Monday, February 27, 2017

Miss Babs Spring 2017: Furinji

© Miss Babs
I haven't designed a shawl in a while, so I am really excited about my latest shawl design, Furinji. It was designed in collaboration with Miss Babs for their Spring 2017 Collection. Furinji is an asymmetrical triangular shawl worked from one point increasing outwards. The shawl has a garter stitch body and features a lace edging with a decorative fringe created by picots.
 © Angela Tong

The lace picot edging is my favorite detail in the shawl. The garter stitch body keeps the shawl easy to knit and the edging keeps the knitting from being boring. Furinji is knit with one skein of Keira in a babette colorway, Blue Dasher. It has crisp stitch definition with very little halo. Each skein has 560 yards so it yields a very nice sized shawl.
© Miss Babs

There was one slight change from my original design concept when I was finishing up the sample. In my sketch, you can see that there is no fringe on the other side. I felt it needed something on the bind off side of the shawl to balance the lace picot edging, so I used a picot bind off. I am very happy with how it turned out.

To block the shawl, I wet blocked it. I ran wires through the picots and the garter edge at the top of the shawl. Then I pulled aggressively and used the Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers to pin it down. I let it dry overnight and it came out perfectly. You can find my Furinji shawl pattern on Ravelry.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Quince & Co Scarves, etc 6: Clinton Hill

© Whitney Hayward 

This is my 3rd year in a row to have my design be part of Quince & Co's annual scarves collection. Scarves, etc 6 is a beautiful collection of 10 accessories for keeping warm. The photography is stunning as always, but I really enjoyed seeing them use more models from different ethnicities. Well done, Quince & Co!
 © Whitney Hayward

My design is a cowl called Clinton Hill. It is inspired by the wrought iron gates in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. It was where I called home for 8 years. Whenever I walked by the classic brownstones, I admired the different designs on the wrought iron gates and banisters. I wanted to pay homage to where I started designing knitwear patterns. 

The cowl is something you can definitely knit up in a weekend. It is knit in the round from the bottom up. The texture is created by slip stitches. I had so much fun tinkering with the stitch pattern to get the result I was after.
Quince & Co's Osprey Yarn was a delight to knit with. It is springy yet lofty. As you can see, the stitches really pop. For the best results, you will find that soaking and blocking brings out the stitch pattern even more. The color used for the sample is called Fjord. You can find the pattern on Ravelry and Quince & Co.                                      

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Congratulations to the Winners of the Mochimochi Land's 10th Annual Photo + Video Contest!

Congratulations to the 6 winners of Mochimochi Land's 10th Annual Photo + Video Contest. Since Anna started this contest, it has become my favorite yearly contest. It is so much fun to see all the entries. Everyone is so creative and imaginative. Take a look at the winners entries: Winners of the Mochimochi Land's 10th Annual Photo + Video Contest.

I am thrilled to be a sponsor this year. All 6 winners will be receiving this collection of knitting patterns from me. Happy Knitting, everyone! I hope you all will enjoying knitting up some accessories.

Also, don't forget that Mochimochi Land is offering a discount code for her patterns for the month of February. How about knitting some cute toys for your Valentine?