Posts tagged ‘spring release’



Can you hear my huge sigh of relief as you read this? All four designs are released and I’m already collecting ideas for my next set of designs.

It’s time for a little celebration. I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the faithful followers giveaway is Lise Mendel.

For those of you who didn’t win, no worries! French Press Knits is hosting another giveaway of the entire collection on her blog. So head on over there to enter to win! Also, check out some of her other lovely sponsors! I’ve fallen in love with Box 64 Studios and all her wonderful paper crafts!

It’s wonderful to be done with the spring collection. I’ve been knitting on some socks, and even started a brainless pair of baby legs. Not even sure who they are for yet. We’re in a baby phase at church and in our family, so I figured they’d make a good shower gift for somebody. I just desperately needed some pattern free knitting. I wasn’t following a pattern or writing a pattern, I just wanted to knit. Aren’t they cute??

Pattern: NONE!

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Garden Gate (discontinued).

Raveled Here.

What are your favorite mindless knits when you just need that utter relaxation?


April 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm 2 comments

Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Runway: Day 4

Hello my fine readers. Today I bring you the final installment of the Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Knitwear Collection.

I proudly introduce Silverlight.

It’s all about the ruffles in this tank. Spring is my favorite time to shop. The fashion of this season is always so pretty and feminine. This tank with its dramatic and frilly collar will look delightful paired with tailored capris or a wispy skirt.

I loved knitting this tank. Even though it’s a pretty small guage, all that stockinette punctuated with occasional increases and decreases for the waist and bust shaping make it a really relaxing garment to knit.

As you can tell, Knit Picks are among my favorite yarn brands. This design is no exception. The sample was knit out of Knit Picks Comfy Sport, and depending on your size only requires 5-9 balls, making it a very reasonably priced project.

Gauge – 23sts x 8 rows/4 inches

Sizes – (x-small, small)( medium, large, x-large)

Finished Garment Size at Bust – (29.25, 33) (36.75, 41.5, 45.25) inches. This top is designed to have negative one to zero inches of ease.  It is worth noting that cotton does not have the memory that wool does and after one or two uses of the garment, the fabric will stretch. This should be taken into consideration when choosing a size.

Required Materials –

  • Knit Picks Comfy Sport – (5, 6,)(7, 8, 9) balls or (625, 750) (875, 1000, 1150) yards. (136 yd/124m to 50g/1.76oz. 75% cotton, 25% acrylic. Colorway: Whisker)
  • #3 or 3.25mm, 29” circular needle.
  • #3 or 3.25mm DPNs (you can use the 29” circular needle and use the magic loop method if you prefer).
  • 5 stitch holders or waste yarn.
  • 6 stitch markers.


Well, that brings the Spring 2011 Collection to a close. Stay tuned for the faithful follower giveaway winner announcement, as well as some other surprises.

April 7, 2011 at 11:11 am 1 comment

Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Runway: Day 3

Happy Hump Day!

May I proudly announce Nouveaux?

A stunning and unique accessory made with that leftover lace weight you can’t figure out what to do with. Pair it with a chiffon scarf belt still hanging in your closet from 2007 or an elegant satin ribbon. This bit of ruffled lace can be worn with a sassy dress, or add some feminine flare to your typical tee and jeans.

Knit up in Knit Picks Shadow, the yarn for this project is not a hefty investment. You can make 4+ necklaces from one skein of each color, making this a great gift knit. It is also a wonderful project for those few extra yards left over from that lace shawl you just finished. The additional materials are also fairly inexpensive. The chiffon scarf can be obtained quite easily with a bit of thrifting, and satin ribbon can be purchased by the spool. The rings pictured in the photo above cost $5 at my local bead store. In total you can make this necklace for about $6-12, depending on your choice of materials.

Required Materials

  • 1 skein each of Knit Picks Shadow in basalt (MC) and foxtrot (SC) heather. Actual yardage used is 160 yds. of basalt and 30 yds. of foxtrot. (440 yds/402m to 50g/1.76 oz. 100% Merino wool.)
  • Set of #4 US or 3.5mm DPNs
  • 6 rings. Be creative. Use anything you find at your local craft or bead store. The inside needs to be about 0.75 to 1 inch in diameter. Closed jump rings of the correct diameter will work just fine.
  • Chiffon scarf about 3-5” wide by at least a yard long, or a yard of wide ribbon with some good drape.


Till tomorrow!

April 6, 2011 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Runway: Day 2

Today, on this fine Tuesday, I bring you Farewell.

Say farewell to winter! This ruffley scarf will add something fun to your spring wardrobe, while also adding to your warmth on those days you forgot to grab your coat because you were surprised by how chilly those gorgeous 40 and 50-degree days can still be.

This is a perfect beginner project. The simple slip stitch pattern takes the basic garter stitch scarf to the next level. The result is stylish, elegant, and creative. It is knit on large needles with laceweight yarn giving it a very gauzy feel.

Requiring 1 skein of Knit Picks Cloud, it beats the price of a scrunchi scarf at Target quite easily.

Gauge – Approximately 18 sts/4 inches in garter stitch. (As this is not a sized garment, perfect gauge is not critical)

Scarf Dimensions – 6×60 inches

Required Materials

  • 1 50g skein Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (440 yds/402m to 50g/1.76oz. 100% Alpaca)
  • Size #8 US or 5mm needles
  • Tapestry needle


Join me tomorrow for the final piece in the Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Collection!

April 5, 2011 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Runway: Day 1

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I introduce my collection of spring knitwear!

Today I introduce the Crossover Cardi.

This sleeveless cardigan was designed give you a fashionable extra layer during those days that don’t seem as springy as they should. It is pictured above with a knitted tie, giving it a tailored and clean cut look. It can also be worn without the tie and secured with a simple shawl pin to create a more relaxed look.

The entire garment is knit in one octagonal shaped piece with only a single seam. The dramatic collar is created when the upper side of the octagon is folded over the shoulders. The body is primarily stockinette, but the interesting shape of the garment and the reversible cabled border make it a fascinating project for the knitter who is far too easily bored.

It is knit up in Berroco Remix, a yarn I’ve fallen madly in love with for fall and spring knitting. For one, it’s completely recycled, which just makes me happy to know I’m helping to steward the earth’s resources well. Secondly, the fiber blend is unusual but wonderful. Cotton, acrylic, silk, nylon and linen combine to create a worsted weight yarn that adds warmth without feeling overly bundled up and wintery, which is exactly what you want this time of year. At $10/100g ball, it’s reasonably priced for the fiber content, and is knit up into this cardigan which is a remarkably versatile addition to your spring wardrobe.

Gauge – 12 sts x 16 rows/3 inches

Sizes – (x-small, small, medium, large) (x-large, 2x-large, 3x-large)

Finished Garment Size at Bust – (31.5, 34.5, 37, 41.75) (44.25, 46.75, 50) inches. This cardigan is designed to have 1-3 inches of ease. However, due to the wrapped nature of the garment the fit is flexible and can be wrapped a bit looser or tighter to fit the wearers taste.

Required Materials –

  • Berrocco Remix – (4, 5, 5, 7)(7, 8, 9) balls or (750, 950, 1050) (1325, 1425, 1675, 1900) yards. (216yd/198m to 100g/3.53oz. 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk. Color: 2967 Bittersweet)
  • #8 US or 5mm, 40” circular needle
  • #8 US or 5mm DPNs (you can use the 40” circular needle and use the magic loop method if you prefer)
  • Additional #8 US or 5mm circular needle or straight needle
  • One #9 US or 5.5mm DPN or straight needle
  • Knitting Needle point protectors, or cap for the cable if using interchangeable needles
  • 8-15 stitch markers
  • Cable needle
  • 2-3 Size 10 snaps
  • Tapestry needle


I hope to see you all back here tomorrow for details on the next installment of the Spring 2011 collection.

P.S. I will be announcing the faithful followers giveaway winner on friday.

April 4, 2011 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Designing Word Templates

The last couple days have been kind of different. As mentioned in my previous post, I got the new intwined studio software package for doing some chart generation. The same day I got my copy of Office:Mac 2011 for handling my final pattern layout design. So it’s been a bit more about getting my software requirements set up and less about designing, knitting, and sizing garments and accessories.

It’s been a blast though. The best part about doing knitwear design is that I can employ lots of different skill sets, but I don’t have to do any of them 100% of the time. I get to do some graphic design both for my website and my patterns, I get to do photography, some web design and development, and occasionally some knitting. 🙂 This is perfect for me, because any one of those things would bore me to tears if that’s all I did every day. But I actually do enjoy perfecting an amateur level of skill in all of them.

I spent yesterday afternoon and this morning creating a Word template for my pattern downloads. This will make the individual pattern design process much simpler. There is already a standard font, color scheme, set of shapes, and layout. All I have to do is create a few text boxes, paste in the pattern instructions, pull in a few photos, tweak the photo layout so that it works with the text, and it’s done. No reinventing the wheel every time I go to do a pattern layout.

I think it turned out really, really cute.

February 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

More Designing and New Toys

With one design down and three to go, I’m feeling and enjoying the pressure of a deadline. Yesterday I was able to work out about half of the instructions for the next pattern. I really love this phase of design, when I get to make mathematical sense out of my sketches. 

In other news, I have a new toy. The perfect mini-knitting bag. The other day my sister-in-law surprised me with this delightful hand made creation…

It’s about 6″ high and 9″ across and 2″ wide. She made it out of this super stiff fabric so that it stands up and stays open on it’s own making it ideal for smaller knitting projects. It’s small enough to throw in my larger knitting bag and saves me the hassle of untangling my yarn from my keys and cell phone and wallet zipper. It even has a little pocket on the inside that’s perfect for my little altoid tin of tiny knitting notions.

So, thanks dear sis! I foresee many socks coming out of this bag. 🙂

February 9, 2011 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

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