Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

I am… not good at keeping up with stuff.  As you can probably tell by the total absence of blog updates in the last… several months.  It seems I can reliably keep up with a limited number of things at any one time, even if they are things I enjoy doing, and when choosing between keeping up with yoga, dishes or the blog, the blog ended up falling by the wayside.

But I’m back!  I hope!  And eager to get back into good habits on here.  So to start off on the right footing, here’s something awesome.  You may recall the pretty rainbow skein I spun up back in the arse-end of 2013.  Well, it was gifted to a more talented knitter than I, my lovely big sis-in-law, who saw fit to not only turn the skein into something gorgeous, but draft a whole new pattern for it!  I present to you, the Rainbow Road Scarf.

Isn’t that gorgeous?  The pattern is all kinds of fun, and I love the lace pattern used in it to create waves or repeating curves.  I want one, I need one, I’m going to spin up more yarn specifically for this project.

…Right after I finish knitting an entire family of Clangers and a Soup Dragon to go with them.  In time for Christmas.  O_o

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.

Freebie Friday rules are a little different to Ravelry Monday rules, and are as follows:

  • The pattern needs to be free.
  • The pattern does not HAVE to be a Ravelry download, but must be listed on Ravelry.
  • The pattern must have a photo clearly showing the item.
  • The pattern still needs to produce a professional looking item and have the necessary information for potential makers.
  • Clothing for adults must still be available in plus sizes.
  • An item showcased on Freebie Friday may still be showcased on Ravelry Monday, if it fits the brief for that day.

I found myself a little torn this time around.  Drops Design added a whole bunch of patterns to Ravelry this week, and I had a hard time deciding whether or not to share them.  Drops have a lot going for them – the patterns might not always be to my personal taste, but they produce a variety of patterns for clothes in generous size ranges; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a clothing pattern from them that didn’t go up to a 50″ chest.  They also tend to provide clear pictures of the clothes and, crucially, diagrams showing item construction – a rare inclusion that I really appreciate.  But they are also notorious for providing very vague instructions that often require knitters to work together to figure out what was “really meant”.  The patterns are often relatively simple in construction, but the instructions can make it hard to follow if you’re a beginner, and definitely make it more difficult to figure out where and how to make adjustments for a perfect fit.

So I’m sharing a few Drops designs today, but I’m also going to make sure to include a bunch of designs from others, as well, to balance things out.

 

Tanja

First up from Drops is Tanja, a beautifully constructed jacket knit in DK weight yarn.   love the shape of this, the collar and neckline, the length, the patterned front and back panels and the unusual shape to the hemline.  It’s a very unique jacket that still has some very classic design elements, and I can really see myself wearing it.  Available up to a 54″ bust, the pattern instructions are written on the Drops website, along with diagrams indicating construction, and the link can be accessed from this Ravelry page.

 

Slip Stitch Dishtowels

Here’s a nice non-Drops pattern.  Knitted dishtowels can make lovely gifts, and I particularly like the look of these, with the traditional dishtowel patterns and colours.  Thes pattern instructions for these towels are written on the designer’s website, and a link to this can be found on this Ravelry page.

 

Wrist Warmers With Lace Pattern

Another pretty Drops pattern, this time in fingering weight.  The wrist-warmers have a nice, simply but striking lace pattern and, as you can probably guess from the picture, can be knit to match a set of hat-and-cowl/capelet available as a separate pattern.  The wrist-warmer pattern can be found via this Ravelry page, while the hat and cowl set can be found here.  A combination of all three would make a lovely Christmas gift, and there’s plenty of time to get knitting!

 

House Colours Scarf

This is a very simple, minimalistic pattern, and you could probably knit a fair approximation of it on your own.  But I like the fact that the designer has done something different with an often-clichéd concept.  Too often, “house colours”, or colour combinations to celebrate sports teams, schools or groups, are knit in the most basic even-width horizontal stripe.  But here, the designer has worked with a very simple but pleasing combination of different stripe widths, along with a contrasting textured border to keep the finished product neat.  This would be a great knitting pattern for a beginner, and is available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Bird Cherry Hegg

I’ll admit, I’m sharing this one not because I think it makes a great washcloth design, but because I think the pattern – both the centre stripes and the pretty border – would make a gorgeous centre-panel for a knit vest!  The pattern is really pretty and unusual, and I’d love to see it worked up into something to wear.  The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.

 

 

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.