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While browsing for new Ravelry patterns to share on Monday, I came upon this lovely knit tee.  It’s DK weight, available up to a 60″ chest and looks perfect for the Summer!  What’s even better is, the pattern is on sale reduced from $4 down to just $2!  It’s an introductory price, so snap the pattern up quickly if you want it!

This one is still a possible contender for Ravelry Monday, simply because it’s such a treat to find a pattern with a decent size range, but I wanted to share it with all of you while it was on offer!

DSCN0199These are not the best quality photos.  My camera is out of batteries, I don’t have the spare cash to replace them and just today managed to scrabble for a couple with just a little juice left by scrounging up every battery-operated item in the house and testing them in turn.  Once I found a pair that had enough juice to turn the camera on, I didn’t dare turn it off again so just grabbed a few photos as quick as I could before the camera died again.

 

DSCN0200As you can see, I finished the construction of the body since my last update, and have made good progress on the edging.  I think I’m about 30-40% done with the edging.  I’ve finished it along the length of the left wing, at least.  It’s actually really quick and satisfying at this stage – the edge pattern is simple and repetitive enough that it didn’t take long to commit to memory, leaving me free to watch whatever shows I feel like while I work.

DSCN0198Of course, the shawl is going to be big,  Which is just how I wanted it.  The standard pattern creates a shawlette just large enough to drape the wings around the chest.  But my version?  The wings were each as long as my arm and hand before I started the edging, and I need to block it after that, as well.  I wanted something generous that I could pull around myself and know that the back was reaching at least my hips, and I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what I’ll get.

DSCN0205I really like how the shawl is constructed.  There is almost no cast-off edge anywhere on it.  The raw edges of the centre circle are taken up by the wings and connecting wedges, and the raw edges of those are taken up into the border, which is taken up along the length.  The edging is worked perpendicular to the body, picking up a stitch every right-side row, with just a few cast-off stitches here and there for shaping.  The result is no right areas, no tension changes and a very smooth, open shape that will probably only need minimal blocking.  I can’t wait to get more done.

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.

I really need to do a better job of watching Ravelry sales more closely.  Ravelry designer Schneckenstrick has a special offer – buy any two patterns, get a third free!  Sadly the gorgeous adult-size clothes patterns Schneckenstrick offers aren’t available in plus sizes, but they do have some lovely kid’s clothes patterns to choose from.  Just put three patterns in your basket and enter “schneckenstrick” at checkout.

Oh, and because I’m bad at keeping an eye on this stuff… the final date of the offer is 9th June 2013.  So, y’know, today.

Oops!

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!