Usually I post when something significant happens in my design world, but really, I’ve been remiss. There have been 4 new patterns since my last posting — two for-sale Paper Moon Knits patterns, a free PMK pattern and a pattern published in Love of Knitting. If you missed it, you can subscribe to my newsletter here, because, well that’s the newsletter.
First up is Stella Cadente. It’s the free one. I hadn’t published a free pattern since the mishap with the Pickford, M. socks, and I thought it was about time. This design was really inspired by the yarn, Lang Yarns Aurora. It’s ribbon-like with a little metallic and a multi (things I don’t usually go for), but together…lovely. A simple garter and drop stitch piece that is uber-fast to finish. I think I did the sample in a couple of hours.
Next are the two new PMK patterns. The first is Policy of Truth (and, yes, if you’re a Depeche Mode fan, it was named for the song). It has lace and cable edgings that resemble a star at the bottoms of the front, back and long-ish short sleeves and is slightly oversized. Although the front is shorter than the back, it’s very easily adjustable and my plan is to do a blog post next week on how to adjust this. Done in my all-time favorite yarn, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, it’s really a 3-season piece.
This one was followed up by The Crossings, a summer tee in a cotton/linen blend by Tahki called Laguna. It’s a light and loose raglan with a “differently” great cable running up the center front. The sample is at String Yarns, if you happen to be in NYC.
And, last but not least, a piece for Early Fall. Love of Knitting’s newest edition is out and the Orbit pullover was mine. I love the way they styled this piece — even the belt which I don’t usually love on knitted pieces works here. Orbit is a knit-in-the round, bottom-up raglan pullover with dressmaker details — turned hems and collars and full-fashioned shaping. When you work with a publication, the editors choose the yarn, not you. Honestly, most of the time it works, but it’s not always that you fall in love. This time, I did — Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts BFL Fingering/Sock — in a color called Kismet. G-O-R-geous. The good news about this design is that even though it’s brand-spanking-new and is part of a current magazine, you can buy it individually here.
So sorry I’ve been a bit negligent taking care of the blog. Going to try this summer to be on top of my game.