Friday, November 11, 2016

Pattern Release: Cloudburst Hat & Spectral Lines Shawl

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Just in time for Knit Fit! this weekend, I have not one but two new patterns to share with y'all. I'm so pleased with both designs, and really excited by the positive response I've already gotten to the photos I've shared on Ravelry and Instagram. I hope you love them!

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First up is the Cloudburst Hat, a one-skein project using Malabrigo Rios in my absolute favorite of their colorways, the beautiful variegated Arco Iris.

This design was created for the 2016 Northwest LYS Tour as a thank-you pattern for participants, and to extend the love a little longer, I've decided to make this pattern free until January 2nd, 2017!

When I was working on this hat, I really wanted to showcase variegated and speckle-dyed yarns, while still featuring a stitch pattern with a little interest. (Also, as a side note, the ribbed panel on the side is the perfect place for all the cute enamel pins I've been collecting!)

For folks who prefer to work with solid and tonal yarns, they work beautifully in this pattern too. I love knitting hats, and I hope this one is just right for all your holiday and selfish knitting coming up this winter.

You can check out the pattern on Ravelry here

or download your free copy directly here.


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Second up is Spectral Lines, a collaboration with local dyer Blissful Knits that we dreamed up while I was down at Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival this last September. She had the most beautiful combination of saturated solid color and speckle-y color-shifting mini skeins, and when she asked if I might have any ideas to feature them along with a single skein of semi-solid gray, I said um yeahhh!

I was a chemistry major for over half of college, and one of the things that I always loved was all the visual ways of analyzing chemicals: burn tests, spectral analysis, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. I always thought there was something exciting about being able to see a chemical express itself right in front of your eyes - even when it was ground into nondescript white powder, or present in such small quantities it was nearly invisible.

And so, color + stripes + nerdiness = Spectral Lines.

This shawl was an absolute joy to design from start to finish. The yarn base is twisty and a little bit bouncy - my favorite! - and every time I would switch to the next color from my little paintbox of mini-skeins, my heart would go all a-flutter with happiness.

Already, my test knitters have played with color in gorgeous ways, some substituting all solids and others adding in extra colors in the big stripes. It's been so fun to see what folks dream up, and I'm already scheming my next version!

It's available for download for $6.00, or you can check out the details on Ravelry on the Spectral Lines pattern page.

As a note, Blissful Knits will also be at Knit Fit! this weekend, so local folks, if you can't wait to get your hands on some of her yarn, this is the perfect opportunity!

Okie dokie, friends, that's it! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a good weekend.


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