Fire on the Mountain

I’m excited to introduce you to another shawl pattern this summer, Fire on the Mountain!

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This shawl was specifically designed to show off Abstract Fiber’s newly released Super Sock+ colorway, Mountain Sunshine.

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The lightweight lace is perfect for keeping the mountain breeze off your shoulders. The relatively simple patterns make an easy summer project for the experienced lace knitter, and are very manageable for those newer to lace as well.

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If you’re looking for some great vacation knitting ahead of your next mountain adventure, this is the pattern for you!

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Water’s Edge

I’m so thrilled to introduce my latest summer knit, Water’s Edge.

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This light, elegant shawl was created specifically to show off Inner Yarn Zen’s newest Duality colorway, Beachcomber, and it certainly looks at home on the shoreline!

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The simple, airy seafoam body knits up surprisingly fast, and the striking scalloped edging is positively loaded with sparkle thanks to roughly 1700 glass beads!

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If you have a special occasion coming up or are just looking for an extra dose of glitter in your life, this is the pattern for you!

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Old Dominion

Feeling cold? Want an attractive sweater that won’t take a million years to complete? My super-bulky weight Old Dominion is just the pattern for you!

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This ultra-cozy cardigan knits up impressively fast. it’s not only incredibly warm, but also an ideal project for when you suddenly decide you need a new sweater right now.

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With its fitted waist and romantic detailing, there’s no need to compromise on style just because you’re cold!

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M1 and Variations

Did you know there is more than one way to m1 (make one)? When a designer simply indicates to “m1”, they are stating that the variety of m1 used makes little difference to the pattern, and you should choose whichever you’re happiest with. All varieties of m1 require you to pick up a stitch from the bar between two stitches.

M1L
To m1l (make one left), insert the left needle from front to back under the bar between stitches. Knit into the back of the loop you just created. This is often considered the easiest way to m1.

front to back  back loop

M1R
To m1r (make one right), insert the left needle from back to front under the bar between stitches. Knit into the front of the loop you just created.

knitside to purlside  purl into back

M1LPW
To m1lpw (make one left, purlwise), insert the left needle from purlside to knitside under the bar between stitches. Purl into the back of the loop you just created.

purlside to knitside  front to back

M1RPW
To m1rpw (make one right, purlwise), insert the left needle from knitside to purlside under the bar between stitches. Purl into the front of the loop you just created.

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So those are the four possible ways to do an m1 increase. By and large you’ll use the m1l most often, but it never hurts to have a few extra tricks up your sleeve!

Icicles Sweater

Need a last minute gift (a pattern, of course!) for a knitter? Done with your gift knitting and ready to make something fun for yourself? Try my new Icicles Sweater!

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This incredibly warm, soft cardigan is not for the faint of heart! Knit in a blend of alpaca and bamboo, Icicles is positively dripping with gorgeous colorwork.

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The sweater features a rolled collar, slightly flared sleeves, and a zipper for ease of use. It also uses a traditional short-row yoke and folded hems. If you or your favorite knitter is looking for a next great adventure in knitting, check it out!

Gift-a-Long 2017

The 5th annual Gift-a-Long is underway! I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 5 years already! I’ve been a participating designer and knitter all 5 years, and it’s an absolute blast every time.

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New to the GAL? It’s a great event originally created to boost awareness of Indie designers and to help fiber crafters get those holiday projects done on time. For one week each November (this year it’s from the 21st to the 28th) all participating designs are 25% off with that year’s code. This year we have over 300 designers enrolling 10-20 designs each in the sale. You can catch a quick idea of what I personally have on sale below, or click the link to see all 20 discounted patterns.

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The sale only lasts a week, but the Gift-a-Long lasts all the way until New Year’s Eve. There is an -along thread for each category of pattern (sweaters, baby knits, hands, etc) with random prizes awarded periodically in each. There are also threads for various contests that run throughout the GAL, and on New Year’s there’s a prize giveaway extravaganza! It’s a fun way to motivate each other to get through your holiday gift-knitting and get yourself some fun gifts too.

Interested? Join in!

Diamond Collection

I have a new collection out, just in time for holiday knitting! I am thrilled to introduce you to the Diamond Collection. This collection contains 3 patterns available separately, or at a discount as an e-book.

Centenary scarf

The first and easiest pattern in this collection is Centenary, named for one of the largest diamonds ever unearthed. This fully reversible scarf is surprisingly beginner friendly, consisting entirely of knits and purls with no shaping at all.

Orlov gloves

The second pattern in the collection is Orlov, named for a diamond in the Russian crown jewels. Appropriate for intermediate knitters, this is actually quite a fast little pattern if you’ve knit gloves before. Ideal for a last minute gift!

Koh-i-Noor hat

The final and most adventurous pattern in this collection is Koh-i-Noor, named for a diamond in the UK crown jewels. This giant, super-slouchy beret will keep your head and ears toasty warm all winter long.

If you’re looking for a luxurious matching gift set to give this season, or just something beautiful to keep yourself warm, I hope you’ll indulge in the Diamond Collection!

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