Sideways Summer

Whether your whole summer is feeling a bit sideways, or just your lace, this overskirt is perfect for those steamy summer days. Who says your can’t wear handknits in a heatwave?!

Knit sideways and shaped with short rows, this lightweight lace pattern is oh-so-easy to customize to any size. Directions are included for waists 24″-38″, but detailed tips for customizing to other sizes are also included.

A lovely bonus to a summer overskirt is its flexibility. Throw it over different underskirts to completely change up your look!

Sideways Summer is available on Ravelry, Payhip, and LoveCrafts. Be sure to check it out today!

Tidewater Twist

It’s summer, and that means new summer wear! I’m so excited to introduce you to my new sleeveless top, Tidewater Twist!

Whether you’re feeling a bit twisted up about summer or just trying to stay cool, this is the pattern for you! This lightweight tank feels extra cool and breezy in a soft cotton blend, while maintaining coverage in all the right places.

A cable twists up one side of the front to add interest and bring to mind the waves of your favorite beach. Which, by the way, is a great place to wear it!

Tidewater Twist is available on Ravelry, Payhip, and LoveCrafts. Be sure to check it out today!

Freeze-Thaw

Freeze-Thaw is a fun take on a necessary practicality. Named for the all too familiar cycle that characterizes winter in my home state of Virginia, and seasonal transitions further north, this pattern is a great way to add a little color and creativity to your next lightweight hat!

This hat is knit flat and sideways, using short rows to form the familiar shape. Knit each wedge in a different color for a bit of extra playfulness. It also makes for a great way to use up a collection of mini-skeins or scraps!

Freeze-Thaw gives you opportunities to practice a number of techniques explained in this blog, including short-rows, provisional cast-ons, and Kitchener stitch. Check out this quick knit today!

Dryad

The weather is finally cooling down here in Virginia and it feels like the perfect time to release my new sweater pattern, Dryad.

This lightweight hooded cardigan is perfect for a walk in the autumn woods. The tunic-length sweater features cabled bands along the hems, fronts, and hood and a simple double moss-stich body.

Loose, drapey fabric makes for a great fit even over multiple layers. The pockets are deep enough to hold your keys, or just keep your hands warm on a frosty morning.

Check out Dryad on Ravelry or LoveKnitting today!

Last Rose of Summer

I’m excited to introduce you to Last Rose of Summer! This little scarf or shawlette is a great transitional piece to bridge the gap between summer and fall.

It’s also a great project to use up those gorgeous mini-skeins you couldn’t resist at the trunk show, or those luxe bits of cashmere you have hanging out in your stash. It lends itself particularly well to a gradient set.

This lacy hexagon looks impressive, but is surprisingly simple to make! It can be worn in a number of ways, making it a very versatile addition to your wardrobe!

Last Rose of Summer is available on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

Interconnected

I’m thrilled to introduce my latest pattern, Interconnected! Find it on Ravelry or LoveCrafts.

This fun, chunky necklace is perfect for both summer knitting and summer wearing. Show off your knitting year round!

This pattern is yet another collaboration with the incredible Lake Knit Yarns, this time on her fun Sparkle Sock base and in the exclusive new colorway Hopes and Dreams.

The pattern is quick and relatively simple to knit, made of interconnecting rings of i-cord. The beaded cord holding them together only enhances the sparkle of the yarn itself!

Please come try it out in our Make-along in the Happiness Make-A-Long group on Ravelry or our challenge on Instagram using hashtag #happinessmakealong2020. You might even win some prizes!

Pom Poms

Pom poms are a common topper for many hats, and a fun accessory for other knitted goods as well. You can buy them pre-made or make one using a purchased pom pom maker, but I’m cheap and prefer to make them with things I already have on hand!

Step 1

First, decide the desired diameter for your pom pom, and find something that is that wide. Most women’s palms are 3-4 inches across, so will make a 3-4 inch pom pom. For different sized pom poms, you could use a fork, a ruler, a book, or even a square of cardboard. Wrap your yarn around your chosen “maker” until you have a nice, dense pile of yarn. The fatter your pile of yarn, the fatter your pom pom will be.

Step 2

When your pom pom is as fat as you would like it, slide it off your maker and turn it. Wrap the yarn end tightly around the middle a few times. Leave both ends of the yarn dangling from the center.

Step 3

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the loops at each end of the “yarn bow” you’ve made.

Step 4

Use the yarn ends you’ve left dangling to firmly secure your pom pom to the top of your hat, or whatever other piece of fabric you’re decorating. Not only will this keep the pom pom from falling off; it will also keep it from unraveling.

Step 5

Finally, fluff your yarn! If you’re working with an animal fiber, you may even want to dampen the yarn (or just your fingers) to help the pom pom fluff and bulk out a bit. You are done when you can no longer see the wrapped yarn in the center.

That’s it! Cheap, easy and endlessly customizable!

Ribbon Candy

I’m excited to introduce my latest pattern, Ribbon Candy!

This summery confection is the perfect blend of luxury and fun. The broad-shouldered tank features flattering chevrons in seven different colors, making it a great way to use up those single skeins of luxury yarn or a gorgeous artsy gradient set.

The sample uses two different yarns from Lake Knit Yarns, Pebble MCN and a Mini Skein Set, which lend themselves particularly well to a gradient pattern like this. Choose a bright, candy-coated color for extra fun!

In light of recent events, for the first week after publication (June 3 through June 10), 50% of all sales of Ribbon Candy will be donated to Know Your Rights Camp.

I-Cord

I-cord is a fun, easy way of knitting a tiny tube that can be used for everything from jewelry to toys to edgings. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s not as intimidating as you might think!

Step 1

Step 1
Start by casting on the required number of stitches. If you’re just testing out a new technique, 3 and 4 are the most common numbers to cast on. The example photos are a 3 stitch i-cord. Knit to the end of the row.

Step 2

Step 2
Switch the finished needle back into your left hand, with the most recently completed stitch (and working yarn) at the bottom of the needle.

Step 3

Step 3
Pull the working yarn, still attached to the bottom stitch, up to where you normally hold your working yarn. Knit the first stitch on the needle. All other stitches on the needle will be knit normally.

Step 4

Step 4
When you reach the end of the needle, switch hands and repeat the process. The first stitch of every row will be knit with the working yarn pulled up from the final stitch of the previous row. This pulls your fabric back in on itself and creates a tube. When your i-cord is long enough, bind off as for flat knitting.

Yes, it really is that easy!

Goose Creek

The weather is getting cool, and it’s the perfect time to cuddle up under a new blanket like my Goose Creek!

Young child with Goose Creek blanket pulled up over his lap and one shoulder.

Log cabin blankets and herringbone stitch are both classics that are currently back in trend. Boost the modern, trendy feel of this children’s blanket with bold, on-trend colors or go classic with softer pinks or blues. Either way, this sturdy security blanket is sure to be loved by a kid in your life for years to come.

Young child wearing Goose Creek blanket and smiling at the camera.

Goose Creek includes includes a schematic and written instructions for creating the log cabin-style blanket. Suggestions are included for modifying the size of the blanket if desired, including a chart with common blanket sizes. The pattern also include written and photo instructions for knitting herringbone stitch, as well as links to a video tutorial on herringbone stitch.

Close-up of Goose Creek blanket.
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