn named Puppy Love makes you sing the old song…

And they called it puppy love
Oh, I guess they’ll never know
How a young heart really feels
And why I love her so

Needles: Size 13 needles (9.0 mm)

Yarn: Gerschubie Fiber Arts Largo, 100% merino, 100 yards, 1-2 skeins

Gauge: 5.25 stitches and 7 rows = 4 inches in blocked lace pattern

Size: Small Cowl is 15″ high and 30″ around,
Large Version is 60″ long/around and 15″ high/wide after blocking

Donny is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD 

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL!!

Only for the weekend of February 14-15 use the code “love” to get Donny for free! 

Kahel

Anzula For Better or Worsted is the worsted weight yarn of your dreams. First off it’s an MCN blend, which just makes it better right away. And then the twist is just perfection – such a sproingy, lovely yarn. Knitting with it is heavenly.

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Kahel uses two skeins of For Better or Worsted in a rich deep orange shade called Arizona. For this design I really wanted something generous and sumptuous. Something you could really wrap yourself up in. On size 9 needles the For Better or Worsted makes a cozy fabric, and the way the fabric is worked, it has a beautiful wrong-side which makes it reversible.

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Kahel is worked from tip to tip – the increasing and decreasing is all incorporated into the patterning, and the garter lace edging is applied as the knitting is worked. The simple knit/purl pattern with eyelets looks more complicated than it is. For experienced knitters it’s great knit-night knitting – the kind that become intuitive as you go along. And for beginners to charts and lace it’s a great way to hone your chart skills.

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Kahel is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD or as part of the Stitch Sprouts For Better or Worsted Pamphlet for only $18.00.

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Needles: Size 9 needles (5.5 mm)

Yarn: Anzula For Better or Worsted, 80% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon, 200 yards to 115g, 1 skein

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

Size: 64″ wide and 24″ tall after blocking

Kahel is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD

Dalawa

Anzula is one of my desert island yarns. Although I’m not sure I could pick just one base. So many delicious bases. And then of course the people. The Anzula people are some of my most favorite industry people. Even when they show up at TNNA with new people, the new people are just as awesome! I do not know how they do this.

So when Stitch Sprouts decided to do collections for three of the Anzula bases I wanted a design in ALL of them. Sadly, I was also working on a million other things so I only ended up with designs in two. So sad. The Squishy Collection features five designs from super cool Stitch Sprouts designers including this one of mine… Dalawa.

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Dalawa is a cowl with cable lace patterning, working in the round with deep ribbing. Around the top of the cowl there is an i-cord drawstring for two, count ‘em two reasons. Reason the first is to really cinch up the cowl on a very blustery day. Because sometimes you need some extra chill insurance.

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And the second reason is to turn Dalawa into a sweet little slouchy hat. Just pull the drawstring in all the way, tie a little bow and bam! You’re rocking a hat! The Squishy base is a fingering weight merino/cashmere/nylon yarn that is ridiculously soft for next to the skin wear. And the nice twist on the yarn means that cables and lace pop with the perfect stitch definition.

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Dalawa is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD or as part of the Stitch Sprouts Squishy Pamphlet for only $18.00. And check back tomorrow when I blog about Kahel – which is my design in the For Better Or Worsted Collection.

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Needles: Size 4 needles (3.5 mm)

Yarn: Anzula Squishy, 80% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon, 375 yards to 115g, 1 skein

Gauge: 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in blocked lace cable pattern

Size: 21-3/4″ in circumference and 11″ tall after blocking

Dalawa is available on Ravelry individually for $6.00 USD

Lareina

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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

Miasuli

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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.

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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.

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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

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!

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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.

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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

Maribelle

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Maragon

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.

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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.

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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.

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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