Archive for February, 2011

Free Knitting Patterns I Downloaded

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

There are so many generous designers, not to mention yarn companies, that post free knitting patterns. My favorite free pattern aggregator is Knitting Pattern Central. I also subscribe to a variety of yarn company and knitting magazine newsletters that also share patterns. Here are the patterns that I downloaded this week:

Gingko Shoulderette Shawl at Fragrant Heart Creations. A delicate triangular shawl with just a touch of leafy lace at the edges.

Lowell Cowl designed by Antonia Shankland for Classic Elite Yarns. A big mobius cowl that looks like an awesome stash buster. (Surely its not CYE’s wish for us to use our stash!)

Astra – Lace Collared Cardigan from Patons Yarns. I don’t like the construction or ruffle, but I am interested in making  a long lean cardi, so I want to check it out.

Pressed Flower Mitts by Meredith Ramirez at A Knitting Blog. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Lacy Ruffle Cardigan from Rowan (photo above). I want a Kid Silk Haze sweater. I ‘m not sure I want this one, tho. Does the model look odd to you? Something’s off there, no?

Flipping My Lid

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I’m back. I have been doing lots and lots of knitting, I just haven’t been talking about it. Lately I have been on a hat making craze. It was kicked off when I took a class at The Little Knittery in making a reversible hat called The Knit 1 Lid designed by Karen Clements of Knit 1 LA. Karen is a genius. Her design calls for 2-sided stockinette, but I was inspired to mess with a good thing, and do one side in stockinette and the other in a lace pattern. The photo (above) shows the Lid I made for myself out of a green kettle dyed wool from Uruguay called Rio De La Plata and black Patons Classic Wool (boring, but so practical). You can see the black lace side with the green side peeking through in the photo (left). The pattern I used in this case is based on KnitPick’s Georgian Lace Cap. The trick is to use a lace with the same stitch count as the stockinette side so that the two sides match up when tucked into each other. I like knitting this hat and I also like wearing it a lot. That rarely happens to me to be honest! I’ve also knit this hat for a friend’s birthday gift in orange yarns and a different lace pattern. In both cases the slight bell-like shape to this hat is very pretty.