The Rippling Diamonds Dishcloth is crazy simple- it’s literally only knits and purls. No slipped stitches, no yarn overs, no shaping of any kind. Its carefully charted pattern of knit and purl bumps make an interestingly-textured washcloth that’s fun (and easy!) to work up. (And, bonus! The pattern is totally reversible, so it looks just as cool from both sides!)Head over to Knit Picks’ website and download a free copy of the pattern. I’m really proud of it!
OK, guys, you know the drill! It’s Giveaway Day (again!)
I’m really excited about this one! This collection is hands-down gorgeous. I may be a bit biased, since I love anything with a cable on it, but for real- it’s beautiful.I even love the shawl that I made- enough to make you look at it again. I’m super proud of how it turned out! I mean, look at it!
OK, OK, enough of me showing you pictures you’ve already seen! Let’s get to the good part!
A whole bunch of you entered the drawing, so I rolled over to Random.org, and did a quick drawing.
And the winner is… Comment number 7!
Alison! You’re the winner! (I’ll send you an email, so keep an eye out!)
If you didn’t win, don’t worry, you can get your own copy of Woodsmoke through the Knit Picks website. And, of course, I’ll have more drawings in the future, so keep your eyes peeled!
It’s giveaway day! My favorite day of the year (or, well, month might be more accurate-I’m always giving away books around here)!
Just to remind you, today I’m giving away a copy of Knit Picks’ new collection, Quick and Cozy. It’s chock-full of extra-fluffy hats, scarves, cowls and mittens. All the patterns are super cute (and super cozy)And, I’ve got a pattern in this book! It’s the Gradient Hat and Scarf! I’m pretty proud of it.But that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the giveaway!
20 of you lovely folks put your names in, so I’ll pull out my lucky 20-sided die (which I have because I’m a nerd), and…
5! The 5th comment was from Jen!
Congratulations, Jen! I’ve sent you an email, so check your spam folder, just in case.
If you didn’t win today’s giveaway, you can buy your own copy of Quick and Cozy through the Knit Picks website.
And, don’t forget to sign up for my other giveaway! That winner will be announced on Friday.
That’s right, knitters! Surprise! Another pattern- and it’s one I’m super proud of!
Introducing: The Laura Shawl!It’s a gorgeous (if I say so myself) cabled wrap, almost six feet long and two feet wide. It looks great wrapped around your shoulders, or cozied up under your chin. And, frankly, it’s big enough to act as a lap blanket when you go out to eat, and they set you too close to a drafty window.
The Laura Shawl is knit in gorgeous tweedy wool that works great with cables. Four wide panels of complex cables are interspersed with some knit/purl texture, and the whole bad boy is finished with thick fringe on either end, just to make it feel extra-luxurious.
The best part? It’s part of another beautiful book from Knit Picks, the Woodsmoke Cable Collection.This book is absolutely breathtaking. It’s chock full of 16 lushly cabled patterns- sweaters, blankets, scarves and hats.
I mean, look at these:Really, I want to work up all of these for myself. (Or maybe have someone else do it so I don’t have to wait?)What’s that? You want a copy? Buy yourself a copy here!
Or, comment below with a description of your most complicated cable project for a chance to win a free copy! (The winner will be named next Friday, so stay tuned!)
How does that old saying go? “A new year, a new pattern?” That sounds right… yeah.
Well, however that saying goes (and whether or not it’s actually a saying), I’ve got a new pattern for you!
It’s the middle of January, and it’s real cold, so what could be better than a super-squishy, extra warm, nice and thick hat-and-scarf combo?
Nothing. That’s what.
Introducing: the Gradient Scarf and Hat.This bad boy is made from worsted-weight merino, held TRIPLE, so you know it’s going to keep you warm. Both the hat and scarf are worked all over in broken rib, one of my favorite stitches. The fabric is soft, squishy and totally comfy. Plus, there’s a mean pompom on top of the hat. You gotta love a pompom. I mean, look at it:And, that’s not all! This pattern is one of eight in Knit Picks’ new book Quick and Cozy: Bulky Knit Accessories. Patterns like this adorable red cowl from the cover:And these gorgeous colorwork mittens:You can order a copy of the book here! Or, if you’re feeling lucky, comment below with your favorite thing to knit in January to be entered to win your very own copy of Quick and Cozy! (The winner will be announced next Wednesday!)
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)!
That’s right, knitters! I’ve got another brand-spanking-new pattern, just for you!
(Actually it’s kind of 4 patterns in one! I know! Crazy!)
Last week, Knit Picks published another great collection, Knits for Everybody. It’s such a smart book- I know I’ll be keeping my copy close at hand.Knits for Everybody is a collection of four super simple patterns (hats, sweaters, socks and mittens), useful staples that everyone can use (and make customize, if that’s how you roll). But here’s the awesome part: They are literally for everybody. The sweater sizes go from a 3-month-old baby all the way up to a Men’s XXL. The hats fit everyone from a preemie to a big-headed adult (like me). And, my socks go from a 4″ foot circumference all the way up to a 10.5″ circumference.My sock pattern is a super simple knitted sock with a heel flap in literally every size. But here’s the cool part: You can follow the directions to knit from the top down (my favorite), or from the toe up (my second favorite), and end up with virtually the same sock. That way you can use whichever method feels right for you.And, I’ve provided two slightly different variations: Socks (knit in sock weight, with a long ribbed cuff) and Slippers (knit in super-squishy worsted with a shorter cuff).
Of course, you can jazz up these socks and slippers whatever way you like. Add stripes? Yes. Change the ribbing? Why not! Work some cables? Sure! You can customize these socks (or any other pattern in the book) with no problem for socks that are truly your own!Want to win a copy of Knits for Everybody? Tell me which pattern you would make, and who it would be for. Socks for your auntie? A hat for your nephew? A sweater just for you?
Guys! I’ve got two (count ’em, two!) new patterns in Knit Picks’ new pattern book, On the Go Knits. It’s a collection of projects perfect for running/hiking/working in the garden. Everything is worked in high-contrast colors of machine-washable yarn. This book is full of some really pretty (and practical) patterns, and I know I’ll be knitting up a few of them.The best part? I’ve got two hats in this collection!
The Collapsible Cap is a super comfy beanie, worked with wide ribbing all the way up to the crown. It’s worked in super-soft Swish Worsted, which might be my favorite kind of yarn for hats. And, because of all the ribbing, it fits just about anyone. And, when you take it off it collapses in on itself, making it perfect for stashing in your pocket when it gets too warm. (My husband and I fight over the Collapsible Cap I made him. It’s really great.)My other pattern is one I’m really proud of- It’s the Pocket Hat. (OK, I didn’t do a great job naming this one, but the hat itself is great.)
From the outside, the hat is a cute two-tone cap knit in sock-weight yarn with a wide ribbed band and a little section of color work around the middle. Cute, right?But, look inside, and you’ll find a secret pocket! Fastened with a button, it’s the perfect hiding spot for a few bucks (so you can stop by the coffee shop on your way back from your run), your drivers license (just in case), or your a key (so you can get back into your house).I’m so happy with these patterns, and I know you will be, too!
Want to win a copy of On the Go Knits? Comment below with the activity you’d do while wearing something from this collection! Would you go running with the In Motion Vest? Take a hike with the Arrow Gloves? Practice yoga with the Yogini Socks? Inquiring minds need to know!
(Also- More exciting news is on its way! So come back on Monday!)
A bunch of you guys responded to the Creative Color Giveaway, and the consensus is… you like all the patterns.I couldn’t agree more .
This is an absolutely gorgeous collection, and I want to work up every single pattern. (Unfortunately, I have unreasonable constraints on my time like “work” and “sleep.”)
I’m so happy to have a pattern included among these beautiful projects. It’s not as flashy as some, but I really do love how the Bitterlake Cardigan turned out.
Anyway, you’re all waiting with baited breath to see who’s the big winner this time!
And, drumroll please!
After a highly technical selection process that involved asking my husband for a number between 1 and 12 , the winner is:
So, congratulations, Cherish! I’ll be sending you an email to get your mailing address so I can get this package sent out right away. (Keep an eye out on your spam folder, just in case.)
If you weren’t the lucky one today, you should still get your hands on a copy of this collection- it’s really magnificent. And, it’s available here!
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!