Archive for the ‘Ravelry Mondays’ Category

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!

This week we’re looking at clothes for women – cardigans and vests, specifically, suitable for Spring weather.

In accordance with my rules, all of these are available in plus sizes.  Unfortunately, Ravelry designers can fall into the same traps that other fashion designers do, so plus patterns tend to be relatively thin on the ground when you’re just looking at the offerings for a single week.  I had to choose between sharing fewer qualifying patterns, or sharing some that only barely scraped into the plus-size requirements in in-betweeny sizes.  Following the heart of the brief rather than the letter, I chose to share fewer patterns and make sure those I did share had at least a decent number of plus size options.  It’s a damn shame, and I’ll be writing a post on that soon, but in the meantime feel free to check out my Master List of Ravelry Plus Patterns, which will be kept updated.

Escarpment

Escarpment is a simple, attractive worsted-weight cardigan with a sweet, single closure at the bust that hangs beautifully past the bust and onto the hips.  It has some gentle hip darts for shape, and the pattern is available for up to a 57″ chest, making it one of the better, more generous offerings this week.  I especially like that the information provided also includes stating what size the sample shown is, which gives some nice context to the images.  Sometimes simple designs are the best, and this elegant offering is available for download at Ravelry for under £5.

Sweet Hooded Vest

The required inch measurements aren’t provided on the Ravelry page, but looking at the link provided in the details, the 3X size of this pattern fits a 54″ bust, so that’s something.  This is a worsted weight hooded cardigan, making it thick enough to keep the wind out, but the open, sleeveless style and lace pattern makes it a lighter piece, suitable for Spring weather.  It’s an unusual and fun design, that’d work well layered over clothes, and is available for download at Ravelry for just a few pennies over £5.

Window to my Soul

Joji always makes beautiful patterns in a decent range of sizes, and I’ve fallen a little bit in love with this particular pattern.  From the sweet shape to the patterned bodice, it’s a classic-looking cardigan with just a few tweaks to make it fresh and interesting.  Knitted in fingering weight with short sleeves, this is a great light cover-up for sunny but breezy days.  I especially appreciate the photo showing three different women wearing it together, so you can see how it fits different body sizes and shapes.  This pattern is available up to a 56″ bust, and can be downloaded at Ravelry for just a hair over £4, or purchased as part of an ebook of four lovely Summer patterns.

That’s it for this week!  Disagree with my selection?  Seen a great pattern you think should have qualified?  Want to suggest a theme for next week?  Let me know in the comments!

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

It’s typical, isn’t it?  As soon as I start trying to choose a single category to draw inspiration from for the next Ravelry Monday there’s an explosion of beautiful things.  There were masses of beautiful sweaters, mitts, hats, even more pretty shawls… and so many clothes in plus and straight sizes!  But in the end, it was cowls that won out this week.  There were just too many creative, beautiful, unusual designs in cowls, and since it’s Spring I know it’ll probably be too warm to wear them soon, so I won’t get another chance to gush about them for a while.

What made things even harder this week, was that I very rapidly passed my limit on the number of items I can highlight!  Choosing between them was really difficult, but in the end, these were the five I felt simply HAD to be shared.

Err Nerr Cowl

This is a very attractive cowl, with a simple but pleasing repetitive stitch pattern that breaks up the colour striping very nicely.  As this is a fingering weight cowl, it’s light to wear and drapes softly whether worn about the neck or up as a hood.  A great transition piece to wear in early Spring, available as a free Ravelry download.

Wired Cowl

Why yes, that is a barbed wire pattern on that cowl!  I thought this was such a fun design, and different to what’s usually available.  It’s a great way to play with cables for a unique, gothic look, and the shape of the cowl makes it very versatile.  Wear over the shoulders as shown, as a hood or bunched about the neck like a scarf.  Knit in a DK weight yarn, this would be great for chilly days, and is available for download at Ravelry for under £3.

Spill The Wine Cowl

Here’s another different cowl!  The delicate, contrasting lace panel is applied over the solid backing, making it both pretty and robust.  This is another fingering-weight cowl, so the double layer won’t feel too bulky, and the plain section is broken up nicely with some simple, textural striping.  This cowl is available for download on Ravelry for just a penny over £3.

Antiopa Cowl

Cowls don’t only have to be circular affairs.  This simple, sweet cowl is based off a rectangle shape, making it a great beginner item to knit, and the way it clasps at the side gives it a lovely, flattering v-shape at the bst.  The repeating lace pattern is understated and works well.  Sadly this cowl isn’t available for individual download, but the ebook it belongs it is available for download on Ravelry for about £10, which for 18 beautiful patterns including cowls, socks, mitts and hats, isn’t a bad price.

Seedlings Cowl

I really like this final offering.  The worsted weight yarn used gives this cowl a chunky, youthful and casual look, while the lace pattern keeps it just a little bit feminine.  The repeating lace pattern on this cowl is really nice – it has a classic feel to it, but still looks very different from the usual leafy designs with the rounded forms and striking vertical lines.  Made with a heavier weight yarn, this would be a great cowl for colder weather.  This cowl is available for download on Ravelry for under £5.

So there you have it!   Think I missed an even better pattern?  Have ideas for the theme for next week?  Share it in the comments!

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

This week on Ravelry Mondays, we’re celebrating shawls.  The weather in the UK still hasn’t caught up with Spring, and while the last couple of days have been a little more bearable we’re still far from being able to walk about without an extra layer.  Shawls are a great, versatile cover-up.  They can be wrapped around the shoulders or tied at the neck like a scarf.  Worn low or high on the body, worn around the waist as an impromptu beach wrap, and large ones can be wrapped around the body like an infinity cardigan.

Shawls can be made from thick aran yarn or delicate laceweight, can be made to protect against cold winds or keep out the worst of the sun’s rays on a hot day.  They’re great, and these are four of my favourites, seen on Ravelry this week.

 

The House of the Rising Sun by Melissa Lemmons

This is a very attractive shawl.  Although you could knit it in any colours, the bright, sunny greens used in the shawl shown here are a really attractive departure from the dull, long Winter we’ve been having.  I particularly like the way the shawl hangs neatly over the shoulders when worn loose, making it a very nice cover-up to wear when you don’t necessarily want to pin it across the chest.  The lace pattern has a lot of fun variety to it, and looks like it would be easy to knit to a larger size if you wanted something a little longer or wider.  The errata and notes on the pattern page are reassuring, as it shows the designer has taken a lot of care to check and recheck for errors, listened to advice from test knitters.  There are also lots of pictures on the pattern page showing it from different angles, worn different ways and in close-up.

This shawl is knit in a fingering weight, making it a little warmer and more covering than a lace shawl, while still being light enough to wear without having a lot of extra bulk over the shoulders.  A very attractive design, available for download on Ravelry for under a fiver, in UK money.

 

Primula Denticulata by Linda Choo

I had some difficulty choosing which of Linda Choo’s patterns to display here. today.  She’s released a Ravelry ebook of five patterns, although you can also buy them individually, and if I can be honest I loved every single one.  I think I particularly love her Forest Pansy for the three different lace patterns used, and the Siberian Isis for the attractive and unusual finish at the edging, but the Primula Denticulata won out the day for the lovely use of beading in the lace border.

This is a laceweight or light fingering shawl, making it very delicate and light to wear, so the addition of beading adds weight to the edge that helps it hang very nicely.  I particularly like the continuous, simple lace pattern in the main body of the shawl, that reminds me a little of simple broderie anglais, and which would make it easy to pin this shawl without worrying about damaging the fabric.  It’s available for download on Ravelry for about £3.50, or under £10 for the ebook.

 

Shawl Matabor by Lina Utena

I have a weakness for shawls that use more than one colour, especially ones with stripes, and this particular shawl really caught my eye.  The solid, worsted weight body provides ample coverage and protection from the elements, while the lace edge keeps it looking light and feminine.  I especially love that there’s more than one way to finish the edge provided with the pattern, as indicated by the pictures.  Choosing between a shaped raggedy-edge style or the simple, straight finish shown above.  What really impressed me however, is that information is given to aid knitters who might want to knit it in an entirely different weight yarn – yardage, gauge, needle size and finished size are given for fingering, DK and worsted weight versions, so a knitter could produce an entire wardrobe of different shawls from this one pattern.

Available in a variety of versions but shown above in worsted weight. this very versatile pattern is available for download on Ravelry for under a fiver, in UK money.

 

Adonis Wrap by Kate Jackson

This crescent-shaped shawl/wrap is particularly attractive, and makes use of a lovely, minimal lace design made more feminine by the use of a ruffled edge.  Once again, we’re provided with plenty of information to help us decide whether the pattern is right for us, and we’re shown two test knits in the photos in different colours, for a bit of variety.  This worsted-weight shawl would make a lovely cover-up on cold days and has a rather more practical feel to it than more lacy shawls.  It’d be an immensely practical accessory to wear when working in the garden or walking the dog, and can be wrapped without needing to be pinned, thanks to the long shape.

Sadly, this shawl almost didn’t make it into the list this week, as it cannot be purchased individually.  However, at a mere £6 for a Ravelry downloadable ebook of five patterns, I decided this one was cheap enough to be allowed through.  Although I am disappointed that the one sweater in the ebook is only available up to a 48″ chest, making it less good value for those of us that wear plus sizes.  Keep that in mind when deciding whether you like this pattern or not, but if you decide to go for it, it’s available for download on Ravelry here.

 

So that’s it for this week.  Let me know if you think any other patterns deserved to be in the list!  And feel free to give your suggestions for next week’s theme in the comments below!