4.10.2014

Basic Baby Cardigan



When I received this beautiful yarn in the mail, it was love at first sight. I don't normally choose blue, but I am currently so drawn to this dusky gray/blue shade. 


What makes this skein of Snow-Capped Yarns Olde Salt Knight yarn extra special is that it is inspired by the colors of and also hand-dyed in coastal Alaska. I am headed there this summer for a knitting retreat, and I dreamed of my upcoming trip to Cordova while knitting with this yarn.

I made up this simple baby cardigan as a sample for my upcoming sweater finishing workshop that I will be teaching this summer. It was so quick to knit and a great project to practice seaming techniques.



I thought I'd post the pattern for free for anyone who is interested in making one for the little one in their life.
It can be made for a baby boy or baby girl and is just the perfect easy knit for a last minute gift.
Embellish it with pockets, appliques, or colorwork for an original look, or keep it clean and classic just the way it is.




Click HERE to download this pattern for free!
Click HERE to learn more about Snow-Capped Yarns.


3.27.2014

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 80 : "No Like It"



Episode 80



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Enter to win a copy of Knit The Alphabet provided by publisher Stitch Craft Create along with this beautiful "Knit Me Somethin" necklace provided by Shirley Campbell by leaving a comment under this post by April 15th. In your comment please tell me how you would like to use the knitted letters from the book. Please also include your contact information. Only one comment per person please!

The winner will be announced here and contacted on April 16th. 

I will be back at the microphone for the beginning of season 9 in July. Thank you for listening!




Drawing now closed! Thank you to everyone who participated! :)
The winner is Karine7 on Ravelry. Congratulations! :)


3.18.2014

Knit The Alphabet



I recently discovered the book, Knit The Alphabet, by Claire Garland and couldn't resist knitting up a quick "N-N-K" out of scraps to display on the shelf of my office.

I've been a big fan of Claire's designs for years now. (Proof HERE and HERE.)
I have always loved her whimsical use of knit stitches to create the most adorable toys and now.. letters!



There are so many fun uses for these knitted letters. They would make such a fun decoration for a kid's room. Can you imagine a name strung up over a bed or small letters hanging from a crib mobile? What about a giant first letter of your child's name as a "pillow" on the bed? If I was "super mommy" I would love to knit the whole alphabet to practice making words with my 2 year old.

They are just so fun to make and play with..


and squish.



3.07.2014

Gramps


I recently finished the most adorable little old man sweater for my 2 year old boy.

This pattern is called Gramps and was designed by Tin Can Knits. Not to be confused with the other Gramps Cardigan I made for him before he was born by Kate Oates. :)



I fell in love with a sample of this Gramps sweater during my visit to Monarch Knitting recently and promptly cast on. I guess I just couldn't resist the shawl collar and tiny pockets. And who wouldn't love those knitted elbow patches?


I used Berroco Blackstone Tweed for the body and a lone skein of Madelinetosh Vintage floating around in my stash for the trims. I love the contrasting texture and color in the two yarns.

It is just completely adorable. I love it. And my son... well.... doesn't.


This is the best picture I could get of him in his new sweater.. and there was a lot of bribing involved to even get him into it.

Listen to my next podcast episode for the entire devastating story. :(



3.05.2014

Big Botanical Knits 2 Yarn Giveaway!


Thank you so much to everyone who has already ordered Botanical Knits 2
I so appreciate all of your support and enthusiasm for the new designs! As a way of saying thank you, I have a special yarn giveaway for you to enter to win!


 This is a sampling of some of the beautiful yarns I had the privilege of working with in my new book.  Included in the stack are:

-2 skeins Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport in Heirloom Tomato
-8 skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed Aran in color #720
-3 skeins of Quince and Co. Owl in Chamomile
-2 skeins of Juniper Moon Farms Moonshine in color #0001
-1 skein of Juno Fibre Arts Alice Dk in Potpourri

I must tell you.. each and every one of these yarns was such a joy to knit with. 
Whoever wins this lot is going to be one fortunate and happy knitter!

I will be running this particular drawing a little bit differently from others that I have organized in the past. I've noticed that many of you have already started knitting projects from Botanical Knits 2 which makes me sooo happy and excited. I have started an entry thread HERE on the Botanical Knits group on Ravelry where I would love for you to post a picture of your finished knit from the new book. Everyone who posts a picture of their finished Botanical Knits 2 project on this thread will be entered in the giveaway. You will receive a separate entry for each project that you post. I will provide all of the drawing rules in the Ravelry thread, so please be sure to read the requirements carefully. 

I will end the drawing on April 15th and announce the winner on my blog and on the thread on the 16th. 
Pick up your needles and ready, set, knit!

I cannot wait to see all of your projects!

Drawing now closed! Thank you to everyone who participated! I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful, beautiful knits! :) I randomly chose between the drawing entries, and the winner is Donnabriz on Ravelry who knit up a gorgeous Thicket beret. Congratulations! :)

3.03.2014

Botanical Knits 2; Now Available For Pre-Order!

Botanical Knits 2; Twelve More Inspired Designs to Knit and Love is now available 
to purchase as a digital e-book for $18 or to pre-order in print for $22 plus shipping.

If you choose to pre-order in print, you will receive a complimentary copy of the digital e-book to download right away along with two special surprises in the mail when the book ships in June!

-A botanically inspired, gauge-measuring bookmark to use with your new book
-A complimentary new pattern designed by me!

If you would like to purchase Botanical Knits 2 locally, it will be available to purchase in yarn shops and bookstores worldwide beginning in June.

Shop owners, please visit my wholesale site for more information about carrying Botanical Knits 2 in your store.

If you have purchased the individual Sprig pattern in the past, please don't forget to enter your "receipt no." or "transaction id" from your paypal receipt 
in the ordering process to save $6 on your order of Botanical Knits 2!

I hope that all of you really enjoy this new book! Please do post pictures of your finished knits on the Botanical Knits ravelry group or our facebook page! I can't wait to see all of the new designs knit up by all of you in different yarns and colors. Happy knitting! :)


2.27.2014

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 79 : The End of the Optimistic Knitter?


Episode 79


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Enter to win this copy of Knit Your Own Zoo (provided by Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers) along with a skein of New Zealand Southlander yarn (provided by Skeinz) by leaving a comment under this post by March 15th. Please remember to include your contact information. Only one comment per person please! The winner will be announced on Episode 80.

Don't forget to check out our website botanicalknits.com for more information or to place your order for the new book, Botanical Knits 2! Pre-orders will be open on March 3, 10:00 am PST.

Thank you for listening!








2.16.2014

Botanical Knits 2 Pattern Preview!

I am so excited to finally share with you the design projects 
that I have been working on over the past year.
Introducing...



My new book!

This is a sequel to Botanical Knits published last year. The response to that book was so positive and I just wasn't quite ready to stop designing botanically inspired knits quite yet.

Here is a little peek at the 12 new designs.





This sweater was the first piece I designed for the collection and I think it might be my favorite.
I love the romantic over-sized hood that forms a beautiful shawl collar in the front when worn down. There is also a tree motif on the back. I call it a "secret" tree because it is only visible when the hood is up. This sweater also has A-line shaping, a pretty rounded back hemline and a few little gathers where the skirt meets the bodice.






This beret is a fun and fast project to knit. The lacy stitch pattern is a perfect one for beginning lace knitters because it isn't very complicated. I would consider this design to be the easiest hat in the collection to execute. Unlike the others, you won't have to get out your cable needle for this one! Thicket is worked from the brim up and can easily be finished in only a few evenings.





I love love love the way this shawl turned out. The body of the shawl is basic, but the edging is what makes it truly unique. My goal was to create a leafy edging that was barely holding onto the body of the shawl like spent leaves clinging to branches at the end of the season. With a lot of swatching, I felt like I was finally able to create in knitting what I had envisioned in my mind and I the finished shawl is unusual and whimsical. I'm very happy with this one.







For my Sunlit Autumn cardigan, I wanted to experiment with lace insets. I have often seen this design element used in ready to wear garments and I find it really pretty and feminine.
The lace inset on the back reminds me of a photo used in the first book of an autumn leaf held up to the light with sunshine glowing all around it. I wanted to capture that same idea in the stitch pattern and I think it turned out really nicely.









I really loved the stitch pattern that I designed for the Twigs and Willows cardigan from Botanical Knits and decided to create a smaller version for these cute cropped little mitts. These are a perfect choice for those of you who are interested in trying out this stitch pattern but are not quite ready to commit to an entire sweater project.







Forest Foliage is the first lace shawl I have ever designed and it will go down in history as the most difficult pattern to write up. Just ask my technical editor. She will fill you in. :)
The shawl itself, however, is so pretty. It is made up of solid knit autumn leaves floating in a sea of lace stitches. When I hold the shawl up to the light it reminds me of sunlight streaming in through the leaves of a tree. 






The Ivy Trellis Hat was originally released as a special pattern giveaway to everyone who pre-ordered Botanical Knits, and it is now appearing in my new book. This hat is designed to coordinate with the Ivy Trellis Socks and Mittens from Botanical Knits. Between you and me.. I cannot get enough of this stitch pattern. I think it is so beautiful and it translated so well into a hat. I love the embossed texture of the cables and leaves. 





On this cardigan, a textured, flourishing vine climbs up the left sweater front, much like a vine on a tree. It's a striking detail that is so fun to knit. I love designs like this with a single plant motif. They are so addicting and go so fast because you can watch the plant grow on your needles as you work. Waist shaping has been incorporated to the sides of this cardigan for a flattering fit.






With this design, I experimented with working a new leaf shape into the stitches. The result is a slouchy hat with subtle fern stitch motifs growing out from the crown as well as the brim. I think that this pattern could definitely be a unisex pattern and sized up for a man. 





Verdure was originally available for a limited time as part of the Twisted Yarn Shop Mad About Tosh Club 2013 and is now appearing again in Botanical Knits 2. These mitts feature a fun twisted stitch sprouting plant motif on the back of the hand and only take one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh dk. They work up very quickly!






You may remember my blog post about this design a few months back. The colorway this scarf is made from was especially created just for this project. The gradient colors represent the spring-to-autumn life cycle. The scarf is a long decorative string of leaves that can be wrapped around your neck several times for a cozy colorful scarf.






Now this sweater you have seen before. Sprig was released previously and has become quite popular due to it's unique details and construction. The special thing about this sweater is the asymmetrical neckline that once completed results in a symmetrical sweater. A leafy sprig of foliage wraps around the neckline and sleeve cuffs and I love the way that the little leaves drape over the shoulder when worn. It is a special sweater. Unlike any other sweater pattern, I've seen!




 I hope that you all really enjoy these new patterns as much as I did designing them! Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Botanical Knits 2; Twelve More Inspired Designs To Knit And Love will be available digitally and to pre-order in print from our website (botanicalknits.com) on March 3 at 10:00 am PST.

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For now all of the pattern pictures and information is up on Ravelry! Please check them out HERE. I have also added discussion/KAL threads for each design on the Botanical Knits Ravelry group forums. Please join us as we discuss yarn options and plans to begin the new projects. I will be checking it to answer any questions you may have about the new designs. Also please be sure to tune in to my next podcast episode where I will be sharing even more about each of these patterns.

Thank you so much for your patience, support and excitement for my new book!
I can't wait to release it! :)





2.13.2014

Last Chance For Sprig!



Hello friends. I am planning on releasing Botanical Knits 2 in e-book format and for pre-order in print in the next couple of weeks. Because of this, I will be taking down my Sprig sweater pattern on February 20th. Sprig will be included in the new book, but this is your last chance to purchase the pattern individually. 


Remember that if you choose to purchase Botanical Knits 2 the entire cost of the Sprig pattern pdf will be applied to your purchase of the book. Please keep your Paypal receipt email containing your Transaction ID or Receipt No. code. Either of these codes will allow you to receive a $6 discount on your copy of Botanical Knits 2!

I am so pleased with the positive response that this sweater design has already received on Ravelry. There are already so many beautiful finished sweaters to look at. I love seeing the different color and yarn variations!

One of the first Sprig sweaters to pop up was this lovely gray version by ittybitty on Ravelry, and it is still one of my favorites.


Check out all of the other fabulous projects HERE.
Click HERE to purchase the individual Sprig pattern pdf.


2.03.2014

Photoshoot



Last weekend we shot the photos for my upcoming book at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
What a perfect location. Lush, green, and gorgeous!

Seeing the finished photos makes me even more excited for this book release, and I thought I'd share a little sneak peek with all of you.


I can't wait until it is all finished! :) Hopefully soon!