Posts Tagged ‘stripes’

The Marquess

The next pattern in my Peerage collection is ready! I’m excited to share with you my newest tie pattern, The Marquess!

marquess hero

The Marquess is more formal that its sibling The Viscount, but not quite to the level of The Duke. It falls about in line with the Duke in terms of difficulty – this is not a beginner pattern, but it’s not difficult. If you can follow directions and you know what moss stitch is, you’re probably good to go.

marquess texture

So if you’re looking for a little something to freshen up your office wardrobe – you’ve found it!


P.S. Still looking for testers for my new lace beret! It’s a great springtime pattern too!


An FO, a WIP, and a Plan

I finished the green purse socks after a day of visiting up in Maryland:

green stripes


Thanks to a delay in yarn support for an upcoming design I’ve also had some time to work more on the Flaming June I started on vacation. I’ve got the body done now and am hoping to finish the collar before yarn arrives. Sleeves and dye will no doubt have to wait.

flaming june body


Hubby and I have also come up with a plan for a sweater he’ll actually wear. More on that in a future post, but here’s a tantalizing (read: boring, stockinette) swatch of the yarn he chose!


A Bit Rambly

The CustomFit Sweater took a bit of a hit this week. Something went wonky in my increases and in a fit of sheer stubborness I refused to acknowledge the fact that the front looked waaaay too long and actually measure it. Of course, once I broke down and actually did measure it it was indeed absurdly oversized. Thus resulted much ripping. Have you ever ripped back large quantities of mohair? I wanted to sob. My fingers actually hurt by the time I was done, and I had to break down and snip the stuff more than once.

cardigan front

Unsurprisingly, after all that ripping the cardigan spent some time in timeout. I consoled myself by finishing a nice, mindless self-striping sock and starting the other. Generally I save those for when I’m on the go or for days when I’m just to brain dead for the complications of my current “main” project, but I figure this is pretty close to the latter.


As an aside, can I just say how tickled I am by everyone’s response to Willow Lake? You guys are amazing. It’s already giving Catch and Lovely a run for their money in terms of popularity, and it hasn’t even been out a week! Seeing that happen has made a rough week a whole lot better!


Bel Air

It seems like every time I fall off the face of the earth, I return with a new pattern. If only disappearing from the blog world for a few days could magically produce new patterns without all the work! I actually have two new patterns to introduce in the next couple weeks, but today I’m proud to present my new Bel Air socks.
bel air socks
These started as a stash-busting project for me, as I have a rather embarrassingly large number of partial skeins of sock yarn laying around from old projects. While I’ve indicated the yarns I used for the sample, pretty much any old sock yarn you have in your stash will work just as well.
bel air
Bel Air is worked from the toe up with a short-row heel, and is for the most part made with basic, quick-knitting stripes. There are two small bands of stranded work as well – one just past the toes, and one just before the cuff. I feel these add both visual interest and knitting interest, without detracting from the overall “quick and easy” feel of these socks.
bel air leg
And really, this time of year? Quick, easy and interesting sounds almost like the Holy Grail of knitting. Hooray for instant gratification!

September Storms

Yes, I know it’s no longer September. An unexpected search for a new tech editor slowed this pattern down some, but the fact is the sweater still looks like a September thunderstorm, regardless of when you wear it. And I do wear it, often. September Storms is a study in contrasts – lightweight but warm, elegant but casual, dark but bold.

storms close-up

Like the skies in the heart of hurricane season, it’s an utter chameleon, changing moods at the drop of a hat. The variegated Unisono in the blue stripes of this raglan echoes the variety of blues you’ll see in the sky in early fall. The sharp change to black with each stripe reminds me of the sudden appearance of a thunderstorm, and the just as rapid return to blue also holds true to nature.

September Storms cover

Knit in fingering weight wool, this effortless top-down sweater is just a little warm, for days that are growing just a little cool. Its boldly colored simplicity also makes it functional for a day in park, but still sophisticated enough for a night on the town. The broad stripes at the shoulder and hip contrast intriguingly with narrow stripes at the waist. This both narrows the appearance of your own waist, and creates an impressive effect in what is otherwise a very easy stockinette pullover.

september storms - sleeve

Interested yet? Sales-pitch aside, I really do wear this sweater more than almost any other in my wardrobe. I’m sure you’ll love September Storms as much as I do; go check it out!

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Jogless Stripes

This is one of those things that seem completely obvious in retrospect, but I somehow managed not to learn for years and years of knitting. Normally, when knitting stripes in flat fabric, you simply change colors at the end of the row et voilà, perfect stripes. However, since knitting in the round actually creates a spiral of fabric, if you change colors this way in the round you’ll get a jog, or uneven stripes:


Boo! Hiss!

The solution is mind-blowingly simply though. When you change colors (at the end of the round) knit your first round like normal. Then on the second round, slip the first stitch.



That’s it. Literally. Problem solved. Continue knitting as normal, slipping the first stitch of the second round on each stripe. As you can see, it produces a much nicer stripe.



Need a project to practice on? Try my September Storms.

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