New Pattern: Highlight

I told you I would be back this week. Well, here I am! I have a new sweater design for you. Highlight is a top down raglan pullover with a few extra details. It’s not your run of the mill raglan, by any means.

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Yes, that is me modeling. This sweater is a pullover design that utilizes brights and darks, color blocking and stripes. I am really loving bright bold colors and patterns lately. Maybe you noticed with my last shawl design (Flouro). This sweater has a few details, that are not entirely as obvious as the color.

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The sweater has a lowered neckline in front and also faux saddle shoulders. It is still all one piece, worked flat and then joined. No seaming involved, though you do have to pick up stitches for the collar.

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Look down at my hip. The seams are split and the back is slightly longer than the front.  I especially love this detail. I think I will really like layering this with a cami in the winter for extra warmth. It gets really cold here in North Dakota.

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The color and yarn choice are definitely elements that I thought very hard about for this design. I wanted brights and I wanted to pair them with something dark. I like the contrast. The brights are toned down a bit by the dark. Now, that’s not to say that this wouldn’t be great in another set of colors. It would be. You could have fun with it. Think about it a little. It could be a great stashbuster. Or something to use those minis up on. Each stripe could be a different color. RAINBOWS!!!!

The yarn is Rain City Knits Organic Merino fingering weight. It is a gorgeous yarn and really a pleasure to knit with. Krista has some of the most vibrant colors I have seen. In fact, when I was thinking about this design, her colors were what I had in mind.I do have some leftovers. I might be thinking of a hat.

Now, sometimes when I release a pattern, I put it on sale. I decided to put this one on sale, too. I have a promotion going right now to go along with Stockpile, too. This sweater pattern will be 35% off with the code HIGHLIGHT at checkout until October 5th.

Please check out my group! I will be putting together some fun giveaways this next few weeks and you wouldn’t want to miss out on yarn!!! and patterns!!! and extra stuff!!! Oh, and the next KAL. I also run my test knits there, so if you want in on one of those, let me know. I will be putting up a new one…hopefully next week. Maybe two, even. So, please stop by.

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New Pattern: Backup Goalie

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I have a new pattern to show you. I’ve called it Backup Goalie. I am so excited about this one! I actually started this hat last spring, but had put it on hold for a bit so that I could finish some contract work. I figured releasing a “hockey” themed hat in June, probably wasn’t the best idea. I guess it isn’t really “hockey” themed aside from the colors, but I call it “hockey” themed due to the fact that its inspiration comes from the backup goalie. I remember when I was younger, I would catch a glimpse of the backup goalie sitting on the bench, usually hatless or with a baseball cap on and I would think to myself that their heads looked cold. Seriously, that’s what I thought. It stuck with  me. What can I say?

The pattern is a colorwork pattern that starts with 1×1 ribbing. The body has a chevron-ish colorwork pattern, which works it’s way to the crown which is done in a star pattern. The crown was really fun to design.

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The hat pattern includes instructions and charts for 2 weights: fingering and worsted. The worsted hat only has one size, but the fingering hat includes a Medium size. If one is comfortable playing around with pattern repeats and gauge, it is possible to come up with several different sizes.

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The yarn. Oh, the yarn. Both the fingering weight and worsted weight hats use a yarn I call a favorite. First of all, the fingering weight hat uses Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. It’s a nice plump sock yarn that just knits up gorgeously in colorwork. The worsted weight hat is done up in the bouncy, cushy, Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted.  The fingering weight hat is knit at a looser gauge and that makes the hat a bit more slouchy. One could also use a sportweight yarn at this weight for something a bit less slouchy or if they have trouble getting fingering weight to work at the stated gauge.

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The black and gray versions (Los Angeles Kings’ colors) have been adopted by me as they match my winter coat. My daughter has taken the blue and gold version (Buffalo Sabres’ colors). They have been worn almost non-stop since finishing. The weather here has been a little on the cruel side. One day it’s 80, the next it’s 30. There may have been a few 70’s in between, but not many!

I almost forgot to mention! For the first 3 days of it’s release, I am offering the pattern at 1.00 off! So, until midnight on the 26th, Backup Goalie will be $1.00 with the code BACKUP13 at checkout.

New Ebook! Pigwidgeon Hat and Mitts

Oh, I am so excited to release this lovely pair of patterns. They may  be my favorites yet, The Pigwidgeon Hat and Mitts. They are available individually or as a pair!

As soon as I finished the Pigwidgeon Sweater, I knew I wanted to do at least a hat. Then, I decided I also wanted mitts. I thought it would be a great set of projects for someone who loves the owls, but doesn’t want to knit a whole fingering weight sweater for a child.

The hat comes in three sizes: Infant(approx 3-6m), Toddler, and Adult. More sizes could surely be had if one is comfortable with adjusting the gauge a little. Also, if you look at the gauge on the pattern page, it may seem a bit loose for the weight. The yarn used is a plump fingering weight and can handle this gauge no problem. If one wanted a tighter fabric, a sport weight could definitely be used at the same gauge.

I sort of chuckle a little when I see these pictures with all the snow. We had snow for 3 days, then it all melted and we are currently pretty much snow-less around here.

I adore the mittens as much as I adore the hat. Even though there are two to complete, I’ve always found that mittens knit up pretty quickly for me. I love the pattern on the back of the mittens, as well as the front. This pattern comes with instructions for 6 sizes: Child 2, Child 4, Child 6, Women’s Small, Women’s Medium, and Women’s Large.  Phew, that was a lot of charting! Essentially, nearly the whole family could be decked out in owl-y mittens.

Well, thanks for stopping by and checking out my newest pair of patterns! I hope you enjoyed them. Please stop by their Ravelry pattern page and give them some love!

FO Friday and a peek at some new stuff!

It’s been a busy week here in Casa de ninja. I have been a chart making fool. The funny thing is, I sort of hate making charts (I do love knitting from them, though). Well, I thought I hated charts until I discovered colorwork. I have fallen in love with colorwork and therefore love colorwork charts. It’s so fun to plot where to put which color and envisioning what something might look like.  This all leads into my FO for this week (actually, I have two).  The companion to my Pigwidgeon sweater, Pigwidgeon Hat.

Now, this is a bit of a tangent, but, normally, I edit my pictures in Photoshop. However, I was not on the desktop, so I hopped over to Picmonkey and messed around with it a bit. I had no idea they had fun Halloween stuff out. It can all get a bit cheesy, but fun to mess around with.  Anyways, this is my quick and dirty pic of my latest finished object and a design that will be released (in 3 sizes) sometime soon! I’m also working on some mittens, too. So, keep an eye out for those, as well.

The second finished object that I have for you is a little girl’s sweater. I will only flash a teaser pic of this on the blog today, but if you really want to see the project, you can head here. It is, as of yet, un-named.

Doesn’t that look fun? Trust me, it is! I loved creating it. It is knit up in Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport, which is absolutely fabulous and post blocking is incredibly soft. Yet, it’s superwash, which is always handy.

Well that’s pretty much all I have this week. Just a reminder, there is only 3 DAYS left to use the coupon code STOCKPILE2012 at checkout on any of the single patterns (just not the ebook) in my Ravelry store for 20% off.

New Pattern, Pigwidgeon!

Oh yes, you’ve heard me lament over the hot weather delaying my photo shoot. You have seen a photo after I finally got cooperating weather. Now, you get all the info! Today is release date for Pigwidgeon. I had so much fun designing and then knitting this one up. I think I have mentioned on here (maybe not), I am obsessed with colorwork right now. Like, I want to knit it…all the time.

So, I was thinking about a top down, in the round jumper for little kiddies and then I was thinking…hmmm, owls. I love spunky little owls. So, I charted a spunky owl, swatched him about a 100 times, and then designed the sweater and the rest is history. The motif, just seemed to scream PIGWIDGEON. So, I started calling my project Pigwidgeon and then it just stuck. I felt that I couldn’t name it anything else.

The color possibilities are so completely endless on this. I chose a fall color palette. Though, I can see this in a wide variety of colors. The contrast colors use partials and could probably use up scraps in the stash. The yarn used in the sample is Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock and it is absolutely fabulous. It worked wonderfully for colorwork. It is such a pleasure to knit with and it blocks to an absolutely gorgeous fabric. I linked the website for a reason. Go! Run! Order! You’ll love it! I mean it! Ok, enough exclamation points.

Yes, he does look cool doesn’t he. It took several cookie bribes to get him to stand still, but he finally complied.  Now, keep in mind the color combos possible. I just happened to have a boy sitting around to model. As a unisex sweater, a girl could totally rock this look too.

 

There are short rows to raise up the neck just a bit. Worked top down, this is sweater really is minimalist on the finishing. It is so nice sometimes, to finish a sweater and no have anything else to do!

 

And here is the money shot! He even smiled and looked at the camera, at the same time!

 

Don’t let colorwork intimidate you. I used to think it was too hard. Obviously, I was wrong. When doing the colorwork sections, I use the Philosopher’s Two-handed method. Though, you can do it one hand at a time, it just takes a little longer but is still fun!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget about the KAL. It starts October 1st in my group. This pattern also qualifies for the sale too. Remember to use code: STOCKPILE2012 at checkout to get the 20% discount.