Melville Cropped Tee

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Yarn: Purl Soho Linen Quill in Stillwater Blue

I am in love with this tee.  This is one of those projects where the end result was far better than I even imagined.  I conceived of this design as a layering piece to throw on over a tank on chilly mornings and evenings.  I wanted something simple, but not boring, so I decided to place one large cable off-center and use purl stitches for the rest of the body to make the pattern stand out.

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I decided to try and make this seamless just for fun.  Under normal circumstances, I am neutral on seaming.  Personally, I think I created more work, but hey… no seams at the end.  I worked the top back flat, then shaped the shoulders using short rows and worked the front flat, then joined them in the round underneath the arms.

I actually knit this over a year ago and have been wearing it constantly.  It’s perfect over a tank and jeans or over a dress.  I am excited to try it out in a cotton or silk for a completely different look and both my girls will be getting a version of this too.

Linen Quill is some of my absolute favorite yarn.  I love the depth of colors and the way the color shifts depending on the light.  Here’s another shot where the lighting brought out the brown in the yarn.

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It took me a few tries to get the neckline the way I like it.  I have finally figured out to err on the side of fewer stitches so it pulls the neck in slightly and doesn’t look stretched out.  The beauty of this pattern is that I can substitute different cable patterns in very easily.  I am thinking it would look good with a wheat ear design as well, or maybe a few narrower strips for a more polished look.

Very excited to make more and fingers crossed that others love this design just as much!

Still Waters Sleeveless Knit

Introducing the Still Waters Sleeveless Knit!  I designed this simple and versatile garment as an under layer for a button down or cardigan, or as a single layer for cool spring/fall days.

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I was looking for something a little warmer than my standard cotton tank to wear underneath a button down shirt on days that were cold, but didn’t want the bulk of sleeves nor the extra warmth (it rarely gets cold enough here in GA for 2 heavy layers).

This piece was knit using Purl Soho’s Linen Quill yarn in Stillwater Blue.  The color is absolutely gorgeous in this yarn.  There are very subtle shades of dark blues, browns, and grays.  I picked this yarn for the colorway and also for the linen/wool blend – two fibers designed to regulate body temps in heat and cold.

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The neckline is a high crew with a small rolled collar.  There is a very subtle texture change between knit and purl stitches in the shape of a “V” to give some added interest.  The bottom has a simple garter stitch hem.  The fit is close, but not tight with a slight flare from the bust to the hips.

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This is the first women’s pattern of mine that I have graded and written down, so if you have any questions, or something looks off, please let me know (nicely)!

You can download the pattern on Ravelry.

 

Margot Cardigan

This cardigan.  Its story begins in October when I was shopping at Target with the Kindergartener.  She fell in love with this sweater:

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I had a super proud-mama moment when she touched it and promptly told me it was made from cheap yarn, then she asked me if I could make her one.  Sure, no problem!

But then the problems.  I had no less than 7 different shades of gray yarn in my stash with enough quantity to make this sweater.  Not one of them was the right shade of gray.  According to my daughter, the right shade of gray was a super-expensive cashmere from the yarn store.  I disagreed.  We finally settled on Berroco Vintage in Smoke.  Yarn aside – Berroco Vintage is one of my favorite yarns for kid sweaters.  It’s machine washable, knits up well, has a great color selection, wears decently, and is inexpensive.  I have a sweater for myself out of it, and it’s starting to look a little rough after 3 years, but for a kid sweater that lasts us a season – no problem.

I think it’s important to note that we agreed on this yarn because when I knit a swatch for stitch pattern approval, my 5 year old found many things wrong with it.  First, it did not have a same sparkle as the Target sweater (which had a metallic thread running through it) and ribbing was yicky, she wanted it all in stockinette (no cuffs – she has a weird thing about cuffs).  By this time, I was totally ready to spend the $20 on this sweater from Target and forget making it, but of course, they no longer had it anywhere.

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I designed this pattern for a quick and easy-ish knit.  I did a raglan sleeve construction, knit flat in one piece with patch pockets knit separately and seamed on at the end.  I solved the sparkle problem by knitting every few rows with a specialty sequin yarn wrapped around the gray.  I added a small garter stitch border to the bottom of the sweater, the sleeve cuffs, and the pocket tops to prevent rolling.  I knit a shawl collar around the edge using a wide ribbing to prevent curling.

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I was very happy to be done working with this super demanding client on this sweater, but I will say that she wore the thing for 5 days straight – even over her pjs one night.

Here is a pdf Margot Cardigan, or you can get it free on Ravelry.

 

 

Kid Mitts – Free Pattern

 

After watching me knit about eight pairs of fingerless gloves for gifts, both my girls decided they had to have their very own pair – in pink of course.  I created this pattern for them – in toddler and youth sizes – with a simple braided cable design and a shorter wrist and thumb length.  The toddler size has a shorter ribbed top so more of the cable is visible.

Free Pattern for Kid Size Fingerless Gloves

This project was a great stash buster.  I made a pair of each size from 1 and a half balls of yarn.  I chose a superwash wool because, well, …kids.  Enough said on that.

Free Pattern for Kid Size Fingerless Gloves

They knit up very quickly – about an hour a pair.  And everyone had a blast striking poses and showing off their new winter accessory (even though it was VERY warm).

Free Pattern for Kid Size Fingerless Gloves

Here is a free download of this pattern or you can find it at my Ravelry store.

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