Thursday, October 31, 2013
...or around your neck, anyway? Halloween seems like an appropriate day to launch Huntress Shawl on Ravelry... the pattern is now available directly through Ravelry, including LYS sales, and can be ordered wholesale in print. A spec sheet is available by e-mail for shops to place in a pattern binder. This is a quick project, perfect for gift knitting or a KAL for the next season of Game of Thrones...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Krista Cowl is now available through the Ravelry pattern store, including LYS in-store sales, and wholesale in print. The pattern now contains some notes about how to adjust the size, which I will include here for those who purchased the magazine or downloads through Interweave. In related news, I am working on a pair of mittens to match this cowl. The pattern will have both fingerless and closed in options. Stay tuned, or feel free to e-mail or Ravelry pm me if you would like to be notified when this pattern is available.
As written, the cowl measures 17.5" x 6.25" when unbuttoned which provides a close but not tight fit for many people. I have noticed that some knitters have said that they would like it to fit a little snugger, and I can imagine that some might need a little more room. Luckily, this is an easy pattern to alter. If you would like to make the cowl either tighter or looser, the size is easy to adjust. The main section of the cowl contains two reverse stockinette panels (i.e. the purls are on the Right Side). The easiest step for smaller adjustments is to add or subtract stitches evenly in these sections according to the gauge. For example, if you want to change the size by about an inch, add or subtract 3 stitches to each section. For larger adjustments, additional repeats of the cable pattern in the buttonband may be worked to add additional length while keeping the patterns in proportion to each other.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Rocket Boy #1 (aka Chief Technology and Social Media Officer) reminds me that I am way overdue for a post here... RocketBoy Knits is currently at Mission Control East, enjoying some New England sun and salt water and working on some new patterns. I wanted to post a photo, but Blogger and my iPad are not playing nicely right now, so it will have to wait... It's always inspiring for me to be here, so there will be plenty to share in the future. - stay tuned! In the meantime, hope you are having a great summer.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A couple of years ago, I introduced the Queen Anne Cowl pattern (details here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/queen-anne-cowl--fingering-sock-weight-version)I loved the combination of the beaded rib pattern with a leafy panel that looks much harder to do than it really is. The Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle had been an important part of my daily orbit for the previous few years, home to both my job at Hilltop Yarn and the Rocket Boys' time at pre-school. About the time I was creating the pattern, all that changed - Rocket Boys aged out of pre-school, and Hilltop closed. I found that one of the little things I missed was the drive along a winding stretch of road near cemetery, where huge old trees arched over the road creating the nicest sort of tunnel. So, when it came time to name the cowl, I chose "Queen Anne" to keep that memory alive. After that, I got caught up in other projects, but always knew that I was not done with that stitch combination. This winter, I finally returned to create the mitts that I felt the cowl needed to go with it. When I designed the Rose Hill Mitts pattern, I realized that there was a lot of demand among women for fingerless mitts in multiple sizes, particular larger ones, so this mitt comes in three sizes. All take less than 200 yards, so that the cowl and mitts can be knit from one 400 yard skein of fingering weight sock yarn. Of course, there are many of those to choose from, but the models are knit in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock.
Friday, February 22, 2013
At this time of year, I always find it hard to get motivated to do just about anything. The grey, wet Pacific Northwest winter has seeped into my bones and any prospect of warm weather and sun to drive it out is a long way off still. It's way too easy to just grind to a halt and hunker down. Maybe it's no accident, then, that I suddenly realize I have tried to stuff way more into the next several weeks than I meant to. I have a project I'm finishing up for Knit Picks (Bulky yarn FTW!), one new pattern about to go into testing, and contemplating another to try to cram in before Vogue Knitting Live hits the Seattle area at the beginning of April, not to mention a proposal to write up and knitting new models for older patterns to display in the Hazel Knits booth at VK Live! February Blues? Ain't nobody got time for that! It's all about the February purples right now...