Pattern Release : Bracken

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One last pattern release of the year; Bracken!! A speedy little sweater I designed for Little Woolens – it really will be the quickest sweater you have ever made! It features Brooklyn Tweed’s new(ish) yarn Quarry, and worked on two contrasting sizes of needles it creates these super squish two row furrows – a stitch pattern I am now obsessed with!

Louella was missing a straightforward layer in her wardrobe, but I didn’t have the time to spend hours working away on a something, so I immediate picked up some Quarry. I wanted to design something easy to make and wear, but had a little flare. So whilst Bracken is a simple top down raglan worked completely in stockinette (and inside out) for the girlie version I added in some a-line shaping and the always-fun dropped back hem. The boy’s version has no body shaping. This is a close fitting design so I recommend choosing a size based on chest size, and referring to the schematic. The boy style is based off the girl’s slim-fit so you might consider going up a size for a more relaxed boy fit. Whats more, you can make the sweater completely reversible use the split-slice join, as suggested by Brooklyn Tweed in their Quarry PDF here!

Yarn: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2)(3, 3, 3, 4) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Quarry; 100% wool; 200 yds, 100 gms, Boy version shown in ””Lazulite”, Girls version in “Sulphur”, or, 187 (239, 275, 322, 380)(436, 509, 548, 643) yds / 171 (219, 252, 295, 348)(399, 466, 502, 588) meters bulky weight yarn.
Sizes: 6m (12m, 18m, 2yr, 4yr)(6yr, 8yr, 10yr, 12yr)
Finished Chest

Chest: 19 (20.25, 21, 22.25, 23.5)(24.5, 26.5, 27.75, 29.5)” / 48.5 (51.5, 53.5, 56.5, 59.5)(62, 67.5, 70.5, 75) cm

  Get 20% off all Little Woolens patterns – including Bracken – until midnight tonight using code “GIFTKNIT”! Happy last minute gift knitting!!!

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Merriment Cardigan!


Yes. I know. Two posts in two days?! Don’t faint. But I have to share with out the most beautiful pattern that was released today! It is the Merriment Cardigan and Bonnet (so I guess two patterns!) by Melynda Bernardi. If you follow her blog French Press Knits… remember those felted slippers?… you will know that Mel has recently taken the well deserved opportunity of being able to stay home with her three gorgeous kiddos, which also allows her to get back to some design work! Yay for us, as she is hitting the ground running with this gorgeous set of patterns!

Needless to say I jumped at the chance to test knit the cardigan. It’s just one of those designs I couldn’t get out of my head. I worked the 2T in Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter. I already had the red “Wool Socks” and the grey “Postcard” in my stash, and quickly ordered a few skeins of the brown “Nest” from Tolt Yarn and Wool (who have phenomenal shipping speed!). I went up a needle size for everything to get gauge, although this played with my row gauge a bit, and had to compensate in the body for my short yoke – however it all worked out!

Here are the patterns again – Merriment Cardigan and Merriment Bonnet – and not only is there a discount if you purchase both at once, but I believe you can get 20% off though the weekend.. all the details are here. Welcome back to the designing world Melynda!

 

Family-Friendly Knits Blog Tour

Very excited to be part of the Family-Friendly Knits Blog Tour this week!

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I first ‘met’ Courtney, as you do, through the paths of instagram and ravelry, connecting easily over knitting, designing, balancing life’s priorities and fainting goats…
Courtney’s designs are ones that you can’t help but be drawn to. Somehow she merges edgy with timeless, unique with universal. Texture is the name of the game in so many of her pieces, along with interesting construction and directional knitting. I always look forward to what she is up to, and you can find her patterns all over the place – Interweave, Holla Knits, Pom Pom Magazine, Taproot, Knit Picks… AND in her brand new book; Family-Friendly Knits!!

Upon hearing that she was working away on a book I knew it would have to find a way to my shelf, and was over the moon when Courtney asked me to be a part of the blog tour! I’ll admit to checking ravelry a few extra times around book release date to see if Court had put out any more sneak peaks, and it goes without saying that when the book arrived on my doorstep I couldn’t wait to see the results of all her hard work hiding in those pages.
Funnily enough, it really is what it says on the cover – a knitting book full to the brim of patterns for the whole family. Not only that, but designs of different abilities, time commitments and climate. Your Gran is covered with the Dart Shawl, your Mum definitely needs a cosy Ellen Saddle Gansey. The Man in your life is begging for warm toes this winter with these ridiculously clever Cuff to Cuff Socks, and how about working away on some selfish knitting to prepare for the warmer weather with a new layered piece like Peak Tank or Summer Lace Pullover?
Another thing that really drew me into this book is the range of patterns for the smaller people in the family – sweaters designed specifically for kids, as well as accessories sized for the whole family.

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It was the Choose Your Own Adventure Togue and Cowl that grabbed my attention straight away. I love a good colour work project, and knowing that I had the perfect leftovers the pattern calls for from this project and that Louella needed a new hat, I was game!
I was torn, however, as to which chart to follow. As the name suggests, you can create your own hat or cowl using different options of colour charts, one of which showcases Latvian Braids – something I hadn’t done before! Latvian Braids have always intrigued me. I think they look amazing at the cuff on mittens and I just love the extra dimension they give to a project. Before I worked on this hat I could not have even guessed as to how they are constructed. But like so many new techniques in knitting it really isn’t as hard as you think! This was definitely a learning project, and my tension is not perfect by any means, but after four braids I now feel confident that I’d consider selecting a pattern featuring them, or even incorporate them in some design work.
Cherry on the cake? Louella loves the hat – and I got to bust some of that left over yarn!!

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Lucky for you readers, Courtney is giving away a signed copy of her brand new book each day of the blog tour! You can enter today by going over to my Instagram where I have posted about this giveaway. Simply repost the image and use the hashtag #FFKGiveaway! Deadline is Thur, Dec 17 @ 11:59pm EST… but check out below for the rest of the blog tour and even more opportunities to enter!! Good luck!!

Tuesday, Dec 8
Andrea Mowry
dreareneeknits (IG) Deadline for entries: Fri, Dec 18 @ 11:59pm EST

Wednesday, Dec 9
Julie Letowski
homesweethomestead (IG) Deadline for entries: Wed, Dec 16 @ 11:59pm EST

Thursday, Dec 10
Annie Claire
byannieclaire (IG) Deadline for entries: Thur, Dec 17 @ 11:59pm EST

Friday, Dec 11
Lori Graham
loritimesfive (IG) Deadline for entries: Tues, Dec 15 @ 11:59pm EST

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