Friday, August 24, 2018

As many of you know, I've been dipping my toe back into some old favorites and giving them a little spa day. 

And Chocolate Stout, one of my most-worn and favorite cardigans is the latest one up!

As with the others, if you already bought Chocolate Stout via Ravelry, you will get an email to download the new version for free.  If you didn't, the code MORE STOUT will get you 50% off the pattern until 8/31/18.

This has always been one of my favorites. Easily memorized allover cables, a comfy fit, generous ribbing, POCKETS, and some cool detail under the arms make for a super fun knit - and it's such a wardrobe staple all winter. 

You'll notice that in addition to a new layout and a few additional stitch counts, text edits and a revised cable chart (with written instructions) - Chocolate Stout really needed some beautiful new photos.

Thank you Misa ;)

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Hi Everyone! 

Wow, it's been a little stretch between pattern releases around here. You know the drill. Distracted. Hot. Summer. Travels. Family.  But that's all about to change as we move into Fall, isn't it??

For now, I'll just start the season with a great transitional piece, Herbsaint! A loose, slouchy tee that can easily go from cool summer nights (oh, how I am waiting for a cool summer ANYTHING) to the crisp days of Fall...

It's named Herbsaint, after the Absinthe-like liqueur created in New Orleans in the 1930s.  The delicate nature of the cables, plus the soft green color both seemed to work well with the name, and I kind of love how it sounds... 

Herbsaint, the sweater, features delicate and unexpected cables, paired with simple ribs and  combined with side-to-side construction.  The overall silhouette is easy and relaxed, and the sweater also features short sleeves and an open neckline. 

Shoulder shaping at the top - and some optional shaping at the lower back - play around with the ribs a little.

I had fun with the construction, working the top half of the sweater in two panels - each worked from sleeve to sleeve.  Once the upper panels were completed and seamed together, I picked up stitches around the bottom edge and worked the stockinette portion of the sweater downwards, in the round. This makes modifying for length super easy, but altering the top for width or depth is also simple and instructions are included in the PDF, as always.

Herbsaint is knit in baa ram ewe's new Winterburn DK, which adds the perfect heather, a touch of sheen, and a lovely drape to the fabric.  I love how this pops in the cables, and gives the whole sweater a crisp, but delicate feel.  It's a gorgeous yarn, and super satisfying on the needles.

From now until Aug 31, if you purchase Winterburn DK in the baa ram ewe shop, you can use the code HERBSAINT to get 10% off 4 skeins or more, so it's a great time to try it out .  Just sayin'.  

ALL the information, plus more photos and test knits, can be found on the Ravelry page.   The PDF can be purchased there or on the Pullovers section of the blog!