Santa Fe

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”

- Norma Jean Mortenson

I’m excited to share this new sweater with you, as it combines two of my favorite things …

… a nice drapey waterfall-front sweater
and classic pueblo stripes.

The knit-in fringe means there’s no need to fuss with loose ends anywhere other than the sleeves (weave in as you go or work in later) and the very tops of the shoulders (splicing here at color changes keeps the shoulder nice and tidy).

Knit in one piece from the bottom, with sleeves that are shaped as if set in, but are worked along with the body of the sweater so that the stripes continue beautifully all around.

Super wide ribs create a vertical element that’s especially slimming in the back.

Recommended chest sizes: 28-32 (32-36, 36-40, 40-44, 44-48, 48-53, 53-58). Fit should be loose, with a slightly dropped shoulder. Finished garments measure across the back from underarm to underam: 16 1/2 (18 1/4, 20, 22, 24 1/4, 26 1/2, 29)”.
Shown in size 36-40 on a 36″ dress form.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply (246 yds / 225 m per 50g skein) in Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere) and Brigadoon (100% merino tweed).
Shown in Earth & Sky colorway; main color is Nirvana earth.
Garment shown used 16 different colors.

Total yardage for finished garment: 1075 (1215, 1435, 1725, 2060, 2450, 2885) yds.

Substitute any light sport weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Size 5 US / 3.75 mm long straight or circular needles (with a long cable) for sweater, double-pointed (dpn) or circular needles (with a short cable) for sleeves, extra needle for 3-needle bind off; markers, holder or wasted yarn, tapestry needle, 3.75 mm crochet hook optional.

Gauge: 25 sts and 30 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch.

Skills used: Splicing colors and joining colors in the round (with resources linked), short rows (explained), 3-needle bind off (explained).

Pattern includes: Written instructions for all sizes, schematics, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Santa Fe

Interlochen

“Why not go out on a limb?

That’s where the fruit is.”

- Mark Twain

Detached cables create a self closure that makes this cozy stole as practical as it is elegant

Simple short rows shape the shoulders for a nice fit around the neckline.

And it’s also yummy as a scarf.


Construction: Stole is worked in one piece from end to end. Simple short rows shape the shoulders for a nice fit. The slotted cabled closures are picked up and knitted then stitched or grafted to secure.

Finished Size: 16″ wide by 71″ long at the neckline edge and 80″ long at the lower edge. The shape is a rectangle that has two bends or arcs flanking the center.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight) in Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere), Angelic (merino angora) or Brigadoon (merino tweed); 246 yd / 225 m per 1-3/4 oz / 50 g skein: 7 skeins.
Shown in Angelic smoke.

Substitute 1750 yards of any sport weight wool or wool blend yarn that works well to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Size 5 US / 3.75 mm straight or circular needles, cable needle or double- pointed needle, stitch markers, scrap yarn.

Gauge: 25 stitches and 33 rows = 4″ in Stockinette stitch. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Skills used: Cables, short rows (explained), reading charts.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch pattern in charted format, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Interlochen

Poem River

“Oh fair enough are sky and plain,
But I know fairer far:

Those are as beautiful again
That in the water are.”

- A. E. Housman

Poem River – as of this date, my very favorite scarf – combines two of my own stitch patterns:
herringbone ribbed lace borders flow into a waving ribbed lattice.
It’s also reversible, and the stitch patterns look complicated, but are easy to work.

Finished Size: 11″ / 28 cm wide by 80″ / 2.0 m long.
Both length and width are easily modified by working more or fewer pattern repeats.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight) in Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere), Angelic (merino angora) or Brigadoon (merino tweed); 246 yd / 225 m per 1-3/4 oz / 50 g skein: 4 skeins.
Shown in Nirvana rain.

Needles & Notions: Size 4 US / 3.5 mm.

Gauge: 26 sts and 34 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch. In stitch pattern, one 18-stitch rep = 2-1/2″ / 6.5 cm and one 34-row rep = 4″ / 10 cm.

Skills used: Cast on, yarnover, knit 2 together, purl 2 together, slip-slip-knit (ssk), bind off.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch patterns in both written and charted forms, abbreviations.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Poem River

Oak Park

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

A friend asked me to design a simple striped scarf, something that a man would wear, and my answer …

Oak Park, a simple stockinette tube in neutral colors, with a flash of red …

so wonderfully mindless it could be boring if not for the fun of watching the colors progress.

The finished scarf is double thick, perfect for keeping out the chill, even in a Windy City winter.

The pattern is available for sale, but I’d like my friends to have it with my compliments. It’s the perfect stash buster.

Your free link is available for 2 weeks, and you may also add the pattern your Ravelry library using this coupon code: OAKPARK.

Also available as a kit, which includes seventeen 20-gm skeins of Sunday Knits 3 ply yarns (sport weight) in Nirvana, Angelic, Eden and Brigadoon – enough to make 2 scarves – and a pattern to download.

Finished Size: 75″ long and nearly 7.5″ wide

Yarn: 1 20 gram skein each of 3-ply Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere) in espresso, charcoal, earth and sand; Eden (100% merino) in chocolate, fawn and red; Angelic (75% merino 25% angora) in nut, chestnut, smoke, black and bone; and Brigadoon (100% merino tweed) in bark, blackish, pebble, birch and stone

Needles: US size 4 / 3.5 mm set of double-pointed (dpn) or circular needles.

Notions: Tapestry needle.

Gauge: 26 sts and 32 rnds = 4″ in St st.

Knit Oak Park

Tuesday’s Child

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace.

I love sweaters that are classic and timeless, the kind of sweaters that never go out of fashion … instant heirlooms.

Tuesday’s Child is a classic cable and seed stitch cardigan, with a nicely whittled back waist …

… a mitered neckband …

… and tidy buttonholes.

The pretty cabled sleeves are set in …

… the fronts and back are worked separately and seamed (I used an exposed-selvedge seam, which is explained in the instructions). The button/neck band is worked in with the fronts and continues to wrap around the back. Short rows shape the shoulders.

Finished chest sizes: 331/2 (351/2, 371/4, 40, 441/4, 473/4, 511/2, 55)”.
Sweater shown is size 40 worn on a 36″ bust.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5-ply Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), Eden (100% merino), Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed): 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) 50-gm skeins (shown in Eden lake).

Substitute any worsted-weight yarn that works to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Needles size 6 and 7 US (4.0 and 4.5 mm) straight or circular needles, cable needle or double pointed needle; tapestry needle, stitch markers, eight 11/16” (17 mm) buttons.

Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in seed stitch using larger needles.
Measure gauge on washed and dried swatch.

Skills used: Reading simple cable charts. short rows (explained), cable cast on (for buttonholes.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, cable charts, schematics, glossary, pictures.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Tuesday’s Child

Bohemica

There is no end to the beginning

– M. K. Massey

Bohemica


This super scrunchy cowl has a deeply-textured cable and seed stitch pattern that’s completely reversible …

… knit in the round from the bottom up.

The secret to its depth – and its reversibility – is a unique double cable stitch pattern. Fun!

Finished Size: 29″ / 73.5 cm around by 10″ / 25.5 cm deep.

To modify circumference, work more or fewer stitch repeats.
To modify depth, work more or fewer row repeats.

Yarn: 3 skeins Sunday Knits 5 ply yarn
(137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein):
Angelic (75% merino 25% angora),
Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92%
merino 8% cashmere), or Brigadoon
(100% merino tweed).

For a softly draping cowl as shown, the fabric must be loosely knit. The yarn used here typically works up at 17- 18 sts per 4″ using US needles size 7-8. Substitute any similar- gauged worsted weight yarn.

Needles and notions: Circular or double-pointed
Size 9 US / 5.5
mm, 2 cable needles, tapestry needle.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain
the correct gauge.

Gauge: 16 sts = 4″ in Stockinette stitch.

Skills used: Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, cables.

Pattern includes:
Written instructions, stitch patterns in both written and charted forms, abbreviations.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Bohemica

Sonoma stole

Think left and think right, think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.

– Dr. Seuss

Sonoma is my answer … “yes!” … to all of those requests for a pueblo stole pattern that doesn’t require buying a kit.

With your stash and creativity you can create your own striped colorway, using this crescent-shaped stole with its wide bias ribs and knit-in fringe as your canvas …


… as my friend elle did here (above) with the leftover yarn (eleven colors) from her Milano pullover – fabulous!

Use a couple of colors or a lot of them (my sample used seventeen).
Make your stripes narrow or wide or mix them up.


Construction: Work stole in two sections and graft. Change colors or cut yarn every two rows, using loose ends to make up the fringe.

Finished size: 88″ long by 14.5″ wide including fringe.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3-ply yarns (246 yd / 225 m per 50-gm skein, or any light sport or plump fingering weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.
Work stripes in any number of colors: 850 yds total.

Needles & Notions: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) needles, tapestry needle, a row marker may be helpful.

Gauge: 25 stitches and 28 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch. Measure gauge on large washed swatch; adjust needle size if necessary.

Skills used: Increases and decreases, wide rib, Kitchener stitch.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, a few tips and suggestions for choosing colors and stripes, and supplementary charts to help keep track of initial increases, decreases and ribs.

Available as a pattern download. Kits will be available beginning August 16.

Knit Sonoma

how I spent my summer vacation

It’s been twenty years since I had a summer during which I didn’t exhibited at art shows or fiber shows. So this summer – with no shows whatsoever – seems like a luxurious holiday. I could get used to this! … and have had a chance to work on some things I haven’t done in a while …

… something I do most summers – gardening.

… something I haven’t done in three years … too busy knitting? But my piano’s tuned now, and I getting happily reacquainted with my favorite inventions and etudes.

… something I haven’t done in thirty years … too busy knitting again! And I had forgotten how enjoyable needlepoint can be, but just got a hankering to make a needlepoint pillow, and then found this fabulous “Python” kit by Brandon Mably at Ehrman Tapestry.

… something I had never done, but I’ve been wanting an Arts and Crafts style tile of my logo for the front of my studio. My husband, a ceramist, said I’d have to make my own tile, although he did roll out a lovely slab of clay for me and gave me access to his studio and all his tools. I think it’s coming along okay … maybe a couple of spares just in case.

… and something I always do, my favorite, my passion! Here’s a sneak peak at something new for this fall.

changing colors – a tutorial

The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging. - Molly Ivans

Joining Colors

While there is no wrong way to change colors, when working flat, a splice, in addition to saving time later on, will reduce bulk at the selvedge edge.
Russian splice is particularly recommended

When working in the round, the appearance of a color jog can be reduced by weaving in ends later.

To minimize a jog by weaving in:

When joining a new color make a slip knot,

tighten it,

snug it up to the work,

and begin working with it.

It will look like this from the back,

And like this from the front.

Weave in ends from the back, laying the old (lower) color strand down to the right and the new (higher) color strand up to the left.

With the new-color strand threaded, weave the yarn into the back of the last stitch on that first new-color row as shown – like duplicate stitch worked from the rear …

Then weave through a couple of purl bumps to keep the end in place.

Trim the end.

With the old-color strand threaded, weave the yarn into the back of the first stitch on that last old-color row as shown – like duplicate stitch worked from the rear ….

Then weave through a couple of purl bumps to keep the end in place.

Trim.

Be sure to work the duplicate stitches firmly so that the fabric is pulled into place.

Milano

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

- Margaret Atwood

Stylish, comfortable and fun to wear are what I wanted in this boxy striped pullover …

worked in the round from the bottom to the underarms, then flat to the neckline …


… which is shaped with pretty cable decreases and finished off with attached I-cord.

I added a little heart detail to the back using duplicate stitch, but it could just as easily go on the front
… or you might even wear it on your sleeve.

Recommended for Chest Sizes: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44)(48, 52, 56)” which will allow a very roomy fit. Sizing was determined by upper-arm width, wrist-to-wrist measurement and overall length. Sweater shown is size 36, worn on a 36″ bust and has 20″ of positive ease.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3-ply yarns (light sport weight, 246 yd / 225 m per 50 gm); 2 50-gm skeins Nirvana (92% merino, 8% cashmere) earth; 1 50-gm skein each: Nirvana: berry and sand; Eden (100% merino): curry, lagoon, celery and grape; Angelic (75% merino 25% angora): aqua, buff, dijon and tomato.

Or if working in two colors:
4 (4, 4, 5, 5)(5, 5, 6) 50-gm skeins main color and 2 skeins contrasting color.

Substitute any sport weight yarn that works nicely to gauge. Use either two colors or any odd number of colors.

Needles & Notions: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needles for body, circular or double-pointed needles for sleeves, double-pointed needles for I-cord trim; size 7 US (4.5 mm) needle for 3-needle bind off;

markers, cable needle or double-pointed needle, tapestry needle, stitch holder.

Gauge: 25 stitches and 33 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch worked in the round. Measure gauge on large washed swatch; adjust needle size if necessary.

Skills used: Joining colors, cable decreases, 3-needle bind off, attached I-cord.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, schematics, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Milano