Travertine – KnitPicks Aura

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Yesterday, Knit Picks announced the launch of their new pattern book, Aura.  In it are the loveliest garments you’ll want to wear all spring and summer long.  I was lucky enough to be able to contribute to this book with my design, Travertine, and I’m proud to be included in such a group of talented designers.

Travertine is a lightweight lace top comprised of 4 panels and connected at the body hem through the use of neat 3-needle join.  The lace pattern is easy to memorize, and working in Lindy Chain, it’s the perfect breezy top for hot & humid days.

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I hope that you all enjoy the launch of this book as much as I did!

Fast Front – Anna Vest

The first front for my Anna Vest is flying off of my needles!  I love that the stitch pattern is super easy to memorize, and it also eliminates the need for stitch counters (just count your purl bumps and multiply by 4!).

The mod I made to the front was to leave out the inset pockets, I’m not normally a fan of pockets, and with the longer length I want, I felt it would add some unflattering bulk to my hip area.

I’m so looking forward to wearing this with many Spring outfits.

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Anna Vest Back

Still working on my Anna Vest in-between other commissioned projects, and I’ve finished the armhole bind offs this week.  I’m glad I went with the longer length even if it means it took me longer to get to this point.  At least the two fronts will work up pretty quickly, and there are no sleeves to knit!

In other knit news, I’m almost done with the 3rd design piece for the Holla Knits collection, and I just found out I’ll get to participate in her Spring Collection as well!

Liege – Deconstructed

Sweater_2015-07-28_5I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about Liege, and I thought it was time to break this pattern out piece by piece with some handy visuals.

To start, let’s talk about the braid cables.  Starting with a provisional cast on, you’ll work a braid cable hem working in one direction, follow the short row directions to turn the cable, basically pointing it up to start creating the neckband.  Once the corner has been turned, you’ll place these stitches on some scrap yarn while you work the second braid cable in the opposite direction, and turn that corner as well.

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Once both braid cables have been turned at the corner, the next row you’ll work the braid cable stitches of the Right Front, pick up stitches evenly along the whole rest of the braid cable for the rest of the Right Front, the Back, and the Left Front, ending by working the braid cable stitches of the Left Front (see the diagram above).  Sets of purl stitches are used here to mark out the side seams, and the placement of those three cables that travel up the back of the cardigan.

Once all stitches are picked up, you will now be directed to do several things at once:

  1. The cabled neckbands – until the length to Neck Shaping has been worked, you’re doing a neck band cable of some kind every row.  (C3 front or C3 back – depending on the row).
  2. The side shaping – at each side of a “side” P1 st, you’ll be doing an increase to create the flattering fit from waistband to bust.
  3. The cable moves – these are the tricky ones.  Essentially, to slant the cable to the Right, you decrease first, work the cable, then make an increase.  To move the cable to the Left, you make an increase first, work the cable, then make the decrease.  (the photo below is my original design swatch, showcasing the cable move.)

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This pattern may be a bit finicky at first, but it’s such a cool project to show off once you’re done with it!

 

New Spring Knits

April

This week there were a lot of patterns that caught my eye for the Spring & Summer seasons, and April is no doubt my top choice, knit with delicate Piper.  This pullover is so versatile, great for spring with the lightweight fiber in a soft pastel color.  Or go bold for fall with a rich claret, and pair with your new favorite coat and cowl.

Some other standouts are: