Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere!

I've had a flood of published patterns lately, both in print and self published so I wanted to do a quick run down of them for you all! First, a couple of months ago, the Zealana Luxuria Air Chunky booklet came out. I designed the Diagonal Mitts, which are fingerless mitts with a twisted stitch design traveling across the hand. The Air Chunky yarn from Zealana is absolutely amazing and a dream to work with! It is chunky weight, but somehow still light as a feather, as the name suggests, haha! The Australian possum (nothing like the American opossum!) is an incredibly soft fiber and working with it was truly a joy!

[Garter ridge Shawl by Rachel Roden] from Knit Noro 1 2 3 Skeins, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Rose Callahan and text copyright © 2014 by Sixth&Spring Books. Used by permissionNext, I am honored to be included in Knit Noro 1.2.3 Skeins! The next in the Knit Noro series, this book focuses on projects that use either 1, 2 or 3 skeins. For that reason, most of the projects are accessories, including mine, the Garter Ridge Shawl, which uses 3 skeins. Knit in Noro Ayatori, the yarn is super soft with the usual gorgeous color transitions. Added bonus: this yarn is on sale at JBW right now because it is discontinued!

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On the independent publishing side of things, I just released the Modicum Hat pattern. This stranded colorwork hat was designed specifically to go with the Madelinetosh DK Tea Cakes available at Jimmy Beans Wool. It uses the same stitch pattern as the Modicum Mitts I designed earlier this year and would coordinate well as a matching set! It's a great intro to stranded color work, and looks much more complicate than it actually is, I promise!

And finally, I also published the Scalloped Edge Dish Cloth! I knit this cotton dishcloth last summer, but I just finally got around to writing the pattern and

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publishing it! It uses 3 colors of worsted weight cotton yarn and is essentially just striped linen stitch with a scalloped border. It is very simple and makes a really cute wash cloth or dish cloth! It is free right now, and will be on sale for $3.00 after the fourth. Happy 4th of July everyone!

 

Unraveled Fingering - Cerise

Well that about wraps it up! Don't forget to check out my Etsy shop, UnraveledDesignsYarn, to see my new line of hand dyed yarn. I will be releasing colors in the next couple weeks so stay tuned for those!

Free Knitting Pattern: Echinoderm Hat

Meet Echinoderm, my first independently released knitting pattern! 20130601_175235

Now that the Holidays are over, I wanted to knit something quick and easy. You know, a little instant gratification knitting that I actually get to keep (except I ended up giving it to my mother-in-law...such is the life of a knitter)! I also like to use up an entire skein of yarn if possible because I hate having those random leftover bits hanging around that aren't enough for anything, but I also can't bring myself to throw away.

All this made me remember a hat I made for a family member with cancer a few years ago. Using super soft, alpaca, bulky weight yarn (I recommend Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky or Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed) on big needles, it can be knit up in an evening or two. The twisted stitch ribbing, which is carried throughout the body of the hat, adds some nice detail and makes it look a little bit like a sea urchin (hence the name Echinoderm!) I designed this specifically for a cancer patient going through chemotherapy because the inside of the hat is primarily composed of the softer "V's" of the knit stitch which are supposed to be better for sensitive heads. It has just the right amount of slouch, and an I-cord bind off reinforces the brim and keeps it in place.

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You can knit it all in one color like this one. Or try it with a contrasting color for the brim (you don't need much yardage for the i-cord bind off so it's perfect for using leftover bits!)

This pattern is available for free, and you can download it from Ravelry here.