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The Arrowhead Stole is now available for purchase as a download, for $6.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking the buy now button.

Knit on larger needles, with the yarn held double and an easy to memorize stitch pattern, this stole works up very quickly. The entire main body of the stole is knit in one piece, then the border stitches are picked up and an inside border is knit, with an outer border knit on.

With the outer border echoing both the diamonds and the arrows in the main body, this piece has a geometric continuity. On the larger end of stole sizing, this piece can either be worn wrapped around the shoulders for a more elegant look, or it can be worn as a large cozy scarf with something more casual. Another alternative is simply to curl up in it with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee for a relaxing evening.

With this pattern I’ve decided to explore the idea of offering a “printer friendly version” of photo heavy patterns. The idea being for the knitter to have a much smaller file, with all of the essential pattern information, but without the very large color intense photos. Along with a larger file, with the pattern and lots of photographs, as well as a description, and spacious formatting.

Yarn: either 1100 yards (1006 meters) or 2000 yards (1826 meters) of JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18, or another lace weight yarn

Needles: 1 pair of US size 6s (4.00mm) circulars, and 2 US size 6 DPNs

Notions: 8 stitch markers

Gauge: 6sts/inch; 7 rows/inch in stockinette stitch

Blocked Dimensions: 24″x71″

Skills Used:
provisional cast on
grafting
blocking lace
picking up and knitting stitches
knitting and purling
slip, slip knit
knitting two stitches together
yarn overs
slip 1, knit two stitches together, pass slipped stitch over
purl two stitches together through the back loop

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Climbing Trellis is now available for purchase as a download, for $3.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking the buy now button.

Climbing Trellis is a fast and simple knit. The shape is created using the slant that comes from offsetting vertical lines of decreases and yarn-overs. This technique creates a scarf that has a zig-zaged rather than a straight edge, and a fabric where diagonal solid lines are placed next to diagonal lines of yarn-overs. This movement as well as the play that the negative and positive spaces have, brings to mind the image of vines climbing a trellis. The solidness of both the vine and the trellis juxtaposed with the spaces between the trellis supports and the vines.

This is a fairly intuitive and easy to memorize pattern, consisting almost entirely of left leaning and right leaning decreases, yarn-overs, and purl stitches. All patterning is worked on the right side of the piece, with all the wrong sides being “rest rows,” this does mean that the piece has a “wrong side” and a “right side,” and is not fully reversible.

Climbing Trellis

Climbing Trellis is the first in a collection named To Spin, To Knit, To Dream. This collection is a series of knitting patterns originally knit out of handspun. Designed to make the most out of a finite amount of yarn these patterns are designed to allow a knitter to easily modify the pattern in order to make the most out of the yarn available. These patterns work great for handspun, luxury and vacation yarns, or simply a yarn that has been discontinued.

In the case of Climbing Trellis the easiest way to use up every last bit of yarn is to simply keep knitting until the very end of the ball, ending with a wrong side row, and then bind off. While this may put you at the very middle of a zig or a zag, it does mean using up all of your available yarn. If ending in the middle of a zig or zag doesn’t sit well with you, then the pattern can easily be ripped back to the end of the last full zig, and you can bind off there.

Yarn: 240 yards (219 meters), of a light fingering or heavy lace weight yarn

Needles: 1 pair of US 5s (3.75mm) straights or circulars can be used

Gauge: 7sts/inch; 9 rows/inch in stockinette stitch

Blocked Dimensions: 9″x45″

Skill Used:
cable cast on (though another loose cast on could be used)
binding off
knitting and purling
yarn overs
knitting two together
slip, slip, knit
blocking lace

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It’s been awhile since I’ve updated, but despite that there has been lots of knitting going on. The sky is overcast this afternoon, so some of the pictures might not be the best, but either way, here we go.

Beginning with two finished objects.

Leaves & Snakeskin

Birdy Shawl

Both Leaves and Snakeskin, as well as the second Birdy Shawl are off the needles. Leaves and Snakeskin is knit out of STR lightweight in Gail’s Autumn Joy, and the second Birdy Shaw is knit out of STR mediumweight in Dragon Dance. Both of these projects simply fell off the needles over the past month. Looking back I got the yarn about a month and a half ago, and both of these were finished a week or so ago. I still need to write up and format these patterns, but both these patterns are towards the top of, a rather long list, of patterns to get ready for release.

Next up, two recently cast on items.

Bird Tam

I’m a few rows past the ribbing on what will end up being a tam. In this tam I’m playing with the idea of combining color work with lace. This idea was inspired by the amazing Susan at A Few Stitches Short of a Full Row, and her combination of color work and cables, in the Tom Bombadil tam. The final tam will have a band of sitting birds (back birds on a blue background), and then a crown of soaring birds done in a lace pattern. I’ve never knit a tam before, so don’t be too surprised if you end up seeing this get ripped back a few times.

Get Well Shawl

This project is something that I cast on yesterday, and has taken top priority at the very tippy top of the pile. It’s a shawlette that will be sent to my aunt who has recently gone through some very serious medical stuff. She is now out of the hospital and back home, but still not herself.

Grapefruit Yarn

When I was designing this I wanted a very simple, very easy to memorize pattern, that would knitting up quickly. Knit on size 10s and in a thick and thin handspun, I wanted a pattern that would let the yarn dominate, but still have enough interest to keep my attention. This should be done within the next few days, and then some sort of project rotating regularity will be re-introduced.

SiG Blankie

This is the blanket that I talked about in the last post. I’m about 3/4 done with the main body, and then I have the border to knit up. My goal is to release this blanket pattern (tentatively being called A Study in Blues and Browns), a long with the pattern for A Study in Grey sometime in the last week of August, but we’ll see what happens.

Both Que Sera and Icy Fields have seen some action but not huge amounts.

Que Sera

I’ve started the right front for on Que Sera, but haven’t really worked on it in awhile. Though that might change soon, because I have the yarn and pattern for Liesl lined up to be my next “not original design” project.

Icy Fields

I’m two or three rows away from being done with the Waves and Shields portion of Icy Fields shawl, and will probably spend at least part of this evening finalizing the charts for the next section.

For the next few weeks I’m going to try regularly updating every Sunday, in hopes of not going almost a month with no updates again.

After looking over this post again, I’m just realizing that I have a crazy number of projects on the needles.

Holly

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to bring you, math and a two-day-last-minute-scarf.

I have spent the past few days completely immersed in math, and ribbing.

One of my potential test knitters for A Study in Grey, wouldn’t have been able to finish the shawl by the deadline I had set, and suggested a baby blanket instead. Now, rather than being hated by new mothers everywhere for simply squaring the stole, and ending up with a blanket that is 100% alpaca (and therefore non machine washable), laceweight, and knit on size 2s. I’ve redesigned the stole into a blanket pattern (currently named SiG Blankie, but I’m working on a better name), that calls for Knit Picks Stroll (formerly known as Knit Picks Essential), and is knit on size 5s. The blanket will come in two sizes baby and adult, while the stole only comes in one. Both patterns will be made available separately, as well as together at a steep discount.

I’m in the process of gathering test knitters for the blanket pattern. I’ll be knitting along with them, because the idea of releasing a pattern that I haven’t knit, kind of weirds me out. I’m at the very beginnings of my baby blanket, just starting the 3rd repeat. I’ll have pictures once I’m a little further in. I am working stripes because I have a whole bunch of blue and brown Knit Picks Essential, and nothing else to do with.

While writing up the blanket pattern, I simply didn’t want to knit lace, and since all my projects currently on the needles are lace (of varying levels of difficulty) I cast on something new. Obviously.

Basic Ribbed Scarf

Cast on 20 stitches. Knit 1×1 ribbing until you run out of yarn. Bind off.

I used two skeins of Schoeller+Stahl Big Print in colorway 7942, and US size 10 (6mm) needles. Due to the fact that I like symmetry I knit the first ball starting from the end on the outside of the skein, and the second ball with the end on the inside of the skein. This means that when the scarf is hanging around the wearer’s neck the colors should (approximately) line up. Since I don’t have an immediate recipient this scarf will go into the gift stash until I need a last minute gift.

I know I keep promising an actual knitting update, but I keep getting side tracked. Soon (I hope).

Holly

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