Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Preview - Briquette

You may be familiar with one of my very first patterns, Tweedy Scholar Scarf.  I named it after a fellow with a beard who had a very academic look about him.  I later learned he was not a university professor, but a former boxer, so maybe it would have been more appropriate to call it the Tweedy Fighter.  For completely unrelated reasons, though, I'm updating the scarf for my upcoming book with a new look and a new name.  

Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2012

I'm calling it Briquette and in its new format it will still be free through December 31, 2012.  Starting January 1, though, it will be $6 so download it now.  The pattern is easy to memorize and to customize and would make a lovely gift for men or women.  

Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2012

Briquette is worked in Hazel Knits DK Lively, which is a very bouncy DK weight sock yarn.  Its tightly twisted three-ply structure creates gorgeous stitch definition, and the merino nylon fiber content makes it soft and durable.  The color is Equinox and I believe it speaks for itself, as is true of all Hazel Knits colors.  

Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2012

Our location for this photo shoot was downtown Seattle, so we had quite a few passersby curious about what we were up to.  The human who was accompanying this lovely dog insisted that he would make a much better model than any of the fellows I had on hand.  We all decided that we wouldn't be offended considering he was extremely beautiful.  We couldn't say no to the offer to include him in a photo, though I decided against letting him wear any of the garments.  

Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2012

I chose this design as a preview for my upcoming book because it's a solid representation of what the book is about - practical, distinguished designs that men will want to knit and wear.  All of the patterns are elegantly functional with thoughtful knitterly details.  

The book will be available for pre-order starting in early January.  Subscribe to my mailing list to make sure you get updates.  

Finished Measurements
Length: 82 in/208 cm
Width: 5.75 in/14.4 cm

440 yd/402 m DK weight yarn
Shown in Hazel Knits DK Lively (90% Merino, 10% Nylon); color Equinox; 2 skeins

22 sts/28 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Boxes Stitch Pattern

Needles & Notions
*Needle sizes are recommendations only.  Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge.
US #8/5 mm needle
tapestry needle

cast on, knit, purl, knit through the back loop, purl through the back loop, bind off, follow written or charted stitch pattern instructions

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