Pattern release : Rosemary Mitts

I’m a little behind on blogging about my latest few patterns but in September fellow knitter and great friend Andrea and I released a new collaboration called “Naturally Straight Forward”. Being busy people, mothers, designers… who like to knit for fun as well as for ‘work’, we often find ourselves drawn to the simple knits in life.

Naturally Straight Forward
: simple : therapeutic : nurturing : interesting knitting :
With a focus on natural yarns – “Naturally”, and leaning heavily on stripes – “Straight”, Andrea Mowry and Annie Rowden bring you a gentle collection of patterns designed to occupy your hands and soothe your mind, moving you “Forward” through whichever place in life you find yourself.

Today we released a second installment just in time for some speedy Christmas gift knitting. My contribution is the Rosemary Mitts – simple, striped fingerless mitts with tons of character. They knit up quick and are so comfy to wear. Andrea designed the Farm Slippers, which have to get on my needles asap! We wrote both patterns in five different sizes, from toddler to adult so that every member of the family is covered!
We both used Fern Fiber‘s glorious Organic Merino wool, where the stunning naturally dyed colours lend themselves so perfectly to gentle stripes and marled knitting. The lichen green of my mitts were dyed using rosemary (hence the name) and the beige subtly dyed using cocoa chaff. Fern Fiber have frequent yarn updates in their shop; fernfiber.etsy.com

You can find 15% off either pattern using the code ‘FERNFIBER’, until tomorrow (Wed 12/2) midnight PST! Happy Christmas knitting!

Rosemary Mitts

Sizes: Toddler (Child, S, M, L)
Yarn: Organic Merino Naturally Dyed Worsted by Fern Fiber; 40% Organic Merino, 280yds, 4oz;
1 skein Yarn A;
or, 30 (51, 81, 95, 110) yds/27 (47, 74, 87, 101) meters in worsted weight yarn.
1 skein Yarn B;
or, 25 (42, 67, 78, 90) yds/23 (38, 61, 71, 82) meters in worsted weight yarn.
Needles: US 6/4mm, 24” circular or DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 22 sts and 31 rows = 4”/10cm in St st.
Notions: Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle.

FLASH SALE! Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s been a bit quiet around here, but not because I don’t have anything to share!

I’m just chiming in quickly to let you know that I’m having a speedy little sale over the next 24hrs to say THANKS, for everything – the hearts clicked, comments made, patterns bought and projects shared. I wouldn’t be here without you supportive knitters and so as a little thanks you can find a 50% discount on all my self published patterns on Ravelry (until 7pm tomorrow, no code needed!)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Stories from Snoqualmie Valley MKAL

Yesterday we kicked off the first day of Autumn with a new MKAL! Our Spring mystery knit-along, Tales from the Isle of Purbeck was so well received and such a blast that I couldn’t help but design another MKAL for the cosy fall months.

I can’t tell you how happy I was when Anna of Tolt Yarn and Wool agreed to showcase her special farm yarn in this mystery knit along!

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Snoqualmie Valley Yarn (No.2) is the inspiration behind this design – a unique lightweight DK single source yarn coming from, you guessed it, the heart of Snoqualmie Valley. Having visited this area quite a bit this year, and getting to know Anna and the Tolt crew, I’m drawn to this yarn and their efforts in bringing you a true farm to needle yarn!
Snoqualmie Valley Yarn is a rustic blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Clun Forest wool which is purposefully and organically raised by Jeff and Katya Rogers. From pasture, to mill, to your needles – it’s a journey that is thoughtfully planned, organised, and carried out, and I wanted to create a design that reflects all the hard work that’s been put in.

And so this MKAL is a slightly more involved project and as I was working away on my sample I took the time to take some video tutorials outlining some of the unusual stitches. It turns out that I am definitely not a pro in this field, and upon uploading the videos I discovered that between the lighting, a cream colored yarn, the wrong backdrop, and my very basic recording equipment (aka my phone) the stitch definition is completely lost and the only thing that could possibly be useful is my blabbering narration of what I was trying to show you.

And so I turn to the wonderful, wonderful knitters out there who are far more experienced in this than I am (!) and their online tutorials which are ready and available to help you get well on your way!!

Make sure to share updates and other tips and trick in our ravelry MKAL thread!! See you there!

First off; the Invisible Provisional Cast On

RT: right twist;
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LT: left twist;
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T7B: twist 7 back (this tutorial has you purl the middle stitch, however I simply knit this stitch)
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P tbl: purl through the back loop
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