Pattern Release — Thingamajig

A new knitting pattern is now available — the shawlette Thingamajig!

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I love small shawls and designing this shawlette was a lot of fun. There is a bit of this and that: stockinette, garter stitch, short rows, eyelets and a wavy edge! The Eyelet pattern is worked a little different than what you would expect. A little change leads to boldly defined holes. I used Ferner Sommernachtsreigen (hand dyed in Austria) for my sample — as you can see, this shawlette looks great in hand dyed yarns! A solid yarn would look great, too. I hope you like this pattern, happy knitting!


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Pattern Release — Lace Delight

New knitting pattern available — Lace Delight!

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This shawl features garter stitch and eyelets and is simply a delight to knit! And it looks stunning and deceptively difficult. There are only knit stitches and an easy to memorize 4 rows repeat. Lace Delight forms a shallow triangle and looks best in solid yarns. For this golden version I used Scrumptious 4ply (Fyberspates), it is a merino and silk blend and has this gorgeous sheen. I love how this shawl turned out and I know that this will be my favourite spring accessory!

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Flowers, Lace and a shooting star

Yarn Adventure Sneak Peek

Wow, my new Freebie Knitted Home for the Cake is a shooting star – and Hot right now! Thanks everyone for taking a peek, queuing¬† or adding it to your favourites! I’m really amazed at how popular this design is! When I started putting my patterns up on ravelry I would have never dreamed of this…

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The craft must go on and here is some eye-candy of what I’ve been working on.¬† A new knitted dishcloth is taking shape, I don’t want to say to write too much about it yet – but it looks amazing in a solid color. Also in a solid color, my new shawl pattern features all-over lace and garter stitch. It works up fast, not sure about the release date yet. The golden version looks stunning, but I really want a multicolor version, too. Because I happen to have the perfect handpainted skein sitting in my stash, waiting for a chance to shine. It is often difficult to find a pattern that works with short color changes, especially a lace pattern. Well, we’ll see how it works up… Next pattern to be released on Saturday is a crochet scarf. But not any old scarf – a C2C scarf with flowers. I love to tweak C2C, to add a little something to make it more interesting. My knobbly Wrap is quite popular, and because spring is (hopefully) here soon, I found a way to add big flowers to the blocks.
Thanks for reading, happy crocheting and knitting!

Pattern Release — Neon Bubbles Shawl

Introducing the Neon Bubbles Shawl — a fun garter stitch shawl featuring short row bubbles!

CIMG2720-700.JPGA shawl knit entirely in garter stitch. That doesn’t sound very exciting, right? Throw in some short rows and you get a really fun knit! Choose neon colors and add a pop of color. Show off bold color combinations or make a shawl in black and white. The bubbles are formed with the easiest of short rows that you can imagine – you knit to a certain point and turn your work. Because this shawl is worked sideways, it wraps nicely around the neck and you can adjust it to any size.

I have been thinking about combining garter stitch and short rows for a while. What I wanted to do was something different, and I came up with the idea of little bubbles growing in size. On the other hand, I wanted to design a shawl that can be adjusted to any size. And to be honest, designing the bubbles involved a lot of math and I really longed for a point where I could just knit and not worry about the stitch count. The i-cord bind-off adds a colorful finish and a neat edge. If you have lots of scraps, you could change color for every bubble and make a rainbow shawl!

I hope you enjoy my new shawl and have fun picking colors and knitting it!

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Pattern Release — Supervillain Shawl

Let’s put a smile on your face — introducing the Supervillain Shawl!

The Joker is my all-time favourite Supervillain! When I saw this green and purple skein at my yarn shop, the idea for a Joker-themed shawl formed in my mind. Unfortunately, there was only one skein left so I could only make a small shawl. You can continue the pattern until you run out of yarn and make your shawl as large as you want!

What would suit this Supervillain better than the twisted rib stitch? Of course, the edge also has a twist! The edge is literally twisted because it is a little cable that sneaks along the side of the shawl. Then, instead of a normal bind-off, something strange happens! The cable edge just continues along the top like a sideways bind-off.

For a small shawl (90cm x 40cm at widest point) you’ll need about 100g = 420m / 460 yards of fingering weight yarn and a 3.75 mm knitting needle, for a large shawl about 920 yards.

And if you don’t like green and purple? Make yourself a shawl in the colors of your favourite supervillain! I know you have one, give yourself a little push and come over to the Dark Side!

Magical dishcloths, spirals and neon bubbles

And here comes yet another Yarn Adventure Sneak Peek!

How do you like my ramblings about what’s on my hooks/knitting needles? Well, I certainly enjoy writing these sneak peeks. Mostly because I love to surprise other people, but also because writing about my WIPs (or rather PIPs – pattern in progress) helps me focus.

I would have never imagined how long it takes to write a pattern. And I’m not talking about the swatches, the trial and error, the actual knitting/crocheting — I’m talking about putting a pattern into words that (hopefully) make sense and tricky parts easy to follow.

This week is your lucky week with three patterns being released. One is already available (Fuzzy, a Freebie!) and the second one will be out Thursday. It is also a Freebie and a magical knitted dishcloth. Why is it magical? It’s reversible, one side has a knobbly texture and the other shows the slipped stitches! No doubt, this dishcloth stays with me — its really thick and there are no purls! The third pattern is a knitted shawl (paid, comes with my usual 10% discount), to be released on Sunday. The special thing about this shawl is its border — a little cable that sneaks alongside the shawl and is used for a sideways bind-off.

Not to worry, crocheters! The orange triangle shows the start of yet another crochet dishcloth, made with herringbone hdc.

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Another knitted shawl that I’m working on is the Neon Bubbles Shawls. It’s called this because there are short row bubbles all over it. So far, I really love the color combination, the in-your-face-yellow against the grey. My new yarn got delivered yesterday, and it really is scrumptious as the label says. Merino and silk rolled into one georgeous hank, what will it become? Probably a knitted shawl or wrap, this woul be perfect for a lace pattern. I’m more a texture and cables girl, but who knows?

About the little square on the bottom left picture… I’m not sure if I should frog it or not. It started how a lot of my patterns (and failures) start, with a crazy idea. I love spirals (there is a really creepy movie based on even creepieer mangas called Uzumaki, if you are not afraid of spirals, you’ll be after you’ve seen this movie!). It works like a lacy spiral, but it loks a bit wonky and just not very orderly. Crazy spiral lace. The thing is, what can you do with it? A lacy blanket? A coaster? Wall Art? To frog or not to frog, that’s the question…

Thanks for reading, stay crafty!

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Pattern Release — Simply Sideways Shawl

My 16th pattern — now available!

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Sometimes I need a relaxing, simple knittng project that I can work on while watching my favourite shows on Netflix. This shawls fits the bill perfectly. The six row repeat (only one purl row!) with one decrease is easy to memorize. And works for whatever yarn you have in your stash (or always wanted to have)! The skein I used was one of my “troublemakers”. Some skeins (most often hand dyed ones) have this colorway that doesn’t look good in any pattern except plain stockinette or garter stitch. So I put those two together and added some unusual decreases. I think it’s fascinating how differently shawls can be shaped by changing the ratio of decreases and/or increases. The picot bind-off uses a crochet hook, something playful to finish your shawl. But of course you can use any bind-off you like!

Happy knitting!

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