Dancing with Bears

“Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstance.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright


Where will your ursine guide lead you … on a midmorning romp or a full moonlight bacchanal?

Either way, you’ll fit right in. This crescent-shaped shawl has a simple garter stitch ground. And my own stitch pattern, inspired by the classic bearclaw pattern, forms the border. (Enjoy the playful picot claws!) Not too primitive. Not too refined. Just right!

The knitting begins with a picot cast on, and border and is worked flat (lots of stitches, not so many rows), with short rows shaping the garter-stitch crescent.


3 Sizes: 3 Sizes: S (M, L) measuring 18 (20, 22)” deep mid back by 71 (80, 89)” long from tip to tip across the top. Shown in size M.

Gauge: 18 sts and 31 rows = 4″ in garter stitch.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (worsted weight) in Angelic (merino angora), Nirvana (merino cashmere), Eden (merino) or Brigadoon (merino tweed); 125 m / 137 yd per 50 g: 5 (6, 7) skeins. Shown in Angelic bone.
Dancing with Bears can also be made using a thinner or thicker yarn; use a needle size that creates the desired fabric and work a smaller or larger size to compensate for the difference in gauge.

Needles: Size US 7 (4.5 mm) for garter, 8 (5 mm) for border and bind off, and 9 (5.5 mm) for cast on only. Circular needles are recommended to accommodate the large number of stitches: 474 (540, 606) sts on longest row.

Notions: Stitch markers.

Techniques used: Picot cast on (explained), simple lace knitting (the only stitches used are ssk, p2tog and yo).

Pattern includes: Written instructions, border stitch pattern in both written and charted formats, schematic.

Knit Dancing with Bears

© Sunday Knits 2016. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Kaitlyn Oliver and Francheska Brzazgon

birthday raffle!

O frabjous day! Calloh! Callay! – Lewis Carroll

It’s my birthday …

… and as you know, I usually like to celebrate by sharing some freebies and prizes with you all,

so this year we’re having a raffle!

There are lots of opportunities to win:

First prize is a Sunday Knits gift certificate for $250!
There are two 2nd prize gift certificates of $100 each
three 3rd prize gift certificates of $75 each
four 4th prize gift certificates of $50 each
five 5th prize gift certificates of $25 each
and twelve prizes of a free pattern of the winners’ choice.

To enter: Entries are limited to Sunday Knits newsletter subscribers only (to subscribe, email: newsletter@sundayknits.com).
On every Sunday Knits purchase from now through August 21, you will receive one raffle entry for every $50 spent.
If you’re not making a purchase, you may enter by sending a letter or postcard to: Sunday Knits Raffle, 240 Lovesee Rd, Roscoe, IL 61073, and please let us know your name and the email address to which your Sunday Knits newsletters are being sent.

Winners will be selected in a random drawing on August 21, with each entry having an equal chance of winning. I look forward to notifying each winner a month from now, and will also post a listing of winners on my website (it will be at the “events” tab on the home page upper toolbar).

Good luck to all!!

Fun and games aside, I want you to know how much I’ve appreciated your support, friendship and encouragement over the past year. I’m able to work doing what I love, and that is because of you!

xoxo, Carol

Verduri

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Ethereal leafy lace border is set off perfectly with this classic garter-stitch scarf or shawl.

Knit it in two pieces beginning with a picot cast on and finishing with a garter graft. (Don’t worry, I’ve created a photo tutorial to walk you through it).

These coordinating mitts have a similar leaf pattern, but here the leaves sprout off of their branches alternating instead of both together, with a smooth and great-fitting hand and thumb (half welt, half flap) …

… and an eye-catching underlayer to the lacey cuff.

Stats for scarf / shawl

Sizes: Scarf (wide scarf, stole, shawl, wrap) Finished measurements: 80″ long by 7 (11-12, 16, 20-12, 25)” wide. Size shown is wide scarf.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply (246 yds / 225 m per 50g skein in Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere), Angelic (merino angora) or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 2 (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins main color, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) contrasting border color.
Shown in Eden twig with Angelic wren border.

Substitute any sport weight yarn: 330 (550, 770, 990, 1210) yds main color, 90 (150, 210, 270, 330) yds contrasting border color.

Needles & Notions: Size 4 US / 3.5 mm, size 5 US / 3.75 mm, tapestry needle, stitch markers (optional). blocking wires and T-pins (optional but recommended). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Gauge: 25 sts and 46 rows = 4″ in garter stitch. 214″ per 16-stitch pattern repeat.

Techniques used: Picot cast on (explained), grafting, lace (lace stitches worked on right side of fabric only).

Pattern includes: Written instructions, glossary, stitch pattern in both written and charted formats, link to photo- tutorial for grafting in garter stitch.

Stats for mitts

Size: 7″ around by 8-12″ long. Adjust gauge for a larger or smaller size.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight – 246 yds / 225 m per 50g) in Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere), Angelic (merino angora) or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 1 50-gm skein main color, 1 20-gm mini skein contrasting color for underlayer.
Shown in Eden twig with Angelic wren.
Substitute any light sport or fingering weight yarn: 150 yds main color and 50 yds contrasting color.

Needles & Notions: Double-pointed needles US size 5 for cuff top layer, size 4 for cuff bottom layer, size 2 for hand, size 1 for garter border; one set (any style) size 6 needles for bottom layer cast on; one circular needle US size 4 for holding underlayer stitches when attaching to top layer;
tapestry needle, stitch markers, holder or waste yarn.

Gauge: 28 sts and 44 rows = 4″ in Stockinette stitch using size 2 needles.

Techniques used: Lace knitting, 3-needle join.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch patterns presented in both written and charted formats,

Make either or both … mix and match!

Knit Verduri

© Sunday Knits 2014. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Kaitlyn Oliver.

Mixed Media

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein


Two ribs are better than one in this artful cardigan with long sleeves and deeply scalloped front edges.

Knit from side to side in one piece, the sleeves and collar are picked up and knit,

and short rows shape the the sleeve caps.

The collar may be worn either wide and open or snugged up around the neck.

Sizes: XS (S, S/M, M, M/L, L, XL, XXL); recommended for chest sizes 31-33 (33-35, 35-37, 37-39, 39-43, 43-47, 47-51, 51-55)”. Back measurements (underarm to underarm): 15-1/2 (16-1/2, 17-1/2, 18-1/2, 19-1/2, 21-1/2, 23-1/2, 25-1/2)”. Shown in size S/M; chest size of model and dress from is 36″.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (worsted weight yarn, 137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein) in Angelic (merino angora), Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere), or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins.

Substitute any worsted weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in k1-p1 rib. 44-stitch pattern measures 8-3/4″ when measured from the inside of a large washed and dried swatch with ribs smoothed flat.

Needles: Size 7 US / 4.5 mm long straight or circular needles for sweater body and circular or double-pointed needles sleeves. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, three 1/2″ by 2″ toggle buttons, crochet hook (around 3.5-4 mm) and one small flat button for optional inside closure, waste yarn.

Techniques: Short rows, provisional cast on, pick up and knit, sewn bind off (optional).

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch patterns in both written and charted formats, schematic, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Mixed Media

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Brette Olpin

Buttonhole-stitch buttonholes

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

Sewing buttonholes using buttonhole stitch

With a tapestry needle and a little yarn, you can make pretty and professional-looking buttonholes.

With tapestry needle threaded, begin by weaving in the end … it’s easier now than it will be later.

Draw needle through to the front, at the bottom of where the buttonhole will be positioned.

Draw through at the top of where the buttonhole will be, creating a buttonhole loop.

Draw yarn back to the bottom to create a second buttonhole loop.

Check to make sure that the loops are the right size and just snug enough for the button.

To begin buttonhole stitch *insert needle underneath the buttonhole loops,

Draw the yarn nearly through, then insert needle through last bit of loop,

Pull stitch snug.

Repeat from * inserting needle underneath the buttonhole loops,

Draw the yarn nearly through, then insert needle through last bit of loop,

Pull stitch snug. Repeat buttonhole stitch until buttonhole loops are full of close-together stitches.
To finish, draw yarn to wrong side, weave in end and trim.

Nice!

Potawatomi

“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower
– Albert Camus


Welcome in fall with this stylish poncho, knit mainly in stockinette stitch with a dramatic cabled border, knit-in fringe and a cozy collar that can button up as a cowl.

Potawatomi is knit flat in one piece from ribbed end to ribbed end with a shaped neckline. Thanks to the fringed edging, every row is worked as a right side row, making the stockinette portion purl free!

The ribbed cowl – perfect for buttoning up on a chilly day – is picked up and knitted. A single seam runs up one side from ribbing to neckline.

Finished Size: After seaming, fabric forms a folded rectangle 24″ by 27″ which includes a 3″ knotted fring. Cowl/collar measures 24″ around (buttoned) and 6-12″ deep. Size can be easily modified; guidance for mods in pattern instructions.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply yarn (light worsted weight – 137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein): Eden (100% merino), Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed): 9 skeins Shown in Eden dove
Substitute any light worsted weight yarn that works nicely to gauge: 1200-1250 yds total yarn length.

Gauge: 17 sts and 25 rows = 4″ in Stockinette stitch.

Needles & notions: Size 8 US / 5 mm needles circular needles (with a cable long enough to hold 122 sts), cable or double- pointed needle, tapestry needle, four 7/8″ buttons.

Techniques used: Cables, reading charts optional, pick up and knit.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, glossary, cable patterns in both charted and written formats.

Available as a pattern download, or as a kit.

Knit Potawatomi

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Sample knitted by Sarah Lowry. Modeled by Jess Anastase.

Oakberry

I have always loved oak leaves and acorns as motifs … so lovely and autumnal. So when I saw an oaky lace panel in a book of vintage lace patterns, I just had to make it!

The stitch pattern as it was written contained several errors, and the design wasn’t balanced one side with the other. So I’ve made a number of changes, including adding this lacey scalloped border …

… and some little knitted-in-the-round acorn “tassels”.

The shawl is knitted in one piece from side to side. The soft crescent shape is created by short rows which are integrated into the stitch pattern.

Sizes: Shawl can be made as long and as wide or narrow as desired. Shawl shown measures 17″ wide at center back by 80″ long, acorn embellishments excluded.

Yarn: Any yarn from lace weight to chunky can be used for this shawl. The samples shown used Sunday Knits 5 ply (light worsted weight yarn – 137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein) in Brigadoon (merino tweed) stone on the cover; and on page 4 Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight yarn – 246 yds / 225 m per 50g skein) in Eden (merino) carrot.

Yardage: Calculate approximate yardage needed based on stitch gauge and size desired for finished shawl as follows. Yardage = gauge (in stitches per 4″) x .025 x length” x center-back width”. (This is a generous calculatioin.)

Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in St st in light worsted weight sample; 25 sts and 33 rows = 4″ in St st in sport weight sample. Use whatever gauge works well for the weight of yarn being used. For best results, the fabric should be loose or open, and not too densely knit.

Needles: Use size recommended for yarn used or to achieve the desired fabric (US 7 was used for the sample in worsted weight yarn, US 5 was used for the carrot-colored sport weight sample); plus a set of 4 double pointed needles (dpn’s) 3-4 needles sizes smaller for working acorn embellishments.

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, a little wool or polyfill for acorns.

Techniques used: Lace knitting (lace pattern stitches on RS’s only), reading charts.

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

Available as a pattern download, or as a kit in either Sunday Knits 5-ply or 3-ply yarns.

Knit Oakberry

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker.

The Princess & the Seed

“Anything is possible when you’re sowing the seeds of love.”
– Roland Orzabal

Little fitted jacket has princess-style shaping, seed stitch side panels and lots of lovely details.

The princess-style shaping gives an expertly tailored fit, while the seed stitch side panels, with their shorter row gauge, allow the sweater to scoop up slightly over the hips and down slightly lower in front and back.

One or two optional pockets are easily knit in.

The construction is worked flat with seams and set-in sleeves, further enhancing the fine fit of this knitted jacket.

Buttonholes are integrated into the attached I-cord trim which is added all around.

Finished sweater sizes: 33 (35, 37, 39, 41, 45, 49)”. -1 to 3″ ease recommended.

Shown in size 37 worn with 2″ ease on model and 1″ ease on dress form.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (light worsted weight – 137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein) in Angelic (merino angora), Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere) or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10) skeins. Shown in Nirvana charcoal.
Substitute any worsted weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.

Needles: Size 8 US (5 mm) straight or circular needles for sweater, size 5 US (3.75 mm) double-pointed needles for attached I-cord.
Adjust needle sizes if necessary.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle, seven (or desired number) 7/8″ to 1″ buttons.

Gauge: 18 sts and 25 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch, 16 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in seed stitch. For a good fit, be sure to work a large gauge swatch in both stockinette and seed stitch. Measure gauge from the center of a washed and dried swatch.

Techniques used: Attached I-cord, short rows (explained), 3-needle bind off.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, schematics, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit The Princess & the Seed

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Rebekah Smith

Painted Desert

The desert, when the sun comes up … I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the earth began.” – Tom Hanks

Hombre stripes with stranded stars, flowers and arrows in a purl-free stockinette stitch poncho.

Yes, that’s right! … the only purl stitches you’ll work are in the ribbing!

And the fringe allows for lots of color changes with practically no loose ends to deal with.

Painted Desert is worked flat in one piece forming a rectangle that is folded with a single seam from ribbed border to shaped neckline. An open or buttoned ribbed cowl is picked up and knitted.

Kits are available in two 14-color colorways and in several 4-color colorways. Or create your own!

Two sizes: The finished folded poncho forms a 21-1/2 (25)” by 25″ retangle (not including 3-1/2″ fringe along one edge). From center neckline to corner tip is 27 (29)”. Ribbed cowl is 25″ around and 8″ deep. Shown in smaller size on model, larger size on dress form.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply yarn (light sport weight – 246 yds / 225 m per 50g skein): Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere) and/or Angelic (75% merino 25% angora).
Substitute any light sport weight wool-blend yarn that works nicely to gauge: approximately 1600 (1950) yd total yarn length. If working in four colors: 250 (300) yd each of lightest and darkest colors, 550 (600) yd each of the two mid-range colors.

Needles & notions: Size 5 US / 3.75 mm circular needles (with a cable long enough to hold 150 sts), tapestry needle, four 3/4″ buttons.

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in Stockinette stitch.

Techniques used: Stranded knitting (right side only), pick up and knit, basic increase and decrease stitches.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, glossary, color sequence of sample is written and charted, stranded sections are charted.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Painted Desert

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Jess Anastase