Modification Monday: Pomegranate

Original Pattern: Buttercup

Knitter Extraordinaire: Larisa (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Added vertical lace to the body, added lace and buttons to the sleeves, and reduced increases for the boy for less of an A-line silhouette. Project page with great mod details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original Buttercup pattern is a lovely and simple top that allows for a lot of experimentation, as Larisa shows us with her gorgeous take on the pattern. I love the vertical lace she chose- it’s simple but great visual detail. And the sleeves! I love the sleeves, the buttons are perfection. I also love that shoe reduced the A-line to make a better fit. Sometimes I’ve shied away from A-line sweater patterns because they  don’t really suit me, but Larisa shows that it’s easy to adjust for a better fit, with beautiful results!

Botanical Knits Review and Giveaway

I’m a long time fan of Alana’s (aka Never Not Knitting) design aesthetic- remember this, this and this? oh, and how about her amazing collection with Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits? If you have knit an Alana pattern before, then you know that they are thoughtful, well-written and yield stunning results. 

So if you haven’t yet seen Alana’s beautiful new collection, Botanical Knits, then holy moly, are you ever in for a treat. I recently made Forest Floor
in a weekend, and I am still loving it. And I can’t wait to work my way
through the rest of the collection. It’s really hard to pick a favourite out of the 13 patterns, but these 6 are on my personal knit list (since I’ve already knit Forest Floor): 

 Top, from left to right: Spring Foliage, Pressed Leaves, Twigs and Willows.
Bottom, left to right: Twin Leaf Loop, Autumn’s EndEntangled Vines.

The collection is heavily inspired by nature, with different types of leaves featuring strongly in the designs. All the designs seem timeless, and the silhouettes are very flattering. There is something for everyone in this collection, but if you enjoy knitting hats and sweaters, I think you’ll be particularly smitten.You can check out the whole collection on Ravelry, or on .

Want a copy of this collection? Of course you do. You can order the print copy for $22 + shipping. As a special thank you for preordering, you get the e-book for free immediately. Or you can order the ebook by itself for $18.

OR… maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of a copy of the e-book right here! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment (don’t forget your Rav ID or email!) telling me which pattern you would most love to knit right away. Bonus entries for posting on Twitter or Facebook. Deadline to enter is Monday, March 4th, 6:00 p.m. (EST). The winner will be announced on Wednesday. Good luck!

FO: Forest Floor

forest floor hat

Pattern: Forest Floor

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in ‘Poppy’

Needles: 3.75 mm and 4.5 mm (US 5 and 7)

Mods: Changed the brim to k1, p1 ribbing, for a bit more elasticity. Ravelled here.

Notes: I’m so in love with this hat, it’s absolutely perfect. It’s got a little bit of lace, a little bit of cabling, and lots of great slouch. The hat is super comfortable and easy to wear, and how perfect are red accessories in the blah days of February? Also, I knit this hat in a weekend. which is crazy accomplished for me, because I have a pretty demanding baby.

What’s that? You want to know about my scarf? Ah, well- it’s a store-bought scarf from England, a gift from Guy who knew I was in love with it- it’s got hearts and hedgehogs!! I saw it on a girl in a restaurant, asked her where she got it, but it was all sold out. Somehow he tracked one down for me. It even has pockets at the end! It would be an easy knit, I’ll have to make a chart for it.

Modification Monday: Another Honey Cowl

Original Pattern: Honey Cowl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sher (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Used two colours, used one skein of each and alternated colours for each row.  Also used a worsted weight instead of DK. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: When I saw this two colour version, I immediately thought that this was a perfect destashing project. Two skeins, one in each colour is all it took for Sher to create this beautiful version. It’s a simple modification, but one with a lot of impact- using two colours enhances the texture and depth of the stitches, and makes even the ‘wrong side’ look really pretty. And is it just me, or does the heavier gauge make it seem extra squishy and warm looking? I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to go dive into my stash right now and see if I can come up with a couple skeins that will result in a beautiful cowl just like this.

FO: Mudra Cuff

Mudra cuff final

Pattern: Mudra Cuff

Yarn: Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock

Mods: Added extra beads, so that each strand has one more repeat of the bead sections. Thanks to Laura who very kindly mailed me extra beads!

Notes: I had a tricky time with this. The instructions were really clear and I loved the videos on Laura’s site to show how to do everything, but it still was very slow going for me- the combination of tension with the i cord and beads were not really my forte. Still, I very glad I tried it, and this kit was the perfect way to dip my toe into beaded knitting and see. It’s accessible the finished result is really wearable and pretty.

I finished this Mudra Cuff a little bit after Christmas, but it’s been tricky to photograph- I actually wear it quite a bit, but with the winter evenings still coming on fast, it’s hard to get photos. It’s not like a hat or sweater; something about the wrist feels like you need cozy indoor shots which I find tricky. Long-time blog readers will know that my best photos are outdoor ones, in any season.

Mudra Cuff 3

So, we finally got some clear shots while at a cafe in Paris that serves the best hot chocolate I have ever, ever had in my entire life. Guy ordered it, and said, ‘you have to try this.’ He was so right.Amazing hot chocolate, family time, and a cozy knitted bracelet- it was a lovely afternoon.

Mudra cuff 5