My ideas for Primp

Here again is Primp, published in the newest issue of Twist Collective.

My idea was to create that design unicorn that all knitwear designers talk about: the sweater you wear every day, all day. Over your jammies to feed the cats in the morning, with your jeans to go to the market, with a cute dress to meet friends for dinner.

My perfect every day all day sweater would be a cardigan, in a cheerful color (to combat those grey winter days), lace (because I want warmth, but no too much), and with a little retro vibe (but not so retro as to be in those killer tight shapes with little ease—because hips).

I also want it worked in pieces to give the garment structure and I like the simplicity of knitting one piece at a time.

My first knitting of Primp was for me. Like many women, I am not  size 8 and model thin–more typically a size Large. I have a 42 inch bust, but relatively small shoulders. I made size 45 up to the armholes and then switched to size 41. I knew the V-neck will accommodate my bust. I also added an extra 7 rows (about an inch) to the body because I know that’s where my hip is–I’m an inch longer in my torso than the standardized measurements.

I also wanted a more affordable yarn choice: my version is Cascade 220 Heathers, in Lake Chelan Heather (9451), the yarn and gauge matched beautifully.

Please check out the entire Twist Collective July issue. Its a beautiful issue with lots of great designs.

New Pattern: Clafouti

Clafouti, published in Knitty, Spring + Summer 2018. 

Knitty is celebrating their 15 year anniversary–an amazing number for a digital publication. To celebrate, Knitty asked designers to create new designs taking inspiration from their past issues. 

A long time ago, while looking around online for some help with a knitting pattern, I stumbled upon Knitty. This was the dark ages of the Internet for knitting, before Ravelry or YouTube or even Facebook. Through Knitty I found the instruction I was looking for and so much more. At that time there was the Knitty Coffeeshop, which became my first online community — there were so many members, it was so informational, and so much fun.

Every season there was (and still is!) a new Knitty issue with many wonderful new patterns. Most especially, there was Clapotis by Kate Gilbert. One of the most famous Knitty patterns, for a long time it was the design with the most projects on Ravelry—and still is in the top 5. I’ve never tired of the delight of knitting on the bias and dropping stitches to watch them run. Clafoutis (a delicious baked cherry dessert) has been inspired by, and borrows from, Clapotis. Meant to be a light layer that looks great over a tank top or a long sleeve shirt. Created with a hand painted yarn, like the original. Clafoutis is a swingy, easy layer, knit top down, with panels of Clapotis worked separately and attached in place.

So happy fifteenth, Knitty! My how you’ve grown. Here’s to many more issues of beauty, humor and inspiration. Congratulations.

Modeled by the lovely and talented, Emily Langtiw. Check out her cheery and insightful blog at SeaShorties.com

SIZE
For women’s garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X]
Shown in size XS with 0 inches/0 cm of positive ease

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest/Bust: 34[36, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66] inches/ 86.5[91.5, 96.5, 107, 117, 127, 137.5, 147.5, 157.5, 168] cm
Length: 21.25[21.75, 22.25, 23.5, 24.7, 26, 27.25, 28.5, 29.75, 31] inches/ 54[55.5, 56.5, 60, 63, 66, 69.5, 72.5, 76, 79] cm

MATERIALS
Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Drama [100% Linen; 270 yds per 100 g skein]; color: Lipstick; 3[4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6] skeins

1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32 to 40 inches/80 to 100 cm long
1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 16 inches/40 cm long

GAUGE
24 sts/32 rows/rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Link to free pattern

New Pattern: Coastal Stripes Pullover

I’ve been lucky enough to receive a commission from Red Heart North America. This super easy and simple pullover was fun to create. It would make a great first sweater. And it’s a free pattern!

SIZE
For women’s garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X]
shown in size S

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
To Fit Bust: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” [71 (81, 91.5, 101.5, 111.5, 122, 132) cm]
Finished Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)” [86 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147) cm]

MATERIALS
RED HEART® With Love®:1 skein each 1101 Eggshell A, 1502 Iced Aqua B, 1711 Cameo C, and 1308 Tan D.

1 US #10/6mm needle

GAUGE
15 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st.

Link to free pattern

New Pattern: About Lace

So excited to say that Knitty has published another of my patterns: About Lace.

Finding the line between what I find interesting and enjoyable to knit and what I actually want to wear isn’t easy. I love to knit bright colors but I like to wear black. I love to knit more complicated things but I like to wear simple shapes. Allover lace is great because it’s fun, especially an easy lace pattern like this one. I love this lace pattern because it works as lovely texture with flattering strong vertical lines. And since the shape is simple and classic, it is flattering to wear.

Worked from the bottom up, this sweater is virtually seamless, with the sleeves picked up and knit in the round and the shoulders completed with a 3-needle bind off. The collar is picked up last and worked in the round. The stitches for the sleeves are picked up from the finished body and knit in the round to the cuff making such a pretty finish at the shoulders. Bracelet length sleeves, worked in stockinette, become a backdrop to the lace texture and are just the right warmth for cool fall days.

The lace pattern looks complicated, but I promise that it is an easy repeat and really fun to knit. So much fun, that honestly, I think mine might be a little cuter on me if I had done one less repeat to make it a little shorter. The Eyelet Arch Lace Pattern is both written out and charted.

You can use your own techniques, but I used a new to me Tubular Cast On and Tubular Bind Off techniques–totally worth learning. The pattern has links to instructional videos, which I found really useful. The Tubular techniques produce this lovely rounded and stretchy edge that I love so much.

Blocking lace is very important to stretch the garment out to be just the width you’d like it–use the dimensions from the pattern as your guide (bad photo with harsh winter light, but I think you get the idea). I’ve never invested in a blocking board–I use form core and quilter’s pins (be sure your pins are rustproof!).

For the yarn I’ve used Louet Gems Fine/Sport Weight. I love this yarn so much–100% wool, super wash, modestly priced and comes in so many great colors, both bright and neutrals.