Category Archives: Knitting Patterns

It’s called, “Instant Gratification!”

This past week was a fast week for me.  I had Monday off for President’s Day, worked on Tuesday, and then went on a business trip to St. Louis for the remainder of the week.  I wanted to take a shawl and decided to knit Sentiment by Andrea Rangel using my three skeins of MadelineTosh Home, a super bulky superwash wool from the Magnolia Society Neutrals shipment.  I started on the 17th and finished the morning of the 19th, which was too late for taking with me on my trip, but I was able to block it before leaving.

So, let’s talk about the pattern.  Sentiment is very well written offering step by step instructions for the entire pattern, as well as a chart for the lace pattern.  It is quick, easy to follow with an easy to memorize stitch pattern.  By using super bulky weight yarn and a size US 15/10mm needle, this project could easily be completed in a full day.

Thick and cozy, Sentiment is soft as a cloud, yet warm as a wool blanket. Heavy yarn makes it a quick knit, and the easy lace pattern is perfect for those newer to lace. Be as bold and dramatic as you like: nothing cheers up a cold winter’s day like bright color! ~ Andrea Rangel

Courtesy of Andrea Rangel (© Kathy Cadigan 2013 )

While this pattern calls for 320 yards of Malabrigo Rasta, a super bulky weight merino wool, I only used a total of  286 yards (2.6 skeins) of my MadelineTosh Home.  Speaking of the yarn I used, this scrumptious soft superwash bulky wool is simply to die for!  It is so incredibly soft and truly shows stitch definitions.  Each skein measures 110 yards/100 meters, is machine washable, and calls for a US 10  11 needle (6mm to 8mm).  I really think this yarn would make a great bulky weight vest or sweater.

Madelinetosh Home

And now for the photo shoot, photos compliments of my hubby, Don….

It is really cozy!

My bottom edge curled during the photo taking … bummer!

Close Up

A side view to show the lace design

I have to truly say I love this shawl and plan to wear it often for work as it is super light weight and drapes really great over my shoulders.  If you haven’t already done so, be sure to take a peek at Andrea’s full line of designs, which can be found online at Ravelry – Designs by Andrea Rangel.

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!


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Tea Cozy Tuesday

Since I’m now hooked on tea and teapots, I couldn’t resist joining the Tea Cozy Tuesday KAL/CAL over on Pia’s blog, Stitches ‘n’ Scraps.

The goal of this KAL/CAL is to create 12 tea cozies over twelve months and for me, this is a great way to use up those single skeins in my stash.

January’s cozy is the cute as a button Aran Sweater Cozy designed by the Patons.  I’ve wanted to make this one for a long time and now I have great excuse!  Check out this month’s KAL/CAL on Pia’s blog, Stitches ‘n’ Scraps, and be sure to join her Ravelry Group too!

Courtesy of Yarnspirations

Now off to look in my stash to see what single skeins I have that will be perfect for this fun little project!


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Friday Pattern Spotlight: Wichita by Bonnie Sennott

I have been searching for just the right vest pattern to cast on using my stash of Rowan Wool Cotton but was really beginning to get discouraged until the other day when a pattern pop up on Ravelry and made me say “that’s the one!”.

Today I am so excited to share a beautiful new design by Bonnie Sennott called Wichita.  This double-breasted cable knit vest is worked from the bottom up on a long circular needle, with the fronts and back knitted separately and then seamed along the shoulders.

I truly love the cable stitch pattern that Bonnie chose for this design, a simple zig-zag cable with an easy twisted stitch in between, which is just enough cabling to give interest and texture.  Another thing I love about this pattern is the deep ribbing along the front edges that create the double-breasted feature.  This really gives just enough positive ease to allow a more flowing and comfortable fit, making it perfect for layering.

Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott


Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott

Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott

Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott


Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott

Things to love:  Sizes range from women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) to fit a bust circumference of  32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 47) inches/82 (89, 97, 104, 112, 119.5) cm.  Bonnie has very well written, step-by-step instructions, along with a chart for the cable stitch pattern, and a detailed garment diagram for sizing.  Minimal seaming, which is always a big plus!

Yarn and Yardage:   700 to 1,075 yards (640 – 983 m) of DK weight 

Where to purchase:  Wichita is now available in Bonnie’s  RavelryEtsy, and Craftsy pattern stores.

About:  Bonnie is an artist and knitwear designer living in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her patterns for women’s garments and accessories are available through RavelryEtsy and Craftsy.  Her designs have also been published by Knitscene, Quince and Co., Interweave Knits, Knitty, Knotions, and Valley Yarns (WEBS).  You can find Bonnie online at Ravelry, Facebook and her blog, Blue Penisula.  

Also, be sure join the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group to discuss patterns, see finished projects, and meet others who have knit her lovely designs.


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Paging Alfred Hitchcock ….

I am so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Hitch,  a wonderful collection of designs inspired by the many films of Alfred Hitchcock and compiled by knitwear designer Stephannie Tallent.

Just for fun, you must listen to the theme song for Alfred Hitchcock Presents while reading my review, at least for nostalgia sake!

I am a true diehard Hitchcock fan and when I saw this collection, I was swept back to the films of Hitchcock that always seemed to have a touch of mystery, intrigue, glamour and even elegance. I think even Mr. Hitchcock would be impressed, not too mention his leading ladies!

So what designs do I call a favorite, or should I say favorites …

I love Miss Fremont by Jaala Spiro, which was inspired by Grace Kelly in Rear Window, my all time favorite movie!

Inspired by Grace Kelly’s Rear Window dress with dramatic flowers radiating from the waist, this shawl flows outward like a circle skirt. With each shawl tier the colors gradually darken, a nod to Hitchcock showing the shadier side of human nature. ~ Jaala Spiro

Courtesy of Nick Murway

I also truly love the Greenwich Village Cardigan designed by Linda Wilgus.  This elegant piece truly echoes the classic style of Grace Kelly and I don’t know about you, but I can envision Ms. Kelly wearing this lovely piece with a pencil style skirt and a scarf around her neck.

Of those who have seen the film, who doesn’t remember the awe-inspiring black-and-white dress Grace Kelly’s character Lisa Fremont wears in Rear Window? It was hot the day she wore it, but what if the weather had been different and she would have needed a cardigan to keep warm? Greenwich Village is a fitted cardigan featuring a delicate lace panel down the front and on the sleeves. The cardigan is worked from the top down and is entirely seamless. Knit in a luxury sport weight yarn with beautiful drape, Greenwich Village is just the cardigan to complement your Grace-inspired look. ~ Linda Wilgus

Courtesy of Linda Wilgus

To round up my favorites is the Melanie Shawl designed by Nina Machlin Dayton and inspired by another favorite of mine, The Birds.

Melanie Daniels looks so beautiful and glamorous at the start of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. If she had only had this shawl perhaps the birds would have thought her one of them, and left her alone. The next time you watch The Birds wrap this version of their wings around you. The softness and drape of the shawl replicates their softness, the lines on their wings flowing gently into the feathery tips, the beads sparkling the way the sun glints off their feathers, slightly iridescent, and magical. While the birds in the film may be scary, these beaded lace wings are anything but. ~ Nina Machlin

Courtesy of Anne Dayton

This collection features designs by Dani Berg, Rebecca Blair, Glenna C., Kristen Hanley Cardozo, Brenda Castiel, Rachel Coopey, Jennette Cross, Anna Dalvi, Nina Machlin Dayton, Elizabeth Green Musselman, Becky Herrick, Elanor King, Triona Murphy, Carolyn Noyes, Luise O’Neill, Heather Ordover, Anne Podlesak, Stefanie Pollmeier, Jaala Spiro, Nadya Stallings, Jill Bigelow Suttell, Stephannie Tallent, Katherine Vaughan, Christina Wall, Christina Werge, Linda Wilgus, and Karin Wilmoth.

So with that list of talented women, what’s not to love!

I can tell you that you will be inspired to break out the needles with this wonderful collection of 29 one-of-a-kind designs that come to you in a 175 page book filled with beautiful photographs of the finished pieces, step-by-step written instructions, tips and more.

This book is available in eBook format for $16.95 or a print/digital combination for $29.95. You can purchase direct from Cooperative Press by clicking here or for the digital PDF version only, you can purchase online at Ravelry by clicking here.

For even more knitting enjoyment, be sure to join the Hitch Group that is hosting KALs to go along with this collection.

Be sure to visit the other stops for more information on KALs, giveaways and more !

9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
10/7/2013: Herrlichkeiten
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/16/2013: Rewolluzza
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting - Hey that’s me!
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/5/2013: Catchloops
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/07/2013: Ramblings
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/13/2013: Knitcircus
11/19/2013: indigodragonfly
11/9/2013: Fyberspates
11/25/2013: knittingkirigami
11/22013: A B-ewe-tiful Design

About the editor:  

Stephannie Tallent is a movie buff as well as an indie designer. Her first book, California Revival Knits, was published by Cooperative Press in 2012. She lives in Hermosa Beach, California, with her husband Dave, dog Rigel, and cats Obi, Meggie, and Cali. Find her on Ravelry as StephCat and online at


Guess what, I am giving away a digital copy of Hitch to one lucky blog reader!

Rules:  Just leave a comment letting me know your favorite Hitchcock movie, and what design you would like to knit first.  If you have a Twitter ID or Raverly ID, be sure to leave that too.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator with the PDF digital copy sent via email or Ravelry.

This giveaway is open to all and will end on Saturday, November 2nd with the winner announced on Monday, November 4th! The winner will receive their PDF/Digital copy directly from Cooperative Press.

Best of luck!

This giveaway is now closed!


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Anticipation !

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AUTUMN – Pronounced as  aw-tuhm  

The season of the year between summer and winter, lasting from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice and from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere; fall.

For some reason it seems to have been a very long summer and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I quite ready for fall weather.  My anticipation of a cooler season is growing and I truly look forward to the days where I can once again sit out on my patio to enjoy the cool morning air with a cup of coffee, a good book or my knitting.

I have been gearing up for the fall season with a few cardigan projects and I wanted to share my latest with you,  Entangled Vines by Alana Dakos.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I am using my stash of MadelineTosh Merino Worsted in the color Bungalow.  I was a bit concerned that the leaf motif in the sleeve might not show up in this color, but I quite pleased that it does and that it is looking good.  To top it off,  I found a set of buttons in my button stash that will be perfect for the finished cardigan.  Must be serendipity.


I will be separating the sleeves today!

Close up of the leaf motif on the sleeve.

Close up of the leaf motif on the sleeve.


So, are you ready for fall?

What is your favorite project to knit or crochet for the fall season?


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Pattern Spotlight: Fingering Weight Delights!

I love Indie dyed fingering weight yarn and have to admit it can be quite an addiction.   While I use fingering weight for socks, sometimes I use it for scarves and shawls.

As fall approaches I am drawn to the warm earthy hues often found in Indie dyed yarns and start matching colors with projects.  Today I am spot lighting a few of my favorites found on Ravelry.  So be warned, I’m enabling again and so apologize in advance for insisting that you add more beautiful patterns to your for ever-growing Ravelry queues!

The hottest design on Ravelry right now for shawls (next to Stephen West upcoming KAL) is the Ginkgo Shawl by yellowcosmo.  This top-down shawl is gorgeous and is edged with a delicate ginkgo leaf motif. This project requires two colors of fingering weight yarn as follows:   Yarn A – top section: 300 (320) yards
Yarn B – stripes and lace: 275 (275) yards.

Courtesy of yellowcosmo

One of my favorites that I’ve made a few of is the Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes.  This versatile design is perfect for all weights of yarn, including handspun.  Be sure to check out the latest issue of Hand Spinning News to see a gorgeous handspun creation of this shawl.  It truly is stunning!

Courtesy of Mindy Wilkes

Erica Jackosky’s design, Analucia is truly beautiful. This project will require 675 to 1200 yards of fingering weight yarn and beads.

Courtesy of Erica Jackosky

For stash busting small skeins of fingering weight, you might like Ginkgo Crescent by Jade Keaney.  This project requires 315 to 500 yards of fingering weight.

Courtesy of Jade Keaney

I love scarves and often you need something to really show off the subtle solid colors of Indie dyed yarns.  One that I have fallen in love with is Premonition by Boo Knits.

Courtesy of Boo Knits

For hand-painted fingering weight, you don’t always want intricate designs, you want simplicity to show off the yarn and the project.  One design that is perfect for just such a thing is the Favorite Scarf by Lisa Bruce.

Courtesy of Lisa Bruce

If you can’t decide whether to knit a scarf or a shawl, the Tiare Shawl & Scarf by Wendy Neal is the perfect choice as this design contains instructions for both.

Courtesy of Wendy Neal

Don’t forget to view the latest issue of Twist Collective!  Here are four new designs that are simply gorgeous!!!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!


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Friday Pattern Spotlight: All About the Hats

As July fades away, August is soon approaching which means a few of us have already had thoughts about fall knitting.  If you’re looking for ideas for stash busting, one project that is usually a winner is hats.  Hats typically take less than 400 yards of yarn and offer a wide range of styles, shapes and sizes, with yarn weights varying from fingering weight to bulky.

Over the last few months I’ve come across a few hat designs that are a must to share and I hope you like them as much as I do!

I instantly fell in love with Carolyn Doe’s design, the Winfly.  This classic style with a vintage look of the 20′s  yields just a touch of cabling around the top, a unique finish to the top and back. This project requires approximately 200 to 218 yards of worsted weight yarn and     an US size 6 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Carolyn’s other hat designs too!

Courtesy of Carolyn Doe

Courtesy of Carolyn Doe

If you love the look of lace, then you might enjoy the Greyhaven Hat by Robin Ulrich.  Robin created this design to go along with her Greyhaven Cowl, a  set would be perfect for fall wearing and as a gift.  This project requires approximately 200 yards of worsted weight yarn , and a US size 5 and US size 7 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Robin’s other designs too!

Courtesy of Robin Ulrich

If cables is what you love, Scrollwork by Irina Dmitrieva is just the ticket.  This beautiful hat and cowl set can be knitted up in a variety of fall colors to match any wardrobe.  This project requires approximately 150 yards of worsted weight for the hat and approximately 200 yards of worsted weight for the cowl, both requiring a US size 7 knitting needle.  If you adore cables as much as I do, then do be sure to check out Irina’s other designs too!

Courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

Super quick, super simple and yes, super bulky!  Jen Geigley’s Vanilla only requires 93 yards of bulky weight yarn and a size US 11/13 knitting needle. Be sure to take a peek at her other quick knit, the Gap-Tastic Cowl.

Courtesy of Jen Geigley

We can’t forget about the men in our lives and there are quite a few great hats for the guys.  The Turn a Square by Jared Flood is a great design to use up small bits of yarn in your stash.  This project requires approximately 130 yards of worsted weight yarn and an US size 7 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Jared’s other designs as well as the collection he just created for men.

Courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

A well round design that offers a slouchy look with a touch of cables and Fair Isle is Kvosin by Stephen West.   This project requires approximately 305 yards of fingering weight yarn in six colors and a US size 4 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Stephens other gorgeous designs too!

Courtesy of Stephen West

And finally for those of you who have a soft spot for crochet and a vintage look, then you’ll fall in love with the  Modest Cloche by Jennifer Hansen.  This project requires approximately 370 yards of DK weight and can be created in a variety of colors.  If you truly love crochet, be sure to check out Jennifer’s other creations on her website, Stitch Diva.

Courtesy of Stitch Diva/Jennifer Hansen

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!


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Did you know ….

I truly love finding new patterns and sharing them with you, including many patterns that are “free”.  I know that most of you know all about the accessibility to free downloadable patterns but a few of you who follow me might not know about all of the websites available to you.

The top US website for offering a huge range and variety of free downloadable patterns by far is Lion Brand.  You will find over 5,000 patterns available on the Lion Brand website that features both crochet and knitting, and designs for all levels of crafters.  I not only love many of the patterns from this website, but have joined in a few KALs along the way too!


However, Garnstudio, a.k.a. DROPS Designs has Lion Brand beat by the number of patterns, as well as online tutorial videos, available for instant download and viewing.

Did you know that DROPS has over 63,863 free patterns with tutorial videos on the their website???  With patterns available in sixteen languages and a wide range of knitting and crocheting patterns, DROPS by far is the best website for patterns for all stages of knitting and crocheting.

Almost every yarn manufacturer, and even magazine publishers, provides patterns on their websites.   By simply registering on these websites, you open the door to a huge database of possibilities.


  • Rowan Yarns offers registered members over 300 beautiful designs, both for knitting and crocheting. Many of the designs featured often follow new collections that have launched and can be found either in their magazines, brochures or booklets.
  • Coats Crafts offers knitting, crocheting, stitching and sewing from designers such as Kaffee Fassett, Marie Wallin and Erika Knight.  For those of you not familiar with Coats Crafts, they are the largest supplier of needlecraft products in the UK offering a wide range of household brands such as Anchor, Idena, Maia, Royal Paris, Rowan, Patons, Regia, Gedifra, SMC Select, Wash+Filz-It!, Milward, Opti, Freespirit, Rowan Fabrics and Ty Pennington.
  • Berroco offers over 470 designs for both knitting and crocheting.  Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to receive a free Friday pattern and view the latest in their yarn lines.
  • Cascade Yarns offers both knitting and crocheting patterns for accessories, sweaters, socks and more.
  • Schachenmayr offers many designs for accessories and garments, and even socks. You will find designs for Regia, SMC and SMC Select.
  • Manos has a few free designs that are mainly accessory pieces.
  • Malabrigo  offers free patterns from the company as well as to links for patterns designed for certain sites such as Knitty.
  • Sign up for Fiesta Yarns newsletter and receive a offer every Thursday for a free pattern.
  • Crystal Palace offers more than 100 downloadable patterns that include garments and accessory pieces, both for knitting and crocheting.
  • Classic Elite has a wonderful newsletter that provides new free designs as well as an archive of designs from past newsletters.
  • Plymouth Yarn offers a variety of patterns for accessories and garments for the entire family.
  • Blue Sky Alpacas offers a few patterns that are fun and mainly for accessory pieces.
  • Briggs and Little  of Canada offers a few colorwork patterns as well as accessory patterns.
  • Skacel Yarn offers patterns for sweaters, socks and more.
  • Tahki Stacy Charles offers patterns for both knitting and crocheting, many from designer Teva Durham.
  • Vickie Howell‘s website offers a large variety of free patterns and projects for not only knitting and crocheting, but for needlework, dyeing and more.
  • You can still find many great patterns for Knitting and Crocheting on the Caron Yarn website. Be sure to check out the Naturally Caron for Crocheting and Knitting too!
  • Patons, Bernat, Premier Yarn and Red Heart all  offers a great range of knitting and crocheting patterns for the entire family, and for the home.  You can also sign up for each companies newsletter to receive special deals, patterns and ideas.
  • For those of you who enjoy Japanese knitting and crocheting designs, Pierrot Yarns offers a fairly large variety of patterns for the entire family.  Instructions are often available in English or are charted.
  • You can also find free downloads from Vogue Knitting, Knit’n Style, Love of KnittingKnitting Daily, and Knitty, as well as Ravelry.

I’m sure there are many more websites that offer free downloads but these are a few that I visit often.  Do you have a favorite site that you visit often for free patterns?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!


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A Progress Photo and a Sneak Peek

I’ve been knitting away at my Wish I Might shawl and have just finished the body.  I’m liking the color combination so far and can’t wait to start the lace portion !


A week or so ago I received my package from Rowan Yarns and want to share a sneak peek of sorts with you.  I will be giving away two of the books received, so be sure to stay tuned!

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I also received some yummy yarn to review, one of which I’m majorly in love with, can you guess which one?  I’m planning to do a bit of knitting with the samples I received and will be giving posting a review on each of the new yarns for this season.


Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!


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Old Shale ….

Last weekend Kelly over at the Celtic Cast On posted her finished project, a lovely shawl call Old Shale Shawl by Amanda Clark.   Kelly knitted her particular shawl as a prayer shawl, which inspired me to do the same thing.

Old Shale

Old Shale Side View

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna Choice

2 skeins each of Linen and Silver Gray

Needles:  U.S. #10 / 6mm circular knitting needle

My Rav Project Page

First, this pattern is super quick and super easy!  I casted on last Saturday, June 2nd and finished yesterday.  Yes, it only took a week to knit and I love how it turned out.  This shawl was made for my husband’s aunt as a prayer shawl and since she once told me that she is allergic to wool, I decided to use acrylic.

I did not want a solid color and opted to use the color Linen for the main part of the shawl and the Silver Gray for the lace stitch.  I also did only three full repeats of the pattern and ended with four garter stitch rows instead of six.   I really like how this shawl turned out and the stretchy acrylic will be perfect for my aunt to wrap around her shoulders to stay warm.  And since it is acrylic, it will be an easy care garment!

If you are looking for a new design for a giving as a prayer, I really suggest keeping this pattern in mind.  The pattern is very well-written, offers step-by-step instructions and charts for the lace stitch pattern.

Amanda has another design that would also be good as a prayer shawl called Skoosh.  This triangular-shaped shawl is worked in one piece from the top down using Aran weight yarn and an US size 8/5.00mm needle.  I think this would be another quick and speedy knit project too.

Do you knit or crochet prayer shawls?  

If yes, what is your most favorite pattern to use?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and knitting!


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