Bracken Knitalong!

March 1st! Time for a new project don’t ya think?

I’ve decided to host a Bracken KAL! Over the next eight weeks let’s knit some Bracken sweaters together!
You can choose the original child’s Bracken, or the adult version, Miss Bracken.

The ravelry chatter will happen in the Bracken KAL thread in my ravelry group – and I’ll also be talking and sharing on instagram! Use #brackensweaterKAL to make sure I can keep up with your progress (as well as the usual tags #brackensweater, #missbrackensweater, #byannieclaire!)

Both sweaters are knit with bulky weight yarn and are two of the speediest sweaters. I took the opportunity of being at Stitches West and grabbed up some goodies for you all to win along the way as we knit! I got a bit carried away and have chosen four times to win! I’ve tried to keep it fair and spread the prizes over instagram and ravelry as we all have preferences as to where we like to share our projects! If you want to be in the running for a prize on instagram make sure to use the tag #brackensweaterKAL, and on ravelry make sure that you project page is linked to your chosen Bracken pattern page! I will be checking both Miss Bracken projects and Bracken projects. For extra safety, you could enter the #brackensweaterKAL tag in your project page too! There are prizes for the best in progress photos, the best FO photos…. and of course, those of you over achievers who might whip up a Bracken for yourself as well as your mini-me, the best matching Bracken photo!!!
So, the key details

Cast on: any time from today!
Closing day: April 24th

Best in progress photo (ravelry): selected Wed March 15th
Best in progress photos
(instagram): selected Wed March 29th 
Best FO photo (ravelry): selected Wed April 26th
Best matching Brackens (ravelry/instgram): selected Fri April 28th!


Later this week I will be casting on yet another Miss Bracken in the Citrine colour way – for my sister (good job I LOVE this colour!)! Although both patterns call for Brooklyn Tweed’s beautiful Quarry yarn we will be chatting in the ravelry group about yarn substitutes! Hope to see you there!!!!


New Pattern: Menhir

When it rains it pours (literally and figuratively)! I have yet another new pattern to share today – Menhir.

Menhir was released this past weekend at A Verb for Keeping Warm‘s booth at Stitches West, and is part of part of an ongoing collaboration I have with Andrea Mowry of dreareneeknits, Naturally Straight Forward! The idea behind this collection is to showcase natural colours, feature patterns that are simple but engaging, and to incorporate some play on ‘stripes’ within the design.

The inspiration behind Menhir is taken from one of my most favourite sweaters. It’s one I found at a thrift store long ago, and I must wear it multiple times a week. In this hand knit version I kept the comfy drop shoulders, wide neckline and generously long sleeves, but added an all over texture for dimension and interest. The result is a luxuriously simple, elegantly comfortable sweater.

Enjoy 15% using code MENHIRLOVE at checkout, until end of day 3/1!

4 (4, 4, 5)(5, 6) skeins, A Verb for Keeping Warm Annapurna; 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 385 yds, 4 oz, shown in “Topological”
4 (4, 4, 5)(5, 6) skeins, A Verb for Keeping Warm Dress Circle; 70% US Merino, 30% Silk; 390 yds, 4 oz
or 1200 (1330, 1500, 1640)(1800 1950)yds/1098 (1217, 1372, 1500)(1646, 1784)m in sport weight yarn

Needles & Notion
US 6/4 mm circular needle
US 3/3.25 mm circular and straight needle
1 set US 6/4 mm DPN
1 set US 3/3.25mm DPN
or size needed to obtain gauge
Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle

24 stitches x 34 rows = 4”/10cm in Extended Broken Rib

35 (39, 43, 47)(51, 55)”/ 89 (99, 109.5, 119.5)(129.5, 140)cm chest
Sample size is 43”/109cm, worn with 7”/18cm positive ease

Last year Andrea and I spent some time at Stitches West and came home with some gorgeous naturally dyed skeins from AVFKW. Fast forward a year later and we have a shawl and a sweater to add to our ongoing Naturally Straight Forward collection. Boho Blush is Andrea’s design and calls for their Entwined yarn in the colour way Mesa (I think we fought for that colour, haha!)

You can find kits for both shawl and pullover on AVFKW’s site here: Menhir Kit. Boho Blush Kit


New Pattern: Miss Bracken

Over a year ago I released Bracken, a sweater I designed to meet a real need in my daughter’s wardrobe. I was looking for a quick and simple project, resulting in something that was easy to wear, but with just the right amount of… je ne sais quoi. (I feel this is the basis for a lot of my designs!).
The outcome was just that, a simple top-down raglan sweater which goes with many outfits for all occasions. And that je ne sais quoi? A simple change in needle size, one much smaller than the recommended size to one much larger, which creates two row furrows on the reverse stockinette fabric and just that right amount of texture. As soon as I put Louella in it I knew I wanted one!! As it goes, Bracken has turned out to be one of my more popular patterns, and being that it is a child’s pattern (usually not as popular) it’s not surprising that the requests for an adult version soon trickled in. And so here is finally is; Miss Bracken.

Miss Bracken features just the same qualities – a top down, raglan pullover featuring the soft yet modern texture of the two row furrows. The longer body has some A line shaping, finishing with the classic dropped back hem that I can’t seem to get enough of! Just like her min-me she is made with Brooklyn Tweed’s bulky weight yarn Quarry. I have to mention that it is this yarn that makes for the most amazing sweater. It’s bulky weight but it’s light, so so light. The resulting sweater is not one that will have you sweating buckets as soon as you step off the couch to do something more active than knitting, and won’t stretch over time due to the the sheer amount of fiber. It’s lofty, woolen-spun construction makes for the dreamiest of sweaters, full of the beautiful flecks of colour that we all know and love BT’s yarns for. If you haven’t worked with this yarn before, it is worth while reading some tip’s BT has over on their Quarry yarn page, as it really is unlike any other chunky yarn I’ve met before.

Enjoy 15% off using code “BRACKEN4ME”at Ravelry check out, until end of day Friday Feb 24th.

5 (5, 6, 6)(7, 8) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Quarry; 100% wool; 200 yds, 100 gms, shown in “Citrine”
or, 911 (1018, 1128, 1255)(1394, 1528) yds/833 (931, 1031, 1148)(1275, 1397) m bulky weight yarn.

Needles & Notions
US 8/5mm, 24” or 32” circular needles
US 13/9mm, 24” or 32” circular needles
1 set US 8/5mm DPNs
1 set US 13/9mm DPNs
or size needed to obtain gauge.
Tapestry needle, removable stitch markers

13 stitches x 20 row/rounds = 4”/10 cm in Bed Jacket stitch pattern

32 (37, 40, 44.25)(48, 51.75)”/ 81.5 (94, 101.5, 112.5)(122, 131.5) cm chest
Sample size is 37”/94 cm, worn with 1”/2.5 cm positive ease.

I have plans for yet another Miss Bracken (for my sister) to jump on my needles any day, and wondering if you might too, if we shouldn’t have a KAL? Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

And thanks as always to my friend and most amazing photographer Krista, for these stunning images!