BRAIDED BERRY HAT & MITTS
These pieces combine rich, beautiful texture with the smooth elegance of stockinette stitch. Knit in versatile DK weight yarn with a split brim and cuffs—plus pompoms for a touch of whimsy—this hat and mitts are quite fetching accessories for spring or fall.
Beginning with a cabled neckline, this cowl cascades in gentle swirls around your neck and shoulders. The pattern includes a bit of shaping, a bit of texture, and many opportunities for color-play. Create a dramatic addition to your wardrobe with a mini-skein set or yarn left over from some of your favorite projects. Wear your Letterpress with the drape in front, or over one shoulder for asymmetric flair. LETTERPRESS is available for purchase on Ravelry.
Inspired by the variety of color and texture in rust-dyed fabric, Rusted Wing is an asymmetrical shawl knit in alternating sections of stockinette and garter stitch. A growing expanse of simple eyelet runs along the outside of the “wing.” Select yarn with color and fiber differences in order to create visual as well as textural interest. The knitting grows in sections of horizontal stripes, but the shawl’s dramatic asymmetry emerges when it is worn with the garter border along the left side of the body. Available as a Ravelry download.
“Sylvie and I (I think that night we were almost a single person) could not leave that house, which was stashed like a brain, a reliquary, like a brain, its relics to be pawed and sorted and parceled out among the needy and the parsimonious of Fingerbone.” –Ruth from Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Reliquary is an amulet with a ribbed opening and buttoned flap. Use three colors of special yarn to create this keepsake pouch. Add beads, a leather cord, and use it to hold treasured belongings close to your heart.
This pattern includes line by line instructions, and a series of eight instructional photographs to guide your knitting. Available as a Revelry download.
Another Door Opens
“When one door closes another door opens; we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell
Autumn is a season of transformation and brilliant colors. It begins with subtle changes, but soon the sun’s rays strike the landscape at ever-sharper angles, until trees and grasses around us seem to glow. We enjoy the fruits of the harvest and reflect on the bounty of the season before winter’s chill arrives. During the coldest months of the year, we spend time with close friends and family, opening the door to the pleasures of the holiday season.
Another Door Opens is a medium-sized shawl that begins with a traditional triangle shape. A combination of stockinette and garter stitches creates strong diagonal lines, while a set of increases within the pattern establishes a subtle curve in the border of the shawl. This project can be knit with just one skein of fingering weight yarn. A border knit in a complimentary color will emphasize the soft shape of the border. Hand spinners will enjoy knitting with a special skein of 2-ply yarn—perhaps something with a bit of silk. This pattern is available as a Ravelry download. You can read more about the development of this shawl pattern here.