Knitter Projects: Echo Flowers Shawl

Today we're excited to share another beautiful version of the Echo Flowers Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen. Similar to  Patricia's Kunst pullover, this shawl is knit in Meadow in Pennyroyal by Erica

echo flowers in Fibre Co Meadow

Meadow is a great choice for this yarn, as it blocks out nicely and really shows off the beautiful lace pattern in this intricate shawl. We love this color, pattern, and yarn combo--great job Erica! 

echo flowers shawl in Fibre Co Meadow

All image © Erica Heusser, used with permission. 

Knitter Projects: Kunst Pullover

We always love to pour through Japanese stitch dictionaries and pattern books. Their aesthetic tends to be quite different from American patterns, and yet are so beautiful and delicate. Today's featured project was knit by Patricia in Meadow, using the Kunst Pullover pattern from the popular Japanese knitting magazine Keito Dama. 

Kunst top in Fibre Company Meadow.JPG

Each hexagon is knit, and then joined with crochet and crochet edging. Patricia knit her top in Pennyroyal, a lovely color for this elegant top. 

Kunst top in Fibre Company Meadow

Great job, Patricia! The top is stunning! 

All image © PShih, used with permission.

Crop Top Pattern by Lori Versaci

This summer, designer Lori Versaci contacted me to see if I would be able to test knit a new design for her in our Acadia yarn. The answer, unsurprisingly, was YES! I had been saving (hoarding?) a particularly odd colorway of Bog under my desk for a couple years (yes, years) and had been waiting for the perfect project to come along. This was it. I'm not usually a cropped sweater kinda gal, but I love pretty much everything Lori does, and liked the look of this one from the start so I knew I could make it work. 

The sweater is the Crop Top just recently published in Amirisu Magazine. I made no modifications to the design, but I do confess that on the sleeves my row gauge did not match my original swatch, so I guess there was one unintentional modification. I knit the yoke over a few evenings, and then set it aside for a while. I should have re-swatched when I picked it back up weeks later to work the sleeves--lesson learned! I knit the size Large, 49 1/2" bust, to get the recommended 10+" of ease, and I love the result.

With the recommended amount of ease it's one part sweater, one part poncho, and all parts super comfy. I have worn it over a dress, with a tunic and leggings, and with jeans and a t-shirt, making it surprisingly versatile for a cropped sweater. I am seriously considering knitting a second one, maybe a Medium this time, in Savannah, for Spring. Maybe with a three quarters or half length sleeve?

Thank you so much, Lori, for such a wonderful design and a fun opportunity to test knit. I truly enjoyed both the knitting and the final result! - CAK

Independent Designer Feature: My Fair Maiden by Meg Roke

If any of you follow us on Instagram, you may know of my horribly failed attempt at sewing up butterfly wings for Charlie's Halloween costume. To be honest, I'm not even sure if she really wanted to be a butterfly, but she likes to flap her "wings" when wearing a hooded towel after bath time, so it seemed like as good an idea as any.

Looking back, the project was doomed from the start. On Monday, I had a mere 15 minutes to shop on Fabric Row and grab all of the blue and green polyester sparkle and sequins I could get my hands on. I then set to work, late at night, long after dark, with no plan, no idea, and most importantly, no base fabric to both hold the terrible stretchy sparkly mess, and give me (and my dear machine) a break. Note to Self: The ability to sew garments for myself out of natural fibers does not a successful last-minute polyester & sequins Halloween costume make. Needless to say, I was one of the (surprisingly many) sad souls wandering through the nearly-empty Halloween aisle of Target last night desperately grasping for something toddler-appropriate that looked vaguely like a butterfly. Jury is still out on whether or not Charlie will wear what I bought. (I'm sure if you check instagram, you'll find out!) 

What I should have done, instead of failing at a costume, was start early, plan ahead, and knit Charlie the adorable My Fair Maiden tunic by Meg Roke out of Canopy Fingering.

The perfect balance of simple & cute, the My Fair Maiden tunic is a nod to Fairy Tales without being too over the top (way more than I can say for those store-bought costumes. Shudder.)

Pattern Specifications:
• To Fit: 2 (4, 6 , 8, 10) years.
• Yarn: Canopy Fingering: 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins in Crocus (MC), 1 skein in Purple Passion (CC).
• Needles: US 2 (3.25 mm) straight or circular needles + US 4 (3.25 mm) straight or circular needles.
• Gauge: Tunic: 28 stitches and 38 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch pattern using size US 2 needles. Ribbon: 24 stitches and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch pattern using size US 4 needles.

Thankfully, if I get started now, I'm pretty sure the size 4 will fit Charlie perfectly next year. Wonderful work, Meg!

For more information, and to purchase the pattern, check out the Ravelry page here, or Meg's website here.  - KGO

(All images © Meg Roke)