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!
As it’s been a while since my last Ravelry Monday, I’m going to do the same thing I did on Friday. This Ravelry Monday has no theme, looks at items all the way back to the last Ravelry Monday, and has no upper limit aside from my own patience. So without further ado, here’s the latest crop of pretties!
The Kipper coat is a particularly pretty pattern. You don’t often see full coats and jackets knit up, and especially not in plus sizes, but this elegant double-breasted coat has a lovely shape to it, and is available up to a 51″ bust in worsted weight wool. It might seem an odd time of year to be looking at coats, but start knitting this now and you’ll have it finished and ready in time for the end of the Autumn chills, if not even sooner! The patter is very reasonably priced at under £5, and is available for download at Ravelry.
The Look What I’ve Got Dress
I don’t often showcase children’s clothes and items, but this dress was simply too lovely to pass up. The simple, tulip shape flowing out from the pleated neckline, the handy pockets (all dresses should have pockets) and the pretty edging all come together to produce a simple pattern that could be worked up beautifully in any number of ways, from a variegated yarn as shown above, to knit stripes or even patterned colourwork. The DK weight makes it light enough for warm weather, while still being robust enough for kids to run around in, and at a mere £2 for the pattern, it’s excellent value as well. This pattern is available for download at Ravelry.
Leighton House Handwarmers
I love these delicate, lightweight fingerless gloves. The intricate colourwork pattern is simply stunning, and as these are knit in a very fine laceweight yarn, they look warm and cosy without being too bulky. These would be perfect for wearing just as the Autumn chills start, when it’s still too warm for your usual mitts but the air is nipping at your fingertips. Another great value pattern at £3, these are available for download at Ravelry.
Now here’s a simple, pretty design available in adult sizes up to a generous 58″ bust, and in child sizes, too. An elegant, no-fuss light sweater in fingering weight yarn, with a delicate pattern of yarn-overs producing pretty little holes resembling raindrops around the neckline. I just thought this looked so different to most sweater patterns, and I really love the design on the sleeves. In fact I like them so much, I included a second picture for this one! This pattern is available for under £4 and can be downloaded at Ravelry.
Another fingering-weight Summer cardigan, this time featuring a lovely horizontal stripe-and-wildflower knot stitch. I’ve showcased patterns by this Lauren Chau before, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are her patterns typically offered in a generous range of sizes – this one comes up to 58.75″ – but they are always simple, elegant and beautifully fitted in all the right places, from the sleeves to the neckline, to the length of the hem. You won’t even need to spend £5 for this pattern, and it’s available for download at Ravelry.
This pattern just barely scraped into my post, this week. The largest size is exactly 50″ at the bust with negative ease, and I had to debate whether to let it in, considering the spirit of my rules vs the letter of them. In the end, it was simply far, far too pretty not to post. Look at the neckline, the bouquets along the chest, the waistline, the cap sleeves! It’s a worsted weight pattern, but the short sleeves and low neckline make it a little less covering than you might normally expect for an Autumn sweater. It’d be perfect for layering over a longsleeve blouse, and is available for just a little over £4 as a Ravelry download.
Sometimes when you want a cowl, you want a little more warmth and cover over your chest, but don’t necessarily want a load of itchy fabric up around your neck and chin. And sometimes you want something incredibly pretty and feminine, while still being robust enough to do the job. The leafy cowl achieves all of that, with it’s attractive leaf pattern, delicate beading, ribbon ties and fitter shape. Knit in a DK weight yarn, this cowl is thick enough to keep you cosy, but light enough not to overly bulk up your shoulders, and is available for download at Ravelry for just a hair over £4.
Now here’s a cute, unusual pattern. Ostensibly a pattern for a small toy, the simple square and block shape could easily be scaled up by using thicker yarn and larger needles, to produce a small, fun cushion. The simple colourwork face and striped tail are striking, instantly recognisable and very cute. The default pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn, and is a bargain at under £3, available for download at Ravelry.
The lollipop cardigan is a great Summer cover-up, knit in fingering weight yarn and with a pretty, airy panel of open lacework at the back and shorter sleeves. It’s also available up to a 56″ bust, and the deep v shape at the front looks lovely open or buttoned shut. The pattern is just over £4 and is available for download at Ravelry.
Lady of the Lake
Of course I had to share this pattern. How could I not?! If there’s one thing any respectable goth needs come Summer, it’s a parasol to help protect us from the burning Sun. While the pattern is technically for a circular shawl, instructions are included for creating the parasol from it, which you could then presumably use to transform all manner of circular knitted items. Lady of the Lake is knit in light fingering and is available for download at Ravelry for under £5, or as part of an ebook of five pretty patterns for just over £11.
Of course, parasols might not be your thing. Maybe you want a light, delicate and feminine cover-up to protect you from the worst of the sun, but want to keep your hands free. The Harlow cowl is a lovely solution, with fine, beaded lace and a wide enough shape to be draped like a hood. Knit in the lightest lace weight yarn, this glamorous, gothic cowl is available for download at Ravelry for under £5.
There were many more gorgeous patterns that were originally on my list for today. The truth is, I only stopped here because I simply didn’t have the time to keep typing. Did you see a particularly pretty pattern that you thought deserved to be in this post? Let me know in the comments!
- Ravelry Mondays – Sweaters and Cardigans (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- First Knit Along on Ravelry May 2013 (knitandcrochetbysuzette2013.wordpress.com)
- CO Monday: a Plethora of Interim Projects (remilyknits.wordpress.com)
- Knit Hexagons and The Beekeeper’s Quilt/A Ravelry Pattern (summityarnstudio.wordpress.com)
- Easter Sweater Finished! (bubbersandmoo.com)