Pattern on Ravelry: Lauha
Designer: Anna Johanna
Sizes Included: XXS-XS-S (M1-M2-L1) L2-XL-XXL
About the Pattern: Lauha is a classic Henley sweater with romantic lace trimmings. Pour yourself a cup of tea and sit on the windowsill dreaming of times past. The sleeves are a fun hybrid of saddle shoulders and raglan sleeves. And the cuffs and hem feature a few rows of garter stitch with a picot bind off in addition to the contrast color lace trimmings.
Last Note: I often get told by fellow knitters that I have a very romantic style. I usually don’t see it that much myself, but with this one, it’s loud and clear.
Pattern on Ravelry: The Naturalist’s Mitts
Designer: Sabine Kastner
Sizes Included: One Size
About the Pattern: The prototype of this design was almost a bit of an accident – I had this idea of a pair of brioche cuffs, but it didn’t work out as I wanted and I was left to the choice of either frogging everything or coming up with a new decorative edging over my given stitch count. I decided to continue and liked the resulting pattern so much that I used it to design a fingerless glove (with a beautiful line of increases around the thumb, which you can’t see in the picture).
The yarn I used is a light fingering weight, but brioche knitting is great for experimenting with different yarn weights and gauges – try heavier yarn to obtain a really squishy fabric, and play with your favourite colours for a striking effect!
Last Note: These mitts are named after Maria Sibylla Merian, born in 1647, who was both an artist and a researcher: At a time when the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies was unknown to most people, she developed a deep fascination for insects and eventually undertook an extraordinary expedition to Surinam that resulted in her chief work – a magnificent volume with 60 coloured engravings featuring tropical plants and insects. I played a bit with this theme when taking the photographs for this design.
I hope you’re enjoying Knitting Pattern of the Day as much as I enjoy putting together posts. Thus far, the majority of the patterns featured have been from designers I reached out to, but my hope is to grow the website enough that I get an equal number of submissions from designers I don’t know, so I can discover new patterns, too. To make that happen, this website needs a larger audience, and that’s where you can help! If you’ve liked the project so far, please tell a friend or two. And if a friend sent you here and you want to support KPotD as well, tell two more friends. It might feel small, but if everyone does it, it can have a big affect, and that’s the secret to growing a website like this.
We’ll get back to your regularly scheduled knitting patterns tomorrow.
Pattern on Ravelry: Lilium
Designer: Megan Nodecker
Sizes Included: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X); 30.5 (34.25, 38, 43, 46.5, 50.25, 54, 57.75, 61.25)” finished bust measurement
About the Pattern: This top-down tee uses fingering weight merino/silk yarn to create an easy, everyday garment. Knit in the round, Lilium combines multiple techniques, some you may know and some you may not! (But don’t worry, everything’s explained in the pattern and there’s links to video tutorials as well!)
Last Note: When my sister and I walked down to the beach to do the photography for this top, it was hot out, but the sky was only slightly overcast. Five minutes in, it started to pour rain, thunder and lightning. We did the photos as quick as we could but by the end we were both soaked to the bone! As were the 3 month old, 2 toddlers and 1 husband we brought with us.
Pattern on Ravelry: Floozy
Designer: Libby Jonson (Truly Myrtle)
Sizes Included: Bust circ. closed and buttoned: 32.5 (36, 40.25, 43.75, 48) (52, 56.25, 59.75)“ /81.5 (90, 100.5, 109.5, 120) (130, 140.5, 149.5) cm
About the Pattern: This one has been a long time in the planning and the making and I’m so excited and relieved to finally be showing her off to you! There are lots of things to love about Floozy. Floozy is the cardigan for dancing, dreaming and feeling fabulous. She’s bold, she’s beautiful, she’s fantastic over dresses and skirts and wonderful teamed with boots and trousers. Plus, she’s worked from the top down so you can try her on as you go. The colourwork is a breeze! It’s all slipped stitches so you only ever work one colour per row. Work back and forth to create the striking yoke and then ease into soothing stocking stitch for the body and sleeves.
Last Note: She includes a bunch of sizes and options so you can make her fit like a dream. Have fun deciding whether to make a fitted version like my beautifully dreamy pink cardy or relaxed fit with get up and go like my punchy gold one. Fancy long sleeves? No problem, instructions included. A shorter body? That’s included too.
Pattern on Ravelry: Ode to Spring
Designer: Abby Moreland of More Knits
Sizes Included: One size: 58″ (150 cm) x 23.5″ (60 cm)
About the Pattern: This fingering weight symmetrical triangle shawl is knit bottom-up in garter stitch stripes and two-color brioche. This is the perfect project for knitters who love mindless knitting, but who can also get bored knitting the same thing over and over, because of the breaks of brioche in between the garter.
Last Note: This shawl took me eight months to design because it morphed from a complex fully brioche lace scarf into a straightforward shawl with simple lines. In the end, I realized simple is often better for my design style; I wanted the yarn to take the spotlight, and the way to do that with this design was to step back and let it do what it really wanted, instead of forcing it into submission.
Pattern on Ravelry: Sunstone
Designer: Triona Murphy
Sizes Included: One size, to fit average woman. Brim circumference: 18.25″ / 46.5 cm
strong>About the Pattern: I always look at the crown of a hat first before I decide to knit it. I can’t be the only one, right? A show-stopping crown gets me every time, so I challenged myself to design a hat collection backwards—start with the fancy crown and work my way down.
Sunstone is the last of the three patterns in the collection, and I had a hard time with it at first because I wanted it to evoke the rest of the patterns in the collection without being exactly the same. Then I found the lovely orange precious gem Sunstone (all the hats in the collection have a gemstone name) and the perfect skein of yarn, and the sun-inspired design fell into place.
Last Note: I had planned to make the final hat in the collection a deep royal blue color, but when I went to my LYS to buy it, I couldn’t take my eyes off this yellow/orange skein instead. It’s not my usual color at all, but it ended up being my favorite of the three!
Pattern on Ravelry: Chamomile Dreams
Designer: Susanna Winter
Sizes Included: Small [Large]
About the Pattern: This shawl is my ode to those sunny summer days that seem to go on forever and ever. Chamomile Dreams is a bright and happy shawl worked in two colors of luscious merino singles. The shawl features stockinette and simple, flowery lace. But don’t drift into dreamland just yet because there’s a little trick to this lace: it’s worked on both sides of the shawl.
Last Note: I knit this shawl during the hottest summer in memory. Thank goodness for the long, golden days of August when it’s finally starting to turn a bit cooler… so I can wear it!
Pattern on Ravelry: Girona Top
Designer: Gina Baglia (Inorgaknit Designs)
Photographer: Alyse Liang
Sizes Included: S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) [34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”]
About the Pattern: This color-blocked summer top is knit bottom-up in two pieces, then seamed together at the sides. The shoulders are connected by a 3-needle bind off, and it contains a lace edging on either the back or front (depending on how it’s worn!). It’s reversible!
Last Note: The pattern is named after the city in Catalunya (Spain). My husband is from a little town outside of the city and we visit at least once a year. It’s gorgeous and totally underrated!
Pattern on Ravelry: Steggie
Designer: Noriko Ho
Photographer: Bret Barkelew
Sizes Included: Small: 55” [140cm] wide x 18.5” [47cm] tall (Large): 72” [183cm] wide x 19” [48cm] tall
About the Pattern: My inspiration for this shawl comes from my dissatisfaction with other “scrap” projects. Don’t get me wrong, I have a number of scrappy blankets going, and have definitely done hats and socks, but none of them satisfied my itch to use up a lot of scraps in a manner that I felt I’d want to show off my final project.
Steggie managed to hit all the points I felt like I was missing with a lot of the scrap patterns: it uses up your scraps in entirety, no planning is needed to get started (arranging colors beforehand can be done, but is not necessary), it eats up a lot of yardage, it’s an item I will wear often, the size is easily adjustable…
I’ve managed to knit up two, so far, and am currently working on a third. I’m loving that I get to use up my scraps (and minis); it’s making me look at my massive scrap yarn collection in a completely different way.
Last Note: Steggie is so named because of the fun lace edging that appears as you work your shawl… I think it looks like the spines along a stegosaurus!