New Pattern: Powder

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From Interweave Knits:

Chunky, soft, and quick to knit, the Powder Hat features fisherman’s rib stitch, which puffs up the already plump yarn. The ribbed stitch pattern alternates to create a natural brim in the fabric. This hat can be styled as a slouch or a beanie—and don’t forget the pom-pom!

This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up.

SIZE

One Size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

20” circumference and 9.25” tall

MATERIALS

Cascade Yarns Boliviana Bulky (100% merino wool): #07 silver, 1 ball

NEEDLES

One 16” circular and set of DPNS, size 8 mm/US 11 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

GAUGE

8 stitches & 24 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Fisherman’s Rib*

*Measured after blocking.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Available in the Holiday 2017 issue of Interweave Knits here.

Visit the Ravelry pattern page here to add Powder to your favourites and queue!

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New Pattern: Frost

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From Interweave Knits:

The Frost Mittens, inspired by classic Scandinavian motifs, feature a large Nordic star, bands of colorwork, and an optional lining for extra warmth. Worked in Icelandic Léttlopi, these mittens will keep your fingers toasty from the winter solstice to the spring equinox.

These mittens are worked from the cuff up with thumb gussets. The outer mitten is worked first, then stitches are picked up around the inside of the cuff and the lining is worked in the opposite direction. Once completed, the lining is tucked into the outer mitten.

SIZE

S/M and M/L

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

8.25 (9)” outer circumference, 7.25 (8)” inner circumference, and 10.5 (11.5)” long. Mittens shown measure 9” outer circumference.

MATERIALS

Ístex Léttlopi (100% Icelandic wool): #9419 ocean blue (MC), 2 balls; #0086 light beige heather (CC1), 1 ball; #9434 crimson red (CC2), 1 (2) ball(s).

NEEDLES

One set of DPNs in each of the following sizes: 4 mm/ US 6 and 5 mm/US 8 (or sizes needed to obtain gauge)

GAUGE

23 stitches & 24 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Snowflake pattern* on larger needles
20 stitches & 29 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Stockinette Stitch* on smaller needles

*Measured after blocking.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers, removable stitch marker, stitch holder, tapestry needle.

SKILL LEVEL

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Available in the Holiday 2017 issue of Interweave Knits here.

Visit the Ravelry pattern page here to add Frost to your favourites and queue!

Pattern writing: Indicating stitch count changes

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My September designer newsletter went out this morning, and in it I included some helpful information on how to handle stitch count changes when writing a pattern. In case you aren’t signed up yet (sign up here so you don’t miss anything else!), here’s what I wrote:


Indicating Stitch Count Changes

Most patterns have increases and decreases that change the stitch count and it’s helpful to provide knitters with stitch count information so that they can verify that they haven’t made a mistake.

Depending on the type of instruction, whenever the stitch count changes, I recommend that designers list either:

a) the new stitch count,
b) the number of stitches increased/decreased, or;
c) a combination of the two.

So, which one should be used when?

When an instruction is worked only once, include the new stitch count . The new stitch count is by far the most useful piece of information to give the knitter. And when the instruction is worked just once, there’s no reason not to provide the new stitch count. For example:

Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k until 1 stitch remains, m1, k1. (12 stitches)
Row 2 (WS): P to end.
Row 3: K to end.

When an instruction is repeated later in the pattern, include the number of stitches increased or decreased. When you want to repeat the same increase or decrease instruction more than once, the new stitch count total is only accurate the first time the instruction is worked. For this reason, including the number of stitches increased or decreased becomes more useful (and correct). For example:

Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k until 1 stitch remains, m1, k1. (2 stitches increased)
Row 2 and all WS rows: P to end.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.

When an instruction is repeated a fixed number of times, include both. If an instruction (or group of instructions) containing an increase or decrease is repeated a fixed number of times before moving on, you can include the number of stitches increased or decreased in the line-by-line instructions, and then list the new total stitch count at the end. For example:

Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k until 1 stitch remains, m1, k1. (2 stitches increased)
Row 2 and all WS rows: P to end.
Repeat Rows 1 – 2 three times more. (8 stitches increased in total; 18 stitches)

Having clear, consistent rules for how to indicate stitch count changes not only makes things easier for the knitter, but it makes pattern writing quicker because you don’t have to stop and think about how to phrase things; you just follow the rules you’ve set!


Oh, and I also included my tech editing availability for September. At blog post publication time, I have the following spaces available:

September 4th – 10th: 2 spaces remaining!
September 11th – 17th: 4 spaces
September 18th – 24th: 7 spaces
September 25th – October 1st: 8 spaces

Get in touch if you’d like to reserve a spot!

New Pattern: Chance Cove

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Chance Cove provides a modern twist on the classic, triangular shawl. Worked from side to side in a worsted weight yarn, it features a sleek, geometric lace pattern. The clean lines of the lace paired with simple, garter stitch edgings make it anything but fussy. It can be worn traditionally over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck like a scarf. The tassels are for more than just style; they add weight in the right places, helping the shawl to stay put no matter which way it’s worn. Big enough to be warm, but not overwhelming, Chance Cove is a wearable piece you’ll reach for again and again.

This shawl is knit from side to side (i.e. from one top corner to the opposite edge) with a garter stitch border and central lace pattern.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

180 cm/71” wingspan and 92 cm/36” depth, after wet blocking

MATERIALS

Approximately 804 m/880 yd worsted weight yarn

Shown in Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 201m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Iridescence (8872).

NEEDLES

One 120 cm/47” circular needle*, size 6 mm/US 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*A longer or shorter needle could be used if necessary, as long as it can comfortably accommodate the number of stitches.

GAUGE

12 stitches & 24 rows = 10 cm/4″ in Lace Pattern*
16 stitches & 24 rows = 10 cm/4″ in Stockinette Stitch*

*Measured after blocking.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers (2; optional), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $6.50 CAD

Available through my Ravelry Store or directly via PayPal by clicking the “buy now” button below.

New Pattern: Morganite + 15% off all sock patterns!

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Morganite is a fingering weight sock that’s both basic and interesting to knit. The simple texture pattern is easy to memorize and works great for breaking up tonal and variegated yarns. These lightweight socks knit up surprisingly quickly, with beautiful results.

These socks are worked from the cuff down in the round with a heel flap and gusset.

SIZE

Adult sizes S [M, L] to fit 19.5 [22, 25] cm/7.75 [8.75, 9.75]” foot circumference

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

18.5 [21.5, 24] cm/7.25 [8.5, 9.5]” leg circumference and 18 [20.5, 23.5] cm/7 [8, 9]” foot circumference, unstretched

MATERIALS

One 384 m/420 yd skein fingering weight yarn

Shown in madelinetosh Twist Light (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 384 m/420 yd per skein) in colour Opaline.

NEEDLES

One set 2.25 mm/US 1 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*Either one set of DPNs, two circular needles, or one long circular needle, as you prefer for small circumference knitting in the round.

GAUGE

30 stitches & 56 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Texture Stitch
32 stitches & 48 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Stockinette Stitch

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $6.50 CAD

Available through my Ravelry Store or directly via PayPal by clicking the “buy now” button below.

New Pattern: In Transit

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In Transit is a basic hat with a clever, transitional colorwork pattern. The zigzag colorwork is based on a simple, two-color salt and pepper fair isle pattern. Working the pattern over an odd number of stitches hides the jog that naturally occurs when knitting stranded colorwork in the round; a seemingly simple detail that provides polished results!

In Transit can be worked in two highly contrasting colors that stand out, or in two similar colors for a more subtle look.

SIZE

S/M (M/L) to fit 20.5-22 (22-23.5)”/52-56 (56-60) cm head circumference with 0-1.5”/0-4 cm negative ease

Shown in size M/L with no ease for a relaxed, slouchy fit. For a snugger fit, choose a size with about 1-1.5”/2.5-4 cm of negative ease.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

Finished circumference 20.5 (22)”, after blocking

MATERIALS

Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Wool; 220 yards [201 meters]/100 grams): 7803 Magenta (C1), 1 (1) skein
Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 220 yards [201 meters]/100 grams): 8011 Aspen Heather (C2), 1 (1) skein

NEEDLES

One 24” circular needle, and one set of DPNs, size 4 mm/US 6 (or size needed to obtain gauge)
One 24” circular needle, size 4.5 mm/US 7

GAUGE

22 sts and 26 rounds = 4” [10 cm] in Zigzag colorwork pattern on larger needles after wet blocking
22 sts and 28 rounds = 4” [10 cm] in single-color St st on smaller needles after wet blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Available for FREE online in Knotions Magazine here.

Visit the Ravelry pattern page here to add In Transit to your favourites and queue!

New Pattern: Birchy Lake

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Knit in the round in one piece, this infinity cowl is worked in a neck-hugging, faux rib texture pattern. Beginning with a Long Tail Cast On and finishing with a Latvian Bind Off creates nearly identical edges that are both sturdy and stretchy. Worked in a worsted weight yarn, this piece is warm and versatile without being bulky.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

122 cm/48” circumference and 30.5 cm/12” height, after blocking

MATERIALS

Approximately 603 m/660 yd worsted weight yarn

Shown in Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 201m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Birch Heather (9564).

NEEDLES

One 100 cm/40”* circular needle, size 4 mm/US 6 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*A shorter needle could be used if necessary, as long as it can comfortably accommodate the number of stitches.

GAUGE

22 stitches & 30 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Texture Pattern, after blocking*

*Due to the nature of the Texture Pattern, this piece grows and stretches quite a bit with blocking and wear. For this reason, it is imperative that gauge is measured AFTER blocking. Otherwise the piece will end up being too big. Pre-blocking gauge is closer to 25 stitches & 30 rounds. The sample measured just 109 cm/43” in circumference before blocking, and grew to 120 cm/48” after being wet blocked very gently.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $6.50 CAD

Available through my Ravelry store or directly via PayPal by clicking the “buy now” button below.

New Pattern: Corner Brook

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Growing from the centre outward, decreasingly wide stripes of simple lace and plush garter stitch alternate to form this cozy square shawl. Knit in a worsted weight yarn, this is an impressive piece with a surprisingly simple construction. Wear it over a coat as the ultimate cold weather fashion accessory, or snuggle up underneath its significant size at home.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

122 cm/48” square, after blocking

MATERIALS

Approximately 1206 m/1320 yd worsted weight yarn

Shown in Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 201m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Aspen Heather (8011).

NEEDLES

One each 40 cm/16” and 80 cm/32” circular needles*, and a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs), size 6 mm/US 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

One set of DPNs a few sizes smaller than needed to obtain gauge (optional; used for the Disappearing Loop Cast On)

*Although all stitches should fit on the 80 cm/32” needles, you may wish to change to 100 cm/40“ or 120 cm/47” needles as the shawl grows.

GAUGE

13 stitches & 26 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in garter stitch, after blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

4 stitch markers (including one in a unique colour to mark the BOR), tapestry needle, blocking wires and pins

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $5 USD

Available through my Ravelry store or directly via PayPal by clicking the “buy now” button below.

New (Free) Pattern: Slush

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The Slush toque is the perfect quick knit. It uses less than one skein of super bulky weight yarn, requires only a couple of hours of knitting time, and results in a finished item that’s both warm and stylish. A faux fur pom pom adds a modern touch to this classic toque, making it great to give as a gift (or keep for yourself).

SIZE

Adult sizes S/M [M/L] to fit 56 [58.5] cm/22 [23]” head circumference with approximately 5 cm/2” negative ease

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

Brim Circumference

50.5 [53.5] cm/20 [21]”

Height

Fitted (Cranberry): 20.5 [22] cm/8 [8.5]”
Relaxed (Black): 23 [24.5] cm/9 [9.5]”
Slouchy (Grey Marble): 25.5 [27] cm/10 [10.5]”

All dimensions measured after blocking. See page 3 for information on how the height affects the look and fit of the hat.

MATERIALS

Super bulky weight yarn in the following approximate amounts:

Fitted (Cranberry): 70 [71] metres/76 [78] yds
Relaxed (Black): 78 [80] metres/85 [87] yds
Slouchy (Grey Marble): 87 [88] metres/95 [97] yds

Shown in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (82% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 8% Rayon/Viscose; 97 m/106 yd per 170 g/6 oz skein) in colours Cranberry, Black, and Grey Marble.

NEEDLES

One 40 cm/16” circular needle, and one set of DPNs in the following size:

Size S/M

8 mm/US 11 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Size M/L

9 mm/US 13 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

GAUGE

Size S/M

9.5 stitches & 17 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Texture Stitch, after blocking

Size M/L

9 stitches & 16 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Texture Stitch, after blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle, faux fur pom pom (optional; you can also make one with faux fur or leftover yarn)

SKILL LEVEL

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Available for FREE by signing up for the Kniterations newsletter here.

Visit the Ravelry pattern page here to add Slush to your favourites and queue!