Posts Tagged ‘Rowan’

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?

Free Rowan Patterns

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

I haven’t knit any Rowan patterns. I’ve certainly drooled over their books, but they are expensive. Plus the designs many times look too complicated for my knitting skills. I may be obsessed with knitting, but I’m still pretty much an intermediate knitter. Anyways, I love the styling in the Rowan photography. A lot of over-the-top art direction that evokes whole exotic worlds populated by sylphs in pretty sweaters. Here’s today’s good news: you can get a whole bunch of Rowan patterns FREE, and unlike in the past on the Rowan site, they download easily! For example, Hush, a simple pullover with eyelet lace (above) designed by Sarah Hatton. By the way, MoonCalf blogs about Hatton leaving Rowan, and muses about what’s next for this talented designer.

Knitted Cowl Season

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

lauracowl1As I mentioned before Christmas, my holiday gift strategy was to make big fat cowls. Mission accomplished. I made a fuzzy winter white one for my friend Laura (left). I essentially followed TTWCreative’s My Kind of Town Cowl. I used different yarns, and since I ran out of it early, I sewed it rather than grafted, this circle scarf. This caused a kinda weird ladder-like column which Laura thinks is a nice design feature. Isn’t that sweet? In addition, I made one of these for another friend and one for myself as well. Those I grafted. One is made from Rowan Ribbon Twist and one is Gedifra Rianna Big Color. Other similar patterns I liked: Marian by Jane Richmond (FREE Ravelry download) and the Mobius Cowl designed by Haley Waxberg of Knit-O-Matic. Lush and cozy!

Big Needle Yarns

Friday, December 4th, 2009

rowanbigwoolJust in case you agree that the strategy of  knitting, probably a cowl/snood type thing, with big needles is the only way you are going to get all those holiday gifts done, here’s some yarn info. There’s a bunch of great yarn choices:  Rowan Big Wool and Biggy Prints (some lovely colors, above), Malabrigo’s  Aquarella, Twinkle Soft Chunky from Classic Elite Yarns, Sirdar Bigga, and Cascade Magnum. If all else fails, tons of knitters count on Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I’m working with some Rowan Ribbon Twist and finding it very nice. You can always improvise your own big yarns by knitting with a bulky and a worsted held together. Or maybe combine a bulky with a mohair, or even a novelty yarn. Just get it thick, and you’ll be knitting super fast.

Knitting Tweed

Friday, September 25th, 2009

tahki-donegaltweedSorry to abandon you yesterday, duty called in a big way. I’m back, and I think I’ve gotten the memo from the yarn companies that tweed is the “it” yarn of Fall 2009. KnitPicks has been running ads for their City Tweed, which comes in a DK and Heavy Worsted weight. (By the way, their current catalog is filled with great gift ideas.) The Patternworks catalog was also full of tweedy options: Tahki Yarns’ Donegal Tweed, Berroco’s Blackstone Tweed(above), Reynolds’ Andean Tweed, Highlander from Alpaca With A Twist, and Patternworks’ own Rocky (sorry, can’t link to Patternworks!). Rowan’s Felted Tweed is pretty and Paton’s Chunky Tweed is cheap. Maybe you want to knit up something tweed-ish? Nancy  J. Thomas has a book, Tweed, devoted to rustic and lovely tweed patterns.

Newest Knitting Books

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

awareknitsThere are so many great knitting books. Since I started knitting after the big surge in popularity, I have tons of catching up to do. Even the old books are new to me. However, many knitters want the latest and greatest. Deb Boyken’s KnittingScholar site has a list of upcoming books to be published this year. Amazon’s lists includes cover shots here  and here. There’s a “greatest hits” book from Rowan and ones from Nicky Epstein, Kristin Nicholas, and Erika Knight.  I’m looking forward to Vicky Howell’s AwareKnits (left) and  Noro: Meet The Man Behind The Legendary Yarn.

Return of the 80's

Monday, January 26th, 2009

colourscapechunkyOver on Ravelry many are commenting on the KnitScene Spring 2009 preview, calling it “frumpy and dumpy.” I feel certain that the yarn companies, like Rowan who gives us Kaffe Fassett’s Colourscape Chunky (above), are praying the 80’s are back. So much yardage required! Check out this and this.  It is true  that 10″ of negative ease IS ridiculously comfortable. I’m just saying. Well look, in any case, here’s a good thing to do with an 80’s sweater: make floor cushions.