Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cowl thesis

My foray into a gift-worthy knit this year has turned into a thesis – my cowl thesis!  And as long as I stay within gift giving deadlines, an enjoyable one at that.  I don't typically wear cowls so exploring their variations in dimension, fit, and fabric drape has created a bit of a research project for me. 

All versions have their lace in common flame chevron named appropriately I'd say for taking the chill off.  This stitch pattern is shown above worked in Baby Alpaca DK (green tea) by Shibui Knits and Lark (frost) by Quince & Co.  And just to prove my mettle, I've worked another, not shown, in Quince & Co's Chickadee!

The piece I'll gift is slowly coming into focus and will require a 4th version, slated to be on my needles today. I plan to offer them all as a set in a single pattern – soon – for other knitters to enjoy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paper toys

Every August I pause from knit design to orchestrate something else – the Hoss family Christmas Picks. I make paper toys that highlight an event from the past year and announce the upcoming holiday gift giving assignment for each of my dear in-laws, 16 of us in all.  This year we celebrated Pam and Scott's new home.

By now it's well known that Santa Deb will deliver something knitted.  And sure enough, design work is underway.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Terasa and the Bernards

Terasa married Bernard Henry. Bernard's father was named Bernard Henry too, and so was his son.  His grandson they named Henry Bernard, probably because his cousin Bernard Henry had already snagged it in its original form. Confused yet? Henry Bernard's grandson – my dad – was a Bernard Henry too, and I'm pretty sure that's the end of the naming line.  I know of no Bernards and Henrys within the family since then.  Probably a good thing.

This sweater is named for great-great-grandmother Terasa, and dedicated to all the Bernard Henrys and at least one of the Henry Bernards I know of.

Terasa is a most delightful, long-sleeved, v-neck cardigan. Worked in 2 colors (a main color and trim), its overall stitch pattern is the seeded rib check, a simple alternating knit/purl sequence, that is dense and springy – and super comfortable. Other features of this elegant cardigan include its 4 button closure and horizontal pockets, positioned at hips and lined with the trim color for some secret fun. Terasa, I feel, is destined to become one of my year-round favorites.

No blocking required as this luxe fabric lies flat and stays true to gauge. Pieces are knit flat, bottom-up, with seaming.

Click here for pattern details.

You'll find this pattern for sale on Ravelry.