Surprise! Petite Purls Back to Basics!

I told you! As soon as I put up a post, I knew the Petite Purls Back to Basics pattern would go live! I am so excited to present this pattern to you. The Back to Basics pattern line on Petite Purls is meant to present you with basic patterns for beginners or blank canvases for you to get creative with.  My pattern is for a Sleeveless Top. This is knit up in the fabulous Spud and Chloe Sweater. I love, love, love Spud and Chloe Sweater. Just think, at the beginning of the year, I hadn’t even tried it. Now, I’ve designed three patterns in it!

Sleeveless Top

Isn’t the model adorable? This pattern offers a button band on one side to make it easier to get on your little one!

There are instructions for an optional side purl stripe, as well. There are many ways to customize it. You can choose different colors. You could add stripes or a cable.  I am planning on knitting one up for my 15 month old. I am thinking about adding a cable down the front. Or maybe I’ll stripe it in some fun colors.

This garment is quite versatile too. You can layer it, as shown, or in warmer months you could just have your little one wear it as a tank top. Spud and Chloe is wool cotton so it breathes wonderfully.

The hemmed bottom edge gives it a very clean look. These are great pictures. I can only aspire to do as well someday. Brandy Fortune of Petite Purls did the photo shoot and what a fantastic job she did.

Well, there you go! That was one of my surprises!

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I’m not ignoring you!!!

I swear that I am not ignoring you my blog audience. I really hoped that last week I would have something exciting to show you. However, the thing I am waiting for, is not up yet. So, we will have to wait that one out. I figured that as soon as I posted, then something would happen. But, I am not going to put off a post any longer. I have been very busy working on some secret projects! I can’t show them to you. But, I can show you which yarns I am working with. This is Squoosh Fibrearts Ultra DK.

The second yarn I will show you is a very exciting little bit of yummy. It’s Malabrigo Rios, direct from Uruguay. That was a lovely package to get! This is going to be a children’s top down raglan. There’s more to it than that. But, I will be blogging about it. So, that’s all I am going to give you for now. This lovely colorway is Aguas.

I am also working on a design in Malabrigo sock for an exciting contest. I am hoping I can get it done in time. But, it might be close. I just finished a supersecret knit and I will be starting another really soon. There are lots of irons in many fires! Also, I hope this week or next that I will have something fun to show you!

Modeled pics

So, I have finally gotten the weather to cooperate and my daughter a day off, so that I could take pictures of this design! This is the same one I took a picture of last week. It is for the Jimmy Beans Wool Misti Alpaca Landscape pattern contest. I really like it. It is simple, but with a lovely stitch pattern, not boring. It’s reversible.  It is so versitile! You can wear it many different ways!

It perhaps is a bit warm for the weather. We started our photo shoot at around 9 a.m. and it was already 80 degrees with 95% humidity. Ouch! But, she was a good sport and did all that I asked. We got some lovely shots.

There isn’t much she won’t do for a smoothie. I am nearly ready to send the pattern in. I should get the actual cowl in the mail tomorrow. I am a bit stuck on the name, but I have a few options.

The finicky teen even said she would love me to knit her one for the winter. She likes that she could leave it open as in the above picture. Or wrap it around her neck as in the bottom picture.

Peek-a-boo

I have something for you to take a peek at.  I have had this post mostly ready to go for a few days, but I wanted to make sure it was ok to post about my specific project. A few weeks ago, I entered a design in the Jimmy Beans Wool Landscape Collection Pattern Contest. Those who entered the contest and were chosen were sent some lovely colorways of Misti Alpaca Landscape Collection, which Misti Alpaca dyes specifically for the Jimmy Beans wool store. I came up with a cozy, drape-y cowl.The Cowl

My pattern is written up. It will head to the tech editor this week. It’s super simple to knit. As an added bonus, the stitch pattern I used, is reversible. There are also two ways you can wear it.

I won’t be able to get any modeled shots until at least Thursday. My daughter, who will be modeling it, has band camp from 7 a.m. until 9 pm. Yep, that’s a long day!