I am so pleased that Zeppa Shawl is released today. This shawl has a story behind it. I got this gorgeous yarn from Helen of Bessie May yarns after looking through all the lovely colors and finally settling on these three colors. I planned to make Entropy vest with this yarn. It was accepted by Petite Purls and they wanted me to use a yarn which was more commercial and available in the US. So, this yarn was set aside for future hoping a good idea would strike soon.
After a few weeks, I thought of using this for a circular yoke sweater with argyle pattern on the yoke. Interesting yes, but very difficult to implement. I knit up a sample in my son’s size (who loved it to bits, BTW) and released it for testing. None of my testers could get the yoke to work. After multiple revisions, I gave up and concluded that this yarn didn’t want to become a sweater.
And one fine night, as I was on the verge of dozing off, a light bulb went off in my mind and thus, Zeppa was born. I am still embarrassed by the failure of the sweater, but as they say, all is well that ends well. Even though Zeppa was ready long back, I had to wait until the weather turned colder. So, here it is, ladies and gentlemen, presenting Zeppa.
Zeppa is knit from the top-down, like typical half-circle shawls, with increases placed apart. Stockinette section is alternated with colorwork section which look like wedges using short rows. Colorwork stitch pattern is very easy since you are dealing with only one color on each row. This is a good candidate for stash busting as you can use multiple colors on a single wedge. The shawl is knit in DK weight yarn, which makes it a quick knit.
Yarn: Bessie May Smile
Zeppa is available at a reduced price of US $2 (yep, 50% off) until Sep 15 using coupon code “Zeppa50”. Add this pattern to your cart on Ravelry and enter the coupon “Zeppa50” (without the double quotes) and you should see the discounted price.
This blog post is way too late, but better late than never, eh?
I was on cloud nine the whole of last week. My feet were barely touching the ground. And with good reason. I had a pattern published by Quince. drumroll. At this point in my designing career, this comes as a much needed opportunity to reach a wider audience and also to know how publishing works.
Quince and team (special mention to Jerusha for putting up with my too frequent mails) were so easy and helpful to work with. I was apprehensive since this was the first time I was working with them, but they never made me feel out of place. Jerusha, the lovely lady she is, always replied cheerfully to my emails, even when she had to give me a bad news.
This was also my first time working with Quince yarn and the experience was equally pleasant. Tern is perfect for texture and the color Quince chose for this design shows off the cable texture very well. Photos are gorgeous, as always with Quince.
Photo © Quince and Co.
Texo Shawl is knit using fingering weight yarn and is knit from the top down, starting from a garter stitch tab. The shawl shown in the photo is 60″ deep with 26″ wingspan. It is perfect for chilly summer evenings. A knitter on Ravelry is knitting this as a nursing cover! You can buy a copy of Texo Shawl on Ravelry or on Quince’s website.
Punto Shawl is an asymmetric, crescent shaped which is easy to drape and interesting to knit. The shawl features plain garter rows interspersed with colorwork wedges with pointy edges half the way and curved edges on the other half. The shawl is worked sideways with wedges and the crescent shape achieved using short rows.
Punto Shawl uses the variegated yarns to its benefit by breaking up the colors using slipped stitches. Use the same CC yarn as shown in the sample or be adventurous and use different yarns for each wedge. Instead of using variegated yarn, you can use different solid yarns for each wedge.
Punto Shawl makes a great set with Punto Cowl and Punto Hat. You can buy the shawl pattern alone or grab all the three patterns in one ebook. You can get 30% off either the Punto Shawl pattern or on the Punto ebook using coupon code ‘PUNTO!‘. Hurry, sale will end May 11, midnight, India time.
Ravelry Pattern: Punto Shawl by Anjali M.
MC Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted
CC Yarn: Malabrigo Sellecion Privada
Needle Size: US #9 5.5 mm for the body
Tanvi by Anjali M.
I sent out an update to Tanvi on Ravelry last week. There were one error in the intro text (or the romance text as it is called) which said that the sleeves are knit after the body, while the actual pattern instructions were to bind off the sleeves when the yoke is complete. I got a question about this from a customer and I had to correct this error and send out an update.
This also gave me the chance to migrate this pattern to my new template. I searched high and low for resources for creating/buying templates and finally zeroed in on this MS Publisher template. I customized it heavily to suit my needs and I like how it turned out. I have been using this for all my new patterns and I like how easy it is to change the colors with just one click. I have stopped using MS Word for pattern editing and rely heavily on Publisher now. Here is my jazzy, new template. What do you think?
I won some gorgeous Indigodragonfly yarn when Kim hosted a giveaway to mark her anniversary. Ever since I held that yarn in my hands, I knew I will have to make my own design out of it. I was a budding designer then and neither had the skills nor the experience to design, so this yarn was treasured for future use. The right time came a few months back and Tanvi was born.
Tanvi was actually planned to be released as part of Knitcircus Summer 2012 issue, but as my luck would have it, the magazine had to close down. So, I decided to self-publish Tanvi.
Ravelry Pattern: Tanvi by Anjali M.
Yarn Suggested: Indigodragonfly Merino Sock
Needle Size: US #2.5 3 mm
Tanvi is a circular yoke, seamless cardigan and is the perfect solution to keep off the spring’s morning chill. True to its name, the cardigan is delicate with eyelets on the yoke and lacy diamonds on the body. It is a great way of showcasing the single skein of hand-dyed sock yarn lying around in the stash.
The cardigan is knit flat from the neck down with circular yoke. After the desired yoke depth is reached, sleeve stitches are put on holders and the body is worked. It comes in sizes 6 months to size 10. This is a great way of using up your ever growing sock yarn stash.
Keep tuned as I have planned a giveaway which is coming soon.
Remember the contest I hosted on my blog sometime back in which I asked suggestions for a name for a new pattern? The pattern is now christened Tee Cruise. That means Lori (Indulgence on Ravelry) from Things from Strings is our winner. Lori, thanks so much for your suggestion. It conveys everything I wanted to through this pattern. I have sent you the pattern as a Ravelry gift. Hope you enjoy knitting it!
I had a lot of wonderful suggestions and many names were shortlisted and Tee Cruise won by a small margin. Since I had so many great suggestions, I do not want to disappoint the others, so I will have a pattern giveaway soon.
The pattern’s idea originated way back in March when summer was starting (in this part of the world). The pattern has come a long way from ideation to pattern proposal to getting yarn and making the prototype. In the end, I have a very satisfied feeling that the pattern turned out exactly like what I had in mind.
Special thanks to Nupur and Kashmira for helping me in getting the yarn. Thanks to this pattern, I met a wonderful crafter and now can call her my friend.
Ravelry Pattern: Tee Cruise by Anjali M.
Yarn Suggested: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted
Needle Size: US #7 4.5 mm
Tee Cruise is a summer gift to encourage a child to go out and play, because don’t you know, it’s summer? This summer tee is perfect to play under the blue sky and roll over the green grass. The folded up sleeve bands and the contrast colored placket add the right amount of jazz to appear cool by the pool under the scorching sun.
The tee is knit from top down from the neckline and knit flat until the placket opening. The body is then joined in round. The collar and button bands are knitted later by picking up stitches. The sleeve bands are knitted by picking stitches from under the sleeve edge and the end is sewed on in place. It comes in a good range of sizes: 12 months, 2T, 4T, 6, 8, 10, 12. For more details, visit the Ravelry pattern page: Tee Cruise.
Keep watching this space because I will be back with a giveaway.
My knitter friends in Bangalore aka Bangalore Ravelry Brigade had a Potluck lunch planned last week. In the last minute, I was asked if I could bring along a handmade gift. I don’t sew (which is considered faster than knitting), and I am not that good at crocheting that I could just whip up something in a hurry, so that left only knitting I could fall back on. I didn’t have enough time to search for patterns on Ravelry, sort through them and finalize on one, so I took the easy way out and created something on my own and that is how Swirl Wrist Bag was born.
Swirl is a seamless wrist bag with garter stitch base and slanting eyelets on the body. It comes with three options for the strap: garter, stockinette and i-cord. Swirl is quick to knit and is perfect as a project bag for knitters and a wristlet bag for
muggles non-knitters. It is ideal for newbie knitters who want to try out provisional cast on, lace and i-cords. The instructions for lace stitch pattern is provided as written instructions and chart.
One size: 7” base and 9” height.
Any Heavy/Worsted Weight Yarn
18 sts and 20 rows = 4” in
Gauge is not critical for this project
To download the pattern, click on the image above or on the button below.