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Happy New Year and an Accounting!

2015 knitting designs

This was clearly a year of pattern designing for me!  25 new designs were released throughout 2015.  Socks, cowls, mitts, shawls, a tea cozy, and a Christmas Stocking for the last year.  There are new designs waiting in the wings, shawls, cowls, hats, scarves, mitts, and maybe some shrugs are in the future here.

I’ve dabbled in cables, lace, textures, embroidery, heels, toes, cast-ons, bind-offs, edgings, and weights.  What should I play with in 2016?  I’m asking my dear readers what patterns they would like to see from me in the coming months.  More lace? More shawls?  More socks?  What shall tickle your fancy for the next year?

Until I hear back from all of you, I’ll just offer a discount code.  Good until January 7, use code “yaybook” for 25% off all patterns on Ravelry!


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Big News

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What did you think I would announce on the blog with that title? Perhaps, my news isn’t that big to some, but it’s HUGE news for me. I’m finishing my first pattern book.

Yes. I have taken the pattern writing very seriously this year, and the result of my hard work is my first pattern book of socks. I hope you’ll take a gander at my work, maybe pre-order an e-book through Ravelry or a print plus e-book through my shop (at a discount of course!), and rejoice with me over the independent publishing journey I am taking.

If you’re looking for kits, we still have most of the months in stock at BlackSheep, so feel free to order your favorite kit and check out all of the photos on Ravelry.


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Shaggy Hat Sneak Peek

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Here is a quick unblocked, unfinished sneak peek of the Shaggy Hat for the Scooby Doo in Tenceltown club.  If you recall, I’m designing patterns for all of the characters from the Scooby Doo cartoon, plus the mystery machine for the Knitting Boutique.

I’m really pleased with how this one looks and the scarf is coming along stunningly as well.  With any luck I’ll finish that one up next week.


A Year of Socks

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So, this is still a knitting blog. It really is. In fact, I even manage to post some knitting once in a while. Like, today. Today I’m posting my photo (though it is a crappy one) of the 12 sock patterns I designed for the BlackSheep Hoppy Feet Sock Club. All 12 socks are now available and you can even order kits (which include an adorable bag) from BlackSheep.

I had so much fun planning and designing for the BlackSheep Hoppy Feet Sock Club. I used different heels, toes, cast-ons, bind-offs, and textures from start to finish. This is a great way to build your skills and explore different socks. Try one or all of them. 🙂


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A bit more

Of that lovely golden shawl.

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It’s coming.

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It’s lovely.

And not for the faint of heart. This one is definitely an intermediate lace knit. Not really suitable for a rank beginner. Though, an advanced beginner could muddle through with a little help. This one is coming in a few weeks.

I just love the silk. Love the silk. Really, really love the silk. It is so soft and scrumptious and it feels so good on. I can’t quite get past how much I love this hand knit. I like all of my designs. I love a few of them. I covet a few of my samples, because I don’t often have the opportunity to keep my work. The pieces are always floating around and being admired by others. If I only had a little more knitting time in my day.


Heather Hat

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Heather Hat (Wholesale)

Need a quick, cute pattern? Something a little slouchy and comfortable? The Heather Hat may just fit the bill. This delightfully easy and fun hat is simple to work. The slight lace pattern lends a bit of flair to an otherwise plain hat. Meant to be an extra slouchy hat, the bouncy merino may need a…

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I loved knitting the Heather Hat.  It is not exactly my usual style of pattern, but it’s good to stretch right?  Who can resist the soft yarn and delightful hand of this hat?  I’m not even a hat person and I think I could wear this.

Yarn: 1 Skein Araucania Huasco Chunky, 127 yards, 100% Extra Fine Merino, #108 Tonals

Needle: US 10 (6.0 mm) & US 11 (6.5mm) ChiaoGoo Circular needles or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 3.4 stitches per inch (spi) and 4 rows per inch (rpi) OR 13.5 stitches & 16 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette on US 10’s (unblocked)
Size: 22 inches around

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the hat as needed. Alter the width as desired.


Introducing the Ilwaco Shawlette

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I had so much fun knitting this delightful little shawl.  It is soft and bouncy and wavy and I just can’t quite tell you how much I love it.  I love it so much, I’m running a KAL for it.  We will be running an in-store KAL at BlackSheep at Orenco on Mondays from 4:30-6:30pm in August and September.  I’m also running a KAL on the Kelli Slack Designs forum.  So, feel free to join in on the fun!

The Ilwaco shawlette is named for the tiny town of Ilwaco in Washington. In that tiny town is a tiny yarn shop. From that tiny yarn shop you can watch the waves dance. The thought of the surf bouncing against the docks and breaking against the shore inspired this little shawlette. As you knit you will see the surf form in the center of the shawl and the waves break in the edge as it beats against the shore. If you love the sea (or in my case the thought of the sea), you might just love this shawl.

Both written and charted directions are included in this pattern. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 Skein Broken Pattern Merino, Yak, Silk Yarn, 400 Yards, 60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Silk, color Summer Night OR Teresa Ruch Laceweight Bamboo, 100% Bamboo, 520 yards

Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm) Signature circulars or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 24 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: 58 inches from tip to tip, 16 inches from neck edge to point (short)

To alter the size: Add or subtract repeats of the chart OR adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the length of the scarf as needed.

Ilwaco Shawlette

Ilwaco Shawlette

The Ilwaco shawlette is named for the tiny town of Ilwaco in Washington. In that tiny town is a tiny yarn shop. From that tiny yarn shop you can watch the waves dance. The thought of the surf bouncing against the docks and breaking against the shore inspired this little shawlette. As you knit…

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Shannon Scarf

Another delightful new pattern for you. This scarf is in the same vein as my Yuh-Chi Scarf. And, as the latest knit-a-long for my Twisted Love Mitts is over, I’m announcing a new KAL for this scarf! Just finish by the 4th of July and post photos to Ravelry in the Knitter Bunny forum thread. And use code “shannonkal” in your Ravelry cart to receive this pattern for 1/2 price through May 15, 2015!

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The Shannon Scarf is named for my yarn dyeing friend who painted the lovely merino, yak, and silk skein I chose for this pattern. The long loop allows you to wear it as a cowl, scarf, or wimple. An edging of seed stitch leads its way into easy stockinette, garter, and simple lace bands. The edging ends with delightful points that frame your face.

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This pattern is meant for adventurous novice knitters to experienced knitters and all those in-between.

Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 Skein Broken Pattern Merino/Yak/Silk, 60% Superwash Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Silk, 400 yards, color Autumn Leaves [or 1 Sock Blank from Briar Rose Fibers, 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 463 yards]

Needle: US 3 (3.0 mm) [US 4 (3.5 mm)] Hiya Hiya Steel Interchangeable needles or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 6 [6] stitches per inch (spi) and 8 [8] rows per inch (rpi) OR 24 stitches & 32 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette (unblocked)
5.7 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 22.8 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette (blocked)

Size: 58 inches around by 8 inches wide (blocked)

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the scarf as needed. Alter the width as desired.


Belle of Baltimore

Today, I share with you my latest shawl. This lovely pattern was commissioned by Chris of Briar Rose Fibers and you may see it in person at Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend and it will be available through Ravelry on Monday.

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Named for the “Notorious Belle of Baltimore,” Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, this shawl is torn between two worlds. It is both delicate and sturdy, beautiful and practical, lacy and cabled, stylish and yet timeless in its appearance.

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This shawl evokes Elizabeth’s delight in the finer things in life. The soft merino wool coupled with “exotic” Estonian patterns and lush colors is worthy of any would be Empress. I like to think that Elizabeth would have also appreciated the weight and warmth of this shawl during cold Baltimore winters.

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This pattern is meant for adventurous novice knitters to experienced knitters and all those in-between. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

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Yarn: 1 Skein Briar Rose Fibers Fourth of July, 100% Merino, 550 yards, MDSW 2015 Colorway [2 Skeins Studio Donegal Soft Donegal, 100% Merino, 414 yards, color Garnet, for the short version]

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Needle: US 8 (5 mm) [US 7 (4.5 mm)] Hiya Hiya Circular needles or needles to obtain gauge

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Gauge: 4 stitches per inch (spi) and 5 rows per inch (rpi) OR 16 stitches & 20 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette (unblocked)

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Size: Short- 32 inches by 16.5 inches wide (unblocked)
Short-44 inches 22 by inches (blocked)
Long- 47 inches by 26 inches (unblocked)
Long- 64 inches by 34 inches (blocked)

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the size of the shawl as needed.

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Leafy Lisa Shawlette

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Today I’m sharing my Leafy Lisa Shawlette with you. 🙂 It is free on Ravelry until 10pm PST on April 4, 2015. This was a quick and fun knit that I worked on while at Yarn Crawl last month. I even finished it while I was sitting at the shop. I had hoped to have this done before the Crawl, but it didn’t quite make it. That’s ok though. It is done now and I am able to share it with you.

This shawlette was the inspiration of our friend Lisa and the request of my shop-owner friend Tina. She really wanted a crescent shaped shawlette with a leaf that was easy to knit and fairly quick. We chose the lovely Misti Alpaca Chunky which washed and blocked into a lightweight, warm, and lovely shawlette.

This shawl is lightly crescent shaped, knit from side to side across the width, increased using knit 1 front and backs, and decreased using knit 2 together. It is easy enough for a beginner and yet offers enough challenge and interest for more advanced knitters.

This pattern is meant for adventurous novice knitters to experienced knitters and all those in-between. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 2 Skeins Misti Alpaca Chunky, 100% Baby Alpaca, 114 yards, Chartreuse (~218 yards total)

Needle: US 10 (6 mm) ChiaoGoo Circular needles or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 3.63 stitches per inch (spi) and 4 rows per inch (rpi) OR 14.5 stitches & 16 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette (unblocked)

Size: 56 inches around by 12 inches wide

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the scarf as needed. Alter the width as desired.

Note: Due to the nature of the leaf pattern, the ends will not match perfectly.