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Pattern Release: Spring Mountain Stole

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Here’s the Spring Mountain Stole! As for the companion shawl, Atlas Peak, I wanted to choose a mountainous name to tie in with the feather-evoking two-colored cable pattern and the peaked merge into the cabled section. It’s always exciting to see raptors overhead!

Did you know that there’s a company, Authentic Abatement, that rents out birds of prey to scare off non-native berry-eating birds?

The Spring Mountain appellation has been the site of two of our favorite and most memorable wine tasting experiences (both at Fantesca, including tastings of Fantesca wines and La Sirena wines). Lush, rich Cabs and Cab blends are the highlight here.

The shawl is worked in one piece from the bottom up, with stranded portions on either end of the textured center.

Size
One size (can be easily altered)

Finished Measurements as shown
Length: 85¼” / 217 cm
Width: 15½” / 39.5 cm

Yarn
MC: Sunday Knits Nirvana 5 ply, 92% select fine Australian merino / 8% premium Mongolian cashmere (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), 6 skeins, shown in Earth. Actual yardage: 715 yds / 654 m
CC: Sunday Knits Angelic 5 ply, 75% extra-fine Australian merino / 25% ultra soft French angora (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), 2 skeins, shown in Sky. Actual yardage: 165 yds / 151 m

Needles
US5 / 3.75 mm or size to obtain gauge for cabled, stranded pattern
US6 / 4 mm or size to obtain gauge for Spot Stitch pattern

Gauge
27 sts and 26 rows = 4” / 10 cm in cabled, stranded pattern
18 sts and 21 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Spot Stitch pattern

Notions
yarn needle, cable needle

Skills
cabling, stranding, reading charts

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Pattern Release: Tafoni Shawl

This lovely light fingering weight shawl, worked as a wedge , incorporates an Aran lace and geometric side edging, with a lacy textured body. The versatile shape can be worn a variety of ways!

One Size (Easy to alter size)

Finished Measurements
Height (from cast on to last row, along edging): 64” / 162.5 cm
Top Edge: 16” / 40.5 cm
See Schematic for more details

Yarn
Dragonfly Fibers Dharma, 50% yak / 50% mulberry silk (480 yds / 439 m per 4 oz / 113 g), 1 skein of Dragonberry. As shown shawl used approx 442 yds / 404 m.

Needles
US 2.5 / 3 mm needles or size to obtain gauge
US 5 / 3.75 mm needles for bind off

Gauge
22 sts and 36 rows over 4” / 10 cm in Textured Repeat
Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

Notions
yarn needle
cable needle
2 stitch markers

Skills
lace knitting
cabling
twisted stitches WS (for double yarnovers)
both charts and line by line instructions provided

 

 

 

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Pattern Release: Dry Creek Sweater

The Dry Creek Sweater is named after my favorite AVA ((American Viticultural Area) in Sonoma County, the Dry Creek Valley. This was the first name I came up with for a pattern in the Winery Knits Collection — that’s how much I love the area!

Talty and Bella are some of our favorite wineries in this area. The area is especially known for Zinfandel, one of my favorite varietals.

The valley itself is wonderful for cycling. You can ride around the lower perimeter of the valley, over very gentle elevation variations (you can’t really call them hills), viewing the vineyards in the center of the valley.

Read about the Winery Knits Collection here.

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

Finished Measurements
Chest: 32¾ (37, 40¾, 45, 49¼, 53½, 57¾)”
83 (94, 103.5, 114.5, 125, 136, 146.5) cm
To fit with approx 4-5” / 10-12.5 cm of ease.
See schematic for other measurements.
Shown in Size S.

Yarn
Harrisville WATERshed, 100% Pure Virgin Wool, 110 yds / 50 g, 8 (10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19) skeins, shown in Driftwood
880 (1030, 1155, 1365, 1550, 1825, 1990) yds / 805 (942, 1056, 1248, 1417, 1669, 1820) m

Needles
US6 (4 mm) circular needles, or size to obtain gauge
US5 (3¾ mm) circular needles for ribbing, or one size smaller than needle to obtain gauge

Gauge
19 sts and 30 rows / rounds = 4” / 10 cm in Spot Stitch Pattern
average 22.5 sts = 4” /10 cm over cable panels

Notions
yarn needle, waste yarn, minimum 8 stitch markers

Skills
cabling, reading charts, maintaining stitch patterns

 

 

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Pattern Release: In Love with the Night Mysterious Shawl

I’m so excited to release In Love with the Night Mysterious! This lovely laceweight shawl, worked as a triangular wedge / vortex, incorporates an Aran lace and geometric side edging, with a textured body. The versatile shape can be worn a variety of ways. The Hat Box yarn, one of my favorites from Mrs Crosby, makes it sumptuous and decadent. I love the moody, dark richness of the Squid Ink colorway (but you can see examples of different colorways, all lovely, from my test knitters!).

Both charts and line by line instructions provided.

One Size (Easy to alter size)

Finished Measurements
Height (from cast on to last row, along edging): 49” / 125 cm
Top Edge: 24” / 61 cm

Yarn
Mrs Crosby Hat Box, 75% superwash merino / 15% silk / 10% cashmere (317 yds / 290m per 3.53oz / 100g), 2 skeins of Squid Ink. As shown shawl used approx 613 yds / 561 m.

Needles
US5 / 3.75mm needles or size to obtain gauge

Gauge
20.5 sts and 28 rows over 4 in / 10cm in Wildflower Repeat

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

Notions
yarn needle
cable needle
2 stitch markers

Skills
lace knitting
cabling, to include novel decrease cable stitches
twisted stitches both RS and WS
both charts and line by line instructions provided

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Pattern Re-Release: Flidais Stole

The end of last week the rights to the Flidais Stole returned to me. I’ve since laid it out in my own pattern format and added line by line instructions for the chart.

Here’s the pattern info!

The Flidais Stole combines multiple Aran Lace patterns for a beautiful, romantic result.

Both charts and line by line instructions are included.

Flidais is the Celtic goddess of the woods and wild things.

One size
Can by altered lengthwise by working fewer or more repeats

Finished Measurements
15 inches / 38 cm wide by 78 inches / 198 cm long

Yarn
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool (110 yards/50g), 10 balls. Shown in Briar Heather 25982.

Needles
US4 / 3.5mm straight or circular needles, or size to obtain gauge

Gauge
24 sts and 28.25 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm average over Flidais pattern, blocked.

Notions
yarn needle
cable needle

Skills
cabling, novel cable stitches (definitions/directions given), simple lace, yarnovers, decreases, knit through the back loop
pattern is both charted and written line by line

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