Monday, May 18, 2015

#RangelKAL Wrap Up

It's not quite over yet, but I want to share some of the amazing projects knitters have created for the Rangel Knit Along. There were lots of lovely Pembroke Wraps:

From Top Left Clockwise: Pembroke Wraps knit by Ravelers
 bravesealpupsandragon72SweetBeej, and vjbeck

And some incredible garments! All of the projects below were made by the talented and prolific Raveler, kparise. I adore her color sense!

From Left Clockwise: Katie Summer Dress, Luxa, and Escalier Cardigan knit by Raveler kparise 

Knitters also worked up a bunch of lovely accessories. The shawl on the bottom right was made using Raveler MaryBear's handspun!

From Top Left Clockwise: Tolt Hat knit by Raveler shantiknits, Sentiment knit by Raveler fabfemme, Fietser Mitts knit by Raveler sushipie, Resin knit by Raveler iownapaint, Wendee knit by Raveler SweetBeej, and Sunlight on the Forest Floor spun & knit by Raveler MaryBear 

This KAL was a bit impromptu to begin with, but so many knitters participated and the finished objects are just beautiful! 

You've still got until the end of the day on Wednesday, May 20 to post your FO photo to the Ravelry thread to be eligible to win one of our fantastic prizes! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Pattern - Melisseus

Photo © Craftsy 2015
I love when a stitch pattern looks great on both sides, particularly if I plan to use it for a scarf or cowl. That way I can just throw it on without thinking if the "good" side is showing, which makes it a more practical accessory. For my latest design, Melisseus, I chose a fun honeycomb stitch pattern that's easy to work, and creates a cuddly bubble texture on the other side.

To visually divide up the pattern, I used a welting technique that creates these great clean ridges on the fabric. Instructions for how to do it are given in the pattern, and it's a handy skill to add to your repertoire. The whole cowl is worked in the round as a loop, so finishing is minimal.

Photo © Craftsy 2015
This pattern is now available as a kit from Craftsy, and you can also get it as part of Craftsy's Exclusive Spring Wraps Bundle, which includes designs from the brilliant Romi Hill and Melanie Blerg. 

Pattern Specs:

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 219 yd/200 m per 100 g skein) Color: Damson; 3 skeins

12.25 in/32 cm deep, 44 in/112 cm circumference

19 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in Dimple Stitch Pattern after blocking

US #8/5 mm 40 in/100 cm circular needle

On a quick note of business, we have just about a week left to go in my Knit Along! Head over to my Ravelry group to post Finished Object photos for your chance to win one of a bunch a fantastic prizes.

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