Saturday, March 9, 2013

Free Patterns and some other knitting...

I promised you a lot of knitting on my next blog post, so here we go...
My Adirondack pattern has been very popular on Ravelry, however knitters are never satisfied and I got several requests to adapt the pattern to sock weight yarn.  I rose to the challenge and added some rows to the original pattern so you can now make the Adirondack out of sock weight yarn.  An update was sent to everyone who purchased the pattern on Ravelry.   
Adirondack out of Mary Gavan Yarns Plateau, sock weight yarn.
Original Adirondack out of Madelinetosh Vintage, worsted weight yarn.

This time, I was not satisfied.  I wanted to make a vest for the winter so I decided to adapt my tennis vest pattern to a wool vest.  The instructions are the same, only the yarn is different and of course added photos.  So now the pattern shows both versions.  Again, anyone who purchased the pattern got the updated version.

Original cotton blend version.

The new and improved version.


I have joined forces with The Yarn Company in NYC and designed an exclusive pattern for them.  Lorna's Laces has dyed some yarn exclusively for the shop and one of the colorways is Toxic Waste.  This cowl pattern is available as a kit at The Yarn Company.  Usually I don't like pooling, but I think it really works in this cowl.  
Toxic Waste Cowl

I finally finished the hat pattern I have been promising and it is free on Ravelry and Craftsy. I love the colors of this yarn, Gina by Plymouth Yarn, and the long color repeats, but it is a challenge to use successfully. I think the use of purl stitches and the vertical knit stitch rib help to break up the color a little bit and keep it from being just another striped hat. If you prefer, you can wear it inside out, with more knit stitches showing. This hat makes me happy.
Reversible Rib, Reversible Hat
Before Christmas I designed this simple Bulky Small Shawl as a quick project great for gifts. In a effort to clean up my desk I came across my notes and wrote up the pattern. 
Bulky Small Shawl
With 4 or 5 strands of novelty yarn and US size 50 needles:
Make a slip knot and knit in front and back (Kfb) of the slip knot.
Pattern row: CO 3sts, knit to end of row.  Repeat this row until you have 35sts.
Last row: CO 3sts, bind off very loosely. 
Make tassels: cut 18, 10in lengths of one of the yarns and make tassels with 6 strands in each of the 3 corners.
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