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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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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.


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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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.


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Another One For the Future

This is almost done. It’s drying right now and then I need to do some pattern finishing. Plus there are photos to be taken. I’m pleased with the overall result though.

This small shawl was a request from Tina at BlackSheep. She wanted a pattern out of the Misti Alpaca Chunky and it needed to be a shawlette, preferably crescent shaped, and with a leaf border. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with this easy shawl. It uses knit 1 front and back increases and k2tog decreases to achieve the shape. I like the way it drapes around your shoulders for easy wearing.

So, keep your eyes peeled for this shawl making it’s official debut later this month.

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Another Meryl, This One is Green!

Whew! I was so glad when this knit finally came off the needles. I love the effect of lace, but sometimes I get so tired of knitting it. I might have finished several socks and mitts while this was on the needles. It’s good to have multiple projects, right? So you can switch back and forth between them and “rest” your hands. Ok. Maybe I just like to have 2 or 3 projects on the go so that when I am tired of knitting one I can switch to another.

In any case, I love the way this shawl has blocked out. I also really liked the effect of the Cascade Alpaca Lace Hanpaints. I used less yarn than called for in the original shawl, however, this one is still huge. I mean, I can wrap this thing around me several times and still have flow.

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I’m excited to have a version of this available for the yarn crawl. Hopefully someone else will think it’s beautiful and buy a copy of the pattern.

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace Paints, River Moss
Needle: US 3 Hiya Hiya Steel Interchangeables
Pattern: Meryl Shawl by Me!
Modifications: Shorter than the original, but that was it.