Chrysanthemum Shawl Beta Release

This week I’m bringing you a special treat—a free pattern! The Chrysanthemum Shawl is one of my latest collaboration pieces. This one is between the talented Amelia Putri, of Papiput Yarns, and me!

Amelia Putri has the amazing title of being Indonesia’s FIRST independent yarn dyer. Her mission is to introduce knitting to her community, and introduce the knitting community to Indonesian culture. We have both been huge admirers of each other’s work, so a collaboration was bound to happen.

Amelia’s contribution, to this project, is a skein of her wonderfully fabulous Silky Merino lace-weight yarn: 766 yards of soft, silky goodness. Even better, she created a special colorway for this collaboration that we named Ayu Wahine, “Beautiful Woman”, a combination of Japanese and Maori words.

The resulting piece is the Chrysanthemum Shawl, an all-over lace piece featuring four different lace patterns coming together to form a painting of elegance, grace and beauty. Pair it up with your favorite skeins of lace-weight yarn and you’ll have an eye-catching shawl, which you’ll always want to wear.

The Chrysanthemum flower represents optimism and joy, two values that both Amelia and I hold dear! May this shawl bring you joy and positivity, as well as beauty, to your handmade wardrob!

A beta pattern means that the pattern has not been tested or edited, but pattern support is still available—email me if you have any questions or problems! The pattern will be available for free on my website until April 15th, by which time it will have been tech edited, corrected, and made available for purchase on Ravelry. 

Beta No Longer Available

And Special giveaway! You can also enter to win a skein of Papiput’s Silky Merino in Ayu Wahine! Just follow the rules below to be entered in! Giveaway ends April 8th.

Hihiko Hat Pattern Release

The Hihiko Hat is another one-skein wonder I knit up using Quince & Co's Chickadee yarn. The sister pattern to the Huatau Hat, this slouchie also features intricate lace that forms into a star at the crown.  Hihiko is Māori for "swiftness", which this pattern is indeed. You can knit up this hat in two days, even in just one! (The word bears great resemblance to Japanese, so I looked up what it means in, and it is an actual word in Japanese too! It means great-grandchild. Huh!).

My wonderful tester, Chelsea from KnitFitch, also knit up her Hihiko hat test in Chickadee, using the Frost color way. You can view her project page here.

You can purchase the pattern below, on Ravelry or on LoveKnitting for $2.49. It is also going on sale this weekend at 10% off, with the code HIHIKO10.


Knitting 101: 3 Ways to Block Hats

In preparation for the Hihiko Hat release, I've prepared a quick tutorial video on how to block hats. There are three ways you can block a hat: with a mannequin head, flat, or with a balloon.

If you want to see more of the final results, check out the images below!

Do you use another method to block your hats? What is your favourite? Share your thoughts in the comments below! And if you found this video helpful, please share it with your friends!

Pattern Releases: Huatau Cardigan and Whakemarie Top

Two new pattern releases today! And these are quite special as these are my first garment pieces! Let's start with the first of the first...

Huatau Cardigan

The Huatau Cardigan is a crop-length, dolman sleeve, open and breezy cardigan, perfect for throwing on your shoulders on slightly chilly days. The back of the cardigan features a graceful lace/cable centre panel, accompanied by stockinette stitch. The garter stitch shawl collar adds a lovely texture to the piece. Available in English, Portuguese and French on Ravelry.

Sizes: 32 (34, 36, 38) 
To Fit Bust: 30/32, 34, 36, 38/40
Sleeve to sleeve length: 24 (24.5, 25.5, 26.5)”
Sleeve Circumference: 14 (14.5, 15, 15.25)”
Total length (back collar, back panel and bottom facing): 21 (22.25, 23.75, 24.25)”
Special Techniques: Mattress stitch, I-Cord Bind-Off, tubular bind-of, picking up stitches, short rows over garter stitch, make-one increases, provisional CO (optional).

Whakamārie Top

Whakamārie is a drop sleeve top with a center panel comprising of lace and cables on the front side. Waist shaping adds a flattering silhouette. The bottom portion of the top, depending on your measurements, may have negative to no ease, but the bust area allows for 4” of positive ease. Stitches are picking up for the arm bands for I-cord finishing and at the bottom of the garment, for the ribbing. Light and airy, this makes for a lovely summer top.

Pattern includes instructions for knitting this both flat (seamed) and in the round (seamless) as well as instructions for lengthening the top. Available in English and Spanish on Ravelry.

Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52). Sample shown on model has 4” of positive ease around the bust.
Waist: 24 (28, 32, 36, 40, 44) 
High Hip: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50) 
Total length: 20 (20.5, 21.5, 22, 22.75, 23.5)
Special techniques: Three needle bind-off, mattress stitch, picking up stitches, I-cord edging, cable, lace, lifted increases on both knit and purl sides, and decreases on both knit and purl sides.

You can purchase both patterns on site, on Ravelry and LoveKnitting for $5.99 each. However this weekend only on Ravelry, you can purchase either pattern at 10% off (code: DBL10), or purchase both and get 25% off (code: DBL25).

Entrelacement Shawl

This shawl was a custom design order for a Christmas present (how thoughtful!). While I used my usual shawl construction in this design, I focused on incorporating cables instead of the usual lace. 

The border is comprised of three sets of cable patterns. On each edge is a plaid cable, made so they run in opposite directions of each other. This frames the main cable pattern, four cable lines weaving in and out of each other. Stitches are picked up from one side of the border and the main body is knit in stockinette. Before binding off, a fews rows of garter stitch is knit to prevent curling and to add some texture. Shawl was then blocked and weaves tucked in. 

The client wanted a shawl that would be both beautiful and warm. I was originally just going to knit the Bellflower shawl with thicker yarn, but later opted on designing something new and with cables, since cables pack more warmth than lace does. I also used fine merino wool, the finer the yarn, the warmer it is, especially paired up with the right sized needles. This ensures the shawl to trap and retain heat better.

The pattern is now available for purchase on-site or on Raverly.

Rayon de Soleil Shawlette

I've been busy working on Christmas commissions but today I'm going to take a quick break to share some photos and details of a new pattern I plan on releasing soon. I've finally come up with a name for it: "Rayon de Soleil" (French for Sunbeam). This shawlette is crafted with fingering weight yarn in two different colors: a bright or bold yellow and a somber and darker shade of another color (blue, gray, green), to provide a contrast in moods between the sunbeams and the earthly tones.

It's a very simple and basic design: alternating sections of stockinette stitch and eyelets on a garter stitch background, finished with a small garter stitch section, bound off with picots. This shawlette was originally a study in top-down crescent shawl shaping and construction, and I'm very happy with how it came out. I expect to be using this shawl shape some more in the future.

I really enjoy the beauty of simple stitches, as much as I love knitting intricate cables or lace patterns. My favourite designers know how to take simplicity into sophistication, with a combination of using different colors, changing the textures in the shawls as they grow and interesting shawl shapes. That's what I hope to do in the upcoming year.

I'm still working on the pattern for this shawl, but once the draft is finished, I'll be calling for test knitters!