Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Pattern: Amelia Hat in Knitscene Fall

Two Knitscene issues in a row for me!! Terribly exciting. I love working with Knitscene- they're so easy, really professional, and always do everything on time. Unfortunately that's not always the case in the knitting world. 

My contribution to the Fall 2016 issue is the Amelia Hat. How cute is this picture?

It's part of the Singles story- a bunch of patterns knitted with single-ply yarn. This hat knits up super quickly in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky, a super bulky alpaca/wool combo. And now that I mention it, I think the company changed from Blue Sky Alpacas to Blue Sky Fibers since I knitted this sample. Hard to keep track of everything going on in the world. 

The Amelia Hat features a super simple mock-cable twist stitch pattern, with a garter stitch brim and a great big pompom. By now you surely know about my love of pompoms. I personally look goofy in hats that don't have pompoms, so I tend to design with that in mind. 

You can get the single pattern here or download the whole (adorable) issue here. Christmas gifts anyone? This hat knits up super quick! (I say like I've got any sort of plan for Christmas, or even for the next week. I do not have Christmas gifts planned. I am not that organized.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: Knittin' Little Summer 2016

I'm lucky enough to get to review the Summer 2016 Knittin' Little collection, and as usual, it's adorable. This collection features five garments and two accessories. All seven patterns in this collection are just lovely, but here are my three favorites (all photos courtesy of Knittin' Little):

A bunch of my friends have had baby girls lately, so I really like the Little Joy Dress by the ubiquitous Kristen TenDyke. That woman is a publishing machine. It's great that this dress comes in sizes from 6 months up to 12 years- that's a huge range. I might make this one for one of my friends' new babies.

Again with all the new babies- the Summer Showers Romper by Andrea Sanchez herself is great for my current, baby-full, situation. This pattern is really great because all three sizes use only one skein of sock yarn. Everybody has that in her stash.

After all this time you surely know about my love of all things nautical, so of course I love the Coastal Local hat by Rachel Borello Carroll. I'm not familiar with this designer, so I looked her up and she designed this absolutely adorable manatee that I saw on Ravelry the other day. Love.

All of these patterns are eligible for the Knittin' Little Summer KAL that's going on in the KL group on Ravelry. There are prizes up for grabs if you participate and/or finish something. I'm making Growing Up Twisted from the Spring collection for this KAL for, you guessed it, one of my friends who just had a baby girl. It's everywhere, I tell you.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Giveaway Winner!

Oopsie, a day behind. The winner of the Shoreline giveaway is CeltChic! Contact me on Ravelry (EmilyRingelman) with your address and I'll get the book out to you!

In other news, I started a Ravelry group for my designs. If you like my work, which I really hope you do because you're reading this, please join so I don't feel like a doofus?

Friday, July 1, 2016

New Pattern: Gillywater

Every once in a while (or like every year... or 6 months) I decide that it's time for a re-read of Harry Potter. Sometimes it's just the sixth book (my favorite), sometimes it's 4-5-6-7, sometimes it's the whole series. This time it's the whole series, and I'm halfway through book 4. Harry Potter is possibly my most favorite thing in the whole world.

I had this pattern completely done and ready to publish, except for a name. This happens every. single. time. I am the worst at naming my patterns. I was racking my brain for a name, looking at maps of Louisiana for cool town names, translating random words into Gaelic, no luck on anything, when my brain said "hey wait! You're reading Harry Potter! What about Harry Potter stuff! How about Gillywater?" And I was like YES. Perfect. So Gillywater it is, and my obsession with Harry Potter only gets stronger.

Here it is: Gillywater.

This pullover is constructed with my favorite method: it's both bottom-up and top-down. The body is worked bottom up in the round to the armholes, then split and worked back and forth. The shoulders are shaped with a couple of short rows, then they're seamed together. Stitches are picked up around the armholes for seamless top-down set-in sleeves. The sleeve caps are worked with short rows, then it's just stockinette down to the cuffs.

I made my sample with 3/4 length sleeves because I was running out of yarn. After I had the whole thing done, blocked, ends woven in, and photographed, I found another ball of that yarn. What. I don't know how I lost one when I only had five to start with, but whatever, it's done. Instructions are given in the pattern for both 3/4 and full length sleeves because I'm a moron.

This pattern is a little more advanced than my usual; you need to work decreases within the lace pattern, which has patterning on BOTH even and odd rows, while maintaining the lace as much as possible. For that reason, I recommend this pattern for more experienced knitters.

From now until July 10th, get this pattern on Ravelry for just $4 with coupon code POTTER. After that it will be the usual price of $6.50.


Skills needed: Long tail cast on, increases and decreases, familiarity with lace, decreasing within lace, seaming, picking up stitches, short row wrap and turn.

Sizes: Ladies’ XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Finished Measurements: High bust: 29.5 (34, 38, 42.5, 46.5, 51, 55) inches

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere; [70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 200yd/183m per 113 g skein]; Color: Leprechaun Ballet; 4 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins for ¾ sleeve version, 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9) skeins for full length sleeve version

Needles: US 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles for body US 8 (5 mm) 16” circular needles for sleeve caps US 8 (5 mm) needles for your preferred method of working in the round: DPNs, one long circular, or two short circulars

Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch in the round 17 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in Lace pattern in the round

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hachure, an actual finished sweater

Look at this, I knitted a sweater designed by someone else! Crazy talk, I know. The moment I saw this design on Ravelry, I knew that it had to be mine.

This is Hachure by Bristol Ivy. I've been sort of obsessed with Bristol Ivy for awhile now, but this is the first thing I've made from one of her patterns. I'll admit that I had some struggles. As you can probably tell from the photos, the construction is really unusual. I'm cool with that so long as there's a schematic to help out, but... there isn't with this pattern. The shoulders were a real mind bender- I spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure out how to seam those together. It also isn't clear from the instructions where this sweater actually starts. For reference, it's the bottom front point of the triangle. I just felt like the whole pattern would have been way, way more user friendly with a couple more words in strategic places for clarity. And a schematic. Good god it needs a schematic. 

That mitering is super cool though, right? The construction of this means you have to pretty much knit straight from the pattern, no modifications, which is too bad, because the armhole/shoulder area is just a bit tight on me. 

I knitted my Hachure with Mrs. Crosby Satchel. It was sort of splurge on WEBS but it's so pretty. It's a single ply, so it was no good for seaming- I used similar colored sock yarn for that. I bought 4 skeins of the MC and one of the CC, and I swear that I only used 3 of the MC but I can't for the life of me find the 4th. Therefore I must assume that I used 4, not 3. Hmm. 

You can read all of my detailed notes here if you feel like it. 

Also don't forget to enter my giveaway for a copy of my latest Knit Picks book here! Contest closes this Saturday (July 2). 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Knit Picks patterns and a giveaway!

Still catching up on recent publications. Last week, Knit Picks published two of my patterns. First is the Bridgehampton Pullover, part of the Shoreline collection:

It's knitted from the top down in Comfy Sport, a super soft cotton blend. The neck has a simple rolled edge, and some short rows raise the back neck. The circular yoke has a few stripes for a fun pop of color. The hem is also shaped with short rows to curve it a bit. Here's my version:

I can't wait until the weather is cool enough to wear this one! Granted... that will likely be December, but what can I do. The yarn is sooo soft, and I really like the way this looks on me. It's cute. :)

Knit Picks sent me an extra book of this collection; want to win it?? Just leave a comment here and I'll pick a winner on Saturday, July 2nd. US only please!

Second pattern: this is a free one on the Knit Picks website. Subtle Stripes Cowl is just like what it sounds. It's, well, a cowl, and it's knitted in two similar colors to create subtle stripes. There's a small 3-stripe section called out in a contrast color, just for fun. This was great mellow knitting- round and round, then round some more. It's worked in a new Knit Picks yarn, Paragon, which has a lovely sheen and drape to it. This is the long version:

And here's my version; I made the shorter cowl for myself, because we live at the gates of Hell, it's hot, blahblah you've heard it all before and I don't need a long cowl. 

That's my "I might be planning something evil face"

Don't forget to enter to win the book! Also, I made a Ravelry group for myself today. I need a place to ask for test knitters, post promotions, that kind of thing. I'd be so, so happy if you'd join! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Knitscene Handmade

I'm so far behind... eesh. A new Knitscene was published um... a month ago, and I have two patterns in it!

 This is the yearly "special" issue of Knitscene. I think that it's usually an accessories issue, but this year, it's a bit random. There are patterns for men, a bunch of patterns for neckwear, and a section of patterns for babies. I've got a scarf pattern and a baby blanket pattern in this issue.

This is the Dillon Scarf:

photo copyright: Knitscene

It's a simple lace scarf (or since it's on a man I guess we should call it "openwork"), worked in two pieces from the bottom up, with a garter stitch "bridge" in the middle. And it has fringe. Fringe is fun. I knitted the sample in an amazing, super soft, incredibly light weight yarn- Amano Yarns Puyo. It seriously weighs nothing. I really loved knitting with it. 

photo copyright: Knitscene

Two textures/two colors. This one is an easy knit- it uses the intarsia method to switch colors. I knitted this sample in Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted- another great yarn. Very soft, great colors, not splitty at all. It's machine washable, which is by far the most important thing in a baby knit. 

You can see all the patterns here, and buy the magazine here