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!

New Design: Star Trek Hat

Introducing my latest design, the Star Trek Hat, in which I expose just how truly nerdy (and proud of it!) I really am! 20130909_173641

Hey all you Trekkers out there, this hat design is for you! I have really enjoyed the recent Star Trek movies, in fact, it has kicked off a crusade to watch every episode of every Star Trek television series and movie ever made (we found this awesome chronological list and are *trying* to follow it!). So far my husband and I have watched all of Enterprise, The Next Generation, and most of Voyager. Right now, we are halfway through the Original Series, and I must say, it is testing my devotion to this cause. Every once in a while I can see past the cheesy 1960's special effects and bad acting to the true genius of the show, but for the most part it is a slog that I can't wait to be done with. I will finish it though, because I feel like you can't call yourself a true Trekkie until you make it through the entire thing! Our next plan is to watch TNG, Voyager and Deep Space Nine all at the same time, in the order they would have originally aired, how’s that for nerdy!!

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Back to the hat! I was inspired by the redesign of the original Star Trek uniforms for the latest movies and decided to make a hat pattern based on the colors and material. The colors in the new uniforms are a little brighter than they have been in the past and I found the *perfect* red and yellow in Trendsetter Yarns Merino 6. They also have a pretty good blue (I would have liked one with a smidge more turquoise in it but oh well!) and of course the black is a nice deep, dark shade so I decided to go with it!

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The part that really captured my interest was the textured fabric used for the uniforms. I found a slipped stitch pattern that mimics that fabric pretty well and used it for the hat’s folded brim. It is super warm and cushy, perfect for those cold and windy away missions...ummm, I mean winter hikes! The black comes in just for the plain stockinette top of the hat. And then the final (and most awesome!) finishing touch is the insignia pin for your chosen track! I got these from Thinkgeek; they are a little pricey but look very authentic so the cost was totally worth it in my opinion. Of course, for a more subtle Star Trek hat you can skip the pin entirely!

So, pick your favorite track (Command, Engineering, or Sciences) and…..ENGAGE (but if you choose red be sure and avoid away missions)! You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry here.

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.