And this one’s a little out of my usual wheelhouse, because:
It’s a fingering-weight sweater worked on US3’s. Why? Because I’m a crazy person.
It’s colorwork! I love how colorwork looks, but all things being equal, I think I’m more of a cables person. I love a big squishy sweater. (OK, I love making a big cabled sweater. I’d wear either in a heartbeat.)
Anyway, without further ado, let me introduce the Piper’s Creek Pullover!It’s a long-sleeved yoked pullover, made with Palette yarn from Knit Picks (though you could use really any fingering-weight wool). It uses at least 7 (count em) different colors (great for using up leftover scraps!), but could be easily modified to use as many colors as you have on hand. I made mine for my husband with a gray background and blue, red and yellow details. It’s a great unisex sweater, and a fun, simple knit (assuming you don’t mind miles of US3 stockinette).
I will say one thing though- the neck on the sample in these pictures ended up kind of funny, so if you want to make a Piper’s Creek Pullover (which I highly recommend), here’s what I would do to avoid the weird neck. First, make sure that you’re only doing the number of short rows called for in the pattern, or maybe even reduce the number by one or two, just in case. Second, make sure to work the colorwork nice and loosely (tight shoulders will make the neck funnel up, like it is in the pictures). And third, make sure to block the sweater so the neck goes nice and smoothly into the shoulders. Worst case scenario, if the neck ends up terrible even with all those precautions, you can always rip it out from the top down (or cut it out), pick up your neck stitches and work the neck and collar that you prefer after the sweater’s done. (Though, that seems like a lot of work…)
Want to pick up a copy? Grab the Piper’s Creek Pullover pattern here! Or get the whole Palette collection here!
Time for another new pattern! It’s one that’s dear to my heart (or feet). And it’s in Knit Picks’ newest collection: Simply Socks, which is all about those socks you want to knit again and again and wear every day.
These are my Truly Everyday Socks. If you’re related to me, they’re probably really familiar to you, because I’ve been making them for years and have been given out on more than one Christmas morning.
They’re a super-simple top-down sock with 2×2 ribbing at the top, a turned, reinforced heel and nice, neat toe. I’ve covered the leg and instep with a really simple knit/purl basket-weave pattern that you’ll be able to memorize before you’re even an inch into the first sock. I love these socks. I’ve made probably a dozen pairs using this basic pattern over the years. They’re unisex and utilitarian, but not boring (to wear or knit), and could easily be sized up or down. Plus, they’re a great way to show off that special skein of hand-dyed yarn you’ve got squirreled away.
Head over to Knit Picks and pick up a copy of my Truly Everyday Socks, and make yourself a pair (or twelve).
I know you’re probably tired of hearing about this gosh dang blanket, but I am so stinking proud of how it turned out that you’re going to have to hear me out once more. But this time, I promise I’ll make it worth your time.
Because I wrote up the pattern, and here it is for free!
This blanket was so fun to work on (sure it took forever, but It wasn’t the bad kind of forever)! It’s a simple 2-row repeat (and one of those rows is just knitting), so it’s perfect tv knitting. It’s a great way to really indulge in your favorite worsted/dk yarn (though I highly recommend trying the madelinetosh Farm Twist– it was an absolute delight). The simple pattern of the blanket lends itself to all manner of interesting stripe combinations. I like the simple asymmetric scheme I’ve got here, but you could do even stripes all the way up, random stripes with scrap yarn, or maybe a big old rainbow! How fun would that be?As written, the Parkside Throw is a generously-sized throw blanket, big enough for two to snuggle up with on the couch (or big enough for a single blanket-hog), but the pattern could easily be modified. Add more pattern repeats for a larger bed-sized blanket, or reduce the number for a baby blanket or lap warmer.
And, if you start now, it’ll be big enough to snuggle up under by the time the weather starts to cool down.
I don’t usually show you my “in progress” designs. Usually, that’s because either: 1. I’m under contract to keep them under wraps. Or 2. I’m so excited with how the pattern is turning out that I want to keep it a surprise and unveil it when it’s all shiny and finished.
Which means that you guys only ever see it when projects are finished and I’m happy with them. (To be fair, most projects that I’m unhappy with never even get finished. I usually bail halfway through and rip out the yarn to use in some other project.)
But this time you guys get to see a pattern from the Island of Misfit Sweaters!
I was so excited about this design- I was even excited enough that I decided to go ahead and knit it up and write up a pattern, even though my original design wasn’t picked up by publishers. I was sure I knew better! It was so cute in my mind! It was an interesting knit! It was small enough that it wouldn’t take much time!
Well, maybe I was in a haze of baby-brain/sleep-deprivation when I decided to go on with writing the pattern, but man was I wrong.
This pattern was doomed from the outset.
The colors I picked were not good- two shades of green and a weird yellow-brown? What was I thinking? Was this 1972?
The design that I thought was so clever was actually just overly complicated and a pain in the neck. (Why make a sweater the time-tested, easy, simple way I’m familiar with, when I can break out the provisional cast-ons, short rows, and three-needle bind-offs?)
I had intended the sweater to fit my kid (he’s already grown out of all the sweaters I made him before he was born- he’s a Robust German Baby). I did the math wonky, and I think this sweater will fit him when he’s about 4 years old. Look how long it is! And those sleeves!!!
And, speaking of math, all that math I did to write this pattern… I lost it somewhere along the way. Maybe I did the math in a fever dream… Maybe I got some sort of virus that only deletes bad patterns… Maybe I just forgot to save. We’ll never know.
So, in summary. Here’s a picture of the sweater that is not to be. You won’t be seeing a pattern for this bad boy. You might see my kid wearing it in a few years, or you might see me unravel it and knit it into something else (but probably not). It was a good idea, but some ideas aren’t really meant for this world. Sigh…
Have you ever had a great idea that ended up going really, really sideways? What happened?
Have you seen the new issue of Interweave Knits?It’s all about cables! And you know how I feel about cables. (I’m pro-cable, if that was ever in question.)
Look at this wrap! That’s an impressive amount of cables.Definitely something I’d make- I mean, come on! It’s a massive wrap covered all over with intricate, squooshy cables. Yes please.
Oh, wait just a second… look!That’s right! I’ve got a pattern in Interweave Knits!
I’d say it was a dream come true, except that I never really believed that I’d be able to do it. I remember buying back-orders of Interweave in high school because I couldn’t afford to get an actual subscription. It always seemed so fancy, so professional. I always though “Man, those Interweave designers must really be experts.”
And now I’m one of them! Hot dog!
Harper Point Photography and Interweave
I’m almost as excited about the pattern as I am about just getting it published- The Herring Cove Wrap is a massive wrap- a gorgeous tangle of multi-strand cables. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the results are totally worth it. The example in the magazine is worked in delicious Shibui Knits Drift– an insane blend of cashmere and merino that shines like silk but feels like a cross between a kitten and a puffy white cloud. (But if you don’t have hundreds of bucks laying around to blow on yarn, any soft, squishy worsted should work well.)
Harper Point Photography and Interweave
You can order a copy of the magazine (online or paper) here. Or, take a trip to wherever magazines are sold!
New pattern day! And even better, it’s a free pattern!
Introducing, the Modernist Dishcloth!It’s a simple square of seed stitch, with lovely blocks/stripes of color based on my favorite painting at the Seattle Art Museum.It’s a Mark Rothko and is named (creatively) “#10, 1952.” It’s a beautiful painting, and even more gorgeous in person. I love the way the contrasting colors play against one another, and the subtle textures in each color block. I mean- that cornflower blue in the bottom half of the painting… come on!
If you ever get a chance to visit the SAM, definitely check out the Rothko. But, if you can’t make it, maybe try your hand at working up a little Rothko-inspired dishcloth.Grab the pattern here!
OK, I’m “supposed to” be working on my Provincial Tweed sweater. Or at least “supposed to” be coming up with a plan for that sweater.
Instead, my mind is a blank, and all I want to do is use up more of my sock yarn. I want to follow a pattern (no math for me today, thank you very much). And I want to do something quick, easy and familiar.
Well. I guess there’s just one thing for it.
I’ve gotta break out my Elisabeth Zimmermann and make another Baby Surprise Jacket.I love this pattern. It’s super simple, with almost zero finishing (unless you put in a bunch of stripes, which I plan on doing… oops). It’s absolutely ingenious, to the point where I have no idea how EZ figured out how to design and write the dang thing in the first place. It’s a great way to use up whatever bits and bobs of leftover yarn and salvaged buttons you have laying around. And, the pattern’s style is absolutely charming.
It’s not a standardized, modern pattern, that’s for sure. The copy that I use is a reproduced version of the original by-mail newsletter from 1968. It’s been written on a typewriter, and amended with little drawings, diagrams and notes from Ms. Zimmermann herself. She has includes little chivvying remarks and jokes in with her pattern instructions, and lets her personality shine through the text of her pattern. I feel like we would have gotten along swimmingly.Anyway, all that’s to say that I’m making a Baby Surprise Jacket for the little one, using all the leftover bits of blue and gray yarn I have left in my stash after finishing off his baby blanket. I’m really excited!
Do you have a favorite pattern you go back to time and again when you’re waiting for inspiration to strike?
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!
This is a pattern that I’ve been dying to share with you guys for what feels like a whole year! It might be my favorite sweater I’ve ever designed.
Introducing, the Snohomish Pullover!It’s a bottom-up, seamless, fully cabled-and-textured pullover. I absolutely love this design (if I say so myself). It features a wide panel of all-over cabling on the front and back, bordered with double-twist cables on either side and a cozy knit/purl background. Plus, there are matching cables down the sleeves, too! No getting bored here!It looks complicated and maybe a little scary if you’re not familiar with cables, but I promise it’s not! Every stitch pattern repeats every 4th or 8th row, so once you get all set up, working the cables is a breeze (I bet you’ll even be able to memorize the pattern once you’ve been through the repeat once or twice!).But the Snohomish Pullover doesn’t exist in a vacuum! It’s part of a gorgeous new collection from Knit Picks, Windward!It’s full of pullovers, cardigans, shawls, wraps, hats, and tunics, all covered in lush, gorgeous cables. This collection is a winner for sure!If you want a copy of the Snohomish Pullover, click here!
If you want a copy of the whole Windward collection (and why wouldn’t you?), click 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!