Ravelry Roundup – Cables and Tweed!

Usually I have a little bit of time to spare during the weekends and yes, I have to plead guilty, I often spend too much of it browsing through the patterns on Ravelry. I know I’m only making my bad case of castonitis worse, but what can I say… I’m a weak knitter. And, since misery loves company: why not drag you all down with me into the mire of knitting addiction?

In my Ravelry Roundups I’ll share with you a handful of patterns I’ve collected and that

  1. may either be themed or be a collection of last week’s newly published favourites
  2. are available for download (paid or free), not in print publications – that’s because not everyone may be able to get their hands on those
  3. are written in English or have an English translation – because not everyone’s comfortable with knitting from only half understood foreign language patterns.

Those patterns are not tried and tested by me – they’re just what took my fancy this week.

This time it’ll be:

Faux Roundup

Ok, this is not a real roundup – I’ve been oooh-ing and aaaaah-ing about the new Brooklyn Tween lookbook since it’s been published. The photography is stunning and there are soooo many pretty cables! Great, now I’ve started to drool again.

Anyways, I’ve been trying to embed that lookbook here to share all that cabled, tweedy goodness with you… but I’m quite unable to do so. So I’ll just show you my 3 favourites and let you follow the link to the lookbook for more.

Stonecutter_4_medium2

This is “Stonecutter” – I love the intricate cables and the way the bottom ribbing rises up on the sides. Did I mention the cables? Look at those cables – they’re like a painting! Continue reading

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Hitchcock and Knitting

I hope he approves...

I hope he approves…

Do you remember the very first design I ever submitted to a publication? No? Don’t worry, I almost forgot about it, too!

It was April 2012, I had finally decided to take the plunge and sent in a proposal in response to a call for knitting patterns inspired by Hitchcock films. And, even though the submission itself was cringeworthy at best, it got accepted (which helped me enormously to cope with the score of rejected proposals that followed it).
And now the book is finally almost finished. All patterns written, all samples knit, all pictures taken, editing almost done, layout finished and only a few i’s to dot and t’s to cross.
I’ve got the proof copy open in the window right next to this and I’m super happy with it! The layout is fantastic and very fitting for the film noir theme. The pattern selection for this first volume (yes, there will be a second) is diverse and interesting and I plan on knitting quite a few of those sweaters.
And here it is:
Doesn't it look great?!? And will you laugh at me if I admit to being insanely proud that my Rio Gloves made it onto the front page (though in small)?

Doesn’t it look great?!? And will you laugh at me if I admit to being insanely proud that my Rio Gloves made it onto the front page (though in small)?

From the product page:

Alfred Hitchcock is the world’s recognized master in the art of cinematic suspense. His films, particularly those from the 1940s–60s, offered a signature blend of mystery, glamor, and wry humor that movie-makers have been mimicking ever since. If Hitchcock can inspire the film industry, then why not knitters as well?

In this dramatic collection, knitwear designers hailing from seven different countries have taken inspiration from Hitchcock’s films to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind garments for you to knit. Whether you are planning a train ride to Mount Rushmore, a shopping excursion to a Bodega Bay bird shop, or simply a night peering out your rear window, this collection will keep you in the proper, stunning wardrobe for your Hitchcock adventures.

We’re in the process of adding all patterns to the Ravelry database, in case you want to take a look at what to expect. There’s also a Ravelry group where we’ll be hosting KAL’s over the next months and where all the designers lurk to answer questions and share gossip about their favourite Hitchcock characters…
The book will be available for preorder starting September 5 and the PDF version will (if all goes as it should) be shipped out September 27. Print version will be available at Rhinebeck and shipped out after that.
Just the facts

29 patterns
175 pages
ISBN: 978-1-937513-27-6

Ravelry Roundup – Get Cushy!

Usually I have a little bit of time to spare during the weekends and yes, I have to plead guilty, I often spend too much of it browsing through the patterns on Ravelry. I know I’m only making my bad case of castonitis worse, but what can I say… I’m a weak knitter. And, since misery loves company: why not drag you all down with me into the mire of knitting addiction?

In my Ravelry Roundups I’ll share with you a handful of patterns I’ve collected and that

  1. may either be themed or be a collection of last week’s newly published favourites
  2. are available for download (paid or free), not in print publications – that’s because not everyone may be able to get their hands on those
  3. are written in English or have an English translation – because not everyone’s comfortable with knitting from only half understood foreign language patterns.

Those patterns are not tried and tested by me – they’re just what took my fancy this week.

This time it’ll be:

Cushy Cable Cushions

Who doesn’t love themselves a nice, intricate and mind-boggling cable pattern? I certainly do! But. All over cabled sweaters or cardigans are not always the answer to cable-cravings… Often they get too busy for my taste. And size matters. Sometimes I don’t want to commit myself to working weeks on a complete garment.

So why not try a few cabled pillow cases? Here are a few of my favourites:

Cuddle Up Cusions by Alex Lawson

Cuddle Up Cushions by Alex Lawson

These are actually three patterns advancing in difficulty from beginner to advanced. I like the idea of starting with easy knit and purl combinations and ending with the pictured intricate cables (the back sides are pretty as well). I’d probably work buttonholes to close the flap, instead of sewing on snaps. Continue reading

Ravelry Roundup – Free Skirts!

Usually I have a little bit of time to spare during the weekends and yes, I have to plead guilty, I often spend too much of it browsing through the patterns on Ravelry. I know I’m only making my bad case of castonitis worse, but what can I say… I’m a weak knitter. And, since misery loves company: why not drag you all down with me into the mire of knitting addiction?

In my Ravelry Roundups I’ll share with you a handful of patterns I’ve collected and that

  1. may either be themed or be a collection of last week’s newly published favourites
  2. are available for download (paid or free), not in print publications – that’s because not everyone may be able to get their hands on those
  3. are written in English or have an English translation – because not everyone’s comfortable with knitting from only half understood foreign language patterns.

Those patterns are not tried and tested by me – they’re just what took my fancy this week.

This time it’ll be:

Free Skirt Patterns

Regular readers of this blog may already know that I LOVE knitted skirts. I do. Really. I like skirts in general and if I’m allowed to knit them I’m in heaven. To introduce you to the pleasures of skirt-knitting I’ll present my favourite 4 FREE skirt patterns (I’ve another handful of paid patterns as well, most of which I’ve already knit, but this is to break you in lightly):

Sidewinder by Susan Dittrich

Sidewinder by Susan Dittrich

I like the clean lines and the gored A-line style. It may seem a little silly, but all my really favourite knitted skirts are made to imitate the looks of sewing. Fake seams, fake woven fabric, etc. Sidewinder has been published in Knitty 2008 and has been in my queue ever since – so many skirts, so little time! Continue reading

Ravelry Roundup – 2013 – Week 20

Usually I have a little bit of time to spare on a Saturday and yes, I have to plead guilty, I often spend too much of it browsing through the patterns on Ravelry. I know I’m only making my bad case of castonitis worse, but what can I say… I’m a weak knitter. And, since misery loves company: why not drag you all down with me into the mire of knitting addiction?

In my Ravelry Roundups I’ll share with you a handful of patterns I’ve collected and that

  1. may either be themed or be a collection of last week’s newly published favourites
  2. are available for download (paid or free), not in print publications – that’s because not everyone may be able to get their hands on those
  3. are written in English or have an English translation – because not everyone’s comfortable with knitting from only half understood foreign language patterns.

Those patterns are not tried and tested by me – they’re just what took my fancy this week.

This time it’ll be:

3 in 20!

No theme today, just the three pattern that took my fancy in this 20th week of the year…

Ranganathans Mitts pattern by Sharon Fuller

Ranganathans Mitts pattern by Sharon Fuller

I like those – books and knitting and fingerless mitts, what else do you need?

Curious about the name? Read the story behind it on the Ravelry pattern page… Continue reading