Monday, July 21, 2008

allison pattern available for download

here's the latest of my indulge distinctive knitwear patterns available for sale. it is knit in o-wool balance, vermont organic fiber company's lovely blend of 50% organic merino and 50% organic cotton which, in my opinion, has a similar hand to raw silk. top off that favorite outfit with the perfect fly-away cardigan...knit in a simple lace rib with a button closure.

skill level
intermediate

sizes
to fit bust sizes:
33(35, 37½, 40½, 44½)”/83.8(88.9, 95.3, 102.9, 113)cm
finished chest:
36¼(38, 40, 43½, 47¼)”/92.1(96.5, 101.6, 110.5, 120)cm
finished length:
23½(24, 24½, 25, 25½)”/59.7(61, 62.2, 63.5, 64.8)cm

materials
yarn
worsted weight (sample uses: O-Wool Balance—opal)
855(910, 992, 1083, 1201)yds/782(832, 907, 990, 1098)m
needles
US 7/4.5mm straights
US 7/4.5mm 29” circular
notions
(1) 1” button
st holders or WY
tapestry ndl

gauge
22 sts and 27 rows = 4”/10cm in lace rib st on US 7/4.5mm ndls

Thursday, July 17, 2008

cassandra pattern available for download

my second pattern is now available for download. the sample is knit in o-wool's classic 2-ply. o-wool is made by a wonderful organic wool company, Vermont Organic Fiber Company. You can check out their website here: http://www.o-wool.com/.
a lovely lace layering piece...works up quickly in a super simple lace pattern and a tie front crop cardigan with minimal shaping.

skill level
intermediate
sizes
To fit bust sizes: 33(35, 37½, 40½, 44½)”/83.8(88.9, 95.3, 102.9, 113)cm
finished chest:
35(37, 39½, 42½, 46½)”/88.9(94, 100.3, 108, 118.1)cm
finished length (back):
12(12, 12½, 12½, 13)”/30.5(30.5, 31.8, 31.8, 33)cm

materials
yarn
fingering weight (sample uses O-Wool Classic 2 ply; 100% certified organic merino in sage) 1176(1250, 1339, 1451, 1614)yds/1075(1143, 1224, 1327, 1476)m

needles
US 3/3.25mm straights

crochet hook
US B/2.25mm

notions
st holders or waste yarn
tapestry needle

gauge
22 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10cm in vandyke lace st

Monday, July 14, 2008

Knitter's cover surprise

I had a happy surprise when I received my latest issue of Knitter's magazine: my sweater on the cover! If you don't subscribe to the magazine, you can see it here: http://www.xrx-inc.com/flash/universe.php.

This sweater was a bit of a chore for me. Two of the yarn colors were on back order so I didn't receive them until the day before I left on vacation. I hurriedly knit a gauge swatch to be able to figure out my pattern so I could knit all the way to Florida. "Hurriedly" being the operative word here...I was way off in my gauge when I was knitting in a more relaxed manner in the car. So, I had to frog several inches, rework my pattern and start over!

I was ever so glad to put it in the mail after vacation (unlike the bamboo sweater I did for the Winter 2007 issue...I hated to part with that one!)