Pattern on Ravelry: Dip Stitch Variants
Designer: Hunter Hammersen
Sizes Included: These are stitch patterns, like entries in a stitch dictionary, so they don’t really have sizes.
About the Pattern: When I create a design, I usually play around with a bunch of different versions of the stitches before settling on the one I use for the pattern. Sometimes the variations go on to be other patterns, but more often they just hang out in my swatch basket, unseen by anyone. That’s no fun… especially when the stitches are as pretty as these! I decided that this time I was going to indulge myself and include them as a special little mini stitch dictionary. Because these really are too lovely to keep to myself. I can’t wait to see what people make with them!
Last Note: Because of the way these stitches are created, they often look just as pretty on both sides (which makes them perfect for cowls)!
Pattern Name on Ravelry: Elsa on the Beach
Designer: Mary Annarella
Sizes Included: 32(35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 49)” bust
About the Pattern: This Elsa is a great transition piece with an easy fit, and top-down construction that looks terrific on the beach or with a camisole and pants for fall wear. It features a dropped-saddle-shoulder with a modern lace pattern running down the sleeves and center front. Subtle shaping along a diagonal results in slimming lines and a slight high-low hem that’s fashion forward without looking like it rides up.
Make it in a heavy lace for a light fabric with lots of drape, or in a true fingering weight for a firmer fabric. Directions for both a hip-length, 3/4 sleeved pullover as well as a cropped, short sleeved version are included in the pattern. The lace and faux-cable patterns are both charted and written out.
The pullover is designed to be worn with 1-3” of positive ease at the bust. Short rows shape the shoulders so that they angle downward (no dreaded “wings” at the shoulders!) and reduce bulk at the underarms. Slim sleeves keep the look modern and sleek.
Last Note: The pattern is named for the colorway of yarn I used- Wollmeise Lace-Garn in “Elsa”. I didn’t want to work out winter-wear for laceweight yarn, so I created a design that Elsa (yep, Frozen Elsa) would wear in some alternate reality where she heads to the beach because the cold really does bother her anyway.
Pattern on Ravelry: Overfar
Designer: Kat Riddell
Sizes Included: 53in/135cm across and 23in/59cm deep
About the Pattern: Overfar is a cozy reversible shawl that will follow along with you wherever you want to go.
This aran-weight shawl is worked in soothing garter stitch with a reversible cable along the top edge. Simple shaping, with just one pattern row in each six-row repeat, makes Overfar a relaxing knit that works up quickly so you can get on with your next adventure.
Last Note: It took me several tries to figure out what this yarn wanted to be, but the one element that stayed the same from my first sketches and swatches is that reversible cabled edge.
Pattern on Ravelry: Escalation
Designer: Stephanie Lotven
Photographer: Samson Lotven
Sizes Included: One Size
About the Pattern: Every day I hear about escalating conflict, escalating fear, escalating tensions. I am tired of hearing about negative escalation. This shawl was designed in the spirit of positivity. I want escalating FREEDOM, escalating CREATIVITY, escalating JOY! This shawl is my happy place: a bold palette, graphic lines, relaxing garter stitch, and just enough lace to keep things interesting. I hope it brings you a bit of escalating happiness!
This shawl is knit flat from the top corner across to the far edge to create a bias triangle. Three sets of stripes flow across the shawl. Each set of stripes is larger than the last, escalating in size from small to large. The shawl is designed to play with visual weight and texture. When worn, the stripes flow in different directions to create graphic interest from every direction.
Last Note: My husband works SO HARD during out our photoshoots. I always scowl through the first 50 photos, then he starts cracking jokes. To get me to smile during a photoshoot, he has to tell at least a dozen dad jokes.
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.
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.