Howdy, blog readers. I hope summer is treating you well! It is finally starting to feel like summer here in Portland. I have spent the past couple of weeks poring over Ravelry patterns for you, and here is what I would like to share:
© Kirsten Kapur
Abby’s Blanket, by Kirsten Kapur, available through Ravelry
Newly released from Kirsten Kapur is this twee baby blanket pattern. I’ve actually been anticipating this pattern since I saw the striped version on her blog. I have a lot of handspun and odd balls in my stash and I love how the pattern looks striped up. Normally, I wouldn’t combine stripes with lace, but somehow Kirsten has made this work wonderfully. The solid-colored version calls for Madelinetosh Vintage, and that is a perfect go-to yarn for baby knits. It’s got a nice tight twist to it, it’s superwash, and it’s super soft merino, perfect for baby snuggles. The blanket takes three skeins of the main color and one skein for the border.
The lace pattern does not seem too difficult, and it’s worked from the center out, a perfect way to make sure to get all your yardage used. It seems like just the thing to whip up in antipation of the next baby shower.
I am an avid reader of Olgajazzy’s blog, and I had been noticing the Issey Scarf on her site for quite some time without a link to a pattern. I was about to email her about it, but then the pattern suddenly appeared with a link to download. It’s pretty much got all my favorites here: Madelinetosh Pashmina, pleats, and it looks great in that grey she chose. It looks like it would go with everything! It has options: 4 or 8 inch width, and sharp or blunt tips. I love how a lot of her designs feature unsusual construction. I think it makes knitting boring things like scarves a lot more interesting! The skinner version uses two skeins, and the larger, three.
My color picks: Charcoal or Tart.
Customers are frequently asking me what to make with Habu Textiles‘ yarns. They are all so beautiful, but often overwhelming when a choice has to be made regarding a project. Well, there is one more pattern choice out there, thanks to JGourmet, also known as Julie Hoover. I have secretly admired Julie’s beautiful knitting and stash photos on Ravelry, and I was additionally delighted to see she writes patterns.
Decalage uses Habu Textiles’ A-177 Super Fine Merino and A-20/21 Silk Stainless to create a breathtaking gradient of wool and silken steel, resulting in a beautiful piece of art that just happens to be a scarf as well. There are so many combinations you could use, the possibilities are almost endless!