2019, Colorwork, Knitting, New Pattern, pattern

New Pattern: Varna Shawl

Varna Shawl is released as part of Knotions December 2019 issue. Knit using one skein of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Frische colorway  and two skeins of Knit Picks Stroll in Ash colorway. Shawl is knit using mosaic colorwork technique, in which you work with only one color every row.

Varna, ‘color’ in Sanskrit, is a celebration of variegated yarn with long repeats. Paired with a neutral, solid colored yarn, the shawl lets the variegated yarn be the hero, while the solid yarn remains the unsung one.

The Varna Shawl is knit from one corner to the other edge, starting with few stitches in a row and gradually increasing on one side, to get the tapered triangular shape.   It uses mosaic knitting, in which every row is worked with only one color, making the Varna Shawl a mindless and enjoyable knit.

Varna Shawl on Ravelry
Varna Shawl on Knotions

Knitting

Queen Bee Wrap – Free until Nov 1

Queen Bee Wrap, which was published as part of February 2019 issue of I Like Knitting, is now available as a single pattern on Ravelry.

To celebrate the launch of this pattern in my store and the festival of lights, this wrap is available for free until Nov 1 (midnight India time) using the code “diwali2019”. Hurry and grab a copy now.

© I Like Knitting

Ravelry PatternQueen Bee Wrap

2019, Baby, Child, Finished Object, Gifts, Girls, Knitting

Summer Dress

When the sun is blazing hot and temperatures are soaring, the last thing you want to do is knit with wool. The obvious choice would be cotton. And when your dear friend announces there is a new addition to her family, you grab that opportunity and cast on for a summer dress.

The pattern is Muti Dress by Tagia Hilliard and is super fun to knit. The yoke keeps you interested and get done quickly. Then comes the full skirt, which can get monotonous and slow you down.

I used fingering weight cotton yarn and used up all of 100 gms of it. I ran out of yarn and had to skip one repeat of lace on the skirt border. I wish I had more yarn, as this dress turned out just a bit shorter.

I had these cute pencil buttons in my stash since ages and never got the opportunity to use them. I find the perfect project in this. Flowery buttons would have suited the girly dress better, but I went with pencils any way.

2019, Knitting, New Pattern, pattern

New Pattern: Sindhu Shawl

Sindhu Shawl is released as part of April 2019 issue of Knotions. Knit using two skeins of Malabrigo Silkpaca Yarn in gorgeous Pearl and Fucisa colorway, this shawl is a mindless, yet interesting knit.

Sindhu is one of the longest rivers in India, originating in the icy hills in the north and flowing south to finally merge into the Arabian sea. During her journey, Sindhu witnesses different terrains, including icy hills, rocky mountains, lush greenery and smooth sand.

Sindhu Shawl is an attempt to capture these interesting terrains. The shawl starts off with a mindless garter stitch which then transforms into garter stripes and the finale is akin to a musical crescendo – a pretty lace stitch pattern.

Sindhu Shawl on Ravelry
Sindhu Shawl on Knotions

2019, Colorwork, Flat knitting, Knitting, Lace, New Design, New Pattern, pattern, seamless

New Pattern: Queen Bee Wrap

I am so excited to have my pattern Queen Bee Wrap published as part of February 2019 issue of I Like Knitting. The theme Honeybee got me all excited and this wrap was fun to design, experimenting with different stitches, textures and eyelets. I love how the Ochre and Alcaucil colorways of Malabrigo Sock Yarn are so close to the yellow and black colors of bees.

The wrap is worked from one end to the other, in sections which range from plain garter, stockinette to stripes, eyelets and bobbles. The change in stitches make this wrap a very interesting, yet mindless knit.

The finished wrap will be 18″ wide and 64″ long, but you can easily change the length by working fewer or more inches or sections.

 

Link to Pattern: Queen Bee Wrap on I Like Knitting
Ravelry Pattern
: Queen Bee Wrap

2018, cable projects, Cables, circular knitting, Finished Object, Knitting, Knitting for Boys, New Design, New Pattern, seamless

New Pattern: Anahi Hat

It has been ages since I published a pattern and what better way to make a comeback than with Knotions magazine. Jody is a pleasure to work with and the working model which Knotions follows is so convenient for international designers like me. I see many collaborations with Knotions in the future for myself.

© Edsger Studio for Knotions Magazine

Anahi Hat is a beautifully textured hat, with cables all over. The meandering cables make this hat look way more complicated than it actually is. It is knit in round, from the brim up and is a quick knit, owing to the use of worsted weight yarn and the addictive cables.

The pattern comes in one size, which should give you a finished circumference of 20″.

© Edsger Studio for Knotions Magazine

 

Link to Free Pattern: Anahi Hat on Knotions
Ravelry Pattern
: Anahi Hat
Yarn Suggested: Cascade 220, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted

2018, Finished Object, Knitting, weaving

I don’t need a new hobby…

And yet I picked up one. I have always been enamored with weaving. The repetitive act of throwing the shuttle, beating with the heddle was so mesmerizing to watch. I knew I will buy a loom, sooner or later. It was a question of when rather than if. And the “when” question was answered with “ASAP” when I visited the weavers at Kumaon Grameen Udyog.

After the live demonstration of weaving on her Ashford RH Loom by the lovely enabler Josie, a decision was made. I was going to buy a loom and an Ashford 24″ RH loom. My loom arrived a month ago and I have been getting my hands dirty since then.

I wove a sample with some acrylic yarn and I loved how the fabric turned out. I have a love-hate relationship with variegated yarn. The colors look so pretty when the yarn is in skeins/balls, but the moment you start knitting with it, you end up with ugly pooling. I finally found what to do with my huge supply of variegated yarn – weaving!

 

I next wove a placemat with the same multicolored acrylic yarn. My length calculation was not off the mark and I ended up with somewhat closer to the length I had planned for. This now adorns my chest of drawers and is a lovely sight!

Log cabin pattern looks difficult, but is just plain weaving with some intelligent placing of colors. After following a video tutorial and some hits and misses, I finally wove a skinny log cabin scarf. Not really long enough to wear, so it is more like a sample. Will definitely weave myself a scarf in this pattern.

After experimenting with acrylic and tasting decent success, I was bold enough to try with natural fibers. I took a huge leap and decided to experiment with two different fibers in the same scarf. I used merino wool fingering weight for warp and silk laceweight for weft.

Result is a gorgeous scarf with a lovely drape. I ended up with a shorter scarf than planned for, but the scarf is still useable.

As I said, I didn’t really need a new hobby, but I picked up a new one any way!