Posts Tagged ‘ravelry’

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Fabulous Modelling by Boggle the Owl

Progress is going well on the Zephyr MKAL.  It’s a really easy pattern, and has the advantage of being incredibly quick to knit, as well.  We received clue 3 yesterday, which carries on past the lace portion until the sleeve stitches are slipped onto waste yarn.  I’ll be interested to see where we go from here – will their be shaping?  Is it going to be an open, drapey, triangle-shaped cardigan or something more close-fit?  Will there be pockets?  Will the simple lace be repeated on pockets and/or sleeves?  So far it’s been a very simple pattern and I’m eager to see where it goes.

DSCN0019Clue 3 also included optional shaping to raise the back, making for a more fitted neckline.  I’m always up for anything that will improve the fit of a pattern, and the shaping was so fast and simple that I couldn’t say no.  I’m very pleased with how it looks!

Now, on to the pattern request.

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So, as you know I recently finished spinning up some lovely laceweight merino fibre in my Piscean skein.  The yarn has been wound into a big ball for ease of knitting, and the only thing is I need to find something to knit with it!  It’s very difficult to choose a pattern, and I’d appreciate any suggestions people have.

So far, I’ve narrowed my choices down to:

Moth Kisses by Anne Hanson

I love decorative ruffle cuffs, and these lace-weight cuffs with an attractive design and scalloped hem look like just my sort of thing.  They use 150 yards of yarn, so I could conceivably knit 2 pairs with my Piscean and still have 100 yards or so left over.

 

Celeste by Silvia Harding

I love shawls and have been itching for the opportunity to try my hand at one in a light enough weight for Summer wear.  The Celeste uses 400 yards for the smallest size, and as I have about 405 of my yarn to play with I would HAVE to knit the small size, which might make it too small for me to wear (although I do have narrow shoulders for my size).  I love the beading, the ornate back and the pointed hem.

 

Morticia by Boo Knits

Now this one is tricky.  I am absolutely in love with it, with the beads and the very pointy hem and the loose, open lace that all comes together for an elegant but dishabille gothic look.  It would be my choice hands down.  But the shawl needs 840 yards of yarn, and I have a mere 400 and change.  To knit this, I’d need to either track down another 100g of fibre in the same colour as what I already have – a challenge as the supplier that blended it no longer exists – or track down a complimentary coloured fibre and knit the pattern striped, which may affect the overall look quite a lot.  I also wonder if I shouldn’t save this one for use with a more explicitly gothic coloured yarn.

Others I like include:

Cumulus Shawl

Creekwood

Plenocaris

Trufa

What do you think?  Should I knit the Moth Kisses, and make a spare pair?  Or the Celeste, and risk it being too small for me?  Or the Morticia, and start hunting for fibre?  Or can you think of another suitable pattern to make use of my Piscean yarn?  Offer your suggestions in the comments! (If suggesting something new, please note it needs to be for laceweight yarn, under 405 yards total, and for knitting rather than crochet).

Zephyr MKAL WIP

Posted: 26/05/2014 in Knitting
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Spoilers!

Spoilers!

 

I’m one of the lucky people who got a place in the Zephyr mystery knit-a-long over on Ravelry.  Zephyr is a children’s cardigan pattern with a circular yoke and lace sections, designed to work well in Summer cotton or Winter wool, and goes from sizes for 1 year old to 16.  People who complete the MKAL will get a copy of the pattern for free!

I’ve got two nieces, aged 9 and 10, so naturally I snapped up the chance to take part!  The MKAL is timed, with people needing to complete each clue on schedule in order to receive the next.  So, for peace of mind, I’m knitting a baby-size one for the MKAL that I’ll probably donate to a shelter or charity organisation needing baby clothes.  I plan to get started on a child-size sample for the nieces soon though, and I’ll post updates here as I go!

For now, here’s some pictures of the WIP.  Spoilers, for those of you following the MKAL!

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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.

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.