2012, Baby, Cardigan, Child, Lace, New Design, New Pattern, pattern, seamless, Spring, Summer

New Pattern: Tanvi

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.

 

2011, Child, pattern

New Pattern: Tee Cruise

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.

2011, pattern, seamless

New Pattern: Swirl Wrist Bag

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.

SIZES
One size: 7” base and 9” height.

MATERIALS

Any Heavy/Worsted Weight Yarn

GAUGE
18 sts and 20 rows = 4” in
Stockinette stitch
Gauge is not critical for this project

To download the pattern, click on the image above or on the button below.


2011, giveaway, pattern

Name it and Win it: Pattern Giveaway

I have been working on a pattern for a summer tee most of last month and luckily, it got accepted by a ummm… website. The pattern is written out and testing is complete. The yarn has arrived and I am knitting up the sample. Once that is done, I need to send the sample their way so they can get their own modeled photos. What is the problem, you ask? Well, I do not have a name for the pattern. I used ‘Summer Love’ for lack of options, but that name does not convey what the pattern stands for. I have been googling since ages, but I just cannot find a name I like.

So, I am turning to you all for help. Suggest names for this pattern and if I choose to use the name you suggested, you will get the pattern for free, of course, after it gets published.

Some rules, because what is a contest without them:

1. Leave a comment on this post with your suggestions.
2. No limit on the number of names you can suggest
3. If I decide to use the name you suggested, you will win a copy of the pattern, sent to you as Ravelry gift or e-mailed to you. You will also be credited on the Ravelry pattern page.
4. Contest ends on June 26 2011.
5. Winner will be announced on June 27 2011 and the winner needs to get back with contact information.

Here is the first sample I knit when I was writing out the pattern. It is knit top-down with raglan sleeves. It has contrast color inner button band and a fold-over belt on the sleeves. Hope it inspires you to think up of some unique names. Think summer: scorching sun, cool lemonade, green mangoes, beaches and of course, vacation. Time to put your thinking caps on and suggest some names.

Baby, pattern

As Sweet As Honey Baby Blanket

© Knitcircus

When I was expecting my baby, I decided to knit a blanket for that soon-to-be-arriving special person. Ravelry, with its load of baby blanket patterns, failed to find me something good. I decided to make up the pattern myself. I had very specific requirements: no holey laces, it should have some texture, it should be simple, yet interesting to hold my attention.  The end result is As Sweet As Honey Baby Blanket. This blanket is being overused well used since the last 20 months.

So why am I blogging about this again? That’s because the pattern was released today. My pattern is part of the latest Knitcircus issue.  Can you see me jumping with glee?