One of the things I loved about the Fog Along was that so many participants were able to stash dive and work with what they had on hand. No need to wait for shipping or carve out time to go shopping, unless you want to. For our new KAL, Diamond Smackdown, you can work the pattern in whatever yarn you have in your stash or indulge in a new weight and base you haven't tried!
The KAL will be running September 10th - October 10th! BUT! You can preorder the pattern now on Ravelry for 20% off. The initial download will offer insight into general yardage and needle size for various yarn weights, and your library will be automatically updated on September 10th with the full pattern.
Head over to The Violet Pie's Ravelry group where you can find the thread to sign up, update us on your progress, share pictures, etc! You can also find social media updates under #DSKAL. Another fun carry over from our past Fog Along is weekly Google Hangouts. It'll be happening every Thursday during the KAL from 7:30-8:00p Central. More details about that are over in Ravelry!
Diamond Smackdown is worked wholly in garter stitch (even the lace!) from wing point to wing point. You can work it in any weight you want, just begin the decreases once you've used up half of your yarn! The original piece was knit in a single skien of fingering, and below you'll see samples knit up in a variety of weights!
Of course, no KAL is complete without prizes! If you finish by October 10th, you'll be eligible for one of our THREE prizes. More details about these lovely donations by Crooked Kitchen, Monsoon Calamity, and Le Mouton Rouge on Ravelry!
Is there any better reason than community?
The friendships and connections that sprang to life through the last KAL are still present and growing in my life today. My hope is that this KAL will bring new people into our lives and strengthen standing friendships.
I am so excited about this mood board! It has a very mid century modern feel to it which I adore! Plus flamingos!
The Dog Days of Summer cowl is so perfect for all of your summer adventures; that extra little bit of warmth on a windy beach, or an over chilled theater. And a perfect little bit of knit color to your summer wardrobe pieces.
Click here or on the image above to explore the full mood board
Dog Days of Summer
Heat. Deep days of summer. Hot summer nights. We are all so done with the heat, so done with
the swelter, and desperately want to wear our handknits!
Dog Days of Summer is perfect for late summer; small enough for your purse, big enough for that wee bit of coverage you need in over air conditioned spaces, and just the right thing for your
Refreshing. Cool. Crisp.
What a nice thing to think about as we experience the heat of high summer here in the northern hemisphere. I find myself waking in the barely dawn hours to stand at my sliding door and breath in the clean morning air that is, as yet, untainted by heat. Seeking out those moments of crisp coolness is so restorative and begins my day just right.
Click here, or the image above to check out the full Pinterest board
Sockless is my solution to falling prey to the beautiful marketing ploys of dyers who pair a sock skein with a single mini skein for heels, toes, and cuffs. I always have the best of intentions, but there are a lot of single socks floating around....
So avoid second sock syndrome altogether and use those beautiful, but languishing sock sets in Sockless!
Click here or the image above to take you to the full inspiration board
Twitterpated with Summer? Embrace the heat while doing all the things with Larking About to keep you cool and stylish. Since it’s worked seamlessly bottom up, it’s the perfect project to bring to your neighborhood block party. No matter if you choose a statement yarn or color that blends seamlessly with your capsule wardrobe, this is the top your closet needs.
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If you're anything like me, mini skeins paired with variegated sock yarn offer an irresistible allure but when I get home, I'm faced with the reality that I have a terrible case of single sock syndrome and will never actually make a pair of socks.
The first in this self titled collection, Sockless is an adorable shawlette designed for those who find themselves in a similar situation. The long garter rows compliment heavily variegated yarn while utilizing a full mini skein for charming pops of color.
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That color. Bold. Saturated or not. Intense and eye catching in all its forms.
Even with as eye catching as it is I've always had a hard time designing and using orange. I want to like it. I want to create with it. It just isn't ever my first choice, or fifth if I'm really being honest. Perhaps I should set a personal goal to design something with this color in mind....some day, maybe.
Designed to be a part of your daily wardrobe, Italic imparts casual elegance to everything you pair it with. Jeans and a T-shirt for a matinee showing of La La Land or heels and an LBD for a downtown whiskey tasting, Italic imbues every outfit with effortless grace.
For airiness and drape, the main body uses a light fingering, while the contrast ribbing is only 110 grams of standard fingering weight, making it a fantastic stash busting feature.
Wingtip to Wingtip: 74” / 188 cm
Depth (not including tassel length): 16“ / 40.5 cm
Main Color (light fingering): 530 yards
Contrast Color (fingering): 110 yards
Yardage for tassels (fingering): 60 yards
This pattern has been tech edited and test knit for your flawless knitting pleasure. xoxo
"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance" - Coco Chanel
What began as a “I’m not sure this will work in a shawl” turned into “Wow, that is stunningly elegant” as the design took shape. Italic has its inspiration based in a technique, but is obviously so much more than that; the simplicity and elegance hints at high fashion, and color choices make it completely personal. I see this shawl in so many places: wrapped around an LBD coming out of a broadway show, thrown over jeans and a tee on a sunny brunch patio, and even on the beach partially hidden by a gloriously giant sun hat.
The versatility of this design made for a very interesting mood board. From the elegant ballerina to an intense color pop in architecture, there is a lot of contrast, and something for everyone. I hope you enjoy seeing the inspiration and love Italic even more!
A couple weeks ago, a terrible thing happened.
My beloved notions bag with all my favorite tools completely disappeared.
To make matters worse, I didn't have any backups except for child safety paper scissors and scrap yarn. All my second choice tools were in the same bag as my favorites, leaving no designated survivor in case of tragedy. I was completely beside myself with distress. The idea of replacing everything was completely impossible since so many of my favorite things were unique and one of a kind tools carefully currated over the years.
I tore apart my bedroom. The family room was tossed. My car was actually cleaned out in the hunt for my notions bag. All to no avail. I couldn't find it anywhere. I was pretty sure it fell out of my purse while out and about the previous weekend. The notions bag was taller than my actual purse, so I kept my purse unzipped to accommodate. At one point during the weekend, the purse got upended and it was probably there in the restaurant that the notions bag was lost.
Needless to say, it awkward to call the restaurant and say, "Yeah, did anyone turn in a pink and gold unicorn pencil pouch filled with gold rings, scissors with a tassel, a tape measure, and other odd things?"
Of course, the answer was no.
By Monday, I had given up hope of ever seeing it again. As a last resort, I asked one of my kids if they had seen it and their answer was "Uh, yeah. It's in the bathroom on top of the dryer".
Clearly, I need to do laundry more frequently. And before you ask -- no, I don't know how or why it was there to begin with.
I resolved to never take my favorite notions out of the house EVER AGAIN. I took out all my second favorite tools from my beloved pink and gold unicorn bag and was delighted to discover they fit in an Altoids like tin. Sharp scissors, a bit of scrap yarn, stitch markers, darning needle, and a tape measure fit snuggly without having to play tetras and that tin slides perfectly into my purse.
Topping the tin with a mermaid sticker I've been hoarding was the perfect way to make it clearly mine. And a good reminder that "no" is a complete sentence. But that's another blog post for another day.
Summer is here! The heat may be building and sunny days multiplying, but we still crave our hand knits. Over air conditioned spaces, cool breezes off the water, and late night concerts in the park are the perfect reason for that extra bit of coverage that Sirius Rising is perfect for. Wherever your summer takes you, look stunning doing it!
Summer is here! The heat may be building and sunny days multiplying, but we still crave our hand knits. Over air conditioned spaces, cool breezes off the water, and late night concerts in the park are the perfect reason for that extra bit of coverage that this shawl is perfect for. Every summer has its own story, make Sirius Rising a part of yours!
Click here or on the image above to explore more of what inspired the design.
I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing Sirius Rising as much as I loved designing it for you!
Celebrations are my favorite! Especially birthday celebrations. Every May, I bring you a free shawl pattern as a token of my appreciation and to celebrate my birthday.
This year I was inspired by confetti, streamers, and the bright colors that bring such joy to these events. I hope you enjoy your Party Favor!
Party Favor Shawl
Some of my most treasured party favors from past celebrations have been items that remind me of the person celebrated. This free shawl is the favor for you from my birthday this year. It encapsulates my love of bold gradients, fun finishing touches, and a delicate wearable size all in one charming piece. It features a lace reminiscent of confetti and an edging designed to mimic the crepe paper streamers of childhood.
I hope you wear it and think of me.
I have a mixed relationship with the stitch...I adore its squishiness, but will most certainly expire from boredom when it comes to actually knitting it.
It's showing up everywhere, from bags to hats to slippers. Quick and versatile, great for beginners and expert, the options are truly endless!
Click on the image to access the complete collection of garter inspiration on Pinterest. xoxo
April Showers is an open-front cardigan full of swing and bounce. Inspired by Spring, the lower half mimics the underside of the season's ubiquitous umbrella. The built in i-cord edge complements the rolled edge on the front and sleeves, contrasting with the raw edge of the almost scalloped hem.
As this design was starting to percolate in the back of my mind, I found a local artist online by the name of Jessica McGhee. Her vulnerability and genuine honesty as she shared her journey spoke to me on a deeply personal level. The words and images she shared encouraged me to continue to pursue my dreams as she sought out her own. When I discovered her new mural had a Spring-like quality to it, I knew exactly where April Shower's pictures had to be taken. As we were wrapping up the photo shoot, Jessica herself showed up to put the finishing touches on the other end of the mural! It was lovely to have that moment of connection and to share a bit of my own experiences with her.
This pattern is 100% FREE and published in Knitty Spring + Summer 2018!