Pattern on Ravelry: Hither
Designer: Hunter Hammersen
Sizes Included: Written in three sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone, at 6 spi, fits a wrist of about 6.75 [7.25, 8] inches.
About the Pattern: There’s something about knitted leaves. They’re more charming than they have any right to be, and they look impressive but are actually super easy to make. Charming and easy…that’s pretty much what I’m looking for in my knitting! And these mitts totally fit the bill.
The leafy lace runs up your wrist, and splits around your thumb (who says you have to keep all the fancy bits on the back of your cuffs?), and joins back up at the top of your hand. The rest of the cuff, including the gorgeous mirrored thumb, is in lovely crisp ribbing (so it fits great and is easy to work).
The whole thing makes for the sort of mellow, meditative project that’s fun to make and looks absolutely fabulous when you’re done.
Last Note: Fingerless mitts are some of my favorite gift knits… They’re quick, easy to fit, and non-knitters are universally impressed with them!
Pattern on Ravelry: Cardelina Sweater
Designer: Pauline Walter
Photographer: Sarah Jeanine Waber
Sizes Included: Five sizes (S, M, L, XL, XXL).
About the Pattern: Sometime you wish something strongly. The other day I wished a pink pullover with cables and turtle neck. So I designed Cardelina. It is, really, a comfy sweater, with a good classic length, reasonable ease (10-12 cm), long sleeves, armholes large enough to host another piece underneath, a nice turtleneck and a so lovely cable pattern, front and back. I just like it! And I hope you will like it too…
It is worked in the round from bottom to top until the armholes. Then front and back are worked separately and rejoined at the shoulders by a three needle bind off. Stitches are picked up at the armholes and sleeves worked in round to the wrist. Nothing complicated but an intuitive cable pattern to entertain you.
Last Note: All my sweater patterns are names after birds. This one is a little passerine bird with a red or pink head, rather common in the new world and so sweet. Its real name is Cardellina rubrifrons (the red-faced warbler). It looks so sweet that I dedicate my pink pullover to him (dropping one L of its name for simplicity!)
Pattern on Ravelry: Concentric Cowl
Designer: Michele Lee Bernstein/PDXKnitterati
Sizes Included: 24” circumference by 14” unscrunched, 6” scrunched, easily adjustable
About the Pattern: I saw this beautiful gradient yarn cake from Knit Circus, and I was smitten. I knew it wanted to be a cowl, and I wanted to make a springy, boingy fabric to capture warmth for chilly days. Knit in the round in worsted weight, it practically jumped off my needles! The only thing that slowed me down was that I frogged it when it was half done, because I decided to add a little secret lace in the knit sections for both ventilation and visual interest. The cowl is tall enough that it can be pulled up and worn like a hood/snood.
Last Note: I knit this with a 150g/277 yard worsted weight gradient cake. It seems like a lot of yarn for a cowl, but the spring action means that it can be both short and tall. I had so much fun playing with its boingy properties, I almost named it Concertina!
Pattern on Ravelry: Sashiko
Designer: Bristol Ivy
Photographer: Thea Colman
Sizes Included:32 1/4 (38 1/4, 41 1/4, 45 1/4, 49 1/4, 53 1/4, 56 1/4, 60 1/4)” (86.5 (97, 104.5, 114.5, 125, 135, 142.5, 152.5) cm) finished bust circumference
About the Pattern: A non-traditional construction whose simple lines mimic the gentle lines of sashiko stitching on an exceedingly wearable shape.
Last Note: This sweater is all about friendship for me–the same friends that gave me the yarn and encouraged me were there for the photoshoot, three years later!
Pattern on Ravelry: Tolt River Cowl
Designer: Andrea Rangel
Photographer: Kayla Sorley
Sizes Included: DK Circumference: 20 in/51 cm – Worsted Circumference: 19.25 in/49 cm
About the Pattern: The rhythmic geometry of this colorful cowl is perfect for colorwork beginners, and fantastic for using up stash leftovers. The two versions — two-color worsted or four-color DK — are both perfect canvasses for playing with palettes. Make it boldly bright, subtly neutral, modernly monochrome, or however your heart desires. Tolt River Cowl is a quick knit, and a perfect gift for the color lover in your life.
Last Note: Since this pattern was designed to be a great first colourwork project, there are a series of blog posts taking the knitter through each step.
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.