What’s that? You thought Friday‘s new pattern pattern was the only one I had for you guys? Ha! You should know me better than that!
I’ve got a brand-new, super simple (and super fast) shawl pattern for you! It’s the Mukilteo Shawl!
It’s a garter-stitch shawl featuring a triangular shape, contrasting pinstripes and a cute fringe edging. Literally, it’s just knitting and increasing. That’s it! It’s worked from the center point, and increased on either edge, so if you end up enjoying your Mukilteo Shawl, you could just keep knitting until you get bored (or run out of yarn)- I’d love to see a really massive one!But here’s the cleverest part (if I can toot my own horn for a second). No ends to weave in! At all! None! Zero! I know! You see the cute tassels along the edges? They’re actually cleverly disguised ends. I kind of want to put secret-end-tassels on all my knitting from now on. (I really hate weaving in ends.)And there’s another surprise! This pattern is in another new collection from Knit Picks, Beginner Bulky Knits. And would you look at who’s on the cover of that book?
It’s me! (OK, not me, it’s a very lovely model, but she’s wearing my design!)This is a really cute book, perfect for beginner knitters, people who love working with extra-bulky yarn, or people with short attention spans who want to get through their knitting super quickly.It’s full of adorable shawls, super-cute hats, mitten and scarves. What great designs for great, bulky yarn!Get a copy of the Mukilteo Shawl here!
It’s a totally cute (if I say so myself), comfy, every-day yoked pullover featuring some pretty adorable polka-dots around the shoulders. It’s a simple top-down, seamless sweater. A few short-rows at the back of the neck and a couple inches of colorwork is about as difficult as this sweater gets. But, the overall finished effect is pretty great, if I say so myself.I wear my Bubbles all the time- it’s super cozy and comfy. Mine is worked in greens and browns, but I love the navy-and-pastel palette that Knit Picks chose to showcase in their book. I think this sweater would be a great way to play with color without a lot of commitment! (Rainbow dots on a white background? A purple/lavender gradient with pale cream? Deep blues and sea greens on a sky-blue background? The possibilities are endless!)
Oh! Speaking of “Book”! This pattern is featured in Knit Picks’ newest collection, Encircled, which is all about yoked sweaters. (It features 10 gorgeous patterns in every style of yoked you could think of- it’s delightful!)Grab your copy of Encircled here! Or, if you just want to knit up a Bubbles Pullover, get the pattern here!
It’s that time again! Time for me to send out a copy of Knit Pick’s newest collection to one lucky reader. (I almost wrote “listener.” I think I’ve been spending too much time with my podcasts lately.)
Last week, I asked you to write about your favorite parts of spring to help celebrate the launch of Knit Pick’s latest spring-y collection, Flourish. And, boy, did you come through. So many lovely descriptions of spring- you’re all poets! Seriously, if you’re looking for something delightful to read, just go check out those comments. You really made my day.
Anyway, through a highly scientific and random process (also known as throwing a bunch of numbers in a bowl and picking one out at random), I have selected a winner!
Tina Fagan! You’re the winner! Congratulations!
I’ll send you an email in a little bit, so keep an eye out for it (and if you don’t see it, let me know), and we’ll get you hooked up with a copy of this super cute collection.
If you’re not Tina, have no fear! You can still get a copy of Flourish from the Knit Picks website!
It’s an incredibly rainy morning in Seattle- we’re bracing for the biggest wind storm since the 1960’s, so keep you fingers crossed that we don’t lose power!
But what could be better on a rainy day than looking at some brand-new patterns!
Maybe looking at some brand-new garter-stitch patterns? I don’t think anything says “cozy up inside” better than a hot cup of tea and a book full of garter stitch coziness.
Introducing: Garter Ridge, a new collection by Knit Picks, featuring a pattern from yours truly.This is probably the sweater that I wear the most. I love my Carkeek Park Pullover. It’s super comfy, surprisingly warm and soft. And, it’s knit with DK-weight yarn, so it’s not bulky (in other words, I can wear it under a jacket or, if it’s really chilly, with another sweater on top… I get cold sometimes),I love the bands of multi-color garter at the hems and yoke. It’s so fun to order lots of each color and watch how they blend together as you knit them up. My prototype was knit in shades of green and brown, but I’d love to see Carkeek Pullovers in every color of the rainbow!But my sweater isn’t the only gorgeous pattern in this collection!
I think I might make the Helianthus Shawl. It’s just so pretty, and Preciosa yarn is so fluffy and warm, that you know it’ll even manage to keep me warm.And that cover sweater! I know the last thing I need is another oversized cardigan. But I think I need the Nineveh Cardigan. I love the weird modern shape, and the tiny sleeve detail in the contrasting color- to die for!There are a ton of other gorgeous patterns in this collection. You definitely want to get yourself a copy!
Want to try your luck and win a free copy? Comment below with your favorite rainy-day knitting! I’ll hold the drawing next Friday (rain or shine)!
Last week (OK, last Monday and the Friday before that) I posted not one but two giveaways of KnitPick’s newest pattern collections, On the Go Knits and Knits for Everybody. Quite a few of you entered the giveaway, and now it’s time for the drawing.
First off, On the Go Knits!Let’s head over to Random.org for a random drawing….And, number 9 wins it! Amanda! That’s you! Woo!
And now over to Knits for Everybody. (This is too exciting- two drawings, in one day! Unheard of!)And the random number generator says:Commenter number 3! You’re the big winner! Audrey, that’s you!
I’ll be emailing you two today so we can arrange getting your books to you. If you don’t see my email, let me know (sometimes they end up in the spam folder).
Congrats ladies! And if you weren’t the lucky one this time, head on over to KnitPicks and pick up copies of the books for yourself (they’re really great- and on sale right now!).
And in among all the gorgeous patters, I’d like to introduce you to my sweater, the Bitterlake Cardigan!It’s a zip-up cardigan, knit back and forth in a single piece (no seaming!), with a little bit of shaping at the sides for a nice fit. But the best part (so excited about this bit!) is the Fair Isle button band/neckband/hem combo. It’s worked in the round using 5 colors (4 shades of brown, and a contrasting saffron orange), then backed with a facing to cover all the floats for a really professional finish.I love how the designs on the bands match up, and I love the practicality of a zippered cardigan.Head on over to Knit Picks if you want a copy of this collection! It’s so good!
OR! If you want to try your luck, comment below with your favorite pattern for a chance to win your very own copy of Creative Color!
This seriously might be my favorite collection ever. My fingers are itching to start knitting some of these lovely, summery sweaters. (And, I think the Seattle weather agrees with me- it’s been beautiful, sunny and warm (ish) since the collection came out!)Anyhoo, enough about my infatuation with this collection! It’s time for the drawing.
With dozens of entries, I headed over to Random.org for the drawing.
And the winner is (drum roll, please!):
Congrats, Victoria! I’ll be sending you an email later today to arrange the logistics of getting this fabulous book to you!
If you’re not Lucky Victoria, remember you can get your own copy of the collection here.
And, if you just want a copy of my pattern (the Magnolia Pullover), look here!
What’s that? A new pattern? In a new KnitPicks collection? Ooh boy!
This collection is just in time for spring! And it might be my most favorite collection ever! It’s dreamy, light, and feminine but somehow not too”girly.” The sky outside my studio window is blue and I can see tulips blooming in my yard. It’s all too perfect.
These 16 gorgeous garments is collected in KnitPick’s newest book, Aura!
I’m loving the openwork cardigan, Solana, from the cover.
And I’ve never been tempted to make a knitted t-shirt, but this Rippling Top is to die for.And I am just in love with this light-as-a-feather Muse Top. Sigh.Oh! I almost forgot to show you the pattern that I made, I’m so enchanted by the other patterns!
It’s the Magnolia Pullover!It’s a slightly over-sized sweater, meant to be loose at the bust and upper arms, but well-fitted at the waist and cuffs. Knit in super-soft Stroll Sock and Stroll Glimmer (The back is glittery! I know! Exciting!), this sweater is super comfy, but light enough for sunny spring days. (I made mine in black, and it looks super cute with a bright colored shirt underneath. Just sayin’.)
Do you want this collection? (Yes, you do.) Comment below with your favorite Aura pattern, or your favorite springtime activity for a chance to win a copy! I’ll be holding the drawing next week!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get ready because now it’s time to do the giveaway!
14 people responded to my post, so I headed over to Random.org.And clicked on the number generator:And Commenter Number 10! You’re the big winner! (That’s Chickie Brewer, if you’re wondering.) Chickie, I’ll be emailing you with details so that I can get your copy of Petite Presents to you as soon as possible! That way, you can start working on your Mini Kitty Poufs with your granddaughter!
(And don’t forget, I’m still giving away a Knitting-themed tea towel designed by my mother! Sign up here to put your name in the drawing before Wednesday!)