New Pattern Release: Trochu

I’m very excited to announce my newest pattern – Trochu!

Trochu is a cabled toque, knit from the bottom up, and named after a small town in Central Alberta, Canada. Knit in a light worsted weight yarn and using a smaller needle gauge, this toque creates a denser fabric, protecting against the cold wind that barrels down the Rocky Mountains and whistles across the Canadian prairies in winter.

This toque is designed to be either worn as a slouch, or with a rolled brim for a more traditional toque, and comes with both charted and written instructions.

Check out the pattern page here and the Ravelry page here.

And don’t forget to check out the faux fur pom pom tutorial on the blog right here, so you can finish your toque off with one.

Happy New Year!

A quick note and a very Happy New Year to all of you (and yours).

Many people take the new year as a time of reflection and a time to set goals for the next twelve months. I’m a big believer in doing now what can be done now, so I don’t really set myself big overarching life-goals for the next year. Instead, what I do is think about my past year in terms of creating knitting patterns, and create a yearly “to-do” list. It helps order my thoughts and lets me figure out what I want to accomplish in terms of creative crafting.

This year, one of my to-dos, is to spin for designing more. Late in 2016 is when I really got back into spinning after a very long break, and now that I have a healthy sized stash of handspun, and have gotten more comfortable spinning purposefully, this is something I really want to go at hard for 2018.

2018 for me will also be all about keeping to a schedule – a release schedule for patterns, specifically. When I started designing a few years ago and up until the end of 2017, I kind of released a pattern whenever. This resulted in radio silence for several months, followed by a flurry of releases. I’m not totally happy with that, so for 2018 expect a bit more of a regular occurrence with my pattern releases.

Which is an excellent segue (love a good segue!), for a little sneak peak of my newest pattern, Trochu, coming out this month.

I’ve had a really awesome round of testers for this knit, and I can’t wait to share this pattern with you. The name comes from a small town in Alberta, about two hours south of me. We have particularly cold, windy winters in the prairies of Alberta, and this knit is designed to help keep you warm.

Stay tuned, the pattern will be releasing in about a week!

Indie Design GAL: Home

This is part of my on-going Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2017 series. Starting November 21st I am highlighting some patterns from my fellow designers also participating in the event! Each post will showcase 5-6 different designers and their patterns.

Don’t forget to join in the fun, we’re all over here chatting up a storm (when our fingers aren’t flying that is).


Fancy Hen by Ella Austin

From the pattern description:
Fancy Hen makes a cheerful addition to the home. The colourwork design is inspired by patterned ceramic tiles and the flower motif is similar to traditional fairisle designs.

Uses approximately 528 yds of DK weight yarn.
 
 
 
 

Christmas Stockings by Faye Kennington

From the pattern description:
With 24 colourwork charts to mix and match, this pattern offers 512 different possible options for customizing your own stocking. And that’s even before you take colour combinations into account! The stockings are worked toe-up with a solid colour toe and a stranded foot.

Uses approximately 220 yds of worsted weight yarn.
 
 

Sea Oak by Kate Bostwick

From the pattern description:
This decorative throw pillow cover features a cable motif down one side of the front and simple stockinette everywhere else. The pillow is worked flat, in one piece. The bottom of the back is worked first in stockinette stitch, followed by the cabled front and finally the top of the back in stockinette again.

Uses approximately 500 yds of worsted weight yarn.
 
 

Firth Waves Cushion by Jessie McKitrick

From the pattern description:
Evoking the natural rhythm of a “firth”, an inlet or bay, the fair isle pattern employed by this cushion will relax and impress anyone who views it. Knit in a palette of gorgeous blues, a pop of an alternate color is knitted with a third strand, or added later by duplicate stitch.

Uses approximately 1210 yds of worsted weight yarn.
 
 

Framed Cables Baby Blanket by Helen Gipson

From the pattern description:
The all-over twisty twirly travelling cable design is as pretty as a picture framed between simple borders. Much easier and intuitive to knit than it looks, this blanket will make a much cherished gift.

Uses approximately 530-700 yds of aran weight yarn
 
 


A note: I take care to not highlight the same pattern as previous years, so do be sure to check out the GAL 2016 series of posts. Many of those will also be eligible this year for the GAL.

Indie Design GAL: Shawls Part 2

This is part of my on-going Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2017 series. Starting November 21st I am highlighting some patterns from my fellow designers also participating in the event! Each post will showcase 5-6 different designers and their patterns.

Don’t forget to join in the fun, we’re all over here chatting up a storm (when our fingers aren’t flying that is).


Leah Shawl by Frauke Neubauer

From the pattern description
The Leah shawl has the shape of a stretched half-moon. It’s worked from the middle to the lower edge, with both sides being shaped through increases.

Available in two sizes, and uses approximately 570-760yds of fingering weight yarn.
 
 

Tenia by Pariser Landluft

From the pattern description
Tenia is a triangle shawl that knits up quite fast. It starts with a plain stockinette section which transform through interrupted garter stitch into a garter stitch border.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 689 yds of DK weight yarn.
 
 

Mustard and Slate by Susanne Visch

From the pattern description
Mustard and Slate is the shawl to knit when you just don’t want to choose… Simple or lace? Gray or Oker? Using two colors, Mustard and Slate has a simple textured body and a delightful lace edging.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 656-711 yds of fingering weight yarn.
 
 

Minarets and Lace by Mary-Anne Mace

From the pattern description
This top-down crescent shaped shawl is a celebration of my favourite Estonian stitches. The stitch motifs include nupps, lace flowers, gathered stitches and arguably the prettiest motif of them all – the lily of the valley.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 662-684 yds of lace weight yarn.
 
 

Shawlands by Susanna Winter

From the pattern description
Shawlands was inspired by my love of black tea, and is named after a tea variety from the Shawlands Estate in Ceylon. It is hearty, robust, comforting, and warming — like snuggling inside on a chilly autumn’s day with a cup of tea and a good book.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 782 yds of DK weight yarn.


A note: I take care to not highlight the same pattern as previous years, so do be sure to check out the GAL 2016 series of posts. Many of those will also be eligible this year for the GAL.

Indie Design GAL: Shawls Part 1

This is part of my on-going Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2017 series. Starting November 21st I am highlighting some patterns from my fellow designers also participating in the event! Each post will showcase 5-6 different designers and their patterns.

Don’t forget to join in the fun, we’re all over here chatting up a storm (when our fingers aren’t flying that is).


Chance Cove by Allison O’Mahony

From the pattern description
Chance Cove provides a modern twist on the classic, triangular shawl. Worked from side to side in a worsted weight yarn, it features a sleek, geometric lace pattern. The clean lines of the lace paired with simple, garter stitch edgings make it anything but fussy.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 880 yds of worsted weight yarn.
 
 

Notions of Colour Shawl by Heike Campbell

From the pattern description
The pattern is ideal for those who like to experiment with different colour and light/dark combinations and with variegated yarns and who like to learn a new stitch pattern in a smaller project.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 1040 yds of fingering weight yarn.
 
 

Old Salt by Valérie Miller

From the pattern description
In English naval history , an “old salt” is an experienced sailor and teller of sea stories. Inspired by seafaring stories passed down through generations, this gansey-style shawl transitions from one stitch pattern to the next while framed in soft waves.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 835-850 yds of aran weight yarn.
 

Lightning Thief by Lily Go

From the pattern description
Lighting Thief is a crescent shawl worked from the top down without short rows. This is an easy pattern to memorize, interesting to knit with stunning result. Perfect pattern to relax after the Christmas and New Year hectic preparation.

Available in 5 sizes, and uses approximately 330-1220 yds of fingering weight yarn.
 
 

Across the Brook by Adrienne Ku

From the pattern description
This lovely shawl is knit with two colors of fingering weight yarn. The main body is composed of bands of lace that fall into an easy-to-remember pattern. Garter stitch rows set off the contrasting color border sections that continue the vertical bands.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 350-675 yds of fingering weight yarn.
 
 


A note: I take care to not highlight the same pattern as previous years, so do be sure to check out the GAL 2016 series of posts. Many of those will also be eligible this year for the GAL.