New Pattern: Velvet Morning

I’m so excited that the new issue of Knitty has gone live, and my latest pattern is in it! Everyone, please meet Velvet Morning:
It’s knit up in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label, with Midnight as the base colour, and three contrasting colours: Sand, Mallard, and Atlantic. Tanis graciously test knit it for me in a totally different colourway, and you should check out her photos here.

I LOVE this sweater. it’s such an easy thing to wear- pants, long sleeved tee, Velvet Morning. Done. 

It was ridiculously hot when we did this photos, I was getting cranky from the heat (I was also very early days pregnant, I may not have been feeling awesome, either- I was so tired all the time in the first trimester). So  I’m not as smiley as I usually am! But trust me- I wear this sweater all the time, and I’m so glad that it still fits now that I’m pregnant. That’s the best part when all the growth is up front- open, drape-y cardigans still fit like a dream.

My creation
 The sweater is meant to be oversized, with lots of positive ease, and lots of cozy warmth.   The sweater knits up surprisingly quickly in the aran weight, and for
those that aren’t crazy about stranded colourwork, I bet this would look
amazing in two colours- one base colour and one contrasting colour. I
hope someone does it so I can check it out!

Modification Monday: Green Dress

Original Pattern: 121-27 Waistcoat in Alaska

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lyyli (Ravelry Id, Blog)

Mods: Transformed the original button front cardigan into a sleek sweater dress. Project page can be found here.

What Makes this Awesome: The dress is such a modern, fresh version of the original design. I love the great neckline, and the cables at the hem look fantastic. I want a dress just like this (gorgeous, amazing green included)- chic, interesting, and drop dead gorgeous. I also think that keeping the short sleeves gives more options for layering through fall/winter. Such a great knit!

Modification Monday: Rivendell Gloves

Original Pattern: #03 Marlene

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry Id, blog)

Mods: Turned the  amazing sock pattern into a stunning pair of gloves. Project page with details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Okay, I’m the first to suggest that a sock pattern could easily be a fingerless mitt pattern and vice versa, but gloves! I love how she kept the stitch all the way through to the tips of the fingers, which really completes the look. I think these are  beautiful, elegant and sophisticated. Not a thing about these gloves seems out of place- it’s like this design was always wanting to be turned into gloves. Just perfect!

Coastal Knits Winner! And Leaving on a Jet Plane…

Congratulations to Malin (from Sweden) the winner of the Coastal Knits giveaway! The random number generator selected comment 21, which was her comment- she chose the Rustling Leave Beret as her top choice for a pattern to knit from the book.Thanks to everyone for participating!!

I’ll be jetting off to Bristol, England for a short family visit, but in the mean time, here is an update on the baby blanket, which I’ve started to call the rainbow blanket for fairly obvious reasons:

G really likes the ‘wrong side’, in particular:

I decided to stick with the green, and instead of mirroring the colour repeats (as the original pattern calls for), I just did a straight up repeat every 54 colours. The more colour repeats I knit, the happier I am with it.

Modification Monday: Chimera


Original Pattern: Labrinyth

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jamie (Ravelry Id, Blog)

Mods: Revamped the original simple stockinette pullover into a cable and lace sweater with shorter sleeves. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is such a gorgeous sweater, it could practically be a pattern in it’s own right.  Jamie kept the neckline and overall fit of the body of the original pattern, but changed up everything else. The leaf lace in the front panel adds great detail, I love the extra cable down the sleeves, too! The whole sweater is stunning. I want one!