Friday, July 26, 2013

The Isabella Tank Top Pattern

Introducing the Isabella Tank Top Pattern....

The Isabella tank top pattern is the first  knitting pattern that I am offering for sale.  Currently it is only for sale on Ravelry, but I hope to add it for sale here soon.

"Isabella" is a fun and quick knit.  I originally designed it as a teaching piece for beginners to introduce a variety of techniques.  There is a lovely picot hem, a simple rolled collar and sweet ruffles as sleeves.  Easy to work, and very cute!

I also designed a companion top for a favorite 18 inch doll- the Isabella Tank for 18 inch dolls.

It is a great way to use up extra yarn, and makes a wonderful gift!

I have to confess, formatting and changing my pattern into a PDF was far more daunting and time consuming than knitting the top was.  As it stands now, the first page of the PDF is blank, and as hard as try, I can't seem to change it.  Any suggestions?
Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cables, Bobbles and Colorwork or Too Much Knitting, Not Enough Blogging!

Cropped Cardi (photo by @Zealana)
 My newest design is out in a wonderful booklet called Zealana Air Pattern Book.

I love the juxtaposition of unexpected elements like openwork and bobbles, so it was a pleasure to create this sweater.   I designed the  front of the cardigan with applied bobbles and a plain stockinette front to offset the more elaborate sleeves. This was a surprisingly simple knit, and the Zealana blend yarn is both light and luxurious at the same time.

photo by @ Zealana
I also am very excited to share 2 designs I have in a new book by a true master of knitwear design, British knitter  Debbie Bliss.  I am such a tremendous fan of hers, so it was an extraordinary honor to have my work chosen to be in her new compilation of designs.

Published by Sixth and Spring Books
 Her yarns are so fabulous.  Merino is really my favorite, and I got to use the DK weight for my Bobble Flounce Pullover design.

@Sixth and Spring
And, I got to use the sport weight merino for this cabled little girls Slipover Dress.

@Sixth and Spring

Last but not least, I have a scarf,  the #17 Peacock Pull Through Scarf in the Early Fall issue of VK.  When the call came out for animal intarsia designs, I knew a cheeky peacock was just the thing.  The yarn is perfection- a buttery soft cashmere-
Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 8-ply.

VK Early Fall 2013

 I used a simple openwork design for the peacock tails- much easier to work than you might think!
@Vogue Knitting
Embroidered accents add some detail, and keep the knitting simple.

Peacock Scarf 2013
It is so hot here that it is hard to think about sweaters, but it is really relaxing to have a project, big or small,  to bring to the beach or pool.
What are you working on? I'd love to hear!

* Thank you WMM for tearing me away from my knitting and making me update my blog!