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Pattern Release: Bolinas Cardigan

The last pattern of the Beachwalk Knits collection, the Bolinas Cardigan, is now live! The sample is done in Kelbourne Woolens Scout, a really nice workhorse wool yarn.

Here are the details!

This gorgeously cabled, oversized cardi is sure to keep you warm on chilly days or evenings!

The sweater is knit from the top down, with stitches picked up from the shoulder straps, fronts and back joined at the armholes, and the garment continued in one piece.

The sleeves are worked by picking up stitches along the armhole, working short rows for the cap shaping, then continuing in the round.

Sizes
Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)

To fit bust: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)“ / 71 (81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm with 5½ – 7” / 14 – 17.5 cm of ease

Finished Measurements
Bust: 34½ (37½, 41½, 45½, 50½, 55, 58¾)“ / 87.5 (95.5, 105.5, 115.5, 128.5, 139.5, 149) cm

Shown in size 2x

See schematic for full measurements.

Yarn
Kelbourne Woolens Scout, 100% wool (274 yds / 250 m per 100 g), est 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins approx 1293 (1380, 1516, 1706, 1923, 2224, 2345) yds / 1182 (1262, 1386, 1560, 1758, 2034, 2144) m, shown in Oatmeal.

See pattern notes regarding yardage.

Needles
US 4 / 3.5 mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge
US 3 / 3.25 mm needles or one size smaller than size needed to obtain gauge for ribbing

Your choice of circular or straight needles for flat knitting and circular or DPNs for in the round
Spare circular needles for tubular bind off

Gauge
22 sts and 32 rows / rounds in 4” / 10 cm in Spot Stitch pattern
Approx 30 sts in 4” / 10 cm over cabled patterns

Notions
(10) stitch markers; waste yarn or stitch holders; cable needle; yarn needle

Skills
cabling, reading charts, picking up stitches, short row shaping, optional tubular bind off

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Pattern Release: Carpinteria Shawl

Meet the Carpinteria Shawl!

I love playing with vintage lace patterns, and adapting them to more modern designs (Tricho, Cereus, Ferru, Buteo, Pygmy Owl, Beneath the Moon, Isn’t it Romantic?, Under the Sun). This one uses the big flower from Niebling’s Anemone but changes its center stitch pattern to reflect the stitch pattern of the body as well as a few other tweaks.

The pattern includes a section on blocking as well.

Do check out the images from the test thread here — you can see it in different colors and yarns!

Here are the details!

This lovely crescent shawl, worked from the textured portion to the lacy edging, features a leaf and flower pattern inspired by Niebling’s Anemone table cloth pattern.

Carpinteria californica, also known as the Bush Anemone, is a California native plant, with glossy green leaves and beautiful white flowers.

One size, easily altered

Finished Measurements
Length along bottom edge: 103¾“ / 263.5 cm
Length along cast on edge: 51¾” / 131.5 cm
Depth along sides: 21” / 53.5 cm

Yarn
Elemental Affects Cormo Lace, 100% Wool (1140 yds / 1060 m per 4 oz / 112g), 2 skeins Chambray
As knit, shawl weighed 152 g and used 1548 yds / 1415 m.

Needles
US 1.5 / 2.5 mm circular needles or size to obtain gauge

Gauge
23 sts and 23 rows = 4” / 10 cm in WFS pattern, blocked (see Swatch directions)

Notions
(7) stitch markers to separate repeats, yarn needle

Skills
Lace, reading charts

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2017 in Review

2017 started a little slower for me with self-publishing: I put a lot of time upfront into the Winery Knits eBook in order to get it ready for deadlines.

Once I realized I was going to self-publish my designs on my own, I kicked my designing into gear with some gorgeous shawls: Under the Sun (below, top) and In Love With the Night Mysterious (below, lower).

Next up was the Coronado Cowl.

I also had two stranded projects with Knit Picks: the Blodwen Cowl and the Morgan Mitts.

After those, I started publishing the patterns from Winery Knits. I love this collection: I love the yarns, the colorways, and the yin/yang of the Aran Lace vs stranded patterns. See pics at top.

I interspersed those releases with a few other releases with yarn support I arranged at summer TNNA: Tafoni and Escondido shawls.

I was able to work with yarn companies that are longtime faves of mine (Anzula, Mrs Crosby, Dragonfly Fibers, Sunday Knits, Elemental Affects, Stitch Sprouts) and with some new-to-me-designing-with-their-yarns companies (Harrisville, Shalimar).

I attended summer TNNA, but not winter: my flight to San Jose was cancelled due to weather.

Although I didn’t publish as many designs as in previous years, I’m quite happy with those that I did.

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Pattern Release: Chalk Hill Mitts

The Chalk Hill mitts are named for the Chalk Hill appellation in northeast corner of the Russion River AVA in Sonoma County. Primary varietals grown here include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

I know Chalk Hill best as my bike-leg nemesis for Barb’s Race in 2007, my first and only half-Ironman triathlon. (At the time, Barb’s Race was an all-women’s half-Ironman triathlon, run concurrently with the full Vineman, raising money for cancer support.) The Chalk Hill area is gorgeous, but, oh, going up that hill was hard! The downhill and ride back to the transition area was awesome, though!

Cabled stitch pattern is both charted and written.

Read about the Winery Knits collection here.

Sizes
Women’s Small (Large); to fit 6–7 (7–8)” / 15–18 (18–20.5) cm hand circumference

Finished Measurements
Palm circumference, unstretched (note the lace cable pattern is quite stretchy): 5.75 (6.5)” / 14 (16.5) cm

Yarn
Shalimar Paulie Fingering, 60% Merino Wool / 20% Camel / 10% Silk / 10% Cashmere goat, 420 yds / 115 g, 1 skein, shown in size Large in Buttermilk

Needles
US 1 (2.25 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge, for working in the round
US 0 (2 mm) needles for ribbing, or one size smaller than needle to obtain gauge, for working in the round

Gauge
32 sts and 48 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch
Cable pattern, unstretched: 2.25 (2.5)” / 5.5 (6.5) cm

Notions
yarn needle, waste yarn, 3 stitch markers

Skills
cabling, maintaining stitch patterns

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Pattern Release: Willow Creek Mitts

 

The Willow Creek mitts are named after one of the new AVAs (American Viticultural Area) in the Paso Robles area, the Willow Creek District. It includes the rolling hills west of Highway 101; some of our favorite wineries such as Cypher and Turley have tasting rooms in this area. The most common varietals grown include Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Grenache.

Read about the Winery Knits collection here.

One Size

Finished Measurements
Palm circumference: 8” / 20.5 cm

Yarn
Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering (118 yds / 108m per 1 oz / 28g), in the following colors:
Fawn (MC): 2 skeins
Ciel (CC): 1 skein

Needles
US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
US 0 (2.0 mm) needles for garter stitch, or size smaller than needle to obtain gauge

Gauge
32 sts and 34 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in stranded stitch patterns
28.5 sts = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch

Notions
yarn needle, waste yarn, minimum 3 stitch markers

Skills
cabling, stranding, reading charts, maintaining stitch patterns

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