Be as Water – Mindy Dykman aka Ravenknits – 6 patterns from Elements of Memory

Be as Water – Mindy Dykman aka Ravenknits – 6 patterns from Elements of Memory

Introducing Be As Water by Mindy Dykman aka Ravenknits

Be As Water Shawl

Be As Water Shawl

I’m a big fan of Mindy Dykman, aka Ravenknits and love her intricate patterns, often inspired by nature or the works of JRR Tolkein.

Mindy’s latest release is being published today (Pi day for those in the know) and is called Be as Water, which is part of a collection of patterns called Elements of Memory.

The ebook of six patterns does represent a HUGE saving, but if you prefer there is a discount code for 20% off the individual pattern.

Save 20% off the price of Be As Water using the code BeAsWater in your Ravelry shopping cart.  Offer good until 11:59pm EST Tuesday March 19th.

I love the beading and lace details and knitted with fine yarn, it’ll be as light as a feather.

I asked Ravenknits about her design inspiration, here’s what she had to say

“Growing up in the Fraser Delta of British Columbia, with parents who attended UBC, I remember spending many days in the Nitobe Memorial Gardens.

These gardens on the UBC campus are considered to be amongst the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan itself.

The deliberate plantings and symbolic statuary of the gardens are a huge part of the artistic sensibilities I have carried with me since childhood, and I wanted in some way to honour that debt of influence.

It is for this reason that, when I started contemplating the shape with which to represent the traditional elements as a shawl series, I turned to the structure of the gorinto.

Built in towers of five defining shapes, the gorinto represents elements of stability and of change, of permanence and impermanence, of the known and of the unknowable.

The spherical second level of the gorinto represents Water. Be As Water is a lace weight circular pi shawl worked from the center out.

It is worked in concentric circles with a stocking stitch ring between each ring of lace motifs.

The first two lace rings of the Be As Water Shawl use the traditional Old Shale motif.

The third and fifth lace rings of the Be As Water Shawl use a stitch that represents the word “rain,” the return of water from sea to land.

The fourth lace ring of the Be As Water Shawl uses a Japanese stitch which is an interesting variation of the same concepts found in Old Shale, suggesting that like water, the ideas that are expressible within knitting stitches are similar around the world.”

Let’s have another look at this stunning shawl by Ravenknits, Be As Water

be as water shawl by mindy dykman ravenknits

Be As Water shawl by Mindy Dykman Ravenknits

 

I love the delicate beads and variety of lace patterns included in this intricate but beautiful design.  It’ll be an enjoyable knit and I could have a lot of fun choosing beads to go with the yarn.

Elements of Memory is a subscription ebook which will contain a collection of 6 shawl patterns of different shapes in various yarn weights. Four of the six patterns will represent the classical elements, with a fifth pattern representing the metaphysical concept of spirit, and the sixth pattern representing the unification of the previous five concepts.

 

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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves on my list to make

Hi everyone, I’ve been browsing the sale pattern bundle at the Indie Design Gift Along and looking through the Participating Designers list for 2018.   So much talent and incredible patterns for both knitting and crochet.

There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.

I wanted to focus on cowls and scarves today, there is so much to choose from, but here are a few that caught my eye as I was helping to assemble the giant sale bundle of over 6000 patterns.

First up

Urban Frieze

I love to see Paola’s patterns and photos, she’s such a fun lady and has an amazing sense of style.   This particular cowl combines two of my favourite things, modular knitting and mosaic knitting.   The colourwork (mosaic) is achieved by using only one colour at a time and slipping some stitches, it’s very easy but has big impact.   Modular just means the pieces knitted and joined as you go, working one piece directly from another (no seams).

Cowl Trick

Unusually for Mary, this cowl is in Aran weight yarn, she’s the Queen of laceweight yarns and has a fabulous selection of shawls, so for her this must have felt like knitting with rope, lol.    This is a reversible piece and a very clever construction, it’s also a great one for stash busting as each layer could be a different colour.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves 1

Orbital Cowl

I had to include a crochet cowl and this one really caught my eye, all that purple and smooshy stitches.  You could have a lot of fun with colour and play with contrast levels too, lots of potential here.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet

Cailleach-Oidhche

Don’t ask me how to pronounce this, I have no clue, lol.   However, as brioche seems to be the new black, then I had to include a brioche cowl in the mix today.    The instructions include options for both a long and a short cowl, my personal preference for Winter is the longer, but in Autumn/Fall, I like a shorter cowl, so I guess I’ll have to make both.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves brioche

Thanks, It Has Pockets!

I had to include this one, as it’s the only cowl I’ve seen with zips and pockets, great idea for those of us on the go and dashing around on the school run.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves knit and zips

Sledge

I chose this one partly because I love the colours, yes I am a sucker for this olive/mustard combination, but also because it’s a simple knit, worked in the round with plain stocking stitch and some ribbing for interest.  It’ll be a good beginner knit and one of those go-to classics you wear every day.   Choose a colour to match your winter coat and pair it with a contast colour to add interest.    I’m thinking purple and mustard for mine.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves knit cowl 2 colour

Cowl Owl-Light

This cute crochet cowl can be subtle, as shown in the picture with gentle colours or in-your-face pops of colour with high contrast, intense colours.   Your choice, either way, I’m sure you’ll love it.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet Motif Cowl

Pick-Me-Up Posey Scarf

Another crochet choice, this would be great to use up those self striping yarns you have no clue what to do with and is quick to work.   I love the motif, it’s delicate and pretty without being over the top.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet Motif Cowl

Glide

Sometimes you just need a scarf, something relaxing to knit with a simple pattern repeat you can ‘read’ as you knit and that’s easier to remember as you work along.    Pretty lace, would work in any weight of yarn, what’s not to love?
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf, lace

Twitterpated

I like this one for lots of reasons, the lace panels, the asymmetry of the shaping, the ability to use up a ton of scrap yarn and change colour whenever I feel like it and to top it all, stripes.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf

Bouquet Cowl

I picked this one, partly influenced by the joyous colour but also because it has lace and is part of a really pretty set that I can absolutely see myself making for ME.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf, lace 2

Cosmos Flower Scarf

Another crochet beauty, couldn’t resist the colour or the beautiful shawl pin in the photo.  The designer suggest it’s good to have some experience of cluster sts, but the rest is pretty basic and there are a ton of youtube tutorials available to show you how to work cluster stitches.   Give it a go.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf crochet scarf

Pebbles and Scales Cowl

I love texture and would love to make this one, but I must admit it also looks a bit like a Christmas Tree in this photo, if you like a textured cowl which is a fun and interesting knit, this is one!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Scales

Winter in Star’s Hollow Cowl

I love this cowl by knitting superstar Annie Modesitt, it’s a great way to use that mini-skein set you bought because you love the colours but have no idea what to make with it.    Clever use of short rows and slipped stitches make for very simple colour work with a WOW factor.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Cowl

Caribou Wildflower Cowl

I couldn’t resist adding this stranded cowl pattern, great for using stash and odd skeins your bought because they were pretty, or soft, or just there.     Super warm, worked in the round then joined to make a loop, as long or short ass you like.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Stranded

Pebble Brook

This is great for using those odd skeins of Malabrigo Rios (other yarns available) that you can’t figure out what you’re going to make.   I have a couple of skeins of Rios in Archangel lined up for this beauty.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit slip stitch
That’s it for today, tomorrow is a Sock Spectacular!   See you then.
Loraine

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls I love

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls I Love!

Hi everyone, I’ve been browsing the sale pattern bundle at the Indie Design Gift Along and looking through the Participating Designers list for 2018.   So much talent and incredible patterns for both knitting and crochet.

There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.

I wanted to focus on shawls today, there is so much to choose from, but here are a few that caught my eye as I was helping to assemble the giant sale bundle of over 6000 patterns.

First up is this designer by Peggy Jean Kaylor, I know PJ very well and she’s created this in both shawl and shawlette versions, I’ll only show one but you can easily find the other, click on the image to go to the pattern page.

l’Affichage Demoiselle Shawl by PJ Kaylor

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls 1

The one by Marcela Chang

I’ve shown a close up of this one, it’d be fabulous for all the trendy speckled yarns in the shops and available from Indie Dyers at the moment and I love the pretty stitch pattern,  isn’t it lovely?   Click on the name of the pattern or on the image to visit the page.     Marcela used 3ply/light fingering yarn but I think I’d use 4ply/fingering weight from my stash, this really is a beautiful shawl and in these colours, would be perfect for Summer.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls 2

Ultravioleta by Lena Fedetova

This one is crochet, but it’s hard to tell from the photo and I just love purple, so how could I resist this?   The shawl features a gorgeous zigzig pattern, achieved with chains, shells and simple stitches, nothing too taxing and it’s easy to see if you’ve gone wrong very quickly.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls crochet

Happy Stitches Shawl by Dawn Ortega

I’ve included this one, partly because I love the colours and simplicity of this one, great for a shawl beginner but also because it’s a good one for those self striping yarns you don’t know what do with, or using up scrap yarn and making a magic yarn ball.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls 4

Whitewater Wrap by Amy van de Laar

I love Amy’s designs and have made her Beeswax Hat in a previous Gift Along, but this shawl, inspired by a waterfall near to Amy’s home, really stands out for me.    It has lace, angles, texture and a real sense of movement.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls 5

Vanishing Point by Paola Albergamo

I love, love, love Paola’s designs, her brioche patterns are simply stunning.    This shawl is a more recent publication and I am desperate to make it.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls 6

Cornfield by Christelle Nihoul

I really love Christelle’s designs, always chic, stylish and on trend.   This pretty shawl is a great way to play with colour and have fun with and isn’t her daughter absolutely gorgeous?

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls 7

Trollius Shawl by Sandra Nesbitt

I hadn’t seen Sandra’s patterns before the Gift Along and I am blown away by this brioche shawl, a brilliant way to use up stash and combine colours.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls brioche

Salhas Shawl by Cheryl Chow

Another crochet shawl, this time by Cheryl Chow, isn’t it pretty?  Inspired by cherry blossoms and using texture and colour to evoke Spring.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls crochet asymmetric

Simplicity is Key by Red and the Wolf Designs

This is a simple and quick knit, great way to use up stash, play with colour and get used to shaping a shawl.   It is easy, but it’s not boring, a great knit for tv watching where you want to keep up with the plot and not lose your place in your knitting.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls simple knit

Gokyo by Allison Janocha

Stripes, lace, texture and the sample is knitted with Yarn Love Mr Darcy, what woman could resist that combination?

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls simple knit 2

Andean Feeling Shawl by Lilia Vanini

This one has a section of mosaic knitting, an easy colourwork method that uses only one colour per row and looks fabulus.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls knit mosaic

Rainbows! In Space! by Carolyn Macpherson

I had to include a rainbow somewhere and as a Sci Fi fan, to have rainbows in space was a fab combo.   I love the twinkly stars and the rainbow colours.    I think I’ll make this one with an Autumn coloured rainbow and an inky purple for the starry sky.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Shawls knit rainbow

 

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