Monthly Sale: Cloisters Wrap

Hey everyone! I’m trying to do more promotion of my back catalog patterns. You’ll see some oldies but goodies pop up in the blog, and every month an older pattern will be on sale. If you’d like to be notified of the sale every month you can sign up for the Knitter’s Newsletter.


For the month of August, the sale pattern is the Cloisters Wrap. To get the pattern at 15% off, just purchase it before the end of the month! The discount will be taken off during checkout.

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Cloisters recalls the architecture of the buildings that housed monastic communities of women. Delicate traceries of lace recall the ornate grills that separated the cloister from the public in visiting parlours, while peaked arches mimic graceful spires and alcoves.

Check out the great finished version on Ravelry! And check out EraLunaris’ scarf version!

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Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows per 4 inch (10 cm) square in Chart 2 pattern after blocking.
Finished Measurements: 24 inches (61 cm) wide, 80 inches (203 cm) long.
Yarn Requirements: 1100 yards (3.3 ounces) laceweight yarn. Sample shown in Shivaya Naturals Merino Lace in ‘Sunset’
Needle Size: 3.25mm (US 3) straight or circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, yo, k2tog, p2tog, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, Centered Double Decrease.
Other Details: This wrap is worked from one short edge to the other with no grafting and joining in the middle. The border patterns are designed to be similar enough to match, but not exactly the same.

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Monthly Sale: Tart Lime Socks

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For the month of July, the sale pattern is the Tart Lime Socks. To get the pattern at 15% off, just purchase it before the end of the month! The discount will be taken off during checkout.

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Ribbing flows smoothly into twisted stitch cables, for a subtley shifting texture that creates a squishy and comfortable sock. The stitch motif eases out of the ribbing at the cuff and decreases back into the ribbing on the top of the foot, mimicking the peaks and valleys of the stitch pattern.

Check out the great finished versions on Ravelry!

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Gauge: 16 sts and 25 rounds per 2 inches (5 cm) square in Chart 2 motif
Finished Measurements: To fit 7-9(9-11) inch (18-23(23-28) cm) foot circumference(see notes). 7.75 inches (19.75 cm) from cuff edge to top of heel flap
Yarn Requirements: 360 (450)yds of fingering weight yarn. Shown in Chameleon Colorworks Twinkle Toes in ‘Walk the Lime’
Needle Size: Set of 5 double points in 2.50 mm (US 1.5) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, Left Twist, Right Twist, slip with yarn in front and with yarn in back.
Other Details: These socks are worked from the cuff down with ribbing at the top to keep them up. The pattern changes subtly as the cuff progresses, and reverses the order of stitch motifs down the instep. The pattern includes a heel-stitch flap heel, and a wedge toe.

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On my love affair with Granny Squares

GrannyHex+KittyI learned to crochet when I was 8. But my love of Granny Squares came a bit later. An 8-year-old doesn’t have a lot of free cash to buy bunches of different colored yarns, and I would save my allowance or raid my mom’s craft room stash to make doll blankets, and covers for tables, but I didn’t start to feel the granny love until my first year of college when we moved to a different house and I truly realized how large my scrap stash had grown. I had tons of colors, but not enough of any one to really do a whole project. I was knitting by this time, and I had started working with more natural fibers. Most of my scrap stash was acrylic or acrylic wool blends, and I figured I should either use them or get rid of them. :)

About this same time, my long-abiding love of hexagons had begun, and when I saw a granny hexagon pattern I went to town.

Tilted GrannyI ended up making 2 granny hex afghans (one for me, one for my then-boyfriend, now husband), and made a woobie (our term for a special blanket) for my youngest brother.

As with most of my crafty pursuits I was trying to come up with a way to change it up from a standard granny square, so I made up this tilted granny block. You work the first two rows like a normal granny square, then rotate it on the diagonal and work a corner in each flat side and anchor it on the corner of the previous row with a slip stitch. Then the square is reacquired and you keep going.

Granny squares are so much fun! If you’d like to get hooked on granny squares yourself, check out mine and Amy O’Neill Houck’s knitty article complete with step by step instructions on granny squares.

And as an actual-granny tie-in, check out the granny square afghan complete with corner tassles that my Great Grandma Rose (click the link for her picture) made for her son! It now belongs to me and I treasure it :)

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Monthly Sale: Desdemona Shawl

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For the month of June, the sale pattern is the Desdemona Shawl. To get the pattern at 15% off, just purchase it before the end of the month! The discount will be taken off during checkout.

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This traditional square shawl is inspired by the character of Desdemona from William Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello. Desdemona’s handkerchief, which was given to her by Othello upon the occasion of their marriage, bordered in strawberries, becomes a pivotal object in the intrigue, betrayal, and ultimate death of both Desdemona and her beloved Othello.

Check out the great finished versions on Ravelry! I especially love MaryCatharine’s beaded silk version. Stunning!

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Gauge: 18 sts and 30 rows per 4 inch (10 cm) square in body pattern after blocking
Finished Measurements: 37 inches (94 cm) square.
Yarn Requirements: 950-1000 yards (about 4.5-5 ounces) of laceweight yarn. Sample shown in Wooly Wonka Merino Tencel Laceweight in ‘Crushed Strawberries’.
Needle Size: 3.25mm (US 3) 32 inch (81 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, k3tog, sl1 k2tog psso, ssk, yo
Other Details: The body of this shawl is worked as a flat square, then stitches picked up all around and a border worked outward in the round. On every odd numbered border round, yarn overs on either side of the corner stitches shape the border.

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Nesoi Tee

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This tee is knit from the bottom up in two ribbed sections (front and back), then joined into the round and worked with waist shaping to the underarms. It is then split into front and back again to the shoulders, where it is joined with a 3-needle bind off on each shoulder.

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Yarn: 660[775, 910, 1060, 1220, 1400] yards of light fingering/heavy laceweight yarn. Shown in Anzula Breeze (65% Silk/35% Linen +/- 750 yd/685 m) in `Lenore’

Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) 32-inch (81 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 2 stitch markers, waste yarn or spare needle to hold stitches. Tapestry needle to sew seams and weave in ends.

Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X], with bust sizes of 30[34, 38, 42, 46, 50] inches (76[86, 97, 107, 117, 127] cm). See schematic for further dimensions

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Techniques Used: knit, purl, ssk, k2tog, placement and slipping of markers, make 1 left and right (with instructions included).

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Shows Of Hands

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My Left Hand

So I’m working on a class curriculum, but I need some more data than I can gather from the people immediately surrounding me.

What I need is pictures of a wide variety of hands. Right or left doesn’t matter. I need to see the top of your wrist, all your fingers, with the fingers mildly spread. Preferrably as upright as possible.

If you post them on Twitter or Instagram, please tag them with #ShowOfHands for me so I can find them. If you are a private account on IG, you can send it to me as a direct message.

Help a knitter out?

Thank you!
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Monthly Sale: Persephone Scarf

Hey everyone! I’m trying to do more promotion of my back catalog patterns. You’ll see some oldies but goodies pop up in the blog, and every month an older pattern will be on sale. If you’d like to be notified of the sale every month you can sign up for the Knitter’s Newsletter.


For the month of May, the sale pattern is the Persephone Scarf. To get the pattern at 15% off, just purchase it before the end of the month! The discount will be taken off during checkout.

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A perfect scarf for spring and summer. Light and airy, but just warm enough for those breezy spring and summer nights. Works up quickly in a heavy fingering weight yarn. This pattern could easily be worked in a heavier yarn to make a cozier scarf.

Check out the great versions on Ravelry! I especially love ballandskein’s version in handspun!

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Gauge: 47 sts (one chart wide) = 8 inches (20 cm) after blocking
Finished Measurements: 8 inches (20 cm) wide and 50 inches (127 cm) long
Yarn Requirements: 350 yards of fingering weight yarn. Shown in Ball and Skein Arbori in ‘Purple Haze’
Needle Size: 3.5mm (US 4) straight or circular needles for flat knitting.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, yo, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, Centered Double Decrease.
Other Details: This scarf is worked in a single rectangle from one end to the other with a seed stitch border.

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Cowls for Days!

I am a cowl lover. Keeping my neck warm is of primary concern. I wear them out, I wear them under a coat, I wear them around my house and keep the heating bill down. I have lightweight cowls that I wear on cool high-desert summer evenings, I have big thick wooly cowls I wear in the dead of winter. I basically just love cowls all the time.

When I don’t know what to knit, I generally knit a cowl. The round and round and round is a good process for my hands to keep busy with while my brain thinks of other things. And a cowl is a great way to play with a stitch pattern that I want to contemplate. It’s like knitting meditation.

Design Your Own Cowl | Craftsy

That’s why I’m so excited about Laura Nelkin’s new Craftsy class, Design Your Own Cowl. She gives you 12 design options, walks you through the steps, and pays special attention to edgings, and stretchy cast-ons and bind-offs essential for a good cowl. Flat cowls, round cowls, mobius cowls…. they’re all covered in Design Your Own Cowl. Click the link to see the preview video!

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p.s. Cowls make great road trip knitting!

Knitting Trends | Brioche

If you’re active with other knitters on Instagram, Twitter, etc… you may have noticed that Brioche has been making an appearance more frequently.

Brioche Knitting Made Easy | Craftsy

The lovely Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark has just released a new Craftsy class called Brioche Knitting Made Easy. Brioche presses so many of my happy buttons. Texture: Check! Dynamic Fabric: Check! Colorplay: Check! The last few months every new project has been at risk of becoming a Brioche project. It’s just so pleasantly interesting! The yo, slip repeat is so rhythmic that I just fall effortlessly into it, but watching the fabric appear beneath my needles seems magical. I also love that when doing two-color brioche rib you get a color-faced fabric. It just makes me so endlessly happy!

Brioche Vine Cowl

Do you remember that two-color Brioche Cowl I made a while back? That pattern is the one from Mercedes’ class. While she was developing the class I saw her knitting it during one of our weekly chats and I fell in love with it! In the class Mercedes walks you through the how-tos, tips, and a bunch of great patterns. Learn the basics with a simple hat, start moving your Brioche stitches with some single color fingerless gloves, and then play with colors on the two-color cowl!

If you want to fall in love with Brioche too, or knit your own Brioche Vine Cowl, check out the class! As with all Craftsy classes, you get to keep it forever, watch at your own pace, and interact with the instructor and your fellow students. The platform lets you take video notes of things you think are important, as well as asking the instructor questions that are time stamped so the instructor knows exactly what you’re asking about!

Enjoy!

Footie Socks

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10 spi Footie Socks

Footie Socks, 10 spi, in Anzula Cloud


The only formula you will ever need to make footie socks for the entire family. Great with clogs, chucks, or for sitting around the house.

Footie Socks, 7, 9, & 6 spi

Footie Socks at 7, 9, and 6 spi in Quince & Co. Tern, Malabrigo Sock, and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport respectively.

Yarn: Yarns ranging from fine fingering/heavy lace to DK may be used. You should swatch to obtain one of the specified gauges (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 stitches per inch). The pattern assumes that your yarn has some bounce and memory, so wool and wool blends are appropriate. If you want to use a different fiber, the pattern may require some trial and error. Samples are shown in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in Farwell, Quince & Co Tern in Kelp, Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering in Silver Lining, Malabrigo Sock in Alcaucil, and Anzula Cloud in Mariana. Please see note for yardage info.

Needles: Any needle size to give you one of the specified gauges (see note).

Notions: 1 split ring stitch marker to mark BOR, 2 regular stitch markers, tapestry needle to weave in ends, crochet hook & waste yarn for provisional cast on.

Sizes: This pattern/formula covers foot circumferences from 6 – 11” (15.25 – 28 cm). You will need to know the wearer’s foot circumference and foot length. A table of foot length for shoe sizes can be found here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_size)

Footie Socks, 8 spi

Footie Socks at 8 spi in Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering.

Preparation: Swatch to get one of the recommended gauges. Select your foot circumference & your preference for 5% or 10% negative ease. If you are in between sizes you can knit the larger size with 10% negative ease to get a not-too-snug sock. If you want a snugger sock, knit the smaller size with 5% negative ease. Use the Footie Sock Reference Sheet to keep all your important info & measurements for each pair in one place. Download the file here (link opens a .pdf)

Chart 1 is your Target stitch count. Chart 2 is your Cast On Number and will be used when you’re working the heel to make the heel apex. Chart 3 will be used when you have finished the round part of the foot and are ready to start the flat portion as well as the short row rise at the back of the heel.

Yardage Requirements: Yardage will vary depending on yarn many factors, for my 10% negative ease 8” circ and a target length of 9.75” I used 110 yds (6 spi), 165 yds (7 spi), 198 yds (8 spi), 170 yds (9 spi), , 178 yds (10 spi). Your circumference and length measurements as well as your negative ease choice will change your yardage requirements. If you are concerned that you don’t have enough yardage, you can do alternate colored toes and/or heels, or go for a classic look and use a different color of yarn for the ribbing. 35-50 grams of yarn should cover a pair pretty well.

Foot Measurements & Target Foot Length: Foot circumference should be measured around the foot, just below the ball. To get your target foot length and enough negative ease to hold the sock on you need to take your Actual foot length and subtract 1-1.5” (2.5-3.75cm). If you like a very snug footie sock, subtract 1.5” instead of 1”.

Needle Choices: The pattern is written with the stitches divided into two sections: First Half & Second Half. If you are using two circular needles or magic loop, the pattern will not require any interpretation. If you are using 5 dpns, then Needles 1 & 2 = First Half, Needles 3 & 4 = Second Half.

Short Rows: You can use any Short Row Method you want so I have abbreviated WSR for Work Short Row. For instance, if you are using the Wrap & Turn method, WSR is the stitch you would wrap. If you are using the Shadow Wrap method, WSR would be your doubled stitch. Just remember that on following rows you will need to treat your SRS (Short Row Stitch) according to your chosen short row method. For instance, with wrap & turn you would knit your wrap and your wrapped stitch together. For a full discussion on Short Row methods, please visit techknitting or Socktopus.co.uk for Shadow Wraps.

Techniques Used: knit, purl, m1L, m1R, short rows, Stockinette flat & stockinette in the round, ribbing, markers, picking up and knitting stitches from a selvage edge.

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