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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

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

The Baby Fisherman

There’s a new pattern on the loose! The Baby Fisherman Cabled Bunting is destined to be a classic, I’m sure of it. Not to be too prideful, but fisherman sweater cables interpreted for baby has a lasting appeal to it, don’t you think? This is a bunting you will knit once and it will be handed down baby to baby, generation to generation.

The Baby Fisherman Bunting. Knit it yourself!

I’ve knit up this bunting in two equally gorgeous organic cottons: Mariposa by Ecobutterfly Organics and Sprout by Classic Elite. I love them both; you won’t go wrong with either. They each show off the all-over pattern of cables perfectly. Soft against baby’s skin, machine washable, and lovely to work with. The pattern is in full color and offers lots of pictures. Babe will be safely swaddled in no time.

Combine your knitting with some hand sewing and you'll have easy access to baby.

Ruffled Scarf Knitting Pattern

I’ve been enchanted with the daisy stitch for a good while now.  A pretty texture, with a soft loft.  What is not to love?  I’ve used it in several pieces, but one of my favorites is the Organic Ruffled Scarf I designed a little over a year ago.  And, finally—finally!  The pattern is ready for you!

One of my favorite things about this pattern is that it combines both knitting and a fair amount of crocheting, so my theory is that it will keep my mind and wrist agile.  The ruffles are soft and cascading.  The yarn, Organik by The Fibre Company, couldn’t be more of a pleasure to work with.  The pattern is in full color with lots of pictures and includes directions for a non-ruffled variation for those with less frilly tastes.  You know who you are!

It's all about the ruffles.
Un-ruffled. For those with simpler tastes.

Elfin Knit Cap Knitting Pattern

I’ve been knitting this cap for a couple of years now and have finally gotten the pattern pulled together!    I’ll be kitting this one up, too, in the near future.

Inspired by some vintage ski photos I’d been looking at, this pixie or elfin type hat is timeless, perfect for little boys and little girls alike.  The full color pattern has plenty of pictures and is written for three sizes between newborn and 12 months.  With three different variations for finishing the back seam, there are lots of options for each knitter’s taste and skill level.

The Elfin Knit Cap is perfect for boys or girls.
The pattern is written for sizes 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 months.

The Cabled Earflap Baby Cap: A Knitting Pattern

Big sigh of relief.  This pattern is finally complete!  It’s the most challenging pattern I’ve written to date.  That is, challenging to write, literally.  Hopefully, I’ve devised a pattern that is easy as pie for you to read and knit.  There are detailed instructions for less experienced knitters, and those of you who have a few more miles of knitting under your belt should be able to take it and run.  Lots of pictures (and big thanks to Sara Jensen Photography for the best ones!), helpful links,  and in the end you will have one cute topper for your favorite babe.

Enjoy!

Cabled Earflap Baby Cap, photo by Sara Jensen Photography.