Lauha by Anna Johanna

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.

The Naturalist’s Mitts by Sabine Kastner

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.

Lilium by Megan Nodecker

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.

Floozy by Libby Jonson

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.

Ode to Spring by Abby Moreland

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.

Sunstone by Triona Murphy

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!

Chamomile Dreams by Susanna Winter

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!

Girona Top by Gina Baglia

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!

Steggie by Noriko Ho

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!

Persephone by Caitlin ffrench

Pattern on Ravelry: Persohone

Designer: Caitlin ffrench

Photographer: Brutally Beautiful Photography

Sizes Included: S, m, l, xl with notes on how to rewrite it for any body size

About the Pattern: I’ve got a place in my heart for black yarns knit loosely- I think it has to do with my witch heart, but I really just wanted a sheer basic top that I can wear spring through fall as I run on the warmer side. The inspiration came from a photograph on Pinterest that I found of a fence beside the ocean!

Last Note: I was holding out on publishing this pattern for over a year- I had too much stress around garment design and the process of writing patterns to fit all bodies. I hope I hit the mark on this one with the notes on how to change it to fit your body- in my grown up life I’ve had problems finding clothes to fit my 6 foot tall frame and my looooong arms.
Also the other model (Nomi Chi) is a good friend, and really talented artist. They’re a painter, illustrator, and tattooer (who works with my husband at Gastown Tattoo)