Category: Patterns

Bee for a Cause

Bee for a Cause

The next Bee in the Barn at Todd Farm will be a very special gathering.  Sewing bees have a long history of community gatherings for a common cause and in that spirit our next bee on March 19th will also serve as a collection site for handcrafting materials, tools, and supplies to donate to Syrian refugees.  

The Chunky Alpaca Cabled Afghan Knitting Pattern

The Chunky Alpaca Cabled Afghan Knitting Pattern

The sounds of my home waking up in winter are quite different than the warmer seasons when the windows and doors are thrown wide open and we are roused by the birds and the wind.  In the colder months, we are closed up and tucked in, insulated from nature’s alarms.  When I wake before light to start my day, our winter home offers the comforting morning sonata of the gurgling coffee pot, the furnace kicking in followed by the soft whir of the blower, and the gentle snores of my dogs (and sometimes husband) as they all linger in dream land.  It is this winter soundscape that will always be audible memory of writing this pattern.  Up before the rest of my household, my knitting would expand with the growing light.

Chunky Chocolate Alpaca Afghan

As winter projects go, there is none better than this alpaca throw.  Steaming cup of coffee beside me, I’d work tucked beneath the warmth of my work in progress watching the sun burn the mist off the field outside my window.  Core spun alpaca is a sensory joy too work with and it’s working weight would gently nudge my sleepy muscles to wakefulness.  Finishing up at over 6 lbs, this throw is a physical project with big broad movements as undulating cables are manipulated and the throw is rotated from row to row.  Back and forth.  The greatest pleasure may be rewards of seeing such a large project work up so quickly.  Knit on size 50 needles, progress is swift.  Cast on today and you will be snugly tucked in beneath your completed blanket in no time.

cream alpaca afghan in progress

The Chunky Alpaca Cabled Afghan is available as an instant download in my shop.  Happy Knitting!

Ombre Chunky Cabled Afghan

The Eyelet Baby Kimono Wrap Knitting Pattern

The Eyelet Baby Kimono Wrap Knitting Pattern

A number of years ago I came across a pattern for a simple baby kimono.  There were a lot of things I liked about it, but there were also a lot of things I didn’t.  I’d been brooding over how a kimono I designed would differ for quite some time before I finally put pencil to paper and needles to yarn.  The beautiful Cumbria by The Fibre Co helped spur things along.  As soon as I had sample in hand, my head started whirring with the possibilities.  Finally, after many stops and starts.  Knits, tinks, knits, tinks, pencil scratches, recalculations, tear outs it has all come together and my newest pattern is now available in my shop.

The Eyelet Kimono is designed with Cumbria by The Fibre Co.
The Eyelet Kimono is designed with Cumbria by The Fibre Co.

I’ve always been a texture girl, and Cumbria excels in its stitch definition.  I really wanted to create an interesting visual and I’m a sucker for a YO.  After much fiddling, I devised an all over eyelet pattern I was happy with.  The other thing that I really wanted to achieve with this piece was beautifully finished edges that did as they were told.  No rolling or buckling or bad attitudes.  I-cords came to my rescue at every start, stop, and turn.  From the cast-on, certain bind offs, and all along the neckline I-cords were my design friend.  It took a bit of re-work of the traditional I-cord edge to accommodate the quick decreases along the neckline, but tiny little short rows did the trick.  I really couldn’t be happier with how the whole thing came out and am already working designs for companion pieces and variations for different skill sets.

The Eyelet Baby Kimono

 

I’ve also stocked my shop with three beautiful shades of Cumbria to get you started knitting right away!

Helvellyn, CumbriaWindermere Cumbria by The Fibre CoScafell Pike

The Beau

Still cold out, but in my head my toes are still tucked in warm sand. The Vintage Bathing Beauty needs a Beau. And I think I may have finally come up with a design I’m happy with. Still tweaking, but I’m liking it overall.

My head is dancing with ideas of how I’d like to hook this, what materials and colors I want to use. I know a lot of folks color plan their rugs, but that just never works for me. Maybe more to the point, I don’t seem to be good at sticking to a plan. Free spirit and all…

The Beau for our Belle.

Vintage Beach Day

Where I live, the beach is far from our minds. The nights are cold, the pond is skimming over with ice, and dew has morphed to frost. Nonetheless, I’m thoroughly entranced by a vintage version of seaside joy. I paw through antique photos enamoured by both the fashion and the attitutde of bygone eras. The inspiration is limitless.

The hand hooked Vintage Bathing Beauty on a primitive style door.

I recently finished hooking my Vintage Bathing Beauty and had so much fun working on it. Dave made me a beautiful primitive door to display it on. It’s just perfect. I’m sure gonna miss this little lady when she goes. She is available in my shop or you can see her in person at The Barn at Todd Farm.

Close up!
It was such a joy playing with my red tones.
It's all about the details.

If you are the do-it-yourself type, the pattern is also available. You can can purchase it drawn out on linen — and stay tuned! The instant dowload version of the pattern will be available soon!

The Vintage Bathing Beauty drawn out on linen. Instant download available soon!

Lion and Cat: A Hand Sewing Pattern

I’ve been making Cashmere Critters in some form or another for a few years now.  One design for a bunny evolved into a design for a kitty, and that kitty grew into a lion.  That’s how things roll in my head.  Now, I confess, I’ve become enamored with this little lion and his friend and will soon have a whole pride of the creatures in a multitude of colors.  So I figured it was time to share the love and make the pattern available so you can give these sweet and simple creatures a try to.

 

Lion Softie Sewing Pattern
This sweet lion works up quickly and is a joy to boot!

 

With small pockets, these soft toys can serve double duty as tooth pillows, too.

Knit Yourself a Cowl

With weather like we’ve been having in the Northeast, chunky knits are the way to go.  Both these patterns are relatively quick knits, and you’ll be toasty by the end of the weekend.

First to Last:  Chunky Wool Cowl Chunky Braided Cowl

Psst:  If you don’t knit, you can special order one completed just for you.

Chunky Braided Cowl
Chunky Wool Cowl

Rug Hooking Patterns

It is a small but growing collection of rug hooking patterns available as instant downloads. I’m excited with the newest addition, The Jacobean Hooked Rug. Like all my patterns, it includes multiple color pictures and this time, I’ve offered the pattern in two sizes. Lots of room to play and use your imagination.

The Amsterdam Rug Hooking Pattern Instant Download

9.00
Pattern for the Sunflower Hooked Pillow

6.00
Woman Feeding Chickens Rug Hooking Pattern, Instant Download

6.00
Tree of Life Rug Hooking Pattern Instant Download

9.00
Jacobean Rug Hooking Pattern

6.00

Summer Works

Truly, I can’t believe we are well into August.  The summer seems to be speeding by me.  Already, I smell the whiff of fall in the early morning air.  Not a complaint really.  I’ve been quite productive.  I’d much rather work out the details of a six foot stole in a cool breeze than bind a four foot rug in 80 degree humidity.

Like summer produce, everything all ready at once, the studio has finally completed two big projects just in this past week.  (Fanfare, please!)  The Amsterdam Rug, inspired by a photograph we took in the fields of Holland last year has finally been hooked, bound, and installed.  We are both thrilled with it, and I encourage any of you hookers out there to transform your own favorite photograph into a treasured fiber memory.

The Amsterdam Rug

Second, I’ve finally pulled together the pattern for my favorite stole.  I love this thing and use it for everything from chilly summer mornings to dinner outings.  The pattern is in full color with two different types of written directions to match your knitting style and lots of pictures.

The Wave Stole Knitting Pattern is now available!

Happy summer!

A Rug Hooking Pattern

Lots of new pattern writing going on.  Are you a hooker?  Keep an eye out, this is just one of several rug hooking patterns I have in the works, though this is one of my favorite. Inspired by a teeny tiny little faded photograph I found at a flea market, I had a lot of fun translating sepia tones into full color.