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A New Month, a New Pattern!

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There's been a definite slowdown on my ability to get to writing on my blog, and began to realize that I was dreading coming back to write anything because it had been so long.  Then the longer time passes, and the more guilt I'd feel.  Gotta just rip off that bandaid!!  Here I am again!  :o)  

Earlier this month, I had another pattern release with Stranded Magazine, a lovely little online knitting magazine that is filled has a lot of insightful articles, recipes, and (of course) knitting patterns.  

Matira was inspired by nautical fashion (and maybe just a smidge from Sailor Moon...) and has bottom-up construction, with simple garter st detailing.  It is best sized at zero ease exactly.  There is a decent amount of shaping in this pattern, so here are a few ideas for choosing sizes if your measurements do not match.

If you are needing a smaller waist, instead of adding more shaping, I'd actually suggest choosing the size for your waist measurement and having a bit of negative ease in the bust.  For anyone wanting less shaping through the waist, try removing every other decrease and increase through the hip to bust sections, but still knit the zero ease for full bust size.  

In other news, I'm still slogging away on my new version of Paulette (a version that will accommodate fingering weight skeins that are closer to 420yds/100g vs 438yds/100g).  You may have seen some of those pics fly by on my Instagram feed, but it's b/c I just can't get enough of it!  Mechita is gorgeous yarn, and the Anniversario and Water Green colorways go so well together, it's like magic.  I really should pick up some of my languishing other projects/designs... but I just can't stop!  Luckily, I'm on the last section now, so I'll be forced to move on to a new project after that.  ;op

WIP Wednesday: Hipstamatic and Marion

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I've taken some time off of designing for a bit here, and am working on some gift knitting and selfish/UFO knitting.  I'm attempting something a bit on the crazy side, but I'm hoping to knit up hats for all of my coworkers at the optometry office.  On the less crazy side, they will all be Hipstamatics.  I'm using a range of bulky weight yarns, and discovering just how different "bulky" really can be!!  Here's my current one in progress (with mystery bulky weight that has been sitting in the stash for awhile:

And my other project that I'm actively working on is Marion by Andi Satterlund.  My gauge is fairly far off, but I did some calculations that indicate that it will be just fine post blocking with some negative ease built in.  :o)  The yarn is Bumblebirch Forage in Fog.  This one I'm calling a UFO, even though it hasn't been sitting around as long as some others, but I started it in May, and then got distracted before I could finish it up.  

I can't wait to get this done and blocked to really show off the fun cables along the front!  Also, it's kinda the perfect weather these days around here to wear this over dresses.  I used to wear this one white cropped sweater with all my dresses, until one day, I finally had to admit that it just wasn't truly in great shape anymore.  I've been on the search for a replacement, when I finally decided that I had to just go ahead and make one (or maybe a bunch...).  I'm going to be so excited when this guy is completely off the needles!  :o)

What is everyone else working on?  Anyone else trying to get some Christmas knitting done?  

Pattern Release: Heliconia!

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Here's another secret knitting project!  Heliconia is an oversized, lacy kimono style cardigan, that can be found in the Summer 2016 issue of Knitscene!  

It is knit in two pieces, then seamed together, and finished off with an i-cord bind off to give it a really put together look.  Heliconia is knit in Meadow (merino/llama/silk/linen blend), which was a lovely blend for this project.  Because it is such an oversized piece, there are only two sizes.  The measurements are measured flat across one side (instead of traditional bust circumference).  To choose a size, have someone measure you across while you have your arms outstretched, as that is roughly where garment will end up lying from side to side.  It has arm holes, but no actual sleeves.  

Heliconia also features a deep V in the back.  Optionally, you can sew ribbons to the top of the V at the back to help keep the shoulders from slipping, if you would like.  :o)

If you would like to find your copy of Knitscene Summer 2016, see below for some options:

- If you are local to Seattle, Fiber Gallery has their copies in already!  You can call to reserve one for yourself.  

- To purchase directly from Interweave:  http://www.interweavestore.com/knitscene-magazine-summber-2016-print-edition

Knit.Wear is back!

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And I'm in it!!  :oD  I've had to keep this one a secret for a good amount of time now... and it was SO HARD!  This is technically the first sweater I ever designed (with the magazine timeline, I actually designed and knit the sample two months before I even started Mayu!!), and I'm super in love with it!  Introducing my Douillet Sweater (cozy sweater)!

The sweater uses the ultra lovely Woolfolk Sno, a fingering weight merino (seriously the softest merino I've ever touched) that is two different color plies.  The marled effect is created simply by using the yarn.  It was knit up in three of their colors, but the dark green/black and navy/black colors are somewhat similar, so it's a subtle difference.  You could go more dramatic or more subtle, as shown.  

Douillet was inspired by the idea that cozy/comfy sweaters don't have to be shapeless.  The sweater is meant to be worn with positive ease, but has loooots of shaping in it!  The sleeves are a slightly closer fit than the rest of the sweater because the yarn is so soft and squishy that I couldn't help but have it hug the arms a little.  

A top down raglan, Douillet is also an easy knit that lets the yarn do the talking.  It is definitely tv or knit night knitting worthy.  In addition, the other knits in this welcome back issue of knit.wear are pretty amazing.  I can't wait to get my copy and start knitting on some of them!!  :oD  

If you're interested in getting a copy, here are a few options:

Locally, The Fiber Gallery has already received our copies!  Call in and have us hold you a copy!!  

If you aren't local and your LYS doesn't carry Interweave magazines, here are the direct links to order an ecopy or physical copy!

http://www.interweavestore.com/knitwear-springsummer-2016-digital-edition

http://www.interweavestore.com/knitwear-springsummer-2016

All photos were taken with permission by Harper Point Photography.

Pattern Release, and Testing: Mayu!

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It took a bit longer than I was hoping to get Mayu fully formatted and everything, but Mayu is now ready and out!  Mayu has been fully tech edited, but I'd love a couple people testing it out for sizing purposes.  I'd love for people to be able to see what the different sizes fit like in different eases.  For that reason, I'm going to offer it out for free to testers for a limited amount of time.  You do have to contact me on Ravelry (rav id:  norichan) in order to qualify, and you have to be able to fit into my criteria for normal testing (it's not too difficult, but I do have a few qualifications).  :o)

Here are the pattern reqs:

Sizes:
Bust Circumference: 36 (39.75, 43.25, 47)” 91.5 (101, 110, 119.5) cm
Length: 22.75 (24, 25.25, 26.5)” 58 (61, 64, 67) cm

Gauge: 11 sts x 16 rows = 4” x 4” 10 cm x 10 cm, in st st, in the round on larger needles.

Materials: 
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Paloma Tweed (50% alpaca, 30% wool, 14% acrylic, 6% rayon; 71 yds/50 g) 
MC: 8 (9, 10, 11) skeins
CC: 3 (3, 3, 4) skeins

Needles: US 13 and 15 - 24” circular needle and DPNs. Or size to obtain gauge.

Notions: 
5 st markers (1 unique for beg of round m) 
cable needle
tapestry needle
scrap yarn (for holding sts)

As far as testing reqs go, you do need to be a member of Ravelry, have some projects on Ravelry with pictures, and be able to finish your project by the end of February.  I do ask for you to link your project to the Mayu project page, and post pictures of you (or whomever you prefer) modeling the sweater.  I would love it if you are able to say what your ease is, so that people have a good idea about how they might like to size their own Mayu!  I can't wait to see yours!  :oD  Please head here to sign up to test!  

Testers: Mayu

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Hello!!  I am finally ready for another test phase!  I am almost done grading this pattern, and am sending it to my tech editor.  The testing phase will begin once I get the pattern back from her.  :o)  

Pertinent information:

Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Paloma Tweed; for the 39" bust 8 skeins of the white was used, and 3 of the tan.

Needles:  US 15 and 13 in 24" circulars and DPNs.  Or size to get gauge.

Gauge:  11sts x 16rows = 4" x 4"

Rough sizes predicted:  30" (33", 36", 39")[42", 45", 48"]  still grading, depends on feasibility of raglan shaping with these sizes.  I hope to be able to do all of these!

This is a top-down raglan style sweater that is roughly tunic, or just shy of tunic length.  I am wearing the 39" bust with about 2-3" of positive ease.  Even with the positive ease, there is some shaping to help keep the style flattering!  I, personally, wanted an oversized, comfy sweater, but I think this sweater would look great anywhere between -2 to +2 ease!  

I am looking for 1-2 testers per size.  The test will be run here!  :o)  Yarn substitutions are not a problem, as long as you can get gauge!  

Current Projects

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Man, it's gotten to be busy over here.  Lots of knitting happening right now.  I've got holiday knitting in full swing, and only about five designs in progress.  I'd love to get one of my tests started up Dec 1st, so it'd be dandy to wrap at least one of them up soon!!  Unfortunately, holiday knitting has taken over a bit, as I'm celebrating Christmas early with my family over Thanksgiving.  True to my nature... I'm leaving it till the very last minute, and I've still got to finish them up.  :o/  Wish me luck, I guess!!

Well, let's start with the projects that I can actually show you.  :o)  Here's a bulky weight sweater that I'm hoping to get tested mid to late Dec for release in late January.  The yarn is Paloma Tweed by Debbie Bliss, and I'm loving the drape and squish factor here!!  It's a cable plied yarn, so it's also very lightweight for a bulky.  It's warm but doesn't make me feel like I'm dragged down by how heavy it is.  

In actuality, I'm not done with this sample.  However, I still need to work out the DK version of this hat, so it's not quite ready for testing.  :o)  It is the matching hat to Cunegonde, of which I'm currently calling Maggie.

Last thing to show, this very moment, are some fingerless mitts done up with only 3 Unicorn Tails!  They can be done with any fingering weight minis, as well.  I'm excited to say that one mitt has been completed, and I am working on the second one, so hopefully, they will also be ready for testing in the semi near future.  :o)  

In addition to these guys, I've got two more designs on the needles right now... so now the question is, spread out the testing or do it all at once??  ;op  I think I'm more likely to spread them out, actually.  It is easier for me to keep track of changes if they're done one or two, max, at a time.  Please watch out for tests on my Ravelry Forum: Norichan Knits!  :o)  

Oh, and if you're interested... the other two designs I'm currently working on will both me fingerless mitts, as well.  One in a single color of fingering weight, and one in a single color of worsted weight.  :o)