Dewdrops is a fun and easy to knit fingering weight scarf. The stockinette body is accented by beads and lace on each end and along the edges. The beads, which look like dewdrops in the sunlight, give an eye-catching sparkle, while the linen blend fingering weight yarn and lace sections keep the scarf light. The four row pattern repeat is easy to memorize, and the beads are added with a crochet hook, so no stringing of beads is required. Suitable for an advanced beginner and beyond. The pattern can be found in my Ravelry store. Just click on the store link at the top of the page.
It's been so long since I last posted, but I'm happy to say that Weebly finally improved their app, so I can post from my iPad! You should definitely see more posting in the future.
A lot has been going on. First, I just released my latest pattern, Entwined, on Ravelry. It's a side to side crescent shaped shawl, with a twisted stitch border. It can be knit to any size desired, and with any weight yarn. A link to my Ravelry store can be found at the top of the page.
I've also been doing a lot of dyeing! It's just so fun to play with color. The link to my Etsy shop can be found at the top of the page.
Last, but not least, I'm having a big Mother's Day sale right now. Check it out!
Wow, two posts in one day! I just realized I had never announce the release of my two latest patterns. Both are available on the Knit Picks website. The easiest way to find then is to click on my Ravelry store in the header; the pattern page there will have a direct link to the pattern.
My first pattern released was Knoppen Mitts. They are easy and quick to knit. They use less than 50 grams of yarn per pair, so are great for the orphan skein in your stash. Knit flat, and with no cable needle required, these mitts would be suitable for an advanced beginner and beyond, and would make great last minute gifts. Click on the photos to see the complete pictures.
The second pattern released was Trillare. It's a fun and easy crescent shaped shawlette. The garter stitch body is accented by a flowing bell ruffle border. The pattern is adjustable to any size and yarn weight desired. It's perfect for the adventurous beginner and beyond. Click on the photos to see the complete pictures.
Lots has been going on. I spent most of November and December designing patterns for two of Knit Picks upcoming collections. One will be up in March, and is a bath set. The other won't be out until July (I think), and is part of a home collection. Can't wait to see them all finished up.
I also finally had time to break out the dye pots again. I have so much fun dyeing, and decided to try some mini skeins this time. Let's just say, it's a bit addicting! I dyed gradient sets, complementary colors, and a rainbow! I also dyed on glimmer yarn (it contains Stellina, which gives it a sparkle), and loved it. And last, but not lest a couple of sock blanks; one I purchased to dye, and the other I hand cranked out of my vintage knitting machine. They can all be found at my Etsy store. Just click on the link in the header, and it will take you right there.
I was so excited when my pattern, Lace Edged Baby Bibs, was accepted to be included in the new Storey Publishing book, One-Skein Wonders for Babies. It was a bit nerve-wracking as more and more designers on Ravelry were getting acceptance emails, and others getting samples back that hadn't been chosen, but I hadn't heard a thing. Finally about a week after most people had heard, I received my acceptance email! Working with Storey Publishing was a great experience, and I'm pleased with the final result.
The bibs I designed would make great last minute gifts, as they knit up quickly and use little yarn. One skein of Knit Picks Comfy will make two bibs. Both lace patterns are very easy, and dress up the stockinette body nicely. They are finished off with I-cord ties. My pattern can be found of page 193.
The book itself is full of fun, cute, classic designs for babies. There's something for everyone here! You can find tops, bottoms, ensembles, dresses, hats, socks, booties, accessories, blankets, and toys. Just doing a quick flip through, I see a lot things I would definitely knit. If you have little ones, or just like to knit for babies, this book as a lot to offer. Though, I admit, I may be a bit biased!
My last dishcloth to be published as part of the Knit Picks 52 Weeks of Dishcloths collection, went live this past week. This has been a fun project to be a part of, and has led to many great stitch patterns I hadn't seen before.
Slipped Stripes Dishcloth has great texture and an easy to memorize stitch pattern. It's free so check it out at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/slipped-stripes-dishcloth.
I've mentioned before that I like to dye yarns with food safe colors (AmeriColor Gel Colors are my favorite right now). Well, I finally decided to turn my hobby into a little business, and I'm really excited about it. Dyeing yarn is so much fun. I always say it's like finger painting for adults! I've taken good notes, so I do have some reproducible colors, but a lot of the fun is the unexpected results you get from time to time. If you'd like to check out my store, you can at www.etsy.com/shop/distractedknits, or just search for DistractedKnits under shops. For a quick peak, check out the gallery below. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Here it is already the beginning of September! This past summer was one of the busiest we've ever had, and next week, we jump into a new homeschooling year. I've had several new patterns released over the summer, and all can be found on the Knit Picks website, or in my Raveley store.
The first is a free pattern, Checks and Eyelets Facecloth.
The next pattern is a child's cape, Capeleta. While it's sized for a 6-8 years old, it will fit a variety of sizes. Plus, it's easy to resize with the instructions included. It's knit from the top down, and is very easy. My little girl loves hers!
And lastly, Viveza. This shawl is knit from side to side and can be adapted to any weight yarn and any finished size desired. The beads on the border add a nice sparkle, but can be left off if desired.
I've been a part of Knit Picks 52 Weeks of Dishcloths project, and it has been a lot of fun. My last dishcloth was published in March, and today another one is available. I really love how this stitch pattern knit up. It's easy to memorize, and the texture is great for washing dishes. It's also a great place to try cabling without a needle. This was a new skill for me. I was able to do it on one of the cabled rows, but the other just wouldn't cooperate, so I used a cable needle for that twist. A link to the pattern can be found in my Ravelry store. Enjoy!
I am so excited to announce that my latest pattern, Cobblestone Throw, is now available in Knitscene Accessories 2015! The digital version is live now, and a link can be found in my Ravelry store. The print version should be out at the beginning of June.
This was my first time working with Knitscene, and it was a very pleasant and professional experience. When I first saw the call for submissions on Ravelry, I wanted to give it a shot, but didn't really expect much. I wasn't sure I could come up with something "good enough" for such a well known magazine.
I decided to try to come up with a pattern for the home dec section. After looking at past issues, I began to get a feel for what they were looking for. I wanted to find a stitch pattern that would be fairly easy to knit, but yet have a lot of texture to it. The first stitch pattern I found, looked great in print, but terrible when I replicated it with the yarn and needles that I wanted to use. So, back to the drawing board. I decided to see what Pinterest had to offer, and came across a stitch pattern that I loved, and had never seen before. I began to swatch again, and loved it! It was easy to memorize, and came out textured and squishy; just what I was looking for. My final swatches are below.
Well, with some hesitation, I sent the swatch and proposal off, and then waited. I was so excited and surprised when it was accepted! About a week later, my yarn support arrived, and I got busy knitting. I had to make a couple of small changes to my original pattern, mainly the width of the borders and stitch count, but all went well. The yarn, Berocco Vintage Chunky, was wonderful to work with. Below is my finished sample, blocking.
After the knitting was finished, I tackled the style sheet. It was pretty straight forward. I've used some style sheets that make me despair of my life, but this one was fine. I'm always a bit stressed when I fill them out because I want to do it right, and am afraid I'm going to make a mistake. I didn't hear any complaints, though, so I must have done fine. I packaged up the sample and mailed. Then it was time to wait.
Well, today that waiting is over! I love how Knitscene photographed the throw; I'd love a bedroom like that! They really made my throw look good. The entire process has been a pleasure, and I can't wait to see my pattern in the print edition. Click on the thumbnails below to see some more views the Cobblestone Throw. All photos below are (c) Knitscene/Harper Point Photography.
Why DistractedKnits? Well, I wanted my name to reflect my designing philosophy. When I knit, and design, I prefer patterns that are interesting to knit, but can be easily memorized. I also need patterns that can be put down at a moment’s notice, and when picked back up, it only takes a moment to find my place.