Greetings friends, from insanely sunny and temperate NC! It’s been a while, and I’m thrilled to have a few new designs to share with you.
A while back, I submitted a design proposal to Jody at knotions magazine. If you don’t recall the name – this is an online only knitting magazine that offers a wide range of free patterns, similar to Knitty.
She discontinued the magazine in 2009, and just recently decided to bring it back. I was thrilled to get a chance to be a part of the new launch, and when she wanted to include my Sidhe sweater, I got busy finding the ‘right’ yarn.
I ended up going with Quince and Co.’s ‘Lark’. I had some in stash, and loved the way it showcased stitches, while also being extremely lightweight and lofty. I thought it would be perfect for a nice, cozy Winter pullover.
The color I had was all wrong however, and I clearly needed some gray yarn. (Have I mentioned that I am obsessed with gray? There’s a perfect shade for everyone…) Kumlien’s Gull was the one that was Just Right for this project.
I knew I wanted it to have a cowl neck, but since I worked this from the bottom up, I didn’t get to play around with it until the end. Going with an easy garter stitch lace means you can easily make this collar smaller, or even larger than what is shown here. I decided to make it 5″ deep, and I really like the way you can fold it down to sit nicely on the shoulders.
This pullover was inspired by this great Japanese lace stitch pattern, when I saw how it sort of waved back and forth I knew I wanted this to be an asymmetrical design. Thought I’d never created one myself, I have always enjoyed this look.
When I was nearly finished, Jody & I were working on my interview (which you can read more about here), and I mentioned I would have enough left over for a matching beret. Then Sidhe’s Beret was born, following the same concept and stitch pattern.
This beret went very quickly and I have been wearing it quite a bit. It’s so light and doesn’t overheat my head like some hats do. I hope you may decide to give this hat (or the pullover – or both!) a try.
You can find both of these patterns in the current issue of knotions here:
But WAIT – there’s MORE! I also managed to finish up that pattern for this hat I knitted for my husband back in October (I know, I know, I’ve been trying to get him for modeling, but he’s been working the late hours recently…or he’s complaining of being too scruffy, so you’ll have to do with more pics of me for now.)
Though intended as a man’s hat, I think you will agree that us women could certainly wear it as well. This is for those of us who crave some cable goodness every now and then. (Or for our cable loving men.) Though none of the cables are difficult, they do occur every other round, so there is some attention needed here – in a good way!
I used a dk weight MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) blend yarn for extra lusciousness. It is now his favorite hat that I’ve made him (in fact I had to steal it away for the photos).
If you’d like to view or purchase this pattern, please visit my website below:
In non-knitting news, I’ve been very busy (aren’t we all!) getting ready for Christmas. This is my favorite time of year, and we are blessed to have a few extra festivities this year going on for my girls. After all, kids really do bring the Joy of the Holidays home.
I am hoping that you & yours all have a wonderful Holiday Season, from my home to yours.