Saturday, February 7, 2015

Trig Wrap

The Trig Wrap is a boomerang shaped shawl made of short row triangles. There’s no sewing or complicated colorwork. Each garter stitch triangle is simple enough to be relaxing, but still holds your interest.

Edited by Liz Rolle
Photos by Beth Shepherd Peters
Modeled by Carol Ruth Shepherd

Instructions are for 3 colors, but you can use up to 7 colors. See yardage info below for details on making a 7 color (stash buster) version.

Finished Size: 72” (183 cm) long on inner edge and 100” (254 cm) long on outer edge and approx. 14” (36 cm) deep.

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light 420 yards/100g (384m/100g) per skein.
Color A: Tart, 80g, 336 yards (307m)
Color B: Purple Basil, 75g, 315 yards (288m)
Color C: Cousteau, 60g, 252 yards (230m)

To make every triangle a different color, you will need 30g, 125 yards (115 m) in 6 colors, and 45g, 188 yards (205 m) in one color for triangle 4.

Needles: Size 7 (4.5mm) 40” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 20 sts x 40 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) square in garter stitch.

Other Materials: 2 markers, sewing needle.

About the model: Carol Ruth is my grandmother. She’s as beautiful at 92 as she was at any other age. She’s also an intelligent lady who reads the newspaper every day and takes an interest in global issues. She is an award winning photographer and knits for charity. As you can see in these pictures, she is also very agile. She lives with her mini chocolate poodle, Coco, whom she is devoted to.
Overall, she has been a great role model to me over the years, and she is a great shawl model as well.

Trig is available now for download on Ravelry.

Here's a coloring page so that you can try out your colors before you get the pattern

You can see what the sample looks like as a reference.
The pattern will give you color instructions in this order, but I really want to see some crazy 7 color shawls going on, so raid the stash!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gifts for your knitting friends

Have you been so busy that you forgot to get gifts for your knitting friends this holiday season? I am doing a promo where if you gift a pattern before new years I'll send you one too. Not to worry if you already have the gift pattern, substitutions are OK.

Just keep in mind that this is not an automated Ravelry sale and there may be 1-3 days lag time to deliver your PDF.

If you have the pattern that you want to gift, tell me ASAP so you can get what you want in time

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Zipper Scarf

The Zipper is a unisex sideways knit scarf with a unique ripple pattern. Inspired by the dots and curves in Aboriginal art, the wave motif provides a great foundation for any color combo. It looks great in dark colors or brights, making it bold or subtle. This pattern inspired a lot of graphics and animations when I was exploring color combos, but I'll stay on topic and post them later.

This pattern uses stacked increases and decreases for the colorwork. This means that it is

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fiber friday: Medieval book repair, indigo, and morre indigo.

1. Medieval books were precious and expensive, but the parchment they were written on was not always pristine. You can read about the way these books were patched to turn ugly imperfections into colorful art as historian Erik Kwakkel  studies these examples.

2. Don't think too little of that old pair of jeans. Indigo is an amazing and historic dye which creates that signature blue color.

3. no text, just more indigo. I'll be starting an indigo Dying vat soon  (the kind you don't have to pee in) and there's urine in old style indigo BTW.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Star Pattern

These stars are a fun way to learn stacked increases. You may have seen these in the Fox Paws or Solarita patterns and wondered how they work. You can use these fun stars to practice stacked increases before jumping into a more complex project, or just make them because they're a lot of fun.This technique can be used to create lobed edging, flame stitch motifs, and shaping. Stacked increases are worked by slipping stitches back to the left needle to work them again.

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