Italic Shawl

Italic Shawl

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.

Measurements

Wingtip to Wingtip: 74” / 188 cm
Depth (not including tassel length): 16“ / 40.5 cm

Yardage breakdown

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



Project Highlights

{mood board} Italic Shawl

Italic Shawl

"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! 

Click here for the full mood board

Pattern will release on Wednesday, July 11 in my Ravelry Store!

Emergency!

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

Sirius Rising

Sirius Rising

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!



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{mood board} Sirius Rising Shawl

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!

xoxo

{mood board} Party Favor

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 Pattern

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Party Favor Shawl

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.


#LunchBreakKnitting



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{sunday inspiration} Garter

Garter.

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

April Showers

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!




Project Highlights

A Happy Accident

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Many months ago, Authoress was testing a completely different pattern for me. She excitedly shared some WIP pictures so we could ooooh and ahhhh over the gorgeous yarn choice. It took me until the next day to realize that the texture wasn't quite right. The stitch pattern was lovely but not what I had actually written.

My brain bees were BUZZING over emailing her about the overall pattern mistake. Not because I thought Authoress would be rude or resistant to correcting the project but because frogging can be THE WORST THING EVER. Who wants to be the bearer of bad news? Certainly not me!

She was gracious and kind about it and frogged without complaint. But the texture stuck with me and before I knew it, a new design took hold in my mind and The Great Mistake was born. It has been such a beautiful reminder that good things can come out of almost any situation, even those involving frogging. 

You can find out more about The Great Mistake pattern here!

Great Mistake Cowl

Great Mistake Cowl

Once upon a time, there was a knitter who loved the pattern she was testing. She started off working the stitch in a way that didn’t look like everyone else’s projects, but was also pretty amazing. From that happy accident a whole new design came to life, creating a lovely happily ever after to a frogging situation.

Worked in the round from the bottom up, Great Mistake is all one piece from cast on to bind off. A little bit of ribbing that flows into an all over texture makes a scrumptious and squishy cowl to see us all through the final days of cold weather.



PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

{sunday inspiration} Mikado Yellow

In the depths of winter, on those days when mother nature teases me with sunshine, there are fleeting moments when I swear I can feel that hint of spring. I focus that longing for the earth to bloom again with warmth, and go searching for inspiration in color.

Mikado Yellow: bold warmth, with an edge of freshness. Not quite yellow, not quite orange, a tantalizing in-between.

I hope it inspires you too

Pinterest Board can be found HERE

{mood board} Header

Friends. Community. Sometimes they're not always next door, or even a half hour away. Sometimes they're MUCH farther than that and the distance weighs heavily. The inspiration for Header is self care, and that means community too. Taking care of and being taken care of, one for you and one for a friend. An act of love for both. 

Header Pattern found HERE

Pinterest Board found HERE

Fog Along 2018 FO Inspiration

Fog: A Shawl Recipe has over 30 FO pages on Raverly. I loved looking through the various on the Fog theme as I searched for inspiration for my own Fog shawl for the KAL. I loved every single FO and have pulled some of those to showcase the versatility of the Fog Shawl! Be sure to follow on social media for what specifically struck me on each of the shawls.

I'd love to have you join us for the Fog Along and make your own Fog Shawl! Why don't you check the Knit Along thread over on Ravelry and say hi?

Header Headband

Header Headband

Sometimes, people in your community need tangible care and comfort but they live too far away to bring them groceries or do their laundry. Header is designed to be that little something that’s easy to mail to your long distance community. As a fun cabled knit with a pop of color, you can easily raid your stash and whip it up over the weekend in time for the mail on Monday morning. Once your package is safely on it’s way, you’ll have time to create one for yourself, too.


#LunchBreakKnitting



PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

{mood board} Color Shot Mitts

We all could benefit from being kind to ourselves. This season can be hard and difficult to navigate, so cozy and comforting choices are necessary to see ourselves to Spring.

Click the image above to see the full mood board inspiration for my Color Shot Mitts

Fog Along 2018 COLORS

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Color Maven, present and accounted for!

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Below, you will find some of my favorite indie dyers who offer lace and fingering weight yarns. The image only shows my personal favorite pairing, so be sure to click on the image to go to their website and explore.

If you need help sorting through options online or in your stash, head over to Ravelry and let me know! 

Fog Along 2018

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Let's kick knitting ennui together

When melancholy overtakes us, it can feel impossible to pull ourselves out into the sun. Working up a soothing pattern for a shawl that can feature colors that awaken your soul is a time tested, knitter approved option to rediscover joy again.

Let's build community together

No one should do this alone. Why don't you join me and other lovely individuals for a knit along over on Ravelry. We can all Fog Along together with my free shawl pattern called "Fog: A Shawl Recipe". The beauty of this pattern is its versatility. You knit until you're ready to change things up, then you switch to the next section. You can't knit it wrong. It looks lovely as a shawlette as it does a giant public approved wearable blanket! If you join in over at Ravelry, you'll have a built in community to cheer you on every stitch of the way.

Let's pick color together

Fog is worked in fingering and lace weight held together. It's the perfect stash busting pattern OR the ideal enabler to order from that one amazing dyer you've been eyeing f o r e v e r. Over on Ravelry, you'll find your personal color maven who is willing to help you through every potential color pairing you're considering. Also, check out this additional blog post for our favorite indie dyers.

Let's Fog Along together

There's a lot more to discover about this KAL. Prizes and online hangouts are outlined on Ravelry. Be sure to keep an eye out on social media under #FogAlong2018 for all those visual updates we love.

I hope to see you soon.

xoxo 

Knit Circus GIVEAWAY

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These two 50 gram skeins of yarn from Knit Circus are on their Ringmaster base in the colorway "I'm a Lumberjack...".

It can be on YOUR needles if you are subscribed to The Violet Pie's newsletter by 02/11/18.

Giveaway has ended and we're waiting to hear back from the winner! Still be sure to subscribe to the newsletter below to keep up to date on all the new and exciting things happening here at The Violet Pie! xoxo

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