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I am so excited to bring this sweater to you. I have had this idea for a while, but only recently had time to fit it into my schedule. I wished I had done it sooner as it has immediately become one of my favorites. Teddy Sweater is a unisex top down raglan pullover worked up at a DK weight with the added cuteness of a teddy bear face on the front “kangeroo” pocket. The pattern size runs from 3months to size 6.
Teddy Sweater is knit up in Malabrigo Arroyo, which creates a beautiful fabric at DK gauge. A perfect transitional garment for your little one.
Now, to celebrate how excited I am about this pattern, I decided to do a KAL in my group on Ravelry. The pattern is up for sale, but the KAL will begin on Monday to give everyone a chance to enjoy the holida weekend and get yarn together. The KAL will run through May 6th.
A funny little story about this pattern. When I initially sketched and swatched this, my 5 year old son was not even the least bit interested. So, I knit the sample in another size and moved on. When he saw it finished, he told me he wanted one, now. He wanted it red, with a black bear pocket. So, I will be knitting his during the KAL…not that I will finish as I have about 20 things on the needles, but I will try! I hope you will stop by and knit with us. It should be fun. There will be some random pattern giveaways and a few prizes for participants, too.
Now, I know I told you that I was going to try and share things other than new patterns on here. And I will, I swear. I have just been so busy and I have just spent the last month in what I like to call, “Sickland.” Actually, I have a more colorful name for it, but this seems uh…less offensive.
Now, I had planned to release this pattern over a month ago. Test knitting went kind of slow and then I got sick and needed to do photos for it, but I was not really camera presentable to put it nicely.
Ok, enough…I am really happy with this gorgeous cardigan. Go Kings Go! is “hockey” related and by now, it is probably pretty evident that I love hockey. Some time ago, I put out a pattern called Go Buffalo, in homage to one of my two favorite hockey teams. It was a top down, striped raglan cardigan for kids done in Buffalo Sabres blue and gold.
I got a lot of feedback shortly after releasing that indicated that people would like a grown up version. Well, I didn’t have the time right away. So, I set it aside until I was ready to upsize some of my popular kids patterns. I found a window of time this fall for this one. I knew though, that I could not wear blue and gold, so I chose my other hockey team for inspiration, my beloved Los Angeles Kings!
It is almost exactly like it’s child counterpart. A v-neck raglan cardigan with stripes. It does have some added slight waist shaping, which could be omitted.
When it came to yarn choices, there were plenty to pick from, but I decided that I wanted something from Miss Babbs. I have used her yarns in the past (strangely enough all for sweaters for my Mom), and I had fallen in love with each, especially with her Yowza Whatta Skein. The colors are gorgeous. It knits up beautifully and it’s superwash. Also, it holds up impressively.
I maybe glossed over the color part in that last paragraph. I shouldn’t. The color is beautiful. I mean, I know what you are thinking, “black and gray…blahh how can that be gorgeous.” But really, these colors just shine. They have depth and are really stunning in person. I am not sure I captured them as well in these pictures. At any rate, it is perfect for this cardigan and you should really check out her stunning yarns on her website here.
My Kings had gone on a lovely 8 game winning streak, unfortunately, they followed that with a 3 game losing streak. So, until they win their next game, I am offering 30%, no coupon code needed. Now, they could win tonight…later this week…etc. So, this sale could be over at any time. Hopefully, it will be over tonight. I mean, I love a sale, sure, but I want them to win. Also, until March 10th, the rest of my patterns are on sale to celebrate Malabrigo March when you use the code MALMARCH15 at checkout.
I will be doing a blog post next week. Hopefully, I will have a little fun to share including the next KAL which will be for the kids!
These past two months have been so very busy. I released 4 patterns in December! Well, I am not done yet. The next few weeks will bring even more releases!
First, a review. Last week, I released two hat patterns, but I was so ridiculously busy that I didn’t get a blog post up for them. First, we have a nice quick colorwork hat. Knit up in Malabrigo Worsted, this hat is super quick.
Snowy Night is a two color snowflake pattern. You can knit it to fold over the rib or not. It is super warm and cozy when knit up in the called for yarn. I used Bobby Blue and Natural. You can find the pattern here.
Second, we have a fingering weight hat done up in Rain City Knits Organic Merino Fingering called Fishbones. Bright, fun colors contrasted by the dark background colors anda feature of this pattern.
It’s a fun slouchy hat to add a little color to the doldrums of winter! It can be found here.
Last, but not least,my latest pattern, Iker. Before you ask, you say it like: Eeker. This pattern is a fun scarf done up in garter stitch and short rows. It is fun to watch it take shape!
Iker is also a Malabrigo Quickies pattern. Brought to you with support from Malabrigo, quickies are patterns that take 2 or less skeins of yarn. In this case, Malabrigo Sock.
I knit my Iker up in Natural and Black.
Nice and long you can wrap it a couple times around for maximum neck warmth.
One last picture. This quickie can be purchased in my shop, here. Use Code Quickie15 and you can get 25% off this pattern, today and tomorrow only.
It is going to be a busy season for me as far as pattern releases go. Today, I have some fingerless mitts for you. Chevron Mitts are a take on my Chevrons Pullover. I really fell in love with this graphic when I made that sweater for Knitpicks.
I have a real “love, love” relationship with fingerless mitts. I am a tactile person, but I also tend to run a little cold. These always seem to work as a good compromise for me from Fall to Spring.
I again went to one of my favorite yarns when designing these, Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. It is just absolutely perfect for colorwork. I know I’ve probably said that 100 times. The mitt pattern comes with two sizes and uses relatively little yarn. The colorwork section is perfect for minis or scraps. The main color used less than 50g. In fact, I used leftovers from another project to make these!
To make things even more fun, I hear that in a Sunshine Yarns update on Friday, there will be kits! How exciting. I will update this post when I find out the exact time. Even more fun, this pattern is on sale with the code CHEVRONS at checkout on Ravelry through Saturday.
The Lady Abernathy is up for pre-release here!
About the KAL
The KAL is to celebrate the release of my new pattern Lady Abernathy, which is the “grown up” version of my popular Abernathy Sweater for kids. It will start on January 1st, so you will have all of December to get ready! The KAL will also include the child size Abernathy Sweater and Abernathy Hat, as well. For now, you are recieving this info sheet with yarn requirements and pertinent information. The full pattern will come out either the last week in December. At the very latest, it will go out December 31st.
There will be prizes in my group, Ninja8tofu’s Tofu Shack.So, I definitely think you should stop by and check it out. I will take the next few weeks to reveal prizes and more KAL information. I want it to be a lot of fun for everyone!
With Code ABERNATHYKAL this sweater, the children’s sweater and the hat, will be on sale for 35% off through the 10th of December. After that they will be 25% off through the 20th and after that it will be 15% off for through the end of the month. All to prepare for the KAL at the beginning of January!
Over the weeks leading up to the KAL, I will be posting prizes. They are sure to include, project bags, stitch markers, and whatever other fun things I can find! Feel free to chat in this thread and ask questions. I will put up a KAL sign up thread for your to “officially” sign up.
Today, on the blog, I am featuring an interview with another Indie Designer participating in the 2014 Indie Designer GAL. I will be doing two of these, today, we meet Arlette of Arlette’s knits.
I think one of the coolest things about the Indie Designer GAL, is that I have been introduced to many talented designers that I had never seen before. Arlette, is one of them. She has beautiful designs.
When did you start knitting and how did you learn?
I learned about ten years ago. A friend tried to teach me to knit, and I couldn’t understand it for the life of me. That made me so mad that I bought a copy of Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and pretty much didn’t leave the house for six weeks. I just parked on the couch in front of Adult Swim and threw myself at the whys and hows of knitting until I felt like I could do a half-decent job.
How did you begin designing?
I think I always did? I always came up with my own stuff, anyway. A fringe benefit of my “I WILL KNIT UNTIL I HAVE SOLVED KNITTING” approach is that I really, truly understand how knit fabric works. Once I’d made a couple of ribbed scarves and stockinette hats, I kept throwing myself at projects just above my skill level, just so I could sweat and frown my way through a new skill. It was an incredible education, but it also meant that for the first several years of knitting, I thought people who knitted because it was “relaxing” were completely crazy.
From there, my secretly competitive nature led me to design. I used to do layout at a small newspaper, so I already had a pretty decent set of the skills you need for self-publishing. I couldn’t just invent a hat; I also had to throw myself at writing out a pattern, photographing it, laying it out and publishing it, just to see if I could do it.
What inspires you to design something?
Shapes from nature, or from my environment. My ADD means I’m often awash in mostly useless extra information, especially visual, so design gives me a way to pin down whatever it is that’s distracting me and properly examine it. If I can’t stop looking at a mountain, for example, I start to wonder what exactly it is about the mountain that keeps drawing my eye. Once I figure that out, it’s a pretty short hop to figuring out how to knit it.
My “Flatirons” pattern came from the Boulder Flatirons: they’re made from the same giant chunk of sandstone sticking up out of the ground at a sharp angle, so when the sandstone eroded away, the peaks that were left were similarly shaped, and the layered sandstone they’re made of is all pointed the same direction. It’s so orderly! It’s like someone took a giant comb to the mountain and tried to brush its hair.
Any quirky knitting habits?
I spit-slice everything I can. It’s the perfect join. If I’ve knit you something and it’s made of something that’ll felt even a little, you should know that it’s got a little spit in it.
What knitting notion seems to go missing for you (for me it’s tape measures and of course, stitch markers)?
Tapestry needles. Every few months I do a roundup and check all the odd little corners they disappear to, and end up with about a dozen of them.
What is your favorite thing to knit?
Hats! They’re so low-stakes, they don’t take a bunch of yarn, and you can try out new techniques really easily on them. Plus they’re easy to give away — a lot of the time, once I’m done weaving in ends on a hat, I’m already bored of it, so it’s nice to give it to someone who’ll appreciate it.
Hobbies aside from knitting?
Photography, and … hmm. The occasional sewing, beading and screen printing? I actually got rid of a bunch of hobby supplies not long ago so I could focus on just a few. There isn’t time enough in the world for all the crafts I’d like to try, so I might as well get as good as I can at a handful of them and ignore the rest.
What an awesome interview and I can so relate to the spit splicing thing. It is my favorite, too!
Remember knitters, you can knit the GAL until the end of December. So, please check out Arlette’s patterns, they are gorgeous. I want to knit Double Dutch, the brioche hat!