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…still can’t believe it, my Valois Shawl is on the cover of Knitscene Accessories 2013!

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Journey through style with Knitscene Accessories 2013—the 33 accessory patterns in this super-sized issue provide endless inspiration. Explore personal style in wearing and designing knits, then tackle 4 techniques to use in so many ways. The hottest shawls, scarves, mitts, hats, and socks to knit—they’re all here.

Check it out!

Cassiope

Cassiope…

…is like a breeze in a field of wild flowers.

Cassiope is a fingering weight triangular shawlette (it uses less than one skein of Madelinetosh tosh sock!). It is composed of two different patterns: a fine, geometrical mesh pattern across the body of the shawl, and a floral chevron lace pattern that forms a wide edging. A section of stockinette stitch in between makes the overall picture less busy. Carefully placed lines of garter stitch create a plastic appearance of the chevron edging.

My recommendation: to accentuate the delicate patterns, use heathered or solid colors!

Get your free copy of Cassiope on the pattern page!

Warm Feet

The recipe

I wear size 6 (US)/38-39 (EUR):

  • 1 Skein Malabrigo Sock (100% Merino),  shade 803 “Ochre”
  • set of US 1/2.25mm double pointed needles (I’ve tried magic loop, but I still prefer my dpns!)

I cast on 64sts and worked in *k2, p2* ribbing for 7.5″/19cm. My favourite heel is the so-called jojo-heel (a double stitch short row heel; find a tutorial here), worked in plain stockinette stitch over half of the stitches (10-12-10 in this case). After finishing the heel, I continued working in stockinette stitch for another 5″/12.5cm. For the toes, I worked the decrease round once, then worked 4 rounds even, the decrease round once, 3 rounds even, the decrease round once, again 3 rounds even, decrease round, 2 rounds even, decrease round, 2 rounds even, decrease round, 2 rounds even. After that I repeated the decrease round until there were only 8sts left, cut the yarn and pulled it through the remaining stitches. Done!

Souvenirs

From mid-December to mid-January I was travelling through Chile and Argentina. It was gorgeous, exciting, stunning, breathtaking, amazing, beautiful, salutary. But it was also four weeks without knitting sigh, I had promised before. Four (!) weeks (!!) without a single stitch!!!

But then, on our last day before returning back to Germany (at that moment I had almost forgotten how to spell “yarn”) – I had just enough time to drop in at Cuentapuntos in Santiago de Chile!

Mmmmmmmhhhhhhh, loads of Araucania and Ella Rae! It was a tough decision, mais voilà, my latest treasuries:

3 skeins of (incrediby soft) Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted, deep teal;
2 skeins of (again, incredibly soft) Ella Rae Lace Merino, desert orange;
1 skein of Araucania Panguipulli, browns;
Some nice wooden buttons;

Any pattern recommendations??

Minty Molly

The creative process of sketching, swatching, arithmetics and testing (sometimes also tossing everything you’ve done so far and going back to the drawing board) to the point where you can finally take pictures of the finished object can be quite longsome (especially when you’re working on more than one project at a time).

But the more work you’ve put into a design, the more exciting it is to finally publish it!

Minty Molly is an aran weight hat that is knit in the round, using a simple ribbing and an easy to memorize braid pattern. The large foldable brim makes it convertible in terms of style: from toque to slouch in just a second!

(For more information or a free copy, visit the pattern page…)

Golden Hours

The leaves are starting to change and the days are growing shorter. And besides all the wistfulness I sense a very special kind of excitement, of gentle anticipation: knitting season!

Of course I haven’t put my needles down during the summer months, but knitting hats in thick alpaca blends is definitely more fun when it’s cold outside! Turning on the heating this morning finally left no doubt that summer is over. That’s why I decided that tonight I’m going to settle back on my sofa with a cup of tea and cast on something warm and cozy for myself (a pair of socks or maybe another cowl?).

Whatever your next project will be, enjoy the golden hours of knitting!