A quick post with a couple of updates. First, when I released the Winding Stream Socks pattern, I decided to test out a new purchase option using Payhip. I’m happy to report that I am now slowly adding my other downloadable patterns to my Payhip site. This offers another option for purchasing my patterns off Ravelry, in addition to Etsy and LoveCrafts. I’m also hoping this will offer a way to easily purchase patterns through my website – it won’t be a full web shop, but you’ll be able to click through from the website straight to the pattern you want to purchase.
Second, the first ever Fasten Off YAL kicked off on Wednesday, and runs through December 5th. I am participating along with 90+ other knit and crochet designers. The Fasten Off YAL is taking place entirely off Ravelry, with community discussion being hosted on Discord. Click the button below to get all the details and join the fun. There will of course be prizes, and they’ve also created a special playlist on Spotify and there is even a bingo card. Through December 5th most of my participating patterns are 25% off with the code FO2020 on Etsy, Payhip, and Ravelry. Most of my patterns available as individual patterns are included, and you can see the full bundle in my Etsy shop.
Introducing the Beach Pebbles Hat and Cowl. This set, like the Backshore Pullover, was inspired by my family’s trip two summers ago to the Great Lakes, where I grew up. On the trip I became fascinated with the Petoskey stones that can be found along Lake Michigan, and even found a couple. According to Wikipedia, Petoskey stones are a form of fossilized rugosa coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. The hexagon shapes of the knits and purls resemble the shapes of these fossils.
This also gave me a perfect opportunity to use natural undyed wool for the design. Knit Picks Simply Wool Bulky comes in a range of natural grays and browns, and perfect for making a textural fabric. As much as I love yarns from my local farms, it’s nice to see an affordable eco-friendly undyed wool on the market.
The Beach Pebbles pattern is available now in my Ravelry store, on LoveCrafts, and on Patternvine. The hat is written in two adult sizes, the cowl in one size, and is a quick knit suitable for an advanced beginner knitting, with both charted and written instructions.
I‘m offering this pattern for a one-time introductory price of $2.50 until February 2nd, 2020.
My newest pattern is now available on Ravelry. It was inspired by a technique for knitting a heel-less sock that first appeared in the 1938 edition of Mary Thomas’ Knitting Book. It involves knitting a staggered 3×3 rib, such that the fabric biases to form a helical structure. While knitting up my new socks it occurred to me that this would also be a great technique for a cowl – it would stretch to fit over the head but then twist up for a cozy close fit around the neck. And so the Helical Cowl was born. Unstretched, the cowl measures about 17″, but it stretches to around 28″, so one size can really fit nearly anybody! Being a ribbed structure, the cowl is also completely reversible, and is perfect for tucking in your bag or pocket for those chilly spring or fall mornings!
Introducing the Rionnag Cowl, a lightweight, yet warm cowl that’s perfect for those cooler spring days.
This cowl design started with the colors of the wool, specifically a natural gray, a heathered blue, and an orange. I was digging through the new basket of Tukuwool Fingering at my local yarn shop – they had recently started carrying this yarn and I wanted to check it out. The first thing that caught my eye was these gorgeous heathery colors, both the natural undyed grays and the dyed colors, and I just thought these three colors played nicely together.
Meanwhile, I have lately been collecting books on fair isle, both vintage and new. A motif in A Shetlander’s Fair Isle Graph Book had caught my eye. I saw the combination of stitches and immediately thought ‘cowl’, so I drew it out, bought a fourth color of the Tukuwool, a beautiful dark brown, and began swatching.
The image I had in my head was a gray cowl, that is, I wanted the background to be this lovely natural light gray shade. But when I swatched the motifs using that as the background, they just didn’t pop. And so I selected a few smaller motifs and tried again, swatching with both dark and light backgrounds, but I just couldn’t get the proportions of the colors right. However, I was really intrigued by the small Norweigan star motif with the darker background – only I still wanted a light gray cowl! So I swatched again and settled on a gradation from light background to the motif in the center with the darker background, back to the light background. And so Rionnag was born (Rionnag means ‘star’ in Gaelic).
The Tukuwool Fingering is a beautiful wool for colorwork. Though it is woolen-spun, it has just a tiny bit of a sheen to it that really highlights the depth of those heathered colors. It’s well worth searching out for this cowl.
Rionnag is available here. From now until March 15th, 2018, any two cowls in my shop are 25% off, no code needed.