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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

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

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.

 

Ipomoea

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.

 

Relax

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.

Taliesin

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.

Lilac

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.

Thistle

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.

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!

July already?!  I’m a little disturbed by how fast the years have been flying by, recently.  It seems like months just zip past out of nowhere.  The British Summer seems to have finally actually started, now.  Too late to help my poor tomato or pepper plants to thrive – they’re still tiny but already putting their energy into fruiting, so won’t be getting much bigger.

We’ve got a mixed batch this time around.  There was quite a nice range of pretty things to choose from, including a decent amount of clothing in plus sizes, and reducing what was available to just five patterns was really, really hard.  These are the ones that, in the end, just really stood out to me.

 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is just a really nice, unusual pattern.  I love how the stripes come together at the back, and I love the length of the body.  Available up to a 54″ bust and knit with light fingering weight yarn, this is a very pretty, lightweight cover-up suitable for cool Summer evenings or chilly Autumn days, and looks really good in this sample knit from bold, contrasting colours.  The pattern is available for download on Ravelry for under £5.

 

Camden

I don’t often share kid’s patterns, simply because I don’t have any sprogs of my own so I’m not entirely sure what constitutes a good clothing pattern for children.  But sometimes one comes along that’s just too cute not to share, and this pretty hooded sweater, with the pretty braided edging, is definitely cute!  I love the design of this pattern, and actually I kind of want to see if the designer will make a version for adults.  I want one!  Knit in DK weight yarn and sized up to 24 months, this is a babies-only pattern not currently available for older kids, but  I live in hope!  The pattern costs a little under £3 and can be downloaded at Ravelry.

 

Sprockets

Sprockets is a pretty, lace-weight shawl with a really cool steampunk pattern.  I’ve been really enjoying some of the patterns people have been producing with cosplay in mind, and this is one of my favourites so far.  It’s such a lovely design!  Sprockets costs just a little over £4 and is available for download on Ravelry.

 

Palace Theatre Wrap

Oh, this is a pretty one!  It’s an incredibly delicate laceweight wrap with a classic shape to it that would look great on so many different figures.  I love this one because it’s the sort of incredibly delicate thing plus size women don’t often get to enjoy.  This wrap is available up to 54″ chest, and can be purchased for under £4 at Ravelry.

 

Miss Elliot

Our final pattern is a very nice crescent shawl knit in fingering weight yarn.  I particularly like the leaf motif border, and the unusual construction.  The border is knit flat first, then stitches are picked up along one side of it, and the shawl is knit bottom up for an interesting reversal of normal shawl construction.  It’s such a fun looking pattern, and the construction sounds like it’d feel so fast and easy compared to other methods, that I really want to try it out.  Miss Elliot costs exactly £4 and is available for download at Ravelry.

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!

Since I missed last week’s Ravelry Monday, due in large part to spending every second of my spare time knitting furiously to finish my gorgeous, luvverly shawl, I’m presenting some extra bits and pieces this time around.  The focus this week is on socks – although I found a few other things that were just too pretty not to share.

I hope I haven’t given the impression, through lack of attention, that I’m not a sock lover.  I do like them.  I just have a history of being bad with socks.  My house is the place where socks go to die.  I don’t think I’ve managed to keep a pair of socks intact for more than a week before one goes missing, and for the last three months I’ve been borrowing my other half’s three remaining pairs when he’s not wearing them.  Because of my terrible sock habits, I’ve been loathe to knit any for myself in spite of the gorgeous patterns out there, simply because I feel they’d be wasted on me.  And I feel bad about spending money on good yarn to make something I know will just disappear before I’ve had a chance to wear it more than twice.

But I do love socks, and have a rather large list of queued sock patterns waiting for me to get better at this stuff.  Maybe I just need to charge in and make some.  Maybe having a pair of socks I made myself, from fancy yarn, will motivate me to take better care of them.

Time Traveller

This is a very cute pair of socks.  I love sock patterns with very thin cables, and the heel looks interesting as well.  These are knit in fingering weight yarn, and have a lovely shape to them.  I’d love it if there was a knee-length option, simply because I love knee-length socks, but the mid-calf length is a good, standard length that’s easy to wear.  As an aside, one thing I love to see in photos of knitting patterns is a range of different sized people wearing them.  I know I talk about that with knit sweaters and the like, but I think it’s especially important for items like socks.  Shop-bought socks can be very uncomfortable if you’ve got chunky calves like I have, but I can see here that the cuff stretches beautifully, so these would no doubt be very comfortable for me.  The pattern is available for download at Ravelry for under £4.

Tiril

Here’s another pretty pattern, where a cabled design is knit wide to create a gorgeous pattern of ferny, leafy things along the sock.  This is another fingering weight pattern but is knit top-down, which is a great way to ensure the cuff is nice and stretchy – binding off can often tighten stitches, which results in a more uncomfortable sock.  The Tiril pattern is also under £4, and is available for download at Ravelry.

Gatlingburg

Now this is a great, gender-neutral sock pattern.  It’s a fingering weight again, with a slightly longer shape to it that would make it great for longer-legged people, and an interesting design of cables.  The pattern is available for under £4 and can be downloaded at Ravelry.

Charlotte

This is something a little dfferent.  A very nice top in DJ weight yarn with a thin striped pattern, and a really attractive shape at the shoulders and neckline.  It’s also available up to a 60″ bust, making it one of the more generous patterns available, and at under £3 is a real bargain.  I really like this one, and it is available for download at Ravelry.]

Aquae Tank

This is another pretty DK-weight top, this time featuring wider stripes knit using a gently variegated yarn that leaves the finished top with a pretty, painted look.  The pattern is simple and easy to modify, and is available up to 60″ again, so is another great pattern.  I especially like the length of it, which sits nice and low on the hips and would look great layered over a thin shirt.  The Aquae top is available for under £4 and can be downloaded at Ravelry.

Sheherezade

It’s possible I have a weakness for beautiful beading on shawls that’s making me biased, but I think this is simply stunning.  A gorgeous, large, lace-weight shawl with a distinct lace pattern and a second, independent pattern worked in the beading itself, and that rough, frilly edge that makes it look so light and cobwebby.  The Sheherezade pattern costs £4, and is available for download at Ravelry.

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!

There’s been quite a broad variety of patterns offered up on Ravelry this week, and it’s making it harder to choose themes!  With that in mind, my only limit for this week’s theme has been how much I personally like the pattern.  There’s some gorgeous bits on offer this week, and I hope you like them as much as I did!

 

Plain and Fancy Knitted Bunnies

These knitted bunny stuffies are almost unbearably cute.  Knitted toys can often suffer a bit from odd shaping or wonky proportions, but these are just gorgeous.  From the careful placement of eyes and nose, to the chubby bellies, these worsted-weight toys could be knit up using all kinds of leftover yarn, and are infinitely variable.  I could see the larger ones being filled with sand bags in the bottom to act as doorstops or book-ends, and you could probably knit up a whole bedroom worth of cute things for a new baby, using the pattern as a base.  At under £4 for a pattern that includes three size variations and knitted clothes, this represents great value and is available for download on Ravelry.

 

Fox Love Jacket

I love foxes.  But if there’s one thing I love more, it’s great knitting patterns with generous size ranges!  And this bulky-weight pattern, available from 38 to a whole 60″ bust, is definitely one of the more generous patterns out there.  It’s sadly rare to find pretty patterns in sizes about 54″, so to find something as versatile, cute and young-looking as this up to 60″ is a real treat!  The thick yarn means this is a quick project to knit up even at larger sizes, and should be extra warm and snuggly for Winter.  The colourwork pattern is simple and attractive, and could easily be modified to showcase different animals by playing with different colours.  The pattern costs under £5 and is available for download at Ravelry.

 

Gingerbread Armwarmers

A gorgeous, colourful pair of long armwarmers in fingering yarn, with a fun striped pattern and additional fair-isle colourwork at the wrists.  I adore this pattern.  The armwarmers are long enough and thin enough that they could be worn under a fitted sweater or layered under a second pair of thicker gloves to increase warmth in cold weather, but light enough that they could be used to keep a mild chill off during cool Autumn evenings, too.  At under £4, this is a nice, low-cost pattern that looks gorgeous and could make a perfect gift, knitted up in the recipient’s favourite colours.  The pattern is available for download at Ravelry.

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!

Kipper Coat

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.

Raindrops

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.

Sauble

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.

Lucania

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.

 

Leafy Cowl

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.

 

Raccoon Coccoon

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.

 

Lollipop Cardigan

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.

 

Harlow Cowl

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.
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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!