Pattern on Ravelry: Scintillation
Designer: Hunter Hammersen
Sizes Included: 3 sizes, to make stars of about 1, 3, or 5 inches across (exact size varies with gauge)
About the Pattern: You know those bits of gorgeous yarn left over from your favorite projects? The ones you just can’t bear to throw away? Well why not turn them into a pile of adorable little stars! Each one takes only a few yards of yarn (these took between 10 & 30 yards each) and about two hours to knit.
That’s about as close to instant gratification as knitting gets! As for what you’ll do with them?
Well that’s limited only by your imagination! I suspect you’ll want to make a bunch and you’ll come up with no end of ideas for what to do with them!
And I promise they’re quick and easy! If you’ve never made something 3D before, don’t worry. I’ve got a three-page photo tutorial showing you every step of the process. And I’ve included all sorts of helpful tips on everything from what to fill them with to how to block them (seriously, there’s a blocking guide you can print out and use if you’re feeling fancy) to how to weave in your ends. You can totally do this!
Last Note: The pattern includes three sizes and three different stitch textures (stockinette, reverse stockinette, and ribbing), so you’ve got lots and lots of options for what to make (18 different possible combos if I have my math right). I’ve knit about two dozen, and I still want to make more!
Pattern on Ravelry: Hawthorne Ridge
Designer: Ama Marie
Sizes Included: Shawlette: 56″ width x 16″ depth, Shawl: 76″ width x 20″ depth
About the Pattern: I saw these two colorways and thought they begged to be put together for a fall themed piece. I took inspiration from a tree’s bark, branches, and leaves, alternated textured stitches and lace, for a beautiful and romantic crescent shawl and named it after an area within Brown County, Indiana, which is famous for its fall color. I love the size of the full shawl and the way the ends spiral, but the pattern also includes a 1 skein shawlette size for year-round wear.
Last Note: All of my patterns so far have been inspired by the different regions and features of my home state of Indiana.
Pattern on Ravelry: Stradbally mitts
Designer: Sabrina Schumacher
Sizes Included: hand circumference: S (M, L) / 16.5 (19, 21.5) cm / 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)”
About the Pattern: Big winds and waves have transformed the Irish Brandon Bay into one of Europe’s premier kite surfing destinations. Stradbally is one of the towns at the bay. Inspired by the place, these mitts are rustic and soft at the same time. They’re worked in half fisherman’s rib with the thick plain-knitted ribs giving way to one wave.
The mitts are worked bottom-up. Starting with a provisional tubular cast-on and k1, p1 ribbing, the stitch pattern switches to half fisherman’s rib with a relief formed by cabling. The pattern showcases not only semi-solids, but also variegated one-of-a-kind yarns.
Last Note: I name my patterns after places I know through kite surfing or paragliding. I spent 2 week in Stradbally at the beach with my camper-van. A year ago I released the matching hat pattern with The Fibre Co, an Irish yarn company. For me a perfect match of inspiration and yarn – all from Ireland.
Pattern on Ravelry: Old Harry
Designer: Kat Riddell
Sizes Included: 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 63, 66)in/84 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137, 145, 152.5, 160, 168)cm at bust, to be worn with 2-6in/5-15cm of negative ease
About the Pattern: Old Harry is worked seamlessly from the top down. The upper back is knit first, then placed on hold while stitches are picked up at the shoulders to knit the front. The body is joined at the underarms and knit in the round with waist shaping. Sleeve stitches are picked up from the body and sleeve caps are shaped using short rows.
Featuring a slightly cropped body and bracelet-length sleeves, Old Harry has a ribbed yoke and sleeve caps to provide textural interest and an opportunity for color blocking, and the pullover is finished with an i-cord collar.
Last Note: I didn’t have a strong source of inspiration for this pattern, so I had a lot of trouble coming up with a good name for it. After a while I realized the ribbed yoke reminded me a bit of cliff and sea rock formations. The Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations off the southern coast of England that were formed as the chalk seam between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight eroded away.
Pattern on Ravelry: Burley Scarf
Designer: Leela Frankcombe
Sizes Included: One size (20 cm/7.75″ wide by 185 cm/73″ long)
About the Pattern: As is usual for my design process, I had the idea for how this scarf should look a long time before I had figured out how I could actually get it to work in yarn. It took a fair bit of trial and error before the knitted object looked as good as the one in my imagination!
In the end, the design I came up with uses two colour brioche, making for a thick, warm, striking looking fabric. The two ends of the scarf are decorated with a section of syncopated brioche, where the two colours alternate sides. The middle of the scarf is ordinary two colour brioche, giving the scarf an understated style and making it suitable for all occasions for both men and women.
Last Note: The name of this pattern (and that of the matching hat) comes from a lake in my old home town of Canberra, Australia. The yarn I used was dyed by a Canberra based indie dyer who chose colours inspired by the city. It does get pretty cold in Canberra in winter, so I think this scarf would be right at home there.
Pattern on Ravelry: La Peregrina
Designer: Stephanie Earp
Photographer: Dianna Walla
Sizes Included: 7 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56” at bust
About the Pattern: When Monica, the dyer behind Yarn Experiments, reached out to me to offer me yarn support for a future design, I wanted to do more than just take the yarn and run. I chatted with her about her goals for her business, and the designs she liked best. And then I pitched her a complicated cardigan with lapels. Thankfully, when the yarn was on the needles, it became obvious my idea was all wrong. I started playing with increases I remembered from Estonian lace (or mis-remembered – my star stitch here doesn’t seem to actually exist in that tradition) and this lace yoke was born.
Last Note: My working title for this design was ‘Tellement Cute’, an expression I heard a lot while I was knitting it at a family cottage in Quebec. I still think it’s a great name for a pattern, but La Peregrina (a famous pearl owned by royalty and Elizabeth Taylor) was the perfect name for a pattern that calls for many purls. (Though I do include a tutorial on switching to knitting inside out after the yoke is complete.)
Pattern on Ravelry: Quiet Ways
Designer: Katie Flora.
Sizes Included: 80″ wingspan x 28″ depth.
About the Pattern: I love things that make me feel, and that’s what I always try to create with my designs: a complex feeling that nothing else can really express. So for me, Quiet Ways was about a feeling of wanting to turn the volume down (I’ve been streaming way too much US political news from down here in Australia), remember the old traditions, walk barefoot on dusty floorboards, watch the fir trees brush against the window in the storm while the fire burned hot beside me. Safety in the storm, I suppose. Once I saw the texture and colour of Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft yarn, I could see the finished shawl. Feeling and material mixed and made Quiet Ways.
The shawl starts with a garter tab cast on, and rapid increases on the edges combine with standard make-ones along the spine to create a wide triangle. The lace border is knit sideways and binds off the body stitches. I added tassels because a) I am not immune to the latest trends, and b) I love how they weigh the ends down a bit and keep them in place when wearing the shawl scarf-fashion.
Last Note: The name Quiet Ways comes from a L. M. Montgomery quote I stumbled upon on Pinterest one day. I’m an Anne tragic, so I have to share:
“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” — L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea.