Showing posts with label Patterns. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Patterns. Show all posts

03 November 2020

Pattern: Arachne in the Pines


Arachne in the Pines
Arachne in the Pines

Arachne in the Pines $6 or Ravelry and Payhip (no account necessary)

I love contrasting something complex (looking) with a simpler pattern, don’t you? This snuggly cowl gives you the opportunity to improve your colorwork by beginning with a simple gingham pattern (that goes on the inside) before graduating to the larger (but truly not harder), traditional Spider in the Boughs pattern from the Selbu knitting tradition of Norway. Cast on provisionally and close up the tube by grafting stitches together for a seamless cowl. Choose a cashmere-blend yarn for maximum snuggle factor.

P.S. This is a great sock yarn stash buster! you could play around with different contrasts for the Spider section or flip it and use one contrast color and different main colors. I’m already thinking about my next one ;)

Note: Both Gingham and Spider colorwork stitch patterns are presented in chart format only.

What you'll love about knitting Arachne in the Pines:

  • Beginning with the gingham inside means you get to practice two-color knitting (stranded colorwork) with the part that will be on the inside
  • The fact that big charts aren't difficult - they are just more knitting
  • Seamless knitting - just go 'round and 'round
  • Practice (and perfect) your grafting skills
What you'll love about wearing Arachne in the Pines:
  • It's just so pretty with that complicated-looking Spider in the Boughs Selbu-inspired pattern
  • It's super snuggly, especially if you choose a cashmere blend yarn
  • You get to show off that winky gingham pattern whenever you like

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 26 inches / 66 cm
Height: 6¾ inches / 17 cm

Yarn: Hampton Artistic Yarns H.A.Y. Snorgle (Fingering weight: 80% SW Merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon, 435 yd / 398 m g per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein), 1 skein each
-MC: Cinnamon Rose (approx. 200 yd)
-CC1: First Blush (approx. 155 yd)
-CC2: Conch Shell (approx. 100 yd)
Needle: US3 / 3.25 mm 24-inch / 60 cm circular needle or size needed to achieve gauge plus a second circular needle the same size or smaller for grafting (longer circular needle can be used with Magic Loop technique)
Notions: Waste yarn, stitch marker, tapestry needle

29 stitches x 30 rounds = 4 inches / 10 cm in colorwork pattern in stockinette stitch

Photography: Nicholas Dames
Tech Editing: Laura Cameron
Test Knitting: drypointprinter, K1teach2 , minimoebius, sjwearscardigans

Arachne in the Pines $6 or Ravelry and Payhip (no account necessary)

28 June 2018

Pattern: Mother & Child Reunion

Mother & Child Reunion by Kathleen Dames
Mother & Child Reunion $US6 on Ravelry (no account necessary)

No I would not give no false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
—Paul Simon, “Mother and Child Reunion”

Originally designed and knit as a gift for my daughter as a graduation present to wrap her up in my love, recent news compelled me to become one of the helpers by publishing the pattern and using the proceeds to help other families stay together and/or reunite. Many thanks to my quick testers, as well as my technical editor, who donated her services for this pattern. All proceeds from this pattern will be donated to Together Rising on an ongoing basis. For more on what Together Rising is doing, click here.

Mother & Child Reunion is worked as individual squares then joined to form a square blanket or a long rectangular wrap. Until the very end, when you have a large, lovely pile of knitting on your lap, this is a perfect portable project.

The Big Blanket size makes a generous 50-inch throw using Berocco's Vintage Chunky (an excellent, half wool, low maintenance yarn in lots of colors) using less than one skein per square, while the 30-inch Baby Blanket and 20x70-inch Wrap call for two or three skeins, respectively, of Backyard Fiberworks Sock (or your favorite sock yarn) using one skein for five squares.

Each square is worked in the round from the center out, then stitches from the final round are placed on waste yarn. Squares are joined together with a Three-needle Bindoff (Kitchener Stitch for the wrap). All remaining live stitches around the edge are finished with an I-cord Bindoff, which gives a lovely, clean edge (and a new skill, if you haven't tried that bindoff before). Fern Lace is provided in both charted and written forms, so you've just run out of excuses to wrap someone up in your knitted love.

Finished Sizes
Big Blanket [Baby Blanket]: 50 inches/127 cm [30 inches/76.25 cm] square
Wrap: 20 inches/50 cm width, 70 inches/178 cm length


  • Big Blanket Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky, Bulky yarn: 50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% nylon; 136 yds/124 m per 100 g/3.53 oz.; color: Misty #6113, 10 skeins or approx. 1300 yds/1189 m
  • Wrap [Baby Blanket] Yarn: Backyard Fiberworks Sock, fingering yarn: 100% Superwash Merino wool; 400 yds/366 m per 100 g/3.53 oz.; color: Blackberry, 3 [2] skeins or approx. 1100 yds/1006 m [800 yds/732 m]
  • Big Blanket Needle: US10/6.0 mm 40-inch/100-cm circular needle + set of DPNs (long needle is used for Magic Loop and to accommodate a large number of stitches), or size needed to achieve gauge
  • Wrap [Baby Blanket] Needle: US3/3.25 mm 40-inch/100-cm circular needle + set of DPNs (long needle is used for Magic Loop and to accommodate a large number of stitches), or size needed to achieve gauge
  • Stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle

Big Blanket: one square = 16 inches/40 cm in Fern Lace after blocking
Wrap [Baby Blanket]: one square = 10 inches/25.5 cm in Fern Lace after blocking


  • casting on
  • working in the round
  • knitting
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • lace (from chart or written instructions)
  • three-needle bindoff or Kitchener Stitch
  • i-cord bindoff

Thank YOU for purchasing this pattern. All proceeds will go to Together Rising on a monthly basis to help Together Rising support carefully vetted organizations across the country working tirelessly to reunify children with their families.
Test knitting: bananarota, dianedlouw, d4obrien, Jbenedict, MarMarHay, minimoebius, missychick, Northbrooke, Sabograd, SarahinHouston, scrappygal
Technical editing: Laura Cameron

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This pattern would also work beautifully for a Welcome Blanket if knit in DK or worsted weight yarn, though I have not yet worked a blanket in that size. Choose a needle size as specified on your yarn's ball band, work one square and block it. If your square is approximately 13 inches, you are all set to make a 40-inch Welcome Blanket.

Mother & Child Reunion $US6 on Ravelry (no account necessary)

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!
xoxo, Kathleen

01 October 2017

Pattern: Urchin Plumes

Urchin Plumes 

by Kathleen Dames

US$6 on Ravelry (no account necessary)

What to do with six gorgeous tidbits of color in Backyard Fiberworks kits? Use them ALL, of course! By bringing together Garter Stitch sections of one-ridge stripes with thick stripes of Urchin Plumes lace, you get the best of both worlds in a cozy cowl in two sizes, depending upon just how cozy you want to be.

Urchin Plumes lace is provided in both charted and written form. If you are new to lace, it's a great start because you only work the pattern every fourth row. If you are experienced with lace, did you notice that this is really Ostrich Plumes? I couldn't resist changing the name to align with my favorite shade in the Dove in a Plum Tree kit from Backyard Fiberworks. Which of the six delicious shades is your favorite?

What you'll love about knitting Urchin Plumes

  • A chance to put one of those gorgeous kits to good use (or 400/800yds of your favorite sock yarn - this is a great pattern for stash diving and using up your favorite leftovers)
  • Satisfy your lace knitting urge, then balance it out with a bunch of garter stitch
  • Finishing is quick with just two short seams (and a bunch of ends to weave in - I tried to come up with a clever solution for this, but there's just no good way around it)

What you'll love about wearing Urchin Plumes
  • Wear your cowl long for drama or short for warmth
  • Show off two delightfully different textures in one piece
  • Large cowl can be worn as a shoulder wrap, too


42-inch circumference, 7 (14)-inch depth. Shown in smaller size.


Backyard Fiberworks Dove in a Plum Tree kit: 400 (800) yds/100 (200) g total of fingering weight 100% Merino wool

  • A: Urchin 66 (133) yds 
  • B: Hosta 66 (133) yds 
  • C: Plume 66 (133) yds 
  • D: Dove 66 (133) yds 
  • E: Ume 66 (133) yds 
  • F: Walnut 66 (133) yds 

US3 29-inch circular needle (or longer to accommodate a large number of stitches) or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle


24 sts x 48 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch
16 sts x 32 rows = 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches in Urchin Plumes after blocking


Photography: Nick Dames
Technical editing: Corrina Ferguson/Picnic Knits

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Urchin Plumes is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Instructions to create small and larger versions of the cowl plus charted and written versions of Urchin Plumes lace are included.

16 November 2016

Pattern: Ozark Wrap

Ozark Wrap on Ravelry $8 (no account necessary)

There are those days we want to wrap up in a blanket to feel cozy and warm. If those days coincide with leaving the house, why not wrap up in an Ozark Wrap? Not only will it keep you warm on the coldest of days, it is also a pleasure to knit. With an easy-to-remember knit/purl chevron pattern and three kinds of i-cord, you will enjoy the making as much as the wearing.

I highly recommend Tahki's Montana yarn or another Super Bulky, pencil-roving-type yarn. It creates a lofty, cozy, wrap that shows off the Chevron pattern nicely. The undyed wool in the sample keeps the focus on the stitch pattern.

Three kinds of i-cord? Did you think there was only the one? In addition to "traditional" i-cord that makes a little cord, you will also learn how to add i-cord to vertical edges as you go and how to bind off in i-cord. When you finish and weave in those ends, you won't be able to tell where the wrap begins or ends. And the fully reversible Chevron pattern means you get TWO right sides.

No beginning, no end, no wrong side - that's a whole lot of perfect in one tidy package!

What you'll love about knitting Ozark Wrap:
  • Three kinds of i-cord! You'll be adding i-cord to all your knits in the future
  • Easy to remember Chevron pattern has a great rhythm and produces a sharp-looking wrap
  • No finishing work - the i-cord makes for such a tidy finish. Weave in a few ends, and you're ready to bundle up

What you'll love about wearing Ozark Wrap:
  • The squishy coziness
  • Reversible: not just front and back but top to bottom
  • Being wrapped up in a blanket yet out in the world - 'cause we've got stuff to do

Size/Finished Measurements
Width: 22 inches Length: 75 inches


  • Takhi Yarns Montana (100% wool; 130 yds/100 grams): color 001, 8 skeins 
  • US10 (6.0 mm) 29-inch circular needle, size 11 (8.0 mm) pair of double-pointed 
  • Markers 
  • Waste yarn or stitch holder 
  • Tapestry needle

12 stitches x 17 rows = 4 inches square in Chevron pattern

Skills Needed
  • casting on (only three stitches, though)
  • working i-cord
  • knitting
  • purling
  • decreasing
  • following charted instructions for Chevron pattern

Previously published in Interweave Knits, Winter 2015
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Ozark Wrap is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Instructions to create three kinds of i-cord plus a charted version of the Chevron stitch pattern are included.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

15 September 2016

Pattern: Quadrille

Quadrille on Ravelry $8 (no account necessary)

With gracefully waving Hourglass and Hollow Oak patterns, Quadrille will have you dancing in no time. Feminine waist-shaping and 3/4 sleeves ensure they know you are the "lady", even when you take the lead.

Originally inspired by a knitted Irish wool vest my grandmother brought back from Ireland, Quadrille highlights the delightful Hollow Oak cable with its waving stitches, bobbles, and seed stitch. But I thought we needed a little something MORE, so Hourglass stitch fills the front panel and wends its way up the sleeves. To streamline the design a little, the underside of the sleeves, sides, and back are in Stockinette Stitch, which made room for waist shaping to make this figure-flattering.

Of course you can always leave off the waist-shaping, if that's not for you. Or make the sleeves (and/or body) longer to fit YOU.

What you'll love about knitting Quadrille:
  • worked bottom-up in the round, which makes for an almost finish-free knit
  • bobbles, cables, and twisted stitches make the knitting fun without being overwhelming
  • ribbing at hem, cuffs, and collar flows smoothly into/out of the main stitch patterns
What you'll love about wearing Quadrille:
  • DK weight sweater is the perfect weight for multiple seasons, especially with 3/4 sleeves
  • waist shaping makes for a figure-flattering knit
  • collar is slightly dropped in the front to highlight your collar bones

Size/Finished Measurements
Finished bust circumference 33¼ (36¼, 39¼, 42¼, 46¾) inches; shown in size 36¼ inches with 1¾ inches of negative ease

  • Yarn Love Yarn Amy March DK (100% wool; 280 yd/4 oz): Cranberry, 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) skeins
  • US5 (3.75 mm): 16-inch and 29-inch circulars and set of double-pointed
  • Markers
  • Removable markers
  • Cable needle (optional)
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • Tapestry needle

20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
23 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in Hourglass pattern
15-st Hollow Oak chart = 2¾ inches wide

Skills Needed
  • casting on
  • binding off
  • knitting
  • purling
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • working stitches out of order (cabling)
  • following charts for cables

Previously published in Interweave Knits Winter 2015
Photography: Nicholas Dames
Thank you for purchasing this pattern!

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Quadrille is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Charted versions of the Hourglass and Hollow Oak stitch patterns are included.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

08 September 2016

Filament No. 1 Fall 2016

What did you do with your summer? My friend Anne and I made a thing!

Filament No. 1 is now available. It is our very first pattern collection, and we had such fun making it that we have four more in the works for 2017. In this issue we were inspired by autumnal tweedy yarns and the fashions of the 1930s.

We have filled 32 full-color pages with eight patterns for women:
  • 2 pullovers
  • 2 cardigans
  • a pair of socks
  • a shawl
  • a hat and gloves set
  • a cowl and mitts set
For more information visit the Filament website, where you can also order print copies which come with a code to add the ebook version to your Ravelry library.

We also have just kicked off a KAL to celebrate the patterns in the book. Visit the Filament Ravelry forum for more information and to join us. I'm going to knit up a pair of Bonnie gloves for myself.

To purchase the ebook on Ravelry (no membership required), click the button below.

Let me know your favorite Filament No. 1 pattern in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

08 August 2016

Pattern: Strawberry-Picking Shrug

Strawberry-Picking Shrug on Ravelry (no account necessary)

If Mr. Woodhouse insists that Harriet wear a shawl in her portrait, Emma ought to wear something to keep her warm when visiting Donwell Abbey. This shrug offers the perfect compromise: lacy and light enough for Emma to wear picking strawberries in the summer sun, yet cozy and proper enough for her father’s satisfaction.

This is a perfect project for the more advanced beginner who wishes to dip a needle into the exciting waters of knitted lace, as strawberry lace is worked on both sides of the fabric. The garter-stitch hems ensure no rolling and a clean edge. Worked from bottom to top, the only finishing necessary is sewing two tiny seams.

What you'll love about knitting Strawberry-Picking Shrug:

  • You will master knitted lace (working lace stitches on right and wrong sides)--it's not nearly as difficult as you think it is :)
  • A small project with big impact--perfect for taking along with you
  • Learn seven (7!) different decreases

What you'll love about wearing Strawberry-Picking Shrug:
  • A lacy little thing that doesn't require the adjustments of a shawl or stole
  • Perfect when you need a little extra pop of color
  • Just the right size to keep the chill off, whether you're picking strawberries or in extreme air-conditioning

Size/Finished Measurements
12 ¼ (13 ½, 14 ½, 15 ¾, 16 ¾, 18, 19 ¼) inches at center back (as well as around the upper arm) and 19 (20 ¾, 22 ¾, 24 ¾, 26 ¾, 28 ½, 30 ½) inches long from cuff to cuff. Shrug shown measures 22 ¾ inches from cuff to cuff.

  • Malabrigo, Lace (100% Baby Merino wool; 470 yd (430 m)/1 ¾ oz, (50 g)), color:  Tuareg, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s)
  • Size 5 (3.75 mm) 24-inch circular needle
  • Markers
  • Tapestry needle

25 sts and 35 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in Strawberry Lace

Skills Needed
  • casting on
  • binding off
  • knitting
  • purling
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • following charted instructions for Strawberry Lace pattern

Previously published in Jane Austen Knits 2014
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Strawberry-Picking Shrug is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. A charted version of the Strawberry Lace stitch pattern is included.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

07 July 2016

Pattern: Vines: a lacy tank

Vines: a lacy tank on Ravelry $8 (no account necessary)

Vines: a lacy tank is a perfect first garment, if you are looking to dip your toe into lacy waters. No sleeves, no shaping, just pretty pretty lace and a few clever bits for the top edgings and straps.

Beautiful and easy-to-work Vine Lace pattern (provided in both chart and written form) makes a simple little lacy tank, perfect for adding that extra layer you’ll need for spring (or any time your outfit needs a little oomph).  Worsted weight yarn makes this a quick one, too. For warm-weather knitting, try it in cotton, linen, or a blend.

This design takes advantage of lace's need to be stretched out for maximum beauty and combines it with knitting's stretchiness. Choose a size with 2-4 inches of negative ease (that is, smaller than your bust measurement - choose 0-2 inches if working with linen or cotton), and knit away. When you finish, you will have a pretty layering piece that hugs your curves with no shaping-in-lace for you.

What you'll love about knitting Vines: a lacy tank:
  • The simple and elegant Vine Lace pattern is quick to memorize
  • Working in the round means you're always seeing the pattern
  • This design is virtually finish-free!

What you'll love about wearing Vines: a lacy tank:
  • Putting negative ease to work for you means a figure-flattering tank without shaping work in the knitting
  • Add a pop of color to your outfit by layering over a contrasting top
  • Vine Lace naturally creates the pretty scalloped edge at the hem

Size/Finished Measurements
Chest: 24 (27½, 32, 36, 40) inches
Length: 22 (22½, 23, 23½, 24) inches, shown in size 32 with 4 inches negative ease

  • Madeline Tosh tosh dk (100% Superwash Merino Wool 225 yards/206 meters per 50 gram skein); color: Ink; 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) skeins
  • US8/5.0mm 24-inch circular needle
  • Spare DPN for 3-needle bindoff
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

17 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches after blocking

Skills Needed
  • casting on
  • binding off in pattern
  • 3-needle bindoff
  • working in the round
  • knitting
  • purling
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • following written or charted instructions for Vine Lace pattern (both included)

Many thanks to my test knitters: claribel, fibreflake, nicemrsharris, danigolts, drewhilda, and dinobower 
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Vines: a lacy tank is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Both written and charted versions of the Vine Lace stitch pattern are included.

Lovely knitters who purchased this pattern when it was originally released should have received a message from Ravelry that the updated version of the pattern is now in your library. Don't miss the special customer coupon code!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

03 May 2016

Pattern: Patchwork Princess

Patchwork Princess $8 on Ravelry (no account required)

High in the tower the trapped princess patches her gown. Out in the real world, patch your fitted hoodie with a beautiful assortment of cables filled with different stitches. Worked in one piece from the bottom up, waist shaping enhances your figure, and a hybrid yoke construction draws the cables up onto your shoulders. Don’t forget the hood! Short rows allow the large cable to travel all the way up to make it extra special.

Choose your favorite DK weight yarn. Spirit Trail's Brigantia, with it's blend of Polwarth and Silk makes me feel like a princess.

What you'll love about knitting Patchwork Princess:
  • Worked in one piece from the bottom up with integrated button bands - just sew on buttons, weave underarms together, and seam up the sleeves, and you're ready to go
  • Unusual patchwork cables keep your interest on fronts, back, and sleeves
  • Short-row shaping create a cozy hood with cables traveling all the way up and over your head 

What you'll love about wearing Patchwork Princess:
  • Gentle waist shaping flatters your figure 
  • Patchwork cables filled with texture stitches catch the eye 
  • That hood! Beautiful up or down 

Size/Finished Measurements
Chest: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches Shown in 40-inch with 2-inches of ease

Spirit Trail Brigantia [85% Polwarth Wool, 15% Bombyx Silk 600 yards/549 meters per 210 gram/7.41 oz. skein]; color: Werewolves in London; 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins {approx. 850 (950, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1450, 1600) yds}
One US4/3.5mm 40-inch circular needle
Cable needle (optional)
Stitch markers and coil-less safety pins or other removable stitch markers
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) buttons

22 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch

Technical Editing: Corrina Ferguson
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Patchwork Princess is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Charted versions of both Patchwork cables are included.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!