I’m a published designer!
top row: Slouch style, bottom row: Beanie
My first design, Smokestack, is a lacy “faux cable” beanie or slouch hat. Its mirror-image lace “cables” are reminiscent of smoke plumes wafting from a chimneystack on a chilly winter’s day. With two crown options, the easy-to-memorize lace pattern flows from a ribbed brim and works up quickly – using less than one skein of DK or Worsted yarn – and no cable needle required! Instructions are both fully written and charted. Worked seamlessly in the round from the brim up, this is ideal for lace newbies or advanced knitters.
It’s a super-quick knit so it’s perfect for holiday gifting – in a couple of evenings you’ll have a super-cute hat. I’m warning you though, it’s so cute you won’t want to give it away!
Wanna buy it? It’s only $5.00 – click the “Buy Now” button below to purchase the pattern from my Ravelry store. (FYI, you don’t need to be a member of Ravelry to purchase the pattern, but if you want to have more fun with your knitting, you should join – it’s free.)
Big love for Alana Dakos
Alana Dakos is the super-talent behind the Never Not Knitting blog and podcast. I’ve been a fan of hers forever (who doesn’t love Coastal Knits, the legendary Cedar Leaf Shawlette and zillions of her other pretty things?) but I went into immediate obsessive-adoration mode when I saw the previews for her amazing new book: Botanical Knits.
Inspired partly by the plants and forests of California, every single one of the 12 gorgeous designs cries out to be made. Immediately. Colour-work like Fair Isle and stranding are very beautiful but in my heart, I am a texture knitter. There is just something about the way cables weave together impossibly to make a squishy delicious fabric that really makes me happy. And this book makes me very, very happy. A quick read of various comments on Ravelry will tell you I’m not alone in wanting to make every leafy, twiggy thing in the book.
Here are some of my very most favourites from the book:
- Entangled Vines cardigan
Forest Floor beanie
Wrapped in Leaves
Ivy Trellis Socks (also available as mittens)
Twigs and Willows cardigan
Instant Gratification – buy it now!
Purchase this beauty now at www.botanicalknits.com. The “real” book is available for pre-order (it ships in May 2013) and the price includes a free ebook that you can download today and start drooling over immediately. You can also buy the ebook only if that’s what you prefer. But after listening to Alana’s podcast on the subject (episode 69), the book is a piece of art in itself and while ebooks are awesome for pattern portability (especially when you can mark them up on GoodReader on your iPad), I love holding a real book in my hands.
N.B. all photos in this post are from the book and are by Carlee Tatum (prettyminded.com)