Giveaway: Stockholm Scarf Celebration!

 Yesterday my first ever knitting pattern- the Stockholm Scarfhit one thousand projects on Ravelry!

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To celebrate, Tanis Fiber Arts has generously agreed to send one lucky reader two skeins of Yellow Label (DK weight) in the colourway of their choice.

To enter: leave a comment telling me what your absolute #1 choice of colourway would be to knit up the Stockholm Scarf. And please leave me some contact info- an email address, a Ravelry ID name, something that allows me to get in touch with you! Deadline to enter is midnight on Friday (EST), the winner will be announced on Saturday!

Modification Monday: Koftan Stig

Original Pattern: Vanten Stig

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kristin (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the mitten colourwork chart for inspiration, Kristin knitting this top down cardigan with raglan increases and a rainbow palette of colour. More photos can be seen on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This cardigan turned out so beautifully- Kristin was right to pick this wonderful, interesting stranded design (it’s not a motif you see regularly in knitting!) to incorporate into the cardigan, and the extra touch of using the rainbow striping yarn for contrast makes it so much more fun and visually interesting. It looks beautiful!

New Pattern: Wildflower Tank

The Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Knits is now available, so I can share with you some exciting news- my Wildflower Tank is in it!

Wildflower Tank, Interweave Knits Spring 2012

I actually knit this in the summer of 2011, and made a few more changes in the fall, but I’m really happy with the results. it’ s knit in 100% mulberry silk and feels amazing on.

At the time, we took some test shots, even though I knew I was going to redo the back later on. It has about 1″ positive ease on me, and I recommend a little bit of ease, so that the silk can drape. For those that think a drawstring i-cord is way too much i-cord, i bet you could easily crochet chain a drawstring instead- it would be much faster.

Wildflower Tank, my shots
 Note: a black strapless bra under this was a bad choice. Wish I had worn the skin coloured one.

I had a hard time imagining summer knitting already until I saw the issue preview- now I’m excited about summer knitting!

Modification Monday: Na Craga Cardiganized

Original Pattern: Na Craga

Knitter Extraordinaire: Beata (Ravelry ID, )

Mods: Transformed the original pullover into a more modern cardigan, with adjustments to the neckline and shoulder construction.  Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original sweater is a gorgeous Aran, but very ‘classic’ in it’s shape and cut. Beata modernized it immensely by transforming it into an oversized v-neck cardigan, while maintaining the great Aran textured stitches throughout, and lengthening the body for a drapey-er fit. The result is amazing! I wish this was hanging in my closet right now.

New Pattern: Strada Headband

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Who says winter accessories can’t be glam? 
Strada is the finished pattern for the headband I designed and knitted for my cousin for Christmas. It’s a quick project that could easily be done in one day or over the weekend, and (as I can personally attest) it makes an awesome gift!
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The pattern is $4, and can be purchased by clicking the ‘buy now’ button below:
  
or you can check out the pattern on Ravelry here.

The details:
This is a one-size-fits-most pattern, but it is easy to make it smaller or larger- just knit the bands a little longer or shorter, as needed. It’s easy to hold it around your head while still on the needles to ensure a good fit. I knit this on two (4mm (US 6) dpns. The bow is knit flat, seamed, and sewn onto the headband with just a few stitches at each bow end to keep it attached.

Yarn: 1 skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK weight (it will take approximately half a skein, so you can make two!) in ‘Brick’ 

Needles: 4mm (US 6)

And of course, a tapestry needle and a button for the back closure.

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You know, when my cousin first requested the headband, I was really dubious- I just couldn’t imagine how a big bow could look… grown up. But the trick is proportion- the bow isn’t too big and showy, and it’s not too small and twee. Positioning it on the side gives this headband a lot more 1920s style, I think. My cousin was right- a headband with a bow IS awesome.