Posted by: spinnyknitter | November 7, 2015

Fall Pattern Sale and Indulge Me! Club by Shalimar Yarns

Hi, knitters.  I have some news for you today… first off, I am holding a Fall Pattern Sale.

Buy 2 patterns and get the third pattern free.

The sale started yesterday, Friday November 6 and will run through Sunday November 15, 2015.  All my self-published patterns are eligible for the sale, so I hope you will take advantage of my offer to stock up on a few of your favourites.

Here are just a few of the patterns on sale:







All the patterns available for the sale and the details on how to take advantage of this offer may be found here.

My next news is that I have been invited to design a pattern for the Indulge Me! Club by Shalimar Yarns.   I’m so excited to be working with Celeste and Kristi at Shalimar yarns on this luxury yarn club.  I’m also honoured to be working in the company of fellow designers: Tanis Gray, Jen Lucas, and Jennifer Dassau.


Sign ups have begun and will continue through November 13th, 2015, so don’t delay, there are only a few days left to indulge yourself or someone you love.

The first kit ships November 19th and the second ships December 30th.  Wouldn’t that be an awesome gift for the holidays?  Then two more kits to follow in the new year would be so wonderful to anticipate.  I’m starting to feel better about winter already!

Posted by: spinnyknitter | October 27, 2015

Lochlyn Shawl and Cowl

I have two patterns for you today, a shawl and a cowl.  The stitch pattern is very similar between the two pieces.  Let’s look at the shawl first:


Lochlyn Shawl is a triangle knit sideways.  This shawl is rich in texture and colorwork but easy to knit.  Very easy to knit!  It’s just knits and purls, with a few slipped stitches and an increase.  That’s it!  I found it so easy, in fact, that after getting familiar with the stitch pattern, I was able to knit for hours without looking at the pattern once.  Really, everything happens very predictably and once you get it memorized, it’s a piece of cake.  The stitches on the needles will tell you what to do.


The broken garter pattern and the colorwork look much more complicated than it is, but it’s interesting to knit too.  I do love a pattern such as this, easy but interesting.  You are only working with one color per row, so nothing fancy with the colorwork and yet, the hand dyed yarn co-mingling in interesting ways with the texture of the stitch pattern, really gorgeous.

I used Tosh DK for the project – 2 skeins of Glazed Pecan and 1 skein of Shire for the sample shown.  The pattern is easily adjustable, make what ever size suits you.

I think the yarn is key here.  I really recommend hand dyed for this project.  I used a semi-solid for the main color (that’s color A – glazed pecan) and then I choose a lightly variegated for the contrast color (that’s color B – Shire).  The slight differences in shades in the hand dyed yarn really plays well with the stitch patterns and causes almost a shimmer in a certain light.

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A deep garter stitch border finishes off this soft and squishy wrap.

Many thanks go to my test knitter Teresa, who tested this shawl pattern for me and make a fabulous version in purples and golds.


I loved this combination of yarn and texture so much, that while still working on the shawl, I began to imagine a cowl.  When it came time to knit a sample, I stuck with the autumnal theme and choose 1 skein of Tosh DK in Resin and 1 skein in Cardinal.


I wanted Lochlyn Cowl to be reversible so I played with the stitches until I worked out how to make the solid lines run across both sides of the cowl.  The knitting is still very easy and uncomplicated, with patterning on both sides.  Once a few repeats had been worked, I put down the pattern and finished the cowl without looking at it again.  Really, once all the stitches are all set up, they tell you what to do, just as in the shawl.


The cowl is knit flat, in a long strip and then joined using the three-needle bind-off.  You begin with a crochet cast-on and there is a video link in the pattern to both these easy techniques.


I hope you will give these patterns a try!  I am running a promotion on Ravelry, through until Friday, October 30, 2015.  Purchase the Lochlyn Shawl pattern and receive the Lochlyn Cowl pattern free.  Details here.

Posted by: spinnyknitter | October 2, 2015

Lineau Shawl pattern available on Ravelry

Just a quick post to tell you that I have published Lineau Shawl on Ravelry..  This pattern was originally an exclusive kit on Craftsy, and it’s still available for purchase there.  But now you can purchase the pattern separately as well.  One single 100 gram skein of fingering/sport weight yarn will make a size similar to the sample shown here, which measures 50 inches wide by 24 inches deep.


For this sample, I used Abstract Fibers Silky Matisse in the colorway Chartreuse.  Isn’t it an amazing green?  I really love it!


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Posted by: spinnyknitter | August 21, 2015

Robin Hill Shawl

I hope you like my new design. Robin Hill Shawl is slightly asymmetrical in shape and style, featuring a beautiful botanical lace motif down one side and easy two colour stripes.  The shawl begins with a few stitches at one wing tip and is knit across to the other wing tip, all in one piece. It is finished with a simple sideways bind off.  Like most of my other shawl patterns, the size is easily adjusted by working the main pattern repeat as many times as desired.


This new shawl design was inspired by The Forsythe Saga currently airing on PBS.  It’s a 2002 mini-series based on the books by John Galsworthy.  There is a house called Robin Hill that figures prominently in the series.  The house has influences of Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts and is full of light and space.   We see glimpses of Robin Hill throughout the series.  I’m always waiting for the next episode to air and all this enthusiasm for the show turned into my new shawl design.

A while ago, I had purchased two colorways of Tosh DK because I thought they would be beautiful paired together.  The two colors were Shire and Plunge and my heart beat a little faster every time I saw the two colorways together.  I knit my first sample of this pattern using these two colorways and I love the result.


This small sample measures 50″ across and 19″ deep after blocking, and used just one skein of each colorway.


For the second sample, I knew that I wanted a larger version, something that would completely cover the shoulders and be dramatic and wrap like.  I also wanted to try a more neutral color combination.  I loved my blue/green version, but I thought a more neutral combination would make it even more wearable.  All this lead me to the color combination for sample number two. I used Tosh DK again, but this time with the colorways kitten and dirty panther.  I checked out many different combinations of greys and browns, but this combination won me over right away.  I have always been a hard sell on neutrals, I love my bright, clear, saturated colors.  But this combination had such life to it that I willingly ventured into neutral territory!


This larger sample measures 72″ across and 26″ deep, after blocking.  This baby is big, you can really wrap yourself up and stay warm with this size.  I think it will be perfect for fall over a sweater and for winter, over a winter coat.  I used two skeins of kitten and one skein of dirty panther for this version.


Overall, this is an easy knit.   The lace panel pattern is mostly patterned on right side rows and then there are rows and rows of lovely squishy, stretchy garter stitch.  The color changes kept me interested and I loved watching the play between the two colorways as I knit.  The dk weight yarn and the larger needle seemed to make it grow quickly too.


Robin Hill Shawl is available today on Ravelry here.

Posted by: spinnyknitter | June 3, 2015

Newsletter coming…

Hi everyone! I hope June is off to a good start for everyone. I have been thinking for some time about putting together a newsletter and I’m getting it organized. It will be monthly to start, although this may change down the road. I plan on including info about new designs I’m working on, new designs published, and tidbits about what’s new in the knitting world that we all love. I also plan on including special promos and coupon codes for newsletter subscribers only, to entice you all to subscribe :) Subscribe here or at the link on the sidebar. The first issue will be coming soon!

Posted by: spinnyknitter | May 11, 2015

Low Country Shawl, an Anniversary Sale and more!

Hi everyone!  Guess what happened five years ago today?  I sold my first pattern!  I can scarcely believe it, but it’s been five years since I published my first pattern for sale on Ravelry.  I had no idea how caught up I would become in this whole pattern writing business. The first shawl pattern I designed was Calais Shawl and it was and still is, a free pattern on Ravelry.  It started the passion I have for lace design.


A month later, on May 11, 2010, I published Dover Castle Shawl, my first “for sale” pattern.  It has remained one of my most popular patterns over the years.  I must admit, it’s one of my favourites too!

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Now here I am, five years later, and a lot has happened.  I’ve designed a lot of patterns and you know how sometimes things just happen?  Well, a couple of weeks ago, I realized that the next pattern I published would be my 50th pattern.  And my anniversary, May 11 was coming up fast too.  I didn’t think I could get it ready in time, but then things slowly started to happen.  And everything fell into place, just like that.  As if it were meant to be.  So I guess it was!  But first I have other news! The first bit of news is that I have a new design layout for my patterns!  Elizabeth Green Musselman at Stitch Definition did a fabulous job designing a new pattern template for me.  I’m so excited that my new pattern will be showing off the new format.  She also designed my new logo, which I LOVE!

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Isn’t it awesome!  She really listened to what I wanted in a logo and she was so patience while we both figured out what would work for me.  Stitch Definition does graphic design, editing and amazing looking photography.  I can’t wait to try some of their other services!

To help celebrate my anniversary, as well as the release of my 50th pattern and as a way of saying thank you, I am holding a sale.  It begins today and runs until the end of May 2015.  Here are the details: Buy any two patterns and receive a third pattern free.  All my self published patterns are included in the sale and no coupon code is required.  Place all three patterns into your cart before you check out.  You may purchase as many patterns as you would like, every third one will be free.  You may see all the patterns included in the sale in this bundle I set up on Ravelry here.

I’m so happy to publish my 50th pattern today, Low Country Shawl.


Low Country shawl is a wide, shallow semi-circle and features a pretty asymmetrical lace border and several options.  The solid body may be knit in either stockinette stitch or garter, your choice.  The depth of the lace border and the body are both easily adjustable, allowing you to customize the look and size to your preference and the yardage available.  If you love lace, then go wild and make the border decadently deep.  Or maybe you love to knit soothing garter or stockinette?  You may knit the body deeper and add a shallow border for just a touch of lace, it’s all up to you!

I’ve knit 3 versions of this pattern and they are all different configurations of the basic design.  Sample number 1 was knit using one skein of Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Fathom.  This version has 4 repeats of the lace border and a larger body done in garter stitch.




Sample number 2 was knit using a 5 skein gradient set from Black Trillium Lilt Sock.  I didn’t use the lightest color skein, but worked the shawl using the other 4 shades.  I have enough yarn leftover to make another shawl using a different shading sequence.  This version has a smaller garter stitch body and 6 repeats of the lace border.




The final version was again knit using one skein of Tosh Merino light, this time is the gorgeous Blue Nile colorway.  This version has a smaller stockinette body and 4 repeats of the lace border.



I’d love it if you joined my group on Ravelry too!  It’s a fun group of lace knitters to hang out with and everyone is helpful and nice to chat with.    I also offer special deals, contests, etc for group members only occasionally.  join the group here. Hope to see you there!


Posted by: spinnyknitter | May 2, 2015

Lineau shawl kit on Craftsy

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to let you know that I have a new design available as a kit on Craftsy. 12305_1200x1200_medium2 The kit includes 2 skeins of the beautiful Art Yarn’s Milano merino yarn and the pattern download.  And they have some gorgeous colorways available in this yarn, have a look here – DSC_2228_medium2 The knitting is simple and easy.  The lace pattern is an easy one and there is a lot of stocking stitch.  This would make great vacation or travel knitting as it’s interesting but doesn’t require a lot of concentration!

Posted by: spinnyknitter | April 14, 2015

Stone Croft Shawl

I hope spring has arrived for those of you who were buried under snow all winter!  I think Stone Croft Shawl would make a nice little transition piece to carry you into the warm spring weather.  It may be worn as a scarf/cowl now and later on, pulled around the shoulders on a cool spring or summer evening. blog6

This design was inspired by stone walls, small farms and above all, texture.  I love texture, especially when set off by expanses of smooth stocking stitch and anything leafy. blog4

The large sample shown is knit using a yarn new to me, Wollmeise Blend.  I stopped by their website on a whim, and noticed this fairly new (I think) yarn.  This colorway, Olio Vergine, really spoke to me, and it was in stock, yay! When it arrived, it felt nice and squishy and I loved the color but I set it aside for a future design.  After knitting the small sample, I wanted a larger version and choose this yarn, because I really wanted to take it for a test drive.  I expected it to be very nice to knit with.  I was wrong, it was amazing to work with!  Really amazing!  I love this yarn.  It’s so soft to the touch and drapes so beautifully and yet holds the stitch definition.  The color shimmers in the light, did I mention how much I love this yarn!


Wollmeise Blend is merino, cashmere, nylon, one of my all time favourite blends and the weight is perfect.  It is a sport weight, which I love for lace.  A tiny bit heavier than a fingering weight, just perfect to fill in those stitches nicely.

My small sample was knit using another yarn that was new to me, Frabjous Fibers Mad Hatter.  This is also such an awesome sport weight yarn, hand dyed in this luscious teal green.  The weight is almost identical to the Wollmeise Blend.  It was a pleasure to have on the needles.  I will be looking for more of both these yarns in the future. blog2

Stone Croft Shawl is slightly asymmetrical in shape and features an easy lace border on two sides. It begins at one wing tip with a few stitches, and then is simply knit into a widening triangle. Directions are included for two different widths of lace border, and the size of the shawl is easily adjustable to any size.  The lace pattern is charted only. blog1

There are two options given for border depth: the narrow border measures approximately 4 inches deep, and the wide border measures approximately 6 inches deep. blog8

I have used the narrow border on the small sample and the wide border on the large sample, but you may use either border on any size shawl, according to your personal preference.  If you want more lace, use the wide border on any size shawl. The sizing is easily adjustable by just working more or less repeats of the main chart, so no worries about having just the right amount of yardage available. blog3

Stone Croft Shawl is available for sale on Ravelry.  Happy spring knitting, everyone!

Posted by: spinnyknitter | February 11, 2015

Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style

I have a design in the upcoming new book from Interweave called Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style.

This book is by Tanis Gray, a very talented editor for Interweave and a fabulous pattern designer as well.  The book looks amazing, I love the styling that they have used and it has 46 designs!  Can you believe, 46 designs in one book.  There are sweaters, scarves, hats, a blanket, mittens, cowls, a capelet, wraps, and shawls.  It’s a pretty amazing collection, here’s a look at all the patterns on Ravelry.

It feels so great to have my Quixote Shawl included in this collection.  I just love this quirky photo, it captures exactly what I had in mind while designing it.


Quixote shawl is a top down triangular shawl using Cascades Longwood yarn.  This is a superwash extra fine merino yarn in an aran weight that is so soft and lovely to work with.  Expect your shawl to knit up in no time flat at this heavier gauge and easy lace patterning.  And make it any size you would like, the pattern is very easily adjustable by simply knitting more repeats of the main lace pattern.

I hope you’ll check out the book.  Congratulations to Tanis for putting together another really great collection of knitwear!

Posted by: spinnyknitter | December 23, 2014

Fika Scarf

Fika is a swedish word pronounced FEE-ka.  It means a social coffee break, usually accompanied by something sweet to eat such as sweet buns, cake, or tarts. And this is what inspired my latest design, the Fika Scarf.  The little rounded edging reminds me of cookies, cinnamon buns, and fluted pie crusts.  And the easy, stocking stitch body allows you to take a little break, an easy little pause in the pattern, during which you could chat or think about sweet things.

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The Fika scarf is a wide, shallow triangle that may be worn as a cowl, a scarf or a shawl. It’s a very versatile little accessory. It is asymmetrical in shape and design, with one wing tip longer than the other. Cast on at one wing tip with a few stitches and then simply knit into a shallow triangle, with the lace border knit along with the rest of the work.


When it is the size you wish, turn the corner with the lace border and work a sideways bind off to finish. It is easily adjustable to any size or yarn.


The pattern includes both charts and written instructions.


Many thanks to Teresa, for test knitting the pattern for me. You’re the best, Teresa! Blocked size of the sample shown above: 54” wide by 15” deep.  Shown made with one skein of Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Sequoia. And look, I made my first sample using some of my handspun. This was polwarth/silk I purchased from Three Waters Farm.  I love the diagonal stripes that happen.




Fika Scarf is available in my pattern shop on Ravelry. I hope you like my last design of the year and that you are all able to meet up with friends and family to fika over the holidays. Cheers Judy

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