6/29/12

Pattern Release: Quatrefoil Lace Scarf


Why are we women so drawn to lace?

             Maybe because like the intricate pattern of the lace shawl put over the plain dress transforms it into an evening gown - in the same way, when we put that lace shawl over our shoulders, we are transformed into that elusive Princess who lives within each of us, but is often lost within the haze of our everyday lives...



The Quatrefoil Lace Scarf has this transformative quality.  The simple rectangular shape allows for the showcasing of Estonian lace inspired pattern with flowers and nupps.   It might require some time to make it, but the beauty of it is worth the effort. 

Bring out your inner Princess - make this scarf for yourself! 

 Materials
Yarn:  KnitPicks Gloss Lace Yarn (70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk), 440 yards/50 gram – 2 skeins
Colorway:  Natural
Tools:  needles, US 6 (4 mm)
Notions: tapestry needle, blocking wires and pins
Finished size: 21 x 74 inches (52 x 190 cm)

Notes 
This rectangular scarf is worked in two parts from the middle point down to each end using a provisional cast on.  The pattern has nupps, but they can be substituted with beads if desired. 
The pattern is has both CHARTED and WRITTEN instructions. 


I am offering this pattern as an instant PDF download through Raverly (PayPal) 
for $5.00 (US).

You don't need to have a PayPal or Ravelry account to purchase the pattern - you can use your credit/debit card. 

Happy Knitting everyone - and Thank you for reading my blog!

6/22/12

Five Favorite Lace Shawl Patterns

If you are reading my blog you are probably into lace knitting, or almost into lace knitting, or even tried once, but got scared of all those charts and skinny yarn... :).

Anyway, wherever you are in a lace knitting journey  - I want to share with you a recourse that you might like.  Interweave recently released this new e-book




There are projects for very skinny yarn and not so skinny one. 
Here is a picture of a table of the contents.  
I bet you recognized the Estonian lace in a top left corner and lovely semi-circular design by Susanna IC in the bottom right one. 
Oh, I have to fit that one into my over-committed schedule....
 
 You can find this e-book instant PDF download here.

Happy Knitting everyone!

6/15/12

Little Buzzy Bee Hat. Free Pattern

As promised earlier for those of you who have been working on Buzzy Bee Baby Blanket and have some yarn leftovers.
This hat is made for a 6-months old baby, but I don't have one currently available for modeling - so my model is of a slightly different nature!
So, presenting: 
Little Buzzy Bee Hat. 

Size
6 months, head circumstance 15.5 inch (40 cm)
Materials
  Yarn: Knitpick's Swish worsted, Yellow - less then 1 skein (less than 50 g), Black - leftovers
( you can use any worsted weight yarn)
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm), straight or circular
Gauge: 6 st x 1 inch (2.5 cm) in garter stitch

Pattern
Cast on 96 st.

Rows1-4 (yellow yarn): knit
Rows 5-6 (black yarn): knit
Rows7-10 (yellow yarn): knit
Rows 11-12 (black yarn): knit
Rows13-16 (yellow yarn): knit

Continue  working the hat with yellow yarn in stockinette stitch  (RS: knit all, WS: purl all) until the piece measures 4 inch (10 cm) from the cast-on row. Switch to black yarn for shaping of the top:

Row 1: *ssk, k22, repeat from * 4 times
Row 2 and all WS rows except 14: purl all
Row 3: *ssk, k21, repeat from * 4 times
Row 5: *ssk, k20, repeat from * 4 times
Row 7: *ssk, k5, repeat from * 12 times
Row 9: *ssk, k4, repeat from * 12 times 
Row 11: *ssk, k3, repeat from * 12 times
Row 13: *ssk, repeat from * 24 times
NOTE WS: Row 14: *p3tog, repeat from * 8 times
Row 15: *ssk, repeat from * 4 times - at this point you should have 4 st on your needle.
Work the last 4 st in I-cord fashion for 4 more rows. Pull thread through the stitches, cut the yarn.

Saw the sides of the hat, weave in the ends, wash according to yarn specifications. 

Have fun! It is such a nice feeling - to make things for a new human being that is coming into this world!


Happy Knitting!