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Pattern Release: Santa Ynez Cowl



The Santa Ynez Cowl is a companion piece to the Chalk Hill Mitts pattern in Winery Knits. Have you seen the movie Sideways? The wineries Miles and Jack visit are mostly in the Santa Ynez valley, near Santa Barbara. This area is known for Pinot Noir, Syrah, and other varietals.

Here are some fun links to explore about Sideways.  We’ve actually not gone wine tasting here for awhile, and these links are making me want to go!

Here are all the pattern details!

Small (Large)

Finished Measurements
Height: 9” / 23 cm
Circumference: 24 (32)“ / 61 (81.5) cm

Sincere Sheep Luminous, 85% Polwarth Wool / 15% Tussah Silk, 330 yds / 4 oz, 1 skein, shown in St Bart’s.
Est yardage: 247 (327) yds. Large size (shown) took nearly entire skein.

US 6 (3.75 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge, for working in the round

US 5 (4 mm) needles for ribbing, or one size smaller than needle to obtain gauge, for working in the round

Your choice of circular needles or DPNs.

23 sts and 32.5 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in cable pattern, blocked

Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

yarn needle, waste yarn, 3 (4) stitch markers

cabling, simple lace, novel cable decreases, maintaining stitch patterns

Both charts and line by line instructions are provided.


Stitches West 2018


I’m heading to Stitches West this Saturday February 24th! I’ll be at the Sincere Sheep booth from 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m.
Samples I’ll be bringing:

Come say hi!


Spring Cleaning 2018


It’s that time of the year when I go on my decluttering rampage! Here’s what I have for sale this time around. US/APO shipping only, shipping included for the books / DVD.

I have also come to the realization that I am never, ever going to spin. Check out the fiber pics here. I also have 2 large bags of pin-drafted merino. Make an offer for all or any of it. You pay actual cost of shipping.

If you’d like to purchase anything, please email me!

Knit Picks Collection
If you purchase any of these, I’ll include a copy of the Mittens! booklet (or) the Aran Lace DVD.

The Wild West Collection Vol 2: Cables $19.99 (list 22.95) (I’ll gift you the PDF on Ravelry as well if you purchase one of these at this time). Only 2 left.

Mittens! booklet $9.99 (list 14.95) I’ll gift you the PDF on Ravelry as well if you purchase one of these, too, at this time! Guys, this is cheaper than the PDF, and you’ll get both hardcopy & and the PDF. I need to clear these out!

Aran Lace DVD $10  plus Ravelry code for one of my Aran Lace cowl patterns if you purchase it at this time (Artemisia Cowl, Achillea Cowl, Coast Oak Cowl, or Applejack Cowl). These have to go too!

I still have one copy of Hitch left on Amazon. If you purchase it from me (look for me (Stephannie Tallent) as the seller, or a line in the description stating “Please message me if you’d like your copy signed. Thanks!”), I’ll gift the PDF to you on Ravelry as well. (I’m sorry, if you purchase the book(s) from someone else, or in the past, I can’t honor this.) I can easily squeeze in any of the books or the Aran Lace DVD in with this, with no additional cost in shipping.



Pattern Release: Agate Beach Hat

Meet Agate Beach!

This brim up, textured hat lets the soft, luxurious yarn — Due Capre from Mrs Crosby —  really shine. Although I worked it in a semi-solid, you could work this in a speckled or handpainted colorway as well.

The textured pattern reminds me of small rocks and pebbles transitioning to sand on the beach.

The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. Work an optional tubular cast on, directions included, or your preferred stretchy cast on.

Unisex S (M, L), to fit head circumference: 20 (22, 24)“ / 51 (56, 61) cm

Finished Measurements
Brim circumference: 17½ (20¼, 21¾)“ / 44.5 (51.5, 55) cm
Head circumference: 19 (21¾, 23¼)” / 48 (55.5, 59) cm
Height including brim: 8 (8½, 8¾)“ / 20.5 (21.5, 22) cm

Mrs Crosby Due Capre, 85% Cashmere / 15% Kid Mohair (140 yds / 128 m per 50 g), 2 skeins, 151 (180, 197) yds / 139 (165, 181) m. Shown in size Small in Submarine.

US 4 / 3.5 mm or size needed to obtain gauge for stockinette stitch in the round
US 3 / 3.25 mm or one size smaller than size for body of hat for ribbing
US 2.5 / 3 mm or one size smaller than size for ribbing for tubular cast on
Your choice of DPNs or circular needles for knitting in the round.

22 sts and 32 rounds over 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch

(4) stitch markers, (1) unique for beginning of round; yarn needle

working in the round
option of tubular cast on (directions given) or regular cast on


Planning for 2018


2018 is wide open. I have some yarn left from summer TNNA that I need to do up a design with, a couple designs in process, a third party design that’s coming along (and a third party design, the Sionann Cardi, that already came out the first week of January) and a little bit of designer stash yarn that was given to me with no specific plans that I’d like to use, but other than that, it’s open.

Writing it all out like that makes it sound NOT very open, but truly, it is! That means I have room to plan at least one collection for this year (and maybe get started on another).

Here’s some details on the designs that are in the works right now:

  • Simple but pretty beanie to show off the yarn in Mrs Crosby Duo Capre (testing already completed)
  • Gradient shawl with Knitcircus yarn: just at the swatching stage
  • Simple stranded fingerless mitts using one of my favorite geometric stitch patterns from Alterknit in Koigu (sample in progress)
  • Over-the-top crescent shawl in Elemental Affects Cormo (pic above, sample knit by Patty). Also planned is a stole version, and maybe a fingering weight version.

I’ll be starting testing for the Koigu mitts and the Cormo crescent soon — keep an eye on the Ravelry group.

I’ve been brainstorming two collections. The first is Beachwalk, with designs inspired, by, um, the California coast. No huge surprise there! Tentatively the collection will include a textured pullover, a cardi, a hat, fingerless mitts, and a shawl or stole.

The second collection, that I’ll be working on closer to the end of the year, is based around one of my favorite National Parks, Yosemite. I’ll be going to Yosemite in March for a veterinary continuing education program, so will be getting some good inspiration photos. That particular collection will be cables all the way, and will include a cardi, a vest, a shawl, full mitts, and a hat.