Linnutee (Estonian for Milky Way, however the direct translation would be A Birds Path) is a cute tee specially designed for gradient yarn cakes or mini skein sets. It would also be a great way to use up those self striping yarns you aren’t sure how to use.
I’ve knitted this myself to test the pattern for Emma, it’s easy, relaxing and a great way to use up scraps of sock or sport weight yarns to knit a very lightweight but super warm sweater for cool days and nights.
The body of the cardigan is worked in a lovely lace-pattern. The sleeves are worked in stockinette sts, and could be worked to any length. The hems of the body/sleeves are folded back. The cardigan is supposed to be roomy and comfortable, with it’s rounded neck, and box-shaped body.
Part poncho, part pullover, and all pretty with flattering ombre neckline and an elaborate and large floral motif around the yoke. Knitted in sport weight yarn and perfect for mini skins, gradient sets or self stripers.
The pullover is knitted from side to side in one piece beginning with a provisional cast-on. Pockets are cleverly knit in. Cowl and ribbing at hem are picked up and knitted. Sleeves are knitted from the top in the round, and sleeve caps are shaped with short rows.
Once Again is a top-down, pullover sweater; knit in-the-round with a stranded yoke that is coupled with simple cable stitches. Short rows are used to shape the neckline after the yoke pattern is completed.
Utmost Happiness sweater is worked seamlessly top-down. After a ribbing for neckband and set of short rows to raise the back of the sweater, a round yoke is decorated with an elaborate cable pattern achieved with mosaic knitting.
Today on the blog I’m showing Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns. I’ll try and include a range of knit and crochet, knit first, crochet fans scroll down a bit or click this link to jump straight to the crochet goodness.
Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns – Knit Socks
Gift Along 2020 Interview with Michael Harrigan – getting to know you
Today I’m chatting to Michael Harrigan, tell us who you are and what you do?
Nice to be with you. I’m an American living in Thailand and have done so for the last 20+ years – first for my work and then on into retirement. I knit, design, garden, and care for our house by the sea and our two dogs. Travel has been an important part of life as well, although unfortunately that hasn’t been possible this year.
How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?
When I was around 9 years old my mother showed me the basics of knitting and crocheting. However, I grew up on a farm in the northeastern US, and in that area and at that time, knitting was not one of the approved pastimes for a young boy. The needles and crochet hooks were put aside – for quite a few years, in fact.
What made you want to start designing?
It wasn’t long before I started combining stitch patterns into designs and decided to write out the instructions so I could share them with others (and remember them). I soon discovered I could upload the patterns to the internet and was off on a new adventure. I also improved my skills and increased my range through the Master Hand Knitter certification program of The Knitting Guild Association (tkga.org).
Over the past few years I have designed patterns for accessories, including shawls, wraps, cowls, hats – and a Fair Isle-patterned gansey. I’ve self-published the majority of my designs but have also produced others for yarn companies and online and print magazines. My first book of knitting patterns – Travel-inspired Knits – was published earlier this year.
What’s your favourite part of the design process?
I work from memories, sketches, and photos of places and things I’ve seen on my travels and then move on to select/design the stitch patterns and choose colors. Usually it’s design first – but sometimes it’s the yarn and/or color first.
I like to spend time in historic settings, visiting local artisan markets and bazaars, and also taking in landscapes and natural features. I try to recreate what I have seen in stitch patterns—interpreting elements of nature, landmarks, and textiles I’ve come across.
Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?
Most everything I do is part-time and together the activities form more than a full-time existence. Travel has always been a major part of my life. Some decades ago I spent the better part of a year in Central America and was captivated by the colorful work of artisans in Mexico and Guatemala. Many years later my travels took me to Africa, where I was enthralled by the magic and mystery of Egypt and Morocco, and the talented artisans of South Africa. I have been fascinated by the designs
of rugs in Turkey and the embroidery I’ve come across in China. There’s such an amazing wealth of hand-crafted riches throughout the world – and I certainly enjoy travels of discovery.
A couple of summers ago, we visited the Shetland Islands – long an inspiration to me, both for the knitted lace from the northern island of Unst, and the wonderfully colorful patterns of Fair Isle. On a trip to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania last year I had the opportunity to get some hands-on advice on color-stranding knitting technique in Riga, Latvia. At the end of that trip, on a visit to the Russian National Museum in St. Petersburg, I found inspiration for a new colorwork design based on a piece of ethnic embroidery.
Since I moved to Thailand in late 1998, the country’s natural environment, iconic images, and architecture have provided ongoing inspiration for my designs.
Do you have a favourite thing to design and why
That’s an interesting question, as I have favorites to design to satisfy myself but know that they might not be so popular with other knitters. I like to design complex colorwork pieces but also design a lot of simpler cowls that would appeal to those looking for a more straightforward knitting experience.
Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?
I tend to give away samples from my design process from time to time and also take the time to knit an item for myself if I need one. Not much knitwear is needed in Thailand, but we do travel to cooler destinations when that’s possible.
If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?
I would love to have someone create a colorful rug for me – as I’m not likely to do that for myself.
Do you have a favourite yarn and why?
I really like wool and silk blends and wool and linen blends. I’d have to say they’re my favorites for how they work up into fabric.
What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?
That would be my Drummie Bees and Snowflakes Shawl. It is connected to one of my favorite parts of the world – Shetland –and features two traditional lace stitch patterns that I particularly like. I also love the colors.
Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?
I am currently working on a design to accompany a book in the Miss Babs Yarns Book Club (Spring 2021) – but can’t say more about it at this time. Check out the website – https://www.missbabs.com/ – for information on the club.
What’s your favourite colour?
I think it’s still blue – but if you look at the photos of my designs you’ll find quite a range of colors. It likely depends on what works for a given project.
Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?
This is my first year and I’m so glad I joined. I’ve gotten to see lots of designs I wouldn’t have otherwise, and it’s generated a good number of sales as well.
Which Gift Along 2020 designers inspire you and why?
A top inspiration is christal-lk-designs – particularly for what she does with color and how she designs with color. There are certainly others as well, but she comes to mind immediately
How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?
The called it “Not a Christmas” because Christmas is not here right now, and also because not everyone celebrates it. But nice crochet decorations will add a festive touch to every home. And “mystery” means you will not know what will be coming next week. The CAL will run for 4 weeks with a new pattern coming out every Friday. So in total we will make four decorations (or presents).
These are small, compact trees and as such, details make the difference. While initially conceived of as ornaments for light trees, they may serve as bookmarks, appliqués or embellishments, and be small toys if two are made sewn together and stuffed lightly.
Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns
Today on the blog I’m showing Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns. I’ll try and include a range of knit and crochet, knit first, crochet fans scroll down a bit or click this link to jump straight to the crochet goodness.
Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns – Knit Headbands
Knitted with fingering weight yarn, this would be an ideal slow and relaxing project rather than a quick gift, but what a wonderful way to use up speckled or highly patterned yarns in colours you love.
This pattern was designed to form functional and stylish. The textured cluster stitches provide depth and extra warmth, while the relatively simple construction make it beginner friendly. Sized toddler to adult.
Today I’m chatting to a good friend of mine, designer Mary E. Rose. She has a pattern release tomorrow in honour of Ruth Bader Ginsberg aka RBG.
Hi Mary, can you tell us the name of your gorgeous new design?
Hi, Loraine, I would love to tell you. It’s called Dissent to honour Ruth Bader Ginsberg aka the Notorious RBG.
What inspired you to make the Dissent collar?
During the summer of 2020 a friend of mine was participating in an event for GISH, which is an international competition to do “strange” things for good causes.
The participants get a list of various tasks which range from art projects to things like collecting donations of hygiene products and dropping the off at your own local homeless shelter.
One of the fun challenges was to knit or crochet a collar inspired by RGB that contained either a portrait or a message to or about her.
I’ve been working on a lace alphabet for a long time, so when my friend asked if I could knit a collar on short notice, I could quickly come up with a plan. I wasn’t even thinking of making it a pattern until some people commented on my Instagram photos that they would be interested in buying the pattern.
I’m surprise and excited at the interest in the pattern and hope that RBG would love it.
What is it about RBG that makes her so important to women in the US?
The list is long! Some of the things she secured for women in the US were the right to sign a mortgage without a man, the right to have a credit card or a bank without a man, the right to get a job without being disqualified for their gender, and the right to keep or get a job if they were pregnant or had kids.
She also helped put in place legislature that protected the rights of people who aren’t women or don’t identify as women…the LGBTQ+ community along with protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Can you tell us more about the Dissent design itself?
The collar is worked flat, starting with the center panel, which reads Dissent in lace, to top edge is finished with a picot bind off and then stitches are picked up along the bottom of the panel and lace leaves are knit top down to either a crochet chain bind off or a plain lace bind off.
Three buttons are added when it is finished to make it easy to put on and take off. It has both charted and fully written line by line instructions.
What elements did you include in the Dissent Collar and why?
I felt I had to include the word dissent in the pattern as her most famous collar would be worn on days when no oral arguments were allowed and she would use her white lace collar to express her “dissent” to whatever was being discussed or had been decided. The crochet bind off is a nod to her “favorite” collar which is simple, white and very mesh like.
Where and how can we buy the Dissent Collar pattern?
The pattern, to remember RBG is called Dissent and will be available in my pattern stores on both Ravelry and Payhip on Monday, October 5th (and Love Crafts soon afterwards, their site takes a little longer.) so plenty of time for US knitters to make their own to wear while (absentee) voting from home.
I would like to note that as it is a political statement, poll workers will most likely not let in-person voters wear their Dissent Collar to the polls.
From today through Election Day in the US…Tuesday, November 3rd all proceeds from pattern sales will be split between two groups.