Let it snow: knitted snowflake

If it is not snowing where you are - why not take the matters in your own hands and make some snowflakes?!?

Knitted snowflake
"Knit Simple" Magazine (winter2007/2008).
Cast on 21 sts.
Row 1(RS): knit.
Row 2 (WS): Bind off 1st,*[sl 1 st back to LH needle. Using cable cast-on method, cast on 3 sts. Bind off next 3 sts] 3 times, bind off next 4 sts* repeat from *to the end. thread tapestry needle with cast-on tail and run through cast-on stitches. Pull to form circle and secure.

Here are couple pictures that hopefully will help:

I used them as appliques for my daughters sweater:

Happy Knitting everyone!


Frost Flowers Lace Pattern

Frost Flowers Lace pattern is in my opinion one of the most elegant and versatile patterns I came across. This how it looks like in Shadow Lace weight KnitPicks Yarn:

 I believe it was originally published in Barbara Walker's "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns" (please correct me if I am wrong) and inspired many designers. 
I used "Flowers and Snowflakes Shawl: Blue Danube" by Debbie O'Neill published in
Vogue Knitting on the Go: Shawls Two. Here it is in my interpretation:
As for versatility of the pattern:

Here it is used in summer top by lankakomero ( you can also find the pattern itself here):

Here it is used in square shawl by Eugen Beugler for A Gathering Of Lace, as knitted by Eunny 
Here it is used to adorn the jacket by Lene Holme Samsoe in  " Feminine Knits "
Hope you enjoyed the pattern as much as I do -
Happy Knitting everyone!

PS: Do you know any other items that are knitted with "FROST FLOWERS"?


Ribbed Lace and Cable Knots

Oh,  "A Gathering of Lace" by Meg Swansen!

Every lace-knitter's Must Have book. How many of us out there spent hours looking at the pictures of lovely shawls and pullovers? I am the latest victim! I got the book in July and since then every so often I open the pages and look at the pictures, saying : "One day I will make...". The item I will make usually changes from day to day. 
One of those items is a Ribbed Lace Pullover which has the following pattern:
I like the idea of lace and cables and I like the cabled knots. I really wanted to play with this pattern!
However, me being me (i.e. - I very rarely follow any pattern without changing it) I made the pattern even lacy-er and knitted a stole (or a big scarf - what ever you want to call it):

Here is a detailed pattern:

Question is: should I write up the pattern for all of you guys out there? Anybody interested?

Happy knitting everyone!


Another month - another pattern release

It has been more than a month since the last post, but life kept happening keeping me away from knitting and writing. Today is a rare slow day when I can show you something new.
It is my new knitting pattern that has been released on KnitPicks website.

I have been making this type of hats for years, but finally decided to write a pattern down. 
The hat is knitted from KnitPick's Felici Sport Self Striping Yarn. The color scheme on photo is  SEASIDE. this yarn also available in several different variations:
I love the quality of KnitPIks yarns and the price is right too! Felici goes for $4.49 for a 50 g ball: it is VERY reasonable for a self-striping yarn!

Here are the specification of the pattern:
Size: 3-4 years
Finished Head Circumference: 19-20 inches
Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows per 4 inches in stockinet
Yarn: KnitPicks Felici Sport Self Striping Sock Yarn, 1 skein: “Seaside” #24923
Tools: Size 3 (3.25 mm), stitch marker, tapestry needle

This cute little hat only looks difficult to knit. Once you make it and see how easy and quick it is to do - you will want to make one for every kid (and adult) in your life in every color of a self-striping yarn you can put your hands on.
Makes a great quick gift for any occasion!

Price for pattern download is $1.99

Thank you all for your interest
Happy Knitting!


Favorite Lace Freebies

My knitting progress is rather slow lately. You know how it is: life always gets in way of knitting. Nothing new to show yet, but meanwhile I wanted to share my favorite FREE LACE PATTERS from Interweave  (Knitting Daily)
1. Estonian Lace Shawl by Nancy Bush

Pretty shawl with a classic construction. Good first pattern if you have never knitted Estonian Lace.
  Full pattern (charted only) if free for download here.

2. Lace Shawl by Alice Halbeisen
Simple but very pretty shawl based on one Stitch Pattern. Full pattern (Charted only) free for download here.

3. Little Something: Juliet Scarf by Louisa Harding

Very pretty little scarf.Simple and sweet. Good One-skein or "Oh my God I need a present" project.
Full Pattern (BOTH carted and written) is here.

Next week my life will be even crazier: I am off to a 5-day conference to work as an interpreter (English - Russian). It is a hard work, really. But the topic is very interesting: Forensic Science, so there are should be great presentations, but... not much time for knitting. Oh, well. There is always NEXT WEEK.

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Liliana Shawl - pattern release

Couple posts ago I hinted at my new design - triangular shawl based on Estonian lace type stitches.
Here it is.

The shawl is named Liliana for a friend of mine with whom I reconnected recently after several years of silence. The term LOVELY describes both of them: my friend and this shawl. Here it is in white:

Liliana is just a very lovely shawl which is knitted from the top down increasing at the center and at the end of the rows. The pattern is a run of waves. They start small and simple becoming a little more elaborate towards the bottom of the shawl only to finish in nice arches of “white caps”.

The white version was knitted from a 1-ply cob-web merino-cashmere blend (needles: US1, 2.25 mm), the blue one was made out of KnitPicks 2-ply lace weight Shadow yarn (needles: US 7, 4.5 mm).

The white one is smaller and delicate, the blue is bigger and makes quite a statement:

I like them both!

I am offering the pattern for this shawl for sale as a PDF download. 
 Your cost: $3.50 via PayPal

The pattern is both charted and written in words. 
To knit this shawl you will need about 600 yards (~550 m) of yarn. 

By the way: if you don't have experience with PayPal - you should not be afraid. It is 100% safe and you don't need to have an account with them. You can use your Credit or Debit card. 
After payment is made you will be re-directed to a web-page for PDF download.

Thank you for your interest and as always:
Happy Knitting!


Estonian Lace Pattern - Silvia

In Estonian lace knitting each shawl (or scarf) is comprised of a lace pattern and an edging pattern. Most of the lace patterns are based on items from nature. One of the prettiest was designed in 1992 to commemorate the visit of Sweden's Queen Silvia. It's the Silvia Pattern, a variation of the classic Haapsalu Lily of the Valley design.
source: The Haapsalu Shawl: Rhapsody in Knitting .Click here to see more from the book! 
Post by Kathleen Cubley, 07/09/10

Happy Knitting!


On Nupps and Yarn Color

Nupps are tricky. No, not in knitting  - once you've done 5-6 of them, they are fine. By the way if you are looking for a good NUPP tutorial look here.
Nupps are turned out to be tricky if you change a yarn color on them. :)
Ok, the story:
From the moment I bought a "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush I fell in love with her Maikell Shawl. Here it is as knitted by me from KnitPicks Bare yarn  in lace weight.

The combination of Nupps and twisted stitches create a very fine balance between weightlessness and a substance in that lace pattern. Here is a close up

So, I've done couple of white ones and was looking for some change, when I came across this yarn (again  - from KnitPicks. For full disclosure - I am not getting paid from KnitPicks, I just really like their yarns and customer service!!!).
This particular yarn is called SHADOW TONAL LACE YARN in Queen Anne color scheme:
I immediately thought of the Mikell Shawl made out of this. WOW... I imagine that because of the color changes every nupp will be different color and it will add to the appeal of the shawl.
And here it is. The Mikell Shawl in Queen Anne color: absolutely stunning!
 But the nupps did not do what I thought they will. They are there, you see them, but they did not really enhanced the look of the lace the way I  thought they will. Close up:

Oh well, I guess I will need to knit more nupps to figure them out completely :) 
And the shawl is still gorgeous!

Happy Knitting everyone!


Hooray! The first StellaLuna from my reader!

I am in absolute ecstatic mood for the last couple days: the pictures of the first StellaLuna knitted by one of my readers were posted! With the permission of the owner here it is. Thank you, Olga!

This shawl was knitted in Doneck, Ukraine. Look it up - it is right on the border between Russia and Ukraine.
 There are also a few more StellaLunas started on Ravelry:
This one is being made in Bismarck, North Dakota

and this one is in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. 

WOW!  I am completely, absolutely, totally  in love with the globalization of our knowledge base!
Think back only 10 years. How long  would it have taken for my pattern (created in May of 2010 in NH, USA) make it all way to Perth, Australia? Don't know. Years?
Now it take seconds. 
Isn't Internet wonderful thing?

I would like to say thank you to all the knitters out there who was so brave to take up a pattern by unknown designer (aka  - me). 
And if you are out there, knitting StellaLuna:  I would love to hear from you. 
Please, show us your version and tell us where are you from, so we can track StellaLuna across the globe!

PS: I am currently working on a new design. It does not have a name yet, but here is a sneak peak:

Happy Knitting!


Do I really have to use the yarn that pattern calls for?

One of the readers commented in "Diagonal Lace Baktus" post that it's good to have a pattern for an affordable yarn.
You know,  if fact, MANY-MANY-MANY pattern that are written for a pricier yarn can be adopted for a cheaper one. In many cases, the price of yarn or even  a fiber content will not be a defining factor in how the final product looks like.
Here is an example for you:
I have designed this "FUN TWIRLS HAT" for KnitPicks' Interdependent designer program. The hat is knitted in cotton yarn (well 75% cotton/25% acrylic)

Now,  the "trial hat" was knitted in 100% acrylic yarn bought in local JoAnn's store. Here it is, presented by the same model:

Do you really see that difference in fiber content? Nah...  the yarn you choose depends on your preferences.
I personally can not stand even a little itch in my sweaters.  Neither does anyone in my family. On the other hand cotton yarns feel a little too heavy to me.

I am most comfortable in nice comfy acrylic ones. So I adopt the patterns.

How to adopt the pattern for a different yarn?
1. First and foremost: look for the same yardage. It should be about the same yards/oz (or meters/g).
Some manufactures give you a little  help: they give a yarn a number to signify the weight of yarn, which is essentially yards/oz.

Some manufactures don't do that  - so your best bet is that yards/oz value.
Just a reminder to use a little math: 100 yards/3 oz is the same as 200 yards /6 oz .

2. Look for similar texture: if the original pattern calls for a smooth yarn - use somewhat smooth yarn. Obvious? Well, I recall the case when a person tried to knit this stole (found here) from black boucle yarn. Not only it was a frustrating knitting time, the result was far from desired: the lace pattern was lost in texture of the yarn.

Hope that was helpful. 
Happy knitting everyone!

P.S. Well, this blog is about knitted lace. So here is your warning: it is a little trickier to do yarn substitutions in lace patterns that require pin-blocking. I think I will write a separate blog post about that.


Diagonal Lace Baktus

Baktus is a triangular scarf. This name/design was introduced on Ravelry by Strikkelise and now it is very popular because of its versatility and ease of knitting. There are a couple ways to knit Baktus (see here).

The version presented here is a reversible scarf with a diagonal lacey pattern.

I personally like the drape around the neck and chest it gives and can't wait for a fall to try it out with my jean jacket.

  The knitting starts with a provisional cast-on at the widest point of the triangular scarf and one half of the scarf is knitted. Then the stitches from the provisional cast-on are placed on the needle and the other half of the scarf is knitted in the other direction.


The model as knitted:

Yarn: TLC® Wiggles™, 100% Acrylic 3.5 oz (100 g) • Approx. 250 yd (230 m), color: Peach

Needles: US 8 (6 mm)

Yarn and needles of your choice: the possibilities are endless! I think my next one will be made out of hand-spun yarn with some funky inclusions…


64 inch x 11 inch (widest point)  = 165 cm x 28 cm

Here is a scheme of the Diagonal Reversible Lace pattern: 

The instructions include charted pattern and written pattern.
Happy Knitting!


The first attempt at Shetland Lace

For while now I have being eying the absolute masterpiece  by Shirley Paden "The spiderweb-and-diamond" published in Vogue Shawls and Wraps

I am in absolute awe of this design, but did not have enough courage to take on the whole project for while. 
But it so happened that I needed a gift: and after some modifications and additions here is my version of "spiderweb-and-diamonds".

and a little more details:
As you can see, the main pattern is the same, but my version is adapted to a skinnier scarf size. the "spiderweb-and-diamonds" was a very involved pattern to knit. Not difficult but required constant attention. The YO happen on both sides of knitting so it was very critical to keep the row count (even more important than to keep the stitch count).
The ends of the scarf are knitted using a traditional Orenburg Lace pattern "honeycomb":

As I am usually lazy and do not like to sew, there is no grafting in this scarf. It starts with a provisional cast on, knitted all way through the honeycomb edge. Then the stitches were picked up and the other end was finished with a honeycomb border.
Here it is in full:

Next blog post: what is on my needles now. Here is a sneak peek.
How do you like that color combination, huh?