This is Ravelry Mondays, a weekly event where I pick three-five patterns seen on Ravelry that week, and share them on this blog. Some weeks will be themed, and there are some rules.
In order for a pattern to qualify it must:
- Be on Ravelry
- Be available for download either on Ravelry or from another website – no patterns only available in print or magazines, but it doesn’t have to be free
- Have at least one photo clearly showing the item as a whole
- Have at least one photo where the item is not being manipulated, so we can see accurately how it hangs and fits
- Must have the necessary minimum information on the ravelry page – sizing info where applicable, yardage, yarn weight, etc
- Clothing items will only qualify if they are available in plus sizes*
- Only one pattern per designer per week
*And the plus sizes given must have MEASUREMENTS. Calling the sizes XS-XXXL means nothing if you never tell us what XXXL is. I’ve seen a 40″ bust called that, before!
Oh I am not good in the heat. It’s all of 27 C today and I’m not coping! I’m fine in the shade of course, but I just spent about 30 minutes doing some actually very mild work in the garden and came in lobster red, slightly shaky and with a thumping head from the heat. I’m definitely meant to live somewhere snowy and cool, I think! Of course, it’s typical that during a week where it’s too hot for me to do any knitting there are so many gorgeous patterns released that I completely failed to reduce my selection to a mere five.
We’ve got a big post today, simply because I couldn’t bear to exclude any of these patterns this week. Feast your eyes!
Arrowhead is a lovely, worsted-weight cardigan with a drapey, oversized fit and a simply gorgeous colourwork pattern. The front hangs lower than the back, making it a great option for those of us with more in the chest, and the oversized design is such that it could also be worn smaller on the body, pulled together with a pin or a belt, meaning it could be worn more fitted by larger ladies. With a size range up to a 63″ bust, that’s pretty cool! The pattern is a bit pricier than most of the ones I share on here at a little over £6, and is available for download at Ravelry.
Bertine is a very attractive sock pattern in fingering weight yarn, with a pair of spiral cables running up the sock either side of a lace panel, and the pattern includes variations in length, and a quick perusal of the test knits in the finished projects page handily displays finished examples at different lengths. This pattern costs just a little less than £3.50 and is available for download at Ravelry.
Now here is a very pretty, laceweight crescent-shaped shawl pattern. I love the soft drape this one has, and the lace pattern is perfect for beading. In fact, one close-up photo indicates that some very subtle beading was used in the construction of the sample. The other test knits are all still WIP, but I can’t wait to see how they turn out! Ipomeoa costs a little over $4 and is available for download at Ravelry.
Now here’s an interesting one! Relax is a very cute lace tunic with an unusual and fun side-button detail, and is available up to a generous 62″, making it one of the few patterns I’ve found with a bust above 60″ (or hey, above 54″!). It’s also a fun, young and modern in style, which can be hard to find! I really love this pattern, and it’s an aran weight as well, making it a relatively quick knit. This pattern is a steal at a mere £3.50, and is by a British designer! And can, of course, be downloaded at Ravelry.
This is another pretty and unusual shawl pattern. The design is solid, without lacework, making it a nice cover up for cooler weather, but the fingering weight yarn prevents it from being too bulky. The cables and jagged edging really are something else, though, and Taliesin is a pattern unlike anything I’ve seen before! It’s not for beginners by any stretch of the imagination, but is something I can see setting myself as a personal challenge. It’s gorgeous, and I love it, and it’s only £3.50 from another great British designer, available for download at Ravelry.
How could I resist a beaded edge like that? The large beaded points on this triangular laceweight shawl really grabbed my attention. I love the way the extra weight makes it hang, and I love the wide lace border! At a mere £2.60-ish, Lilac is also a steal and well worth picking up and adding to your to-do list! Lilac is, as always, available for download at Ravelry.
Buttons, beads AND eyelet lace? Are you trying to make me drool all over my keyboard? I love this pattern. The beading brings out the shape, the buttons add an extra touch of fun (and could, I suspect, be swapped for larger beads or other notions as desired), and the broad crescent shape makes this DK weight shawl an unusual, fun design that be a great way to introduce beading and lace to someone fairly new to knitting. Thistle costs under £4 and is available for download at Ravelry.
- Ravelry’s successes / Succès sur Ravelry (knittedart.wordpress.com)
- Knitter’s Spotlight: Sartoria Monica Stole by Anthony Butts (berroco.com)
- Episode 121 New Beginnings (dramaticknits.com)
- Yarn Anxiety: Before & After (knittingcheese.wordpress.com)
- TTL Summer Shawl KAL 2013 (throughtheloops.typepad.com)